About

I have been blogging almost two years now and this blog has certainly changed its personality. However, I now seem to be settling into what I most like to do – photography of things – historical things, natural things, things of interest, strange things, funny things, some everyday life events and even some commentary from time to time. A photography blogger who I still follow, told me a couple of years ago that the most important tool a photographer has is his eyes. Composing pictures is 99% of the task. I enjoy everyone’s comments including tips and corrections (especially when I misidentify flowers). I also like the photo challenges and appreciate all those bloggers who put those together and manage them. These all are helping me improve my technique and, hopefully, that translates to something you like to see and read about. I am so glad you stopped by here and hope your visit is a pleasant one.

Dennis (the Trivial Mind) – 5/19/2016

Camera Bag:
My camera bag contains a Sony ILCE-6000. It is the best camera I have ever owned and I am getting more and more familiar with how to use it. My walk-around lens is the Sony 18-200mm telephoto zoom (SEL18200LE); its online-reviews were not all that great, but 90% of the this blog’s images since April 2015 have been captured through this lens. I still have my old Sony Nex F3 but it is rarely used and then generally by my daughter Lain as she learns how to use the camera. I also have the Sony 55-210mm telephoto zoom which I will use sometimes for macro work, and the 18-55mm zoom that came in the box with the Nex F3. Plus there are some filters and extensions, and a couple of spare batteries.

Original ‘About’ page:
The last fifty plus years have been a cornucopia of sights and wonders. I have looked down into the wide expanse of the Grand Canyon and gazed up at the Great Wall as it snakes through the mountains. I watched the first moon landing, the demolition of the Iron Curtain and the first images of the 9/11 attacks on live television. The current president is the eleventh that has served during my lifetime – that is twenty-five percent of the presidents that this country has ever had. I remember the days of rotary phones, car engines with carburetors and when social and media were never mentioned in the same sentence.

Personally, Charlotte and I have six children, all girls, who make day-to-day life lively and, at times, bizarre.

This blog marks a new step beyond the more rigid personal model I have followed in my day-to-day life up to this point. Even though I am just a trivial part of this world, I still have a unique perspective on life. Hopefully you will find that perspective entertaining and maybe even informative. I do have a Christian worldview and that will color my commentary but I am still glad to hear what anyone has to say.

In these days of ‘Midlife Contentment’ I will talk about nearly anything. This is a most exciting time of life. There is no crisis here!

Necessary clarifications:

  • My comments on this blog should in no way be construed as the views of my employer, of my church or pastor, of my wife or kids, of the dogs or cats.
  • Unless otherwise specifically noted, all pictures on this blog are copyright Dennis Wagoner. However, if you want to use a picture, just let me know.

Award Free Blog:
Even though I did accept an award early on, I have since decided to decline award nominations. I do not wish to say awards are bad or unnecessary. On the contrary, they do offer a great way to communicate among the blogging community. I have had a few nominations since that first one, and I was honored and humbled that someone took the time to do that. Unfortunately (at least for me) responding to nominations takes a lot of time. Right now my time is very limited; I would like to devote the time I have budgeted to the blog, to interacting on comments, and to searching out new bloggers and blog sites. That is the best way for me to participate in the blogging community today.

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106 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi. I just found your blog. I like photography too, I don’t know all the technical stuff but I think I have a good ‘eye’. I’ve got a Sony A58 but I mostly use my compact Nikon which is excellent, I even had I photo I took with the Nikon used as for a sailing magazine cover! I was going to nominate you for award but I see you don’t wish to receive one, which I respect. I look forward to following your blog.

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    1. Thank you for following! I use a Sony a6000 though sometimes I carry a Sony Nex F3 when I travel. I just got a calendar cover photo for the county’s parks and recreation department! I have been to your blog a couple of times – some very nice work there.

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      1. Retirement was a nightmare to be honest. My husband is older than me. He was retiring -he wasn’t meant to take me out with him. So I hadn’t planned for it at all. It has taken me many years to re-invent myself. I had a brief stint back in the corporate world with a pharmaceutical company and that experience was horrid also! But losing that job freed me up to go to Europe for several months, which put me in a different mindset. Then the book came out, and along with that, new doors have opened. Now my life is on an entirely different tangent. But it is so hectic, that I have to ration my time, which translates to not following as many bloggers as I used to. Which is a pity, as there are so many interesting people out there!

