Thank you for your patience between postings this summer.
During my absence I was caring for my Dad, who became unexpectedly ill in late July and passed away on August 16th.
There's no way to condense my feelings & thoughts about my Dad in a blog post, so I'll say that if we are indeed the sum of our influences, every one of my photos has a big part of my Dad in it.
Some help from one of my favorite poets:
With my father
I would watch dawn
Over green fields.
-- Kobayashi Issa
It was a summer full of rainbows. Every shower or thunderstorm seemed to have one in tow and I was able to catch a lot of them with the camera. This photo was taken during the evening of July 17th when the sun was low in the sky, before the corn had its tassels.
Camera settings and post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens at 70mm, ISO 800, f/14, shutter 1/250s. Curves, color balancing.
I'll be posting more regularly this month, although my normal 3-4 a week schedule may not return until October.
Thank you for visiting Durham Township!
Very nice photo!
Always well worth the wait. Your words as well as your photos are a great tribute to your father.
I'm sorry to hear about your loss.
Great poem and tribute. Sometimes short and sweet is all that's needed.
Kathleen, best wishes to you and your family during this time. What a hopeful image this is. Take care.
Welcome back with another fantastic photo. My thoughts are with you and your family.
the fruit never falls far from the tree. you are truly a special person to have cared for your father during his illness. your pictures are a present each day for us to open. thank you and God be with you and your family.
Beautiful photo, and my sympathies to you and your family.
Oh Kathleen I was afraid your absence had something to do with your dad being ill. I am so deeply sorry for your loss.
This is a wonderfully moving photo. It seems so fitting and poetic.
God bless you and your family.
A sprout of a youth lined in rank with the corn
Hands on his hips, standing in wheat shortly shorn.
A son, a grandson, the next generation soon grown
To a man, maybe a father, to pass on memories of his own.
To see any rainbow one can not face the light.
Look to the dark clouds, now it is in sight.
With my thoughts and prayers. JON
I'm sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
At the end of a rainbow a beautiful child. - Wishing you Peace, Comfort and Smiles in every memory of your Dad.
Rainbows are always nice to see. Sorry for the passing of your father. If is always hard to lose one that you love. My thoughts and prayer are with you and your family.
Very surreal and makes me think of Field of Dreams for some reason!
Kathleen, some prose follows that has helped me in a time of great loss. My best to you and your family...
Gone From My Sight
I am standing upon a seashore. A ship at my side spreads his white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. He is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch him until at length he hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says: "There, he is gone!"
Gone from my sight. That is all. He is just as large in mast and hull and spar as he was when he left my side, and he is just as able to bear his load of living freight to his destined port.
His diminished size is in me, not in him.
And just at the moment when someone at my side says: "There, he is gone!" -- there are other eyes watching him coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: "Here he comes!"
And that is dying.
by Henry Van Dyke
Kathleen - your amazing images are a tribute to your Father - I'm so sorry for your family's loss & grief - this too shall pass....
Kathleen - thank you for your inspiring art, even in this time of hurt. You truly are a special and talented person. God bless.
I've missed your photos. Welcome back. I lost my father recently, after helping with his care for months. Miss him, too. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Sending thoughts and prayers your way.
I visit your blog regularly in anticipation of the next photograph. Thank you for sharing yourself (and your father) with us.
Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing!
This mature crop, the fresh sprout, the ancient symbol of promise, added to the news for your father's passing recalls a proverb about the sower who's seeds "fall on good ground and bring forth fruit a hundredfold..." (Guess some proverbs still work!) Please add my kindest thoughts to the good wishes from the rest of your unique extended family which now surly numbers as the stalks of corn in the field, and may you and your family enjoy rainbows exceeding the wonder of the ones you share.
Very sorry to hear of your loss Kathleen.
Glad to see you back, of course, but I'm very sorry for your loss.
Kathleen, my deepest sympathies for the loss of your father.
Kathleen, this is my first post although I have been following your work for over a year now. You are an inspiration and your work... aaaah, it says so much. Bless you.
I am sorry about your father. I know how it is to loose a father.
I am so sorry for your loss, Kathleen. I lost my father two years ago so know perhaps a little how you feel. Perhaps you could share a photo of him with his. Take care.
durhamtownship.com is my startpage in my browser for about two years. I’m very sorry about your Father and I hope sincerely you keep your work at www.durhamtownship.com like a part of your Dad memory.Take care
Glad to see you are back. Beautiful picture. Wonderful tribute to your dad.
You have managed to capture a unique moment with a deeper meaning.
So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad .Our hearts and prayes go out to you and yours .
Stunning image! I'm speechless!!!
Fantastic color, composition and depth of field. Was the highlight around the boy natural? Just perfect.
Our prayers go out to you and your family. God Bless.
Thank you to everyone for your kind words, prayers and comfort. I really appreciate the time you took to write.
Hren: Yes, it's sunlight coming through a bank of trees behind where we were standing. My son was running through the light and I asked him to stand still for a moment. (Easier said than done, but all I needed was 1/250 of a second... and I got just that, haha.)
So sorry Kathleen. So sad to hear that.
So sorry for your loss.
So glad you're back.
I am very sorry for your loss, the fact that you were able to care for your father will help with the grieving process. Take care of yourself now. This photo is beautiful, one of the best.
regularly checking your website, so i cannot visit without offering my condolances for losing your father.
Kathleen, my deepest condolences for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
As usual, your photo is breathtaking and is always worth the wait. It might be said that your son standing there in the sunlight is your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. God bless all of you.
Your posts where missed.
This shot is a fitting tribute.
I am truly sorry for your loss.
I am sure he is extremely proud of your accomplishments.
I am very sorry for your loss. A friend of mine told me today that he just lost his father, suddenly. Mine has been gone for a long time and he is still just as missed. Lost Mom this year so I know what you are going thru. The family started a photo/memory blog of our parents and relatives a few years ago and it just keeps getting more popular for us. (Great old BW's). Going way back to the old photos has been a way for us to deal with it. Hope you are taking some time off. Beautiful new photo, also, with wonderful sentiment.
Sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family
this si a powerful image with a brilliant light....
Sorry for your loss.
I'm Japanese and love Issa's haiku.
Original in Japanese is follows.
That's beautiful poem, like your mind and your photos.
My father passed away last year.
Ok, I'm in tears as I read your words and the comments of your readers. The poetry is beautiful. I'm so sorry for the loss of your father. Your talents are a tribute to him. I don't comment too often, but I thoroughly enjoy your photoblog.
The picture is breathtaking as usual.
I'm truly sorry for your loss.
Thank you very much for your blog and the beauty you create.
We are conditioned to believe that our lives must follow a prescribed sequence of events and that throughout these life events certain "unpleasant things" will occur.
Storms come, sometimes building for days and other times, seemingly out of nowhere. They can be harbingers of indescribable tragedy and sadness, but they can often be followed by a message of hope; rainbows appear to show us the beauty that can come from pain and sorrow.
Life is like a rainbow: elusive, unpredictable and varied in intensity. Like life, over time, even the most brilliant colors of the rainbow must fade, but the reminders of those who have passed before us are manifested in the presence of those who are with us now.
Although their memories are sometimes obscured by the clouds of day to day life, we will always find solace in their comforting embrace.
The peace is in the knowing.
My condolences, Kathleen, I have nothing to add to the above comments... thinking of you and looking at the stars... beautiful.
Great picture. Nice contrast between the two side of the rainbow.