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A Few Random Photos June 24, 2008

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Salvaged from this past week’s pile.

A farm field in Colrain:

Flowers in the night:

Coming home:

…and the Deerfield river after an afternoon rain:

Enjoy.

OK, A Dinner. June 22, 2008

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Organic baby spinach wilted in extra virgin olive oil, with garlic scapes, roasted garlic, roasted red peppers, pine nuts, capers and some shiitake mushrooms, served over fresh, local raviolis filled with spinach and ricotta cheese:

Enjoy!

Some Summer Flowers. June 22, 2008

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Here are a few shots from the week just past.

What passes for “Indian Paintbrush” in these parts:

The out-West version is a totally different plant, and at least as beautiful.

A mountain laurel blossom in Plainfield:

These little blossoms, growing in clusters, are each little jewels, painted with a sort of peasant-blouse simplicity and happy detailing. Very proletariat.

And a rose in the salt flats at Harkness MSP in Connecticut:

That is all.

To The Sea And Back! June 22, 2008

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Ahoy, maties! Just back from a day trip to the Connecticut seacoast, thanks to a kind invitation from Frau Biergut and Miz Lu(mena) to join them at a photographers’ rendez-vous at Chez Whitey and Lena.

And while I’m most decidedly not an “ocean guy,” the change of scenery certainly did me good, as did my first encounter with this group of friendly, knowledgeable and open folks. This despite the fact that their casual banter about All Things Photographic sounded to me like a conference conducted in Arameic.

Nonetheless, my time at seaside was relatively productive, my initial impression of the planar horizon and flat, hazy light notwithstanding. I found myself at a loss for appropriate techniques to capture the essence of the monochromatic expanse of sea and sky, and instead concentrated on the more intimate aspects of the scene.

Hell, I’m closer to the Little Stuff anyway!

So hey, The Scene:

Harkness Memorial State Park. A shoreline of sand beaches and granite boulders:

I quickly converted my Manfrotto tripod to a low rider and got down into the surf, counting the wave-series, learning when the Big Ones would come, and how low the water would get just before the wall came in.

I got a few lucky shots off…

And this, an unremarkable sampling of the pink granite and white quartz pebbles which comprise a sizable proportion of this coastline:

I also liked the effect when this shot was rendered in black and white:

I think I sized those two so you can view them both simultaneously; feel free to let me know if one version or the other speaks to you, I could use the feedback.  🙂

And lastly, this shot of ducks in a protected estuary, gliding between beds of intermittently squirting clams:

All in all, a good day at the beach.

Thanks, ladies!

Friday Kittehz Blogging! June 20, 2008

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Yes, I’m back again, about where I left off: with a poorly focused shot of a quickly moving subject.

But that’s how it goes, you know. The light is The Light, and one can fiddle with it all one wants. The results are still gong to reflect an atmospheric malaise.

But This Week’s Kitteh was a breath of fresh air on a densely foggy day, a testament to the will to survive when surviving isn’t easy…

Que Ms, Fox, if you please:

She’s a beauty, getting along famously despite a limp.

Two weeks ago, a town police officer emptied a clip at Foxy in a crowded neighborhood; I went directly to The Fuzz and complained, resulting in a ban on discharging firearms in such a crowded neighborhood.

Thank God for such small wonders.

Some Moooody Photos. June 20, 2008

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As a small “Thank You” to those of you who have been patient during my Blue Hiatus, I’m making an extra effort to pull my pants up and get back to The Land of The Living.

So much love and kindness has come my way, it feels like a spiritual balloon is lifting me up. Oh, the muck is still sucking at my shoes, but with you-all pulling, I’m surely upward bound.

Here are a couple of photos I took in the past day or two, appropriately brooding to convey my current mooood, yet with a suggestion of light to come:

A morning shot, with the fog lifting:

And a pasture at sunset:

Both are stepped on pretty hard, in as much as my rinky-dink photo editing program will allow me to step at all!

It’s been a gloomy week of bad light and stiff winds, making long exposures necessary but nigh unto impossible, so for now, this is all I’ve got; hope it suffices.

Again, thanks for the gentle pull, and see you on the Shiny Side.

– R

Reining In The Beast. June 19, 2008

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I’ve been rudely absent.

My sincere apologies for not excusing myself, but the truth is, I had no intention of taking this ride.

And despite my best efforts, I’m still astride this magnificent dark horse, bound for parts unknown.

