|Two Trees at Sunset, Bosque del Apache NWR, Oct. 2011|
30 December 2011
27 December 2011
|Icicle detail, Magdalena, NM, Dec. 2011|
|Icicle at sunset|
25 December 2011
22 December 2011
|Rosy Finch in a whole new light|
20 December 2011
Last night I opened three hummingbird images I took during the summer and started abstracting them; the results were nice, but... still very realistic. Tonight, having had so much fun earlier with today's bird images, I opened the hummingbird images again and went further into abstraction. The blur works here; especially in the top photo I marvel at the clarity of the little dude's eye and head/neck feathers.
I still need to work with the tinting; I see these as a series, perhaps matted or at least hung together, and think the color should be consistent among them. But I can't decide between a warmer or a cooler tone... what do you think?
19 December 2011
|Rosy Finch, Digital photo in Opalotype style, Magdalena, NM, Dec. 2011|
|Mr. and Mrs. Finch at dinner|
|Midnight Snow, Magdalena, NM, Dec. 2011|
I'm no fan of winter weather, but if this recent trend signals the end of our wretched La Nina cycle of the past year and some, I can live with it. For a while.
|Hand-blown Glass Chile, Magdalena, NM, Dec. 2011|
I think winter will be a bit more bearable now. Huge thanks to my dad for giving me this camera for Christmas, and for believing in my photography.
18 December 2011
|Rusted Iron Cross Detail 1, Magdalena, NM, Dec. 2011|
It's cloudy and raw outside, so the kids and I are staying in... and trying not to get on each other's nerves. (They're annoyed with me at the moment because I won't climb a rickety ladder to try to hoist the 45-pound fake Christmas tree out of the garage rafters....) Today's diversion: photography, with my new camera and the f1.8 35mm lens, and stuff around the house that looks cool in the low winter sunlight.
|Rusted Iron Cross Detail 2, Magdalena, NM, Dec. 2011|
|Rusted Iron Cross Detail 3, Magdalena, NM, Dec. 2011|
|Light Morning Frost, Magdalena, NM, Dec. 2011|
|Close-up of Heavy Frost|
17 December 2011
|Looking up through morning frost, Magdalena, NM, December 2011|
I don't agree with the "prefer" part of this quote; I much prefer the lush abundance of summer and the easy living that comes with the long, warm days. Winter drives me indoors, away from the sun and fresh air, and the short days leave me slightly bereft, especially in these weeks around Winter Solstice. Winter's Bone, a stark depiction of loss and redemption in rural Missouri, highlights both the cold, grim harshness of midwinter and the bone-deep resilience we summon to survive it. I'll be calling on my reserves a lot this winter and will also be hoping for a trip someplace warm before long to refill the well....
14 December 2011
12 December 2011
|Dog stole my chair.|
I used a flash on this photo, the effects of which I always end up hating, so I ran it through Topaz's B/W effects plug-in and took away most of, but not all of, the color. Riley is a bit out of focus, something to check more carefully next time.
10 December 2011
07 December 2011
|Fuchsia in bloom, Magdalena, NM, Dec. 2011|
I posted this poem about a year ago, and it bears repeating as we in the Northern Hemisphere slump toward the darkest day of the year.
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.
"We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,"
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.
We do get "real winter" here in New Mexico, USA, but thankfully we also get a lot of sun, which I can enjoy all winter thanks to two large south-facing sliding glass doors. Last year I packed trays of greens and then seed starts onto open shelves in these sunny spaces, a successful endeavor I plan to repeat along with overwintering some tender perennials I can't bear to leave to the elements. Fuchsias have always been among my favorite plants. They're a bit temperamental -- they need conditions that are not too hot, not too cold, not too sunny, not too dim -- but I persist in growing them and did quite well with this plant on the shady front porch this summer.
As cold weather descended, I decided to see if it could overwinter inside, and so far, so good. I took these shots with my 35mm f1.8 lens, which is getting a lot of use these days because I'm snowed in and bored almost to tears because, really, I'm not much of a homebody. I want to be outside. All the time, or close to it, or at least by an open window. I did make it outside for a while yesterday to sweep and shovel snow, dust off and bring in wood for the fireplace, and play with Maggie and the dogs just before the sunset, which probably kept me from losing my marbles altogether.
We are nearer to spring....
|Fuchsia buds, Magdalena, NM, Dec. 2011|
06 December 2011
|Sleepy pup, Magdalena, NM, Dec. 2011|
05 December 2011
|Hand-blown glass chile on geode fragment, Magdalena, NM, Dec. 2011|
One benefit of staying in on a wintry day is looking closely at everyday objects and figuring out ways to see them differently. I used my somewhat neglected 35mm f1.8 lens for these shots; it's a very fast lens, which I don't really need outdoors, and the shallow depth of field that happens at such a low f-stop doesn't work well with moving critters or wind-tossed flowers. Yesterday, stuck indoors in low light, I had a chance to rediscover its versatility and unique perspective. I gave this glass chile, made by an Albuquerque artist, to my mom two years ago, and the geode fragment came from a hike I took way up into the Magdalenas last summer. Nothing compares to natural light, and the weather was so volatile today that these shots, taken maybe five minutes apart, show an entirely different sky in the background as clouds tumbled from the mountains into town.
04 December 2011
|Angel Wing Begonia, Magdalena, NM, Dec. 2011|