Category Archives: Detail

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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Spring

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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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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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55/365: Winter Hibiscus

Snow on the hibiscus creates beautiful shapes.
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53/365: Slushy Rocks

The ice is finally melting.
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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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36/365: Moss

Horsetail moss I am pretty sure! Always so happy to see green this time of year.
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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.
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29/365: Frozen Twigs and Grasses

The little stream by my walk is an ever changing sculpture.
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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
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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.
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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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16/365: Old Beech Trunk

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

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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.
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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
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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.
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2/365: Watery Christmas Lights

Tomorrow the lights come down. Fog is covering the world and a few droplets of dew hang onto the bulbs
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I’m pretty sure this is a red Oak

it’s the last to hang on if anyone knows for sure let me know

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Winter berries

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My good friend posted this picture of her scarf done in wool jersey.

Stretchy Wool

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Frost and the leaves falling softly

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Split

Oak

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Edible??

Edible question mark

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Accomplishment.

Accomplishment.

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Woodland friend

To those of you who know about Woodland things here is a tree that I found that I hung out in a little while today. It is an oak tree and one of the pictures you can see little feces left behind by an animal friend. Who do you suppose he was what kind of animal leaves a trace like that

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Nature’s patterns

Abstract

Cows

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I love the use of useless objects for new uses.

We have one of those sink things that only screws into the sink so you have to use the drain piece that goes with it. The little nut on that broke yesterday so rather than buying a whole new piece Danny fixed this by using an old key that didn’t open anything. I love the use of useless objects for new uses. We keep everything and this is an example of why. Now it is like a little handle.
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I am thinking of posting a series of enigrammatic covers on FaceBook.

Peeling Paint

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Red

Red

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My father noticed the detail in all the small things.

He is with us when we notice them too and with every kind and loving word to family. Love you, Dad

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The hibiscus are so rich this year

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I finally felt as if my eyes were opening on my walk yesterday.

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Blackberries

Blackberries

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Sky

Sky

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Riches.

Riches

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Tiger Lilies

Can you see him? He was sipping the tiger lilies right outside the window

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Blackberries

Blackberries

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Blackberry picking.

Birdsong, insect song, silence.It is a thick tangle but sweet rewards. All over the hill behind studio; I wonder if I pull out the dead stuff after they all ripen if it will be easier next year. Of course, have to hope the guy doesn't brush hog it

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Tiger Lilies

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Red grasses at Heards Pond

Red grasses at Heards Pond

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Spring!

Spring

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Blossoms

Blossoms

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They are surviving!

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Daffodils

Daffodils

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7: Looking through

I saw a challenge of a topic of looking through and I thought the idea was fascinating I couldn’t find the challenge again but I still like the idea of the photo

Looking Through

5: Nest on a tree

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4: Pillow by Kenneth

When my son was in elementary school he sewed the small pillow in the center of this composition for me for Mother’s Day . The sunlight on it this morning struck me with such a memory of him when he was small

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3: It’s all about the light

Late afternoon on the hill the light is this color only a moment

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2: Boro stitches for an old army blanket

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I love stacking wood and am proud of this stack

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Seasons different here in Stoney creek blueberries are just coming in

Blueberry Muffins

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Worn away yet timeless.

Grief does things to the psyche. I think it rewires the hard drive.

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Butterfly

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Water lily

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Quiet

Quiet.

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Monarch

Monarch

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In Sudbury.

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This was once a tree.

Once a tree

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I went wading the other morning.

Ha!!! Would like to identify these flowers. They were in the Cove at Squam.

Yellow Flowers

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Fringed polygala

Fringed Polygala

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Peach blossoms in our yard

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The first daffodil buds of spring.

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Hay bales

Even though its into December, this verdant new growth is sprouting out of the hay bales.

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When there are so many things to do, one thing at a time can work, if I can stick to it.

One thing at a time

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Thinking about grasses

Its always such a whoosh when I finish a major work. I am thinking about grasses now. New research to begin.

I am thinking of grass as one of the oldest semi complex plant forms. It will exist after we are all gone. And existed before, also.

