Memories of a Dog by Daido Moriyama

Daido Moriyama is a Japanese photographer. Memories of a Dog (2004) is a beautiful photography book with his photos and text accompanying them. I dream to be able to read one while drinking my chai tea latte one day. Notice I didn’t even say “to own one”? Just to be able to sit down with one for a few hours. Dreams live on.

Here’s an image of the book from Amazon. It currently costs $195+ for a used copy.

This 12-minute short documentary with the filmmaker following Daido Moriyama around town (somewhere in Japan) as he’s photographing is a film to savor and love. Especially if you’re an image & memory creator at heart.

Which Day Is This?

In this COVID time, all the days seem to blend in together for me. Weekdays and weekends are all the same. I wake up dazed and confused because I rarely could sleep the night before. Last night, I finally fell asleep at 6AM, having tossed and turned all night long with my thoughts running the wild gamut. I want to call it being anxious, but I’m not sure if that’s even the right word. Max, my Corgi, seemed to be in the same boat as me. He woke up at around 4AM, got out of his furry bed, whimpering and whining … which he rarely does. Unable to go back to sleep, the two of us took a walk around the neighborhood – yes at 4:05AM.

It’s now 2:23PM and I just finished my breakfast … sunny-side-up eggs with Tuscan garlic toasts from Wegman’s and a cup of English Breakfast tea … and a work conference call. I downloaded onto my iPad Kindle a sample of a John McPhee book recommended by Dan Milnor. I’m always looking forward to discovering new authors. Especially the ones vouched for by someone I trust/respect/admire. (Yep! That’s you Dan.)

It rained this morning and now the cloudy sky has 100 shades of grey. I’m hunkering down to tackle more work projects trying to be as productive as I can. Being an introvert, I love working from home. It’s been my modus operandi for 11 years now. But I do miss traveling so much. It has been over six months since I’ve gone anywhere that’s more than 90 minutes from home. Travel means freedom for me. And not being able to travel feels like you’re in some sort of personal prison. Perhaps I’m being too dramatic?

My nephew is getting ready to go to college next week. He’ll be a freshmen at a huge university of over 30,000 students. They have to live on campus even though 100% of their classes will be online. I’m trying to think of a word appropriate to describe 2020. So far … nothing I came up with seems to be good enough.

Time to get back to being productive. This was my stab at self-therapy.

A Few Photos From July

Home sweet home.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
Meadowlark Botanical Garden on a very hot summer evening.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
It seems these flowers attract butterflies ~ Meadowlark.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
There’s a bride & groom photoshoot going on in the garden that day … perhaps an engagement session? It was so hot though … not a single breeze in the air. ~ Meadowlark
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
Pretty sky bokeh. ~ Meadowlark
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
A Korean temple and garden in Meadowlark.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
Such beautiful details.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
A special blessing it seems … or cloud art. Either way, it was magical.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
Red & green.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
The Korean alphabet looks deceptively simple yet quite elegant. Wish I could read Korean.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
6-o’clock self-portrait.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
That light!
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
Have a thing for clouds. Always. Forever.
Pretty Mama Dove has been under our deck for a few weeks now. She hardly moves. I wonder if Papa Dove comes at night to relieve her duties. At least then, she could go hunting for food. She must be so hungry.
By the water …
Pretty dragonfly with ember wings …
This summer our Hydrangeas bloom modestly … last summer none at all. A huge improvement. I’m grateful.
After a stormy afternoon, we had a double rainbow. The second one quite faint so I could only capture this brighter one. Life is beautiful.

Day Trip to the Mountains

Back in May, I needed to get some fresh air and get away from being home all the time. A drive to the mountains provided a lovely escape. The 4-hour round trip to Shenandoah National Park was so worth it. Posted a few photos before from this outing, but here are a few more.
Beautiful view of the Shenandoah Valley from a mountain overlook.
Spotted a baby bear, one of five I saw that day! The others were too far away for my lens. This baby bear was so cute. He took his time crossing the road … giving me plenty of time to take his pictures.

Summer of 2020

A strange, awkward time we are living in. Will things ever be back to normal? Mr. Turtle comes to this spot for his suntan every afternoon. His place in the sun. He is more free than the rest of us right now.

My First Zine: The Quiet Side of Rehoboth Beach

One of the reasons why I’ve been on a break from YouTube is to create and publish my first zine. The subject of the zine is the quiet side of Rehoboth Beach, my favorite “local” beach town (just about a 3-hour car ride away from home). The zine is available now on Blurb and you can also preview a few pages before purchasing. I initially wanted to publish a smaller size zine, but after testing out a few different sizes, the larger 8.5″ x 11″ size showcases the photos so much better. I hope you’ll like it! Being a fan of zines for years, I’m so excited to share my first zine with you!

Official Laurels

The official laurels for our two wins from The Scene Festival arrived in the email box today. So proud of our ALTERED crew. And so grateful as well. It takes a fabulous team to make a movie – no matter how short. Thank you Kat, Kayla & Ashley! You are the cream & sugar in my cup of coffee. And you know how much I love both!