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An Audience

An Audience
An Audience

“An Audience”
Photo of the Week #36, selected in January, 2020

We have had the good fortune of visiting old friends in Wyoming several times when we lived in the Denver area. There in the plains of Southern Wyoming we met a sculptor of metal art pieces, usually playfully utilizing garden tools and tractor parts to create birds and colorful characters. While visiting Dutch the first time we met on his property, this sculpture had interesting company and I snapped the pic. He was gracious enough to let me purchase a couple of his pieces and we displayed them in our front yard before moving into our RV full-time.

Nestled among the Medicine Bow Mountains, the Sierra Madres and the Snowy Range is the Front Range of Southern Wyoming. It is comprised of wide open plains with several flat, dry and brushy areas, most of which is above 7,000 feet. We always enjoyed our visits in the summer and fall, usually seeing an abundance of wildlife.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-an-audiencep_art?IMID=808131d2-7a2e-4108-a2c8-1bc240f2c84a


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Mush!

Mush!
Mush!

“Mush!”
Photo of the Week #35, selected in January, 2020

There is no iconic Iditarod race in Colorado, but that doesn’t mean the conditions in some parts of the state don’t dictate a certain mode of transportation. This photo was taken from State Highway 9, about an hour or so northwest of Pueblo. When the wind is blowing and the snow is drifting over the highway, this musher can actually move faster than traffic on the road.

According to Colrado.com, “From mid-November until mid-April, depending on snow conditions, several operators throughout the state offer a variety of dog-sledding tours. Owners, mushers and handlers all take a great amount of pride in their dogs. And if you ask around, you’ll find that they don’t just run dogs to make a living — they hook them up to the sled every winter to see them do two things they love: pull and run.”

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-mushdsca_art?IMID=86e698ee-17db-499b-8e11-4a01588f1577


View this image as photo artwork:
http://huberjack.imagekind.com/store/imagedetail.aspx/644a0afb-567a-4521-8aa0-fb1028520062/Oil_Mush_DSC01167a


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Brilliant Sunset over Lake Ontario
Brilliant Sunset over Lake Ontario

“Brilliant Sunset over Lake Ontario”
Photo of the Week #34, selected in January, 2020

Sunsets, one of the subjects I enjoy capturing often, especially over bodies of water, come in varying degrees of color and interest. This one, however, taken from Brennan Beach in Upstate New York, is a bit more brilliant than most. It is by far one of my favorite photographs and I remember vividly taking a series of photos every evening during our stay. I even shot video of the moon over the waves there at the beach.

Brennan Beach enjoys the geographical advantage of sitting on the far eastern shore of Lake Ontario, giving residents and tourists there superb views of sunsets and moonsets on most summer evenings. I achieved the effect in this shot by using a long telephoto lens and the sunset mode on my Sony digital camera.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-brilliant-sunset-over-lake-ontariodsc_art?IMID=3e94245f-8453-4518-b73d-aed967843044


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Early Winter in Clinton Gulch
Early Winter in Clinton Gulch

“Early Winter in Clinton Gulch”
Photo of the Week #33, selected in December, 2019

The reservoir behind the Clinton Gulch Dam near Copper Mountain and Breckenridge in Colorado has always been photogenic. Fortunately, I was never scared off by a few inches of snow in this part of the state and was eventually rewarded. I was astounded by this beautiful reflected image of the alpine backdrop of the Tenmile Range that includes Fletcher Mountain, Wheeler Mountain, Clinton Peak, and Bartlett Mountain, along with a nice layer of contrasting snow.

