Constant companion

Most of the time I sit on my bed with my laptop on a computer table to do my work.

It’s a habit I picked up way back in the day, in like junior high, when doing homework.

Well, the sitting on my bed to do my work part is from back in the day… the laptop part isn’t (mostly because there was no such thing way back in the dark ages! haha!)

But I digress…

I was just going to share what I see, every day, just beyond the computer screen.

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He’s always right there.

And I do mean right there — that’s his spot. (a la Sheldon from Big Bang!)

My supervisor… which you think would be a bit more difficult to do with closed eyes.

He does happen to be dreaming right now, too — he’s twitching and such — but here I am blogging and editing photographs so clearly he knows what he’s doing!

So sweet, right?!

Have a great weekend!

(It’ll be snowing here. Hopefully photograph-worthy!)

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Photowalk 31

Doing a little post-shutter-click editing and made a couple of winter black & white photographs.

If the settings aren’t right, you can run the risk of having a blob of grays instead of a good black vs. white contrast.

And it turned out to be a little more difficult to get a good result than I thought it would!

This one is from a nearby park with a creek that runs through it.

From a nearby park with a creek that runs through it.

Blowing snows plays on the solitude of the bench.

Blowing snow contrasts the shadows of the back side of the bench.

Dense area of trees in another park nearby -- shows it's a bit more difficult to contrast when there is subject density... but the trees are cool!

Dense area of trees in another park nearby — shows it’s a bit more difficult to contrast when there is subject density… the shape of the tree branches are cool!

Black & white works well with winter (alliteration, you know I love it!)

I’ve been taking notes on the specifics of the day (time of day, cloudy/sunny, etc) as well as the camera settings so I can continue to improve my skills.

There’s always something new to learn and try!

Beauty in every season

I’m doing some reading about winter.

There are some really lovely sentiments that have been written and I find them soothing and oddly cheerful.

For example:

“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.”
(John Burroughs, Winter Sunshine, 1875)

Isn’t that wonderful?!

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Besides, what good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.

Have a great day!

Outdoor time

Louden and I decided to head outside for a little bit.

And I do mean a very little bit!

Not only is he not a fan of the frigid cold, (who is, really?), it’s dangerous to have an indoor pet outside for too long in freezing temps and snow/ice.

He doesn’t seem to mind the actual snow though — so he’ll trudge through the drifts to investigate around the yard.

this is where he 'paws"ed (get it?! haha!!)

this is where he ‘pawsed’ (get it?! haha!!)

And sometimes it takes a little more effort to get him to go back inside, especially when he finds a spot to “hide”

"hiding" under the dwarf spruce

“hiding” under the dwarf spruce

Thankfully right now all it takes is a little gust of that arctic air to get him to run (literally) for the door.

So he can get back to doing that which he does best:

purr-purr-purr

purr-purr-purr

Ah, the life of a cat…

Photowalk 30

We had a blizzard here last night.

Not the ice cream treat.

But it was still pretty awesome!

Steady 35+ mph winds with gusts between 55 and 58 mph made it so I could barely see across the street!

So what did I do? (do I have to ask? really?)

one view: 2 different cameras = 2 very different photos

one view: 2 different cameras = 2 very different photos

around the side, wind was to my back. doesn't look very daunting or signifigant at all

around the side, wind was to my back. doesn’t look very daunting or significant at all

lens pointed directly into the wind. if you look closely, there's a spruce tree on the right side of the photo only about 15 feet away from where I stood

lens pointed directly into the wind. if you look closely, there’s a spruce tree on the right side of the photo only about 15 feet away from where I stood

This was really a cool weather event (pardon the pun!) and it was fun to experience it while it was going on.

Even from inside, watching the snow whip around and listening to the wind howl… so fascinating!

No, I’m not crazy…

my Mother had me tested! (shout out to Sheldon on Big Bang! hehe!)

As fun as this was, however, I do admit that once is enough.

Cheers to the 2nd half of winter being mild and not as eventful!

Challenges

I’ll take the interesting part (to an extent… my life doesn’t have to be super-duper-over-the-top meaningful, if you know what I mean! lol!)

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Hope you all had a great weekend. Cheers!