Cowboys, Photography, and Poetry

"My ceiling the sky, my carpet the grass, my music the lowing of herds as they pass; my books are the brooks, my sermons the stones, my parson’s a wolf on a pulpit of bones." — Allen McCanless (cowboy poet), 1885

Follow on Instagram?

If you are an Instagram user, I started posting there last year.  My address was hacked from a Russian IP and I ended up starting all over.  We'll see if I can make it work this time... https://www.instagram.com/paleotool/ I was a skeptic at first because I don't use a phone as a primary platform to … Continue reading Follow on Instagram?

Romanian Gypsies

Peter van Beek has documented the difficult life of nomads in a modernizing Europe.  Fear, stereotypes, and unfamiliarity dominate their way of life and place them into a partially self-imposed, marginalized portion of society.  Although there is terrible poverty, he documents family life and survival of these remarkable people.   But it isn't all oppressive … Continue reading Romanian Gypsies

1930s Caravans in America

Here are a few interesting trailers from the Golden Age.  I hesitated to post these some time ago as I could not rediscover the website they came from.  I try my best to attribute images to their source.  Tools like Pinterest and Tumblr are great but the data is easily stripped away. This is interesting … Continue reading 1930s Caravans in America

Photographer – Nukshi Alice

From her ABOUT Page:  Nukshi is a documentary and portrait photographer and an artist living and working in Nottinghamshire. Her sensitivity to situations, culture and people, has allowed her to adapt well to new challenges and environments.  She captures her images by getting involved with people, their culture and lifestyle, which motivates her to preserve those times and moments.  Knowledge and empathy with … Continue reading Photographer – Nukshi Alice

Camouflage

Some thoughts occurred recently while looking through some of my wildlife photos.  Especially how so many creatures really "fit" in their surroundings. I realize it is mostly for defense (or sometime offense) but it just makes more apparent how poorly most of us humans seems to fit our surroundings.  We want to distance ourselves from … Continue reading Camouflage

Southwest Washington

Our second week on the Portland area was primarily spent north of the Columbia River in Washington State.  Battle Ground, Vancouver, and a trip to Mount St Helen's.  Although it was hot and dry most of the time, it was a relief after spending months in the Southwest on archaeological excavations. These photos are not … Continue reading Southwest Washington

The New Gypsies

I have seen photos from this book around the web for a while now.  A fair number of "hippie" Brits are living mobile, a difficult thing to do in the U.S.  Iain McKell has done a wonderful job of photo-documenting the unique, beautiful, sometime spartan accommodations used by these folks on the move.  If I … Continue reading The New Gypsies

Wildlife Battle

I was fortunate enough to see an amazing wildlife battle yesterday evening.  It was life at its rawest on the Llano Estacado.  I wanted to be an impartial observer but, being human, I stepped in and intervened.  I live in a rural area with a lot of wildlife including many raptors and snakes.  It is … Continue reading Wildlife Battle