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It begins here

It begins here

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12 of 12 for October 2011

twelve and twelve for October. My family was up at Squam and I was here in Stony Creek. So 900 miles apart twelve and twelve!

Barb and Dot head out for a kayakOn the Dock—with InvictusBuckets for the Dye Project  Outdoor Studio Stove setup Abstraction Experiments Dog Paw Pieces for the greyhound auction Elbow Socks Elbow Socks I love my dad and my sisters Out the end of Center Harbor Neck. Sure wish I was there. My mother took all these pictures for me. So my spirit was there.

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12 of 12 for July 2011

This was a quiet day at my folks house in Sudbury, just enjoying their company and doing ordinary things.

Setting up for computer tutorial, teaching Mom Mac OS and Microsoft Dad built me a beautiful cover for my pot. It is marine plywood. This is one of my chosen sculpturesDad's sculpture studio is the coolest place in the house except for the basement. He does direct carving in wood. Its four hours later and Mom is still studying, working on the church archives The hundred degree heat blasts the hollyhocks Cant get too far with packing. Its too hot. Looking at the items in the archives as Mom works on them. What a sense of place, there are boxes with three nails....from 1815, nails from the steeple. I went to get my laundry after supper. The light on the daylilies was lovely and just a hot moon over the house across the street. When I came back in, the dishes were done!

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12 of 12 for June 2011

Everything set up and waiting in the morning, the car is a windbreak dyes are set up waiting for the cans The cows wanted to learn too at ten twenty it will be done! Ready for a jar Yolanda is getting her art samples ready No, its not me, its Emily!!!! Stage two going on ready for arashi beautiful colors as the samples come out Can you believe it all came out of a jar? Emilys beautiful art work of a scarf and some people dyed many skeins

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12 of 12 for March 2011

I have been sketching my daily sketch. When I start the morning this way, all the day falls into place. Went for a morning walk to walk the dog. The view from the mountainside We think this was a wingbark elm tree the first irises in the woods I went to lunch with a new friend, 86 years old, in this Natahala this restaurant looked out at the kayakers the antique kayak paddle display this kayaker had the most interesting tiny little kayak and his hands were his paddles with little hand paddles I dont know what these little kayaks are called. The lily pad piece for Nancy Allen is finally taking shape. the final composition the last vestiges of sun on the peaks behind Sunset over the mountain

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Snow and sun

 View from my front yard Sun on the mountains off the back porch Nature's abstractions Contrast of form and line Wall texture Light is incredible the snow traces lines of the branches Calligraphic dance The sun was just shining through, so beautiful10.jpg I could not believe the sun and the mist. Taken from the porch of the old house, the same hills, seen from the house on the hill13.jpg

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Birthday Twelve of Twelve December 12

I began my December Twelve Birthday in front of the fireplace, painting the wood pile I can see a snow storm is brewing looking out the front door. We are hunkered down. Just a little melted snow from the last storm in the side yard. The rain came first you can see the clouds behind our new house we will be renting We went up to check the water pipes and this is how it looks from up there I like the yard of the new house and feeling close to the storm clouds. We went to the wood pile at the shop and loaded up the truck. Plenty of wood to keep warm! this is what I was drawing. Snow began around midday. This is the back yard from the back porch.10.jpgEarly evening but it is dark with the beginning powdering of snow. Dan cooked us Steaks for my birthday dinner in front of the fireplace on the little grill.

