Stone Sentry

First, a note — I’m leaving early today and will be gone for a few weeks. I plan on still posting photos, as I’ll still be taking them. I’ll be busy though, so I’ll probably get behind on responding to comments and visiting all my favorite blogs. But please do keep visiting, liking and leaving comments. I really love getting the feedback. And again, thank you for all of the support!


When I noticed this guy a while ago, I wondered how I hadn’t noticed him a long time before that. He is a large stone sculpted head that sits on the end of a wall on a property near downtown Santa Fe. He’s in front of a home that is around a hundred years old, and he isn’t easily seen, as most of his features have been weathered and are almost smooth.

I think most people don’t even see him as they pass him by. It took some good shadowing for me to really see him, but when I did, I was just so thrilled.

I wanted to take a photo of him, but without the right shadowing, he looked like nothing but a large round stone. Then one day it snowed, and that changed everything. It even gave him an eye, which is almost totally smoothed down. But in the snow, it’s there, and it looks wonderful, so I took this photo.

The Stone Sentry faithfully protecting the home for all time. Kind sir, please guard me and keep me safe on my trip, I ask of you. (:

Shot with my 35-70mm lens at f/2.8.

Image Copyright © Katie Johnson. All Rights Reserved.


~ by KatiesCameraBlog on January 13, 2012.

50 Responses to “Stone Sentry”

  1. Cold and lonely, but still he’s keeping watch…

  2. May your travels be safe, fun, and profitable!

  3. Nice one… You are amazing. Have a nice and enjoyable days, Thank you dear Katie, I’ll be here patiently will be waiting for you 🙂 With my love, nia

  4. Very cool, I have found that since I took up photography I see things that I have seen thousands of times before in a different light, be safe and keep up the great shots..:-)

  5. great photo Katie, excellent 😉

  6. Nicely spotted!

  7. It’s always fun to see something you’ve passed by over and over again for the first time. Nice capture! Enjoy your travels.

  8. He’s lovely! I, too, am leaving for a few weeks, but taking all my equipment, and continuing to blog. RVing to Quartzite!

  9. Pretty good in shape, the lil’ fella. With bricks as abs, awesome 🙂

  10. Have a good trip, and I’ll be looking forward to your photos.

  11. Really like how the snow gently hides the stone–the strength of stone and the ephemeral quality of the snow are highlighted by the soft background–nicely done. Enjoy your travels–hope that you get to share some photographs from the trip, Sally

  12. I couldn’t be more jealous of the wonderful snow pictures you’re getting … our winter has been 60+ degrees 🙂

  13. I love that guy!
    I can’t wait to see photos from your trip. Have a great time Katie 🙂

  14. lovey blog as always enjoy your break

  15. Have a safe trip Katie, and stay warm 🙂

  16. A long cold watch. Very nice.

  17. Love it! Safe travels, Katie.

  18. Safe travels! Enjoy your trip.

  19. What a beautiful shot! Oh, I’m sure he’ll keep you safe. You’ve treated him with such kindness! Bon voyage and safe return, Katie.

  20. Have a good trip.

  21. Traveling mercies on you.

  22. Safe travels Katie! Love the Sentry.

  23. Have fun!

  24. Have a great and fun trip Katie and I hope your sentry keeps you safe.

  25. A regal lion. No need to fear. He means business! Have a great trip and I look forward to the coming photos!

  26. Great shot. Have a wonderful time away.

  27. we will be here when you need us, be safe.

  28. Love the sentry Katie…enjoy your trip whereever you are it work?

  29. Stay safe and enjoy

  30. What an eye you have! I thought this was a rock that looked a bit like a face, but here it’s the opposite! Great find and a beautiful photo. 🙂

  31. I’m always impressed when photographers get the white balance and exposure right on scenes with snow in them. It’s harder than one would think! This is a nice shot, Katie.

    Travel safe and I’ll watch for your updates.

  32. Lovely image (as always).
    It’s amazing how much more one sees when through the camera lens – things that one would walk straight by as though they are invisible on other occasions.

  33. totally awesome.

  34. Enjoy!!

  35. Love it Katie! And your description of finding him, and seeing him, is so cool too!

  36. Safe travels, Katie!

  37. I see it, Katie. Hehe. 😀 Great shot, and creative eyes, as always. 🙂

  38. […] we did a stone human yesterday, so let’s keep going for another day. […]

  39. Have a great trip!

  40. Have a great trip
    Don’t work too hard

  41. It reminds me of a Budha statue under the snow (from Ikyuu-san anime)

  42. Lovely image. It’s amazing what you can do with so little — less is more 😉

  43. Love, love, LOVE this!

  44. Have a wonderful trip! Keep posting when you can, and we’ll be here when you get back. 🙂

  45. What can I say, you a natural photographer! I’ve never seen anyone seeing things, the way you do 🙂

  46. Lovely. Beautiful composition.

  47. Oh, I love it!!! We STILL have had NO recordable snowfall here in north central Pennsylvania… our weather is very strange this year. Thank you for sharing the snow. 😉

  48. Beautifully caught – especially with the snow for bonus effects! One of the beauties of photography is being able to spot the things that 99% of other folk just pass by without noticing.

  49. So you keep finding life in daily (otherwise) lifeless objects 🙂 Cool.

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