Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Featured - For Eva

For Eva 
by 
Jim Ferguson


Description:
‘For Eva’ is a book of poetry that varies from the provocative to the moving, on themes from the personal to the political. ‘For Eva’ contains work that has previously been published in small press and literary magazines combined with new work and unpublished pieces written over a twenty-six-year period. This is a book that speaks with a distinct Scottish identity, but do not assume that Jim Ferguson’s poetry is always traditional, to the contrary the poems take different forms. Rather than being a book of poetry, this is a collection of very individual poems.

Author Bio:   
Jim Ferguson is considered by many to be one of the best and most relevant Scottish contemporary poets, He is a committed writer who shares his skills and knowledge, encouraging others of all ages to develop and learn. Jim is also an excellent ambassador for Scottish writing, he has given hundreds of readings and public performances. Born in 1961 and based in Glasgow, Jim has been writing and publishing since 1986. Sharing his talents to inspire others, he is a Creative Writing Tutor at Glasgow Kelvin College.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Beautiful Photography from R. Mac Wheeler

Photography is one of my passions. I'm no good at it, but I sincerely enjoy taking photos and, every once in a while, I find a good photo to share. There are some amazing photographers out there. They know how to use their cameras to get the shot they want. They know the rule of thirds, composition, lighting, all that detail, and they pay attention to it. I'm not one of those. I shoot by feel and use the law of averages to get my photos. The more photos you take the better the odds are that you'll have a good one in there. Back before digital, this was expensive, so I limited my photo shoots. Now I can take five hundred pictures and not care if 499 of them are blurry.

I'm not sure what type of photographer my friend, R. Mac Wheeler, is, but I do know he has some beautiful shots to share. I'm lucky enough to be able to showcase some of them here, but if you want to see more all you need to do is go check out his blog. While you're there, you may want to check out his books as well. He's a very prolific author with many titles to his credit. I've not had the pleasure of reading them all, but I have read some and really enjoy his stories.  You can find his blog here: http://rmacwheeler.blogspot.com/




















Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Spearfish Falls and Mt. Roosevelt 2017

Hello everyone. I want to start this post with a little note about writing. I've been diligently working on the stand-alone and have recently made some good progress. I was starting to wonder if I should just give it up, but this new progress has rekindled the writing flame. Also, I've been working with my cover artist/formatter to make the interior of the books prettier, the covers more colorful and putting together a new omnibus. The omnibus will include the latest three books, Traces of Grey, Fragments of Grey and Edge of Grey. I'll most definitely make a post about all of this new stuff when it's available.


We recently hiked two easy trails found in the hills - The Mt. Roosevelt trail and the Spearfish Falls trail.  I've included their locations on the map in case you are in this neck of the woods and want to see what we saw. I've also included links to Black Hills Trail Addict where you can find more information on the two trails we hiked and any other trails in the hills.



This first picture was taken from inside the tower. I've also uploaded this picture to Google Maps since they didn't have any others like it.



I'm not sure what kind of plant this is but am currently researching it.


The crazy scary widow-maker!

The Friendship Tower on top of Mt. Roosevelt.

Just one of the expansive views from the trail.

Our second trail of the day was late in the afternoon so the light wasn't the best. Still I found a few places I was able to snap pictures and have them be good enough, in my opinion, to share and show off.



My phone offers a panorama option and I've been playing with it every chance I get. Here is a panorama of the falls along with some orange construction fencing. 

Part of the trail with some of the straightest trees I've ever seen.

Another shot of the falls.

One of the few orchids found in our area. Yellow lady slippers. I was introduced to these beauties when I was thirteen-years-old and a tour guide at a cave. The owner of the cave and land was so proud of them. He didn't point them out to very many people because they don't survive being transplanted and, according to him, are quite delicate. He knew of only a couple plants in the entire canyon. I worked at that cave every summer for many years and always kept my eye out for the lady slippers. It was quite the treat to find another spot in the hills where they grow.

And this... Possible field of death. I didn't get too close to the beautiful white flowering plants to be sure of an identification, but these could easily be water hemlock. We have several plants that look similar to this and not all of them are deadly, but I prefer to be cautious. The purple flowers on the bottom right are Dame's Rocket and smell wonderful!