Monday, December 31, 2012

Words To Live By

We went into a store in Los Angeles that sells all these signs - billions of them, it seems. Words to live by. Words like: "Changing the toilet paper will not cause brain damage." Such words of wisdom seem so valuable as we say goodbye to 2012 and welcome the new year. Believe it or not, I was able to resist buying any of these, but you can peruse the signs in the window and see if there are any that apply to you. Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunlight & Shadows at the Getty

One of the photographic exhibits at the Getty Center was a collection of black & white photographs that made use of strong light and shadows. It's funny about getting immersed in a large photographic exhibit - I find that when I leave, I end up seeing the world in a new way as a result of the photographs that I saw. That was the case here, and I found myself looking for shadows as the subject of a photograph. So while looking at the late afternoon sun shining through this tree on the plaza, I became aware of the shadows of people going up and down the stairs. So I sat there and kept taking photographs as the people moved up and down the stairs, and then chose this one as the most interesting.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Sunny California Morning

I got up a bit early one morning at Liz and Sara's home, and walked into the kitchen, and saw this scene, ablaze with early morning sunlight. There was something wonderful about the feeling of all this sunlight. My friend Jim who lives in California is always ribbing me about "Sunny California." Usually right after a blizzard here in New York!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Seis Cuerdas

Back to the Promanade in Santa Monica. There are changing performers every day, and we were lucky enough to come by when these two flamenco guitarists were playing! Wow! We stood rooted to the ground as they played for a while. I took some different views, and this is my favorite. I did stop to talk to them a bit between songs. So I googled "Seis Cuerdas" and found a couple of YouTube videos of them performing. Here's the thing - when you listen to them play, my photograph seems insignificant compared to their artistry. Here is the link: < > Enjoy the show!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Moonrise, from the Getty Center

I managed to get to the Getty Center this afternoon for a few hours. I wanted to see two photographic exhibits, and an exhibit of paintings and illuminated manuscripts, called "The Dawn of the Renaissance, from 1300 to 1350" It is always exhillarating to spend time there. It is as if it is a castle on a hill - the grouping of buildings sit on a hilltop that overlooks the western part of Los Angeles, and the Pacific Ocean. It is always hard to decide whether to spend time in the galleries, or outside looking at the landscape and the architecture. I was about to leave late this afternoon, and just happened to catch a glimpse of this scene, the Moon rising over the hills east of the Getty Center. You can see part of Los Angeles in the distance to the right. Please click on this image to see it in more detail.

The Silver Man

There are all kinds of interesting performers on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, only a few minutes away from Venice. The promenade is lined with stores, but the street is blocked off and reserved only for pedestrians. I want to show you some guitarists I photographed the other day, but this silver man who showed up today just seemed astounding to me. Imagine how tedious it has to be to cover all of the skin on your face with this silver makeup. I have no idea what his deal was - he was just setting up when I shot this, and I didn't stay around to see. I was just taken by the effort he needs to expend just to show up for work each day.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Girls, Christmas Gifts

I love this photo! From left, Sarah, Liz, The Monkey, and Amy. "My" four girls. "Four"you say? Well, yes. They are all wearing some of their Christmas presents. And Kathy is the one underneath the monkey hat and scarf! It was a gift from Amy's husband Gus, and we had so much fun laughing about how silly it looked.

Christmas Eve Mass

This is our third year here in Los Angeles during the Christmas holiday, and each year since the first, we have gone to an evening Mass at this church. My photograph does not begin to do justice to this young peoples choir. They are amazing, and wonderful and beautiful in their singing. I didn't want to make a big deal of shooting too many photographs, since it was during the service, so I only took three or four pictures. Unfortunately I didn't get them with joyous expressions on their faces. But I can still wish all of you a joyous Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Santa Claus Plays the Violin!

