Good morning, Gainesville

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Sometimes I think its all been done before. Then, a bleary-eyed morning drive to the work shows me this. It amazes me that no matter how many sunrises or sunsets I have the privilege to see, they are all different. Some are more spectacular than others, but the key is to take a brief moment and allow yourself to see them. Too often we get caught up in the day and miss the most beautiful things, right there in front of us. They may not always knock you off your feet like this sunrise, but they are there. There, reminding us that it has not all been done before, and that each day presents a new thing of beauty of behold.

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Where’s Waldo?

Somewhere between Gainesville and Jacksonville lies the City of Waldo. Infamous as a haven for speed traps (the limit precipitously drops from 65 mph to 30 mph here), this small town could be missed on your travels if you were to blink.

Waldo has always caught my eye. Its downtown area harkens back to another time, even if the buildings are now old, barren and wanting for business. If not forced to slow down by threat of fine, I wonder if the beauty of Waldo would have escaped me.

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Old Country Road

Old Country Road

For me, nothing quite sparks the imagination like finding an old country road. What adventures lie down its dusty path? Where does it take you if followed to the end? Who is waiting there with a map and a story? With so much known in the world, it is comforting to find things that are unknown and keep imagination alive.

This photo is a few years older and captured on my first roll of Velvia 50, I can’t get the colors right, and fairly sure if the slide was found it could be scanned and processed better, but there is something about this photo that draws me to it.  The light, that day, take me back to the moment I pulled over to grab this shot so many years ago.

Shot on Velvia 50 with my Leica M3 and 21mm lens.