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Joshua Tree: In God’s Country

Posted in Leica M with tags , , , , on October 9, 2016 by johnbuckley100

joshua-tree-5I don’t want to say that everything I knew about Joshua Tree National Park came from U2’s great 1987 album, or perhaps more specifically, from Anton Corbijn’s photo shoot with the band.  Yet I’d never seen an actual Joshua Tree, couldn’t tell a cholla cactus from a prickly pear, and had only once driven to the Palm Springs area.  But our son has recently gone off to college not too far away, and was drawn like a magnet to this incredible small unit of the National Park Service.  Easy to see why, once we got there.

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We brought along our Leica M-240, not the Leica SL we used all summer for landscapes out West.  It was a delight to have a small, capable camera in our hands again.  And we loved taking it off the main road, though the cholla have spines so strong they can puncture a hiking shoe.

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What follows is an assortment of images from a magical place we want to go back to, and will.  As the lyrics of the U2 song go, “Sleep comes like a drug/in God’s country.”  We look forward to camping out here.

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Reflections On The 2016 Memorial Day Weekend On The National Mall

Posted in Leica M, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 29, 2016 by johnbuckley100

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Every year, we go down to the National Mall over the Memorial Day weekend.  It’s a fitting, and moving, visit to make, and a pretty amazing opportunity to capture a wide spectrum of humanity and emotions as thousands of veterans arrive, often on Harleys, and visit the Vietnam Memorial.

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African Americans and rural whites come to the Memorial to reflect on loved ones lost.  In fact, as we were there yesterday, the woman on the left below was saying to her friend that she comes here every year to mourn her father, but that even though he had to die in Vietnam, she wouldn’t want him to have lived if it meant someone else’s father had to die.

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It’s not all mournful though.  The motorcyclists come in force for their Rolling Thunder ride, which takes place today, in fact, and more on that in a moment.

Rolling Thunder Sunday batch MorotcycleRolling Thunder 2016-3Rolling Thunder 2016-4It is, in its own way — and in recognition that this is a summer ritual, a three-day holiday weekend that kicks off summer — festive.  People come to eat and see their friends and there is commerce on the edge of the Mall.  As of course there is.  ‘Murica.

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But what makes this event each year so meaningful is the essential apolitical nature of people coming to Washington, motivated by a desire to celebrate their participation in our nation’s wars, by the desire to shine the light on POWs and MIAs. Rolling Thunder Sunday batch Morotcycle-2

Which is why we found ourselves yesterday — and honestly, today — so disturbed by the notion that Donald Trump plans on coming to the Mall today to hold a rally with the Rolling Thunder riders.  Forget for just a moment the notion of this proto-fascist on the National Mall, mere yards from the White House literally, and figuratively, revving up the crowd of Harley riders.  No matter what he says, he will have spoiled what is essential about this weekend, here, each year.  Which is the essential poignancy of those reflecting on a sacrifice he dodged, and the reminder of the consequences of those who would recklessly send young American men and women off to war.

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Rolling Thunder 2016-12All images Leica M-240 and 50mm Noctilux.  To follow John Buckley on Twitter: @johnbuckley100.  On Instagram: tulip_frenzy.

Last Call

Posted in Leica M with tags , on November 6, 2015 by johnbuckley100

High Autumn

All Of The Ingredients In The American Dream

Posted in Leica Images, Leica M with tags , on August 13, 2015 by johnbuckley100

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The View From Berkeley

Posted in 50mm Apo Summicron Asph, Leica M with tags , on March 23, 2015 by johnbuckley100

So there was schmutz on the window of the hotel room.  But the 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph can still capture detail, no?  This one is really worth clicking on.  Berkeley, CA, Saturday, March 21.

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Here, Contemplate This Photo, And Settle In For The Tulip Frenzy Top Ten List

Posted in 50mm Apo Summicron Asph, Leica M on December 6, 2014 by johnbuckley100

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