January 2012

I was hoping to get a shot of this bridge from the level of the stream, but as you can see, the stream is quite flooded and well above its banks.

Truss Bridge

Ups and Downs of the Week

Colin and Brad Show – Tonight we saw Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood at the Effingham Performance Center. What a riot. I haven’t laughed so hard in years. Some colleagues of Sarah even got in on the action.

Colin and Brad

Colin and Brad



Not really the depth of winter sort of images, but it is January, even if it feels like March.

Rural Shapes original

Rural Shapes stylized

Winter Sun

Winter Tree

Morning Sun

Old Barn

Just some shots from a Saturday afternoon.

4 Cats





Ups and Downs of the Week

Sarah – Kudos to Sarah who is this year’s winner of the Louis Shores award for book reviewing.

Maxie – Our rotund diabetic cat has lost some weight and with careful diet control may be able to get by without the insulin shots.

 Francesco Schettino – See Also: Fool, Coward, Jackass

Ollie loves being in pictures. He practically insisted on sitting here beside the pile of books Sarah wanted to photograph.

Sir Ollie

Seems to be a favorite spot.

Nap Time

Miss Tortie

Ups and Downs of the Week

Canon 135mm F2L Lens – Very nice.

Winter Weather – I suppose it was inevitable, but winter is here in a big way.

Three Day Weekend – Last holiday until Memorial Day.

We were supposed to have a new stove delivered today. Of course today was the worst weather day so far this winter. We had icy roads, blowing snow, bitter cold, etc. All the things that make winter so enjoyable. Our stove was on its way to us inside a large tractor trailer. The driver of the tractor trailer decided to let a small electronic box known as a GPS tell him which way to get to our house. He had the choice of three roads which go south off Rt 16 and lead to our house. Two of the roads are level with Rt 16 and one has a sizable hill with a sharp turn near the top. Despite the fact that the roads were badly iced, the driver turned his brain over to the GPS, which told him to take the hilly road. He (and our stove) spent the rest of the afternoon nicely stuck halfway around the bend in the hilly road. By the time he got unstuck (with the help of a very large wrecker), it was dark and even nastier. Our neighborhood entrance is just barely over the crest of another large hill which was also very icy. This time the driver used his brain and decided against trying to turn into our neighborhood as there was a good chance he’d slide in the turn and then slide on down the hill. I don’t blame him for not wanting to try it. But that meant our new stove got within 100 yds of our house and no closer. Maybe next week we’ll get to cook again.

In preparation for moving the new stove in, I had to empty Sarah’s doll case and set the dolls on the dining room table. As I had nothing to do but wait for the stove, I decided to try some portrait shots. The doll generously agreed to strike a pose. The depth of field is a bit shallow, but I like the way they came out. The doll was impressed.

Doll Portrait

Doll Portrait

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