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Carolyn Fahm
Worked at University of Surrey
Attended University of California, Berkeley
Lives in Providence, Rhode Island
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  • University of Surrey
    External Quality Assessment Manager, 2000 - 2004
  • Kaiser Permanente
    Quality Control Manager, 1978 - 2004
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Providence, Rhode Island
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San Francisco, California - Berkeley, California - Emeryville, California - Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
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Imagine - Envision - Observe - Create
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I have been fortunate enough to spend most of my life surrounded by the beauty of Northern California, the San Francisco Bay Area more specifically.  My professional life revolved around science but my joy was found in hills and cliffs and gardens of this specially blessed corner of the world.  My photographic documentation of those days came via my 1971 Pentax Spotmatic, which I have to this day. But my deepest memories are the ones I captured in my memory rather than on film.

The years that followed brought me to the UK which I found absolutely spectacular.  Although I resided in the southeastern county of Surrey and loved it with all my heart, I pine for the places in Northern England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland that were hilly and mountainous and glorious, much like my beloved Northern California.  The digital age had begun, but, sadly, the photos taken with my 1 megapixel camera were truly awful.  So again, my memories are everything, my captured images are but a pale reflection.

Now that I am ensconced in the little city of Providence I have a Canon 7D.  I have the technology to capture anything and everything.  But the places of my heart are far away.  Isn't it odd that the places I love the most have no physical or even digital images?  

At this point in my life I use photography as a contemplative tool and spiritual exercise.  It is my way of being thankful for the beauties that it has been my pleasure to experience.  The world is a place of great diversity, and far too much is filled with sadness.  When I see the sunlight glowing on a leaf I am automatically joyful.  When I see a diagonal line stretching forward to infinity I am entranced.  Even better is seeing a path snake back and forth to the land of my deepest imagining.  In other words, any image I take and that satisfies me is both a poem and a prayer.  It is a free offering of myself to myself.  

I am very grateful for this opportunity to share in this photographic community, even though my own work is of doubtful calibre.  I have seen such amazing work in the week or so since I entered the Google+ photographic community.  Thanks to everyone who has shared such remarkable work.  I look forward to daily inspiration and delight from photographers who celebrate what drew me to photography in the first place: the world seen in a clearer, purer, richer light than those who rush by it can ever imagine.

I do not do photography for a living, I do it for the joy of it, and as a way of expressing my gratitude for the beautiful things our world has to offer.  If anyone would like to use any of my images for non-commercial purposes, they may do so with my blessings after contacting me to let me know.
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  • University of California, San Francisco
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Sending warm thoughts during this frigid time to all my Canadian friends.  If it is as cold as I am hearing in the northern USA, then I shudder to think what you must be going through.
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We have plenty of that +Angelika Perry, but most of it was powdery snow (is it even how it's really called?) so no snowmen for us either... 
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Listening to this, I would swear that there are more than just the four. I would swear that their voices are amplified. They have a gift.
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Not only do you make a cogent point, but your production values were remarkable.  
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Thanks Carolyn, you're most kind
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Another incredibly useful video.  I never buy cleaning products any more now that you have shown us how to substitute vinegar, baking soda, and oxygen bleach.  And now we have a new member of the cleaning dream team: rubbing alcohol!
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This is so helpful.  I use the same cleaners that you do +Carolyn Fahm, but I didn't know about this.  
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Never underestimate the potential for heat stroke


I did and I have now become the poster woman for what happens when you feel it can never happen to you.  Normally I never share negative experiences, but I am making an exception in this case because what happened to me is far from unique, although it certainly was for me.  This is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, but the same would apply equally when summer moves to the Southern Hemisphere.  What happened is that I collapsed yesterday at a train station in Boston as I was returning from an evaluation for vocal dysfunction.  I had taken a taxi from the station to the Voice Center and asked for one to be called to take me back.  Unfortunately their building isn't one that cabs stop at, so after a 20 minute wait I noticed that I could walk about a mile and get to a public transit station that would take me to the train back home to Rhode Island.  It was very nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius.  I felt no discomfort from the heat so I thought everything was fine.   However upon descending to the underground platform from which the local train left was another matter entirely.  It was hot, airless, and packed with about twice as many people as it could safely hold.  The train was even worse.  As I arrived at the train station stop I discovered that the escalators were out of order so I walked up two flights of stairs, entered the train station, and collapsed.  

