August Miscellany

Posted in 1 on August 16, 2009 by ceceb3

Just a compilation of photos from July and August… some are from a visit to Boston Harbor by the Tall Ships, other are from local jaunts. Enjoy the little bit of summer that we have left!

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A great sun-shiny morning in Boston, waiting to tour the Tall Ships, I saw this wonderful truck working with the firefighters to collect for MDA. It was fun to see little kids climbing up and and “driving” the truck!

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Rigging on the Harvey Gammage. It was great fun to be able to walk amongst these beauties!

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This Dutch ship was set perfectly in front of the Boston Harbor Hotel atrium flag.

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A hidden bridge over troubled waters at the Quabbin Reservoir.

The Rockets’ Red Glare

Posted in 1 on July 4, 2009 by ceceb3

Happy Independance Day!! As good a day as any to resume my blogging.  Since loosing Oliver I have been very uninspired and even my photo class (which I loved but is now over) could not bring me back to the world of living photographers.  Thankfully, the rain has finally stopped – and my ark is only half built – so the glorious day called us out. These photos were taken in different locations in Worcester county and westward, but all speak to the glory of America and our distinctly American culture.

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A local veterans’ memorial, photo taken on the fly as we maneuvered through traffic in search of a java infusion (a.k.a. Dunkin’ Donuts – as American as chain restaurants can be).

 

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This bridge has such great presence hovering above the Connecticut River. Although I think of England as the headwaters of train travel, I like to envision a young girl from Northampton traveling across this bridge in a train car on her first trip to Boston, full of a wild sense of wonder and developing a wanderlust that would take her across the country someday.

 

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This final piece of charm made me wonder when that flag was orginally hung and where it came from. Was it a bank giveaway (remember when they used to give you more than just overdraft statements??) or maybe a summer camp project.  However it came to be hanging and slowly disintegrating on this shed, I am grateful that it did.

Farewell to a Friend

Posted in 1 on May 28, 2009 by ceceb3

ollie in cemetery sept 24 2008-8

Hello all. Today we had to say goodbye to our wonderful Oliver. Sir Oliver of Leland, more aptly. He came to live with us about 4 years ago, and we hope that his years with us may have made up for any not-so-wonderful years prior. Eric and I have spent a lot of time tonight going through old photos, and I would like to share them with you. He was my one constant subject – for snapshots, poses, candids and just plain sillies – and in many ways my muse. I miss him with all of my being and although I know that he is not in pain now (and eating all of the broccoli that he can find!) I am still sad that I will not be able to rub his furry little noggin any longer. Be in peace, Muffin Man – O-boy – Ollieball. We miss you and love you so.

ollie with grass in the field sept 13 2007

 

ollie in action blur oct 15 2007

ollie on his chair august 24 2008

ollie on the couch jan 1 2008-1

ollie and eric at hopkinton sep 16 2007

ollie the sentry jan 2 2009-1

ollie bored with my new table sept 28 2008

 

ollie with giant rawhide dec 23 2007

ollie drinking at hopkinton sept 16 2009

ollie eating snow at hopkinton feb 1 2009-1

ollie march 7 2009- turning back with body

ollie march 15 2009

ollie last photo

Getting back to it

Posted in 1 on May 26, 2009 by ceceb3

Blink, blink… I feel like I have been delinquent in my postings, sleeping at the universal wheel. I am sorry for that – not really apologetic because I have had my reasons for not posting – but I have missed my weekly hour of self expression.

Finally we have emerged from the blah of winter, the overwhelming whiteness of it all, the abbreviated days and the extended night. Finally we are feeling the radiant warmth of the all-giving sun. Plants are relishing the chance to flex the power of their chlorophyl, the ability to dig roots deep into the no-longer-frozen ground. Ahhhh, the chance to wear sandals again!!

So, getting back to it all. Here are some photos from this Memorial Day’s festivites near our house. I took the majority of them as an assignment for a class that I am taking now, so we will see what the critique is next week.

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My assignment is/was to photograph people, and the ceremony and parade seemed the perfect opportunity. I like that this tells a story (open to personal interpretation, of course), but I wish that I had been a bit further back and had not cut off his feet.

