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How The Hell… February 25, 2012

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…do I work this thing???

Trying to remember how my old point-and-shoot works:

Well, it works, but it ain’t pretty.

This was my only camera when I started this blog, so I’m not dissin’ it, but what I’m working with now does a lot more.

Evolution is good.

Amaryllis Interlude. February 10, 2011

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Amidst the seemingly endless snows of winter, a bit of color threatens to erupt in our kitchen – an Amaryllis I planted in December.

Here it is, partially blooming against my reflection in our kitchen sink window, with a glass ornament rounding out the image:

It took a bit of finagling to get the lighting right on all three elements, but hey, what else is one to do on a winter’s night?

More shots will follow as this bloom develops into its full glory.

Tidal Pool Art. November 28, 2010

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This time of year, the “color” on the coast north of Boston is mostly localized in the tidal pools and puddles which festoon the granite shoreline.  Here are a few shots which I found interesting.

A typical stranded puddle:

Yeah, I know, it’s no coral reef, and if you live in or visit the Tropics, you’ll be rightfully underwhelmed.  But I’m experientially challenged, and easily impressed.

A closer look:

…and a self-portrait to round things out:


– CR

A September Night… September 23, 2010

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…by a fire in the dooryard:

A long exposure self portrait.  The cool nights of late are just right for a nice fireside sit!

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.


Self-Portrait. June 4, 2010

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On the way to photograph my friend Tim and his friend Mark rock climbing at Farley Ledge, I stopped at the French King bridge, route 2’s transit of the Connecticut river.  It’s an iconic structure, impossibly tall for these parts,elegant to the casual passer-by, terminal to those so inclined, and there have been many.

I stopped to photograph passing pleasure boats (my ex and younger daughter being among the river’s guests on this day) and got nothing worth sharing, though of course I still will:

…this being a shot of a kayaker about to brave the wake of a fast moving pleasure boat which appears not to care a whit about its impact on the world around it.  Shore erosion as a result of speed-induced wakes is a major concern on this stretch of the river, as is the impact of power boats on human-powered watercraft.

And as I hung out waiting for photo ops I noticed my own silhouette on the river’s surface far below, and snapped this image:

…See me there?  I’m leaning over the bridge rail, and made a bump on its shadow.

Anyway, I was on my way to photograph some friends rock climbing, so that will get posted next, or at least soon.

Ruby Tuesday – Self-Portrait Edition. November 17, 2009

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I’m generally loathe to do this, but somehow this self-inflicted wound is slightly less painful than most, so I thought, “What the hell, it’s Tuesday, and that retainer on your dollar store glasses does look kinda Ruby…”

With appologies to Mary over at Work of the Poet for so disabusing her otherwise comely meme.

Shadow Shot Sunday! November 8, 2009

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I haven’t done this before, despite having seen and enjoyed it.  But I haven’t much else to post tonight, so here I am.  🙂

Self Portrait With Hoola-Hoop:

self-portrait with hoola hoop

Kind of stumbled into this one early Saturday morning, and thought it might fit into Harriet’s fun meme.

Enjoy!  🙂

Self Portrait. September 2, 2009

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On a Summer’s eve, with a fog rising from the fields:

sunset in fog