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Header # 20 – Vermont, Lake Champlain, View From Our Window

13 Sep

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Vermont, Lake Champlain, View From Our Window

A state of mind, a way of being.

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September 13, 2014

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Vermont

Well. It’s been awhile since my last header change. Since February 6th of this year, it looks like!

Sheila and I are about end another wonderful stay in her home state of Vermont.

Seems extra hard to say good-bye this time around.

This image, taken from the upstairs bedroom window of our apartment, carries a lot of what I feel about this small state, one so much like my own, Texas. A ruggedness and strong sense of independence. A sincere attempt to be fair. Though my own state of Texas was a bit better at this in the more recent past, I think. :-)

There’s steadfastness in the mountains, and borders of living foliage changing with the season. Mist obscures yet softens the distances. A lighthouse stands guard, rebuilt upon protecting lines with a place to pass. And what seems to pass, day in and day out the most that I’ve seen? The playfulness of small sailboats upon a wide long stretch.

A nice thing to take away and put up as my next header. (smiles)

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Me at Thompson Park near Stowe, Vermont, Fall of 2012.

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Header # 19 – What’s My Blog About?

6 Feb

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What’s My Blog About?

Embodying availability of my fiction, poetry, and image work via eBooks, Subscription services, Audio Books, and Gifts.

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Items for Sale?  Of Course, But Not Entirely…

Sure, I offer and want to sell (make a living with) original work I’ve created and placed into eBooks, AudioBooks, Gift items, and ebook Subscription services.

Info on those can be found on my tabs the top of each page.

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But what I’ve come to see is, I’m selling (to myself and others) the idea that inspiration, happiness, gratitude, and hopefulness, is possible – in everyday life for regular folk.

  • I try to create imagery that’s inspiring to me, and hopefully for others.
  • I try to evolve story lines that have a sense of happiness and hope with everyday life.
  • Most of my stories are about children, but written for adults.
  • Most of my poetry is seeking a song.

And it’s hard to sing, just about anything, and not be moved.

I hope you find something to inspire you, propel you, comfort you, or want to seek the same thing out in your own life.

I have enough faith that most of us will come to conclusions that let us all live together in a good peace.  One that promotes all our well-being.

These posts, books, poems, stories, gifts, and images – are reminders to myself, as much, if not more, than anyone else…

Thank you so much, all the best wishes, for all of us! :-)

Sincerely,

adan

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Me at Thompson Park near Stowe, Vermont, Fall of 2012.

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Header # 18 – American Robins in Snow (Vermont Photography)

25 Dec
American Robin in Snow, Vermont © Felipe Adan Lerma

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American Robins in Snow (Vermont Photography)

This image : full image for “Inspirations from Life – Thirty Three Years of Poems and Images” – cropped for current header.

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Header # 18 – American Robins in Snow (Photography)

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Winter 2013 – 14

Winter starts late here in Central Texas, sometimes not at all, simply stopping by for a few days.

But in Vermont, where this image was taken, winter is often still hanging on into spring time.  Shot through our back bedroom window (opened, briefly, for better angles and less glare) these robins had scouted out a small bush chock full of red berries.

I’ve a nice post on the berries in the snow.  My first big snow in Vermont actually.

Some day, soon I hope, I’ll do a post or a small ebook on how the robins surveyed the area, gathered, then stripped any sign of the berries having been there at all!  Amazing.

Meanwhile, my hopes and wishes for a wonderful 2014 for all of us.

Sincerely,

adan

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American Robin in Snow, Vermont © Felipe Adan Lerma

American Robins in Snow, Vermont © Felipe Adan Lerma

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Header # 18 American Robins in Snow

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Me at Thompson Park near Stowe, Vermont, Fall of 2012.

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Header # 17 – First Autumn Day in Austin (Photography)

26 Sep

Texas Shorts Vol 1 med***

Short stories set in Texas (Austin and Galveston).

Available singly, or in the five story collection, “Texas Shorts Vol 1.”

Features the cast of extended family characters in several novels and numerous other short stories, including “Paris Shorts.”

Six cousins spending the night in tents in the back yard with friends, going to Galveston, and along the Hike & Bike.  Ages nine through “almost” eighteen.

Suitable for all ages.  Especially grown-ups who like kids. ;-)

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Header # 17 – First Autumn Day in Austin (Photography)

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Happy First Day of Autumn 2013, Austin

First day of autumn 2013 here in Austin saw the best weather since the first part of May!  So said the weatherman, who I think was correct, and, so says our resident potted plant lizard (who had a baby recently).

