ABOUT

My days are different when I take my camera along. I like that. I like how the company of a camera encourages me to look about and notice and appreciate large things and small things, new things and everyday things. Here’s one of the first pictures I took with my current camera.  I was just trying to figure out how to use it, and was rewarded handsomely. Would I have even seen them had I not had my camera out?

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This blog was created in memory of my beloved dog Molly.  My first post was published three days after she passed. She had a great heart.

Molly

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MKpix is an award-free blog.  I am so happy when you like my pictures, and even the occasional tiny essay.  That’s enough for me.

66 thoughts on “ABOUT

      1. Such kind words……… careful though it takes all my strength to keep my rampant ego under control!
        Seriously, I glad you are enjoying my stuff.
        Be well,
        Terry

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    1. Thanks Eddie! I especially like your macro photos, particularly those of the bugs. (It seems that the only way I can “like” a photo is via the WordPress reader. Don’t know why.)

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  1. I absolutely agree: photography reminds us to look. Once I began carrying a camera on my walks and paying more attention to what I showed on my blog as well as what I wrote… I began to see so much more. No apologies needed for the shot on this page: it is wonderful. (Also — Thank you for the like on my latest post.)

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    1. A big thank you, Penny, for your visit & sharing yourself here. Yes, today I went on an adventure (just a short drive up the coast) and my excuse was of course to take some pictures. It gets me out of the house, gets me among people, and again I was so handsomely rewarded. The looks of joy on people’s faces as they enjoyed the beach & the sun & the company of others. What a great socialization tool our cameras are.

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    1. Thank you BoS for the follow! Glad you like my cat Guido.I checked out your about page … I see you’re a teenager, but I can’t tell where you live. It makes me happy to know I have friends all over the world.

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  2. So you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers, sometimes known as The Spikey’s…. That makes me a happy blogger now – I really appreciate you making that special mouse click.
    Hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.
    If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, just let me know, either through ‘comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input 🙂
    Have a great old day…
    UNCLE SPIKE

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      1. Sounds good to me. I have one blogger who follows and is 80. She calls me Cousin as it makes her feel younger, lol. Whatever you like; the main thing is I wanted to welcome you aboard. Hope your day is a pretty good one 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to browse and to comment. And for your kudos too!

      My equipment: Nikon D5000 camera Tamron SP 10-24mm (my ocean/beach/mountains lens) Nikkor AF-S Micro 85mm DX (my bugs & cat/dog portrait lens) Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm ED (my respectful-distance from the seals & zoo animal lens) And occasionally my cell phone.

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        1. And of course the two most important elements: the eyes behind the lens, and the world in front of the lens.

          While packing for a trip to Sicily, I looked everywhere for my point & shoot. Couldn’t find it. Ran to Staples & got another point & shoot. When I returned from vacation & shared my pictures with the folks at work, they all mentioned that the pictures were postcard quality. I’d like to think it’s not the equipment.

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            1. What has surprised (and delighted me) is that just making the effort to look up & look out & pay attention has been all it took to make beautiful photographs. I think its all out there waiting for us.

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  3. Hi Michael,

    I’m really enjoying viewing your vast collection of creativity. A treat!

    I also thank you for discovering my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com.

    You gave me the opportunity to discover, explore and follow your blog. I hope we both enjoy our journeys.

    To help launch you on your travels, I thought you might enjoy a couple of “Quick Links” to a few of my favorites, from over 200 posts, on Through Harold’s Lens:

    “Five Senses”
    http://throughharoldslens.com/2013/06/20/five-senses-european-tour/

    “Maiden Mild”
    http://throughharoldslens.com/2013/06/12/maiden-mild-european-tour/

    “Shaken, Not Stirred”
    http://throughharoldslens.com/2013/09/13/shaken-not-stirred-european-tour/

    On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we wish you the best.

    Regards,
    Harold

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  4. mk, you are a photographer–a professional, an artist, turning the ordinary into extraordinary and the extraordinary into the magnificent. I’m able to tell this because I take pictures sometimes too, and for all the good I can do with it, I just as well use a Polaroid. I look forward to your posts. Peace.

