Well.. for ten more days my life has returned to normal. My daughter Lauren is back home with her mom and the house has become significantly larger with just my ownself kicking around. I'm single these days and the sofa has become my bed... the TV my sleeping partner. I'm not lonely, but my life is not as busy and 'complete' as it once was. I suppose I should enjoy this time of relative peacefulness before my hormones kick into overdrive and the quest for a new lover begins. At 39 those hormones need a little more time to recover.
I go back to work on April 3 at the firebase, and soon enough I will be completely absorbed in my demanding profession for another 6 months. ...I ran my annual fitness test the other day and still hurt all over.. sigh.. the evils of time. My summer roommate (who also fights fire) arrives in town next weekend so I'll be busy enough cleaning up my six-month bachelor mess.
My photography continues to be my passion-hobby and budding business, shared more often than not with my friend Jay.. ~Curmudgeon75 .. whom I met here on dA and has since been my shooting partner on many excursions over ice, through forests, along mountain streams, under cliffs and waterfalls, and most recently into desolate buildings and ramshackle ruins. We just this morning explored some old abandoned houses and barns. Nice to have someone like him along to enjoy these hikes and trespassings!
The 2006 Photography Olympics were a great success and judging by the notes and comments I've received, alot of people had a good time with the contest... mission accomplished! ..thats what it was all about and I feel that the judges and I contributed something worthwhile to this online community! If you haven't seen the results, go see them on the main contest page.
Sorry if haven't replied to many comments the past couple of days.. I'm starting to slide in the message center again.. oh well.. you guys know I'll be by soon so I don't let that stuff consume me.. real life has just been a bit more important as spring arrives up here in the 'big freeze'. No comment ever goes unread or unappreciated though.. I truly am inspired and honored by all your kind support!
Be good to yourselves..
(if you can't click the thumbs, right-click 'em and 'open link')
Some lesser known photos of mine buried waaaay back in my gallery:
MY PRINT STOREFRONT
MY SKINS, ICONS & WALLPAPERS
GROUPS I SUPPORT
`ArtistsForCharity ..members donate a print to be sold with all proceeds going to UNICEF.
~ArtForDeviants ..members donate a print to be sold with the proceeds going toward purchasing site-subscriptions for other deviants..
I'm now a member of ~Urban-Explorers ..devoted to sneaking around in abandoned buildings.
Also a proud member of ~GreenDA and #NaturPics-club
.... because the Earth matters