Spring has arrived in Georgia, and I enjoyed a beautiful bike ride in Atlanta’s Chastain Park this week. Sooo….I decided to create this Photo Journal titled “Spring!” The Christmas Snow Photo Journal was a popular post, so I’ve decided to have another go with the photo journal format. If you don’t care for it, no problem. Go on back to your life, and come back next Tuesday for my next “traditional” post.
I developed a new hobby this week, which I’m calling “Bictography” (Bicycle Photography). The hobby entails riding your bike with the sole purpose of making photographs. Photography has the priority, and you “look with an artist’s eye” as you ride your bike. It weaves two hobbies together, and it’s fun. This week’s ride was the first experiment with the approach, but it won’t be my last. Images of mountain biking from our camper, somewhere in the Rockies, comes to mind as a retirement dream…
I hope you enjoy the results of my first attempt at Bictography!
As I was riding down the bike path in the park, I saw this older man sitting on a stone wall, watching as the sun dropped toward the horizon in the evening sky. I thought “Wow, that’d make a great picture”, but kept riding. After riding 100 feet past him, I decided to turn around. In Bictography, the priority goes to the photograph. Sometimes you just have to grab opportunities as they present themselves. I introduced myself, had a nice chat with “Gene”, and he graciously gave me permission to take his picture. Too bad he’ll never see it, beyond the pic I showed him on my phone. Gene has no phone, no computer, no email, and doesn’t read blogs.
I like Gene.
I spent 90 minutes riding my bike on the beautiful roads and paths around Chastain Park. In many places, you’d never realize you’re “inside the perimeter” and surrounded by several million people. I like riding my bike to the park. It’s a sanctuary. Get out and explore your neck of the woods. Take a camera. BTW, have you ever heard of Bictography? Give it a try, it’s fun.
Stormy really doesn’t fit in with this Spring Photo Journal, but I decided to include her because she’s only going to be with us for a few weeks, and she happens to be living with us during the early Spring. Credit goes to my wife for the dog shot. It’s good, right? We volunteer at a Dog Rescue every Saturday, and love doing what we can to improve the lives of some very unfortunate rescue dogs. If you ever decide to get a dog, please consider rescue adoption!
I welcome your thoughts about the “Photo Journal” approach, and my new hobby of Bictography. It’s different than what I normally do, but I enjoy mixing it up from time to time. If you prefer the more traditional post about retirement/finances/life, come on back next Tuesday. I’ll be bringing you The Ten Commandments Of Retirement, Part 2 from the 100 Days Of Freedom post that went up this week. It’s been a fun post to write.
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