Monday, January 31, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Snowy Rubies

Ruby Tuesday takes us back to early 2006, and two children pre-college (aged 15 and 17) who agreed to pose for a picture on a sunny and snowy day. With a stuffed snow person.

They are dressed warmly, with a ruby or two in their outerwear. Cameron in his parka of red, allegra in her knit cap. Of course, the snow person is accessorized in the requisite ruby. The day is cold, yet beautiful.

The beauty here is what we are seeing today, but not tomorrow nor Wednesday with snow and other frozen precip.  I am decidedly not a fan of winer anymore... 

See many more ruby classics at Mary's meme!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - A tale of two seasons

Shadow Shot Sunday, Tracy's great meme, arrives in late January.

This much snow is not typical along Long Island Sound a mere 85 miles (145 km) northeast of New York City. 

Typically a nuisance, the 45 cm+ (each) snowstorms are not common. Until 2011, and the 50 inches/125 cm in January that is...Dickens could have written something like: It was the warmest of seasons, it was the coldest of seasons...

The digital world is full of memories. Perhaps of warmer days, where our energy is working overtime to merely keep us warm.

The summer scene (above) is a warm yellow green that surrounds the shadow of the mulberry tree in the front yard. It is not a fine lawn, no fertilizer just merely mowed.   The visual psychology suggests warm - we agree.

Below is late afternoon on Thursday. The frozen land looks, and thus feels cold. The only advantage to this is that the dead autumn leaves are not visible now :) Actually, the sun and shade is attractive, warm in the sense that the shot was taken indoors!

See great shadowy scenes at Hey Harriet!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sepia Scenes - Seaside Style

Sepia Scenes and the past seem so natural to me - I reminisce, which is usual for me. And why not my namesake, that being Steubenville’s own Ralph, a.k.a. Grandpa?

He lived in the Ohio steeltown, but craved relaxing on the beaches of New Jersey every summer. The cottage was in Brigantine, playtime in nearby Atlantic City. I believe the year is 1961 on an overcast and misty summer day. Grandpa worked hard, so vacationing on or around the soft, sepia shore sand of South Jersey. Not to mention the favorite NJ treat, Taylor Pork Roll sandwiches (a tasty memory :)

He always looked stylish even at play. The shirt is monogramed with his initials, the slacks pleated just so, and his hair held down with Vitalis hair tonic. A classic style of relaxing...See more sepia at Mary’s meme!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Kids will be kids...

Ruby Tuesday and reminiscing - how can I resist?

The place is the festival of lights in Hartford, the year I believe to be 1967 around Christmas. This old scan shows all seven kids posing nicely for the photographer, which I believe to be Grandpa. The styles suggest that era, the major color is several shades of ruby...

The oldest is 13, the youngest 3. This print was in an envelope in the garage that Cameron found in November. The memories reawaken. See rubies all around at Mary’s fun meme!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Going in Circles

For Tracy’s always fun Shadow Shot Sunday, I look again to daughter Allegra for a unique shadow.  And she provided same.

Allegra was returning with mom Patti from their school trip to Paris in her Junior year of high school. The plane, a 777 from London, United Airlines 905, was on approach to New York. In this view, they were now in a racetrack shaped holding pattern over the east coast of Connecticut near Groton. The air traffic around JFK airport meant that the trail of airplanes behind the destination all had to slow down for landing in sequence. Allegra was impressed with the sight of the CT coast, and fired away. The shadows here are quite subtle – the broken layer of clouds below the aircraft leaves shadows on the shoreline below. Light and barely perceptible.

As son Cameron and myself held down the fort, you always hope for a smooth trip to and from their European travels. And hope they took lots of pictures – we are fortunate they captured this aerial shadow too!

See the shadowy world at Hey Harriet!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sepia Scenes - Sleeping

What’s that old saying - Never wake a sleeping baby??

Of course, what can you do when you arrive at your destination. Capture the moment before they indeed wake up.

Sepia Scenes brings us back to 1990, I believe on Christmas Eve, arriving at our family celebration. Allegra practically a big girl at age 2, Cameron at one month. I used sepia as the soft tones highlight their baby faces. Parents smile at sights like this :)

See more sepia at Mary’s fun meme!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Tired of snow (yet??)

As a weather phenomenon, snow is rather benign, just an inconvenience.  Unlike the terrible floods now in Queensland, that is life changing for those affected. The images show a catastrophe, and all that most of us can do is to pray and wish for the dry and warm Oz summer days to return soon...  

For happier thoughts, the delightful Shadow Shot Sunday appears again from Tracy in Brisbane. We are ready, the changing lighting our quest. What is the antidote to the snowier winters of now, 1978, 1994 and 1996? Well, memories of past summer vacations may offer a warm and shadowy visual change. Such as the top view. We are heading to the Cape, and the camera is in use by a backseat rider. 

