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Embrace The Suck — Radiation Therapy Begins

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Orchids
Parrish, Florida — December 2012
Sony NEX-5R + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

My journey with prostate cancer continues, for today marks the beginning of daily radiation therapy to kill the remnants of the tumor that were missed during the surgery I had back in late March (earlier posts on the subject can be found here and here).

Each weekday afternoon for the next 7-weeks I’ll show up at the treatment facility, get oriented horizontally with my legs braced in a special foam cast, the radiation technicians will fine-tune the targeting using my three new “dot” tattoos (outside left upper thigh, outside right upper thigh, and lower abdomen), then I’ll wait as the huge linear accelerator weaves its business end all around my pelvic region for 10-15 minutes, then I’ll be finished for the day and return to work.

At least, that’s the plan.

I’ve been told that I should not expect any side effects for the first two weeks or so, but then they will begin to build after the initial grace period.  What will the side effects be?  I’m told that they can vary widely according to the individual.

I’m fond of a quote from Mel Brooks classic dark comedy, Young Frankenstein, where Marty Feldman’s character Igor says, “Could be worse.  Could be raining!”  Only in this case I seem to be catching the rain a lot more than not.

Due to the prep requirements for each daily session, I predict I’ll drop a lot of weight by the time I’m finished, as having to cleanse every morning with Milk of Magnesia will do that.

Let’s hope that this puts an end to the tumor; if it doesn’t, then chemotherapy is the next step.

And I really don’t want to do that.

How The Mighty Have Fallen

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The America’s Cup on display at the annual sailboat show
Annapolis, Maryland — October 2015
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

This trophy once represented the very pinnacle of American pride, ingenuity, and sportsmanship — the America’s Cup sailboat race.  At one time, it represented the longest winning streak in the history of all sports, as it was successfully defended by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) for 126-years — from 1857 to 1983. Continue Reading →

Junkyard Of Dreams

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A long forgotten dream for someone
Ridge, Maryland — August 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

The boatyard of the marina we used to keep our boat at was filled with abandoned vessels of all types — large sailboats, little sailboats, houseboats, powerboats of various sizes, wooden boats, fiberglass boats, and steel-hulled boats.  Many had a faded “For Sale” sign on them, but had never been purchased.  All of them were slowly rotting in place… victims of obvious neglect and unforgiving weather conditions.

I don’t know how many were eventually declared officially abandoned by the State, chopped into pieces by the marina, and disposed of — but it was a large number.  And each one was once the dream of someone.

Serene And Peaceful Now

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Gettysburg Battlefield in the spring
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania — May 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

It’s hard to believe, but this pastoral scene was once the epicenter of a pivotal battle of the American Civil War — Pickett’s Charge in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  This is the viewpoint of the Confederates, looking toward the Union lines — a hard-fought contest that resulted in a decisive defeat for the South (with over 50 percent casualties) and effectively signaled the beginning to end for them, as they never fully recovered from their losses here.

While the total casualties at Gettysburg over a three-day period were appalling for both sides (23,049 for the Union and well over 23,000 for the Confederates), it still didn’t match the one-day total for both sides at Antietam, just 9-months prior to the battle here and which remains the bloodiest day in US history.

The Origins Of Dry Feet

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Looking down the length of Mill Cove
Mt Desert Island, Maine — June 2015
iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Once you visit Maine for any length of time, it’s easy to see why Leon Leonwood Bean — otherwise known as the founder of L.L. Bean — became a household name with his famous “duck boots”.  Try keeping your feet dry in a place like this and it quickly becomes clear that his waterproof boots are really appealing — especially to hunters, hikers, and others that appreciate being in the great outdoors during inclement weather.

Schooner Ka’iulani

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The schooner Ka’iulani at rest on the Miles River
St. Michaels, Maryland — July 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

From a trip a couple of summers ago.

A New Day For General Grant

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Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
Washington, DC — March 2017
Sony a6300 + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM

This was shot shortly after the extensive renovation and restoration of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, DC.  It had been slowly falling into disrepair for decades, but now is in spectacular condition.

Better Days Are Behind It

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A local structure that used to be a church
Barnesville, Maryland — September 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

I wonder how many people think that a church should only be a church?

To me a church is just like any other structure built with human hands… it may have been constructed with a specific use in mind, but it should still be useful later when it has outlived the purpose for which it was designed.  This is one of those buildings; it started as a church, over time it lost the support of its parish community, and is now the storage facility of a local farmer.

Is this a bad thing?

I’ve seen other examples where churches have been turned into restaurants, homes, coffee houses, libraries, or a variety of other uses — and time-and-again I witness people that take issue with this.  Why?  How is a church different from any other building that has ever been re-purposed?

I don’t get it.