February, 2012

29 Feb

Look Closer…it’s the pattern of my life.

By Silver Blue

A bear in a boat…

…and a bear with a spyglass (and gull).

A plush pink poodle that was punted from the property….

…and Mama Quinn’s face.

Silver Blue, who says there’s no love like the love of Roxette Bunny™.

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28 Feb

More than your daily requirement…

By Silver Blue

…for cuteness.

Nothing more need be said.  Except maybe… Awww…..

 

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27 Feb

I’ll be watching over you…

By Silver Blue

I’ll admit, the idea of having a guardian angel is a nice one. To think there’s someone on my side, watching over me. Ergo, when I went for a walk and caught glimpse of a statue at the end of a walk, I knew I had to capture it.

Something about how your eyes are led, up the path, to the angel was something I liked.

In a more abstract sense, however, was this:

Which I can’t explain, but it’s almost as if the tiles are acting as glyphs to represent a guardian angel as well, flitting here and there.

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Silver Blue, who still, after all this time, listens for the brush of angel wings.

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26 Feb

It’s yesteryear once more…

By Silver Blue

Back in the days when I used to shoot 35mm (on my Minolta X-370 because either digital was too expensive or hadn’t been invented yet), I was on the road a lot more than I am today, which in a way, is sad. I think I have a better “eye” for photography these days, and now that I’m exclusively digital (Canon Digital Rebel XTi and Canon Rebel T3i, and 2 point and shoots thrown in for good luck), the price has gone WAY down because I don’t have to purchase film and have it developed … only to find that my photos were crap.

Not every photo I took was bad, however. Some turned out quite well. Take, for example, this storefront window in State College, PA (from 1996):

I don’t recall what store it was (even though there’s a bit of the storefront label on the window int he bottom left), or what they were promoting (other than an obvious throwback to the 50s and 60s), but something about the all in one “original entertainment center” made me wistful for yesteryear. (As a side note, if you look closely, you can see where the TV has been replaced with most likely a CRT computer monitor — the channel selector knob (lower right, under the screen) is missing, and the true TV tube would have filled the hole and pushed out in a convex shape.)

If you’re more into abstract shapes and forms, however, from the same summer, here’s something very simplistic:

Now, I can’t tell you why the broken clothespin (which, in a way, looks like either a bird in flight or a glider) caught my attention, but it did. Revisiting the photo 16 years after it was taken,  I cleaned it and recomposed the photo by performing a crop to “simplify” the photograph and give it balance. In case you’re wondering what the original photo looked like, here it is:

I had to do some restoration to the photo from where the negative was rather scratched and speckled, and to correct a colour shift on the right side of the negative, where it had damage from heat (it was stashed in the attic for a good number of years). I like this photo, but I like the recomposition more. I’ve at least learned that you don’t have to put everything dead center of the frame to take a photo of it.

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Silver Blue, who wonders how many memories are stashed in people’s shoe boxes, closets, attics, just waiting for their moment to be relived, or in some cases… wondered about because the photographer has passed on…

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25 Feb

Another view of DC

By Silver Blue

Taken in 2000. Cold. Snowy in some sections of town. But I never knew things like this existed:

I’ve heard of the Great Pyramids of Giza. But the Minor Pyramids of DC? Actually, it looks (to me) more like skylights.

What we could consider, today, a steel representation of an outfit that perhaps Lady Gaga would wear, I never could discern exactly WHAT this was supposed to be.

I seem to have a penchant for finding bunny sculpture wherever I go. 12 years ago was no exception. 🙂

Finally…. oh, to harken back to high school and…

The dreaded TYPEWRITER ERASER! LOL. Why someone felt the need to enlarge one and make it “art” is beyond me, but… it made me smile then, and still does today.

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Silver Blue, who finds things like this exciting to photograph. Such a mystery!

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24 Feb

In a FOWL Mood

By Silver Blue

Took the day off from work because I’m sick of the only days off from work being those days that I am… sick. I have things that need tended to on the weekends normally, so no time for play there. Here comes the word that it will be in the 80s (in February!), and strong, potentially destructive thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Time to use the camera! What to shoot? What I did, put me in a FOWL Mood!

FOWL! 🙂

Hey Mr. Seagull, can’t you read? No fishing or crabbing!!!

I love the form of the gull on the wing. I don’t think this one’s name was Jonathan Livingston, however.

They did perch and peer at me, however. Determining that I had neither Cheese Puffs or bread to feed them, however…

…they soon took to flight.

Personally, I think I was in a flight path, today. 😉

Bye-bye blackbird. The one in the middle was obnoxiously noisy. You can see the open beak.

Mister (or Miss) Dove was looking for lunch. Like most doves, this one was shy and quickly darted behind the tree.

I’ve photographed these pier ruins over the years

(This was from 1995. You can see how little remains, and with each nor’easter and hurricane we get, more disappears…)

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are looking for lunch as well.

As are these Canadian Geese, which no longer migrate. Is it due to the weather, or because people are feeding them?

Finally….just to prove that the weather was good for all…

Not a hare was out of place. 🙂

There were many more photos that are worthy of sharing…but they’ll have to wait for another way.

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Silver Blue, who really enjoyed being out in nature today….

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23 Feb

Just a couple days late…

By Silver Blue

But…

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

From my trip to New Orleans in 2003:

The Jackson Brewery, just before a massive thunderstorm.

I loved the saturation of colours and tones in this photo:

It has not been manipulated in any way other than to size down for placing on the web.

This photo also appears in my photo biography. Its a busy photo, but other than the tourists in the bottom right corner, I can’t think of anything I could have removed in order to simplify the picture.

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Silver Blue, who gave up Lent for Lent.

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22 Feb

We’re lost…in this… masquerade…

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As you know, I’m very big on my “blues”. Including those that are intermingled with the “silvers”. Thanks to my friend, $tar$hine (a/k/a $ally and her “hubby” James) I have a beautiful masquerade mask on my mantle (say that six times fast!)  It blends with the “cobalts” (and candles) so well, and it brings me a great deal of joy.

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Silver Blue, who says “Masquerade…also known as a facade…where people put on a coat of paint and be what they ain’t.”

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21 Feb

Silver Blue, Blue and Silver…

By Silver Blue

I don’t donate blood, but I do bleed blue & silver. Or is that silver & blue? Or maybe just silver blue? 🙂

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20 Feb

I believe I can fly like an eagle…

By Silver Blue

In 2000, a relationship came to a close. I had no one to buy Christmas presents for, so I treated myself to one. This eagle pendant (sans diamond, at purchase), from J.C. Penny.  I liked the looks of the “diamond cut” (which is what his wings and feathers are designed out of). On the back (unbeknownst to me at the time), is the Bible verse Isiah 40:31:

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.

A year later, I came across someone else who had a matching eagle: a dynamic lady by the name of Rip Sharp. Hers had the scripture on the back as well.

In 2005, I had the 1/3 rd carat diamond mounted to his talons, making him a one of a kind eagle.

In 2007, I walked away from organized religion once and for all. While I don’t wear the eagle that often any more (he resides in a safe deposit box), I still like him enough to not want to rid myself of him. As an eagle, he speaks to the Shamanistic side of my Cherokee heritage.

Since mid 2007, actually, the only necklace I wear is the Blue beaded “Believe” necklace, the matching fob of which is buried with my Grandma Cottle.

It’s to remind me that no matter what, I MUST Believe in myself, my talents, my gifts, and what/who I am.

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Silver Blue, who finds so much to believe in, in the here and now, if one only opens their eyes.

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