Yearly Archives: 2015

Artist Struggles

I discussed the publishing of this photo with my brother, because it is such a personal story of an artist’s discouragement; it is from the artist journal of my late father.   This is poignant for me as it echoes the place I am in my own work; that struggle for vision.

70 Journal Connections

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  1. the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language.
    “the syntax of English”
    • a set of rules for or an analysis of this.
      plural noun: syntaxes
      “generative syntax”
    • the branch of linguistics that deals with this.
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This is a post about posting.  I get errors every time I post.  Warning! Warning! It is anxiety inducing.  The search for inspiration is meant to be calming. Perhaps this obstacle is wind in the road.

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Time to go for a walk


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Jacquard: Squam

These are some Jacquard fabrics that were created from photographs of Great Island in the early morning. First I photographed, then painted and drew.  I scanned the drawings into the computer and then created six end satin weaves from this.  It is an end on end warp and at that time, at Rhode Island School of Design, the loom was new and Phil, the operator, would allow us to bring as many yarns as we wanted so I had twelve weave structures to play with and unlimited yarn mixing.  It is an end on end black white upholstery warp and it is a 27 inch repeat, so will work for upholstery.

More of my Jacquard collections can be found here.

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Time has gotten away already

The half hour for blogging got eaten up by registering a vehicle.  My schedule has changed.  10:30-11:00 blog work.

This exercise of looking at the posts is very interesting.  I have a new impetus now, to look.  I must, however, always respect the Muse.

May 6 schedule

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Time Scheduling Being in the World

The water droplets  on this iris bud appeared at 5:30 last night.  I am certain that this bud existed precisely as this photo captured it for less time than it takes me to write this sentence.  There are so many things in the world.  In order to find my path, I need to schedule time to look at it.  Today I squeezed in half an hour for concentration. I posted today’s schedule below.  I can reflect, tonight, if I deviated, and, if so, why.image image

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Fully Spring

It is finally fully spring.  I miss the jacquard looms.  This kind of image always makes me think of weaving.  I love the light in the greenish yellow and the gray.

It is finally fully spring. I miss the jacquard looms. This kind of image always makes me think of weaving. I love the light in the greenish yellow and the gray.

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Random Accident Sculpture

What Happens if you pour Molten Aluminum in a Watermelon?

I love molten aluminum, ever since I watched the aluminum pours at RISD as a graduate student.  So when I came across this video, I knew it would be a completely unexpected thing.  To melt aluminum in the back yard, to make such a discovery- would be a very fine thing.

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Turtle Shell

I  found this turtle shell sitting right on the tip of the hill waiting for me on researching I found turtle shells can signify protection and renewal and spiritual associations


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The cows are saying hello


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Earthworks Video

Video from EarthWorks

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It is very interesting.  I have found, over the years, that I often find the most difficult way to do something, and then I do that. I had many talks with my father concerning this very thing.  This photo is during the last walk we had together.  We were discussing the merits of crossing a stream on slippery rocks.


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Learning Curves

So I understand that now, thanks to my brother the angel, I have a new web site complete with blog. I have no idea how to drive it. But I like myself and my art as reflected here.

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I have renewed vigor in my art practice

Yesterday someone I love very dearly worked with me all day and reminded me of this so it’s very poignant that this is today’s saying


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Appalachian Spring

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Top 10 Japanese Stab Binding Tutorials on the Internet


Japanese Stab Bindings by Erinzam

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My newest body of work is all about water. And I have been working on this for several years; timely, as it turns out.

Megadrought Risk Growing For United States, Climate Models Show

Megadrought Risk Growing For United States, Climate Models Show

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Mountain Light

Mountain Light

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Some of my father’s work waiting to be catalogued

Waiting to be catalogued

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“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” —Henry Ford

Against the wind

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What to do with artist’s work after death can be vexing


Marcy Pitts looks over artwork left by her longtime companion, Glen Whittaker.

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68/365 Cathedral Ceiling

I felt so close to God
 Cathedral Ceiling
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67/365 Sudbury Snow

My mother’s house was almost buried in the snow!!!
Sudbury Snow
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Mars lost ocean of water to space

Mars lost ocean of water to space

About 4 billion years ago, a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, say researchers, but Mars has lost 87 percent of it to space.

