the photographs I took from the sidewalk at a large, outdoor shopping centre ...

... just before a security guard rolled up on his Segway, telling me that I was on "private property," and therefore couldn't take photographs.  Startled, I looked around, but didn't see any signage prohibiting photography.   He explained (very calmly, it must be said) that if I'd had someone with me, and was actually taking a photo of that person standing on the sidewalk, that would've been okay; however, because I was alone and taking a photograph of a plant, my actions was prohibited.

In the seconds that followed I quickly weighed the pros and cons of protesting, and decided against it.  I smiled, put away my camera and left without any further discussion.


And then I came home, promptly processed the images, and uploaded them on my blog.

See?  It's a good thing he stopped me, because I'm a rebel, by gum, with no respect for authority.  Imagine what could've happened if I took more photos!

And on that note, a warning, Seattle:  I'm headed your way, I'm bringing a Nikon with me, and I'm not afraid to use it.

(For those of you who are coming to the meetup, I seriously can't wait to meet you.  To everyone else, I won't be back at my desk until late Monday, so it may be sometime on Tuesday before you see me here again.  But I promise, barring arrest, I'll be back with tons of photos.  In the meantime, though, check out my page on -- this is where I'll be posting lovely bits of photography inspiration I find around the web.)

And finally, have a great weekend, everyone.


Images:  Photographed with a fully-loaded Nikon D300, 60mm micro lens.


SongBad to the bone by George Thorogood & The Destroyers