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November 24, 2012

November Chill

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Here I am today, wishing to reach out to you.

The Thanksgiving feast with extended family is over.  Leftovers are not found in my fridge.

After relative warmth for the past few days, a distinct chill has settled in to the air.  My thermometer claims 40°F, but I find it difficult to believe.  A wind that chills my bones makes me think otherwise.
a chill in the air

Can you feel it too?

I’m on my own this chilly afternoon.  Husband has returned to work, daughters both visiting with friends.  Why does my phone remain quiet, I ask myself.  No friendly texts or emails to say hello?  Hmmm, perhaps I should be making better use of this time.  No one asking me for anything, requiring anything of me.  Jump in the car, go do something, take pictures!

But then I remember the chill, and I remain.
rogue snowflake

Was that a snowflake alight on my collie’s back?  It’s surely poorly focused here, but that is indeed what it was.

In addition to the chill in the air and in my bones, a certain coolness is seeping into my thoughts as well.  Kathy has published a post today that has me pondering.  I challenge you to go and read it too, and not find yourself questioning and thinking.

afternoon light

Just what was my blogging muse hoping to say today?  I’m not sure that I know.

Currently playing in my head:

November 19, 2012

Composing for Color

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 6:00 am
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Color, color, color – what a challenge for this dreary month!  Those were my thoughts when Scott Thomas first announced his photo assignment for November.  I read the links that Scott shared, as well as Scott’s post full of lovely examples and set my thoughts in motion.

Jennifer, Renae and I enjoyed another lovely luncheon at Pickity Place last weekend and I hoped that Pickity might provide some photo opportunities.  There was not a lot of offerings, but I had my eyes open for leading lines and punches of color.

pickitywalk

This may be a bit opposite of the ideas expressed in color composition, but I like the way the gray and white cat was framed by color:
pickitycat

These next couple shots I took on my day off from work on Monday.  I was surprised to catch the sun just peeking above my neighbor’s shed surrounded by fog, giving the shot a beautiful but a little eerie color:
fogmorning

I couldn’t decide which version of this picture I liked better. It was taken only a couple minutes later, but the fog is bit more evident in this shot. Does that take away from composing for color?
fogmorning2

Here is one more different take on color composition. On my looking-for-bluebirds walk, I happened to look up and spot these bright red berries spattered among the grayish brown branches – color just jumping out at me.
berries

So who woulda thunk it? Include my bluebirds and I think I found a pretty good variety for dreary ol’November. Thanks for the assignment, Scott!

November 17, 2012

A Tale of Two Bluebirds

I mentioned in my last post that we had a lovely weekend in store weather-wise last weekend.  Indeed it turned out quite sunny and warm for a November New England Veteran’s Day weekend.  I did take the dogs for the long walk that I promised them.  Before I went out, I stood pondering with my camera: leave the small, lightweight 50mm lens attached or switch to the 55-250mm zoom?  I was feeling like keeping the walk as light as possible so I stuck with the 50mm.

And I regretted it when I got out to the meadow part of my walk!  The eastern bluebird is a fairly common bird, but it is one that I have never managed to spy or photograph.  Lo and behold, what do I see perfectly perched in front of me about 25 yards in the distance but a lovely, male eastern bluebird.  I, of course, tried to take pictures, but this was not the job my 50mm lens was made for.  Sadly, this very tightly cropped shot was the best I could do:
bluebird1

Can you see him there, perched on top of the pine tree?  Slightly blurry and difficult to see, I know.

Today, it turned out, was also sunny and fairly warm.  So the dogs and I headed out for another walk.  I switched to the 55-250mm lens and wondered what the chances were that I’d again see a bluebird in the meadow.  It was around the same time of day as our last walk and same sort of weather conditions so I thought maybe I’d get lucky.

And I did!  I saw eastern bluebirds again, but this time they were farther away than 25 yards.  My zoom lens couldn’t bring them in as closely as I would have liked, but I think the couple shots I took are a bit sharper.  This is the best one that I managed today:

Eastern bluebird

I think this could possibly be a female bluebird; she was shadowed so I’m not 100% positive, but this bird does have a blue tail and those dusky colored spots near the wings:

femaile bluebird?

These bluebirds could almost count as entries in Scott’s newest assignment, I think!  I do have another post, however, coming soon with my take on color composition.

May my bluebirds bring you a little happiness today! 🙂

November 10, 2012

Searching for Color

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 9:40 am
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Scott Thomas has a new photo assignment out for us this month called Color Composition.  I think I am going to find it a challenge.  I’ve just finished telling you about how challenging I find finding beauty in November to be.  So? you may say, Scott is allowing archived photos for this time around!  Yes, I reply, but usually I am so excited to share a photo with you that I find appealing, I’ve already published it here on the blog!  I found this photo that I took last month that could possibly fit the assignment, but I’m not sure.
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Hmm, now I’ve gone and published it too!

So I’ll be keeping this assignment in mind over the next week and a half.  It is due on Wednesday, November 21st if you’d like to participate.

After all the strange recent weather (Hurricane Sandy, Winter Storm Athena) a pleasant three-day weekend with temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s is on tap for this area.  I’m hoping to take the poochachos for a much needed walk and I’m off to Pickity Place again tomorrow with my sister and our BFF.  I’m not sure what our day off from school on Monday will bring just yet.  How about you?  Have any interesting plans for the weekend?

November 7, 2012

A Doodle

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This a doodle I made the other day, a somewhat trying day.  It reads “mother of teenagers” if my handwriting isn’t clear.  Anyone else agree?

ETA: Heh, heh, I just noticed after I published this that the upsidedown newpaper print at the top of this picture reads “understanding” – how’s that for karma? Or is it synchronicity, Kathy?

November 4, 2012

Falling Back

How are you spending your extra hour created by the end of Daylight Savings Time?  Many times in the past I’ve slept it away, which is what my younger daughter and husband are currently doing.  I found myself hungry and ready to get out of bed at my normal “DST” time, so it is 9:00 am on a Sunday morning and I’ve already found myself sitting here at the computer for quite a while.

I’ve been going through my photo archives with this extra hour.  My original purpose in doing so was to take advantage of some offers I’ve received from Snapfish, the photo printing website that I usually use.  What I’ve ended up doing is reminiscing about some of my favorite times of this year.

Cape Cod Sunset

November is a tough month in which to find beauty.   “No leaves, No flowers, No-vember”

sparkly butterfly bushes

We had a frost this morning, and I turned the heat on this morning to take the chill off the house.

Hills Beach sand

Halloween is over.  Thanksgiving will be here in the blink of an eye.  Christmas decorations are in the stores.  I even heard a couple of Christmas songs while I was shopping yesterday.

Kennebunkport Harbor

I know I can’t live in the past, but I’m still not ready to let the cold weather and the holidays have their way!  While I sit here typing this blog post, were it not for brown leaves and bare branches, I could almost believe that winter is not just around the corner.

fiery leaves

Tell me in the comments, what did you do with your “extra” hour?  Are you welcoming the return of the holiday hustle and bustle?  What do you do to get through the dreary days of November?