I was at the Wills Surgery Center for what I thought would be a quick morning of tests. But the optical surgeon had a lot of questions, so they performed a series of test. We were here until lunchtime. If you don’t know, I have Grave’s Eye Disease which has progressed to the point where I may need surgery. I’ll know in a few weeks when I return for more tests. The doctors are concerned about pressure behind the eyes. If the pressure becomes too high, the muscles of the yes could squeeze the optic nerve and cause blindness. I have a follow up in three weeks for more tests.

I am looking out at the Walnut Street Theatre through the windows of the waiting room at Wills Eye.

40° 12.052 N -75° 6.035 W

Boathouse Row, Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This image was captured in 2016 during a field trip to Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row with the Princeton Photo Workshop and instructor Richard Sherman.

My sensor must have been dirty that day. I removed at least ten of them using content-aware fill in Photoshop. I also removed a number of hot pixels. I then applied the Reflector Efex filter using Color Efex Pro 4. I didn’t do any tweaking beyond this and I like the result.

Sometimes it is worth it to go back to an image taken in the past, images that I didn’t get around to processing, images that I may have processed previously but could benefit from new techniques that I have learned. I think photography is one of those art forms where the techniques can be easy to learn in the beginning but it takes time to become skilled at its use. But even then, being skilled is not enough. The photographer must continue to experiment to hopefully develop the wisdom to what to do and when to do it. I am still on that journey and personal wisdom, the sort that comes with age, tells me that I must focus on the destination while also enjoying the journey. Modern psychology agrees, “those who focused on the future were less likely to be depressed“.

A balance between the past, present, and future is needed. And a balance between the self and others. Where you’ve been, where you are, and where you are going are all important. And who you’re with.

Doing this is especially important given my recent challenges with Graves’ disease and how it has impacted my energy and my ability to get outside with the camera. And perhaps this will allow me to rejoin Frank’s weekly photochallenge.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Age by Frank JansenFrank Jansen (Dutch goes the Photo!)
With Age comes wisdom and, like many a great wine, things can get better with Age!

Several years ago we took a leisurely cruise along the Delaware River. The cruise was part of a Mother’s Day special organized by the Spirit of Philadelphia. My kids were much younger and wanted to do something special for their mother. We had breakfast, listened to music, and then stood out on the deck enjoying the early spring weather.

After the cruise, we strolled along the little strip of the Harbor Park. It was under construction at the time.

Before checkout, on the day after the wedding we were attending at the Hilton, I took a walk outside and snapped a few images around Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Welcome to Spruce Street Harbor Park
The duck.
The ducks.
Patriot Harbor Lines
Located in the Marina at Penn’s Landing, the Oasis consists of three landscaped barges, a net lounge, and floating gardens. The barges feature an ADA-compliant boardwalk, beautiful raw metal railings, and tons of seating. The cantilevered net lounge, inspired by Caribbean resorts, is a place where visitors can relax while suspended 4 feet above the water. The floating gardens are constructed from a durable, non-toxic post-consumer plastic, and used around the country for wetland restoration. Not only are they aesthetically beautiful, but they also serve to clean the water in the marina.
Oasis, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia
The Oasis
Barge Oasis
Over 50 colorful handmade hammocks are strung throughout the park to create a relaxing place to spend summer days and nights.
Why so glum?
Franklin Sugar Shack
Cruiser Olympia