Saturday, January 31, 2015

SOOC - Snowy Seasonal Sunrise

Snow this week as well as predicted snow for Monday means that we are in the throes of Winter, unable to escape the cold season of a four-season climate. Yet for SOOC - Straight Out of the Camera, we look for the artistry for the warmth of our souls at least. As we see in this lovely early morning sunrise captured by the always lovely Patti - on the day after the snowstorm from the front door. The pale yellow and blue streaks a hint of artistry as the day begins...

Shadow Shot Sunday - Soft Snowy Shadows

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 this week occurs after a snowstorm on Tuesday of 13 in / 33 cm of the fluffy cold precip falling upon our abode in the Ansonia Uplands. I am not a fan of the cold nor of winter except for the fresh snow adding a nice canvas for sun and shadow.

Given that it is unusually cold for southern Connecticut, about 17°F (-8°C) with a stout chilly wind falling upon us. At least there is sun over the front (L) and back (R) yards. Another 10 in / 25 cm for Monday. I can wait...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Snow Day Scene

It's snowing this morning - and our 12in/30cm of powder is being plowed by Ansonia Public Works quite nicely...see WW and WW

Monday, January 26, 2015

Whimsical Windows - Milling about

For Toby's Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, we look at interesting portals and at other architectural details of note - perhaps including doors, windows and...blades? Here we do - there are windows on this Paris landmark captured by the always lovely Patti. The famous windmill at Moulin Rouge, shapely and colorful, with gold tinted windows upstairs. I was advised that this sits in the red light district, and it would be better to travel in a group should you go beyond the landmark - which I would not attempt, thank you :)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

SOOC - Tricolour in the Mist

Daughter Allegra captured one of my favorite pics ever - even isn't one of hers. So I am making it the subject for Straight Out of the Camera (SOOC). It was taken in Paris in February 2004 on a cold and gray day, nearly devoid of color...except for the French Tricolour flying proudly on thee building to the left. In a sea of gray, the simple red, white and blue stands out very well!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Shadow Shot Sunday - School Project

Given the old pics I am rediscovering on my old family photo archiving project, my post for Shadow Shot Sunday 2 takes me back. The year is 1999, and daughter Allegra's presentation of her fifth grade project at Ansonia's Willis School. She chose as her subject the Canadian Provence of Prince Edward Island. Specifically, her interest in the island stemmed from her love of the six Anne of Green Gables books she had read by then. Of course, slight shadowy lighting descends upon he project board - and we parents were happy that she chose a literate project...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Crossing the Eras

A beautiful shot by the always lovely Patti - the Iconic Brooklyn Bridge (1883), taken by chance along the Brooklyn side of the East River - the modern skyline will never dwarf the most beautiful bridge ever...see WW and WW

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Whimsical Windows - Deck the Yard winner

Finally my computer woes are in the past (sort of) as I have acquired a used Windows 7 machine - I preferred my Mac, but for the money, it works fine as opposed to not working at all...thus, I have a belated post for Toby's Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors. It is the winning house of the 2014 in the Ansonia Deck the House and Yard competition. Being the chair of this subcommittee in the contest, the judges chose this is the overall winner - I like this house as it never encroaches into the gaudy, but remains a stylish older house that is nice with verandas, windows and doors of a more dignified era - that is smartly lit in holiday warmth...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Shadow Shot Sunday - Still Decorated (Guest post by Patti!)

Happy January, Shadow Shot friends!

I asked Ralph if I could do another "guest post" to keep in touch here. I still don't have a personal blog to use.

After I took a photo of my snowman friend, I noticed some shadows..

I must admit I've been putting off taking down Yuletide decorations. There are two reasons:

1) I enjoy the season, and 2) I'm lacking motivation.

But it's on my to-do list! 

Shadow Shot Sunday - Cozy Coupe Cute

My computer woes are solved, for now, When the Mac died, I purchased a used Windows 7 machine locally. Since I had to retrieve my data and pics from iDrive and my Mac external drive would not upload into a Win computer, I have spent a large part of the week e-mailing myself photos and such from Patti's computer. I finally have time to post a post (!) for Shadow Shot Sunday 2. It is a photo I found from 1990, and Allegra about to enter her ride to 'drive', her first car - a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe. We parents were not much trouble could an 18 month old get into driving a pedal powered vehicle?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - A new Beginning

A new mom sees the new life with awe and wonder...
Patti with Allegra (R) and Cameron (L). A new beginning...
See WW and WW

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Whimsical Windows - Final approach

I am back today to a great meme, Toby's Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors. Given my computer issues, I have missed a post or two (or more than I'd prefer :), and do believe that my MacMini needs a new hard drive as it barely works. A normal hard drive or a solid state one is what I need to consider and per usual, the $$ will dictate my choice. All that said, Patti is letting me use her computer when she is not working - thanks!

This view was taken from the right seat, by myself in my walking days, I believe in the Autumn of 1983. The plane was the ubiquitous high winged Cessna 172. This is over East Hartford Connecticut as the pilot was turning 180° to land on Runway 2 at Hartford's Brainard Field. Of interest to me that day, is the large office building, my then employer, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft (the corporate UTC logo directly below). The pic was snapped on my film SLR, a Pentax K1000. Lots of windows in the distance, my passenger window offering a unique look at the world...

Saturday, January 3, 2015

SOOC - Tree Lighting

2013 Christmas Tree, downtown Ansonia, CT
2014 Christmas Tree, downtown Ansonia, CT

Due to a variety of computer issues and holidays, I have missed SOOC - Straight out of the Camera - but am back! Since it is still the Christmas holiday (I count until the Twelfth Night), the Christmas tree on our green downtown is still lit at night, and a lovely sight downtown. This year and last, a good looking tree sits under the stars - last year it seemed a bit more winter-y with the snow under its boughs, but this evergreen looks so seasonally nice any year!

Shadow Shot Sunday - Computer vs. Shadows

I am happily back at Shadow Shot Sunday 2! Why my disappearance? I should have consultet our software developer son prior to downloading any app or software…

My #1 resolution for 2015: Ask your software developer son for advice on computer changes First!

I haven't been on my Mac recently...I thought it would be a good idea to turn on the File Vault to encrypt my hard drive. Bad move! The 2009 hard drive was on for five days on with no way to turn off the app. Our son Cameron, home for Christmas, found a way to reverse the process...

It has been Decrypting for five days so far, status bar moving really slow, but happily it is 89% complete. I an not a fan of typing on an iPad. But I cannot stay away from SSS, and Patti needs her computer for work. too. So we wait for the decrypting to end and use the tablet as needed…

For today's post, Patti captured a nice set of subtle shadows on Pickett's Pond at Osbornedale State Park in neighboring Derby. They are seagulls either flying, frolicking or floating on the pond, with reflections of said fowl. The day may be cold, but art and nature play well in any season - thanks M’lady!