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I don’t see much of the “rebel” in his roost here, but this guy was so serious – refusing to wave at the crowd – and I very much admired his resolute stance and attention to duty that I just had to post him.

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Finally, this little guy is the “marcher in charge” each year, pacing the sidewalk with his grandmother, waving his flag in time with the thump-thump of the tubas in the little marching band. I like the perspective of this shot, although I would prefer to angle it a bit more to the left to crop out some of the by-stander knees.

petals to accompany my roots

Posted in 1 on March 23, 2009 by ceceb3

Spring. Ha, I said it. It is finally here – even if it did snow today –  and even this bloody New England winter that we have all been suffering through this year cannot dim the hope that emerging blooms bring. Yesterday, I played in the yard for the first time in 2009; I raked to the point that my arms burned, I knelt to pick scattered leaves from my emerging garden, I wound up with dirt under my nails – and I loved every minute of it.

I welcomed old friends back for another go-round – Iris, Crocus, Geranium, Daffodil, Columbine, and others – and started to reform the boundaries of both the garden and, in turn, my life. A professor that I had in grad school used a wonderful analogy to describe our challenge for learning about life. He stated that he might be an old man, but that he was a young gardener – always learning and finding novelty in the garden around him. He extrapolated this to life in general as a vivid metaphor for learning about humanity and experiences effecting our growth. Now, as I welcome a new year into both my life and that of my garden, I think about the meaning of his words and hope that I will make a renewed effort to welcome and accept new ideas, thoughts and ways-of-being into my life.

Some images below are from Birthday flowers  – they are all so beautiful that I wanted to share them with everyone as a “Thank you” to those who sent them!

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Roots

Posted in 1 on March 9, 2009 by ceceb3

As a friend of mine recently wrote, “on the eve of my 31st birthday, it’s time to think about growing up a bit.” (Thanks Jess!) Well, I am next in line for this happy event, and so I returned to my childhood stomping grounds this weekend to celebrate and reflect. The following photos represent different aspects of my roots.

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The last snow of the year always seems to come right around my birthday. One year, we had planned an outdoor birthday party and almost a foot of snow fell the night before. I was so worried that no one would come, but everyone did come, however, and  I remember it as one of my happiest parties. In fact, it always seems to precipitate on my day – even when I was in Turks and Caicos on my 22nd brithday it rained (the only day during the whole week!) but we celebrated with others on our conch tour, all toasting my birthday while huddling together on a tiny boat.

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Pets have always been a huge influence in my life – from Boots and Tacky, through Sweeter, Domino, Honey, Gus, Soupy, Fred, Chaps, Rhona, Oliver, Stashie and Elsa – and poor Oliver is my most common photo ‘victim’ nowadays. I’m pretty sure that I can count on Ollie to help me finish a big slice of cake this week!

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Lastly this week, I found this broken fence in an unlikely place, but was struck by the measures taken to keep it together over the passing years; rusty nails and scratched posts reveal trial – but mostly error – measures to mend the sticks back together. Interesting metaphors for life in general, especially facing the start of a new trip around the sun.

A mad jumble of things

Posted in 1 on March 2, 2009 by ceceb3

There is no real rhyme or reason to what I am posting this week, other than the photos were all taken within about 1 hour as I was waiting to pick someone up after an appointment. It was cold, windy and bright, but my hands could not take more than about 10 minutes without some form of gloved protection, so I am glad that I had three that I could choose.

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I relaized that I have not shot black & white in quite a while – it was nice to come back for a spell, and I was pleased to find the wind taking turns with the swings.

 

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The wind was also playing with these grasses as I walked past. I just couldn’t let the light go – even for a cloudy-ish day the light really bounced.

 

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And I just couldn’t resist this Practiced Theif! As I parked the car at the doctor’s office, there he was hanging from the branch like a bat, stealing every seed that he could cram into his mouth. I watched him for a few moments, and then grabbed my camera. I shot what amounts to a whole roll before retiring the camera to go inside. There had been a branch in the way of a great shot, however, so I was just shooting for the novelty of it all…. but whe I got out of the car he didn’t move, so I grabbed my camera again, testing the limits of how close he would let me be. He was not very much bothered by me, and only an opening door to the office finally detered him from his roost!