Jul 01 2009

i love a parade

We have your stars and your stripes and a Holiday weekend to celebrate. Pull out those lawn chairs and cheer the band coming down your street…

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Flag bloused friends in Pacific Palisades, CA

…or show your patriotic spirit all the way down to the Pacific Ocean.

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Neighborhood celebration in Manhattan Beach, CA

I’m off to catch some fish…

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Real cowboys fish with their hat on

…and ride some horses near the Grand Tetons.

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Ranch horse stretching at the end of the day

Have a great Holiday weekend!

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Jan 23 2008

early birds keep their health

Published by under healthcare,visual concepts

On a recent trip to Hanoi I was fortunate enough to witness the early dawn mass ritual of resident exercising around the central Hoan Keim Lake.

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The younger residents formed groups of western style aerobics classes complete with loud booming music in the public square.

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While the older visitors performed some sort of Tai Chi or Chi Gong either as a solo activity…

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or in small groups.

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The walkers in the group all seems to know that it was proper to walk around the lake in a counter-clockwise direction.

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Many resident come or to socialize, read the newspaper or simply to cool themselves down in the early morning heat.

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Mark Harmel

harmelphoto.com

@MarkHarmel

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Dec 30 2007

busy

Published by under process

When I quickly scroll through recent images shot with my digital camera I experience a delay while my

camera is processing the images with a message that reads – “busy”. I ponder if this is some

aesthetic judgement that is embeded in the camera by some Zen Japanese design engineer. Does this

mean that the composition of my recent photo set is too busy? Does the Zen critic want me to simplify

my images? I first thought this after reviewing this series of moving tree images. A more accurate

description is stationary trees shot from a moving car.

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Is the “busy” message a sign of approval? Would the busyness of this image please the camera

engineer because he or she can appreciate the beauty in complexity or is it a criticism that photos are

too busy? I took the message to heart and strove for the Zen simplicity in a couple of cat tail leaves.

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Is this what the mystery engineer wants me to produce or is there a desire for me to follow a middle

path?

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When I see the busy indicator now what should I think?

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Nov 30 2007

agave cactus

Published by under visual concepts

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My mother is a great fan of gardens and on a recent visit around Thanksgiving I took her out to see the

Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA. These are agave cactus from the desert garden that I

discovered while taking a break from a wonderful guided tour.

Huntington Botanical Gardens

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