Yes, it’s true, it’s been almost a hundred since then, but, one day, autumn will return again.  And our lizard friend will show herself again. ;-)

Below are the full size and header cropped versions.

The total picture version was originally a 20 meg file, and the nice detail and nuance, I think, shows in the cropped header.

After cropping and a quick auto tone correct punch, only the barest whisk-whisk brush swipes of sharpening, saturating, and lightening were done, like passing glimmers of thought.

Happy return of fall weather everyone! ;-)

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Header # 16 – Summer, Austin Texas (Photography, PhotoPoem)

9 Aug

The Children (Shorts) The Slumber Party

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Short story set in Austin, Texas.

Available singly, or in the four story collection, “Texas Shorts.

Features the cast of extended family characters in several novels and numerous other short stories, including “Paris Shorts.”

Six cousins spending the night in tents in the back yard, with friends.  Ages nine through “almost” eighteen.

Suitable for all ages.  Especially grown-ups who like kids. ;-)

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Header # 16 – Summer, Austin Texas

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August 9th, about the time in New England, places further north, north of Austin Texas anyways ;-) people are starting to prepare to turn on their heat in the evenings, or maybe a few mornings, lamenting the end of their short run of summer.

We here in Austin don’t have that problem much, or at all. ;-)

Right now, almost 1/3 the way through August, we’re “maybe” half way through the worst of the heat, usually lasting til mid to late September.  Whew!

And this image, is of the old railroad trestle crossing Lady Bird Lake.  I’ve done paintings of this bridge, viewed from the Pedestrian Bridge seen in the distance, under the train crossing span.

Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting our three middle grandchildren for almost a week, and I took them early to the Hike & Bike Trail there along the lake, courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson’s brilliant farsightedness and willingness to drag Austin into having a beauty of a spot for its residents.

Walking along, seeing one of the sights along the way (see beauty link above), I saw the train coming, and barely got my phone camera on and pointed before it had crossed heading north.

Of course the granddaughters had all gun slinger’ed their cameras out, shot a bunch of pictures, and were checking out what they’d captured, by the time I got my picture.  But that’s ok, we all agreed it was great luck seeing the train roar by.  Felt closer than it was!

The full image is below.

Have a great summer, or rest of it, everyone. :-)

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Train over Lady Bird Lake Austin Texas, Summer 2013 © Felipe Adan Lerma

Train over Lady Bird Lake
Austin Texas, Summer 2013
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Header # 15 – Early Spring Austin Texas (Photography, PhotoPoem)

17 Mar

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Header # 15 – Early Spring Austin Texas

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With record heat starting to flirt with the stats on a regular basis ;-) spring, which had begun to spring, has leaped out in full bloom

these were tiny little sprouts along a corner of the backyard and have now officially taken over!

which is fine with us, we like them

happy spring everyone!

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Header # 14 – Birds in a Tree, Winter Austin (Photography, PhotoPoem)

12 Jan

PhotoPoems Book One, Seven VolumesHeader # 14 – Birds in a Tree, Winter Austin

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Header # 14 – Birds in a Tree, Winter Austin

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Birds in Winter Tree Photography © Felipe Adan Lerma

Birds in Winter Tree
Photography © Felipe Adan Lerma

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typically, when i post about a new header, i also post the original image

this time, because i plan to use the full image in a photopoem, i’ll skip that til then

also, yes ;-) i did have another header recently, that i didn’t do a header post on, my happy new year from austin 2013 header, but it was a quick momentary upload just to have something for new years and arriving in austin

close to where we’re staying in austin, near the area of barton springs rd and south first, tons of birds hang out, on the wires, around the temporary food courts serviced by food trucks (something austin has done really well developing i think), and of course in trees

this shot is almost on riverside drive, between the long center for the performing arts, and lady bird (town) lake

but one can spot these critters flitting around almost everywhere people hand out and might drop food ;-)

we’re still very much struggling, recovering from i guess, a very bad bug strain that our tired systems coping with the onslaught of forgotten allergies finally succumbed to -

so stay healthy everyone,  i wish us all the best!

adan

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Header # 13 – Paris, Notre Dame Quai (Photography, PhotoPoem)

11 Nov

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Pictured Left : New – Slumming in Paris Part Two – With the Children, Welcome to Paris

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Header Art # 13 –  Paris, Notre Dame Quai

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Notre Dame Quai - © Felipe Adan Lerma