Martian Maritime

NASA scientists have determined that a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean and that the Red Planet has lost 87 percent of that water to space. Image credit: NASA/GSFC

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66/365: Dog in a Bag

This little doggie was in the seat next to me in the airplane when I went to Massachusetts. Her owner paid for her passage. I had never seen a doggie riding in a bag. It was counted as Luggage.

Dog in a Bag


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The more we see the less we know.

Clearest pictures ever of free-falling snowflakes

Research suggests that our iconic view of snowflakes as “perfect” isn’t true.

Crystal clear

A new camera has taken the clearest pictures of snowflakes ever taken, showing that our iconic view of snowflakes as “perfect” isn’t true.

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65/365: Before Dawn

The colors and the snow…. it was below zero on March 6 before dawn.

Before Dawn


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64/365: incoming weather

It is hard to believe that warm storm coming in a month ago. I am a month behind on uploading and now there will be a storm of uploads.

Incoming weather

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63/365: Wire Sketch

A student sketching with wire in three dimensional gesture.

63:365 Wire Sketch

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“Everything you are comes from your choices.” —Jeff Bezos


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We can begin to see but true sight is far beyond empirical observation.

First photo of light as particle and wave

At last … a wavicle! Who thought we’d ever see a single photo of light’s dual nature as both a particle and a wave?


This image shows the dual nature of light – its property of being both a wave and a particle – a property known since 1905, but never before witnessed in this way by human eyes.

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62/365: Hair

My friend put my hair in three braids. It was the only picture today.

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At the car wash!!


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61/355: Wet Bark

It is rainy and snow just about gone. The world is brown and grey. Yet the subtleties of color in this bark stand out.
Wet Bark

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60/365: Finally Melting

It will be gone as fast as it came.

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Resist Dye at Penland

I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching a Resist Dye Class at Penland School of Crafts October 18-24 of this year. Details coming!


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59/365: feathers

These feathers fell in the yard. They are from a Northern Flicker probably attacked and munched by a Cooper’s Hawk.

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58/365: Sun Appears

I have been in the house two weeks, only out twice. Now the sun is coming out and will melt this snow away. Probably will not see any again until next year.

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57/365: It snowed again on Stoney Creek!

I could not resist the snow and the stream.

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Snow on trees

Snow on trees

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56/365 Cows Dwarfed by the Mountain

Sometimes I am just overwhelmed by the scale of things as I pass by. The hills are steep and rise sharply out of the meadows. The cows look very small against the mountainside

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55/365: Winter Hibiscus

Snow on the hibiscus creates beautiful shapes.
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54/365: Morning Commute

I have to walk to my truck. The snow is melted but I still cant safely navigate the driveway. So I begin my morning journey to school by foot
Morning Commute

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53/365: Slushy Rocks

The ice is finally melting.
Slushy Rocks

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52/365: Brown Blue Gray

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I have had such fun this week exploring tones. These images of the country side are almost black and white even without doing anything to them. I was always taught early on my first photographer teacher was all about capturing the shot and the full frame.

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The shovel

This is my driveway I have been shoveling this week. I put a picture of my shovel. Here is the conversation I had with Emily:

Me: “It took me 6 Hours to shovel the Driveway which is .10 mile.”
Emily: “You need a better shovel.”
Me: “Here is a picture of my shovel.”
Emily: “You mean you really DO need a better shovel!”
I need a new shovel


I need a new shovel

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51/365: Cool Water

Tones of sky and water echoed in the snow reflect the atmosphere
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50/365: Red echoed

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It has been quite a week, we have been snowed in all week.
I think the tones in this echo the storm as it leaves for 24 hours…. soon to return

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48/365: Color without Color

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We have a lot of snow for Tennessee. I am enjoying taking pictures of it while it lasts. It is fun that the theme this week is tones because it is one of my favorite subjects anyway. It is giving more impetus to my daily shots.
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47/365: shed on a hillside

This is for the tonal challenge. The sepia tones are unaltered. It is exactly as it looked on my walk.
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Off to walk in the snow yay

Walk in the snow

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46/365: First Snow: Before Dawn

Uploading these now, a week later, I had no idea the snow that was in store. I thought this was a lot! The color of this is exactly as it was this early morning. It is often very very blue. The sun rises over the mountains to the right out of the picture, hence the pink reflection on the shed.

