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A viola player by the tug of my heart, sidetracked by a career in technology. My favourite programming language is solder, and I'm a ham radio operator because it's an excuse to build lots of strange stuff.
I started a photo blog because of the beauty I first saw in Eric Tenin's Paris Daily Photo. Through him, I discovered the City Daily Photo ring, and I thought I'd give it a whirl. I'm not as dedicated as he is though, so I do miss some days.
This is from the night of the lunar eclipse. The evening started with a high, thin overcast and got progressively thicker and more opaque. I got up every half hour to see if it got any better, but it didn't. This is the best of the lot, hours before the eclipse began.
A group of photobloggers post a photo of their skies each Friday - it's called Skywatch Friday. Click the link to see photos from round the world.
We got a little snow. I think it was 5 inches here in the city. We're used to it. The city has these dump trucks with plows to push the snow off the street. I might complain that they push it up onto the sidewalk (where I have to shovel it) but it's much better than having to drive through it.
After choir practice, out for a run with the dogs. They are very good, and don't wander far so we let them off the leash. It might be illegal but I haven't made a point of inquiring as to the specifics of leashes in this part of the cemetery. There aren't any graves here so I don't feel bad about the dogs walking about.
The German Shepherd Dog in the foreground is a recent rescue. Her name is Lana. She's a wonderful, lovely dog. Very calm, very relaxed and very relaxing. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog in the background has been with us a while now. Her name is Femme, and she's clearly relaxed around Lana. Here, they share a bed. The only thing missing is the kitten, who really likes to cuddle with Lana.
Apparently this seed drifted onto the pond during the day and was iced in when the surface froze during the night. I'm embarrassed to say that I don't know the type of tree off the top of my head. When I find my field guide I'll look it up!
I'm still getting used to the new camera. It's going to take a while I think. The lens that comes with it is very good for indoor distances. Plus, it's warm inside!
This is a hand made 'Angel candle'. The man who made it tells me that as it burns, it will leave the edges intact, and will look like an angel's wings. It's made of beeswax, rolled with a rolling pin and then gently twisted. Very beautiful. It's nice to see someone keeping traditional methods alive.
This is Savannah. She likes to sit on my lap when I'm at the computer. Her typing isn't very good though, so if you spot any mistakes you can blame her :-) Like all the other critters in the house, she's a rescue. Although she looks grumpy, it's only the way her features are arranged. She's actually a very lovable cat. It seems crazy that Persians come from a hot desert region of the world Her fur (hair?) is very, very long. I can pet her all day, but combing that fur is something she'll tolerate for only a few moments before running off.
This morning was chilly: 14F (-10C) - and the windows were a little frosty upstairs. I guess I need to look into sealing them better! The ice crystals are so interesting though...
We're accustomed to this sort of weather here, but I feel for our European friends and family who are not. What's worse for them, they have a lot of snow; we haven't had to shovel yet, and the ground here is bare.
This is the pond in Vale. I'm standing on the south bank, where the sun shines through the gap in the trees. The sun doesn't shine nearly as much on the north bank, and that's where the ice begins to form.
I don't know if they're still called that, but this wonderful lady is what I'd call a crossing guard. She makes sure that drivers let school children and their parents get across the busy street safely.
She always has a smile, in all kinds of weather. She stays warm by sitting in her car when she's not escorting pedestrians. We wave at each other just about every day as I head off to work. It's always nice to see a familiar face.
When the frost hit, we moved as many of our flowers inside as we could. Well, inside isn't quite right either; these are on an unheated porch. It gets the morning sun for a little while. Wouldn't you know it - it's blooming again! Protected from the wind, the porch probably hasn't got much below freezing yet. I wouldn't say they're thriving, but they sure haven't given up yet!
This is one of the first photos I've taken with my new Panasonic DMC-G1. It's one of the micro four thirds cameras. I'll have to see how I like it compared to the old Coolpix 950. I already like being able to easily adjust shutter speed and F-stop!