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Posted: April 4, 2013 in Details, Florida, Photography, Rust, Wabi Sabi
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Florida, early March.

While the rest of us went hunting for pretty shells and odd rocks, friend Michael followed his own drummer and returned one morning with the carcass of a bike he found up in the dunes near our place.  I thought it looked pretty artsy propped against the stucco wall.

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Good thing I took some pictures. Next thing we knew, the bike had vanished.

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Perhaps the mermaid who owned it reclaimed her property.

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Statler and Waldorf at the Norton

Absolute serendipity, but the Norton Museum in Palm Beach recently acquired 40 portraits by photographer Annie Leibovitz. And, there we were, a mere 40 miles from this incredible show.

You’ve probably seen most of the pictures featured at some time or another–Leibovitz portraits of American artists like Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Tom Cruise, Richard Avedon and Merce Cunningham are iconic. My little point and shoot was just smoking as I was trying to capture everything from mats and frames and presentation to–yes– many of the pictures. I was truly blown away. When we finished with the whole museum, I went back for one more tour of the show.

So, who are the guys featured above? Museum guards. These guys were carrying on full-sound conversations with each other like it was just the two of them in the backyard:

What’s it all about? I dunno. Some radical photography. I dunno. I don’t get it. You know what I like? Sculpture. A nice sculpture. Me? I like the stuff from right after World War II.  Now that’s some nice stuff.

Ah…remember the old Muppet Show?

Statler: Wake up you old fool. You slept through the show.
Waldorf: Who’s a fool? You watched it.

 Can’t share any Leibovitz portraits with you, but here’s a fully-original Wabi Sabi stealth portrait.

Florida. With my iPod Touch and my point-and-shoot.

That’s my definition of roughing it technology-wise. My fingers don’t work well on the iPod and I write things like “Fire good.” “Me sad.” As far as the point-and-shoot goes? I usually press the “Off” button when I am trying to take a picture.

Thank goodness for being with great company. There was much laughter involved.

I love my friends, I love the beach and the warm temps and the funky flora and fauna, but 10 full days of no REAL camera was downright painful. It was also painful for the people around me who had to listen to my whines and yelps of pain every time we drove over a bridge…or near an overpass…or anywhere else that had great photo potential.

Now that I think of it, I am probably lucky that someone (everyone?) didn’t just smother me with a pillow in the dead of night.

Thank you all for exercising great restraint.

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Stuart, Florida: My one point-and-shoot-under-a-bridge opportunity.

Many of you are blogwriters and I follow your work.  I’m really looking forward to catching up on all the wonderful posts that I missed. I did read some pieces on my tiny iPod screen, but refrained from posting cryptic commentary like  “Picture make happy” on your pages.