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Sleeping in with Buddy.

I took this early one Saturday morning last June (2014), it was one of our last weekends in Lynden, though I didn't know it at the time.

The kiddos love to sleep in the living room, and we loved the light greeting us in the mornings over Mt. Baker. The nostalgia of this photo is at odds with what we were actually experiencing at the time. Tender, quiet moments like this are the highlights I cherish.

The plush doll you see there is Ellie's best friend, Buddy. She placed him there carefully because he’s gotten so fragile over the years.

You can link directly to this image here: #RichTatum1542.

Accidental selfie + photobomber!

I spent Sunday afternoon giving Jen the afternoon off while the kiddos and I took in a movie, explored some run-down building facades and toured a lighthouse.

While trying to shoot some broken windows from within the safe confines of the car, I accidentally reversed my iPhone's camera and took a selfie.

Meanwhile, my little photobombing monkey, Ellie, was ready to take advantage of the moment.

I'm guessing I should just always keep the camera on her!

You can link directly to this image here: #RichTatum1554.

My Serious Selfie.

On my way out of my basement office, on a whim, I stopped for a moment to snap a selfie to see how a single light source worked out. I'm not totally unhappy with the results. But your mileage may vary. :) See more of my family shots here: #RichTatum_Family. You can link directly to this image here: #RichTatum1559.

A moment of thought with AJ.

My son was standing in just the right light, and I asked him to hold still for a moment so I could shoot a photo. He immediately fell into this thoughtful sort of pose. I couldn't help but share it.

See more of my family shots here: #RichTatum_Family. You can link directly to this image here: #RichTatum1558.

Slow. ❝I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.❞
—Theodore Roethke

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Good night, Sleeping Bear Dunes.

We went camping up north of Muskegon and visited Sleeping Bear Dunes with some old friends of ours.

It has been a great, relaxing weekend.

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My Serious Selfie.

On my way out of my basement office, on a whim, I stopped for a moment to snap a selfie to see how a single light source worked out. I'm not totally unhappy with the results. But your mileage may vary. :) See more of my family shots here: #RichTatum_Family. You can link directly to this image here: #RichTatum1559.

A moment of thought with AJ.

My son was standing in just the right light, and I asked him to hold still for a moment so I could shoot a photo. He immediately fell into this thoughtful sort of pose. I couldn't help but share it.

See more of my family shots here: #RichTatum_Family. You can link directly to this image here: #RichTatum1558.

❝The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him. That remark in itself wouldn't make any sense if quoted as it stands.❞ — Robert Benchley, in “Quick Quotations” in My Ten Years in a Quandary and How They Grew (1936). You can link directly to this image here: #RichTatum1556.

#FTFY: In Case of Fire… Levitate!

Saw this sign at a doctor’s office today. Apart from the dubious value of the legally necessary Braille markings, and aside from the questionable wisdom of descending into the flames lurking at the bottom of said stairwell, what struck me most was the clear depiction of levitational abilities.

Of course, this brings to mind other questions best left unasked.

I didn't have a Sharpie on me, so I defaced the sign digitally. ツ Enjoy.

You can link directly to this image here: #RichTatum1555.

Accidental selfie + photobomber!

I spent Sunday afternoon giving Jen the afternoon off while the kiddos and I took in a movie, explored some run-down building facades and toured a lighthouse.

While trying to shoot some broken windows from within the safe confines of the car, I accidentally reversed my iPhone's camera and took a selfie.

Meanwhile, my little photobombing monkey, Ellie, was ready to take advantage of the moment.

I'm guessing I should just always keep the camera on her!

You can link directly to this image here: #RichTatum1554.

The Dreamer

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night. —Edgar Allan Poe

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Good Morning!

That is all. ツ.

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Cushioned.

I was born in Dixie in a boomer’s shack,
Just a little shanty by the railroad track,
The humming of the drivers was my lullaby
And a freight train whistle taught me how to cry. —Roy Acuff.

