Monthly Archives: July 2012
Last night I spent some time at the memorial for the shooting victims in Aurora, CO. It was in the corner of a vacant lot across from the Century 16 theater. The ground was dry and barren, except for the oasis of flowers, balloons, flags, and candles.
I experienced somewhat of a split personality feeling as part of me was drawn to the photographic oppportunites, and took in the lighting and composition of what was going on. At other times, the camera was shut off and hanging reverently at my side as I observed others and reflected on my own feelings about what had happened.
A tall wooden cross stood prominently on the street corner lit by candles and flashlights at its base. People seemed drawn there and would place their hands on it together while they bowed their heads in silent thought or prayer. Out of the darkness, a voice slowly rose above the cacophony of nearby traffic mixed with the news station generators, repeating short phrases of faith to a simple tune. Soon others joined, and the resulting chorus of strangers singing an impromptu hymn on the corner of a busy city street was one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard. The voice of the girl in the photo carried slightly above the rest in a hauntingly angelic way, and was a powerful demonstration of singing talent backed by deep emotion.
It was a moving experience, and one that I was glad to share with those strangers brought together by a terrible event.
After a year and a half of including a ‘pic of the week’ at the end of my weekly training summary, I’ve decided to let it stand as a post of its own. I’m also implementing a rule that the Friday Foto needs to have been taken sometime in the last week. No recycling. I am doing this to keep me engaged in building my photography skills, and to make me work harder to get fresh shots. Click here to see my previous Friday Foto posts.
According to Wikipedia, Mountain Goats do not belong to the genus Capra (that of true goats). Instead, they are the sole species in the genus Oreamnos, a Greek term meaning mountain lamb. In the wild they live from between 12 to 15 years, with a lifespan mainly dictated by their teeth wearing down. Nannies give birth in late May to early June. The kids weigh around 7lbs at birth.
This pair is likely just 4-6 weeks old. They were a lot of fun to watch as they played and jumped from rock to rock.
Thank you to everyone that participated in my fundraising effort for Colorado wildfire relief by liking, sharing, and linking to my photo and blog post. I was able to send $550 to the Colorado Chapters of the American Red Cross today as a result of your support and the generous matching provided by my employer.
An especially HUGE thanks goes to those of you that purchased prints.
Anyone interested in buying a print can do so here.
100% of the money after printing and shipping costs goes to the Red Cross.