OK--here it goes: poinsettias creep me out. It's those little eye things in the middle. Maybe it's because they remind me of the evil prong-shooting plants in the original Star Trek series episode, "The Apple," I don't know...but there it is. Using the Lensbaby with the star disc softens them to a non-threatening almost abstract.
Camera: Canon EOS T3, Lensbaby Muse Processing: PSE
I don't know that Peace was a theme; if it was, I've used to already. But I feel right now, on this Christmas Eve when we have been soaked in tragedy, a desperate need for peace. So I would like to offer as a Christmas blessing, yet one more vision of Paper Goods Pond, that peaceful place, as it reflects Heaven. I wish you all a blessed and a peaceful Christmas.
At the cafe in Barnes & Noble today, a father started reading a story to his children. The little boy was so enthralled that he lost his shoes as he climbed up to see the book better. I'm still having a really hard time dealing with what happened in Newtown. I know that this father must be feeling extra awareness of how wonderful it is to have one's child there and to be able to read him a story. I loved reading to my kids. I treasured every moment holding then tucked under my arms, spinning out worlds for their imaginations to see.
No photo today. Can't do it in light of the unspeakable tragedy here in my state.
My grandudes are in a school just like that one. My kids went to a school just like that one. Our town is a bit less affluent, but has about the same size and character as Newtown. It could have been here. It could have been my kids, my granddudes. In a small state, it feels so close. How can one survive being the parent or grandparent of one of those slaughtered children? In it's own way, how can one survive the horror of knowing your own child or grandchild survived but your friends' and neighbors' didn't? In a small close community, everyone is horribly irreparably wounded. Ten, twelve years, when their classmates go to the prom and graduate, these children who *should* have been there will still hauntingly be present.
This afternoon, our high school football team, the Berlin Redcoats played for the state championship against the Hillhouse Academics from New Haven. They were evenly matched in the first half; but Berlin was creamed in the second for a final score of 35-12. I'm not a football fan, but it's fun to go to a game like this. Both teams had heart. AND I discovered my new career dream--sports photographer!
Camera Canon EOS T3 Tamron 18-170 lens Processing: cropping and basic adjustments in PSE
It's tricky, but I am successfully growing cherry tomatoes upstairs in my Mom Cave in an AeroGarden. Nothing quite like fresh tomatoes, chili peppers, salad greens and herbs even during a New England winter!
Camera: Canon EOS T3, Lensbaby Muse/Edge 80 Processing: cropping & minor adjustments in PSE
From time to time, when I say things like, "Can we get a goat?" or, "Let's move to Idaho!", or, "Maybe we should adopt another kid,"...John gives me That Look. He has given into me on the latter in the past, so I can't fault him now at our ages. But I have learned that there are times to move on to another subject.
Life can be hectic. Sometimes, we like to just slow it down. We go to Barnes & Noble, get a coffee (cafe latte is my favorite) and just spend an hour sipping it and poring over magazines. Today, we found a great Christmas present there for our older granddude: a kind of a chemistry set that makes glow-in-the-dark stuff. His mom won't want to bother with that, so it means he and I can be mad scientists together!
Camera" Canon EOS T3, Lensbaby Muse/Edge 8- Processing: PSE
It's November in New England--a time when the cold, damp and wind puts a chill in one's bones. John & I went for a walk today at Pistol Creek, part of our town's open space. To say that the weather was brisk is a bit of an understatement. But the light was awesome.
Camera: Canone EOS T3, Lensbaby Muse Processing: PSE
It is important to us always to be welcome, and Thanksgiving is a chance to enjoy that. Around our table this year were people born on three continents in five countries (the US, Germany, England, Korea and Taiwan.) I'm the one behind the camera.
Camera: iPhone5 Processing: a bunch of apps...I lost track which ones I used
I found this broken shell on the beach about a month ago. I left it on the desk in my "mom cave." This morning, when I went in to take care of my plants there, morning light was slanting in, making the shell glow. Who cares if it was going to make me late for work? I had to get my camera.
Camera: Canon EOS T3, Lensbaby Muse Processing: PSE
There's not much to attract tourists to New Britain, Connecticut, one of many New England cities that had its heyday in the industrial era and is now just trying to scrape by; but it has one rare, true gem: the New Britain Museum of American Art. This couple came to see the extraordinary collection of artwork. While they were there, they stopped in the doorway to listen to a concert. If you'd like to learn more about the Museum and its wonders, here's the website: http://www.nbmaa.org/
Camera: iPhone5 Processing: a bunch of apps, including but not restricted to Popsicolor and SP PhotoTada
They grow up too fast. Aidan, at seven, is already has a touch of adolescent skepticism in his eyes at times. But he still has plenty of sweet. I snagged this shot on a hike we took with the granddudes. As we were heading back, he slipped his hand into mine and said, "Mamo, I will always remember this day." And my heart melted on the spot.
Today, we went for a hike on part of the Metacomet Trail. It passes this reservoir in Meriden, Connecticut. There are many reservoirs in our area, and all of them have a brick structure like this sitting out on the water at one end. I have no idea what they do.
Camera: Canon EOS T3, Lensbaby Muse, single glass optic Processing: PSE
We went for a bit of a hike with the granddudes today. Along the way, we passed through a tunnel with this earnest plea on the wall. We suspect it did not go well, as Kristin's name was semi-obliterated.
Camera: iPhone5 Processing: PhotoGene for cropping, then Grunge
By chance, the granddudes ended up with identical costumes. Aidan's dad bought his, and their mom didn't know what he was going to be when she bought Craig's. They were some kind of superhero...I'm not up on this. Doesn't matter--they were both happy.
...is to fill 52 themes, one a week for the year. Some weeks, maybe I'll try to find several photos to fit the themes. Others, I may spend more time trying to perfect one that seems best to represent the theme. Three years of a photo-a-day opened my eyes, now I want to hone my skills.