Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Garden View



June 29, 2011
looking out my study window:


Photo by Bruce Barone.

Almost all I have learned
about gardening and landscape design
I have learned from my dear friend
at
A Garden View.

HEY!

Who moved my chair and table???!!!
And who is that man
sitting in my garden
reading a book
and drinking a beer???!!




The first two people 
to correctly identify that man
AND the book he is reading
will win a free photo album
and a 5x7 print from me.
 
Bonus points for identifying the beer!


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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Wedding Toast


I invite you to read my wedding toast:

Photo by Bruce Barone.




I AM BLESSED.

I AM HONORED.

I AM THANKFUL.

I AM THANKFUL FOR ALL THAT BETSY AND JOHN DID TO MAKE TODAY’S WEDDING CELEBRATION SPECIAL AND MEMORABLE.

I AM HONORED TO SEE SO MANY FRIENDS AND FAMILY HERE TODAY CELEBRATING DANIELLE’S SPECIAL DAY.

AND I WISH US ALL TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO ARE HERE  ONLY IN SPIRIT; THOSE WHO LIVE IN OUR HEARTS AND SOULS, OUR MEMORIES……MIKE’S DEAR UNCLE RAINY…BETSY’S LOVING FATHER TOM…AND MY DAD, FRED, WHO TAUGHT ME ALMOST ALL I KNOW ABOUT LOVE.

LOVE.  I AM BLESSED.

I AM BLESSED THAT DANIELLE IS MY DAUGHTER.

I AM BLESSED THAT MIKE IS IN HER LIFE AND I AM BLESSED AND THANKFUL AND HONORED TO NOW CALL HIM SON.

DANIELLE. MIKE.

A FEW WORDS FOR YOU. TO LOVE EACH OTHER IS ITS OWN REWARD. SAY EACH OTHERS NAMES ALOUD OFTEN. DANIELLE. MIKE. ACT KINDLY AND COMPASSIONATELY TOWARD EACH OTHER AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE ENRICHED. EXPRESS LOVE IN YOUR VOICE AND IN YOUR ABILITY TO LISTEN. CHERISH THE SMALL DAILY RITUALS THAT REINFORCE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE LOVED. AND KNOW THAT THE PLEASURE OF LOVE IS IN LOVING.

DANIELLE. MIKE. WE ARE ALL BLESSED BY YOUR MARRIAGE. WE ARE ALL THANKFUL TO BE ENRICHED BY YOUR LOVE. WE ARE ALL HONORED TO BE ONE FAMILY.

DANIELLE. MIKE. I LOVE YOU. GOD BLESS YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS.

I ASK YOU ALL TO JOIN ME IN WISHING DANIELLE AND MIKE A LONG, LOVING AND HAPPY LIFE TOGETHER.

Danielle and Mike. The Introduction. Photo by Bruce Barone.

The wedding photographer was the amazing,
incomparable, friendly, untiring, creative
Niki Rossi.

~~~

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Before The Wedding Rehearsal



Today is the day
when we rehearse
the wedding
bless be
Danielle and Mike
soon this morning
I pick up
my tux
and beverages
for Sunday's brunch
here
in our backyard
Now it is
coffee, you, and me
and memories
here
before 
the wedding rehearsal:

Danielle. Newly born.
Danielle. Newly born. Love this photo.
Danielle exploring our backyard in Weehawken, NJ.

Danielle on the beach at Cape Hatteras.
Danielle. One of my favorite portraits.


Soccer Team Co-captain.
Lacrosse team co-captain.
Danielle and her brother, Daryl.
Danielle and Mike and friends in my loft.
College Graduate. Physical Therapy, Doctorate
Danielle and Mike at their engagement party.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

I Love Daisies



Our garden of daisies
has started to bloom!

Photo by Bruce Barone.

Did you see last year's ballet production of


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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Rebecca



I work with a wonderful photographer;
Rebecca:


Photo by Bruce Barone.

We practice
our art
our craft
photographing
each other.

~~~

First Day of Summer



To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Finch and the Sunflower. Photo by Bruce Barone.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!




Happy Father's Day
to all you great Dads!

Yesterday I spent a few hours 
getting our yard ready for today's party.
I was so tired late in the afternoon
I rested
reading a new book in the shade of a pine tree.

Self Portrait, June 18, 2011.


Meeting my son at the golf course
at noon for a round of golf.

Then back home for:
beer and wine
gin & tonics
grilled spicy lime ginger shrimp
grilled hamburgers
grilled corn
apricot bulghur pilaf
coffee coffee cake
Yum!

And
practice dancing
Father Daughter Dance
with daughter
for the upcoming wedding!!!


~~~

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Mittineague Park




Friday evening
at the park down the street
from where we live:

Mittineague Park. West Springfield, MA. June 17, 2011. Photo by Bruce Barone.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Rebecca




Meet Rebecca.
A fellow photographer
at the photography studio;
sweet and smart:

Rebecca. Photo by Bruce Barone.


~~~

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Going to the Chapel



In 10 days
my daughter will be
getting married,

Danielle in the Wild Flowers. Photo by Bruce Barone.

This photo from many years ago.

I could not be happier.
She's happy.
And I love her husband-to-be.

~~~

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I Stopped at Mittineague Park




on my home from the photography studio


Mittineague Park, West Springfield, MA. June 13, 2011. Photo by Bruce Barone.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Walk Around Our Yard On A Rainy Saturday



Will you join me?
It's not raining too hard.

My garden looked pretty in the rain.


Let's walk and see the pretty flowers.









Some of us don't mind the rain at all!


It was a beautiful day to catch up on some ironing, too!


Later in the day, it stopped raining long enough to get some weeding done!


When I was done weeding and the rain started to fall
again, I sat in the study and looked out the window
at the garden.


Did you enjoy your walk with me?
I hope so!

~~~

Thursday, June 9, 2011

For Thou Art With Me




~~~


At the top of the mountain. Photo by Bruce Barone.



~~~

Found Beauty




All that is sweet, delightful, and amiable in this world, in the serenity of the air, the fineness of seasons, the joy of light, the melody of sounds, the beauty of colors, the fragrancy of smells, the splendor of precious stones, is nothing else but Heaven breaking through the veil of this world, manifesting itself in such a degree and darting forth in such variety so much of its own nature.
 
~ William Law

Found Beauty. Photo by Bruce Barone.

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