Jay Ryser

Lakewood, United States

I’m primarily a nature photographer, usually wildlife, and I have lots of access to wildlife in Colorado. My main goal is to capture some...

Good times, bad times

I’ve been debating making this a journal entry.

The last week or so has had its share of ups and downs.

On the positive side, I’ve been working with a stock agency re: selling some of my photos (they do some wildlife and landscape, and provide pics to Getty, among others), so that was kind of a boost. The upshot from that is that I will not be able to sell some photos posted here anymore. Buy those pics now at a cheap rate before they get ridiculously expensive elsewhere when I’m a rich, famous stock photographer (in case you missed the sarcasm, you’re supposed to be laughing at this point . . .).

On the annoying side, I’m having ongoing computer and network difficulties. Buying a new router only solved part of the problem. I’m still getting various Delayed Write Errors, frequent wireless disconnects, and unrecognized USB device (my external hard drives where I back up RAW files) problems. Translated, it means I have less access to visiting RB and viewing and commenting on the works of others. I apologize for my absence.

On the truly bad side, I discovered that a close friend’s son died last week. This was someone that I knew well also. He was only 24. We used to take trips to Colorado before I moved here. It had been a while since I had spoken to or visited with either one – too long. Way too long.

As annoyed as I was by computer problems, having an event like that helps to put things into perspective. The annoying things were just annoying things, because things could be exponentially worse. And I could take time away from work and head to the mountains and lose myself in chasing marmots, pikas, and mountain goats as a way of escaping things, at for a while.

Before I start to ramble too much, I just wanted to make the point to be mindful of what we have, and thankful for the gifts that we have in our lives.

Two final things.

If you could, send prayers and positive energy to the Buckingham’s in Nacogdoches.

There’s a video I still like and still recommend – Celebrating What’s Right with the World. I recommended this before, but I think it’s relevant here, too. It’s so easy to get lost in the painful struggles, it’s nice to have an alternative when possible.

It’s a wonderful video not just for photographers, but for everyone.

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