Sunday, April 16, 2017

apple blossoms and red buds, April 8, 2017

zpost #331
       Not much space for writing today - there are all these photos I want to share. I made them a week ago, in the evening, spurred on by needing a photo of an apple orchard for a book project George Ella and I have been working on. I had to park the car very near a major curve on a hill on Route 32 in order to protect myself while working with my tripod. There are few photographers out there on the roadside.... and there was a lot more traffic than I expected.The evening light was so beautiful, though. It was almost dark when I finally left. I don't know if we will use any of the photos, of course, since we may need to show actual APPLES, but in the meantime, here is some Appalachian beauty as seen from 6 feet of roadway. I'm grateful I had an excuse to stop and look and savor.
        Please note: these are most of the images I shot, since I work at a deliberate pace. They are unedited, and in chronological order, as I explored what angles I could manage from where I was located. And the evening light was, of course, gradually dimming. A reminder: click on one of the photos and then look at them one by one, larger, along the bottom of the screen.















        If one or two of these work particularly well for you, please let me know.  I will give each photo a number, in case, to reduce confusion since they are versions of a whole.  Happy Spring!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

family photos from southeastern Kentucky

post #330
       Every once in a while I reach out to share photos by other photographers. Last week, in the great digital photography class at Morehead State that I'm TAKING, I was curious and asked to see Rachel Cook's work for our second project in the class - environmental portraiture. We were assigned to produce 80 photos as contact prints and then choose 6 - 8 of them to print.
        I thought her work was so evocative. It spoke to me. I asked her if I could post some of those photos and she said yes. Thank you, Rachel! 
       The photos were made at her home in Letcher County, Kentucky, over the spring break. They all live in her grandmother's house. It's a special kind of challenge to be making photos in such an intimate location where the people there have to sort of ignore what one member of the family is doing -- to say nothing of how hard it is to work with available light. I know this is the age of everyone taking photos of each other, but to show a slice of family life and family feeling is a whole other accomplishment. At least that's how I see it. Since I have this handy blog, I now hope visitors here can experience this slice as well, including the putting away of groceries and the caring for one another.

      My political plea for the week: the arts are so valuable in expressing who we are and the world we want to have. Please speak up for Arts Funding, and this includes the Kentucky Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Kentucky Educational Television (KET) and our brave and visionary citizen artists, like Rachel and the other members of our photography class. Seek truth and celebrate it.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

from northeastern Kentucky, but with some remaining English photos

post #329, on Sunday, April 2   --   Happy Birthday, today, to Ann Scott! 

       I'm looking forward to sharing some photos from a few of my classmates in my Morehead State University digital photography class. Next week. But today I have several photos from England that I have not yet shared. Though I had decided not to bring my best camera on the trip, for weight and weather considerations, I did have my 6s iPhone, an earlier Canon SLR I used to know how to work without thinking, and a Canon point and shoot. Since it did rain quite a bit, I'm glad I wasn't relying on my full frame Canon, but it turned out I was a bit awkward on the other two Canons. Sometimes even a thinking pause can thwart a good photo. And sometimes there's nothing like the iPhone's reliabilitly for certain shots.

First, a reminder of Snowshill Manor, house and fields. Try pronouncing it like the locals do - with 'now' sounding like now, as in 'right now.'

Thea's choice for the photo to show of the entrance of the house.

This March garden is located near that front door. Did you doubt me when I said it rained quite a bit??

Inside treasures included some costumes in the closet to try on!

Back in town, we try to stop by to see Christina -- of the threads collection fame -- who lives almost directly across the street from my stepmother. Gotta love the gate!

And it is even better when Christina opens it!! And when she doesn't let her beloved dog run out into the street!!
Please note: she is not as short as this photo may make it look like she is.

This is what is actually directly across the street from her red gate.

Next two more photos from Hidcote Gardens of a girl on the move:

and three more from the Airbnb where R and T were staying:

the kitchen/dining room window sill later in the week

Koala and the blanket traveled with us, but the bed was just waiting for them to arrive!

