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A Vermont Minute. August 15, 2012

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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Part of my time last weekend was spent toodling around southern Vermont in search of skies.

The skies never quite materialized despite forecasts and teaser clouds, and as the odometer churned, I wondered about the sanity of my venture.

I looked for rivers, and found none which beckoned. I looked for barns, and found none which called to me. I looked for wildflowers, but they’d all dried up in the preceding month of drought.

When at last I’d resigned myself to finding the route southward, a glint of gold caught my eye, passing over my shoulder, or rather I was passing under it’s watchful brow – the steeple of a town building in West Dover.

I turned the car around and parked, then took this shot with Gizmo and my 2X extender:

This steeple was fully clad in copper flashing and sporting a jaunty weather vane.

It troubled me only slightly that its directional letters were reversed from my point of view.

I got back into the car and resumed driving, but due to a lucky accident of parking I had to drive a little way up a side road to reverse direction.

And the driveway I chose to turn around in was flanked by a farm pond full of water lilies:

Ah, Serendipity, You Rock!

I threw Gizmo back on the box and got these shots before resuming the journey home.

Blooms beneath cat-tails:

…andย  closer view of a blossom:

And among the hundreds of beautiful magenta blooms, one contrarian:

It wasn’t the fraught skis I’d been hunting, but when the object of my desires failed to materialize I was pleased to have these shots to come home with.


1. emdoyle - August 16, 2012

Really cool steeple. But I really love the water lilies, beautiful color.

TheCunningRunt - August 16, 2012

Colors by Mother Earthยฎ ๐Ÿ˜‰

2. Gina - August 16, 2012

Interesting steeple; beautiful water lilies. ๐Ÿ™‚

TheCunningRunt - August 16, 2012

Yes, it was an unusual steeple, and quite beautiful in the late-day sun!

3. susancrow - August 20, 2012

The sacred lotus flowers ๐Ÿ™‚
and a church steeple.
What a fine combination.

4. littlebangtheory - August 20, 2012

Hai-ku very much for your thoughtful comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Guy Penn - August 25, 2012

Excellent photos, especially the blooms beneath cat-tails.

littlebangtheory - August 25, 2012

Thanks, Guy. It’s good to know you still come ’round, and that you liked that one – it had a surreality to it, I’m sure you recognized that, it looked a bit like some of your work, only snatched from the reality of a pond. Life imitates art, eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Guy Penn - August 25, 2012

Great memory, Ralph! That’s exactly what the picture reminded me of. Nice of you to remember!

6. littlebangtheory - August 25, 2012

Despite being a child of the sixties, I still remember some things. And because of being a child of the sixties, those things are likely to challenge the parameters of perception. It’s one of the things which informs my photography…

Guy Penn - August 26, 2012

As a child of the 70’s, I hear you. The reason I enjoy working with computer graphics, appreciate surrealism and your photos is because I value the escape, allowing my mind to wander beyond what is perceived. Doing anything less would be lazy and unfair to me noggin! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Guy Penn - August 26, 2012

… says the guy with profile pic of a telescope coming out of his head. LOL

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