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Bull with running temporal glands

Bull with running temporal glands

Ruaha National Park

Law School portico rockers

Law School portico rockers

Mercer University Law School, Macon, Georgia

Butterfly parade

Butterfly parade

Isimila Park, Iringa, Tanzania

Juvenile giraffe on the move

Juvenile giraffe on the move

Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

One-legged Black-headed Seagull

One-legged Black-headed Seagull

Hilton Head

Scanning the Serengeti

Scanning the Serengeti

Isimila Park

Isimila Park

Purple-tongued giraffe

Purple-tongued giraffe

Ruaha National Park

Young pianist

Young pianist

Ngorongoro rhino, elephant, zebra

Ngorongoro rhino, elephant, zebra

Christopher Farm

Christopher Farm

Bluffs and beaches at the farm where Chris's grandmother grew up, County Waterford, Ireland

Great Egret at sunrise

Great Egret at sunrise

Tidal pool, Hilton Head

Clock tower at sunset

Clock tower at sunset

Mercer Law School

Crossing the Great Ruaha River

Crossing the Great Ruaha River

Family at Buena Vista Cafe

Family at Buena Vista Cafe

San Francisco 2004

Serengeti leopard

Serengeti leopard

Leopard in tree about 100 meters away, brightly backlit. Handheld Olympus OM-D5 Mark II, 300mm zoom (600mm effective), +2 stops exposure compensation.

Newly minted Ph.D.s

Newly minted Ph.D.s

Caitlin and Jon about to be hooded at University of California - Davis

Climbing Grays Peak

Climbing Grays Peak

Colorado, 14,278'

Great Wildebeest Migration

Great Wildebeest Migration

Wildebeest and Zebra, Serengeti, Tanzania

Cherry after Bell House Concert

Cherry after Bell House Concert

McDuffie Center, Mercer University

Mount Crested Butte

Mount Crested Butte

Crested Butte, Colorado

Lioness

Lioness

Along Serengeti road

Erg Chebi, Moroccan Sahara

Erg Chebi, Moroccan Sahara

Caitlin, Miranda, Davis, Chris 1998

Marabou Stork (undertaker bird)_

Marabou Stork (undertaker bird)_

At Rhino Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater Rim

Bear Lodge (Devil's Tower), Wyoming

Bear Lodge (Devil's Tower), Wyoming

Camping with Ken in Tatanka Ska on Crazy Horse Trip

Vervet Monkey

Vervet Monkey

Ngorongoro Crater forest, Tanzania

Doorway to lavender

Doorway to lavender

Van Gogh's sanatorium in St. Remy de Provence

Chris at Scattergood School

Chris at Scattergood School

Working on 10-speed. Near West Branch, Iowa, 1973.

On the road to Gothic

On the road to Gothic

Site of Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Caitlin's summer research station.

Ngorongoro elephant

Ngorongoro elephant

Sailboat at Sunset

Sailboat at Sunset

Hilton Head, South Carolina

Chris climbing Alpe d'Huez

Chris climbing Alpe d'Huez

During Tour of the Tour de France 2002

Ngorongoro rhino

Ngorongoro rhino

Marking territory

Monte Rosa Traverse 1999

Monte Rosa Traverse 1999

Snow ridge at 4000 meters, Italy to right, Switzerland to left

Model

Model

Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

Bethany playing at Bell House

Bethany playing at Bell House

McDuffie Center, Mercer University

Miranda at Sunrise

Miranda at Sunrise

Hilton Head, South Carolina

Buck-a-Wheel

Buck-a-Wheel

Fort Collins, Colorado

Paradise de Provence terrace

Paradise de Provence terrace

St. Remy de Provence, France

Miranda along the Seine

Miranda along the Seine

Paris 2015

Bluffs at Christopher Farm

Bluffs at Christopher Farm

Caitlin and Davis visit former family farm. Stradbally, Ballyvooney, Waterford, Ireland.

Davis at Cameron Pass

Davis at Cameron Pass

Poudre Canyon, near Fort Collins, Colorado

Artichoke Blooms

Artichoke Blooms

Ile sur la Sorge, France

Surfcaster at sunset

Surfcaster at sunset

Hilton Head

Pont de l'Archeveche

Pont de l'Archeveche

Rive Gauche to Ile de la Cite

Ted Robinson on Sax

Ted Robinson on Sax

Jazz Association of Macon evening concert 2015

Paris is for Lovers

Paris is for Lovers

7th Arrondissement, Paris

Notre Dame at Dusk

Notre Dame at Dusk

Paris 2015

Olive Baboon with stolen bananas

Olive Baboon with stolen bananas

At entry to Ngorongoro Park, Tanzania

Barteau Mouche and Pont Royal

Barteau Mouche and Pont Royal

Paris 2015

Dusk at Safari Camp

Dusk at Safari Camp

Ikoma Tented Camp, Serengeti, Tanzania

Sihao after Senior Recital

Sihao after Senior Recital

McDuffie Center for Strings, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia

Colorado Wolf

Colorado Wolf

At Wolf Center near Fort Collins

Serengeti Giraffes

Serengeti Giraffes

Tanzania 2015

Why "serial dilettante"? 

 

Serial:    repeatedly committing the same offense and typically following a characteristic, predictable behavior pattern.

Dilettante:    a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge.

I'd like to return "dilettante" to a less pejorative meaning.  Yes, I am guilty of the occasional vacuous dabble.  But my dabbles often get serious and last decades, with breaks.   

 

I bore easily.   I love novelty, variety, and steep learning curves.  So when the curve flattens a bit, I wander.  But I return to it in a few weeks, months or years.  And I usually repeat the cycle -- thus "serial." 

 

I have done that for guitar, mountain biking and road cycling, fly fishing, tea, wine, French, Spanish, bourbons and vodkas, asian rugs,  hand and power tools, fountain pens, hiking and backpacking, watches, travel, and photography for over 50 years.  I once enyoyed but probably left forever behind, model trains, cribbage boards, pipes, VW repair, cooking, bonsai, billiards, coffee, beer, cars, wood carving, competitive handgun shooting, mountaineering, and hog farming.  

 

I appreciate specialists.  They address the toughest problems and often break new ground. But over time that single focus is boring monomania.  Having specialized as a professional, I enjoy my frequent returns to amateur status.  

 

Website building is new for me.  Even thought the site focuses largely on one interest -- photography -- even the photographs reveal a reluctance to focus, as it were.  They range from family snaps to wildlife on safari and monochrome art shots to color landscapes. A couple shots are by others.   The photos present a range of other interests as well, and then I add a little writing. After all, I don't want the site to specialize . . . .  

Chris 

 

PS: For the photography gear heads out there who want to know about equipment, settings, etc., I have not usually provided any information with the photographs themselves. I can say that I used about a dozen cameras over time, including Nikon, Canon, Rollei, and Olympus film and digital P&S, Nikon D100 and D700 digital, Leica M3 film, Leica Digilux 2 and M9 digital, and Panasonic GF1, Olympus OMD-EM5 Mark II micro 4/3 digital, and Panasonic Lumix Superzoom. All did the job needed.  I also scan old family film photos, sometimes with imperfections intact.  

PPS: I genuinely believed  when I started this project that I had coined the phrase "serial dilettante." But Google tells me that it appears in a biography of an Irish revolutionary from my own family's County Waterford, Thomas Meagher, who became an American lawyer and Civil War general  ("doomed to be a serial dilettante").  I'll take it.            

(https://books.google.com/books?id=EWQpCgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false)

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Surfcaster at sunset

Hilton Head