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Season of Decay

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 11 December 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Today I celebrate my first anniversary on Aminus3. It has been a wonderful year for me. I have grown as a photographer because of Am3. But of much greater value is the friendships I have made. I am very grateful.

We are now in a season of decay. However, as we know, extraordinary new life comes out of decay. As my body parts wear out, the beauty and wonder of photography, along with my grandchildren, bring constant new life and profound joy. Soli Deo Gloria.

NEW NIKKOR - I guess all of us Nikon shooters are ready to go out and plunk down $ 5899 on the new Nikkor 300mm prime. (Right; I should have saved this for Silly Tuesday!!)

NIKON D700 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 800 52 mm (35mm equiv.)

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

Happy anniversary. Love this shot so rich and beautiful. It is a great site isn't it

11 Dec 2009 5:24am

@jamesy: Thanks. A marvelous site.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

I am grateful for knowing you Jack. Happy anniversary ! And what a cool shot following your writing :) You are great !

11 Dec 2009 5:28am

@MARIANA: Merci, cher ami.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Happy One Year Anniversary! For some reason I thought you'd been on here much longer than that. I'm not able to plunk down 6 grand for the new Nikkor 300mm prime, but I am thinking about getting my first Nikon DSLR - maybe D5000.

11 Dec 2009 5:50am

@B. Thomas: Thanks, Barb. Such a price for any piece of camera equipment is fantasy land for me. If I bought such a lens, I would also need to finance a divorce. Scott Kelby, the Photoshop guru, dearly loves his D5000; lots of bang for the buck.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

There is ALWAYS beauty around us, even in the decay!

11 Dec 2009 6:40am

@Japanalia: Absolutely.

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Decay, yes...and new growth---absolutely! Wonderful to have met you this year.
Your work and your personal comments have enriched my life and my craft...
as would a $5889 Nikkor; but I will forego the latter, and continue to appreciate the former !!! :-)

11 Dec 2009 6:44am

@Dulcie: Thank you. As for the lens, I don't imagine that Nikon will have a huge sales volume on that one!!

Linerberry from Christchurch, New Zealand

Happy One Year to you Jack:-) Its been a real pleasure to meet you and to see your work...which is an inspiration!!! Thank you also for being Silly Papa for Silly Tuesday whan i was away and being such an all round super chap!!!
As you rightly life comes out of decay...this is a beautiful shot!!!
May we have many more years seeing your images on am3:-)

11 Dec 2009 6:52am

@Linerberry: Thanks, Caroline. And thank you for helping us to lighten up and not take ourselves so seriously.

PATRICK from miramas, France

Happy One Year to you Jack
have a good day

11 Dec 2009 7:30am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Happy Anniversary Jack. Your blog is one of the first I turn to every day for my inspiration..long may it continue. Lovely rich textures in this picture!

11 Dec 2009 7:48am

@MrsAmber: Thanks, Kate.

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Happy Anniversary, Jack.

Wonderful capture, lovely details and texture.

11 Dec 2009 9:35am

@Sarito: Thank you.

dideban from mashhad, Iran

Very beautiful colours

11 Dec 2009 10:05am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

Happy Anniversary! Lovely shot. I like the textures and tones.

11 Dec 2009 10:24am

@Anina: Thanks.

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Voir un arbre mort me fait toujours infiniment de peine, j'ai beaucoup de respect pour les arbres et leurs blessures me touchent.

11 Dec 2009 11:31am

@Marie LC: I feel an emotional connection with this decaying wood. Knowing that it will ultimately nurture new life is comforting.

Marie LC from Voiron, France

happy birthday Jack with a lots of french kiss !

11 Dec 2009 11:32am

@Marie LC: Merci, cher ami.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I love the richness of the tones and colours, the textures show well too.

11 Dec 2009 11:45am

@Curly: Thanks.

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

I wish you a nice birthday with Aminus3 photography and then a new year full of friendship and sharing. Be assured of my sincere friendship!

11 Dec 2009 12:03pm

@Mathilde Collot: Merci cher ami.

Frances Berry from Athens, GA, United States

This is lovely sentiment Jack. Thank you for sharing and Happy Am3 Anniversary!! I hope in a year that I can look back and say the same thing.

11 Dec 2009 12:46pm

@Frances Berry: Thanks, Frances. Hope that you enjoy the journey as much as I have.

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Du bois pour le feu de cheminée....Joli

11 Dec 2009 2:04pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

excellent details!

11 Dec 2009 2:13pm

@Luca Bobbiesi: Thank you.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Happy Anniversary Jack and I hope many more of these beautiful photo will follow! Love the colors and texture in this still life of decay, great post processing.

11 Dec 2009 2:40pm

@Monique: Thank you.

Bigezbear from New Orleans, United States

Happy anniversary, buddy, keep the images coming. Obviously, the parts of you that are wearing out aren't the ones you use to see and contemplate the wondrous world you live in.

11 Dec 2009 2:52pm

@Bigezbear: Thank you.

