Black and White and Brown and Gray

January 16, 2015 § 2 Comments

My “real” camera hibernated for most of the last two weeks, so I took many photos on the fly with my dying iPhone. I can’t say I’ve liked many of them.

However, a three-day weekend is dawning, and I plan to a) reintroduce my camera to the great outdoors and take some solid photos in temperate (for Minnesota) weather, and b) purchase a new phone so I can have a decent camera with me on days when I don’t feel like lugging the big one all over civilization.

Today I had a moment to take a short walk with my favorite camera during daylight. Although these pics lack color, I thought a few turned out swell.

Snow Squalls, 7 p.m.

January 8, 2015 § 1 Comment

It’s snowing. It’s squalling. Let’s go crazy.

Snow Last Night

November 16, 2014 § 2 Comments

Sun today.

Reads and Recs (and the First Day of Snow)

November 10, 2014 § 2 Comments

Some recently read works and pieces you may enjoy:

  • A Car, a Camera and the Open Road” by John Leland (The New York Times, September 15, 2014) — An article that feeds my desire to jump in my car and travel back roads, abandoned places, and forgotten rural outposts to photograph an America most don’t care to see.
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1985) — I wouldn’t say I loved this novel. I’ve wanted to read it for years, always drawn to the title more than anything. The prose is divine if not a little melodramatic. I’m not quite sure I bought the love story at the end, but it was still a good read.
  • Oldies but Goodies” by Ian Parker (The New Yorker, November 10, 2014) — A sweet reminder of the luscious landscapes and confections painted by Wayne Theibaud and currently showing in a retrospective at Acquavella Galleries in Manhattan.
  • The Outcast” by Rachel Aviv (The New Yorker, November 10, 2014) — An article about Sam Kellner, a Jewish man who went outside his Hasidic community in Brooklyn to have a respected elder at his synagogue investigated for molesting Kellner’s son and other boys. Instead of being lauded, Kellner was the object of backlash from a community that prefers to resolve disputes and crimes without the interference of outside entities, i.e., the police. An interesting look into the culture of and corruption within the Hasidic community, fueled and supported by the politicians the community’s leaders endorse.
  • The Sparrows in France” by Aja Gabel (The Kenyon Review, Fall 2014) — An essay about the preparation and consumption of ortolans — a delicacy in France — entwined with remembrances of the writer’s father preparing exquisite dishes and ultimately losing his ability to eat and enjoy food because of the ravages of esophageal and stomach cancer. Allusions to birds’ souls and last meals and the ways we avoid and accept death round out this beautiful piece.

Love in the Time of Cholera

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The patterns left behind of leaves that fell before, during, and after our first snow of the season:

Post-Storm

April 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

I sliver of blue turned to full sun by afternoon’s end. The snow that fell overnight was deep, but pretty, and will melt soon.

Post-storm

Red, White, and Snow All Over

March 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The Weekly Snapshot

February 25, 2014 § 2 Comments

Daily photos. Documented below are February 19-25 (some posted previously, some not):

 

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