The Big Unknown

It began this way.

It began with a sunny, pleasant day. The kind we, in the swamp, have in mid-April. We are a little lucky. Normally by this time summer appears, which means six months of heat, humidity and rain.

The all seeing dog seems to be feeling better. We took two longish walks and a shorter one. She tried to take a fourth walk at around midnight, but I gently nudged her back home. Apparently, all that exercise after a week of almost none has made it okay for her to sleep until noon. That’s okay. We all need our sleep.

It was because of her that I found this pretty Japanese Maple. It seems to be confused. Normally, these colors come out in fall. Unless I slept through summer, it’s still spring. Nature is still in a rebellous mood.

Another way of looking at it.

On the CoVid19 front things seem to be stabilizing. However, we in Louisiana are not in a hurry. In fact, the governor just extended the stay at home rules until May 15. He said that he wasn’t going to be driven by emotion. He is being driven by science and data. While some parishes like mine are seeing the virus slow down, other more northern parishes are just now seeing a surge.

In any case, we should not view this as a time to let our guard down. It is the other way around. After six weeks you cab get kind of lazy. Don’t be. We must be religious in keeping discipled about social distancing, wearing masks and gloves in public spaces.

Even when non-essential business do start reopening, there will be three phases that are governed by strict guidelines.

I’ve been reading about other southern governors who seem to be placing earning over living. Georgia is one of those states. They opened everything up including very face to face intensive businesses. Hair salons, barber shops, tatoo parlors were opened first. Huh?

Luckly, most businesspeople in the state are watching the numbers, studying the data and listening to the scientists. Despite their governor’s recommendation, they are not risking their lives and the lives of their customers.

I’d write finally, but it’s never finally, is it?

I don’t know about this particular drop cap. It looks like some strange futurist writing from another planet. It is supposed to be, “I’d.”

I’m starting to think that I’ll build here. I’m looking itno companies that make templates that fit over the ones Wordpree Provides. Many of them require no coding skills, which I don’t have. And, at this late date, likely will never have. That could be a game changer.

Not writing code is one of those things that I wish I could have taken care of many years ago. But, I didn’t. I could have made it hobby like I did learning Photoshop. I decided that acquiring Abode skills was a better use of my time than playing various games. Photoshop has a very steep learning curve. I’m not sure that I could have learned some kind of basic coding at the same time. And, run a photography business.

Stay safe. Enjoy every sandwich.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

4 thoughts on “The Big Unknown

  1. As photographers, we like our sites to have a certain appearance, much like our art. Website design for the masses, like WordPress, know that for most people, good enough works. It took me a while to get comfortable with Photoshop, and I still feel there are things I can learn. I don’t have the same patience with coding. I have been using the help chatline for WordPress lately, and they’ve been able to help me fine tune my design. Maybe they can help you, Ray.
    Love the leaves, too – even if they look like autumn in the middle of spring. Why not, every thing else is so crazy right now.

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    1. It’s interesting because WordPress is some pretty high end power users. The NY Times built their website here. Both FEDEX and UPS did too. That list goes on. But, they have coders who understand WordPress code which is very difficult for most veteran coders. I pay for my site because I use it for business, so I get all the help that I need but for ongoing more holistic changes I can’t keep going back to them. Phtoshop is massive. I learned a lot of it and realized I was wasting my time because I didn’t need all that I learned. For me, I needed to learn what we do and to learn how to make digital separations for printing on big commercial presses. Thank you about the leaves. Yes. Every system is broken so there is no reason that nature can’t be upside down. Besides my concept of time is gone. Maybe it is fall.

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