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“Justice does not mean equality, even among men.”

“Justice does not mean equality, even among men. It means treating unequals unequally — giving an A to a student who answered 95 out of 100 questions correctly and an F to a student who answered only 45.
“Many traditional societies, like those of classical Greece and Confucian China, saw justice as essentially an inequality, a harmony among different things: organs in the body, members in a family, heavenly bodies in the cosmos, musical notes in a song, classes in the state, faculties in the soul. The President is not necessarily a superior person to his military chief of stati but his office is. Justice demands the chief of staff obey his “superior”, even if the latter has shortcomings.
“Fourth, resentment against some kind of superiority is one of the seven deadly sins. It is called envy, and it is the only sin that never gave anyone any kind of pleasure at all.
“In the Divine Comedy, Dante discovers that there are many unequal levels even in heaven. He asks Piccarda, who is on heaven’s lowest level, whether she is not discontented with her lowly place and whether she longs to move up closer to God, to see more of God and receive more joy. Her answer is that no one in heaven is dissatisfied with his place or envious of anyone else: “From seat to seat throughout this realm, to all the realm is pleasing. [That is, each citizen is pleased with the kingdom as a whole; the whole is present to each individual.] For in his will, our hearts have found their peace. T. S. Eliot called this the profoundest line in all human literature.”

From Angels and Demons: What Do We Really Know about Them? by Dr. Peter Kreeft; Ignatius Press 1995. Reprinted with permission of the author.
Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and also at the King’s College (Empire State Building), in New York City.

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44/365: Red Flag

Many people fly the flag of Tennessee together with the Stars and Stripes here. The flag against the weather is a meaningful statement to me.

Red flag

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43/365: What’s around the next bend??

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I have a new place to walk. I am working with different compositions on this road. You will probably see more shots of this road.

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42/365: Heading to the Next Stop

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I spend a lot of time in my truck, since I teach at several different schools.
I liked the pop of magenta on this sign. Plus, this was the only picture I took that day, ha ha

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41/365: Snowstorm Coming

I did not realize I had caught this until I looked back!
Snowstorm Coming

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40/365: snow in the woods

I wanted to capture cool blue calm.
Snow in the Woods

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39/365: Snow in the path

There was something about the color and the form of these tracks that struck me.
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38/365: Under the Ground

Along the banks, there are many places where I can see the roots as they are underground. I love getting a chance at these little glimpses. Even though there is air to these roots, the plants still grow.

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37/365: On the Mountain

I am so happy to have a whole mountain to walk up.

On the Mountain

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36/365: Moss

Horsetail moss I am pretty sure! Always so happy to see green this time of year.

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35/365: “I better snap a picture!”

Again, the only one of the day, on 11 E heading to work. Well part of being a community is snapshots into our lives, right?? It is snowing hard now and I will be going out soon, today I will have a lot to choose from.
Better snap a picture

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34/365: Love

It is clear to me that at the beginning of February I was busy! This is the only photo I took on February 3. It is a bracelet my Daughter Emily gave me. It is a symbol of a Mothers love, and it says Mom on it. I took this picture to show her how it looked.

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33/365: Three Trees

Here is another example of the only picture in a day. I was on my way to work, at the BP Station in Blountville near the Cracker Barrel.
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32/365: Abandoned House

I pass this house every day on my walk. I always wonder about the people who lived there.

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31/365: Spring..?.

It always amazes me to see these on the last day of January. These brave daffodil shoots always come out at the end of January. It will be another six weeks or so before we see blossoms. Today it is snowing and I will photograph them when I go by them.


