Miles Beyond

It’s in the details.

There seems to be a little hope these days. There is a little light at the end of the tunnel. That’s if we don’t blow it. We are tired. We are lonely. I get that. But, they say that it’s not how you start. It’s how you finish.

So, let’s finish strong. Let’s do what got us to this place one year on. Let’s get jabbed. Let’s wear our masks. Let’s try to keep our distance until they day come that we don’t need to think about this stuff.

Two things come to mind. Well, three.

There is fear that the variants could reinfect those who have made it through the virus. Those who got sick and those who didn’t.

There is talk of another warm weather surge.

Finally, while I was walking the dogs we ran into a woman who I hadn’t seen in a year. We were both very happy to see each other standing.

It was a nice reunion.

Let’s hope there are more to come with family members, friends, and colleagues.

With those who we meet lets stay vigilant. Let’s make sure that we don’t accidentally start some kind of spreader event, super spreader or mini spreader. We don’t need either.

I hope to eventually get back on the road. I keep reading that small bands are playing some club dates. I’m not sure about that. The clubs are broke. So are a lot of musicians. Both need this, but are they ready for it?

Touring acts have other issues, not the least is being able to buy tour insurance. Tour insurance covers a lot umbrella issues. It’s gotten to the point that promoters in England are asking the government to intercede on their behalf and force insurers to underwrite tours.

Of course, this comes from the country of Brexit so who do they think they are kidding?

All of this is the long way of saying we are getting close to some kind of recovery so be patient.

Spring. The time of rebirth and recovery. When I saw this scene I knew what I had.

An old tree, new grass and moss. The placement of the moss proves the point about where it grows, on the north side of a tree.

I saw this scene on yet another dog walk. I take a lot of them. Some dogs want their own walks, others are happy to go with their pack. There are a couple who want two walks a day.

I cover a lot of ground on some days. And, on some days not so much.

Often the dogs are content to find a nice place, sit and watch the world go by.

The picture was easy to make. See it. Press the button.

The real question in my mind was how to keep everything sharp enough in post production. I wanted the woody look of the tree to stand out. And, I wanted to grass to almost seem three dimensional as it appeared over the tree.

It took some work. I may have accidentally created a tool to do that. I’ll test it a couple of times and tell you about it.

Stay strong. Stay mighty. Stay patient. Enjoy all the nice days as spring keeps rolling around.



8 responses to “Miles Beyond”

  1. Judi Castille Avatar

    Feeling tired too. Frustrations with not being able to get the materials for business, postage and custom fees being high, but soldiering on and hustling I suppose. Been using Instgram and started fabric designing and other products…good feedback but the blogging slowed. Its been hard not being able to go back to UK…but honestly scared I would see a London I barely recognized. Take care. Oh I pulled my back trying to start the darn mower! Grrr.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      We are going through a lot of the same thing. In my other life, we cannot get raw materials to make CDs for love or money. I know where the product is, languishing in a giant traffic jam of ships in the Los Angeles harbor.

      I post on Instagram, but I’m not a big fan. I find photography to be very derivative.

      My back seems fine. I had my procedure was two super strength epidurals in two locations at one time. Two weeks after that have little or no pain… for the first time in five years.

      Take care.


      1. Judi Castille Avatar

        That’s great news. Bet it feels a little odd feeling normal. When my migraines clear i wonder how wierd it must be to always have a clear head. I dont use Instagram for photo work, more to connect as simply another social network. It’s been very helpful in connecting me.
        I am currently designing fabrics and have a few other design projects in hand so my blogging a bit erratic, but just happy to be take care too. Glad your back is doing great. X

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      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Certainly. I still get up with the aches and pains of age. But, after a coffee and some stretches I feel pretty good. I don’t know what I think about social networks. There are days when I think I’m done with them all, but like you that’s how I connect with people.

        My family’s business was manufacturing drapes and curtains. They sold it in the last 70s or early 80s. Hard business.


      3. Judi Castille Avatar

        I worked at The Curtain Exchange and it was wholesale and retail and yes very tiring and stressful. Might be just curtains but at the end of it it’s all down to manufacturing and sales.

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      4. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Nah. Distribution is king.


      5. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        I was reading your blog about flowers. You said you bought a camera. A cannon. Did you really buy a big gun? Heh, heh… One other thing, a friend of mine says that photographers are painters in a hurry. And, finally. No we don’t have traditional gatekeepers anymore. Instead we have billions of terrible works of art in every form. Lucky us.


      6. Judi Castille Avatar

        It was Mark III plus a macro lens, zoom and wide angle. Set me back a bit but photos are great. Sadly too busy at moment to get out with it plus not set up system yet to efficiently deal with for social media….but working on it. Want it mainly for landscapes for fabric designing..lots if ideas. I agree, painting is slower but then again taking an interesting photo isnt quick.


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