Monthly Archives: November 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: REFLECTIONS

One of my very favorite photography subjects, the Alice Through the Looking Glass effect of reflections. Fascinating as philosophy, as puzzle, as visual, as design — In a way I think of them as ghosts, or something like memories — … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: THANKFUL

This week’s challenge, Thankful, I’m assuming asks us to go beyond the family warmth and foolery and feasting of actual Thanksgiving Day. There are things to be thankful for each and every day. And one of them is washing machines. … Continue reading

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Encore Performance: Turkey in the Straw

Here’s a rerun of last year’s musical offering for the Thanksgiving holiday, with an update on artist Michael Melle’s delightful “straw people” over in Lenox.  Thanksgiving in the USA began in New England; and New England still sets the theme … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: GREEN

Coming on the heels of last week’s challenge, Renewal, comes this week’s Green. Logical enough, as green is, par excellence, the color of renewal in nature. I usually go through the archives for each challenge, compiling an “album” of various possibilities for … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Of Dragons, Tears, and Renewal

Although there are exceptions, most forms of renewal happen slowly. Think of the slow round of the seasons, the patience needed to follow the life cycle of plants. A human baby takes 9 months of growth to enter the world … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: RENEWAL

Renewal. Okay, what’s that all about? New Year’s Eve — the equinoxes  — new moons — the first snowfall of winter, the first green bud of spring?  There are plenty of signs and portents of renewal in nature. Many, maybe … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: GEOMETRY (4)

Here we go round the prickly pear Prickly pear prickly pear Here we go round the prickly pear At five o’clock in the morning. T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land Botanical geometry, now we see ONE globe: And now there are TWO: … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: GEOMETRY (3)

Sometimes Nature has its geometries (mostly assisted by human beings, I suspect). One that I’m especially fond of is a characteristic “Italian landscape”, with its arboreal exclamation points, as here: Does it look like Tuscany or Umbria? It does to … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: GEOMETRY (2)

Architecture almost of its nature (the funky creations of Frank Gehry usually excepted) is about geometry. Angles and shapes, foursquare mostly, following function, in the immortal phrase of Chicago architect Louis Sullivan, the “father of skyscrapers.” There aren’t really any skyscrapers … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: GEOMETRY

Math. Grrrr. Okay. I am an innumerate. (That is, illiterate when it comes to numbers.) Your basic arithmetic, I’m okay. Algebra, I really liked. I’m a big reader of detective stories and mysteries, and, so far as I’m concerned, searching … Continue reading

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