life

After all, what's a life, anyway?

I still remember the first time I saw Charlotte’s Web ( o La Telaraña de Charlotte as it was called in the Dominican Republic), back in 1973. I remember bawling my eyes out when it ended.

A garden spiderweb after the rain…

It stayed with me long after that and since then, I have watched the cartoons multiple times.

I am a grown man and it still gets to me…

The message I get from it, is that we should always embrace and enjoy every moment of your life as it is the last one.

From that book I have learned to be Humble, Terrific, Radiant and Some Human being (Paraphrasing Charlotte)…

We can all use some time to self-reflect and try to be the best that we can be in our lives. After all, what’s a life anyway?

You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.
— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web

I Guess Huckleberry Can't Paint the Fence

My wife wants to get rid of them…

I think they have a certain appeal. Keeps reminding me of Romulo Gallegos book: “La Trepadora” (The Creeper). Read it a long, long time ago…

It is a little alien looking… An Alien climbing over the fence, there is your political statement!!

I was commenting on my Instagram Account where I posted a similar photo, that nature always finds a way, always. No mater how big, tall, strong or hardened, living things don’t give a fuck and they will grow around them.

I took this one with the iPhone. It has been raining here like a mother and is cold and damp. I was outside looking at my yard when this caught the corner of my eye.

I edited the photo in Lightroom using Ted Forbes’ Presets. I think he is still running a sale if you are interested in them.

As always with my photos, click on them so see them bigger.

Hope you like it! See you in the funny pages…

A creeper on my fence…

Death is Always The Expectation

Taking the new Fijifilm X100F for a spin on a rainy and foggy New England Winter day. More to come about this wonderful camera later.

This is part of the series I am creating around three branches in the winter. I am always fascinated with the similitude between the three branches and the blood vessels in the human body; specially the brain. Click on them to see them bigger.

I guess that's the reason I am always looking up into the sky.

The title pertains to a train of though that has been the topic on my life recently.

Lots of dear friends and family passing away and me getting to that age where I worry if I will be next.

I am reminded of the wonderful work by photographer Simon Hoegsberg, "We are All Going to Die - 100 Meters of existence". Is a sobering reminder of that big deadline we all face. Go take a look (You will need flash on your browser to see it).

I guess the important thing to remember is what we do with our alloted time. How do we make the most of it. What do we leave behind.

I recently watched the Disney movie "Coco" that deals with our memories and the memory of our loved ones. It resonated with me because I have always had similar thoughts about the people who came before us. I will probably be one of the last persons to remember my grandfathers.

How do I honor their memories? What can I do so their legacies and struggles don't fade away into oblivion?

I guess, the best I can...

All images edited using Luminar 2018.