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 5×7 print from me.
 
Bonus points for identifying the beer!
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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.

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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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Rebecca

I work with a wonderful photographer;
Rebecca:
Photo by Bruce Barone.
We practice
our art
our craft
photographing
each other.
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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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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!!!

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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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