Ricoh GRII… Garden


Tanya is the dedicated homemaker both inside and out. She gives life to the garden and everything growing and also to me. I am no easy task for anyone but Tanya has that Russian upbringing and that seems to work. Between her and my Doc at the VA hospital, I have it well under control. Look, I don’t mind doing the dishes. I’m actually very good at it. When I’m tired of doing them, I’ll leave a small piece of food on a dish and that’s it…..I now have a few days off from that chore…..

“Go use your cameras, do something constructive. ” Okie…. so anyway, she bought some Orchards and we are seeing how we can keep them alive. I am seeing how many photo I can make of them as they change shape day by day. Flower and plants are children. We need to nurture them so that they nurture us in different ways. Our veggie garden will provide nice things that will be better than anything that could be bought in a store. The flowers nourish my heart and soul.


As far as making photos goes, I m kinda burnt out on the street. I feel that I need a new location to work but I know that’s not it at all. I just need to readjust my frame of mind so that my mind can see the frame in a way that excites me again. Until then I usually get depressed and complacent with everything again. The garden for me is a go to eye, heart and mind refresher. So I might be a little slow on posting for a little bit and then again, maybe not.

All I know is, I’m in the September of my years and I ain’t wasting any time being depressed or lazy.It’s gonna be the Ricoh GRII for a spell cause Ricoh has always been my go to camera for just being in the moment, wherever that may be.

Seeya’s in a few days… peace and be blessed all…..

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  • Tommi Linna May 19, 2016   Reply →

    Would love my own little garden … Last year I had some tomato and chilli plants on my balcony. Best I ever tasted, came reaping time. I am actually a little tired by my streets. Wanna go out into the woods, like Mike Penn. Or the archipelago. Maybe next month. Thanks, Don.

    • streetshooter May 19, 2016   Reply →

      I get that. I mean change is good for everyone. I’m at that point myself but I change more than location. I work to change my way of thinking.
      Well, why else would I send my brain on vacation.

  • pstmstr May 19, 2016   Reply →

    I sometimes get a little bored with the same old streets around OKC. My girlfriend, Shannon does art quilts so instead of a garden, I got to her building out back and shoot different shots of those. Its interesting see her quilts go from an idea to thousands of stitches and a multitude of colors. Kind of like a seed to a full grown plant I suppose. My GR II is also my go to camera but I’m still struggling with a name for her. I enjoy reading your posts and miss the days when you don’t put something up. I find depression and laziness are far too easy for me to fall into if I don’t keep myself busy. Take care.

    • streetshooter May 19, 2016   Reply →

      Yup. We need a diversion from time to time. Laziness, depression, getting complacent, all take a toll on our energy and vision. The GRII is a worthy companion but not for everyone.

      A name huh? Ya know, maybe a name is right in front of you especially when she’s making those special quilts, just sayin’.
      Thanks much and I’ll keep the post going, don

  • Dave Anderson May 20, 2016   Reply →

    Do, as one who is also in the September of his years I get what your saying. We all need a mental reboot at times. My GRV is my constant companion because you never know when that great opportunity may pop up right in front of you. For what it’s worth … your blog/posts help keep me photographically nourished. Both visually seeing the images you post and mentally reading what you share of your thoughts on photography. Take a break and be refreshed!

    • streetshooter May 20, 2016   Reply →

      Thanks Dave. I’m not sure what kind of break now how long the undefined break should last. I’ll think about it as I walk and work today.

  • Sean May 20, 2016   Reply →

    … makes your life a lot simpler once you grok the idea …

    • streetshooter May 20, 2016   Reply →

      Well, That’s what a stranger in a strange land might think….. I suppose it’s right Sean…..

  • SALLY SCOTT May 21, 2016   Reply →

    And you still send wonderful shots…………the delicacy of the orchid shot……..other is wonderful too……….brains turn off and renew in gardens……..i know………..s

    • streetshooter May 21, 2016   Reply →

      Thanks Sally. I had a 20 x 24 print made for one of my Japanese collectors. She absolutely loves it. Her statement was “such a delicate image from such a warrior”

  • SALLY SCOTT May 21, 2016   Reply →

    It’s the white on white…….and the everything……..very Nippon……just fantastic…………s

    • streetshooter May 21, 2016   Reply →

      Sally, yes very elegant. Most don’t get a shot like this. But then they don’t get the Angels or magic either….

  • SALLY SCOTT May 22, 2016   Reply →

    Dream on………dream on,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,s

    • streetshooter May 23, 2016   Reply →

      Dream on even if your in a nightmare…. dream on

  • Keith Goldstein May 24, 2016   Reply →

    Reboot, refresh. Always a good idea.

    • streetshooter May 24, 2016   Reply →

      Yeah, it seems my Win 10 machine agrees with you….

  • Tina Leggio June 3, 2016   Reply →

    I know exactly how you feel. Even in a place as populated as Manhattan, it does get a bit stale here from time to time. That’s why I’m so glad Coney Island is booming again with this warmer weather.

    As for planting, it is very relaxing and the veggies taste so much better than anything you get in a supermarket. My brother started growing and canning his own vegetables in his backyard and they taste so good. Stay relaxed my friend.

    • streetshooter June 4, 2016   Reply →

      Coney is a place that inspires shooters and the underlying feelings of the people there show how well they insulate themselves from what’s going on in their life. If you can feel that, you find very interesting photos.

      Good light Tina, I’m going out to the garden.

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