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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! November 9, 2009

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This is an Accidental Ruby Tuesday, which came my way most unexpectedly this past weekend.

I’d overslept and missed the best part of sunrise, but I nonetheless left the house early enough to see some long shadows and a bit of color.

But the skies were boring compared to the sunrise I’d invisioned, and I drove without a destination, disconsolate yet propelled by my inate wanderlust.

Then, on the edges of Ashfield (it might have been Goshen by then) I passed a rustic building gleaming with chrome detritus of a most unanticipated sort – the Good Time Stove Company:

Good Time Stoves

…yes, a real store, festooned with an interesting array of shiny stuff displayed to the delight of early morning travelers like me.  I’d passed it hundreds of times without stopping, but on this particular morning the light was right, and I backed up to snap this shot.

There are several bits of Ruby scattered about this photograph, though I doubt you can see the most impressive one to me: the glowing red heart affixed to the chest of the twenty foot Tin Cowboy at the left of the photo.

Trust me, it’s a trip.

So at this resolution you might just be able to see the Glowing Red Whatever at the foot of the fifteen-foot Bicycle Wheel Arch which frames the entrance to the stove shop.  I call Ruby-Dab!

…but then, off to the right, was a sign:  “Three Sisters Sanctuary:”

Three Sisters Sanctuary

Yeah, I know, “That’s pretty scant Ruby.”  Let’s call it “sorta red.”

But I, being curious, wandered out back, the idea of “three sisters” appealing to me in some way or another.

And there I spied Ruby:

Morning Dragon

‘Twas a Morning Dragon, fifty feet at least, basking in the break of day, with two-foot chunks of sea glass guarding its sinuous spine, and a belly where fire  lived, and a hideously beautiful mouth where the smoke came out, gnashing its earthbound fangs at the waning half-moon:

Dragon and Moon

This was a truly cool find, and the low light of morning lit it to my liking.

I hope you like it too.

Thanks to Mary over at Work of the Poet for hosting this cool meme.  Go there to see what else is rubilicious!