Please know that I’ve been sitting here every night, reading your words and trying, really trying to respond, but somehow, the words just won’t come. Not a simple “Excuse me for a bit,” not even a damned “BRB.”

No photos worth looking at, no dinners I care to eat.

Nothing.

The sun shines Somewhere Else; I see it at a distance. And I expect it to get here, just not today.

Bear with me, people. It’s taken me over an hour to get this feeble few sentences together, but that’s better than I’ve managed in nearly a week.

I’ll just file that away as a Good Sign and call it a night.

Strange Pussy June 13, 2008

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There’s nothing like a little Strange Pussy by the side of a babbling brook in a cool, shaded wood.

This one visited me yesterday during my photo shoot in Windsor:

This week’s Friday Kittehz Blogging!

Sundews! June 13, 2008

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High in the Hoosac Range, as the road winds upward through the hills, there’s a road-cut which catches full sun for most of the day, yet remains perpetually wet because of the expansive forested slope above it.

It’s one of my favorite places to photograph Little Things, like these strange and beautiful little Sundews:

The last time I saw them they were barely 20mm across; now they’re nearly 75mm (three inches for you ‘Muricans!)

Hope you like ’em.  🙂

Today, June 12, Is Loving Day. June 12, 2008

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No, not like “free loving” day.

Like Loving v. Virginia day, wherein we celebrate the marriage anniversary of Richard Loving, a white man, to his beloved Mildred, a black woman, in Washington, D.C. in 1958. Their subsequent return to their native Virginia resulted in their arrest on the felony charge of “miscegenation” under that state’s Racial Integrity Act. They were convicted, but their prison sentences were suspended for twenty-five years, contingent on their permanent exile from the Good Commonwealth of Virginia.

In 1967 the Supreme Court found the Racial Integrity Act to be unconstitutional, effectively legalizing interracial marriages.

During that time period, politicians, pundits and people of Bad Heart carried on at great lengths about how such a marriage was an abomination in God’s eyes, was antithetical to the very fabric of what made America great, and would surely precipitate the total destruction of the institutions of marriage and family.

Aren’t we glad that such small-minded bigotry has vanished from the American landscape, replaced by a generally held belief that two loving adults ought to be free to wed, and to live with the same blessings and responsibilities of other Americans?

Unless you’re in love with a person of the same gender, that is.

Today, that same small-minded bigotry and its accompanying Chicken-Little logic is applied to LGBT people in most of these United States. Same Sex Marriage, we are told by strident, sweating homophobes, will destroy the Integrity of Marriage and portend the End of America As We Know It. The arguments and the hysterical rhetoric are the same now as they were in the 1960s; only the victims of this dehumanizing idiocy have changed.

And the outcome of this struggle between decency and respect and compassion on one hand, Christ-like compassion for those who care to notice, and bigotry and fear and disenfranchisement on the other hand, must have the same result:

Caring, committed couples of all sexual orientations must be free to marry the person they love, to commit to a lifetime of shared joys and responsibilities, to access any and all of the benefits and obligations which accrue to others who can currently marry.

These people are our friends and neighbors, our co-workers, our family, human beings with minds and hearts and dreams and desires. They’re as fully human as you and me, equal in God’s eyes, and deserving of equality in our eyes.

LGBT rights are human rights, and as such, it is our obligation as Americans to protect and defend them against the tyranny and exclusion and denial of those who would legislate their bigotry.

In the wake of the recent California Supreme Court decision clearing the way for same-sex marriages, the bigots are mobilizing with a major media campaign to convince California voters to amend that State’s Constitution in November to permanently prohibit same sex marriage.

We ought not to let that happen.

We must not let that happen.

I’ve heard many of you say as much; now it’s time to stand up for change, to do what’s right rather than what’s easy, to act instead of just talking. We have a window of opportunity to end the disenfranchisement of one in ten Americans, the exclusion of a large minority of us from the American Dream, to rise to meet one of the greatest challenges of our time, to welcome all our children into the fold of our Humanity.

The people of California are hearing the fear mongering of the bigots loud and clear; we must answer them with The Truth.

Please visit Human Rights Campaign’s website today and give what you can to support this effort; there’s presently a chance to have your contribution matched by a generous supporter, but only in the next few days.

This is an opportunity for you, and you, and you and me to make a real difference in the fabric of American life, without having to wait for our politicians to grow spines. WE can make this happen, NOW.

Shortly before her death in May of this year, Mildred Loving made a strong statement in support of equal marriage rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation; I’ll bet she’d expect us to do the same.

Please join me in this.

Please.

Namaste.