Easily accessed along the Top of the Rockies Byway (CO Highway 91), just 20 minutes northeast of Leadville, the reservoir is a very popular tourist stop. It’s mountain trail is about 2.5 miles round-trip and sits between 10,986′ and 11,125′ of elevation.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-early-winter-in-clinton-gulchdsc_art?IMID=4dbe880f-af7b-4257-9401-c7d55a1a74e6


View this pic as photo art:
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A Rugged Coastline

A Rugged Coastline
A Rugged Coastline

“A Rugged Coastline”
Photo of the Week #32, selected in December, 2019

There are sections of the Northern California coast that are just as awe inspiring as its Oregon neighbor. This shot of the coastline at Bodega Head, north of San Francisco and west of Santa Rosa, is one such section. Even high up on the cliff overlooking the bay the waves were roaring. From here to Astoria is the most spectacular stretch of thunderous, rocky bays and crashing waves in the country, and you can see most of it from the highway.

By the way, most of this coastline is open to the public- no fences, no “Keep Out” signs, no closed parking lots. Pull over off the road where the beach is easily accessible and, well, access it!

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-a-rugged-coastlinedsc_art?IMID=49fea9ae-aae7-427c-8968-1ba7cc39ba31


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Waiting for a Friend

Waiting for a Friend
Waiting for a Friend

“Waiting for a Friend”
Photo of the Week #31, selected in December, 2019

This photo was taken in St. Elmo, a renovated ghost town in Central Colorado. Here, blue jays, chipmunks and other species seem to live in harmony, as this photo of a Steller’s jay sharing a snack with a chipmunk clearly demonstrates.

Founded in 1880, the former mining town lies in the heart of the Sawatch Mountain Range off Highway 285, around 20 miles from Buena Vista. It rests at an elevation of 9,961 feet and is definitely worth a visit

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-waiting-for-a-frienddsc_art?IMID=0ac76459-89a2-4cb6-ac2a-221a830616ab


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Inspiration Strikes

Inspiration Strikes
Inspiration Strikes

“Inspiration Strikes”
Photo of the Week #30, selected in December, 2019

One aspect of living in Kansas that I still miss is the spectacle of the spring and summer storms we had the excellent fortune to observe, especially lightning. This photo was taken right from my back door and was one of maybe 300 strikes that night. (I got lots of practice shooting lightning that night.)

I love that this bolt seems to come from an opening in the clouds, as if the sky opened up just to project it to earth, just as one’s mind can open up to create inspiration. Interestingly, we lived in Kansas for almost four years and never did witness a tornado, though we sat through many, many severe storms.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-inspiration-strikesp_art?IMID=f707334c-54d0-4b8d-8183-c6a1084414f7


View this photo as artwork:
http://huberjack.imagekind.com/store/imagedetail.aspx/ace527c8-f5f1-4fc1-a670-f1005c6ca0a9/Col_Pencil_Inspiration_Strikes_P7080017


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The following is the Preface from my book, “A Poet’s Primer,” where I show would-be and current poets how to write utilizing new or classic poetic forms, such as English sonnets, haiku, kyrielles and almost 40 others. I also describe meter, rhyming and flow, as well as the importance of being poignant. At the bottom, I’ll leave a link to the book, in case you want to know more.


A Poet’s Primer- Preface

With rap, slam poetry and prose so popular these days, I set out to learn and master many of the oldest poetic forms that have been evolved through the centuries, some developed in or before the Middle Ages.  I learned some newer forms as well, and created my own format.

Forms can be based on a wide variety of patterns (or non-patterns), such as stanza and line counts, syllable counts, meter, rhyming scheme, theme and a “turn” or poignant finish.  The familiar haiku format of five, then seven, then five syllables in its three lines transcends meter and rhyme.  It requires a theme of nature or the seasons and may include a “cutting word,” which cuts the stream of thought during reading for any one of a variety of purposes.  An English sonnet, on the other hand, is fourteen lines, typically in three quatrains (four-line stanzas) and a couplet (two-line stanza), which uses classic meter and a strict rhyming pattern.  A sonnet sometimes employs an unexpected turn, called a “volta,” that may change the feel or even the theme of the poem, and the final couplet often serves to sum up the subject or purpose of the poem in two lines.

