This post made me think about a few things in my past...
The reason this post has me so reflective, is for the love from my husband, George. He was an amazing man that went after what he LOVED in life. He felt that mathematics to him, were puzzles. How much fun! He had a rough start to his scholarly years, but went on to graduate from Harvard with a Ph.D. in Mathematics. Finite Element Methods, Partial Differential Equations, Numerical Analysis, all a language he related to. He also made the best home brewed beer and taught new home-brewer's skills to many professional brewers today. He had also fulfilled his "other dream" and wrote four books in the chemistry of brewing. So, back to the quote above.
He told me, that when I would venture out of our home in TX to spend so many hours at the Fort Worth Zoo and come back home, and then would spend so many MORE hours in my darkroom developing black and white film and prints of TIGERS, that
"TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE."
I thought that my love of tigers, and my black and white film (no digital in this day) was a bit strange. But, he kept telling me to LOVE what I do. I did.
Little did I know that we would move to Clemson, SC. Upon arriving, we were driving into our new city and there were paw prints on the road ways. I asked him, "what is that?" He said, "tiger prints."
To "thine own self be true" took me into a professional gallery in the heart of Clemson with my prints. I loved it. I was so very happy until my husband was diagnosed with cancer. My life changed, and so did his. The entire world
Photography has since changed into a digital world.
Horses, and healing, was my next designation.
Living, loving, and loving what is me...
The photograph of the tiger above is displayed in the home of the President of Clemson University.
If you have heard this story before, I apologize. I want my husband's life to continue to be talked about and alive.
Memories, are all we are.
Capturing the eyes of the animal to include his soul and spirit is something I strive for.
I have a feeling that after you view this photograph, that you now know the heart of Harvey, the Doberman
Well, it probably is worth saying that I should take REAL photographs of my canines. I mean, with my camera instead of my phone. He is definitely worth the trouble. I find it hard some times when I take photographs of my own children/fur child's that I should make them look good and let you see them for their amazing qualities. I guess, it is like showing off your own beautiful children. So, I haven't really taken many photographs of my own kids. I think for the future, WHY NOT. I love them. So, let me just impact you with many, many, photographs of my significant others. They are my life. They are my home. They, are what makes me get up in the morning. Meet Harvey, below. He is an European blood lined Doberman Pinscher.
Catching this race horse's eye as he is about to enter a race. To me, his eye has just a bit of fear in it.