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Rather than repeat my usual routine of writing a post only to delete it before publishing (because the argument stinks or because I realized I just wanted something to say), I thought some of y’all might be interested in a hobby of mine: virtual photography. If there’s interest, I will turn it into a weekly […]

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I don’t know if it’s because I’m a restless soul or what, but I’m always in search of the hobby. I own a closet full of guitars, two mandolins, an actual stack of penny whistles, etc., and that just scratches the surface of the musical hobby genre. I’ve played inline hockey, I buy a new stunt kite every time I’m at the coast, and there are golf clubs and wood working supplies in my garage. From the best I can tell, my hobby is collecting (and abandoning) hobbies, so let me tell you about the latest!

Photography is the current bee in my bonnet. My vacation this year consisted of a couple of weeks off work interspersed with several day hikes with my kids — hiking being another money sink of a hobby I’m into — and the pictures I took on the first two hikes simply did not convey any of the beauty I saw, the grandeur of the forests through which I walked, or the absolute sense of peace and joy I felt doing such a good, healthy activity with my progeny. Even the iPod pictures my daughter took through the car’s windshield were better than what I was capturing with my long zoom point and shoot camera.

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review on Ricochet on the following Sunday. Seawriter Preview Open

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Book Review Buse presents history of camera Posted: Saturday, July 30, 2016 10:00 […]

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Macro photography could just as sensibly be called micro photography because it involves the magnification of tiny objects. There is beauty and wonder to be found by multiple perspectives; peering up close or seeing a thing framed by its environment. When we can scale bugs to the size of lions, many surprises emerge. (Most of […]

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“Here’s a riddle for you: when is it impossible to choose the lesser of two weevils?” I asked my husband as he walked through the door last night. “Lesser of two evils?” he asked, saying what many of us were undoubtedly thinking. “No, lesser of two weevils,” I repeated. “Oh, what’s a weevil?” “I don’t […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Preview Open

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As a pretty fabulous illustration of the power of media to direct narrative, Canon Australia hired six photographers to shoot portraits of the same man, wearing the same clothing, in the same setting. The twist: each photographer was told a different backstory about the man. One was told he was a self-made millionaire. Another was told he was a recovering alcoholic. Another was told he was a self-proclaimed psychic. Etc. They were then given the task of “capturing his true essence” which is, of course, utter poppycock.

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No, I’ve not been fiddling around on the roof, but since it has been so long since I last posted anything worthwhile, you would not be wrong to wonder. A couple of years ago, I picked up a word from a David McCullough essay I was reading on Frederic Remington, the famous painter and illustrator […]

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This 133-foot long wooden steamer, the Rising Sun, is in 6 to 12 feet of water just north of Pyramid Point, where she stranded on October 29, 1917. All 32 people on board were saved. (U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City )

The ice over Lake Michigan has finally melted, but the water is still very cold. That, along with the good weather conditions, has left the water extremely clear. So clear in fact, that turn-of-the-century shipwrecks are visible from the air:

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Preview Open

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