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Two Ways Of Seeing. December 30, 2009

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It’s that time of the month again when you get to suffer through my attempts at rendering a full moon.

This late December apparition eluded me, dragging me around the countryside in my gas guzzler for hours, never quite settling on a respectably distant hillside, until finally it was too late, and I was left with an elevated orb set against a fuzzy foreground.

At sunset, with the moon’s features still evident:

…and later, set against the spire of a church in Turners Falls:

I wasn’t able to get much detail in the latter, but I nonetheless liked the result, and hope you do as well.

Peace to you and yours.

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Sycamore In A Snow Storm. December 30, 2009

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An upward view of a sycamore tree in a heavy morning snow:

Pardon the smears of snow flakes passing by the lens of my little point-and-shoot.

More Snow. December 30, 2009

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I know, “Bore me to tears.”

But it’s what’s happening here, and with camera in hand, it’s what I got.

Reed’s Brook in Conway, just after the recent snowfall:

Sumacs surrounded by Japanese knot weed:

…and a patch of sunlight tumbling across the landscape, here illuminating a swath of forest over the river and across the railroad tracks:

So winter begins.  Expect more of this in the coming weeks and months.

The Owl. December 29, 2009

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One night last week Susan came across an owl, laid out in the road and dead as a doornail.  It was still way beyond warm (she described it as “hot,”)  and beautiful to look at.

So she took it home and set it to rest in our garage, expecting to get around to burying it or something.

But Susan is a Natural Literalist, and soon conspired to have some fool (ahem, you might know this guy) climb an icy tree and get Poor Dead Owl into a postion worthy of it’s living stature.

So here’s Owl, tucked into a high cranny in an old, broken pine:

Rest in Peace, my Sister.

A December Snow. December 29, 2009

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This morning it came down hard.  I had occasion to head out to Conway, and driving through it was a necessity rather than a choice.

Passing through The Falls, I stuck my little point-and-shoot out the window:

The air got thicker as I gained elevation on the way to Conway, where horses huddled as the storm blew by:

The squall died down eventually, leaving us with slippery roads and a beautiful snowscape.

Gotta love these New England winters.

Colrain Horse. December 27, 2009

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If you knew anything about Colrain (which you probably don’t) you’d appreciate how Colrain this poor horse is:

Makes me want to love our fellow travelers, and pray for those less blessed than we are.

Feel free to join in.

Namaste.

A Winter Night. December 26, 2009

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It’s warm out, with a light rain falling on a durable snow pack.  Perhaps there will be fog tomorrow morning; I’ll have to get up early to see if it’s worth a photographic foray.

But for tonight, there’s just the darkness and lights at a church down in the valley:

Sorry, I don’t know the denomination; this shot was just an excuse to play with Elliot’s shift function.

So there.

Merry Christmas / Happy Birthday… December 25, 2009

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…to a guy who is a personal hero of mine, Jesus of Nazareth, Prince of Peace, and a helluva guy.  If he were to come back today he’d doubtless follow Reverend Billy, that is, when he wasn’t kicking banker-ass.  And though I don’t recall any specific instances in The Good Book where Jesus laughed or cracked jokes, I bet he would think it pretty funny to hear the red-faced douchenozzles of the Radical Reicht proclaiming ours to be a Christian Nation even as they kick the down-and-out in the teeth and rail against being expected to lift a finger to help those less fortunate than themselves.

At any rate, Jeez, thanks for setting the bar so high by chumming around with whores, refusing to wear socks in your sandals and really, really walking the walk.

Happy Happy, Merry Merry, and for God’s sake, don’t be a stranger.

TCR

P.S.   And to all the rest of you out there in Bloggyville, Sleep in Heavenly Peace…

G’night now.

Downtown Northampton. December 23, 2009

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Our local urban mecca, rendered in the stark light of a small city night:

I caught the current crescent moon in that one.

Plain ol’ urban shots:

Not my standard Nature fare, but rather more play with Elliot.

Hope you don’t mind the digression.

A Crescent Moon… December 23, 2009

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…and Saturn, high above a skyline in Hawley, MA:

I like this shot for its simplicity, its visual honesty.  It looked just like this when I took it.

Hope you like it, too.