Sunday, April 30, 2006
Shining from within
Miniature worlds: These little blue stars, which appeared about three weeks ago, seem suffused with an inner light. These are part of Amy's Garden of Earthly Delights.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Mother Goose nobly standing guard over her little ones. She maintained her dignity throughout our encounter, but her watchful posture warned me to stay back and use my zoom if I wanted to capture her baby on film. Taken on Lake Mendota, Madison, Wisconsin.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
So ready to pop!
Miniature worlds A walk in the neighborhood brings all kinds of delightful joys. Go ahead and enlarge this (see instructions at left) and inspect the delicate shadings on these tiny petals, still folded tight in their little apple blossom package.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Reflected city and sky
Miniature worlds: The miniature world in this case is the microcosm of Chicago streets, people and sky embedded in the reflection of this pavilion in Millennium Park. This is part of an outdoor concert venue designed by Frank Gehry. Much better viewed large (see instructions at left.)
This is a perfect example of why photography enhances perception of life's experiences. This was originally a quick snapshot taken while walking rapidly down the street with friends. It wasn't until I began to work with the photo that I saw the wonderful effect of this structure's design.
Miniature worlds: This arching branch of magnolia flowers is past its prime, but voluptuous nonetheless. Taken by Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Miniature worlds: It is unusual for me to post a cityscape, as I am always drawn to wilderness and the countryside. But I was in Chicago for a meeting last week, and found this vibrant city to be bursting with buds and spring. This was taken by the Chicago River with the Wrigley Building in the backdrop.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Miniature worlds: It's always a thrill to see paintbrush blooming in the springtime in Montana. This was taken in the Flathead Valley.
Friday, April 21, 2006
Crocuses in a graveyard
Miniature worlds: Spring has sprung and the woods are filled with signs of new life. Everywhere you look, there are miniature worlds that tell a story of rebirfth and renewal. We will explore some of these little vignettes in upcoming photos. Here is one of my favorites: yellow crocuses springing up at the foot of an old gravestone amid last year's leaves. This was taken in Iowa County, Wisconsin.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Springtime sunsets: Here's another pathway, ablaze for just a few minutes with the slanted rays of a spring sunset.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Graceful grasses at sunset
Springtime sunsets: I've mentioned before that I enjoy glimpses into one space from another space, especially if there's a winding path or a lacy pattern in the foreground like grasses, leaves, or branches. Sudden glimpses of complete worlds seen from afar. This scene seemed just perfect when I caught sight of those last rays of sun through the shadowed grasses in the foreground.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Moon on an early spring evening
Spring sunsets: Yes, the sky really was this color last Wednesday. This particular evening had a balmy, dreamy feeling that had everyone outside smiling and eating ice cream.
Monday, April 17, 2006
Contrasts: sun's final gleam
Springtime sunsets: I have a few early spring sunset shots that I am going to post this week. I love the clarity of the air at twilight right about now. This was taken in Iowa County in southwestern Wisconsin.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
La Foulerie, Normandy
Seasonal extremes: Here is a wintertime picture of a little 17th-century farmhouse in Normandy, named La Foulerie. The owners painstakingly restored this cottage to a lovely dwelling with great charm.
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Fall and winter together
Seasonal extremes: Glorious fall colors in western Montana sweep up to the peaks of the Swan Range, already touched by winter.
Friday, April 14, 2006
Magical carpet of blue
Seasonal extremes: A carpet of blue scilla swirls around a brick path past an old house perched on a hill in Madison, Wisconsin. It truly is a magical, suspenseful time when the earth suddenly unfolds all these tiny, delicate spring blooms while the sky is still peeking through bare branches.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Profile of spring's first daffodil...
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Early morning mist
Seasonal extremes:This scene in Montana's Swan Valley was taken in early June, and all summer long the warmth of the rising sun causes mist to hover just above the lake. Cold nights and hot days in the north woods create this mystical phenomenon.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Wood troll gazing at the ground
Seasonal extremes: Walking in the woods during the leafless seasons reveals all kinds of magical shapes and formations. There are little tableaux at every turn.
Seasonal extremes: A floatplane lands in shimmering waters in Sawmill Lake, northern British Columbia, Canada. This was taken in September; you can see the dusting of fresh snow on the mountains and the colors of aspen in the middle distance.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Seasonal extremes: This is a barn from my dearly beloved abandoned homestead (house shown below) that I try to explore in all seasons. Why the place stands empty, with its sturdy foundations and its strong wooden structures, is a continuing mystery to me.
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Water slide for gnomes
Seasonal extremes: As spring approaches and I think fond thoughts of rushing western streams, my memory turns to Kootenai Creek, one of my favorite spots anywhere. It comes tumbling out of the Bitterroot Mountains through a narrow canyon, inviting you to dive into its myriad tiny waterfalls.
Friday, April 07, 2006
A riot of daisies
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Sentinels against scudding clouds
Seasonal extremes: A lush carpet of fall grasses leads to towering tamarack trees bordering Clearwater Lake in western Montana.
Unfurling: same twig, two days apart
Seasonal extremes: To folks in southerly climes already abloom with foliage and flowers, these tiny belated buds may seem somewhat pitiful. But to us northlanders, this is a miniature miracle! This is the same twig, taken two days apart. Day by day, these little bundles will tranform themselves into silver maple leaves.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Light on a winter landscape
Seasonal extremes: Here are the north hills of Missoula, Montana rolling up toward Mt. Stuart. Love the way the folds of the land lead the eye straight toward the snow-capped mountains in the distance.
Monday, April 03, 2006
Seasonal extremes: These ancient ivy-covered ramparts of Mont St. Michel in Normandy overlook the Atlantic tides. Until 100 years ago, access to this glorious monastery was regulated by the tides, and pilgrims could only cross when the tide was out, as it is here. I have never seen anything like Mont St. Michel and would like to spend days and days exploring its turrets, chapels, gardens, cloisters, ramparts, village, and cathedral. This is actually a winter photo, despite the greenery.
Here is how Mont St. Michel looks from a distance when approaching:
Seasonal extremes: I found this little mill yesterday sitting all by itself on a small back road in southwestern Wisconsin. What a lovely sight on an early spring day!
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Seasonal extremes: here's another fall photo in this seasonal series. Behold an October maple blazing forth in all its glory on a street corner in Missoula, Montana.
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Wintry blues and browns
Seasonal extremes: the fog bank separates the brown from the blue in a January scene that is pure Montana for me. This was taken less than a mile from the photo below, but the seasonal contrast moves it into a different dimension altogether.
Hard to believe that I was swooping over those formidable distant Bitterroot Mountains in a flimsy hang glider just last summer!