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"God help me."

Flickr can be a great place to grow in photography.

My profile says "Taken", but I'm actually "Single-Taken", meaning I'm not looking for anyone in that sense. I've always been single, never married, not dating and no children of my own. The last marriage I read about in the news was a true story of an angry wife who willfully pushed her one week newlywed unsuspecting husband off a cliff to his death in Glacier National Park. For some people it is better to love God and neighbor as a single. I was thinking about getting married and raising children just so I could buy eggs by the dozen with better purpose but it seems kinda wierd. Right now I can only eat half dozen before they expire and choice is limited on half dozen egg purchaces. The world is mostly set up for family and always will be despite local trends in legal abortion and gay marriage that oppose family. The single person has to accept any of its lifestyle disadvantages like lack of choice in buying small quantities of eggs or accept any disadvantages that come through married life.

About my photostream. All shots are offered in an "original size" that is equal to the largest file size I have plus smaller size options and there are no physical download restrictions. I like to share.

If you do download, I use Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 copyright setting. It has some restriction but it is still a type of Public Copyright License in the Creative Commons group allowing redistribution.

Their Offical Summary for Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0
"This license is the most restrictive of our six main (Creative Commons) licenses, allowing redistribution. This license is often called the “free advertising” license because it allows others to download your works and share them with others as long as they mention you and link back to you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially."{END official summary}

INSTRUCTIONS for downloading photos
Important- these instructions are for laptops and desktops, they may vary for a tablet. To download first be sure you are on the right kind of page. If you are on a page of many small images, first click the one you want in order to arrive at a page where the photo you want sits alone. To double-check that you are on the right kind of photo page, the page will also show comments or comment options beneath it though you don't need to comment. Then there are two ways to go, the quickest; on a PC Right-Click the Photo and select Original Size for the biggest. On a Mac use Ctrl+Click or similar. The alternate way to get to download size choice is this; in the black photo-border look for three white dots in the lower right of the black photo-border. Then click on the three white dots and a menu will appear. From that menu choose "View All Sizes" which will open to the main download page. On the main download page, first pick the size to download. When you click a size link at the top you will first see that size photo appear. You have to click "Download the ___ size of this photo" after the size you want is displayed. "Medium" sizes are good for email. "Large" sizes are nice to view on your monitor, better than web page enlargements. "Original" has the highest resolution, good to download for possible printing, editing or archiving.

The creator of the photo (myself) can make copyright exceptions or clarify it. Here is one on editing; minor edits would be fine. You may want to crop it for a frame size, sharpen it for emailing etc. Do not worry about minor edits like that. Try to link to the original or refer to its location somehow so others can get what they want. OK to print it for personal use. No credit need be showing for your 4x6 or 20x30 wall prints! And if you'd like extra privileges please ask. I'm generous in general but not likely to offer much more if people are in the shot. There are no permissions from myself nor from any of the subject matter of my photos allowing anyone to make a living or gross edits with my photos.

Enjoy and hope to see you on flickr.


If you are interested in anything personal about myself, such as my views, values, camera gear, what I did regarding a particular photo, then just ask in a comment under the photo and I will respond somehow if I see it though I may not be online for a week and miss it. Feel free to comment anytime on anything and if you havn't ever before it's best to begin lite and easy. Or flickr mail me.

I post-process life with the Bible, Catholic teaching, Alcoholics Anonymous text and the readers of these. Success is not guaranteed by card holding membership alone.

Day hikes, playing on the computer and getting out with the camera are my diversions. The bulk of the time I work, sleep, grocery shop, cook, do laundry, watch movies at home, walk for exercise, pay bills, run errands, just like everyone else. Faith and Morals are important especially since I quit drinking and chasing women when I was 37 and consequently have more fun and more platonic female friends than ever before. I'm old now, past 50, but sober by responding to grace.....so far.


May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

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    camera chic says:

    "Mike has an amazing way of capturing the things around him ... things we take for granted and would never think twice about because of all the business of life. I am thankful everytime I look at his stream - his photos help me see things in a new perspective. Not only is he an amazing photographer, but he is truly an awesome person. I am so proud of you for being who you are today! God Bless You and I pray that you keep blessing us with your photos!"

    10th October, 2009

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    simis says:

    "Alll I can say is I look forward to the next photo he will post. His Nature stuff totally rocks and yes, he is the master of composition from several photos... a lot of the time I do not know until he states that the photo is a comp.

    I am glad I met Mike on flickr and looking forward to seeing more of his work."

    9th February, 2010

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    rosy outlook photography says:

    "Mike_tn is an incredible photographer, who also uses masterful post processing skills to create unforgettable artwork. His images are always a visual feast, whether he is weaving a zany tale to make his flickr fans laugh or, as a good and faithful servant, giving glory to God. Mike is also a terrific teacher, generous with sharing his technical knowledge and offering encouragement. He's a great flickr pal, too and I feel honored to call him my BFF (best flickr friend). If you've just arrived on this page, you'd be wise to make him your friend, too. Your photography, and your outlook on life will never be the same!
    Keep shooting... and sharing Mike. You're the heart and soul of the flickr experience."

    8th April, 2009

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    Child of the King Photography says:

    "This should have been written long ago and I apologize for being so remiss!!

    Mike's photography is exceptional and covers a wide range of subjects. He is extremely creative in the composition of his photos and displays great thought in any post processing. It's always a pleasure to see what he has to offer.

    He is also a great encourager in his commenting. None of that paste-the-same-thing-in-everybodies-comment-box thing that so many people do. He is thoughtful and has a wonderful wit and sense of humor.

    I am proud to have Mike as a Flickr friend and even more proud to have him as a brother in Christ. Thank you, Mike!!!!"

    23rd January, 2009

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    Red Snapper9 says:

    "Mike is one of the loveliest men I have never met!
    ... waving!!!"

    14th July, 2008

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    sonsation says:

    "How fortunate I am to have Mike as my flickr friend! Whenever I visit his photostream, I am treated to his wonderful talent as a photographer. Mike has a gift for capturing commonly overlooked beauty, for seeing colour in what may at first seem drab, and for bringing excitement to the mundane. Mike has a refreshing sense of humour, and he has a way of making me smile at his wit and his photographic riddles. I appreciate his depth of character and spirituality, which he so candidly shares through his visual metaphors and his meditations on life, faith. and his walk with God. His kindness reflects in the comments he makes, which are always encouraging and in good taste. Photos, friendship, faith, fun ... it's all in Mike's fabulous photostream!"

    18th May, 2008

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    Mary and her camera says:

    "Mike has to have one of the most under-rated photostreams that I have seen on Flickr in quite a while.
    He has so many incredible landscape shots, showcasing the beauty of Tennessee nature and wildlife. Take the time to browse his photostream and enjoy his presentation of this beautiful area in which we live - I can promise that you will not be disappointed!"

    22nd December, 2006

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    T.e.r.e.s.a says:

    "If you're reading this, you've come across one of the most talented, brightest, & friendliest personalities of Flickr.

    As we are practically neighbors, Mike's photostream got my attention as I viewed areas that I'd seen before, yet hadn't noticed the beauty and interest, as he'd captured them with his perspectives, compositions, patience & creativity. What an inspiration you are to me!

    In addition, his great sense of humor is uplifting and found through out his photostream and comments!! :D

    What a great Flickr friend to have found in 2006 and I so look forward to more from Mike in 2007 !


    3rd January, 2007

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    paulhitz says:

    "Mike is the one that gave me the inspiration to further persue photography, his ability to capture and interpret various parts of life is encouraging and inspiring, thanks"

    31st October, 2006

July 2006
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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