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As Simple as Silence

Yesterday I found myself faced with a two-hour window of time between obligations and a recently burned “Best of 2011” mix CD that just had to be listened to. And so I just drove, enjoying the music and the silence of being alone.

I stopped my car at the Iowa Veterans’ Cemetery and drove around a lap before stopping to give a grieving widow her chance to be alone without my interruption.

There, I enjoyed the silence and the reflection on what these men and women have contributed. As far as cemeteries go, it isn’t the most beautiful or charming (yes, I just used those words to describe cemeteries) but its reason for being makes it such a special place.

Sometimes it’s just nice to go somewhere, completely alone, and just reflect or think about nothing at all. Think of things outside of you. Every so often, I just need to drive. I need country roads and hills and signs of life outside of my immediate vision. And I usually end up at cemeteries, not out of morbid fascination but out of the quiet. It had been an interesting twelve hours and I needed that.

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Those flowers found alone in the first picture? The note attached read “Happy Birthday Daddy.” And then my heart just shattered.

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On My Mind: A Bit Too Heavy

I spent my day of relaxation here the other week, and now here is where you are to stay.

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You Capture – Halloween & Silence

I always have the best intentions of participating in You Capture, but I’ve never “gotten around to it.”  To be honest, many times I have gone out and taken photos with the theme in mind, but then never got around to posting.  So here it goes . . .


Halloween is perhaps the best time of the year for really weird candid shots.  There’s so much going on here–I don’t even know where to start.


I went out and shot a bit with silence in mind.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t too sold on anything I shot.  Plus, I was absorbed in my own silence as one of my friend’s passed away unexpectedly this weekend.  He was a good person.  A smart ass who could say the wrong thing from time to time, but a GOOD person.  Not afraid to reach out to others for help, or provide an ear or shoulder for friends that needed him.  Too young.  And, of course, gets you thinking about your own mortality (such an unwelcome side effect).

Although not consistent with the rules, as these were not shot this week, I wanted to share some images I took two weeks ago that seem to hit silence and my current mood right on the head.  I figure if I don’t start now, I’ll never start.

Now it’s time to go back to the silence.

I will make it a goal to post every week.  Everything will be straight off the camera, unless otherwise stated.

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