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our back yard

Here’s one from our former home, taken eight years ago. I miss the place sometimes and dreamt some about it after we moved (twenty years of living there after all), but I imagine the new owners have settled in nicely.

I hope they appreciate the arbor upon which these roses grow, built ultimately in a traditional Western style – though we were thinking about a Japanese style gateway arch – by local craftsman Henry Hotkowski. It will probably stand forever, as will the deck he built for us there.

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Lantern, Ivoryton, CT

February 19, 2017

A few months after I bought my first digital camera – a Canon 20D more than a decade ago – I took it out for a spin at dusk, with a tripod, to see what it could do.

There were/are many reasons to embrace digital, but initially, the biggest one for me was in the instant feedback via the LCD screen, a whole new technology for cameras. Thus I could shoot to my heart’s content (no film, very cheap, another reason), and rework my compositions till I found some keepers.

My old friend Dennis Stock, who was about 80 years old at the time, initially turned me on to digital; he let me borrow a consumer digital that someone had let him use. Early digital had its limitations though, so I didn’t jump in till a year later, when the technology and the price became incredibly attractive.

Haven’t looked back.

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old friend, new gardens-7199

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red fox-5662

There’s a knoll in the back of our property that overlooks some wetlands. The area has long been overgrown, and there were rumors of a coyote den somewhere in the tangles. This year, though, I’ve only seen foxes there.

For the 2nd time in a couple of weeks, one has been napping on top of the hill. Not sure they’re one and the same, but if so, what looked like mange on its backside was probably just fur molting; the sparse gray is shifting back to a thick red coat. What I am most struck with are the big ears (actively listening in this photo). Stay tuned for the possibility of forthcoming kits!

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birdbath with purple verbena -5296

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new dawn roses-5224

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one more snowstorm-2630

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flamingo path-2464

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november garden1-1603

“There is an endless net of threads throughout the universe. The horizontal threads are in space. The vertical threads are in time. At every crossing of the threads, there is an individual, and every individual is a crystal bead. And every crystal bead reflects not only the light from every other crystal in the net, but also every other reflection throughout the entire universe.”
Rig Veda

(one of the daily emails from gratefulness.org)

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