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Portrait of Amanda-2

Amanda was originally from Summerville South Carolina, USA. Her husband was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base and she had moved to Antelope Valley straight out of high school.

Amanda made baby clothes and cloth diapers and sold them through GrayScaleThreads. She started this company because she very interested in Star Wars and Harry Potter and there were no options for baby clothes for those items.

I had a very dynamic argument as to who was a bigger Star Wars fan. I explained to her that I stood online first day first show for Return of the Jedi when I was pregnant in 1983. Amanda, on the other hand, rebutted with the fact that when she was eight and a half months pregnant, she went to see The Force Awaken with her husband the day it came out.

Amanda added that she did not go to the bathroom one time she and sat through the entire thing, “It was awesome totally worth it,” she said.

So was Return of the Jedi, but I did go to the bathroom. She won.

Bantha poodoo.


Two Star Was themed little sacks

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin ©2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Portrait of Brian-1

Happy May the Fourth Be With You 2017 Day or in other words, Happy Star Wars Day. Today is the fortieth anniversary of George Lucas’s Star Wars. I was always a big big big Star Wars fan.

In this portrait, eight year old Brian holds a Sith Lightsaber. I chose Sith for graphic design reasons: the red in his shirt, not the expression on his face. I asked him for that expression and pose, and it was hard for him because he wanted to smile. Good job acting, Brian. Also, note, Brian’s shoes are tied because he finally learned how to tie his shoes, and keep them tied.

Brain loved video games, such as Minecraft,iked watching YouTube content of video game discussions.

He also liked music, cartoons and movies. He saw every single Star Wars movie with his mom.

May the Force Be With You. Always.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin ©2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Portrait of James

James was a really GREAT and smart boy. I enjoyed snaping his portait because he took directions very well. At first, the prop in front of him was either sticking out of his head or leading from his elbow and it didn’t make for good composition,. I asked him to move until I got a good pose with good composition; he worked with me well, patiently and exuberantly

James was 11 years old he from Torrance, California, USA. He was in the fifth grade  and interested in baseball and Taekwondo. He wanted to play the trumpet at some point in his life.

James also liked internet gaming, Star Wars and Legos. He owned Star Wars Legos, even thoughhe didn’t hae a favorite Lego set. His father described him as, “a kind and bright kid.”

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Portrait of Andrea-1


I’d like you to meet Andrea Potatoborn., also known as Andrea the Wise, Queen of the Pelvic Floors and  Lymphedema; Mother of Goniometers; First of her name.

If you don’t understand this, then you don’t watch Game of Thrones or read A Song of Ice and Fire series, and you should. (Andrea is into Game of Thrones and Daenerys is one of her favorite characters). Oh yeah, you also might not understand this if you aren’t a physical therapist. But read on, the rest should make sense.

Andrea is a person I admire greatly because she is knowledgeable, caring and intense. She is my physical therapist and she has helped me through a lot of pain, swelling, weakness and fatigue. I look forward to my sessions because I like her so much and love to talk about GOT, Star Wars, photography and anything else we talk about.

As of this posting, Andrea wanted to see Rogue One. She was watching all the previous Star Wars episodes  in order to understand Star Wars a bit better before she sees Rogue One. This time around, she watched Star Wars as the tragedy of Anakin Skywalker, and found that perspective refreshing.

Andrea loves dogs and nature. She is athletic and jogs everyday. This portrait was taken as she was jogging on the treadmill at work, where there is a great view of nature.

It was not easy to take a good shot because she was indoors and moving; there wasn’t enough light to shoot above 1/125. It was hard to focus because of the lack of light and because of the bouncing movement. I wish I had my 1.7 50 mm lens with me, but alas I didn’t. The best picture of the series was not in excellent focus, so I had to opt for this one. This isn’t a bad expression. It shows her intensity and compassion, but I’m sure she will complain. That’s what comments are for, Andrea Potatoborn!!

Andrea is engaged to marry next year. She is very concerned about getting a competent photographer who takes picture of her and her beloved and not of the trees and ocean. C’est la vie.

Image Credit: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Three Senryu of Preparation

Methamphibian Angel of Death

Three Senryu of Preparation

life preparation
awaken no attachment
detach misfortune

firm preparation
unavoidable event
overwhelming thoughts

death angels await
terminal preparation
eternally cold


Written for:

Sensational Haiku Wednesday

Sensational Haiku Wednesday “Preparation”

Also posted on:

February 17th – Theme or Word: Wait

Photo Credit: MAN O’ LAW

Three Malicious Senryu

Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader witness the construction of the first Death Star

Three Malicious Senryu

malicious humans
falter in agonizing shame
knee deep in evil

malicious duty
morbid trait of terrorists
wage religious wars

vicious obscure side
evil aspect of the force
malice in effect


Written for:

Sensational Haiku Wednesday

Sensational Haiku Wednesday “Malice”

Photo Credit: 

DS-1 Orbital Battle Station