BJ from Murfreesboro, United States

very poetic, happy photoversary, and I am right with you on the photography and grandkids enriching your life

11 Dec 2009 3:11pm

@BJ: Thanks.

Mhélène from Paris, France

A great composition of these old trunc in vegetation !

11 Dec 2009 3:48pm

@Mhélène: Merci.

Slackwater - don from spokane, United States

A fine shot of the decay with excellent detail and rich color. Congrats on your year of am3! I enjoy your work on a daily basis. I too have a few body parts which are showing signs of wear and tear! :-)

11 Dec 2009 4:08pm

@Slackwater - don: Yep, Don; we old farts must stick together!!

Self-Indulgence from Chicago, United States

To me the logs look like they are embracing, lovers laying down for the last time perhaps. Or, maybe it is not the last time but this love that leads to rebirth as you say, a circle of life. Happy Anniversary, Jack. Nice to have met you.

11 Dec 2009 4:16pm

@Self-Indulgence: Thanks, Kris. I love your comment.

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Happy anniversary in Am3 Jack. I am happy to look at her beautiful pictures. They are a great example for me! All my friends, Adela

11 Dec 2009 4:22pm

@Fonts: Gracias.

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

... A curious and nice composition. Very well thought out the situation of the logs! A nice scene. Am3 greetings and congratulations and good humor! Adela

11 Dec 2009 4:27pm

@Fonts: Gracias.

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

Congratulations and happy anniversary, Jack. Here's to the next year. Re-your comment on Mr Rawluk's image today, you know, this here image has a strangely sexual overtone to my eyes.... a little like two trees entering into a spot of naked mud wrestling.... I'll get my coat now!

Have a great weekend.

11 Dec 2009 5:42pm

@SOUL AFLAME: Thanks, Paul. You, too, have a great weekend.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Nice one, Jack. Love that rich wood color.

11 Dec 2009 6:54pm

@LauraS: Thanks, Laura.

k@ from Paris, France

Long life to your page, Jack, we're almost twins on Am3 ;) I always enjoy what you share with generosity, your superb images and advices, thanks for both ~ 

11 Dec 2009 9:13pm

@k@: Merci mon ami.

Marianne Be. from Toulouse, France

Very nice birthday whith us, Jack , and long life on this blog !!!
Love your composition and tones of the trunc !!!
nice day !

11 Dec 2009 10:08pm

@Marianne Be.: Merci cher ami.

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

A great photographer draw viewers into the image he/she captured - here I can feel the dampness on the ground and smell the earthy scent of the fallen tree trunks... Congratulations on reaching the one-year mark. I look forward to seeing many many more great shots by you.

11 Dec 2009 10:12pm

@dabbler: Thank you.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a good birthday on aminus ,jack ,so funny shot !
friendships !

11 Dec 2009 10:25pm

@marc battault: Merci mon ami.

Momo from Montpellier, France

many more jack...autumn can be a hard time of year with the light fading, the cold coming, and trees and such going to sleep for the winter, but aren't the first weeks of spring grand :-)

I may not comment on all your images, but i've seen 'em all...coming by for a daily dose of Jack...

11 Dec 2009 10:39pm

@Momo: Thanks, Morris. We D700 users must stick together.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Happy first anniversary! Quite the composition of textures seen here. Soon it will all be buried in white glistening snow. Unless it makes its way to the fireplace first.

11 Dec 2009 10:56pm

@Steven: Actually not much snow in Corvallis. We had one snow last winter.

Levi Cusio from West Vancouver, Canada

happy 1st anniversary jack! thanks for sharing your work here on aminus3. great seeing your art and looking forward to seeing more. cheers!

11 Dec 2009 11:01pm

@Levi Cusio: Thank you.

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Canada

Happy Birthday! This looks like a Christmas log, is this your birthday cake? ;-)

12 Dec 2009 12:37am

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: It's more like a metaphor for Jack! Thanks for the Am3 BD wishes.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Congratulations on the year, Jack.

12 Dec 2009 1:20am

mohkum from Muscat, Oman

Congrats. and happy anniversary! Lovely shot here

12 Dec 2009 2:23am

@mohkum: Thank you.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Beautiful lines you wrote - I´m very happy having met you here and love to see more of your work ;)
Happy posting aniversary!

12 Dec 2009 3:35pm

@daniela scharnowski: Thank you.

Barbara from Florida, United States

Happy AM3 Anniversary to you, Jack. Proof the colors and textures of decay do offer beauty while new growth hides beneath. I too have gained from this wonderful community and have been inspired by fellow photographers like you. While you have always given us wonderful images, I can see your passion in how and what you capture.
Congratulations for one year of beautiful photography here on AM3.

12 Dec 2009 7:17pm

@Barbara: Thanks, Barb. I think that I have improved more as a photographer during this year than any other since I started my photographic journey in 1950.

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Season of decay is not bad. We have lots of things to take pictures. Congratulations for your first anniversary !

13 Dec 2009 8:18am