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          1. It’s important to stay flexible and open to opportunities (all those things that those whippersnippers think we are no longer capable of since we are clearly too old to teach new tricks LOL) The only certainty in life is change*, and the best laid plans, etc, etc. But it is great that you have a plan! Good luck with it. * as well as death and taxes, but I haven’t experienced the first yet, and don’t pay much of the second these days.

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    1. Thank you Miriam. I am glad you have enjoyed what you have seen! It has been fun getting into photography over the last few years. I am following your blog as well. We have never been to Australia but we do have 4 shelter dogs (2 beagles, 1 chihuahua and 1 dachshund)! Looking forward to reading more of you posts!

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  2. Thanks very much for following The Immortal Jukebox Dennis. I hope you will enjoy lots of entertaining writing and the wide variety of music. I usually post once a week. Please feel free to add comments. If it’s been a while since you visited come on over and see what’s new! Good luck with your blog. Regards Thom.

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  3. Hi! I have been following your blog for some time now and love your photography. I notice you have just followed my baking blog, for which I thank you, but wonder if you ended up there by mistake. My avatar on ‘like’ seems to direct people to that one rather than my travel/ photography one.hopefully this comment comes from @vannilla
    Anne

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  4. Hello from TΓΌrkiye… just wanted to say β€œthank you”, I appreciate your recent β€˜follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs there are out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my little corner of the world tries to offer an eclectic smattering of posts, from basic amateur photography, to sharing my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day-to-day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also throw in a few of my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff for good measure.

    You are more than welcome to have a look around, stay a while and have a trawl through my collection. There are plenty of categories within the drop-down menus to help in said digging process.

    Hope you have a great day…

    SPIKE
    uncle.spikes.adventures1@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Jillian, I am only responding now after three weeks because I lost track of this comment. (Sounds like a lame excuse, doesn’t it?) Even though I am honored and humbled to be nominated, I have elected not to accept awards. It is only because I have very limited time to blog, and the awards take a lot of time to do right. Please accept my apology for taking so long to acknowledge your wonderful nomination, and accept my thanks for taking the time to make that nomination. I truly appreciate that!

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  5. Hello again Dennis,
    My WordPress is working normally again, so I could return to your wonderful site.
    Thanks so much again for stopping by my site via OM. I’m delighted to have discovered yours, and look forward to ‘following’ your blog. Much respect to you and your wife for raising 6 wonderful children!
    Best wishes,
    Takami

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  6. Thanks for stopping by on my blog earlier. πŸ™‚ I guess you found it through OM. I’ll follow your blog now, and I do hope that you will follow mine back. πŸ™‚

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  7. Hi Dennis

    Thank you so much for your follow on my blog. I hope you enjoyed reading my tales.

    I am glad to read through your blog, it is very inspiring. A lot of pictures talk to you. I will be coming back for more good reading.

    xx
    Aanchal

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    1. Hi Aanchal,
      I apologize for taking so long to respond. I have missed a few comments since the ‘Notifications’ tab was changed.
      Thank you for stopping by – I am glad you enjoy the posts here. Yes, I do enjoy your posts also. I have some ‘travel’ in me yet.
      Dennis

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  8. Hi Dennis,

    Thanks for the follow. It seems that we have a few blog friends in common (gpcox, Sarah at FNH, Ed Mooney, etc) I am still trying to get my head around five teenage girls still at home! My step-children are all living away, thankfully, but then I am somewhat older.
    Best wishes from England, and good luck with your blog. Pete.

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  9. HI Dennis, thanks for following my blog (The Reluctant Retiree). I have been away for a few months so haven’t posted much recently, but I will soon be black in the swing. Hope you enjoy some of the upcoming stories. GG

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  10. Thanks for following “Laura’s Lens!” I’m enjoying your comments about your family. A dad to six girls! My dad said, “enough” at four. And I’m the mother of three boys–go figure! Being a tomboy was not wasted on me! Enjoy your family and keep connecting to your ‘followers’ with your humor, insight and photos. I look forward to visiting again!