I was taken by ambulance to the same hospital where I had had my voice appointment, but this time, to the emergency department where I was treated for shock, nausea, and profound dehydration.  I was under hospital care until late at night, feeling like death for much of the time.  After 1 litre of intravenous saline I was finally discharged, a sadder but much wiser person.  Summer heat warnings are given for a reason.  It is NOT a sign of personal weakness to heed them, as I seem to have thought.  We only have one body and one life.  The rules of physiology apply to all of us, even me.  So I hope this long story makes you think that I was stupid to have forgotten this because you never would have.  But, if not, remember to keep hydrated, know your heat tolerance limits and take shelter before you reach them, and beware of heat prostration and avoid it like the plague that it is.

As a PS I would like to thank +lynn hughes and other anonymous friends who kindly gave me a Nexus 7 tablet.  I have installed an app that speaks for me.  If you can imagine being unable to speak in an emergency situation than you will know how grateful I am to Lynn and my other friends who provided me with a voice when I need it the most.
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Hi again, +Carolyn Fahm. We are home from the UK and Germany (with detours to Austria) ... the heat there was the humid sort. It's something I deal with, but boy does my hubby hate it! I think at one point he was near dehydration, not having had nearly enough to drink. It's a dangerous place to be. Are you fully recovered now? I do hope so!
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Heavenly light in a landscape worthy of the Old Masters from the very talented +Dominique Dubied .
 
Farmer at work

It was the end of a beautiful day where the light was warming the landscape. 

I guess that the farmer was too busy to look at the beautiful scenery in front of him, but I could not help thinking that these moments are so delightful and so fugitive that we should take the time to enjoy them!

Maybe it is a photographer's obsession, what do you think?


+NatureArtThursday  curated by  +Trisha Standard +Dane Clingan #natureartthursday
+10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS  curated by  +Robert SKREINER #10000photographersaroundtheworld
+European Photo  curated by  +Janusz Brakoniecki +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +***** +Michael Muraz +Susanne Ramharter #EuropeanPhotography
+HQSP Art  curated by  +Rinus Bakker #hqsp
+HQSP Landscape  curated by  +Delcour Eric #hqsplandscape
+Landscape Photography  curated by  +Margaret Tompkins +Carra Riley +paul t beard +David Heath Williams +Bill Wood +Jim Warthman #LandscapePhotography
+Weather and Natural Forces  curated by  +Robert SKREINER #weatherandnaturalforces   #besttopphotographer  
#plusphotoextract  by +Jarek Klimek 
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Beautiful photo ,love country side thanks
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What do you get when you combine a fork. a strawberry and a mystery ingredient with a camera, a flash, and Adobe software, all mixed together with creative genius: a luscious but mysteriously cracked strawberry.  Kudos to my dear friend +E.E. Giorgi for taking the tools of Photoshop and soaring into the stratosphere of the imagination.
 
Here's my entry for Strawberry for the March 2013 #scavengerhunt  .

Check out the whole album, it's fantastic:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/113977984500465768287/albums/5876054305398972433

Behind the scenes (sort of) of this shot:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/108160336082316414959/posts/V7knrioyPdH
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And I love getting the chance to wish you a happy Mother's Day!  I had been wishing I could do that all day and now I can!
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I was moved to tears.  Tallis' music has never been performed so exquisitely.
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This reminds me of "Messa a quattro voci" from Claudio Monteverdi, who lived in Italy a little later than Tallis
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Good troubleshooting!  How annoying the whole thing has been.  I hope you get your refund or replacement ASAP.
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You have a talent for this sort of thing, Dave.  Acting, comedy, dramatization, creative video editing all in addition to your tech reporting make you a renaissance man in my book. Wishing you much success in 2014!
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Thank you Carolyn, I don't know about renaissance man, ha, but thanks for your kind words.
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You, sir, are brilliant to put it in a 1930's BBC fashion.  
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Thanks for sharing +Carolyn Fahm!  I enjoyed the video ... very funny and well done!
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Lightroom 5 opens up a whole new world of possibilities.  Since I specialize in photography at inappropriate times of the day, I chose to use a black and white conversion to emphasis the graphic elements of this mid-day composition of the city of Providence, Rhode Island with an old pier pointing towards it.  This image was captured, very appropriately from a structure known locally as the Point Street Bridge.
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thought I would go back and revisit some of your work. This is lovely 
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