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Ruby Tuesday – The In-A-Pinch Edition. June 29, 2010

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Well, it’s been busy hereabouts, so I’m bustin’ out a shot from last week, a bit of a dullard, but still, there’s a subtle Rubiliciousness to it:

The gatehouse at a reservoir in Williamstown, round about sundown.

Sorry for the photographic paucity, but if I left you Jonesin’ for more, visit Mary over at Work of the Poet.

Ruby Tuesday – Summer Solstice Edition! June 22, 2010

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Spent Saturday evening/night at the Three Sisters Sanctuary and Good Time Stove Company in Goshen, MA:

…where there was a (slightly early) Solstice party.

This place is amazing, from its thirty foot tin tinsmith (on the far left, above)  to its twenty foot welded bicycle arch:

…painted in primary colors ( including Ruby, you know) and looked down on by flaming clouds and a waxing past-half moon.

There are great mosaiced amphitheatres and fanciful stonescapes:

…and of course, the Great Dragon fireplace was fired up, and as the light waned the Great Thing’s mouth belched smoke and sparks:

This shot was a bit early for that, but shows a little of the sixty-foot-long stone dragon, its spine protected by plates of orange and blue and Ruby and green sea glass:

…and chunks of crystal and amber and coral:

…and plastic Super Heroes and ceramic figures and bronze miniatures:

…this one taken as the light faded to black and the ambient illumination transitioned to torches.

And at every turn of each stone pathway, a surprise, like this four-foot Buddha, shrouded in shells and buried in beads:

…and the occasional stray griffin, with its distinctly Ruby eyes.  This place is not at all shy about mixing its metaphors.

That last shot and these next two were taken in near total darkness, illuminated only by distant torches.  There was insufficient light to employ my camera’s auto-focus, not even enough to see if I was manually focused, but measurements were taken and a ten second timer was used, with adjustments made by the camera’s blinking light as it counted down to zero.

The Details –

A beaded face:

And a shelly belly:

…both distinctly Ruboid, thanks to the faraway firelight and the miracle of thirty second exposures.

And as the house rock band ended it’s final set (to my great relief; I assumed their hearts were in the right place, though it was painfully obvious that their fingers were not,) the fire dancers mesmerized on a Stonehenge lawn, twirling flaming batons and impossibly seductive hoops:

…and making me seriously consider shaving my arm pits.

I guess you had to be there.

I was there, and documented my presence with this artsy-fartsy shot in which I hoped the arbor vitaes in the background would lend a Van Gaugh-ish aire:

Susan says I look more like Pablo Picasso (ughh!)

I know, it’s a bit blurry.  But it’s at ISO 3200, and you try standing still for a twenty-second exposure!

And above it all, a Ruby Moon, disguising its rubiliciousness in a veil of white, as per The Moody Blues:

“Cold-hearted orb which rules the night,

Robs the colours from our sight.

Red is grey, and yellow, white

And WE decide which is right

And which is an illusion!”

– The Moody Blues

Thanks to Mary over at Work of the Poet for this fun meme, with apologies for the Shots Less Ruby.

😉

Ruby Tuesday – Man And Nature. June 14, 2010

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“Man” being the culturally reflexive form of the more accurate and respectful “Human,” for which I herein apologize.  I wasn’t reared “PC,” and carry some of the remnants of that to this day.

Anyway, here’s a shot from what we these days refer to as “civilization:”

A fire hydrant:

…here hiding high above some sorta sage.

And a Rugosa rose, growing wild at roadside up in Windsor:

Different on the palette, yet both Rubilicious!

Thanks to Mary over at The Work of the Poet for this lovely meme!

Ruby Tuesday – The Strange Yet Beautiful Edition! June 1, 2010

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Here are a few shots from the week, plus one I published back in July ’09, though not as a Ruby Tuesday shot.  They’re all ruboid and plantalicious, with a critter tossed into the mix.

First, a fading red peony on the Bridge of Flowers:

And then, two of our local “carnivorous” plants, some Northern Pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea ):

…which sprang up in 90 degree weather early in May and got hammered by a hard freeze at mid-month, and some beautiful little sundews (Drosera rotundifolia ):

…which had the good sense to keep their heads down ’till the freeze had passed.

Actually, both of these plants are opportunistic omnivores, getting as much nutrition as they can from both the minerals and organics in their environment and the odd passing flitty-thing.  Sundews, despite having sticky pads only about a quarter-inch across, trap large-ish flying things like moths and dragon flies, whose struggles prompt uninvolved paddles to arch inward and join the fray, ensuring the fate of the hapless insect.

Don’t get me started on the tactics of the wily pitcher plant; that’s a whole ‘nother post!

And to end on a gentler note, here’s a shot of a sweet little butterfly alight on a red hawkweed blossom:

I originally posted this in July of ’09 or so, but not as a Ruby Tuesday photo, so here it is again for you Rubyphiles.

Thanks to Mary over at Work of the Poet for the impetus for this fun meme!

Ruby Tuesday – A Vanity Plate. May 17, 2010

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Yeah, vanity plates.  Say what you want and wear it about town.

But not if it’s obscene or something.  Then a registry worker will deny your request, and you’ll have to choose another vane handle.

Unless, of course, your registry worker never tweeted or texted or cavorted in an on-line chat, in which case you might slip this one by:

Somewhere in Virginia a registry worker has been punked.

Thanks to Mary over at Work of the Poet for this engaging meme, and GO THERE for more rubiliciousness!

Ruby Tuesday – 1930 Ford Roadster. April 26, 2010

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Rebuilt by Mel in Bernardston, MA:

Pristine 302, four-on-the-floor, hauls ass.  $30K or B.O.

This was the most Rubylicious thing which crossed my path this week, and so gets a free trip to Work of the Poet, where Mary “The Teach” hosts this colorful meme.

Ruby Tuesday – The YARB* Edition! April 19, 2010

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*Yet Another Red Barn.

So it’s Spring, the sun rises earlier, sets later and achieves greater heights.

And it casts stellar shadows, like this one on a Rubilicious local barn:

I know, “Ho-hum.”  But this is New England, Home of the Ho-Hum, and it’s what I got.

For more inspired renditions of Ruby Tuesday, visit Mary over at Work of the Poet.

😉

Ruby Tuesday – Spring is Springing! April 12, 2010

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Some redness from my week.

A covered bridge in Colrain:

Agrarian lawn art:

A maple catkin:

And a seasonal treat, forsythias surrounding a local barn:

For more rubiliciousness, visit Mary over at Work of the Poet.

Ruby Tuesday – Back At The Falls. March 29, 2010

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It’s officially Spring, and the Deerfield River is cresting the dam at Salmon Falls, down in the center of the village of Shelburne Falls, MA.  It’s a mesmerizing sight, sonically overwhelming and totally humbling to a mere mortal:

The glassblower’s shop provides just enough rubiliciousness to allow me to sneak this one into this meme.

Farther up the hill, the Shelburne Free Public Library radiates yet more Ruby into the cosmos:

The Falls may have been taking liberties with “the ruby thing,” but this one hits that nail more squarely on the head.  🙂

For more Random Rubiage visit Mary over at Work of the Poet!

Ruby Tulip Tuesday! March 22, 2010

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Here’s a detail of a tulip at the Smith Bulb Show which might pass for a “Ruby Tuesday” shot:

I found this floral impression of flames fascinating!

For more Rubilicious photos, visit Mary over at Work of the Poet.  🙂