We got to go to a party last night, near where Liz and Amy live! Liz and Sarah are partners, and Sarah, plays the violin in two groups - one a women's rock band, and another newer group that plays Bluegrass. So we got to go because Sarah was playing with the bluegrass group at the party. It was wonderful, and I got to photograph her playing the violin. She was the only band member wearing a Santa hat, so it made the perfect picture.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Vanishing Venice

We have been coming out to Los Angeles since 2005, and it is amazing that in Venice alone, so many businesses have disappeared, for one reason or another. This is Lincoln Fabrics, my favorite fabric store. I have bought material here for photographic backdrops, and for making laptop sleeves and other projects that I forget. It was a funky warehouse kind of place, but fun to go searching in. I was so surprised to see that it closed back in October. I love the colors of blue in this, with the darker blue the same color as the sky. It was tough to pick this wide-angle view, because there are some interesting close-ups of strange mannequins in the abandoned display windows, wearing really weird clothing - you can see one in the lower right corner of the photo.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Breakfast With Bono

We go to Abbot's Habit every time we are here in Los Angeles. So today I wanted to take a photo of everyone having breakfast. As I was standing there with the camera, a person came in the front door, and asked it I wanted him to take the picture so I could be in it. I thought that was nice to offer, and turned to look at him, and nearly fell over - he was the spitting image of Bono! It was not, of course, Bono, but he got everything JUST right - hair, sunglasses, earrings and scruffy beard, and his face was very similar! An amazing likeness, well cultivated by this guy. So after he took our photo, I asked him to sit, and I took this photo.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Our Magnificent Land!

Westbound from New York, on the way to Los Angeles today. There was a massive snowstorm in the midwest which we flew over, and then we flew into clear skies and could see the landscape covered in snow. The white of the snow did wonderful things in terms of revealing details in the landscape in ways that would not be obvious had the snow not covered everything. I was glued to the window for almost two hours, photographing as the ground scrolled by underneath our wings. This is perhaps my most interesting shot. The whole time I watched, all I could think of was how lucky we are that the United States is made up of such magnificent landscapes. And how lucky we are, to have the gift of wings, to see it all.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Barnacles in the Garden?

I went out with my camera to wander around what is left of the gardens. I found a few things which I may show you at a later date. I was poking around in the garden next to the house, to see if there was anything to be photographed, especially in what's left of the Sedum. The remains of the flowers on the ends of the stalks are dark brown and not very interesting. But while looking carefully at that, I spied, down near the ground, bits of green showing! Green? At this time of year? What? So I moved some brown leaves out of the way, and was astounded to see this! I guess this is how they will make their way through the snows of winter. I will keep my eye on them and report how they are doing. Oh, I thought that they looked like the barnacles you would see on boats or pilings in the salt water.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tropical Sunset

Riding the bike today, as usual, I was thinking that I still needed a blog shot. I was desperate. Then I noticed these clouds on the far horizon. They looked more like clouds we might see the tropics than in the northeast. So I got out my iPhone which travels with me on the bike, and tried several variations. I tried having just one tree in the frame, with the clouds behind it, and the tree obscured the most important thing - the clouds - so instead you get this composition.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Technology Alert!

This is my friend Marty at the Astronomical Society Christmas dinner on Saturday night. He forgot to bring his reading glasses with him. So suddenly I see this bright light next to me. It was coming from Marty's Samsung Galaxy III cellphone. I looked over at what he was doing and saw that he was looking at the restaurant menu with the phone. This is cool - he turned on a bright light on the back of the cellphone, and then, the camera on the back was doing video of what the light was illuminating, and it was then displayed on the front screen of the phone! It was an electronic magnifying glass! How cool is that!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Curled Up Kitty

For those of us who have cats, there is an endless fascination with how these wonderful animals find so many different ways to sleep. They must have a billion ways to curl up. OK, so maybe only a million different ways. I just love keeping my eye out for some new way they have found to arrange their different parts. This curl seems like one which requires some of the most flexibility. I would probably call this "The Pretzel." The cool thing is, no matter which form they take, they ALWAYS look really comfortable, even with parts of them hanging off the edges of things!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mulled Cider

It was chilly the other day, so when out at the grocery store we came up with the idea of making mulled cider. I couldn't remember the recipe, so I went on "the internets" and found a couple of recipes. I had forgotten about the orange slices, so it's good that I didn't try and make this from memory. It is a good thing for me not to do ANYTHING from memory these days. :-) And after it was cooked on the stove for a while, it was absolutely wonderful to have a steaming mug of this great winter drink.

