Long before the birth of dawn
Emerging from black.
I open my salt rusted door
Old, trashed Jeep
Rusty’s his name.
Sling tackle box in
Sling waders in
Sling cooler in
Nestle fly rod carefully on tattered wool sweaters.
During the birth of dawn
Their morning welcome.
Soft yellow light
Pops from windows
Weathered shingled cottages.
Waves of hot coffee waft
Through dense mist.
With solo beach time
With wet sand
With whipping fly rod
With a nibble
With a bite
With a tug
With a large striped bass
After the birth of dawn
Forty pound striper
Grilled feast tonight!
Another day on my special island.
From Harold’s Photographic Series on Martha’s Vineyard: “Intimacy of Island Life”
Through Harold’s Lens:
Please start the music first, as you are enjoying the images and words.
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Ave Maria. Schubert Opera:
Touching our Lord
Draped in cascading folds of gold
The Immaculate Conception.
Silently in prayer
Whispers of peace
Whispers of help
Whispers for our poor.
Draped in flowing folds of white
Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.
Wrinkled old man
Rags of threads
Rags of holes
Rugged mesquite door
Rusted hinge creaks
Humbled old man
Paints cross on chest
Aging hands of love
Quietly pass nourishment.
Sunset at Ushuaia, the southern most city in the world, is a mind-blowing experience.
Through Harold’s Lens feels extremely honored to be presented the prestigious Blog of the Year Award.
There are over 181,000,000 blogs around the world. Blogs exist in every country and on every creative passion and interest known to man. Through Harold’s Lens is just 1 blog. Only 4 months old. Focused on photography and travel. I am very extremely grateful to two outstanding bloggers, Global Grazers and tiny lessons blog, for discovering, enjoying and nominating Through Harold’s Lens for Blog of the Year. Thank you!!!
I also thank my wife Rita who has patiently waited as I said “Just one more shot”. My two daughters, Courtney and Carlin, for giving me a camera for Christmas in 1998. My son, Harold, for helping me create this blog as my birthday gift in 2012. And to the 4,500 people who have viewed Through Harold’s Lens since September. Each of you continue to provide me with inspiration to pursue my love of capturing life with a camera. Thank you all!!!
Through Harold’s Lens is not about business or trying to sell a product or idea. I share my images from life around the world only in hopes that they may inspire others, particularly children, to explore other cultures with an open mind.
The ‘rules’ for Blog of the Year are very simple:
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Through Harold’s Lens nominations for Blog of the Year 2012:
http://rolbos.wordpress.com: Writer extraordinaire Amos van der Merwe creates magical words about living the life of the common people, primarily in Africa. For safari lovers like me, this is the ultimate. At the end of day’s dusty game drive out on the veld with my experienced guide, after my sundowner, after my delicious wild game dinner, night rolled into my campsite. The guides built a roaring campfire under the black tent with its white stars. Lions you know. Camp chairs circled the flames. My palm held a generous Chivas, neat. Sinking in my camp chair, one of my most favorite parts of a Safari was about to begin. The telling of tales, short stories and a few quips from life out on the African Savannah. This is Amos, the storyteller. His Posts always bring me a tear of laughter, a tear of sadness, a quiet smirk or a reflective moment.
http://ronmayhewphotography.com: Professional photographer Ron Mayhew is an amazing talent with a camera. His images are simply brilliant! They provide me with inspiration and a desire to improve and to do the very best I can through my lens. I always await with anticipation for his next visual post.
http://takingtotheopenroad.com: Taking To The Road. A serious case of wanderlust, is another outstanding travel writer and photographer. Peggy Tee’s passionate words and images from many countries around the world abound on this blog. The courage. The love of life. The gift to capture it all. This is another skilled blog I really enjoy.
http://mabrycampbell.com: Professional photographer Mabry Campbell Photography inspires me with every image she posts. What a talent! Her severe, perfectly balanced architectural angles of buildings are incredible. Then she sweeps me away to a fishing pier at sunset where I am so in awe that I put down my camera and pick up my fly rod. And on and on the unbelievable changes in venues go with Mabry.
Through Harold’s Lens sends a warm thank you to all of the talented bloggers he has met and thoroughly enjoyed over the past 4 months. You have each, in your own individual way, brought me an increased depth and love of photography and travel that I never would have found without you. Each of you has also brought me so much more. A smile, a chuckle, a tear, a stirred passion for an idea or culture. Thank you all for your warm welcome to the world of blogging!
“Sunrise Over The Serengeti.
In this large 12,000 square mile ecosystem region in Africa, sometimes it pays to get out of your cot in the dark of the cool early morning. Walk quietly out of your tent onto the Serengeti. Hope the lions don’t see or smell you. Set up your tripod. Have some fun.
The Guides were sound asleep.
The pure quiet of the dark.
The sneak of rich oranges and blues beginning to peak through the black.
Deadly hungry meat eaters could be lurking around.
My senses were on edge.
I did not hurry.
I made no noise as I set up my tripod and mounted my Nikon.
I took many images as the dawn colors progressed.
Selected as the image of the day by PhotoBotos.com, the #1 featured Photographer Blog on the web.
A twelve-sided dome modeled after the Chapel of Les Invalides on the left bank in Paris.
Work on the church began in 1755. The dome was added in 1891.
The statue of the Immaculate Conception sits on the top of the dome.
The convent inside was founded by Dona Maria Josefa Lina de la Canal y Hervas, the eldest daughter of San Miguel de Allende’s wealthiest family.
She was the town’s richest debutante and most eligible bachelorette.
At the age of 16, when her parents died, she petitioned the King of Spain to found a congregation to be known as the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.
She then donated the land and took her huge inheritance and built a convent to hold 72 nuns.
At her death at the age of 34, Josefa was interred after the most elaborate funeral the town had ever witnessed.
The Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, the same order that founded the convent in 1754, is the same order that resides in the convent today.
The convent originally held 66 cloistered nuns and 6 secular nuns. These 6 nuns would interface with the outside world. Each nun was to bring a dowry of 4000 pesos.
Today Las Monjas still contains a small cloister of active nuns.
Selected “Photograph Of The Week” by the newspaper Atencion, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Through Harold’s Lens:
La Parroquia Church of St Michael the Archangel is very unique and the emblem of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Built in the 17th century, this parish church, with it’s Neo-gothic facade and two tall towers, is the most prominent landmark in town.
It towers over the main square and can be seen from a great distance.
San Miguel de Allende is the birthplace of the Mexican revolution.
To pay homage and to celebrate the Mexican Bicentennial, Mexico hired a Frenchman to create a dramatic musical laser light show. This 15-minute long outdoor spectacle of music and moving images told the history of Mexico.
From large projectors mounted on rooftops, this laser light show was projected onto the face of La Parroquia Church every Friday and Saturday night for a year, to the delight of thousands.
Selected for the annual calendar of the Garden Club of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
The magic of the 470-year old mountain town of San Miguel de Allende comes alive at night as the major cathedrals brighten the black skies.
Named a UNESCO World Heritage site, San Miguel de Allende is rich in culture, heritage and history.
It is the well known home of heroes of the Mexican independence movement and as a center for the arts.
It is one of Mexico’s prettiest colonial towns with cobblestone streets, 16th and 17th century architecture, pastel colors and many beautiful old churches.
San Miguel de Allende lies in the highlands of central Mexico in the state of Guanajuato.
It sits at 6,400 feet which keeps both the humidity and temperature down and the air crisp and clear. The pleasant year-round spring-like climate offers warm, sunny days and cool nights.