Friday, November 25, 2011

NYC and Thanksgiving



I took a trip to NYC the week before Thanksgiving for a photography workshop. You know how something works out so much better than you ever imagined?  That happened here - the combination of the photographer who led the workshop and his team, the combination of people who attended, the mind set I had going in...they all made for a very special time.  

Returning home I thought a short week of work would be fairly easy but that was not to be - it turned out to be fairly hectic.

Thanksgiving was at my house this year with my mother, sister's and brother's families.  It is always a wonderful time, and this year the star of the show was the chocolate cake my sister in law brought.  Oh my, that cake was amazing! And Gus didn't steal anything - last year he helped himself to coconut cake which we now know is not life threatening to dogs, though it is a bit, ahem, rich.

Much to think about over the balance of the holiday weekend.

I hope you had a memorable Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mantel



I love this little vase, and I love the yellow gold leaves that fall from the trees on the either side of the back of my house.

The brown 'roses' fell from some sort of conifer and I picked them up during a dog walk.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Under the Same Moon




I see the moon and the moon sees me. 

God bless the moon and God bless me.

I see the moon and the moon sees thee.

God bless the moon and God bless thee.



Friday, November 11, 2011

A Discovery

I love reading.


I love reading blogs.  There's wondrous variety out there in the interwebs.


Today I clicked a link that took me to Cold Antler Farm.  After you read the passage she wrote below, I bet you'll click the link and take the trip too.






Everyone out there enjoying this Wolf Moon? That's what the Almanac calls it. The November moon is a big bright beam out there, and the last few nights it has been so bright It cast shadows inside the farm house at night. Deer walking around the yard stand out like make believe things in the blue light. Folklore says the night right after the full moon is a time to prayer to remove things from your life that are negative, bad thoughts, fear, guilt, all of it. As the moon wains into dark it's supposed to carry those prayers home. I don't think it can hurt. Wolves after all, are very fast dogs. 


from Cold Antler Farm

A Discovery

I love reading.


I love reading blogs.  There's wondrous variety out there in the interwebs.


Today I clicked a link that took me to Cold Antler Farm.  After you read the passage she wrote below, I bet you'll click the link and take the trip too.






Everyone out there enjoying this Wolf Moon? That's what the Almanac calls it. The November moon is a big bright beam out there, and the last few nights it has been so bright It cast shadows inside the farm house at night. Deer walking around the yard stand out like make believe things in the blue light. Folklore says the night right after the full moon is a time to prayer to remove things from your life that are negative, bad thoughts, fear, guilt, all of it. As the moon wains into dark it's supposed to carry those prayers home. I don't think it can hurt. Wolves after all, are very fast dogs. 


from Cold Antler Farm

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Saturday Spirit

On Saturday, two of my nieces participated in a Cheerleading competition.


 Getting ready includes glitter eyeshadow...


coordinating bows on the 'high and tight' ponytails,


and a run through in the other gym...


Here's an atmosphere shot.  Below the balloon arch was a smoke machine that activated when the first cheerleader led their group onto the mat.



My younger niece's team on the floor.



For family readers - she is in the back left position in the rest of these.  Forgive the quality, I used my 50mm lens because it is easy to carry and blew up the images.



We've got spirit
Yes we do
We've got spirit
How about you?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gold



This tree drags its feet each year when it's time to change colors...but when it finally does it's almost an overnight transformation.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Do You See What I See?


The caps are like a basket weave, or a complex woven chair seat and doesn't it look like bark?  The pattern on the acorn itself forecasts the woodgrain of a future tree.

I love the Fall.

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