Friday, December 14, 2012


In college, I did a series of photographs for a photo essay on winter. I found a poem to go with the pictures in a layout in the college newspaper, and I remember the first stanza to this day.  There are three other stanzas as well, if you want to look it up.

Autumn by Roy Campbell (1901-1957) 

 I love to see, when leaves depart,
 The clear anatomy arrive,
 Winter, the paragon of art,
 That kills all forms of life and feeling
 Save what is pure and will survive."

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Geminid Meteor Shower

So my friend Stan and I drove out to Southold tonight, about an hour and a half away, to watch the Geminid meteor shower. We met four other amateur astronomers, and we set up cameras to photograph the meteors, and did some observing through my telescope. Meteors are funny - they can appear anywhere in the sky, which means if my camera was pointed south, then we saw them in the west. If I was pointed east, then we saw them in the north. I think Stan and Glenn both got a photograph of a meteor or two, but I didn't get any. I like this shot, though, with a few clouds drifting through the field of stars - it has a lovely feel to it. Please click on the photo to see it larger. The little blue star cluster in the upper right of this photo is the Pleiades, and the bright "star" is Jupiter, and in the lower center are the stars of Orion the hunter, with the three stars on a diagonal representing his belt. Home and asleep by 4 AM. Yawn...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Really Interesting Light

In Guilford Connecticut, they have a tradition for all the wonderful old homes around the town green - most all the homes put a single white candle in each window. It is a stunning sight to see. It is so simple and so subtle, and so beautiful. So naturally, since I was born and raised in Connecticut, we do the same thing at our house. I put the electric candles in each window the other day. Last night I went in to one of the front bedrooms to turn the light off, and saw this. The light seemed really unusual, so I decided to photograph the scene. Light is usually the first thing I see when I am looking for photographs.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas is Coming

You have seen this gate before. Back in September, it was surrounded by beautiful wildflowers and I couldn't make up my mind about which composition was best. Anyhow, I went by the gate again today, and saw this beautiful red bow on it. I think this is a lovely decoration for Christmas - simple and subtle, and it doesn't need batteries or extension cords.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Lichen in Close-up

First, you should click on this image to see it in more detail. When I was cutting up the neighbor's Dogwood tree, I noticed some beautiful light green Lichen on some of the branches. I stopped to look at it closely, and was fascinated. So I cut off a small branch and brought it home. This branch is about 3/4" in diameter, and this is a fairly extreme close-up. I looked up "Lichen" in Wikipedia, and I could not understand what they were explaining! Here, you try it: "Lichens are composite organisms consisting of a fungus (the mycobiont) and a photosynthetic partner (the photobiont or phycobiont) growing together in a symbiotic relationship. The photobiont is usually either a green alga (commonly Trebouxia) or cyanobacterium (commonly Nostoc)." See, what did I tell you. Anyhow, I love the colors and the shapes of these organisms. They look otherworldly to me. I photographed this one branch several times over a couple of weeks, trying to find both the best light and the best background that show this subject most effectively.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

One World Trade Center, Fog

This is the new building under construction which is known as "One World Trade Center." I believe the steel structure is finished, but the exterior cladding is not done yet. At the time of its completion in 2013, One World Trade Center will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third-tallest building in the world by pinnacle height, with its spire reaching a symbolic 1,776 feet in reference to the year of American independence. More simply known as "1 WTC," it has been the tallest building in New York City since April 30, 2012. It was really interesting to see it disappear into the fog on a rainy day in New York City yesterday.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Amy's in New York!

Amy came to New York at the last minute to meet with her agent, and publisher, and some other people, so we got to go to Manhattan and have lunch with her, and wander around. None of us have seen the National 9/11 Memorial. And we didn't see it today - we didn't have tickets, and even with tickets, the lines are really long. So we walked around the outside and only got the smallest glimpse of one of the pools. Disappointing. There sure is a lot of construction going on down in the area - it was everywhere, as you can see from the background in this photograph. But the best part was having time to sit and talk, and catch up with what Amy has been up to, and of course, woof down a good meal.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Strange Landscape

