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but there's no shortage of irony.

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I flunked charm school.

So what.

Can't write anything.

= Jennifer =

Causing considerable consternation
to many fine folk since 1957

Pepper and me ... Seattle 1962

  

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= Jenny the Pirate =

Hoist The Colors

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I am a Blue Star Mother

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Insist on yourself; never imitate.

Your own gift you can present

every moment

with the cumulative force

of a whole life’s cultivation;

but of the adopted talent of another

you have only an extemporaneous

half possession.

That which each can do best,

none but his Maker can teach him.

= Ralph Waldo Emerson =

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Represent:

The Black Velvet Coat

In The Market, As It Were

 

 

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Contributor to

American Cemetery

published by Kates-Boylston

A Pistol With One Shot

Ecstatically shooting everything in sight using my beloved Nikon D3100 with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G VR kit lens and AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G prime lens.

Also capturing outrageous beauty left and right with my Nikon D7000 blissfully married to my Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D AF prime glass. Don't be jeal.

And then there was the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f:3.5-5.6G ED VR II zoom. We're done here.

Dying Is A Day Worth Living For

I am a taphophile

Word. Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

Great things are happening at

Find A Grave

If you don't believe me, click the pics.

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Dying is a wild night

and a new road.

Emily Dickinson

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REMEMBRANCE

When I am gone

Please remember me

 As a heartfelt laugh,

 As a tenderness.

 Hold fast to the image of me

When my soul was on fire,

The light of love shining

Through my eyes.

Remember me when I was singing

And seemed to know my way.

Remember always

When we were together

And time stood still.

Remember most not what I did,

Or who I was;

Oh please remember me

For what I always desired to be:

A smile on the face of God.

David Robert Brooks
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 Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.

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Keep To The Code

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You Want To Find This
The Promise Of Redemption

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I BELIEVED, AND THEREFORE HAVE I SPOKEN; we also believe, and therefore speak;

Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

II Corinthians 4

Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it, have never known it again.

~ Ronald Reagan

Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

Not Without My Effects

My Compass Works Fine

The Courage Of Our Hearts

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Daft Like Jack

 "I can name fingers and point names ..."

And We'll Sing It All The Time
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That Dog Is Never Going To Move

~ RIP JAVIER ~

1999-2016

Columbia's Finest Chihuahua

Simple. Easy To Remember.

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Wednesday
Sep232015

Another season for loving Dagny

In South Carolina, spring and fall often feel like summer. Winter often feels like spring and/or fall. Summer never feels like anything but summer.

So it is that when temperatures cool into the high seventies to low eighties range, and the killer humidity for which the South is known begins to sound retreat, we venture out for photo shoots.

If it's portrait shooting I'm craving, my only readily-accessible grandchild is the usual subject.

Yesterday was such a time. Because, News Flash: I love training a lens -- any lens -- on Dagny's face.

Yesterday, doubly inspired by the acquisition of a new piece of camera equipment -- for which I'd longed throughout several summers, winters, springs, and falls -- I asked Audrey if we could take baby to the park.

Naturally my daughter said yes, not just because she's a great mom -- which she is -- but because she knows how much her fifteen-month-old loves to be outside.

You will no doubt notice that Dagny is rarely separated from her snack cup of Cheerios. She noshes more or less constantly during waking hours.

We think she may be addicted to what we call Chee-Ohs (dubbed same by my three-year-old grandson Andrew), but we are not alarmed.

It would be un-American not to love Cheerios. Am I right? Catnip for babies.

And she doesn't get the sugared honey nut kind. Well, at least not all the time.

Dagny's mama pays attention to the sugar content of everything that goes into Dagny's mouth. As it should be.

We are fortunate that Daggy is an eager eater. She is fascinated by food and will try just about anything.

For example, I think it's hysterically funny that she scarfs sweet potatoes. When my children -- all four of them -- were young, they became agitated at the sight of sweet potatoes.

We have had many a scene -- some involving actual vomiting -- at holiday tables when the kids were required to take a spoonful of sweet potatoes and their father insisted they eat it.

Good times.

But Dagny? You ain't gonna skeer that young'un with a yam. Nosirree bobtail.

At any rate she enjoyed the park yesterday, wheeled around as she was in her umbrella stroller by her mommy, getting out to pose amongst golden leaves and on low steps and on inviting benches and swings. And that loving lap.

Alas, Dag's good mood didn't last all that long -- outside scenery notwithstanding -- because she needed a nap, but owing to my snap-happiness and the fact that I shoot at a fast clip, we got the job done in record time.

And now our impromptu but fruitful photo opportunity is in the books. Another sweet stage of Dagny's life is documented.

With that we wish a blessed and beautiful autumn harvest season to everyone.

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Happy Shooting

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This session was shot using a Nikon D7000 paired with

Nikon's fabulous AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6G ED VR II zoom lens

in blissfully natural light.

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Friday
Jul102015

Pure joy

A few years back I took this photo at a vintage filling station in downtown Newberry, South Carolina.

I loved the vivid blue with white, and the chevron design, and the way the grass had encroached on one-third of the Pure Oil logo -- only a trifle worse for wear -- painted right onto the veined and spotted cement.

Last week while TG and I toured tiny Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina, he driving, me riding shotgun, eagle-eyed for compelling photographic subjects that could be captured without leaving the air-conditioned comfort of the car, I spotted a vintage Pure Oil sign.

That same gorgeous blue. The intriguing chevron pattern in a circle, no beginning and no end, its design suggesting the rick-rack trim Mama used to sew onto little dresses.

