Monday, December 28, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
This display is in front of City Hall in my little town. I love that the season is noted with a natural scene of trees and deer.
I took this shot this morning on the way to work - 8:45am and not quite dawn.
Photo taken December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Cricket joined the family today. She's just under 8 weeks old - a registered Miniature Long Haired Dachshund. After much sniffing and playing, she wanted nothing more than to lay in mama's arms and sleep...
Photo taken December 19, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
It was so cold that the heat from the furnaces in town created an ice fog, which, in turn, left all the vegetation covered in hoar frost.
Ice fog is a unique and bizarre experience - imagine moving through a fog so thick you can't see 10 feet in front of you. However, the fog is recreated and worsened with every heat source. The exhaust from the vehicle in front of you blinds you - especially when moving foward from a stop sign or light.
It's just weird. The joys of the north...
Photo taken December 15, 2009
On Sunday the high temp was -43C, and was over -50C with wind chill. Too insanely cold to do anything but watch football on tv. The ice crystals on the livingroom windowpane were beautiful, though...
Photo taken December 13, 2009
This time of year the sun is so low in the sky the shadow at noon seems like late afternoon. Also notice the snow - that first branch is actually a foot and a half above the ground...
Photo taken December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Sunday, December 06, 2009
We met the newest member of our family today. She is yet unnamed, and is a 6 week old purebred mini dachshund. She will come to join the brood right around Christmas. We wanted another hound, but as I get older I've been drawn more and more to smaller dogs that I can easily exercise, etc. She is the tiniest hound!
Photo taken December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
We're a multi holiday family. Chanukah is early this year, beginning at sundown on December 11. Then Solstice is on the 21st, and the season winds up with Christmas on the 25th. Good thing we like to celebrate!
Photo taken November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I was working on a project all day and suddenly realized at about 10:30pm that I had not taken a picture yet! That's the first time that happened. I took this out the window, using manual settings and with a shutter speed of a quarter of a second. It's hand held, so I was pretty happy with it...
Photo taken November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I think the snow is here to stay. Today was sunny and bright, but there is over 8 inches of the white stuff, and the drifts are already 3 feet in some places. ::sigh:: Gonna be a long winter...
Photo taken November 19, 2009
pen·sive (pen siv)
1. Deeply, often wistfully or dreamily thoughtful.
2. Suggestive or expressive of melancholy thoughtfulness.
[Middle English pensif, from Old French, from penser, to think, from Latin pnsre, frequentative of pendere, to weigh; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]
Photo taken November 18, 2009
I've had this little bunny for 35 years. He was given to me when I was in high school, when singing took all my time and energy. My voice has weakened with age, but my memories still ring sweet...
Photo taken November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
This is my first real attempt at capturing startrails. The flu kept me awake last night so I set up the tripod and my wide angle lens. This is from 75 shots - 20 second exposures with 2 dark shots taken over half an hour. Set the camera at continuous shooting, set the shutter speed and lock the remote. This took about 26 minutes. I then stacked the images using the program from startrails.de ( a wonderful free program.)
Next time I'll set up where I can have Polaris centre frame - then the trails will form circles in the night sky. Because I felt so bad, this was just from the back deck.
Photo taken November 12, 2009
In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae - 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Photo taken November 11, 2009
Charlie Lake is beginning to ice over. By this time next month the snowmobiles will be screaming across what is now open water, dodging ice shacks and shallow ice.
Photo taken November 10, 2009