This landscape fascinates me - the juxtaposition of the mechanical and the natural world. What also makes it interesting is the strange quality of the light - it was taken very late in the day when the natural light is very blue, and this combined with the reddish light from the mercury vapor lamps around the facility. I didn't take too many pictures because the security guard hassled me, and this time he brought two big guys in hard hats. They, of course would not listen to reason, about whether or not I had a right to photograph. Next time, I will call the police - this is getting tedious.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Finishing the Christmas Cards

The Christmas Cards are done! Yea! I think that having them done, and now mailed this early in December, is a new record for me. For years, I thought that if I got them mailed by Christmas Eve, I was home free. But now with us traveling to Los Angeles for Christmas, I have a drop-dead deadline. So I worked hard all this week to make and print the cards. I put stamps on them here, in the morning light, at the dining room table, and then took them to the Post Office. Oh happy day!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Riding home after sunset the other day, I was struck by the delicate pastels in this scene. It is hard to avoid photographing a brilliant orange or red sunset, I must admit, but there is a subtlety to the colors in this scene that seem to have more significance for me. I think it is more difficult to find subtlety - the tendency is for more brash and brilliant colors. I have taken that route myself, but as I get older I think I am attracted more to look for the subtle in life.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mailbox of the Stars

I was walking down the street after some gentle showers, and was stunned to see this! I couldn't believe my eyes! Japanese maple leaves, even smaller than the ones on our tree, were stuck to the mailbox because of the rain. I have always enjoyed how small and delicate the leaves are on my favorite tree at home, but I was blown away by how incredibly tiny these particular leaves are. And to see them arranged like stars on this mailbox was just sublime.

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Fascination of Television

For a short period of time, Finley was allowed to watch a children's show on the television. She sits in her chair, about six feet away from the television, and stares. Every once in a while, she would get out of her chair, and move this close to the screen, absolutely transfixed by the color and the movement. This is how it begins. When we lost power during the storm, we realized we were addicted to watching television. Not broadcast TV all that much, but movies, and some of the really good series. Yes, we are addicted.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Before the Colors Fade

I posted a photograph of this whole tree two weeks ago. About a week later I looked out at the tree in the morning, and the colors had faded a bit, but more importantly there was some fog behind it. The whole scene was much more subtle than my other photograph of the whole tree. So I hope that you won't be completely bored by yet another image of this scene.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

What Does The Kitty See?

Sometimes one of the kitties will go to a window, and then stare outside intently. I will creep up behind them and look over the top of their head in the direction they are looking, to see what attracts them so. I have never been able to figure out what they see. And when they are in this mode, they are staring intently, hyper vigilant. It is hard to imagine how animals see the world - my best guess would be that some almost imperceptible movement catches their eye. I will never know. Frustrating for someone as curious as I am, wondering what makes the world work. She is beautiful, though, isn't she?

Friday, November 30, 2012

Don't Try This at Home

This is NOT how you build a woodpile! Do not, under any circumstances try this at your house! My grandfather, at the farm in Connecticut knew how to stack wood, certainly, and I hate to think of what he would think seeing what his grandson has done. Yikes. There are some skills in life that at first glance seem simple, but in fact are quite complex and require a great deal of skill. Building a stone wall, for instance is not simple at all - it requires great skill, if the wall is to last. A woodpile is not as complex, but it does require skill. Our neighbor had an old dogwood tree that was felled by the hurricane. So I went over with my chainsaw, and cut it up into pieces, and then started stacking it - but without thinking. This is the mess that resulted. I should have planned better.

Thursday, November 29, 2012


So this photograph was taken the day before the single leaf photo. I was grinding my way up this mile-long hill the next town over, on my bike ride, and suddenly was dazzled by this blast of color in the light of the setting sun. I couldn't believe that with hardly a leaf on my street, these trees seemed fully leafed out. I am guessing it is a "microclimate." According to Wikipedia: "A microclimate is a local atmospheric zone where the climate differs from the surrounding area. The term may refer to areas as small as a few square feet (for example a garden bed) or as large as many square miles." So I am guessing that's why this street has leaves, and mine doesn't.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Last Leaf

This one is definitely a keeper, isn't it? I went out looking for a picture to go with the Robert Frost poem yesterday. I started with my favorite Japanese Maple tree just beyond the front porch. There were dark gray limbs wet from the rain, and little drops of water acting as lenses added bright accents to the scene. So I spent some time looking for compositions that were dark and gray. And then I came around to this limb, and nearly dropped my camera! I couldn't believe my luck - this one brilliant yellow leaf, all by itself against the dark tree limb. Wow! What a thrill! It's really magical, isn't it? Please be sure to click on it to see a larger version.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"My November Guest"

It was cold and rainy today, and when I went outdoors this morning and felt the cold and saw the gray sky, the first thing I thought of was Robert Frost's Poem, "My November Guest."