Notre Dame Quai – © Felipe Adan Lerma

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Quai at Notre Dame

the quais in paris have a storied past, and much like the seawall in galveston or the riverwalk in san antonio, they provide close access to the water in a relatively safe and potentially enjoyable manner

it’s hard to see real well, but the small bridge crossing the water to notre dame is packed with people – good thing we’re here in the off-season ;-)

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850th Anniversary of Notre Dame, December 12, 2012

we just found out, venturing around the ancient cathedral, that on dec 12th, there’ll be a celebration of the church’s birthday so to speak

i’m assuming the 850 years is from a specific point of finish, as it seems i’ve read construction went on for over two hundred years

either way ;-) this looks like a great event

oh, and dec 12th is the start date of the celebration, which continues into dec of 2013 – now that’s a party ;-)

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Comme Chai Toi

i want to add that my wife and i had a fabulous meal at a new restaurant, chomme chai toi, right across from the side of notre dame, with an incredible view

with food to match in terms of quality

we met the owner, who’s a chef, and feel this is a place we can recommend based on our visit there ;-)

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Cropping, and Other Image Editing Choices

visually, choosing where to crop from the full size image, to create my header, was an extra challenge

I moved my crop box up and down several times, checking the feel of the image, and finally opted for just a hair above the three arches

also, my original angle has the bridge slanting down to the right too much, so i rotated the image a hair

finally, seeing that the global exposure adjustments didn’t quite work for me, i used a large brush size for the dodge tool, then retracted spots that got washed out too much via the history tool

some of the fall color remnants were given justice under the cloud cover, so the dodge tool helped bring some of that color out

all in all, i like it ;-)

whether i’ll do another header for paris before we leave mid dec, i don’t know yet, we’ll see ;-)

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Header # 12 – Mid Autumn, Vermont 2012 (Photography, PhotoPoem)

2 Nov

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Header Art # 12 – Mid Autumn, Vermont 2012.

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Header Art # 12 –  Autumn Vermont 2012

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Header #12 Mountains with Fog

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Mountains with Fog © 2012 Felipe Adan Lerma

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One More Vermont Header Image

my wife and i thought we would be gone from vermont at this time, but our departure delay due to hurricane sandy has us staying in my wife’s beautiful home state just a little longer

vermont, unlike stretches and areas of my home state, texas, seems to have few areas one couldn’t say was beautiful, or at least nice to look at

the state is like one giant postcard ;-)

even in the dreariest of times, this remains so; whether it’s because this is new to me, or is more generally so for most anyone, this is another great example -

my previous header image, of the peak of fall foliage up near stowe at smuggler’s notch, was an easy one, though involving fantastic luck getting to that image’s spot at the right moment before it was gone

this image, in mid autumn here, also very near stowe, at one of the trapp family lodge’s dining spots, is of the lull between the colors of fall and the snows of winter – yet, for me, still a beauty

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The Cropping Challenge

in this instance, my task was choosing between a higher or lower horizontal line in my cropping

one click higher, and my focus swept away from the trees and old wood structure to the mountains -

one click lower, and i felt a great sweep up the land to the tree line, but lost the sense of power from the mountains in the background -

so this header is a compromise i’m satisfied with: clarity of the trees and farmhouse cafe, and enough visibility of the mountains to see the fog-cloud rolling over some of the tops

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The Exposure Setting Challenge

then, adjusting the exposure setting of the foreground (grass, trees, and building) while differently adjusting what i wanted to show in the sky and mountain slopes, took some experimentation with photoshop’s exposure tool, including the brush tool set to a history setting -

all in all, a fun creative project ;-)

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Prayers for Those Suffering Because of Hurricane Sandy

finally, as i enjoyed my creative work in a temporary and quite comfortable setting, i know from past experience the suffering many are feeling trying to manage to get through the increasingly cold wet weather, often without power and other needs – our prayers to all

and for those who have lost loved ones, which i have not had yet to experience from a storm, my deepest possible prayers

best wishes to all….

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Header # 11 – Peak Autumn, Vermont 2012 (Photography, PhotoPoem)

7 Oct

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Header Art # 11 – Peak Autumn, Vermont 2012.

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Header Art # 11 – Peak Autumn Vermont 2012

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A Road Into Depth

the colors were

enticing

and the curve

more than

gentle enough

but it was the depth

of promise

that called me through

to you

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last year, this time of year, despite most the folk here saying it was a poor autumn fall color season, i saw more fall foliage than all my years before

this year put last year to, i’m glad to say, to shame ;-)

of weeks of highs in the 60s and 50s, this was the one 70s day in a long while, and we were fortunate to have the time and means to travel about an hour east of burlington vermont, up toward smuggler’s notch, and get these views and this shot

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