Friday, May 25, 2018

Look close and see the flowers.

in the spring I like seeing the native plants come back, the wildflowers filling up empty fields, alongside the road and in nature preserves. With my macro lens I can get very close, but have to remember that there is a very limited depth-of-field, area sharp and in focus, and the flower may be moving in the wind blowing it in and out of focus. Some photographers simply find the easiest way is to pick the flower and photograph it without having to fight the wind.

I went to our local nature preserve in the city and couldn't resist taking some photos. Not just flowers, grasses and even had to take a photo of the trash. When I go to the park, I have to take a plastic bag with me to collect trash I find along the trail.

Beauty at Southwest Nature Preserve in Arlington TX
The plastic beast invading nature.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Four Freedoms today versus FDR

It's an icon, Norman Rockwell's illustration of Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1941 sppech to congress defining the United States standing for freedom. Four Freedoms: of speech, to worship, from want and freedom from fear.

The National Rifle Association's foundation is Freedom. Norman Rockwell illustrated the freedom of fear showing mom and dad tucking in their kids for the night. No guns in the phot, dad seems to have stopped reading the evening paper to help mom get the kids to bed. Freedom from fear. Sleep well.

Lt Gov of Texas, Dan Patrick,  thinks owning a gun would be a freedom of fear. Talking on ABC's This Week on Sunday, May 20, he thought that any gun control would simply enable the bad guys to gain power. The problem in Santa Fe, Texas, was that the father hadn't responsibly locked up his weapons.

Went to the recent national meeting of the National Rifle Association in Dallas and got to see Americans want to be better prepared to protect their freedom of fear.

Rockwell did the illustrations for Saturday Evening Post prior to America's entrance into WWII. His
canvases are ob display May 25 to Sept. 2 at the New York Historical Society Museum in NYC.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Hurry, hurry Be the first to see it

It use to be a 7 p.m. deadline for the first edition of the daily newspaper, now with the Internet there are no deadlines, just post it.

National Rifle Association was in Dallas and a record breaking crowd came to learn how woman can defend herself, "refusing to be a victim" or the "fourteen factors impacting your shooting performance under duress."