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    1. Yes, there are six of them. Although one has now been married and out of the house for a little over a year, we still have the five teenagers.

      Thank you for following. I have also followed your other very well done site ‘What’s the Good Word?” I will have to wait until a few more kids are out of the house before I can even think of a second blog!

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      1. My blogging “life” didn’t begin until my youngest headed off to college. However….when they were all little I kept written journals of day to day experiences, things they said, prayers prayed, etc. 10 Years worth! I’ve just began reading through them. My….what a treasure trove! If anything…I would encourage you to jot down the lively environment of teens. Through the ups and downs. What joy!

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  11. Hello Dennis, I just wanted to stop by and say hello and thank you for following my blog. I’ve been poking around a bit and like what I see.
    You too have a new follower πŸ™‚

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    1. Jeni, this is so awful – I just responded to another nomination three weeks after the fact and now I see this. Honestly, I don’t know how I missed your nomination and I am truly sorry for that. I decided not to accept nominations because of the time they require to do right and my very limited time to actually be on my blog. Please accept my apology for missing this comment, and accept my thanks for making the nomination in the first place. I am honored and humbled by that.

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  12. This is my first visit Dennis and I think you have one of the most awesome blogs I’ve ever seen. I only wish I could do what you do here. I’m just so caught up in politics I can’t help myself. I do have some cool videos of my little family I’ll share if you will …

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  13. Hi Dennis!

    Thank you for the follow; it is much appreciated! I look forward to seeing your posts in my reader, and interacting with you. Thanks again, and have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

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  14. Dennis, Thanks for following FIGHTER FAITH. I’m providing a free copy of my e-book Far Better Men to service members, veterans, and e-mail subcribers. Come on back if you’re interested in this free digital download.

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  15. So glad you found our blog and decided to follow it! We appreciate the follow and hope to learn more about you. We only have two children compared to your six, but at times, it seemed as though 8 people were all butting heads over who gets to use the car, when to get a turn at taking a shower, and how long can I talk on the phone. (Oh, the good ol’ days!) We have more pictures of China and someday maybe we’ll get a few more posts on the blog so that people like you who have been there can reminisce along with us. Best wishes for continued success with your blog. http://ohtheplaceswesee.com

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    1. And thank you too! I love Italian cooking and have paged through a few of your posts already. Some great items there. I will forward that to my daughter too – she is seriously into cooking also!

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  16. Hi, Dennis, –
    I’m delighted that you decided to subscribe to my blog, even if this one solely is about pictures from my home country – Norway! (It’s a changve from my last blog where I had more than 3 million ‘hits’) But I’m getting to old to handle such traffic these days, so – it’s gonna be pictures! Pictures mainly in ‘full screen’, and at the moment there are more than 3000 of them. (More will be coming) Perhaps they will be a bit easier to find if you went at them via my ‘INDEX’ (as most post include a return link to ‘INDEX’, which makes it easier to choose another post πŸ™‚ )
    Happy to have you!

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    1. I have about 3,000 hits, so I have a way to go!

      I want to travel in Europe after the kids get out of the house (about 10 more years for that). Your pictures are great – it makes it harder for me to plan my trip (or trips)!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. I enjoyed looking through a few of your articles. Your story is quite inspiring as you persevere through life. I will certainly be back for more.

      I cook a lot because I eat a lot – but I like to eat well also. My wife and I both have families with histories of diabetes and high blood pressure. I have a few recipes you might check out – I cook simple but I still like it good. Thanksgiving is my big day – I do most of the cooking – that will be several blog posts when that comes up!

      Thank you for the visit!

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  17. A pleasure to meet you. I believe I am a bit older than you, but I can see where you’re coming from. I hope this leads to a continuing interest between us and our blogs.

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    1. Dennis you trivial mind you! One of the categories I use is “Intelektuele beuselagtighede” (Intelectual trivialities). Which is actually a rationalization for talking bull – thus I appreciate your trivial mind (and no thereby I am not saying that you are talking bull). I like your photography friend suggesting that composition is 99% as I “specialize” In composition while I do aim to become more averse in the technical stuff. At this stage in the context of time constraints I do the WordPress weekly photo challenge and 1 Afrikaans blog a week. Thanks for follow!

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