Guest post

Today's post is a Guest Post from my 16 year old son Daniel. Recently he has started to get into nature photography like me. This is one of his recent shots he took while kayaking on the Susquehanna River with me of a Belted Kingfisher skimming the surface of the water. He is quite proud of this one.

today's first post is a guest post from my neighbor Scott and his attached statement. He definitely took a beautiful picture from a place I visit occasionally.

Hello Mike,

Attached is my photo of a rainbow at the confluence of the Chenango & Susquehanna Rivers.

The photo was taken (with my simple point-and-shoot camera) on my walk to work on 10/24/16.  The attached photo is actually two photos that have been stitched together, but no other edits or enhancements were made.  Along with the colors of the leaves, it was quite a nice blessing for the start of that day!

All the best & Happy Thanksgiving to you & the family!


Waves crashing on the rocks on State Beach Ventura California. I wish I had something poetic to go with this. THE RESTLESS HEART OF THE SEA by Debb Stanton My soul, my heart, my life is beautiful Like the sun sparkling on the sea as happy, dancing diamonds Then the surf crashes against the huge black crater and my reassurance disappears Just like you did long ago you left without saying a word you were rock solid in deciding to end us so much so that you didn’t even tell me my cries and letters and calls to you couldn’t wear you (the rock) down it’s funny how the sun was out and making everything look good except for my life without you you were very restless Now I am very restless searching for the answers The watery waves of my heart pound time and time again is relief really nowhere in sight? I want the music of the sea back the gentle tones that calm me and lead me home home to my heart where I will never leave me I will never change my position on me I will not hate and desert myself like you did In fact, now I see the black crater as better it gets very slowly worn away by all the crashing water but remains strong and solid that’s how I will now be Restless no longer I look forward to growth so I can once again frolic like the waves and enjoy the sounds and the seagulls The sea has no room for pity but it does take pity on restless hearts and knows how to help them

This is a guest post by Maria, my wife. I hope you enjoy it as much as me. I asked the geranium "Is it painful when your buds open up? Does it hurt for the green to be split up? Does it hurt when the red pushes out? Or is it pleasant when your buds open up When the warmth of the room caresses your buds Like a hand would caress a breast's bump?" "It is both", she replied, "it is both". Maria