Took the Old Girl Out to Stretch Her Legs

Corvette at the Beach

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In Memory – Michael Weesner

Monterey High School Yearbook Photo
(photographer unknown)

I was saddened to learn yesterday of the recent death of my high school photography teacher, Mike Weesner. Mr. Weesner had a great talent for explaining how the mechanics of a camera, lens – and, in those days, film and an enlarger – all worked together to create magic. More than that, he had a gift for encouraging people. Many a time, I would come out of the darkroom with a contact sheet or print and say something along the lines of, “I really don’t have anything here.” Mr. Weesner would inevitably look, think, and then offer a suggestion for cropping, dodging and burning, or some other improvement. Taking those suggestions to heart, I’d go back into the darkroom and emerge with something where I thought there had been nothing.

I remember how the front of the classroom had a spot for Photo of the Week, a student’s photo selected by Mike Weesner which best captured that week’s assignment. To this day, I will sometimes look at photo I’ve taken and ask myself if it’s good enough to have a chance at making Photo of the Week.

I still value photography as a creative outlet and I value the training and encouragement I received from Mike Weesner.

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The Great Owl “Rescue”

owlI was just wrapping up mowing the back yard yesterday when my wife stuck her head out the back door.

THERE ARE TWO COPS WALKING UP THE HILL,” she yelled.

Our hill?

YES,” she yelled.

I ducked out the back gate and walked over to the north end of out lot where I find not cops, but animal control officers looking up into a pine tree.  About 35 feet up in the tree was an owl, with one wing outstretched at an odd angle, flapping away. Continue reading

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Just For Me

Once a year the humans set up a tree just for me!
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