I love the spontaneity of this photo, and I wish I had for once requested that she give me one more try....
A brief note about a loss our community has had, when Larry Nethterton passed away Friday night. He was the National Public Radio go to in Eastern Kentucky, running the station from MSU --  WMKY -- that is currently celebrating 50 years on the air and whose funding is currently and sadly in peril.  I worked for him part time for several years, doing the PR and fundraisers. I am also friends with his wife, Mary Jo, and his daughter and mine are close as well. Larry, thank you for how hard you cared and worked and made a difference.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

an "on going" experiment

post #328
        3/19: There's no better time for trying something new than when there's no time to do what is usually done! Today I am leaving on a trip, and I haven't finished packing. Instead I just took some photos of my teenage neighbor Natalie with her goats for my photo class project. In the cold! This was the only time our schedules could work it out. 
       So, for the first time, I am going to use this one post to do a travel log for the week. I'm really excited to try this. I will eventually be in a different time zone; that means I will post when I can, and we will see what develops. I thank all the folks who visit this blog, and I will be back, right here, soon.  Bon voyage! 

       3/20: Greetings from ..... England!  Since this is where my stepmother lives, I've posted from here before over these last 6 blogging years. This time the visit is in March -- early spring here --  and my daughter and granddaughter came, too! 

....keeping the luggage "attended" while her mom parks the car, before we checked in at the Lexington airport. Doesn't the headline on the newspaper tell where we are??!!  in basketball land??!!

We're up and away! Our seats are in FRONT of the wings, so the air is clear. Lexington spreads out below. The plane is FULL .... meaning we are packed like sardines in a can.

I've always been fascinated by this water display in the Detroit Airport -- where we had two hours to run around and explore. Just your normal Sunday afternoon.....

        After our 7 hour flight to London, where we had plenty of room since the plane was half empty, we had a long line going through passport control. Then there's our two hour drive before finally arriving in Chipping Campden, in the Cotswolds. When we arrived, the day had barely started for everyone else! Kind of rainy today, gray skies, but signs of spring are in the hedges and daffodils are everywhere. Not to be forgotten -- all the lambs in the fields.

       Next: three views from the windows of the Airbnb where my daugher and granddaughter are staying since my stepmother lives in a small apartment. This place is beautiful, both the location (nearby Hidcote Boyce) and the accomodations!

This shows the road through this hamlet.
 The last three photos are along the street in Chipping Campden where the apartment is:

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AND SO IT IS!  3/22

Around town on Tuesday (5), out in the rain and visiting Snowshill Manor today (5), all while  having some interesting times!  Tomorrow will be R's time to take a turn at this posting thing.

a hedgehog on exhibit at the local library

next door to the library

newest shop, nearby

dedicated driver, back on Sheep Street

The English put flowers anywhere and everywhere. So amazing. So lovely.
Then today we went to the nearby hamlet of Snowshill, where a gentleman named Charles Wade found a home to hold his unusual personal collection of well made items, each with a story to go with them. Too hard to describe in a few words, but lots of fascinating and fun objects to see on a rainy day. 

photo by Rebecca Wright
 More tomorrow!
Greetings! My mother invited me (her daughter Rebecca) to share a few photos on her day-to-day blog this week. We are spending the week together visiting my grandmother (4 generations of women in the same place! Watch out world!) It's a joy to be here, surrounded by rolling green hills, the baa's of baby lambs, changing skies, and incredible flora. 
cruising  down a country road

listening to the bleats of babies and mamas

in the living room of a friend's house - so many fascinating objects!

at the public playground - a wild tunnel, with a wild child
Thanks, Rebecca, for sharing this blog with me today, 3/23/17! I am honored, or, as they spell in England, honoured!

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        Saturday, March 25, 2017 -- last part of this post! I am going to have to make these posts count for both this past week and this coming week since we will be traveling tomorrow. Thanks for coming along on this trip!  
         Today is finally fully sun and almost warm.  Yesterday we went to the famed Hidcote Gardens, very nearby. I'm sorry not to have had time to take many photos there and/or post them here. My suggestion to anyone is to visit this remarkable garden if ever there's a chance to do so.

   Two giant magnolias were stealing the show:
the first one we saw

the second one

Thea was our map keeper -- 30 sections to discover!

the view from the "bottom" of Hidcote Garden, following a lone walker across the fields

Stopping on a country road, looking at the manor house, then the view of the road one way and then the other:

oh those freestanding trees

and those freestanding sweetie pies, in front of tempting cakes

Looking forward to being back on this post April 2, no fooling....