Today’s adoption story comes from Sterling H., who dedicates his adopted flame to the Rochester Boys and Girls Club.
June of 2014 was a dark time for me. Two years earlier, in May of 2012, I gave up my full-time job so I could begin a new venture, owning and operating two small businesses. I had a plan for feeding myself and paying my bills without interruption while I worked to get each business going and grow them to the point where they supported themselves, and me.
Our family recently navigated the challenging waters of watching a loved one die. My father passed away at the age of 77 after a short battle with lung cancer. His last days in home hospice care were relatively peaceful and pain-free, for which we are grateful.
It’s been a rough week for us, as we said goodbye to Mysti, our Shihtzu. Janet adopted Mysti in 2001, I met Mysti in 2006 when I first met Janet, and Mysti moved in with me in 2008 (even before Janet did!). I had recently lost access to my beloved Boston Terrier, Sam, so although I wasn’t really looking for a dog, Mysti came along at a good time for me. Here’s a pair of portraits from our last day together.
Jan and I wish one and all a Merry Christmas. Here is a small collection of images to help celebrate the end of the year.
I’m creating a series of images I call Flames. I like to take ordinary images and then manipulate them into other things with Photoshop. If you look in my Abstracts gallery, you’ll see what I mean. One technique I’m fond of produces a final image which reminds me of a flame having the shape I remember seeing on a Bunsen burner back in my chemistry-teaching days.
In the days following the presidential election of 2016 it seems my best response is to assert the Mission and Values of Fox and Swan Arts.
Our Mission: To promote the common good through art
I’ve been waiting for a good opportunity to take some night sky images at Kinstone Circle near Fountain City, Wisconsin. Every month since April I would wait for the new moon, hoping that one of the days surrounding the new moon would have cloudless skies and decent weather. It was a long wait, but I had good luck twice, once at the beginning of Labor Day weekend, and again at the end of the month with a second new moon (the so-called “black moon”).
[Originally published April, 2016]
When I’m out on a photo walk, I usually start by looking at the big picture and waiting for something to catch my eye. This could be a panorama, a landscape, a skyscape, building, or tree. At some point I also turn my eye towards the small things around me… Continue reading