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Tabletop Jacquard Loom

who wants one

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12 of 12 for November 2010

Before dawn, at five, up for the day. Practicing making the bed when I get up. Here is my room in Atlanta. On my way to class field trip for the afternoon, around two pm. This is the kind of contrast I see as I drive away from my house.During breakfast, Junco is looking at her weave sample. I will help her make the files today. Turning the corner into Midtown, around a quarter of a mile away. Proof that it is really seventy degrees here, sitting in traffic, which is the norm if you go anywhere in Atlanta Proof that it is really seventy degrees here, sitting in traffic, which is the norm if you go anywhere in Atlanta So I couldnt resist a little story, about what it is like driviing here. As you can see from his bumper, the gentleman in the car before me has had altercations before. He was too impatient to wait for the car in front of him, which turned. He made his quick move to nowhere. And to my right, it is clear which direction everyone is going. There is a lot of cars sitting idling all the time in Atlanta. Today, mine was included. I try to avoid driving when I will be sitting idling, adding to the carbon.To my left, the river of traffic on I 85 below the bridge Here we are in front of the Contemporary to visit an artist. Three students showed up...oh well! They got the benefit! A bridge to nowhere. Notice the train running beneath it. The bridge just sits up there, no road attached to it. There are a lot of contrasts in color and texture in the city scape if you look for it. Sadly, the razor ribbon is necessary. Speak to our future? In the evening, Junco and I dressed up to go to her art opening. This ended our day It was a very good opening.

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12 of 12 for October 2010

I shot my twelve of twelve yesterday, and saw my brother’s just now before posting. It is almost frightening how alike we are. I shot it all with the Photo Booth on my laptop.

At seven am, Here I am early in the morning, deep in thought. After the faculty meeting, I went to Yoga. Standing poses today. Then home for lunch between activities.  I had a chicken salad sandwich for lunch.  Then upstairs to work on the letter some more.  out the door. Took a second to look at the Atlanta version of fall foliage.  Next stop the gym.  Then to hide in the slide library  And after the meeting, I got to go have dinner with a friend.

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12 of 12: A breathless morning in August

Twelve of Twelve. A breathless morning in August for August twelfth. Work to be done, work in progress, the work of living, things growing, close to the earth

This mushroom is six inches across Wood waits to be cut and split Stacked and drying, ready to go into the cellar The lush growth down in the holler. Things grow when you turn around Black walnut dye has fermented for two years A writing spider built a web on the clothesline Tomatoes ripening Zucchini tiny and growing Laundry waiting to be hung The corn is taller than Nora's head crabapple graft is ripe for apple jelly The Panzer and the lawn tractor waiting to do their jobs

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June 12 of 12

The June 12 of 12 theme is the collapsed relativity of time. My guises, thoughts and perambulations

Mom and dad continue their intellectual voyagesa hand made imitation of a dugout canoe by American(probably Algonquin)materials from the old outhouse will be incorporated into the walk waydan is deep in thought and measurementsLow tech and high results. What you can do with a fifty dollar electric chain saw!the inspiration wall for the lily pads to remind me for this summers dyeingand the dog paws to stitchtracks left behind from rescued greyhoundssoon to be shaped and stitchedwhen it rains on the lake it is time for introspectionand Emily is busy working at her new grad school program. how time does flyhard to believe Reilley is three now, and I will see him day after tomorrowthe home place the day before I left, I hear it is a drought and 100 degrees there now

 

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Rain on the lake

Rain on the lake

In center harbor, at the Library. Spent my first night at squam last night. Peace, joy, serenity. As I walked into center harbor to do some work today, the carillon was playing a hymn in the square. All is well.

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Ice-covered Cattails

This was taken outside Troy, New York, during the Ice Storm last year. I am thinking of the way Nature’s creations are presented to us daily, each with a particular light and sensibility

Ice-covered Cattails

 

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I am having fun posting pictures from my week vacation.

Here is my outdoor setup where I was dyeing

Dyeing

And here is the work on the table inside my studio

Work in progress

I also moved a lot of wood!!! Excellent weight bearing exercise for my bones

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Photos of the ice storm December 2008

There was an ice storm in Goshen in the winter of 2008.  It is hard to imagine it was this long ago.  There was so much ice and snow; we were visiting New England over Christmas. We were stranded with good friends, plenty of food, no elecricity or water for over a week. 

I took so many pictures.  The light in the ice was an infinite maze of line and form.   am fascinated by the close up view, the way soft forms are encased in the ice, wish I could learn to manipulate glass and recreate it. It was like being in a crystal palace.

December 2008 Ice Storm 

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