Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Place at the Table

This is so funny!  This is Bebe, and she knows that she is not allowed on the table.  But many times when we are at a meal, she climbs up on the chair opposite me, and then peers over the edge of the table at us.  It is so cute and so funny!  I have tried to take this photograph before, but she quickly gets bored and looks away and there would go my photograph.  So I knew I needed to be quick.  And on this day, I was.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Great Front Door

I spent a good part of the day over at Cedarmere, William Cullen Bryant's home, doing interior architectural photographs.  There are some wonderful things in this old house.  The original section was built in 1787.  Bryant owned the property for 35 years, and made significant modifications, and then there was a fire in 1902 which destroyed a number of rooms.  This is the front door, and what a door it is.  Look at those hinges, and the wonderful oval glass window!  They don't make 'em like that any more.

Monday, July 27, 2015

It Has Walls!

Three carpenters came today to start a push to get the framing and siding and roof done.  The plan is to get the addition to where it is waterproof, and then they will break into the little back room, and see what they have there.  They may have to reframe a large portion of the back room, before tying the two structures together.  The really cool thing is that we can walk around on the floor and get a sense of the size of the room and see the location of the windows and the gas fireplace.  It is now getting to be fun!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Newest Member of the Family

This is Nova Theresa, the newest member of the family!  She is only five days old and was the center of attention at the picnic.  She is being held by her uncle Connor, who clearly loves taking care of her.  He's a natural with her.  I love both of these photographs because they are a study in contrasts - of large and small.  It is amazing how tiny a newborn baby's fingers are!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Combat Croquet!

We drove up to Connecticut today for a graduation party for two children of two of our cousins.  It was a wonderful family gathering with all the relatives, and friends of the relatives and friends of the kids.  That place was full of life today!  One of the things that this family loves to do is to play games.  The choice of game today was what they call "Combat Croquet."  This is not the game I played with my great aunts and my grandmother when I was a kid!  This is killer croquet!  I thought you would like to see a photograph of the combatants! 

Friday, July 24, 2015

I'll Cross That Bridge When I Come to It...

I have a cool new project.  I have volunteered to do some photographs of the William Cullen Bryant home and grounds, in Roslyn, for a brochure.  I love shooting architecture and landscape photographs, so this is an exciting project.  While I was wandering the grounds today I saw this bridge on the next door neighbor's property.  So I shot this for you!  I love how it looks like a human eye.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Moonwatch in the Garden

We had a second night of observing the moon for the general public.  Tonight's observing was at Old Westbury Gardens, where we have been doing these programs for several years now.  Five of us showed up with out telescopes and we ended up having over fifty attendees.  It was fun, because the ages ran from young kids, to older folks and everyone in between.  This one of our members and his refractor set up on the lawn.  The moon was spectacular as seen through our telescopes, and many of the visitors had never seen the moon up close.  It is a rich experience to show people the Moon for the first time.