Story in red.

I thought this picture was about red. And, just how lucky I was to find color in the middle of a fairly drab and dreary winter.

It wasn’t until I started editing in post production that I saw what the picture is really about.


Look closely. Look at the red branches that connect one group of leaves to another. It’s subtle. But, that’s it. Yes. Everything in the picture that is red, is really red. Straight from nature.


There is a lot that I could say about connections but I won’t. At least not today since I’m sort of grasping at my thoughts.

Instead, there’s this. Most of my writing is done to music. I’m listening to new music today.

The album is called “All in My Mind.” By Dr. Lonnie Smith. This song is called “Ju Ju.”  It’s live. It sort of rambles around, like I am today. Take a listen.

In case you are wondering, I have no idea how to embed the more slick way to post a link. I don’t even know where to ask the question. I did once to someone who fancies herself to be a WordPress expert, writer, photographer, traveller, superstar, all-star and, and, and. She snarkily replied that I should Google it. Google what? I don’t really even know what to call what I would like to do. Could she please just instruct me? She said that she is a volunteer and works for free. Okay. Thanks for your help. And, I Googled her. Heh.

Well. That wasn’t a connection.

So, I muddle on. I’m not an expert. In anything. Even photography. There is always something to learn. An old friend of mine said that somebody should write a book about me. It would either be the world’s shortest book, or a comic book. Or, a short comic book.


I’m influenced by the music when I write. Not by the lyrics so much. By the melody. By whatever is hiding in the song itself.  That’s what happens almost every day that I write for a post on Storyteller. The music gets into my brain, swirls around and comes out in my words.

I’d actually like to write about connections. But, I can’t seem to form the coherent thoughts. Except to say, that I think they happen in real life when we have to look each other in the eye. That WordPress person would have actually done her job if we were sitting face to face in a coffee shop. My country would be in far better shape if that walking slab of brain damage in The White House didn’t tweet. If, for example, he had to say that Obama wasn’t born in The United States, to Obama’s face.

That’s why 99% of all photographs are cool. Good or bad (that’s an opinion, anyway) they have to be made in the real world. The photographer has to interact with something, someone or be some place. Even when I do heavy post production on a photograph and turn it into something that doesn’t resemble the original, I had to be some place to make a picture of something.

I suppose that’s a connection. Right?

Oh. I almost forgot. Do you know why Dr. Lonnie Smith is called doctor? No? He doesn’t have a degree. It’s because he does a lot of musical session work for other musicians. Whenever he is in the studio working on a song, he doctors it, usually making it better.

Ha! I suppose you could call me the tinkerer. Tinkerer Ray. The Geppetto of Storyteller.