For a friend and neighbor who is celebrating his 99th year this year! He is truly an inspiration the way he tends to his huge garden of flowers, vegetables, and fruit trees every day! Canon 40D, Carennac, France, on the banks of the Dordogne River. Sadly, Louis passed away a few days before we were able to deliver the cards made from this photo of him; but his wife had tears in her eyes when we gave them to her.

Featured in Photography Challenge Group, March 2011, thank you so much on behalf of this fine gentleman and his wife!

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Wildlife, wild places, wild light… mountains, the ocean, the sky… ahhhhhhhl. Breathe deeply as you look into these images.

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  • Ann  Van Breemen
    Ann Van Breemenover 4 years ago

    A lovely portrait, AM. What a nice thing to do.:)

  • :-))))! Remarkable guy! AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayover 4 years ago

    Beautiful porttait AM, love the words behind it too :)

  • Hi Tai, thanks for the great praise, very nice compliment coming from you; as you can tell from my shots here, I rarely shoot/post people, but this was a special situation as I had been promising myself to print some cards for him and his wife. Your profile memories of the darkroom brought back such memories because my dad and I had one over our garage at home… magic, pure magic! AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeover 4 years ago


  • Thanks so much, Rick; nice to get the positive feedback about people shots as I rarely do them/post them! AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Bruce Jones
    Bruce Jonesover 4 years ago

    Very well done!!!

  • Thanks so much, Bruce! AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    Fantastic tribute! He doesn’t look a day over 70! I love seniors!

  • :-))), he is amazing! AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayover 4 years ago

    Hi AMR, what lovely words … don’t ever undercut yourself or limit your possibilites, I LOVE this portrait!!! It;s not easy to capture the essence of a person as you did here. In my humble opinion portraits ought to tell a story, yours most certainly does. Don’t limit yourself …. take people. You shine :)

  • Hi Tainia, thank you so much for your message! I love your profile statement about loving faces!! AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Lovely work :)
    Gardening is good for mind and body!

  • Amen, Trish, so true! AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Extraordinary portrait/study, & such colors! Well done.

  • Hi Sheila, thanks for stopping by; I LOVE your photo and story about Elmer! AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonalmost 4 years ago

    What a wonderful tribute! take care, Linda

  • Hi Linda, thanks so much! AMR
    p.s. Your part of New England is beautiful!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • franticflagwave
    franticflagwaveover 3 years ago

    A lovely timeless treasure you have given his wife in this photgraph. A man of the soil, may he RIP! Barbara

  • Thank you so much, Barbara! AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

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