 My Sorrow, when she’s here with me,
 Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
 Are beautiful as days can be;
 She loves the bare, the withered tree;

 She walks the sodden pasture lane.
 Her pleasure will not let me stay.
 She talks and I am fain to list:
 She’s glad the birds are gone away,

 She’s glad her simple worsted gray
 Is silver now with clinging mist.
 The desolate, deserted trees,
 The faded earth, the heavy sky,

 The beauties she so truly sees,
 She thinks I have no eye for these,
 And vexes me for reason why.
 Not yesterday I learned to know

 The love of bare November days
 Before the coming of the snow,
 But it were vain to tell her so,
 And they are better for her praise.

Monday, November 26, 2012

When I Was a Kid...

When I was a kid there were always pine cones around. A number of large trees were lined up along the road behind our house, and we walked by them on the way to school. My sisters and I always picked them up, and brought them home. Funny thing is, I can't remember what we did with them. Our mom used some of them for Christmas decorations, if I remember correctly. Anyhow, when we were at Pat & Bethany's up in Massachusetts I walked under the trees in the back yard, and there were pine needles all over the ground, and these beautiful pine cones. I love the scent of them, of course, but I love how magnificently they are constructed. They are such beautiful objects.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Do Over...

So I kept thinking about the choice I made of the photo of Karen's garden bench. When I chose the first version of the scene, I was thinking about the object itself - the bench. But the more I thought about it, I realized that perhaps the more interesting photograph was the bench as seen in its surroundings. I think this photograph is more interesting because you can get a better sense of where the bench is. The boulders in the background add more interest, AND the light is more interesting as well. I should tell you that I photographed this scene first when there were patches of sunlight on the scene. I shot both close and wide. Then I waited an hour or so, and photographed the scene again, in softer light, both close and wide. So I think this is the best photo. Many times I will photograph a scene like this, over a period of time, and I am always trying different compositions. So help me out here - is this the better photograph?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Red All Over

I found this scene near the top of the hill, as I was just starting out on my bike ride, late in the afternoon. It was so amazing to see, that I screeched my bike to a halt to photograph it! I couldn't quite believe the scene - there is one Japanese Maple tree, and its leaves are covering everything. There is red everywhere! It took some experimenting to come up with the best composition - I think this is it. It was such an unusual sight that I still can't quite believe it. Please click on the image, so you can see it larger, and without the right side cropped off.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Bench in Karen's Garden

We had one Thanksgiving dinner at Pat and Bethany's in Massachusetts on Wednesday, and then we traveled to Connecticut to have a second Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday with my sisters. So I looked out of the kitchen window at my sister Karen's garden, and saw this lovely bench. It is a beautiful bench by itself, but it was the lichten all over it that grabbed me. What beautiful, subtle colors, with the blue skylight of late afternoon. And a small splash of fading sunlight on the rocks behind the bench.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

I Am Regarded With Suspicion

This is young Miss Finley, Pat & Bethany's daughter. Wow, is she a charmer, cute as a button. She loves everyone, but... For some reason, she regards me with great suspicion. I am not one to give up easily, so for the two days we were there I gently worked at breaking through and getting her to feel comfortable around me. I made some headway, and by the time we left this morning she would smile at me, and she would come just a bit closer, but that was it. Maybe if I had a couple of more days, I would have been able to pick her up and hold her. Maybe next year.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Roping the Turkey

Pat and Vince and I were in the back yard talking about "men" things, and the subject of calf roping came up. Huh? It's a long story, but it turns out that both Pat and I do have real cowboy lariats. So we decided to turn the turkey loose, and see who could lasso it. I kept missing, but Pat got it on his second try, so we were good for our Wednesday Thanksgiving dinner. (We didn't really do that, but it makes for a good story.) I just love this shot of Pat enjoying doing silly things in the back yard.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Stone Wall for my Sister

