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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Captain and Tennille tree

What a difference a day makes, or in Oklahoma, an hour for that matter.
Yesterday the high was in the low 40s and the wind chill probably cut it to 20 degrees less than that. My layered coats and sweater from the Alaska trip--which worked there--weren't enough.
Bitter. From Beast to Beauty.
Today it's in the mid 60s, no wind, beautiful sunshine. Time for my neglected walks in Hafer Park, and sure enough, the kids and dogs and parents and lovers and old folks were out, walking the trails, most in short sleeves. I was one of few with a sweater, and worked up a sweat.
Almost at the end of the walk I though it was strange I hadn't stopped to take a photo. Then I saw this tree I hadn't noticed before. "Captain and Tennille, " I thought as I walked by. I stopped and turned around to take a photo.
I post it here, not to make fun of, or mock, or judge the divorce this week of the long-married couple famous for the song "Love will keep us together" in the 1970s. I think it's sad, but a story many people are familiar with on a personal level these days.
The tree said to me, "Life goes on." So I added some special effects, beyond usual old-time darkroom burning and dodging, just to emphasize the subject, and the emotions involved.
Every trip, every walk, every tree, every marriage, is a journey.

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