“10 Knots,” originally uploaded by G a r r y on Flickr.com.
No, I did not take this photograph–and it typifies an extreme instance of a chronic, low-grade malady I usually battle with better than fair results: “Location Envy,” otherwise known as “I don’t have a car and there are only so many places I can get to in my power wheelchair.”

I know the areas around my apartment building, my church, my HMO, my therapist’s office, to and from our little downtown. I’ll swear there’s nothing left to see or photograph–but I take my camera anyway and sometimes, not always, I’m proven wrong and there’s the stuff of magic there in front of me. But winter is settling in here in Northern California, which means more rain and generally cooler temperatures. I’ll be staying inside more and won’t be outside wandering around so much, a prospect I don’t welcome with glee.

I can–and will–set about honing my skills inside, working on macros and interior abstracts, trying as William Blake would put it “to see Heaven in a grain of sand,” but damn, I’d like to be able to take my camera to the wide vistas, both metaphoric and actual, that call my heart.

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