Welcome to Timeline Photos. A few years back I started peeking around my archives in search of some of the first photographs I had taken. Here records my quest into better understanding my long term love of camera and experiencing the world with it in hand. All photos appear in chronological order hopefully revealing an evolution of how I see and what moves me to speak with light.

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(Photo credit Phil Monahan of Orvis)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fields of Cosmos

Fields of Cosmos
Showa Kinen Park
October 25, 2012

Our visit to this park was fantastic, and we so enjoyed our walk through endless Cosmos flowers in the late afternoon sun.  Seeing so many in one location definitely had its transformational properties.  I loved getting lost in the pretty colors and light.  :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Waiting on a friend

Waiting on a friend
University of Tokyo
October 23, 2012

This lovely, old Oak invited us to sit underneath and have our lunch yesterday.  Heavy rains came as soon as we set up, and we dashed to a covered entrance way for shelter.  This kind, elderly man shared the space with us as we looked out toward the tree together.  I felt as if he had a lot in common with this wonderful tree.  Both gentle and wise, strong and knowing.

On the go in Chofu, Tokyo

On the go in Chofu, Tokyo

I've been busy and the go with family and friends in Tokyo, Japan for the past five days and haven't traveled by car yet.  Here's to cities and countries where you can get around by foot, bike, bus and trains.  Love it!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Because of your smile

“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

I traveled to Shibuya to meet an old friend first met over 6 years ago through our shared love for U2.  I'm so appreciative that we're still connected and were able to spend a bit of time.  He's a treasure of a person with a unique vision of  life.  He's now pursuing his own business, and I'm very psyched for him.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chofu arrival

Chofu arrival

It took us a little over 24 hours to arrive in my husband's hometown of Chofu, a Tokyo prefecture.  After all of that travel, it felt so good to be greeted by family at the local bus stop and with them again.  :)

Friday, October 12, 2012

The scream

 No words, just strong emotions that need to be released before anything productive comes out of them. Any moments of anger, frustration, pure disbelief in society's illogical reasons to justify stupidity, I find myself coming back to this image.  A scream falling on a friend who's either accepting of the shared pain or dreading that they are at the receiving end just for reason of location.  The scream.  It's out there to be heard.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The art of fly-fishing

"I have many loves and Fly-Fishing is one of them; it brings peace and harmony to my being, which I can then pass on to others."
~ Sue Kreutzer

Yes, I fell in love with the marshes of Louisiana and the art of fly-fishing in a matter of seven hours the other day.  I was photographing, not casting, but wait until I give it a try one day.  I'll surely exchange my camera for a rod and the experience. It's a beautiful thing.  :)

Here are a couple slideshows highlighting experiences of the day.

I was fortunate to be in the Louisiana marshes with good friend and Orvis writer, Phil Monahan, and fly-fishing guide, Captain Gary Taylor. It was my first time sharing space with fly fishermen and observing the art up close and personal. I more than enjoyed photographing the experience, and appreciating the beauty and richness of the Louisiana marshes. After just about 7 or so hours, I learned that fly-fishing is about much more than catching fish. It takes you into the land and waters, and all that she gives in a soulful way. Thank you Phil and Gary for opening my eyes to such a gift. :)
"Fly-fishing may well be considered the most beautiful of all rural sports." ~ Frank Forester

The CSX Rigolets Pass Bridge carries one track of CSX rail lines across the Rigolets on the eastern side of Lake Pontchartrain between New Orleans and Slidell, Louisiana. It is a truss bridge with a swing section, and is 4555 ft (1,388 m) long. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX_Rigolets_Pass_Bridge