And what a sign, all rust-riddled weatherbeaten vintage Americana, with the backdrop of a storm-brewy sky fully cooperating.

Shot from the passenger side (open) window.

I live for such moments.

Now I'm on the lookout for more breathtaking blue-and-white Pure Oil logos to add to this burgeoning collection. Preferably at least one featuring the words Be Sure With Pure.

Good times.

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Happy Shooting

Wednesday
May062015

Repaired and remained

A few days ago I got a bee in my bonnet to organize a photo shoot at the Old Brick Church in Jenkinsville, South Carolina.

I'd read about the church on the Internet. There was mention of a cemetery dating back to the eighteenth century.

TG offered to drive me there, the location being singularly remote and rural.

But it wasn't far; we drove for only a half hour or so before finding the church, which waited quietly for us in the late-day calm.

Some such forays to secluded and forgotten venues end in disappointment. Not this one.

The location is sublime. A quiet two-lane road thick with trees, no other structure in sight.

If I had a complaint, it would be that the trees were so numerous, there was no hope of getting photos of what was becoming a pretty decent sunset.

But at such times, you've got to pick your battles.

The photographer's golden hour isn't really an hour. It's not even a fifty-minute hour. It's more like a half hour.

Or so. But I keep snapping until the last drop of light has been squeezed from the sky to light my subject.

And on this occasion I worked quickly.

The old church itself is exquisite and so pristinely kept, I couldn't stop looking at it. The way it dominates the site without being intrusive is a marvel.

The graveyard -- although minus angels -- is the kind I dream of finding. It too is maintained meticulously while still being allowed to retain its wild, long-ago feel.

There are many very old graves, some dating back to the late seventeen hundreds, when the church was built.

It has been nearly a century since folks worshipped there formally, but it wasn't hard to imagine what an ideal place for collective worship it once was.

As usual, TG looked out for me while reading grave markers, which he enjoys doing while I take as many pictures as I can before the light is gone.

I will go back to the Old Brick Church and graveyard in another season, at another time of day, to catch it in a different mood, of which (experience has taught me) all such places have many.

Although my visit was brief, it was a singular privilege to have seen and walked and photographed this pretty and poignant spot.

Likewise it is a privilege to share it with you.

And that is all for now.

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Happy Shooting

Tuesday
Apr142015

Parking it with Dagny

"What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?"

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best --" and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.

And then he thought that being with Christopher Robin was a very good thing to do, and having Piglet near was a very friendly thing to have; and so, when he had thought it all out, he said, "What I like best in the whole world is Me and Piglet going to see You, and You saying 'What about a little something?' and Me saying, 'Well, I shouldn't mind a little something, should you, Piglet,' and it being a hummy sort of day outside, and birds singing."

"I like that too," said Christopher Robin, "but what I like doing best is Nothing."

"How do you do Nothing?" asked Pooh, after he had wondered for a long time.

"Well, it's when people call out at you just as you're going off to do it, What are you going to do, Christopher Robin, and you say, Oh, nothing, and then you go and do it."

"Oh, I see," said Pooh.

"This is a nothing sort of thing that we're doing now."

"Oh, I see," said Pooh again.

"It means just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering."

"Oh!" said Pooh.

They walked on, thinking of This and That, and by-and-by they came to an enchanted place on the very top of the Forest called Galleons Lap, which is sixty-something trees in a circle; and Christopher Robin knew that it was enchanted because nobody had ever been able to count whether it was sixty-three or sixty-four, not even when he tied a piece of string round each tree after he counted it.

Being enchanted, its floor was not like the floor of the Forest, gorse and bracken and heather, but close-set grass, quiet and smooth and green. It was the only place in the Forest where you could sit down carelessly, without getting up again almost at once and looking for somewhere else.

Sitting there they could see the whole world spread out until it reached the sky, and whatever there was all the world over was with them in Galleons Lap.

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Happy Shooting

Monday
Dec082014

Girls. Eureka! Girls.

For six months -- ever since Dagny was born -- we've been meaning to do a mother-baby shoot.

With the exception of those few studio shots of five-week-old Dagny in her mother's arms, wearing Etsy-bought angel wings and screaming her head off, it never happened. 

But it's Christmas! So last Tuesday on a day when it was so warm you could go barefoot (and Dagny did), we accomplished a Christmas-card shoot.

Audrey was beautiful as usual and Dagny even more adorable than usual if that's possible, and we had a remarkably good time.

They decorate Irmo Town Park so nice with lights everywhere, and there's a gazebo and a bridge and a pond (reflections, don't you know), and steps and all that one needs for a luscious dreamy background.

When your subjects are this gorgeous and photogenic there's not much you need to do except shoot, y'all. And that's what I did.

Close up, far away, here, there, and everywhere.

You can't tell in the photos but the small park was crawling with photographers and families doing the same thing we were doing, in the gray-white waning light of a warm, overcast, almost-winter day.

The story was slightly different when Erica and I went back on Sunday afternoon to capture her special Christmas-card picture. It was cold. Cold and blustery.

But Eureka the Intrepid braved the elements and sparkled in her magenta dress with the black lace detail, her chestnut hair tumbling over her shoulders.

Again, the area teemed with photographers and eager groups waiting to be snapped for what we assumed were their own Christmas card photos.

The light was different to what we'd had on Tuesday, and our time was so limited and the temperature so uncooperative, we got only a handful of workable pictures of Erica.

But to quote the wisdom of Amy March in Little Women (speaking on the subject of men, but hey, if the shoe fits): It only takes one ... if it's the right one.

We were grateful to have had the opportunity, and glad for what we got.

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Happy Shooting ~ Merry Christmas