as it meanders along the way


Our son is currently deployed. He is in our thoughts constantly, as well as the rest of our troops and the families they have at home. We wish them all safe endeavors as they go about protecting us and those other nations and cultures in need from unseen harm.

William Ricci

The long walk through the valley

overshadowed by the mountains.

Don’t forget your boots.

Sand upon sand the layered earth

covers fragments, shells, and mines.

Don’t forget your boots.

I do not pretend to understand or relate

I have not been there – I am here gazing

at the stars washed in the moonlight

filled with respect and courage for these words.

Don’t forget your boots.

We wait for word, we wait for your voice

a message, or just a “hi”

We trust in you, your honor, your strength

we take comfort in this is what you want.

Don’t forget your boots.

Don’t forget your boots.

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Red Raven Retreat, MN | July 2012

My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet.
~Edith Wharton


Red Raven Retreat, MN | July 2012

I see the delicate web of your wings, the fingerprint of you.
I see the amber color of your downy back, as the sun warms you.
I see the glasp of your legs, with head bowed.

We come together to share the space and energy of the beats between.


Mt. Rainier | Washington State 2012

Bill took some amazing photos of the first moose and then the second set we viewed on our trip to Fairbanks Alaska.
Great eye Bill!

William Ricci

The following are all of the moose photos that I took in Alaska, near Fairbanks.

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Partial Eclipse of the Sun

*Same* Bridge Deck | *Still* St. Paul, MN 2012

And to quote a lyric from one of my favorite all time hands down best album
“and everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.”
Only this time it is a partial eclipse.


*Same* Bridge Deck | *Still* St. Paul, MN 2012

Again, no filter.
What is sacrificed in clarity is compensated with color.
A huge thank you to my partner who puts up with my wanting to climb over bridge decks
and hang out staring into a view finder watching a solar eclipse sunset.


Bridge Deck | St. Paul, MN 2012

Solar Eclipse May 2012
Moon Dog shadows.
Refraction of light because I did not use a filter.


Living in a land that is covered with snow for 1/3 of the year I found the only way to survive is to get out in the elements.
We have snowshoe’d in weather as extreme as negative 20 degrees, photos of frozen hair to prove it. There are some who say “your nuts” to those I merely smile and say “yes, I am”!
The tree and snowscape was taken at a local state park Wild River State Park in North Branch, MN
The image of the man in the snow was taken during a photo shoot with a kindred spirit and friend.
This is my attempt at merging spirits, Mother Earth, Old Man Winter and a wise Shaman.

Willows 2012

Pussy Willow | Tofte, MN 2012

Spring first shows her soft side
Even a late spring snow cannot dampen the spirit of renewal

FinePix S8000fd | focal 9.8 | f-stop 3.5 | exposure 1/105