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    Solitude by Mike Ash

    I can "feel" the silence.
    Unbroken but for the whispering swishhh of the gentle waves.
    The thick salty presence of the early morning air is like a healing balm.
    The grey haze slowly thinning as it has done since the dawn of time.
    Quiet purples and blues slowly giving way to pastel oranges and yellows.
    The ruffle of my hair comes with a kiss from the morning breeze upon my face.
    The lingering silence of night slipping away is reflected in the rhythm of my mind.
    The vying of the gulls in the gentle surf breaks the stillness of the moment.
    Dawn is born, its red orange face peeking through the fog of a distant ancient horizon.
    The dreamy unsullied stillness with it's memory laden quiet shifts to capture the present.
    Thin wisps of grey gauze in the heavens catch fire in the birthing of a new day's sun.
    Glittering golden jewels scatter themselves across the increasing pulse of the sea.
    The whispering waves are speaking louder to me now.
    The sleepy quiet of the past giving way to the calmly insistent present.
    The day cries forth its birth with light, sound, and a yearning vibrancy to its coming existence.
    And yet my mind is ever drawn to the concealing silence waiting before the dawn.

    Mike Ash.

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    Mike was killed during a home invasion in 2004, Tampa, Florida. A remarkable man in the way he looked at nature and the world. A site with a few of Mike's images......... http://www.macrophotos.com/mike/index.htm

    I miss you and as always, go in peace my macro mate.

    Danny.
    Last edited by nzmacro; 11-21-2009 at 03:27 AM.

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    What a tremendous loss, NZ. He certainly had a command of both macro photography and the English language.

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    I feel the peaceful calmness as this new day he wrote about awoke for him. I can almost smell the ocean and hear the waves gently touching the shoreline. Beautifully written. The images are very inspiring. Thankyou for sharing and I am so sorry for your loss Danny. I feel a sense of loss too-even though I never met him.
    Last edited by denise ippolito; 11-21-2009 at 10:16 AM.

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    It's wonderful that you published Mike's poem here, Danny.

    A beautiful, fitting tribute. Freindships last longer than forever.

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    Incredibly moving poem Danny. I remember reading about Mike. A real shame, he was an exceptionally fine macro man. But as they say, only those die who are forgotten. :) His memory always lives on.

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    I agree with Lance, this is a very fitting tribute to Mike in his images and words. He lives on in the art he created. So sorry for your loss.

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