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  5. Happen to come by your Blog. Nice that I did. I live way over here in Reading, PA and do most of what you do. I take my Nikon D7000 with me when I go to Historic area’s around my home. My Blog is all about what I’ve seen and where I go. At times, I just grab the Nikon and go “out there” and snoop around for what-ever will interest me and my readers. Be Well over there. ~ Les

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    1. Hi Sue,
      You’re a dear for checking in. Escrow closes today on the old house, tomorrow on the new house, and the move is Friday. Feels like we’ve been at this for months! Probably feels that way because we started mid-February. I will be back to my old mode hopefully by this time next week. At which time I will also catch up on all your posts.

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  6. Dear mk, thanks for your kind thoughts about my poor but proud country.We are in worst position than a canary ….Greeks made huge mistakes in the past with their voting in elections and with a childish opinion about politics and civil rights and know we all pay hard for it-but the way most European countries are treating us-and I mean to the Greek people-is a little bit heartbreaking,even if in the politics there is no space for sentiments.
    We are still in a hard position,but we had to do something than sitting on our couches and weep….My personal opinion…
    I m glad I see an American citizen not to consider us thieves and lazy….thanks again and pardon me for my bad English!

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    1. Rodo –
      In my country, the people who are exploited (women & dark-skinned people) are often assigned negative qualities . It is our method of denying the humanity of those we oppress. I see the same behavior among Europeans. We the privileged Caucasian Americans and northern Europeans will perhaps wake up when austerity has robbed us too of our savings and prosperity, and our democracy. Calls for austerity and “fiscal responsibility” is what our conservatives use as a righteous mask to promote the agenda of the wealthy and of corporations. Our president is a servant of these interests, as are both of our two big political parties.
      I am so grateful that the Greek people are fighting these interests. I only wish Americans would wake up and fight also. Thank you so much for your comment. My best wishes to you and your people.
      Democracy ναί
      Austerity όχι

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      1. Dear mk,I feel so ashamed about my poor English…Forgive me!My opinion is that is a grate plan to keep people in a non-education situation,in a non-reacting tendencies,in a huge sleep and I m ashamed but a big part of really rich Greeks are still in this selective hibernation….Me,as a child of workers and an artist in a non artistic world I have different aspects but suddenly the world feels so closed and lonely…..I have family members in America and have totally different opinion than yours….and this hurts….we work hard,we fight hard,we have no “friends” around and we have to pay the bill at the end?I m talking about people,not governments…In that level,our former neo-liberal gov. were servants too,you can figure it out…..Any way,I don’t want to make you dizzy with my babble,but I m so happy that overseas,are people who sees in an ΟΧΙ a real meaning.Thanks.From my heart for your time take a look on my tiny place….

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  7. Dear MK~ Love your photos! You are right—the camera can encourage us to look in an entirely different way to what surround us. You have observed well!
    Sorry for the loss of Molly—she must have been a great companion to you.
    I am from Wisconsin. You visited my blog and thought I should return the favor. Nice to meet YOU through your lens! I know what you mean about having to BE OUT THERE….I think sometimes it inhibits me–I am not as brave as some in their postings. I am glad you began your blog and are sharing your wonderful eye for beauty with us!
    Blessings to you!
    Jane

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    1. Pleased to meet you, Jane. I found my way to you by way of Eliza’s blog – friends in common.
      How nice to hear you’re from Wisconsin! I have a brother & sister-in-law in Vesper, and a niece in Madison. I visited there a few years ago, and really enjoyed the change of scenery from the arid Southwest to the lush Midwest.
      Yes, Molly was my beloved. But there have been so many beloveds who now await me on the other side. And so many beloveds here – 2 dogs and 5 cats, currently.
      Blessings to you also, Jane. I was touched to read of your honesty and how you shared so much of yourself. Kudos to you.

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      1. Thank, MK, for your kind response! Yes, Eliza is an amazing gardener! She is steeped in knowledge about plants and a wonderful photographer! I have been to Vesper once or twice and Madison often. If you ever travel this way again, we can meet for coffee and cheese? LOL (cheese, indeed!) I do appreciate your remark about my personal posting—I was very tired when I posted it and afterwards, thought what did I say to the world! One of my friends told me to remove it–but then others have expressed such good sentiments, I felt I should keep it on my blog. I guess it did say a lot of what I was feeling and have experienced. I think I decided to keep it posted, because maybe someone else is going through similar feelings and maybe it will help them to know they are not alone…and, on top of that, so many people gave me such wonderful affirmations! I felt so overwhelmed with love and acceptance and it has helped me immeasurably! Thank you for your words, MK!
        Jane

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