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Fiddleheads Unraveling

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Fresh fern growth -- US Botanic Garden, Washington, DC (March 2016)Sony RX1R II + Zeiss 2.0/35mm

Fresh fern growth — US Botanic Garden, Washington, DC (March 2016)
Sony RX1R II + Zeiss 2.0/35mm

37 thoughts on “Fiddleheads Unraveling

    1. Sarah Longes - Mirador Design

      I can’t believe that I never knew this before!!! I used to play the fiddle too πŸ™‚ I adore the curled fronds of ferns! The bracken fronds here unfurl like little hearts πŸ™‚ I love photographing them. Great for a really shallow DOF! Beautiful colours in this particular fern πŸ™‚ Thanks for enlightening me Mitch!

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    2. Sarah Longes - Mirador Design

      I like to learn something new every day if possible πŸ˜€ Simon just tried to teach me something new about software development and testing environments and I understood but would never be able to put it into any practice! I shall continue to leave computer speak to him I think πŸ˜‰

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    3. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      That’s because we all got tired of starving for our art. My starting “salary” straight out of college in 1983 was $5.75 per hour, or $11,500 per year — a horrible shock from fantasy our instructors had been talking up.

      Try living on that with a wife (ex-wife; she didn’t contribute much as a substitute teacher), apartment rent, and a cheap car payment (Chevy Chevette).

      My final salary as an artist in the early 1990’s was around $28,000, but by then I had moved here to the DC area and the extremely high cost of living in this region. I actually made LESS after moving here and was barely subsisting when I met Cindy.

      She was the one that encouraged me to go back to school, get some computer classes under my belt, change career paths, and — boom — here I am in a much better position some twenty-five years later. Only now I do art for my own enjoyment and not to appease the demands of others. πŸ™‚

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    4. Sarah Longes - Mirador Design

      Got to say your final salary was pretty good for an artist! Shows your talent πŸ™‚ It’s just about impossible for 99% of people in the arts to make a living from their talents. I had wanted to be a teacher but Crohn’s got in the way of finishing university education. I worked in a picture framing gallery for some years, often part time with my continuing illness, and studied as a Fine Art Trade Guild framer. I was even a national finalist in creative framing πŸ™‚ Illness put paid to that too and after 10yrs I was medically retired. It was never much of a salary and I didn’t make lots on commissions and other originals but I miss it soooooo much! Just being part of a team at work, the satisfaction of a really happy customer, creative banter and inspiration. Being a part of the WordPress community has brought some of that back into my life πŸ™‚

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    5. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      My final salary would have been good down in Richmond — but not in DC, where the living costs are so appalling. Housing costs here alone are nearly ten times (10x) the cost of what they are down there.

      I was just commenting on one of my later posts about housing that the median for a standalone single-family home here is now $530,700 and my younger coworkers are telling me that $3,000 monthly for a two-room rental unit is now common across the region. I paid $475 for a one-room efficiency (utilities not included) in DC back in 1988, in a drug-infested section filled with gunfire at night. That was the last time I could afford to live by myself here in this area.

      However, like yourself, I do miss the creative field. I was happiest while doing that work. πŸ™‚

      Being a part of the WordPress community has also been good for me, connecting with other like-minded souls. πŸ™‚

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    6. Sarah Longes - Mirador Design

      Yeah we have crazy prices like that here too! Being in a) Surrey and b) London Commuter Belt means that around here costs aren’t that much different to living in the city itself! It’s become impossible for people to get themselves on the “housing ladder” as rent is so high you can’t ever save enough for a deposit to buy. It’s why some family and friends have moved well away from here! A 3 bed house in the outskirts of Manchester is about the same rental cost as our 1 bed flat. But of course Simon’s salary up north would be way down on what he gets here! Ridiculous position for people to be in. Shouldn’t matter where you work in the country, you should be payed the same rates for doing the same job! People travel 2hrs or more to get to London for work because there’s no way in hell they can afford to live there! That’s generations of children growing up without seeing their parents for most of the week 😦 I don’t know what the answer is! Something’s going to break soon though. It’s escalating beyond control!

      Community in general is good for the soul πŸ™‚ People live such busy lives that local communities have suffered. Most people don’t know who their neighbours are anymore! I feel fortunate that our little town has a greater sense of community than many others. As well as having WordPress I am part of a local creative community of artists, musicians and writers πŸ™‚ It’s a precious thing to have in one’s life!

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    7. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      You’re preaching to the choir.

      New construction around here seems to be targeting the well-heeled, rather than those that really need it. And the cheaper units are generally vertical townhouses or condos. Terrible stuff to be in over time.

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