Zen emphasizes practice over theory. I plucked this sentence from the introduction to one of my latest book purchases — Zen Camera: Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice in Photography by David Ulrich (published by Watson Guptill, 2018). Taking photos is something I adore and which has been a part of my creative life for […]
I’ve been thinking about how long it’s been since I took my camera somewhere and just played. Played with light and shadow and little moments. And, since this week is not one in which I can go off and do just that, I’ve been looking at photos I’ve taken of this time of year, winter […]
Some days, I would rather pick up a camera than write an essay. Today was one of those days – sunny, bright, new snow, and squirrels! Our next-door neighbor’s dead tree, which usually houses woodpeckers, was the chosen spot for a pair of gray squirrels who basked in the February sun. After a few photos, […]
In July, my partner Mick and I spent a week in Dublin so he could attend a genetics conference at the University of Dublin. We stayed in the Ballsbridge Hotel, just down the street from the American Embassy in Dublin. The first time I walked by our embassy, I stopped and stared at the building, […]
As a poet, details carry all kinds of meanings that can be used to create a snapshot of a moment, a spark of realization, an instant when everything changes. I see details in photos as the same thing – that impression that sometimes gets recorded and then it’s gone. Today, I’ve dug around in my […]
I’m thinking about details today – the small things that we may or may not see, but once noticed, hold their own sort of beauty. And I’m thinking about what prompts any of us to write or make other art. For me, travel offers a vast buffet of prompts and images that keep me going […]
Today’s post is all about peaceful images. We need them. Enjoy. A slideshow of the osprey nest in Roseville’s Victoria Ball Fields. Have a good week, everyone. All photos by kcmickelson 2017.
Some Mondays are better left wordless. Let your mind wander. Click on the photos that inspire you to see a larger version. All photos by KCMickelson.
WINTER TREES BY WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS All the complicated details of the attiring and the disattiring are completed! A liquid moon moves gently among the long branches. Thus having prepared their buds against a sure winter the wise trees stand sleeping in the cold. poem courtesy of The Poetry Foundation, poetryfoundation.org photo by KCMickelson […]
I have a few favorite places in the United States that I return to whenever I have the chance. The Badlands in South Dakota is one of those places. It’s linked to childhood road trips with my parents, when my dad never missed the opportunity to drive the loop. We always went in the summer, when […]