Posts Tagged 'photography'

Countdown to a blue moon

Step outside at sunset on July 31st, and this will finally be a full, blue moon [NASA explanation here].

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But right now we’re just counting down (and maybe humming along to the Nancy Griffith song, Just Once in a Very Blue Moon, although that might just be me (possibly better sound here)).  And admiring the daisies in the neighbor’s lawn, as well as black-eyed susans by garden gates. Hopefully, if you are dealing with summer’s hot weather and grass allergies, you have beautiful flowers to enjoy in the early evening.

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Happy 2015

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First sunset of 2015

Greetings from my little neighborhood to yours. May your 2015 be happy and healthy, with lovely walks in the blue hours of the evening. Lovely sunset tonight — I did dash out in the cold to take photos without a coat.

Visiting a Rathaus in the rain

Fountain in the interior courtyard of Hamburg's Rathaus -- look at all that rain!

Fountain in the interior courtyard of Hamburg’s Rathaus — look at all that rain!

When in Europe, sometimes the weather isn’t picture postcard perfect. I’ve seen rain, snow, and shockingly hot weather (if you’re somewhere that normally doesn’t need air conditioning). When in Hamburg, it rained. So we went out anyway, and enjoyed looking at statues — to the left is a detail of the Hygieia-fountain [it honors victims of a cholera epidemic] in the interior courtyard of the Hamburg Rathaus. Continue reading ‘Visiting a Rathaus in the rain’

Fictitious Dishes

Fictitious Dishes

An NPR interview with a photographer (Dina Fried) who took quotes from literary meals, and photographed them from above for a book. I’m not sure how I feel about the whole project. I kind of prefer some of the photographs in people’s blogs, where they try a recipe (with a link to the recipe) that seems to go with a meal in the book. Worth looking at the pictures, whether you agree with the artist’s interpretations or not.

 

Glass decorative ornaments at American Craft Council

Lovely, looking like glowing barley sugar candy… I’m told craftspeople make these as a way to get people to seriously think about buying something, even if they cant buy the art glass. They’re still delightful, and make me think of sunny spring days.

Not quite house beautiful

We’ve had a rare flurry of activity — a trip to picnic with friends, guests 2 weekends in a row, concerts to attend, and the normal excitement of getting a garden ready for summer. Last week, I washed off the deck chairs with soap and water. We started work on taming the rogue hedge in the front yard. And, because there were guests coming, I treated myself to a very delicious selection of fruit at the market. By the end of one 4-person dinner, the entire large bowl of fruit I prepared was empty. I think I ate most of the cherries that were in the lot. But… easy, and I didn’t need to heat up the oven.

I do think the photo is funny, though: Victorian transferware bowl, on a formica topped table (probably from the late 50s early 60s), and a classic still live for berries from May. Not quite “The House Beautiful”, yes? It isn’t quite as candid as Magnusmog’s post about the items around photos that she crops out (although I hadn’t seen this particular breakfast table cleared of everything since sometime in December, if I would be honest).

MIA – one mud bowl

Image Went to the kiln to be bisqued, even though it’s slightly tilted. The suspicion is that I pull on the left even though I’m on a right-handed wheel.

Or I’m very, very inexperienced. Both are true.

But it’s MIA since last week, and I’m eager to find it and put glaze on it. Maybe wenshu blue, or something else. More photos once I’ve found evidence of more mud pies that look like they’ll make it. Very little to read except mud pie, and a picture which looks quite drab. For real reading pleasure, may I suggest:

Cornflower Books has a lovely discussion of a Dorothy L. Sayers classic (yes, I’m re-reading as fast as I can so I can comment. It’s one of my favorite books).

Edited to add: found the bowl after the last firing. Now I have to wait until the Easter season is over to get a chance to work on it.


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