Friday, September 13, 2013

Pre-stroke photography: A turtle encounter

 A diner at our compost pile

The box turtle above greeted me on a September morning three years ago. In those days I was snapping photos all over the place, darting about, kneeling, squatting, and contorting my body all sorts of ways to get the shot I wanted for posting on my blog.

Turtle assesses me and camera.

My photos rarely matched the composition I saw in my imagination, but I sure was having fun. A stroke on April 22, 2011, changed my strategies for capturing images. There is definitely not so much darting about, kneeling, squatting, and contorting my body.

Mr. Turtle scrambles toward me, maybe to complain about the interruption of his meal?

Like that box turtle I move slowly now; and if I land flat on my back, I, too, would have difficulty righting myself.

When it comes to photography, often I am bracing against some nearby secure, sturdy structure to keep my balance and get closer to target subjects. 

Pre-stroke I rarely took photos through the windows of our van or while I was seated. And I rarely handed my camera to Husband Walter or anyone else with a request to shoot something I was interested in. Now I do all three.

But, hey, I am still taking photos, still having fun and still glad to be here!

Have a great weekend!


  1. Yes, these are good pictures all right. And you will get there again, I know it. You are a very strong woman and have emerged victorious!!

  2. Yes you are still here and still snapping and still blogging and are a true inspiration to us to keep on trying... i think your 2 year journey is amazing. who thought back then you could walk a bridge.

  3. Wow, fabulous post.

    I have loved photography since I was a child. I got my first camera with my allowance, birthday money, and coupons I saved. It used film, and I didn't realize that buying film and developing it would take even more allowance. However, I did manage to take some memorable photos along with lots of junk.

    Turtles are the other thing I haven't seen much of in recent years. They are special creatures and I like them very much. Thanks for sharing your turtle today.


    PS thanks also for your comments on the Apple computer. I now see why so many academics fought to keep this company going.

  4. What delightful photos. That is one happy turtle.
    Keep snapping pictures any way you can. You are quite clever in your adaptations.

  5. That's the way to live your life Linda.
    When handed lemons you make lemonade.

    Keep it up. I love your blog, your photos, and your outlook on life.

    I really do consider you a close friend.

    Thank you for all the encouragement you share on my blog too.

    Have a blessed weekend.


  6. Great turtle photos. Life changes and we must change with it if we are to live with any kind of contentment and productivity. I have made some adjustments since my heart attack, too - life goes on and I continue to enjoy it. I can tell from your posts that you are doing the same.

  7. That is just so wonderful that you are continuing with your hobby, not letting a stroke deter you.