Family Heirlooms

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Enduring Memories 60921sbw” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Unsteady hands reach for shoebox on the top shelf of the hall closet. It sits on its shelf in a precise row along with others of its kind. Inside the shell of cardboard are kept the most cherished treasures of her life. She’s not impoverished. The safe in her bedroom holds plenty of gold and silver. But those are only trinkets and bobbles. The  real valuables are the treasures of her heart. She wipes away the thin layer of dust from the lid and begins to unload the box a piece at a time. The broken watch that belonged to her father. A necklace of plastic beads purchased from a tourist trap during a special weekend vacation. A little deeper into the box she finds the salt and pepper shakers her young brother gave her as a wedding gift all those years ago. They were very plain but he was a young teenager with no steady job at the time. So he walked the roads and picked up glass bottles to turn in and earn his own money to buy them with. She recounts the story of each item in vivid detail to her visitor. There were the love notes from her late husband that were folded neatly in an envelope. Finally she got to the odd cube shaped bottle in the back of the box. The glass seemed to be thicker than one would think a bottle that size would be. And the lid was fitted with a valve. Inside was a single rose. She told her visitor about how she and her late husband had purchased their first house. It was small and with a small yard but it had a gate and by that gate he’d planted roses for her. For a few years they struggled to get them to bloom and the rose in the jar was the first flower from that bush. She had cut it to adorn the dinner table for a few days but the next morning it was missing. Her husband was a science teacher and had taken it to work where he used the lab equipment to freeze dry it and vacuum pack it so it would last forever. With that her eyes glistened and she opened the valve slightly. The bottle hissed and the room filled with the fragrance of the rose. A few pumps of the valve at the top and the bottle was perfectly sealed once more. Her eyes twinkled again and she produced a second bottle that was similar to the first one except it was full of seeds. The second bottle was the seeds of that rose bush that had also been preserved in a vacuum. They had not been freeze dried, just bottled and the air removed from the chamber. The elderly lady opened the jar and poured out a measure of seeds and handed them to her soon to be married granddaughter. “These are for your first home.” She said as she presented her visitor with the seeds. ” Our lives are like roses. You’ll not always be able to avoid the thorns and it might take a while to get your rewards. But if you keep trying you’ll be successful eventually.”

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Small Wonders 61021” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Sunny days make for Sunny dispositions. Especially when that day holds no particular agenda. We all need a chance to simply exist as part of creation and fresh air in combination with sunlight is the best option. I’ve been told that it’s the little things that matter most in life. My mountains are full of little things. Things that often go unnoticed until we slow down a bit. Like the little yellow inch worm hiding in plain sight on a daisy. His camouflage is so effective that I didn’t spot him until I was processing the image. It brought to memory a poem written by a classmate in grade school. ” If you don’t see me it’s not my fault. I’m no bigger than a grain of salt. ” I wish I could remember who it was so I could give them credit. The assignment for art class was to draw a picture and write a poem about it. The poem was accompanied by single dot in the center of the page.

Now I realize that in reality inch worms are pests in gardens and they damage our plants. Most notably the cabbage loopers that roll the leaves into little cocoons for protection. But in the innocence of childhood they’re so much more. And let’s face the facts. It’s fun to watch them as they undulat their way to wherever they’re going. I remember that more than once they were gently captured and placed side by side so they could race up the tree. One inch at a time. Or if found clinging to an article of clothing that it meant God was measuring you for your robes in heaven. Even today when I spot an inch worm I have the urge to stop and watch it do it’s thing.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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Winter’s Treasure Box 2021

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A gray blanket hangs low over the mountains. It’s on days like this that one dreams about climbing to the top of some stone capped ridge and touching the clouds as they roll slowly by. Even as an adult It’s easy to believe that you could simply stretch out your finger and feel the cool damp mist collecting on your skin as you make curly queues in the soft sky. It’s a good day for wandering around with your lens when the sky dips low to meet you. The artic air is crisp and as I visit the edge of the road I’m greeted by the tiny and yet ornate pods of a seedbox. It’s square shape and intricate details makes it easy to believe that some elf or fairy has spent the winter completely dedicated to artistic workings. What back in the summer was a bright yellow spray of flowers has developed into a box worthy of any treasures known to mankind. Inside the sleeping seeds wait for the strong March winds to shake the box and carry them one by one to the grounds of their promise. A place where they will continue to sleep until the sun itself calls forth their service to awaken and grow and reflect glory in their yellow faces. But they wait for now as tiny treasures in the gray world.

