Category Archives: PhotoImage

Lenses, Filters and Apps! Oh My!

IMG_3566leaf480Another day, another distraction--a good one, mind you, if you have Iphone images to tweak while waiting for the dentist. Or a shopping wife.Aviary was bought by Adobe last year. Their IOS image editing app--for the rest of November--offers LOTS of free filters, overlays and other add-ons costing (if not worth) $200.Introducing the New Photo Editor by Aviary,  Now Part of the Adobe Family — Aviary BlogNovember on Goose Creek is incomplete without the illusory leaf-caught-in-mid-fall image. Thank you, parachute spiders, for the random silk from a tree branch … Continue Reading ››

Ineffable. But Effing Anyway.

radians_480I will consult my physics buddy to help explain in scientific terms this not-uncommonly observed way that light through pine needles displays as radians along concentric circles of light.  On the other hand,  understanding the chemistry of the paint doesn't add to our appreciation of a masterful work of art.I see this display often,  but a photograph that captures this phenomenon is rare in my archives, other than memory.Rarer still--a once in a lifetime experience for me, and the window is closing--is the view of radians, that quite by accident, I observed … Continue Reading ››

The Fragrance of Fall

“At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing depth within itself, darkness, something of the grave almost.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters on Cézanne

True Colors

This year's fall foliage gets very high marks for intensity, variety and duration of color.No late tropical storms have blown away the leaves just at their prime. No persistent droughts or drowning floods have afflicted the southern mountains to disappoint piedmont leaf-peepers with a view of bare branches or bland vistas for their efforts to reach the Blue Ridge Parkway.But the prize, to my mind, goes to the oaks this year. They have delayed the rich browns to dwell in the reds for far longer than is usual. [My personal every-year favorite in our woods is the beech, pictured here, … Continue Reading ››


Refugiuman area where conditions have enabled a species or a community of species to survive after extinction in surrounding areas. An area in which a population of organisms can survive through a period of unfavorable conditions;  an area of relatively unaltered climate that is inhabited by plants and animals during a period of continental climatic change (as a glaciation) and remains as a center of relict forms from which a new dispersion and speciation may take place after climatic readjustment.As a few of you know, we traveled again, far south--perhaps for the last time, as the passing of the patriarch and his … Continue Reading ››
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