This would be US Route 6 east along the Cape Cod Canal, on our way to our hotel. We are a mere 15 miles (24 km) from our destination, although a slow 35-40 minutes with the maddening volume of vacation traffic...

Below is another pose of me on Craigville Beach in Barnstable. 

The mid-morning day alongside Nantucket Sound is nice, the Atlantic breezes, preferred to the sun, at least by the grownups like Patti and myself. A bit of shade envelops me. For us, vacations are meant to be relaxing...and warmer, too!

See shadows at the fun Hey Harriet. Tracy, please stay safe!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sepia Scenes

Sepia Scenes
arrives in real time (well, about an hour ago). It seems that Connecticut is in the middle of this snow event. 

Thanks again to daughter Allegra for gathering these photos. The day starts off with a lot of snow. She measured 15 inches (38 cm) of snow at 9:45 AM. The drifts are substantial, from any angle - be it our driveway, our neighborhood and even on shrubbery. 

A real inconvenience, the snow on the ground is nearly blinding in its pure white hue. So a few sepia and antique edits cut the glare. Happily, we are inside and warm....see more sepia at Mary's site! 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Flagged

It is time for Ruby Tuesday, and a little bit of red can transform the season we live in today - winter. With another blizzard forecast for Wednesday of up to 16 inches (40 cm) of snow, we think warm thoughts of a warmer time. That time being on a delightful day of warmer temps last May. The flags say 'ruby', the feeling is a nice day without snow. Brrrrr! See much more red at Mary's fun meme...

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Drifting Daughter

Shadow Shot Sunday and snow seem to coexist nicely in the four-season climate we live in - not of course in the warm realm of Oz in their Summer (and I hope the flooding recedes soon). Winter as it is needed to be chronicled from the outside, and since with the wheelchair I cannot blaze any trails of a depth greater than 1 cm, someone has to.

That someone is daughter Allegra. She braved the frozen precipitation, and walked about the drifts of the yard, capturing post storm shadows. The shadow artiste herself was also captured... 

The snowy land is made for well placed shadows. Yet, I think that I prefer Summer, as the days are warmer and shadows are designed more for escape from the heat...see more shadowy art at the fun meme from Hey Harriet!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Looking at the Sky - Warm Remembrances

The cold and snow is upon us. I know that there are colder and snowier places to reside than southern Connecticut (near Long Island Sound). So this is merely an observation that says that Spring when it arrives will be an acceptable atmospheric change...

So for Tisha's fun Looking at the Sky on Friday, I can dream of warmer days of last June at a local street fair. That day was warm at 80 F (27 C), the fair weather clouds carrying the warm humid breezes from the Southwest. The sky feels much better here, the memories allowing me to ignore the additional 6 inches of snowfall forecast for tomorrow. See skies of sun or otherwise at this fun meme!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sepia Scenes - Snowstorm Sepia

Sepia is a warm tone, the feeling in such a view a few degrees warmer, °F or °C. Sepia Scenes, by Mary, allows for a warming edit.

The snow last week needs a bit of  heat added to the cold and strong Northeast winds - sepia is the antidote to this, looking like the storm dropped sand outside the door. An amazing change for December!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - During and After

Shadow Shot Sunday arrives in a new year. And of course, I wish a happy new year for Oz host Tracy, and of course the shadow hunters and huntresses who participate.

We had a massive snow event, and happily the snow arrived about noon last Sunday. So for Christmas, we were able to visit and visitors were received before the weather turned, celebrations commenced as planned. Alas, I missed the fun of SSS last week, but am happy to join the fun again!

I dared not move outdoors to capture the night's snowy moment. So the view out the glass of the front storm door. Snow out there, the inside lamp reflected...

The snow was falling hard and the massive steady wind of 30 mph (48 kph) precluded an open door. 

The swirly winds made the night sound as cold as the pictures looked. 

Of course, the morning aftermath was to be chronicled. Once the swirling mass of moisture wound up on its way to maritime Canada, the view changed in character from snowing and freezing to merely freezing, more views were gathered.

From inside, that is! Wheelchairs and accumulated snow of 15 inches / 38 cm (with drifts a multiple of that) do not mix especially well. So behind double paned glass, the captures continued.

The big children took turns with the small Toro snow thrower and the ubiquitous snow shovels. 

I look here toward the driveway. The shadowy silhouette of our stuffed snow person seems to viewing the day the same was as I, in the warmth of the house.

The drifted snow without footprints looks so pure, a brilliant white canvas of the day-after-a-snowstorm day that almost makes living in a four-season climate worth it. Although as I age, I am not nearly as enamored of the cold as when I was little...

At least, the usual shadows appear in the tree and shrubs in our front yard. Bold and wonderfully defined, a beauty formed of cold and snow doesn't warm us up much. However, we appreciate the views! 

What is interesting is that today, the snow is starting to melt at today's sunny temperature of about 48°F (9°C), far warmer than it was on Monday. I do, however look forward to the real Spring to arrive in April...

Follow many great shadows at Hey Harriet!