Category Archives: simplicity

Elderberry Skeleton


3:30pm November 11, 2014
Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Jamestown, NY
Elderberry Skeleton


Japanese Maple


5:00pm October 30, 2014
My Backyard, Jamestown, NY
Japanese Maple







Route 62 – Yes, Again

I drive past this scene every day on my way to work.  But not this scene exactly.  It is different every day.  It all depends on the sun, the clouds, the amount of moisture hanging in the air.  It’s the same and it’s different.  It’s like that saying about never being able to step in the same river twice.  The river is always there… but it’s not the same river that it yesterday, or even one second ago…

Recently, a friend invited readers to make public their convictions.  It is interesting that I keep getting the invitation over and over.  (I’ve been fascinated by the NPR “This I Believe” series for years and have had it in the back of my mind to write mine.)  The same invitation.  But different.

In the early 1980s I participated in EST.  One of my favorite quotes from that training was, “I used to be different, but now I’m the same.”  I can’t articulate exactly what that means to me, but somehow, it’s just so true.

Every time I sit down to write what my convictions are, those things I believe beyond the shadow of a doubt, I am stymied.  Words go up on the screen, and then are erased.

The circumstances of my current situation may be different than they were yesterday… but everything is still the same.  Or… The circumstances of my current situation may be the same today as they were yesterday, but everything is different.

Whatever… I don’t know what I’m talking about…  Does it matter what my convictions are?

The truth is not found in a different set of circumstances. The truth is always and only found in the circumstances you’ve got. – Werner Erhard




As I attempt the exercises of contemplative photography, I find the two hardest categories are “simplicity” and “space.” I’ll keep working on it!