2018-01-02 The game that didn't matter

I thought it would be an important game. I thought it would be the determining factor as to whether or not the Eagles advanced to the play-offs. I thought it would be one of the most sought after assignments of the NFL season for Philadelphia. I was wrong. Since the Eagles secured their position in the post season and had locked up home field advantage with a win on Christmas, their final game against their arch enemy the Dallas Cowboys amounted to pretty much nothing. The Eagles back up (currently starting) quarterback was played for only one quarter in an effort to gain a bit more field time, but with preservation of quality players being the main focus for the team, why risk anything to gain absolutely nothing. As for the Cowboys, their season ending game was just another notch in the win column, a hashtag in the history books. Even the fans knew it was a forgettable game. In the frigid 3 degree weather, many of them had left by half time. Fortunately there was a photo opportunity or two for me.

 PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) reaches for the pass during the NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 31, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire) © Icon Sportswire

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) reaches for the pass during the NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 31, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire) © Icon Sportswire

 PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jaylen Watkins (26) knocks Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) into the air during the NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 31, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire) © Icon Sportswire

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jaylen Watkins (26) knocks Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) into the air during the NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 31, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire) © Icon Sportswire

2017-12-24 Christmas Magic

Whether it's the miracle of our savior's birth, the top hat that brought Frosty to life, or the light in young children's eyes when they prepare for Christmas, the magic of the season is one of its joys and mysteries. I know how easy it is to explain away the wonder as marketing hype and sales driven greed as companies do whatever they must to increase their bottom line, but the magic still lives within my heart, and hopefully in yours as well.

 Nikon D800E SIgma 135mm f/1.8 @ f/3.2 1/200 sec ISO800

Nikon D800E SIgma 135mm f/1.8 @ f/3.2 1/200 sec ISO800

2017-12-20 The smallest things

Sometimes Christmas appears in the smallest details. A few snowflakes on a budding holly tree makes me remember the first snowfall of the season. Memories dart about recalling long forgotten reflections of winter wonder in the delicate flowering of a bright red visitor who comes in December. The red fruit is a welcome burst of vibrant color in what is slowly becoming the bleak tones of the cold months.

 Nikon D800E Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/40 1/60sec ISO 50 TTL Flash

Nikon D800E Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/40 1/60sec ISO 50 TTL Flash

2017-12-19 Twas the week before Christmas

I'm going to try and squeeze seven days of Christmas pictures into my current work section this year. The Holiday bustle of crying children, grumpy retailers, terrible drivers and ridiculous store policies tend to peak for me during this last push towards all things commercial, so I thought a few calm happy pictures of Christmas moments might help alleviate some of the stress. Breath, relax, enjoy.

 Nikon D800E Sigma 135mm f/1.8 @ f/8 1/640 sec ISO 100

Nikon D800E Sigma 135mm f/1.8 @ f/8 1/640 sec ISO 100