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

Pictures From The Road

I’m back from my travels, sorry I haven’t put any photographs up. More than half the time zero internet or cell service. Can’t say that I miss being reconnected. There’s something about being disconnected to reconnect with the nature around us.

This massive beast looking over at us. We were safe roughly fifty yards away. Couldn’t help but think of how many of these incredible creatures we simply slaughtered by hunters and settlers, wasted for their skin only, not harvested for food expect by the native Americans.

Hope all is well with everyone.

Tony

#buffalo #YellowstoneNationalPark #Bison #Wyoming #USA

Northern Goshawk?

I’ve been trying to get a photo of this hunter of the skies for a very long time.

I often see it when it’s too late, in the midst of its steep dive onto its prey, for a while I believed someone was operating a drone and dropping it to ground quickly, but then realized its a raptor of some sort.

It lurks very high, floating when it can in wind gusts, scanning below, often turning its head completely to study the space beneath, and then it happens…wings fold, it drops from the sky at an angle, opening, adjusting wings to stay on course, and then, gone below the tree line where I am certain it gets its prey…

Common Snapping Turtle

Something most of us will never see, the mating ritual of the common snapping turtle. Saw these two lovebirds yesterday.

Gestation period is around 90 days.

They lay their eggs between April and November, May and June the most common months.

They will lay their eggs in the same place each year, and often have a clutch of 20-80 eggs. Temperatures between 73-80 degrees F will produce males, slightly above or below those temps with produce both sexes, and more extreme temperatures will produce females.

Life expectancy of the common snapping turtle in the wild is less than that of the Alligator Snapper. Whereas the common snapper will live longer than the Alligator snapper in captivity.

Great time of the year to visit your local marshlands or wildlife center!

Looking Up

The underbelly of an arriving aircraft at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

Yesterday I put up a podcast that had myself playing guitar, but I think I got too close to duplicating commercial music, so I voluntarily removed that content just to not overstep the legality of playing commercial music on a podcast.

The problem is, commercial songs are copywritten, which means they are protected from duplication and disbursement by anyone other than authorized parties. A podcast is an actual recording which can be download and saved, shared etc…

Anyways, I will still play the guitar in the future, or at least attempt to, but play only my own material.

Always the Last Boy Scout!

Have a great day!

Tony

Dusk: Lake Placid

Lake Placid, New York, USA.

Sun below the horizon behind our hotel in Lake Placid.

Got out of the truck and stood there for a bit to enjoy the scene.

Sunrise and sunsets never get old!

Delaware River Tug

Made my way down to the Delaware River the other day.

Saw this tugboat heading north from the Delaware Memorial Bridge towards me.

Something about being near the water I’ve always enjoyed, always have, back from the days of my youth with my father bringing me to work on the ships he worked on, and even now just to see them on the water.

This tug was about one mile south. To the north is the Commodore Barry Bridge.

Nikon D5300, Sigma 150-500mm, overcast day.

Disconnecting To Connect

Podcast episode of this same name dropping tomorrow!

Please tune in! Thanks for listening!

Tony

Hazy overcast day, this crew flew by, and oddly, it became my favorite shot of the day…
Some forest shrooms. I know nothing about mushrooms, other than some taste great stuffed with crabmeat or when accompanying a
Ribeye Steak.
This Squirrel loves a KIND bar. Not certain if the chocolate is any good for them, but it’s all I had on this freezing cold day and it was begging for food.
A common site but one I can’t get enough of. People seem unimpressed with Canada Geese, but to me they are fascinating, sure, they crap a lot, but so do humans.

Why disconnect to connect? It’s something I have to do. The hectivity of the world gets to me a lot of times where I just feel the need to unplug from our technical world and dissipate into nature.

Things seem less complicated there, less, hectic, less, ‘fast paced’, and it’s where I can slow my thoughts and contemplate all that I am thankful and grateful for.

Covid-19 and all of it’s restrictions has gotten to me to a point I feel a need to get out into nature more often than I do. Social media is having the same affect. Posting a photo on Instagram and hoping for more likes…why? Putting up a podcastcast episode and hoping for greater numbers…why?

I have a message to share, one of positivity, appreciation, but what if it’s a message that will only be shared by a few?

Well than that’s the way it is…

White Throated Sparrow

Nice visit by this guy on the balcony this morning. Hope he comes back.

Nikon D5300 Sigma 150-500mm

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.

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