Aleatory Number Three is actually semi-aleatory. The editor stepped in, and nixed a couple of items. One got the hook because it’s something I don’t want you to see, and the other was eighty-sixed because it includes people I would prefer to have permission from before posting their photos online. You’re not missing much. As the constabulary would say, move along now…
Move along to Alley’s Store, where the ghost of Old Beanie Alley puffs on his cigar as he cuts another slice of cheddar from the big wheel behind the counter.
The Appalachian Mountains were once as high as the Rocky Mountains out west. But that was almost a half a billion years ago. That’s even older than Beanie Alley.
Next is an ole critter from Costa Rica. (sorry) It was actually upside down on a concrete column, but the image has been rotated for your viewing pleasure.
There were so many of these flowers along a stretch of sidewalk that I got euphorbic.
Guidebooks often call the Orosi Valley an “undiscovered gem”. If it’s so undiscovered, how do they know about it? Others call it “the most beautiful valley in Costa Rica”. It is certainly a very, very beautiful valley. Another says that the town has the oldest church in Costa Rica, but otherwise there’s not much to see there. For anyone who cares to spend any time in the town, and who can appreciate a small town, the place is interesting, and reveals itself to you just a layer or two at a time. There are world of stories in this little place.
The next photo comes from our own back yard. Well, our Cape Cod back yard. What can you say??? I hated taking this picture, and it made me sad.
Airport tarmacs can yield their own world of images. They’re a happy hunting ground for the photographer of the built environment, and the seeker of the abstract or colorful image.
There is a tompostpile article called “Hop on Pop” if you want more poppiness.
When I say that this bathroom is inspirational, it’s true. One of the corners taught me that the camera is not just a collector of images, but is also an artistic tool of surprising capacity. One of the things a sign maker has to do, in order to make good signs, is to stop reading them and to start looking at them. A photographer can benefit by not looking at what’s specifically in a photo, like Aunty Mary, or the weird snake, and paying more attention what what the photo is, like color or shape or emotional content. A photograph