Monday, March 30, 2009
For this installment of Mary's fun Ruby Tuesday, I am returning to the past and a fabulous trip to (then) West Germany. I have scanned a stained glass windows in the ever famous Cologne (Köln) cathedral. The twin spires are 577 ft high and the length of this masterpiece ia almost 475 ft (144 M) . This is a huge structure, and I didn't have a lens that could capture the towers in one frame. I was looking for dramatic color even back then. This window offers many colors, including reds. If it look as if it were taken by me from the wheelchair, the perspective malady that alters my photos occasionally. But not here! The sheer size of these windows works that way when I was standing up. The reds are more apparent upon picture magnification. A visit to this cathedral is worth it (and the McDonald's across the street offered German pilsner as well as Coca-Cola...). See the Teach for red, red and lots more red.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Sepia Scenes allows us to add character to many things A mild bronze hue is added this week to one of our current cats, Linus. Not that this picture doesn't have its charms in the original color image, with the bigger-of-the-two knuckleheads sitting pretty and looking intent. However, the sepia adds something more to this. As if he seems more regal, more thoughtful, more impressive. Yet this mere change in tone seems to change the subject although the subject does not. But our perceptions are altered. Why I cannot say, but he seems to have the perfect statuelike pose. Although I think here his animal instincts are taking over as he patiently awaits dinner to be served to him by Patti. The ambiance may change in sepia...but not the hungry feline. Check out Mary's great meme!
Monday, March 23, 2009
For Mary's Ruby Tuesday I am using interior shots from inside the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford.
The color is seen on the large surround wall behind the bronze sculpture titled Genius of Connecticut (1986) on the left. The same color is applied to the columns to the right, appearing brighter due to my proximity and camera flash. Finally, the color forms the background of the statue of native Nathan Hale, he from Andover in the eastern part of the state. Aside from from the red trim, the marble, tile and woodwork is all beautiful, and not replicated much if at all today. A work of art this building is! See Mary's meme for all the red you want...
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I am back for Roger's Creative Photo. And am returning to a many year ago visit to the excellent Mystic Aquarium in CT. I have always been fond of he various man-made habitat for aquatic life such as for the penguins or, like here, the seals. The original view below is cute, to say the least. You might think they are kissing, but perhaps Mrs. Seal is checking hubby to see just where he hes been. Okay, maybe a bit suspicious on my part...The left top view is the adjustment for th e pencil dreawing. I like this as it does appear that a portrait artist in this medium spent time near Seal Island and captured the romantic pose (wedding card?). To the right, the oil painting mode has the look of an Impressionist's work. Real from a distance, blurry up close. The original is fun, because who knows exactly what goes through their minds. Follow the photo artists at Roger's excelent meme!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
It is Sepia Scenes again. I like this meme, as sepia adds much to many photos, especially B&W. We often went to Brigantine NJ on vacation, and that meant trips to nearby Atlantic City. This was in the pre-casino days (that is, prior to 1978), a seaside resort that was family friendly including kiddie rides and diving horses.
And Taylor Pork Roll, something that I never have seen in the New Haven area. I remember, sliced thin and cooked on a griddle, served on a Pepperidge Farm Parker house roll. With ketchup (Ah yes, Jersey shore memories). Bike riding in the early morning on the AC Boardwalk. How great! These are from the summer of 1965, and you did notice that six of the seven kids are wearing matching clothes, courtesy of my mom See if you can see the match! For the players, the lineup, with their ages, on the top pic is: Claudia (8), myself (10), Dad (38), Suzanne (3), Vicki (6), Sharon (7), and Michele (11). On the bottom is Chris (10 months), Mom (38) and Sue again. Ah, Sepia Scenes compels me to look at the past yet again. With a smile, for sure!
Monday, March 16, 2009
For this week's Ruby Tuesday, Mary has allowed us some liberties. Because this RT falls on St. Patrick's Day, green is allowed. even as we have grown used to finding red for Tuesdays. So we can also entertain the predominant green of this holiday.
I am reverting to previous holidays to capture a bit of both. To the left, it is Christmas Eve 1994, with Allegra nearly six and Cameron four. Red meets green and green meets red. So the intent of RT is met here. Yet, I am giving March 17 its due also. Like school decorations that accent the green of Eire's patron saint. I think this is 1997 and first and third grade. Holiday colors are in vogue today! Visit the Teach for your red and green scenes!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
In this week's Looking at the Sky, Tish's great meme, I am picturing a beautiful sky against a historic and imposing structure that has many delicate details inside and out. The edifice is the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford. The gold dome of the building, opened in 1879, is what seems to catch people's attention from afar, myself included. These pictures were captured today morning as I was to attend a disability/legislative workshop.
I brought the camera to capture this morning's sky, the day after a cold front passed. The winds are cold and strong - check the flags, fluttering furiously.
Each picture was taken from the walkway betewwn the Capitol and the Legislative Office Building, the top picture was taken at about 9:00 AM, the bottom one at about 1:40 this afternoon. The dome stands out well in the second, as the sun is reflecting more of the gold and detail. A beautiful building with the skies complementing the classic archetecture.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
It is Ruby Tuesday again, and Mary's meme is perfect for the varieties of rubies we spot here and there. Oddly, the idea that started the idea for this week's post was not even red. I received a gift of a bottle of Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc, the white wine I prefer.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Sepia is becoming a favorite of mine when applied to old (or shall we say classic) B&W photos. For Sepia Scenes, I have chosen a photo from September 1956.The place is
Monday, March 2, 2009
For Ruby Tuesday, I am going back to the Cape but a different view from our vacation in 2004. This is a small park in Hyannis that hosts a memorial of the Korean War and the reds here are subtle. The American flag on the pole and the smaller flags flanking the path, the landscaping including ruby flowers, the great brick walkway and of course, Allegra (in red), walking alongside me on our way to inspect the monument. We like seeing the different when visiting an area where we don't live. We can't spend all day at the beach, there usually isn't enough red to photograph...See Mary's great rubyesque meme for reds galore!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I did it, I posted 28 times, one per day in February. I like to blog most days, but not always successful. So you might think, why place an artificial deadline on blogging? Writing is a bit of an avocation, described as: An activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment (American Heritage Dictionary). No, it's not my livelihood, a I am not a writer by profession, Patti is. My father was. But I ought to write every day, and having the daily blog written due to NaBloPoMo encouragement (not compulsion) is okay, too. I'll try to maintain a daily post, and if I stumble a bit...I'll sign up again some other month. Really...