The Moment

My family often suggests to me that it’s ok NOT to photograph everything. That sometimes just being in the moment is more important than capturing an image of a moment you may have missed. That is hard for me to do.

I’m working on being in the moment, appreciating the moment, being in the ‘now’ instead of always capturing the best shot in order to share that with others.

This particular image was one of the moments I was very aware of what my family often says to me. I captured the shot and put my camera away…and just stared at the beauty before me.

I thought about how lucky I was to be there, staring at the Grand Tetons, breathing the fresh air, being there with my wife, thinking about my kids and how grateful I am for everything in my life, and suddenly I realized I was doing it again, not being in that exact moment, when I’m not thinking about anything but what is in front of me, and I laughed at how hard that is for me to do, being completely in the moment of something, giving it my all, concentrating on the intricacies of what is before me.

The field before me, the dark green conifers pointing skyward, and suddenly the sharp rising rocks rising up to fill the horizon with nothing but jagged peaks. The snow captured within those rocks at elevation and the blue sky serving as a backdrop.

That is what they mean, my family, what they want me to see, even though I do see it often, through the lens, they expressed the importance of being completely in the moment, aware, appreciative, utilizing all of the senses to fully experience that particular moment.

I did all of that here. Set my camera down and stood there, staring, breathing deeply the clean mountain air, listening to the silence, excited to be there, taking it all in, and again…feeling grateful and blessed for that particular moment, the mindfulness, all of it…

I’m sorry I’ve been away from this page for so long. Covid caught up to me and after a month it still lingers. I thought I’d be better by now. I’m one of those breakthrough cases you hear about, someone who has been vaccinated and still gets Covid, and then the symptoms linger a long time…

I am thankful I got the vaccine. Can’t imagine how it would have affected me if I hadn’t. After this long it gets old, I get frustrated I have a burst of energy and then I’m sacked for the rest of the day. And simultaneously I am very grateful to be here.

It’s affected the podcast, this site, my Instagram page, all of it…and with that it is discouraging trying to so hard and being forced to backslide…

Being down for the count also gives one a ton of time to think, to consider the journey we are on in life and what we should be doing or could be doing.

I awoke today and was inspired that no matter what I would get on FindingSubjects.com and write something. I like writing. I could always write something and then read it on the podcast, yes? Like these words? Maybe that’s something I will do in the future?

That’s the origins of all of this anyways…to take a photograph…and talk about it…and find the subjects within each photograph no matter how deep it may be…

For me, there is always a story behind each photo I take. Maybe I need to fully get behind that mindset and stick with it. Maybe people will like that and get behind it?

I’m running out of energy once again…I hate when this happens…but I have hope it will slowly dissipate and I’ll be back to myself in due time…but until then…I will focus on the moments…continuing to be very appreciative of what was, what will be, and most importantly, what currently is, the moment right in front of me now.

Have a great day, all. Thanks for being here. Thank you for reading.

Tony

Finding Subjects

No Finding This Subject

Walking the Schuylkill River Trail yesterday waiting to meet up with my daughter I came across this electric wheelchair, no occupant.

Plenty of other people were on the walkway but I couldn’t identify the possible owner of this chair anywhere.

I then proceeded to the street above the walkway and saw a man with some baggage reading a book.

Could he have been the owner?

Was it locked?

Can they be locked?

Do they have keys like a car?

Is it possible the occupant could have been relieving themselves in the bushes?

So many questions…

So many police in the area as well, President Biden was arriving in a few hours just across the street.

I’m going to go with the occupant was in the bushes somewhere down by the chair relieving themselves…

A mystery to which a solution may never be known to us…

Exploring Iceland

There’s previous podcast episodes on this very trip and we recorded from this very scene (note Zoom H-6 Recorder in hands), beautiful heading out on the Zodiac to explore icebergs and glaciers.

Check out these Iceland episodes on our previous posted shows!

Have a great day!

Tony

Thank You, Kenya!!! 🇰🇪

Nice chart update today to see Kenya is listening!

Thank you very much folks in Kenya for tuning in. I will give you a strong shoutout on the next show. I appreciate you all greatly!

Thank you so much!

Tony

Finding Subjects Podcast

Fear…

Working on the anxiety. Social anxiety is something I’ve always had although mostly everyone who’s ever known me would not believe it for a second.

Doing a podcast talking to thousands of people. Playing music in a band on stage back in the day, not the places you’d think someone with this issue would be participating.

But it’s true. I feel very awkward in front of people. When in the band, singing, playing guitar, I couldn’t wait until I was off the stage.

This video is about overcoming that. It’s the beginning of a process of me dealing with what I’ve dealt with my entire life, GAD, sometimes paralyzed by this anxiety.

Fear…stage fright if you will…public speaking…all of it…inside I’m yelling at myself to get off the stage…shut the camera off…and simultaneously I’ve got my hand on my back saying ‘You got this, Dude! One step at a time!’

I’m Tony, by the way, the face behind the voice of Finding Subjects Podcast.

You can click on the menu about and find my show. I talk about these types of life events.

Thank you for your time and apologies in advance for any mistakes I make!

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Northern Cardinal

I look forward to seeing these Northern Cardinals. It never gets old.

We have some construction going on and I think that has disrupted the wildlife around our building. It was a welcome site to have this visitor yesterday.

Early Morning Sorte

I don’t believe they hang out together, they were just sharing the same Lake and had a simultaneous departure time on separate runways.

Getting back into the photos. I feel lost without taking pictures.

Took over a very small space in the condo to act as a recording studio. I’m hoping it sounds good for you, next episode will be out Tuesday or Wednesday.

The news has really got me down, we’re at each others throats, everyone is hating each other…

I don’t know the answers. I do know photography makes me feel better though.

Have a great day!!

Tony

Balcony Is Poppin!

The ladies doing a great job with the flowers once again. Even though I’m the only one that hangs out there, they still make it look nice all year round!

Check out the latest podcast if you would. All episode can be found above in the menu!!

Have a great day!

Tony

American Goldfinch

He’s a daily visitor now. Feasting on the Black-eyed Susans and sunflowers, they are almost gone and yet this ones family stops by daily. It’s been a pleasure to have them this year.

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The Marshlands

Miss heading here. It’s been closed ever since the tropical storm came through about a month ago and did some significant damage. love this place. It’s where I grew up running around everyday. It’s my quiet place, well, at least one if my quiet places. Hope it opens back up soon….
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