pWdumaNjA-6CEEBhRoD5euxNETs When All This Actual Life Played Out: February 2011

23 February 2011

Shape and texture

Getty Museum
Brentwood, California
6 April 2010

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

19 February 2011

Waiting for this moment

Mt. Rushmore National Memorial
South Dakota
15 August 2003

"Are you enjoying Mt. Rushmore?" the kindly older woman at the cash register asked the daughter, then six years old.

"I've been waiting for this my whole life!" the daughter replied with an ear to ear grin.

"Six years is a very long time," I commented drily.

"A lifetime," the woman said to me with a sweet smile.

Tech stuff: Taken with a Canon PowerShot S110.

17 February 2011

Something you see

Western sky
17 February 2011

We are between storms. Late in the afternoon, I took my camera out.

"Cloud project?" a neighbor called.

"Nope," I smiled. "Just enjoying them."

"Nice day, too," he enthused. "And it's even a good temperature."

"Yeah," I laughed. "I'm not crazy about 80 in February. But that's just me."

Even though I know that wasn't what he meant...

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

15 February 2011

The root of all evil

24 January 2011

There it is! The cause of all the trouble.

(Yes, I know. I won't let you see my face, but I'll show you my insides. Go figure.)

Tech stuff: Taken by a nice lady with a very large and expensive machine.

14 February 2011

Green with envy

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
10 July 2010

Here's a tip from a frequent traveler: should you venture to Banff National Park, make sure that you have lots of time for your visit. There was so much we'd have liked to have done, and simply weren't able. I could have spent days at Lake Louise alone, and was highly envious of those who had the chance to paddle about.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40. I'm beginning to wonder if I should take up portraiture...

10 February 2011

The elusive concept of home

Washington, D.C. from Arlington National Cemetery
16 April 2009

We buried my grandmother on a day much like the day I took this photo. I stood on the little knoll where she was to be interred next to the grandfather I never knew, and I looked out over the river and at the District. I was surrounded by family, oddly alone, and filled with memories: boating on the Potomac, playing in Rock Creek park as a tiny child, getting lost in the snow, picking tomatoes with cousins, sitting on the veranda on a near silent morning watching the sea at Ocean City, taking the Metro to the end of the line because I could. Crab feasts, basketball, baby rabbits. My aunts and uncles, my grandmother, of course, laughing out loud with myriad cousins.

Most of the older generation are gone now. My cousins and I are all middle-aged, different and the same. We still laugh out loud.

They want to know when I am coming home. Some days, it seems like an oddly restful idea.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

07 February 2011

Whiskers on kittens

17 January 2010

I wrote recently on the other blog about presence and absence. With regard to absence, this photo, taken a year ago, speaks volumes. Milton is 2 lbs lighter now than he is here (significant for a cat who weighs 10 lbs on a good day). And a year ago, there were flowers on my doorstep. That speaks volumes to the present absence of me.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

01 February 2011

Glacially perfect

Prins Christian Sund, Greenland
28 July 2008

About a year ago, I had to explain why I sometimes end up photographing rocks. I photograph a lot geologic formations, too. This one was pretty spectacular.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.