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30/365: Beech Friend

Here is another tree friend from my walk.
I am very behind on my posting but I want the 365 community to know I have been viewing and enjoying the pictures and hope I am still a part of! My friends the trees are enjoying their momentary fame.
Beech friend

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29/365: Frozen Twigs and Grasses

The little stream by my walk is an ever changing sculpture.
Frozen twigs

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28/365: Vertical Frozen Mud

Who knew mud could freeze in a vertical configuration. I think it had to do with the way the water trickled down the hill. I looked at my feet when it began crunching
Vertical Mud

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27/365: Cold Sunrise

The snow was piling up in New England. Here in Stoney Creek we had echoes, flurries, and cold sunshine.
Cold sunrise

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26/365: Student Experiments: Dominant and Subordinate

So today was the first day of 3d Design Class. These students have never made anything three dimensional; all their art experience is drawing and painting. I tasked them with bringing in things from home and/or using what they found in the classroom and experimenting with what it was like to make three dimensional drawings; to attach materials together to make something that might stand up or take up space.. They were to have either Line, Plane, or Volume be dominant

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25/365: Jan 25 me

So as Jim always says, some days there is only one photo on the camera roll and today it was this one, orchestrated by me, taken by someone else; it was a Good Morning! to my daughter, who sent me a BitStrip of herself.

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A Point of View: Why tyrants are afraid of art and beauty

Beauty – and art – may seem unnecessary luxuries, but they are as essential to our survival as food and water, argues AL Kennedy.

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24/365: Winter Pond

It doesn’t snow very often here and the water does not freeze over. I felt lucky to capture this pond. Luckily the bull has been taken away for the winter.
Winter pond

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23/365: Secret Keeper

There is an ancient legend that trees are secret keepers. I wonder how many secrets this one has.
Secret keeper

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22/365: Another Sunrise

I do not ever get tired of the sunrise. It gives me hope and strength.
Another sunrise

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21/365: Chinking

I was invited to the Exchange Place in Kingsport to do a presentation of my work. I had never been there and the seventeenth century log cabin construction was so beautiful. The old wood and the chinking are incredible.

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20/365: Happy Anniversary!!

Our dear dear friends gave us these beautiful jars of vegetables from their garden, each with a beautifully tied Bow, for our Anniversary Present.
It deserved a photo.
The hassock is waiting to be resurrected it is quite old. It is an object of memory. The hassock and the canned goods on the hearth together all represent family

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19/365: Finished!

I had to commemorate this day. I began this piece in Summer of 2012 just before my father passed away. It was to be for him. It has taken me three years to finish. It has been a block in my work and now that it is finished I am able to move on. I am very pleased with the outcome.

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18/365: Sky: the One Shot…

My brother’s wise advice is that the one photo you take might be the only one….this was out through the wind shield, and the first sunny day in a week. Now you all can ride down the Tennessee Highway with me.

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17/365: Beech Tree

This is my new friend the beech tree. I am behind in uploading my photos…school started this week! I try to walk at least 6 days a week and found this on my walk on Jan 16, the day I posted the bark photo.

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16/365: Old Beech Trunk

I love the form in this rotting wood as it returns to the earth


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15/365: Yes it really was this color

I know this is blurry. But the color was so amazing at sunrise I had to post it.
It subsequently was fog and rain all day.

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14/365: there are miracles in the small things

Today on my walk there were so many tiny miracles everywhere. Every juxtaposition of color, of texture, of light is a beautiful tapestry that is ever changing.

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13/365: Rubber Snake on a Chain

We have rubber snakes on the chains of the lawn swing in hope that they will keep the birds from landing there and doing what birds do.
Rubber snake

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12/365: Mist on the Mountains

I love the way this defines the shapes of the mountains I always call these mountains the folded hills

Mist on the Mountains

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11/365: Six Pods

These are pods that are hanging on for next years fertilizing they will become bright magenta hibiscus flowers
Six pods

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10/365: Image


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9/365: What Happens When a House is Dismantled

Humans leave detritus. What will an archaeologist find in 5000 years?
As an aside, I discovered the reflection in the window afterwards.

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8/365: Magenta Hills

The mountains really are this color sometimes. When we first moved to Tennessee I used to call it the impossible colors.
Magenta hills

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7/365: Incoming Snowstorm

It never ceases to amaze me how you can see the weather change over the distant mountains. The sun was shining so brightly in one part of the sky, but there was a snowstorm in the distance.
Incoming snowstorm

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6/365: sunrise

Sometimes when I step out the side door the sunrise takes my breath away.

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5/365: temp still life

Cold afternoon. We have all sorts of strange stuff hanging all around. The metal is cold and the wall is cold and the light is cold.
Temp Still Life

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4/365: Road to where?

There was an abandoned school bus at the end of this gravel road. I could imagine all kinds of stories for this image.
Road to where

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