I am not sure if you have seen my sister Betsey's comment on my photo of the stone wall with snow and plants growing on it from last Thursday. She said that the stone wall image was her new favorite picture. When I saw that comment, I thought of the New England stone wall at my nephew Patrick's home in Attleboro, Mass, where we are now. I thought "I can't wait to get there and take THIS photograph for my sister!" So here it is. It is a beautiful stone wall, and the lichen adds such richness to the overall look of the photograph. Maybe she will like this one better. Please click on it to see it in more detail.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Impressionistic Traffic

We are on the way to Massachusetts for a couple of days before Thanksgiving, and then back to Connecticut for Thanksgiving day. So we started by driving from home to Joan's home in Milford. I thought we were leaving early enough at 3 PM, but I guessed wrong. The 90 minute trip took 2 hours and 15 minutes! I was doing the "forbidden thing" again, of course, shooting pictures while driving in traffic. Thus the blurry image. So I am calling it "impressionistic" as an excuse.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The New Towers

The huge power plant on the harbor, about a mile away, has been shut down, and will be demolished in the near future. About 6 months ago, they started digging two giant holes in the parking lot across the street from the plant. Then they put some giant rings joined by reinforcing steel in the holes, and poured concrete around them. I wondered what it was all for. Then one day a huge crane showed up, and started installing tapered sections of galvanized steel tower. They kept adding and adding sections, until each of the towers was well over one hundred feet tall. Apparently they needed the towers that tall, because the transmission lines connected to them were strung for a long distance over the harbor to identical towers on the other side. I rode by these one afternoon, and the setting sun lit them with orange light, and they became a lot more interesting to photograph.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

From My Pillow

When I woke this morning, this is the first thing I saw. I am not sure what made the light different, but I had left the the white translucent window shade down in the bathroom, the sun was shining directly on it, and I think the light from that window shade is what is illuminating the photograph hanging in the upstairs hall. So then I had to go find my Nikon, and then get back in bed, and put my head back on the pillow, and then shoot this photograph. Crazy, huh? I just love the sense of light in this photo - it's as if a spotlight is lighting up the picture.

Friday, November 16, 2012

I Have Photographed This Before, of Course

This is the other Japanese maple on the property. It is behind the garage in the back. I was beginning to think that we wouldn't have fall color this year. I am not sure why, except that I haven't seen much color up to now. But this morning I looked out the bathroom window and saw this! Perhaps it was because of a few days of relatively cold weather that we had that finally got the color started. Although, in truth, it is said that the color is already IN the leaves, but it is blocked by the green chlorophy that we see in the summer. For whatever reason, the color blossomed almost overnight, it seems, and I for one, am thrilled.

Thursday, November 15, 2012


This is a photo left over from my walking around town after the nor'easter snowstorm, which came after "superstorm Sandy." I was attracted by the textures of snow, and rock and of the vines. I have no idea what plant that is, but of course you all know that I wouldn't have a clue. I just liked the color, and the design. Oh, and the color pallet, which is almost monochromatic - browns and greens.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Astronomy Project

I am involved in an astronomy project where, as an amateur astronomer, I team up with a science teacher at a local school, and we work together to add another level of experience to about three classes during the year. I will be bringing some telescopes to the classes and talk about how they work. We may do some observing of the sun with special telescopes. I am not sure exactly what we will do together, but I am excited about the prospect of the coming school year. Today was the training program for both teachers and astronomers, and we got to meet each other. This is my partner, and in the background another teacher, who are all part of the program. They are both intently watching a presentation by the woman who runs the program. It is an exciting project that we are embarking on.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Old Wallet

Funny thing about wallets. You buy a new one, and it is hard and sharp-edged, and you feel it in your pocket all the time. After a year or so, the leather softens, and you become less aware it is there. After a while, it picks up a lovely patina, and then a certain character because of the first signs of wear. Later on, it begins to show more severe wear. And then one day you realize that it has worn so much that it is beginning to fall apart and time to buy a new wallet and start the process all over again. And I find it difficult to part with a "friend" who has traveled so many miles with me.