One can only master these forms by employing them, both with successes and failures guiding the education process.  I’ll steal a quote often used by Robert Keim, the inventor of the blitz poem.  He intimates that poet Theodore Roethke once said, “Sometimes an apparent constraint can serve to free the imagination.”  To be confined by a stringent format forces a writer to think outside of their normal vocabulary, past cliché or colloquialism, and in so doing, may find passion or poignancy where it may otherwise have been lacking.  Often the difficulty is in employing a format that guides the reader to your point without their noticing, that flows from the lips without struggle and in the case of rhyming work, that they are as natural in speech as any conversation would be.  If you accomplish these things with your poem, you have indeed mastered the form.

My readers, students, friends and family who follow my poetry often ask, “You know so many forms, how do you choose one?”  My answer is always, “It depends.”  Truthfully, form, meter and rhyme schemes all play a part in the feel of a poem.

Sometimes I decide I haven’t written with a certain form for a while, or need to create an example for an article.  I am an “ekphrastic” poet, meaning I derive inspiration from a visual art, namely my photographs, so I might start by looking through my photos to find something whose inspiration somewhat matches the feel of the form on which I’ve pre-decided. 

Sometimes it’s the opposite- I am already inspired and look through the various formats at my fingertips until, hopefully, I find the form that most closely fits.

Occasionally that means looking up new forms I’ve yet to try, though that number is shrinking.  If I have a lot to say, or am telling a story, I’m not going to select haiku, a sijo or another very short form.  If it is serious or deep, I might not want to pick a limerick style or Dr. Seuss-like rhyming format.   Even so, I might start with one form and discard it for another part-way through.

In this primer I will describe over forty formats and I’ll try to bring a little history or explanation to them when I’m able.  I will also include examples of each, nearly all of which will have come from my own hand.


For more information about how to write in poetic form:
https://www.amazon.com/Poets-Primer-Jack-Huber-ebook/dp/B0041KKKWI


See my author page on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B003ZZYEF4

Remnants of a Glorious Past
Remnants of a Glorious Past

“Remnants of a Glorious Past”
Photo of the Week #29, selected in November, 2019

Bison once roamed well beyond the Midwest plains, millions having lived and fed on grasslands that ran from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico. They are even reported to have inhabited a tract that ran east to the Atlantic as far north as New York and as far south as Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. This small herd was found grazing in Wyoming, but it’s easy to imagine the bison’s glorious past.

Interestingly, according to Britannica.com, there are no buffalo in North America, only two types of bison. “Contrary to the song “Home on the Range,” buffalo do not roam in the American West. Instead, they are indigenous to South Asia (water buffalo) and Africa (Cape buffalo), while bison are found in North America and parts of Europe.”

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-remnants-of-a-glorious-pastp_art?IMID=168578eb-9947-4c2a-8c84-f1ec692bea1f


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An Elevated Garden

An Elevated Garden
An Elevated Garden

“An Elevated Garden”
Photo of the Week #28, selected in November, 2019

High up in the Colorado Rockies is a popular hiking trail through Guanella Pass. This trail takes you to one of Colorado’s “Fourteeners,” Mount Bierstadt, and is laced with scenic views. I especially enjoy the wild alpine flower gardens, few and far between, scattered around the mountainous terrain.

When I first viewed this, one of my iconic Colorado shots, I wondered how a single purple “pioneer plant” came to take residence in this field of yellow “old man of the mountain” wildflowers. But then, after looking closely, I could see others far behind the yellow blooms near the green shrubs.

A quick note about alpine or tundra wildflowers from amylaw.blog: “[They’re] small. There just isn’t time in the short, high-altitude summer to get big, especially when flowers cost the plant so much in terms of energy. And they are spread far apart, to ensure that they get plenty of sun and water. So you’re not going to see meadows dense with flowers blowing in the wind.” You can see that this is a unique field of tundra flowers, larger but still separated within their field.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-an-elevated-gardendsc_art?IMID=f19daaf9-b390-4849-b3f6-3eaa44587eb2


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