Monday, October 20, 2014

Looking back…

If you read my last blog post, you know that I had three photos entered in the Massasoit Art Guild Annual Art Show.  I am pleased to report that I took home an Honorable Mention ribbon for my photo “Pod” in the Digitally Altered Photography category.  If you saw what I was up against, you would be impressed with that.  The photo that won the category was taken by my friend Paulette Adams.  It was an absolutely fabulous photo of two hats taken at Old Sturbridge Village and it was a very deserving winner, indeed.

I have been so busy since September, that I feel like I have left a lot of photos in the lurch so I am going to spend some time going back.  I hope to have more time to catch up with everyone's blogs soon also.

My daughter Carrie and I picked an absolutely pristine early autumn day to visit Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  The Shakers are an interesting lot and if you are ever in this area, a trip to the village is highly recommended.  But you had better hurry.  They close in early November for the season.

Soon after our visit, I spied a copy of Down East magazine and, lo and behold, the cover story was about the last three remaining Shakers who live near New Gloucester, Maine.  I won’t get into the gist of the article, but if you are interested in the Shakers, click HERE, for a link to the story.

Hancock Shaker Village is a true Shaker village that was settled in the 1780s.  I took a lot of photos of this beautiful place and will post a few today.  It is truly a gift to be simple.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Judgment Day Is Coming…

...and I'm thinking some Willy-Nilly thoughts about it.

This weekend the 11th Annual Art Show of the Massasoit Art Guild is being held at the Spencer, Massachusetts, Town Hall.  If you are around and have some time, the show goes on from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.  I’m pushing this because I am a member of the Guild and have three photos in the show.  I don’t expect to win anything, because I have seen the work of others who are going to enter the show, but I’m going for it anyhow.

The thing about preparing for a show like this for me is that I have to go through and evaluate my own work.  I find that incredibly difficult.  You see, I know what I like but I don’t have a clue what might or might not appeal to others.  In the end, after long and hard consideration, I sort of closed my eyes and picked three of my photos and had them framed.  Of course, now I am wondering if I shouldn’t have picked something else.  Here are the ones I am entering:

I have a photo that I really like and spent some time on trying to make it work for the show, but no matter how much I messed with it or how I cropped it, I just couldn’t get it right.  That’s frustrating.  Wondering what you think.  I like it but can’t put my finger on what's wrong with it.  It’s this one:

This morning I took the time to adhere the identification stickers to the backs of the photos.  The IDs ask for the artist’s name, the name of the picture, what category it belongs in and what the price is.  I could remember my name and what I decided to name the photos, but I’ll be damned if I could remember the number of the category they belong in or the price I put on the entry form I sent in a few weeks ago.  I was not happy.  I usually agree with Rita Mae Brown’s quote, but not this morning.

I want to acknowledge an old friend of ours, Newton Frost.  Newton was a true Renaissance man and a member of the Massasoit Art Guild.  Sadly, he passed away in March of 2012, but three of his paintings are hanging on the walls of this house.  Whenever I look at one, I remember him and know that he lives on through his art and that’s a wonderful legacy.

Linking to Tanya's Willy-Nilly Friday 5!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


The stripped and shapely

Maple grieves
The ghosts of her
Departed leaves.

The ground is hard,

As hard as stone.
The year is old,
The birds are flown.

And yet the world,

In its distress,
Displays a certain

-   John Updike, A Child's Calendar

I love it!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Good Fences Keep Out the Riff-Raff...

"Hey, Whitey, what the heck is that down there?"

"Well, Henry, I think it smells like a Pug!"

"Sure enough, y'all.  It's a pug."

"Thanks goodness for fences."

Linking to The Run*A*Round Ranch Report's Good Fences!

Thanks, Theresa!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Rust Never Sleeps at Three Sisters Sanctuary…

The photography group I belong to meets tomorrow evening.  At our last meeting, we decided on the subject “Rust” as our assignment.  Personally, I think rust is a terrific photographic subject, but it’s not always so easy to find a good supply of rust.  Sooooo, in September,  I got in touch with my daughter, Carrie, and asked her if she wanted to take a little ride out to Goshen, Massachusetts, to Three Sisters Sanctuary because I knew that I could find rust there.

SPOILER ALERT!  If you are a member of the Massasoit Art Guild Photo Group, you’re going to be seeing these shots tomorrow night.  Just so you know.

This shot is not of rust, per se, but there is a rusty fence in the background.

I have to recommend Three Sisters Sanctuary as a cool place to wander around.  There is much more to it than a lot of rust.  It’s billed as a place “where nature and art are joined” and is the brain child of environmental artist Richard M. Richardson.  Here’s a link to the web-site:  Three Sisters Sanctuary.  If you find yourself near Goshen, Massachusetts, you should stop in.



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Good Rockefeller Fences…

One of the things I like best about photography is that it allows one to time travel.  That’s what I’m going to do today.  I’m going back to August 28 of this year, when Greg and I were in Maine visiting our friends, Linda and Brian Friedmann.

Linda and Brian own a camp on a beautiful lake in Maine not too far from Acadia.  We were lucky to get to spend a couple nights with them on our way home from Nova Scotia.  We were also lucky that they happened to have four tickets to the opening of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor.  This garden is open to the public only once a week in late July, August and early September, so we were very fortunate to get to go.

I don’t think much needs to be said about the beauty of this place so I will let the photos do the talking.

The walls that surround the garden were spectacular in their own right.  For my purposes here, I’m going to call them fences, because that’s really their function and it allows me to hook up with Theresa’s Good Fences.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Confessions of a closet peeper…

We complain a fair amount about leaf peepers here in New England.  This time of year, the traffic gets heavier, people drive like maniacs and there are more busses on the road.  Getting from point A to point B can sometimes be challenging.  Even so, Greg and I are not above doing a little leaf peeping ourselves.  In truth, it was our plan to load Olive, the pug, into the car and to drive up into southern Vermont this weekend to see how the leaves are changing there, but things conspired against us and we never made it.  So yesterday, even though the weather was a bit overcast, we went ahead and did a short tour of Vermont.

Starting out here in south central Massachusetts, the day was pretty nice.  The sky was mostly blue but the leaves are quite a way from being at peak.

Still even here, now and then, we saw patches of true autumn color.

As we traveled north and west, the sky got more and more overcast, but the leaves were more and more colorful.

Of course, it is my humble opinion that Vermont is the most beautiful place in this country no matter what the time of year, but in the fall, it has beauty that is beyond words.

Driving around staring at all that color makes one a bit peckish, so as we were heading home, we pulled into a little place that sold ice cream and each had a small cone.  This is what a pug looks like when she thinks that she deserves a lick of your ice cream.  She can hold that pose for quite a while.

It was a nice day in spite of the less than stellar weather.
  I just love this time of year!