Category Archives: Winter

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRESH

I could go out and point the camera at the fresh snow falling right now, but that would be altogether too discouraging. Spring has just sprung, at least by the calendar, and by golly! if the snow hasn’t caught up … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: DESCENT

Well! The English language is often ambiguous/indeterminate, and DESCENT proves to be no exception. Here are some stairs to descend at the New Century Theater at Smith College, Northampton: And here is the snow descending upon us — gently, for once! — last winter (not … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: REFRACTION

Hmm, tough challenge for me, because I don’t really know what refraction means. Reflecting light? Bouncing it off someone or something? How about its opposite,  NOT reflecting light? Sucking it in instead? Here’s a lovely example (well, I think it’s lovely). … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: ENDURANCE, 3

Before this week’s challenge slips away, I want to include some architecture with remarkable powers of endurance. This is the little Romanesque church in Taizé, France, the yearly destination of thousands upon thousands of pilgrims, especially young adults. (Romanesque in European art … Continue reading

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A Welcome Face!

Pansies = Pensées = Springtime! Here they are, a closeup from the pot outside the front door, some welcome faces of Spring after the winter from Hell. A welcome sight for sore and winter-blinded eyes!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: JUXTAPOSITION

The last sweet juxtaposition I enjoyed was in this box of chocolates from Chocolate Springs, over the mountain back in the Berkshires. Friends who know how much we loved Josh’s confections brought us this assortment when they came to visit … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: BEGINNING

I woke up this morning to blue sky and sun and the orange of the desert flowering, and puffy white clouds and dry heat on my skin and then —- I really woke up. To 12 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas to All!

It seems paradoxical that the quintessential Christmas plant comes to North America from the tropics. Yes, the poinsettia’s heat and vivid color originate in Mexico. The cheerful flowers so delighted Joel Roberts Poinsett, first United States Minister to Mexico, that he … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: LOST IN THE DETAILS (1)

We won’t get caught up in petty details like hot and cold, will we? No, we’ll simply move on and get lost in their manifestations, as here, in the hothouse: And here, in the outdoor laboratory of cold:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: FORWARD (2)

Perhaps the first great documentary was a silent film of 1922 by Robert Flaherty called Nanook of the North.  It portrayed the life of an Inuit family, and starred Nanook himself. Here, coming forward right at you, is a latter-day descendant of … Continue reading

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