Image Titled “Seedbox 21521bw” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

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Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

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The Treasures Of The Mountain

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Appalachian Treasures 102020a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The breeze carries that familiar sweet earthy scent of freshly fallen leaves throughout the hills and valleys. If I am still enough I can hear the leaves gently tumbling through the branches before softly coming to rest on the ground. Small birds of every feather all around collecting their favorite seed and hunting insects. The sun sweeps across the the landscape caressing fully changed leaves to reveal the secret treasure of the mountains. Golden leaves shine brilliantly and behind them the rich red forms a velvety blanket. Could a royal treasury hold another spender more wonderous than the glory of nature in her seasons? Do kings not trade their treasures for landscape that contains such glorious moments as is found in our mountains? Step outside your door and smell the breeze, accept the sun’s touch and let your eyes fall on the treasures that surround you and enjoy your life in the time you’re given.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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A Short Visit with a Tiger Swallowtail

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Ironweed 90420a ” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

The September sun smiles on an open field in the bottom-lands after a rain. The humid air is saturated with the smell of the ironweed. At first you only notice a single set of wings soaring in on the thermal eddies rising from the blacktop. Gentle tilts of the wings direct the Tiger Swallowtail towards it’s treasure. The Ironweed has just started coming into full bloom. The aroma has driven the butterflies into a frenzy and they’re coming from all directions. The Tiger Swallowtail circles over the engine of the big blue truck while gathering altitude before gliding down and coming to rest on the purple flowers. The old pasture has become a sea of purple and yellow flowers exploded into a grand finale of the summer season. I could spend the whole day photographing the butterflies and to my joy the honeybees are out in what seems to be full force gathering for their winter stores. But the road ahead calls me forward to my next destination.

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Liquid Flames Of An Appalachian Fall

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The crisp Fall air is disturbed only by the occasional gust that sends a cascade of brightly colored leaves pouring out of the forest. I have been working long hours and it’s well past time for a breath of fresh air so I grab a camera and meander around my property. Earlier this morning my dog “Scout” had flushed out a great blue heron out of the creek that runs through the front of my yard. I knew that after such a chastising from the porch that the odds of the large crane-like bird returning were long but I decided to give my best and venture out to the edge of the forest and see if it was there. The heron was long gone and probably stalking the Gauley River by now. I took a deep breath and drew in the scent of the fall. Fall has a sweet earthy aroma that similar to sphagnum moss but sweeter and mixed with the smoke of my closest neighbor’s fire. He’s already burning the oak that’s been curing for at least a year. I listened to sharp call of a female Cardnial keeping up with her mate in hopes that they would wander within range of my lens. The squirrels are still playing in trees but the leaves are still giving them plenty of cover to hide in. I turned my attention to the water as it flowed over the large flat sandstone bottom of the creek and fomed a shallow pool. Different shades of yellow, orange and red floated through the pool and swirled in the eddies. I decided to try for a shot o f a leaf in the water. Then the light spoke to me. It spoke in the form of swirling and flickering tones of fall leaves backlit by the autumn sun. The light told me a story of flames dancing on the water and eventually merging with the stream to become the liquid flames in the image. I love it when a photo gives me that otherworldly feel. I didn’t even really need to do much editing to this one. I simply adjusted for clarity and took out a tiny bit of noise and it instantly became one of my favorite “abstract” photos. I was so inspired by the look of the orange and yellow that I cropped it down and turned the flames upright.

Image Titled “Liquid Flames B”

Today was the last day of sunshine in North America. Tonight somewhere in the inky blackness an hour of sunshine is taken away and gives birth to the cold gray world of winter. But, I now have a fire to keep me warm until April.

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Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographer.

Thank you again for your support of my page!❤