I can’t believe its been almost two years

Where the the time go? I haven’t been on this page for almost two years and I’m trying to think what have I been doing for that time. I know recently I photographed the Blood Moon, October 2015.

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Most of this year was fighting my neighbor with a boundary dispute. I can’t believe how easy its been for him to steal my property and I’m talking about 1/4 acre. Started back in the fall of 2009 and thought it was going to end this year but he manipulated the evidence and won. I’m fighting still on an appeal.

I work for a company that puts people 55 an older back to work. I work out of a senior center where I worked the front desk greeting people and scheduling local transportation. I also taught computers to the seniors along with photography. My recent photography class I held a session on exposure and lighting. I used an old cover bridge and trying to capture the light inside.

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In order to capture the details inside you have to sacrifice the lighting outside. There are ways to make both inside and outside but it takes a few photo and merge them. Before  the photo class I taught a computer class dealing with the new Windows 10. I upgraded Windows 10 to my computer and had it for almost three full days before I went back to Windows 7, too many errors in just those few days for me to keep it.

July of this year brings around the local fair. In the past I would enter my photos but haven’t for a few years. Someone changed the display format this year and I didn’t like it. Didn’t seem like there was a photo contest going on. So I only go one day out of the 5 days it runs for. Seems like the whole fair went through a change.

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Seeing how this is my first post I thought I would introduce myself. I just turned 60 this past September and I’ve seen and done a lot of things. One of the things I enjoy is photography. I’ve been at it since 1972. I’ve won several ribbons from the local fair each year and I think the hardest contest to enter is the online photo contest. I won first and third place in one. My photos were in a gallery where I was artist of the month of July 2004. I don’t strive for these things, I just love sharing my photos.

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To get some of my photos I like to travel. I live in the foothills of the White Mountains in New Hampshire but they are only hills compared to the mountains of Alaska. Beautiful state to go to. My wife and I took our first cruise there in 2012 and loved it Our first time on a cruise and first time in Alaska. I don’t have to travel far to get good shots because they’re right in my own backyard but it’s nice to get out and see other parts of the world.

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I am a double amputee and I started losing my legs in 2001. I figured if I was going to get out and see the world I better do it while I could. In 2002 my wife and I flew to Hawaii. I had lost my right leg before we went and I walked around on a prosthetic leg.

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I think the hardest part was a sailing tour we took. When we got on the boat they wanted us to take our shoes and socks off. A little hard for me to do that. It was very nice and a little windy out on the water.

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We stayed on Maui when we went and it’s a beautiful island. I think we drove everywhere a rental car could  go. Went north around the island  to watch the surfers. East along the road to Hanna and out to Lindbergh grave site.

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Another distance travel was Aruba. It would have been nice if I got to see more of the place but I was having heart issues and didn’t know it. I kept putting it off to the hot weather there. I’ve had a heat stroke a few times and it felt like that. Aruba has some very white beaches. People thought I Photoshopped the color in but that’s how it looks.

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This was in 2009 and by that time I had lost my left leg. I wasn’t doing to good with body parts but that’s all I’ve lost. I am walking on two prosthetic legs and doing very well. It’s like walking on stilts. I have to pick and choose the ground I walk on but that’s easy. I suppose it looked strange me laying in a chair at the beach with my legs off.

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I don’t let the lost of my legs stop me so if you’re reading this don’t feel sorry for me. I enjoy life so I keep going. If I didn’t I would see much but four walls at my house. This is why I love photography because I get to get out and take pictures.

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I wouldn’t have seen this little guy sitting at home. I found him digging at the sand trying to get food off a hook someone left in the sand. I suppose if I hadn’t seen  that someone would have gotten a hook in their foot. He kicked some sand at me and left mad.

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A very colorful show the place put on where we stayed. I love Aruba but have to go back and see more of it maybe.

Well besides Photography I like to design and build  tings in wood but I’ll share that in another post.