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Ride Control. ❝We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us.❞—Henry David Thoreau.

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The Crux of the Matter.

In our new rental home, we're finally on the other side of the tracks.

Expect lots of train-related photos here until, well, I reach the end of the line.

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An Interview with Dr. Ben Carson on Education. ➞ bitly.com/bencarsoninterview

Last month, my employer had a last-minute opportunity to interview presidential hopeful, Ben Carson, M.D. I was tasked with filming the interview and would have the opportunity to ask a question or two, myself.

What ensued was a comedy of mishaps—which I am told is typical with nearly any field shoot. Especially with borrowed gear, a hastily-assembled team, and barely a week to prepare. First, we were led to a room super-saturated in orange due to sunlight bouncing off a stadium of day-glo-painted seats. Then we had an uncontrollably noisy A/C blower. We had power issues. We had mic issues. Our digital audio recorder was fried—and we didn't know it.

Somehow, we survived and salvaged the interview.

And Dr. Carson is a prince of a man. Whatever you think of his politics, he’s smart, humble, and gracious.

You can link directly to this image here: #RichTatum1546.

An Interview with Dr. Ben Carson on Education. ➞ bitly.com/bencarsoninterview

Last month, my employer had a last-minute opportunity to interview presidential hopeful, Ben Carson, M.D. I was tasked with filming the interview and would have the opportunity to ask a question or two, myself.

What ensued was a comedy of mishaps—which I am told is typical with nearly any field shoot. Especially with borrowed gear, a hastily-assembled team, and barely a week to prepare. First, we were led to a room super-saturated in orange due to sunlight bouncing off a stadium of day-glo-painted seats. Then we had an uncontrollably noisy A/C blower. We had power issues. We had mic issues. Our digital audio recorder was fried—and we didn't know it.

Somehow, we survived and salvaged the interview.

And @realbencarson is a prince of a man. Whatever you think of his politics, he’s smart, humble, and gracious.

You can link directly to this image here: #RichTatum1545.

An Interview with Dr. Ben Carson on Education.

Last month, my employer had a last-minute opportunity to interview presidential hopeful, Ben Carson, M.D. I was tasked with filming the interview and would have the opportunity to ask a question or two, myself.

What ensued was a comedy of mishaps—which I am told is typical with nearly any field shoot. Especially with borrowed gear, a hastily-assembled team, and barely a week to prepare. First, we were led to a room super-saturated in orange due to sunlight bouncing off a stadium of day-glo-painted seats. Then we had an uncontrollably noisy A/C blower. We had power issues. We had mic issues. Our digital audio recorder was fried—and we didn't know it.

Somehow, we survived and salvaged the interview.

And @RealBenCarson is a prince of a man. Whatever you think of his politics, he’s smart, humble, and gracious.

bit.ly/bencarsoninterview

You can link directly to this image here: #RichTatum1544.

Evenings of Times Past.

I took this on a Friday evening early last May while enjoying the sunset from our deck in Lynden, Washington. One thing I do miss about Washington are the glorious sunsets. They're particularly enjoyable because the sun is so welcome in a frequently overcast land.

You can link directly to this image here: #RichTatum1543.

Sleeping in with Buddy.

I took this early one Saturday morning last June (2014), it was one of our last weekends in Lynden, though I didn't know it at the time.

The kiddos love to sleep in the living room, and we loved the light greeting us in the mornings over Mt. Baker. The nostalgia of this photo is at odds with what we were actually experiencing at the time. Tender, quiet moments like this are the highlights I cherish.

The plush doll you see there is Ellie's best friend, Buddy. She placed him there carefully because he’s gotten so fragile over the years.

You can link directly to this image here: #RichTatum1542.

Ferry Tales.

We were very tired, we were very merry—
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry. —Edna St. Vincent Millay

You can link directly to this image here: #RichTatum1541.

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