Some photographs from/for workshop assignments

Flower in Waiting
Flower in Waiting
Tulip macro
Tulip
Raindrops on grass
Waterdrops
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Raindrops
Waterdrop
Waterdrop
Abstract
Abstract (Feathers)
Front Room at 15 Past Eight o'Clock
Front Room at 15 Past Eight o’Clock
World Turned Upside Down
World Turned Upside Down

Related to exercises for a six-week photography workshop led by Andy Ilachinski (Sept.-Oct. 2018)

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From then to now: photo archives

Almost to the end of the photography workshop, and I am still going through the archives, back to front. I don’t really want to go to sleep, yet, but I must.

The day was busy. I spent the morning backing up photo files, books, and documents directories to an external hard drive, which I dropped off at the bank and brought back the previous back-up stored in the safe deposit box. Backed up my four computers, which took many hours. The smallest computer won’t talk to my 2T ext-HD, let alone the 4T, and so I have to copy the files to a flash drive, and then onto the backup HD. I have over 15 years of photo archives, most in jpg and pspimage formats.

Having gotten through the 50th Class Reunion for our college graduating class, I treated myself to a short (but suitable for winter) haircut. I’d let it grow out for the reunion; I think it was about an inch and a half long. It’s now half an inch in length, and I have scheduled my next haircut for the middle of December. Stopped at the local Barnes and Noble on the way home to buy a gift card to cover Nook Book purchases for the next month. I also bought the latest in Mercedes Lackey’s Elemental Masters series: The Bartered Brides; and The Book of Magic, edited by Gardner Dozois. Started Lackey’s book over supper, while the other of us went out to find a Subway Sandwich.

In the midst of that, there was a business meeting and election, consuming two and a half hours, at the marksmanship center. It was good to be at a meeting, again, after such a long bout of hypersensitivity to fragrances. I notice that I still am a bit hyperactive and having trouble sleeping. Oh, yeah? You think so? 

Saturday, we will be doing some grocery shopping. I am to be eating more fish, rather than red meat, and so I plan to find more salmon fillets on sale at one of the stores. Last week, I bought enough for the both of us and baked them with mustard across the top, along with coarse ground peppercorns. I promised my doctor that I would boost some of my vitamin levels, and I refuse, for the moment, to take supplements because of fillers, dyes, preservatives and such because of my allergic reactions to them. Speaking of which, I think I was supposed to have scheduled a doctor’s appointment and labs for the end of December, and I have not, but only the Diabetes Educator. Who is a riot!

I suppose I should have saved this for my Weekend Coffee Share activity. But perhaps I will fall asleep, now, and sleep through tomorrow and the weekend. ??? Naw! Not!

Wishing you the best of weekends!

Elizabeth

 

Abstractions, Distractions

 

Raindrop, inverted
Raindrop
cotoneaster fruit
Red & Black
raindrops falling into the puddle
Splash

Enjoying the photography workshop, but so much to learn in too short a time. The weather turned wet, and we now are expecting snow: up to six inches. I have felt well enough to go out with my camera when I take the Scampers into the back yard. Wearing moccasins, now, rather than going out barefoot, and a flannel-lined denim jacket. Having a waterproof camera is a good thing. Having one that does not break when I drop it? Essential!

I still am struggling with the aftereffects of what I suspect was Latex exposure from the balloons during the reunion weekend. Trouble sleeping…trouble staying awake. Over the weekend and these first few days of the new week, however, I have at least gotten some things done around the house. Blood sugar is coming down, and blood oxygen level is coming back up.

I keep losing photo files. That is frustrating.

Going to try, now, to get back to sleep.

G’nite!

A week in the life . . .

I was together enough to write a WeekendCoffeeShare post, this week, for my Stray Coffee Breaks blog, but still have to write a haiku for RonovanWrites.

Playing a little bit of catch-up, having been sidetracked on household chores. My online photography workshop began on Monday (a 6-week course), and I am trying to decide how to approach the material and assignments. In the meanwhile, I also am sorting through fifteen years of photo archives, looking for examples of work that…I am pulling some of it from my Facebook download and using my JPGMag account as a quick index for locating other pieces.

In the meanwhile, these are a few of the photographs that I’ve taken since my last post.

I think that I will eat a sandwich, and then settle in to put together a post to the interactive closed workshop group. Such fun! (I imagine that I am the oldest person in the class, but still am waiting for the rest to post.

In other news, I learned that Al’s last aunt, Patricia, died in the middle of the night. Pat and her late husband, children, and grandchildren are centered in the Twin Cities and the Chicago area. I believe that one of Al’s sisters will be in the vicinity and able to attend the funeral, assuming that they can make arrangements for the coming weekend. With the respiratory problems and allergy season, it’s a given that I cannot make the trek south. I need a good, hard frost or two before the pollens are gone until spring.

I have not yet gotten through the first (17-page) course outline and discussion, so I am going to have an interesting night.

Best wishes for your week!
Lizl

Flower Flies

Hoverflies, sometimes called flower flies or syrphid flies, make up the insect family Syrphidae.

Photos from Saturday:

A few photographs of Sunday’s photographs:

The smoke in the air from the wildfires has abated for the time being, and I think that the rains, last night, helped a little with the pollen. I have enjoyed getting outside with my camera. I am not certain that I will be exercising in the gazebo, today, however.

A week from tomorrow, the Photography workshop that I signed up for should begin. I am looking forward to that.

There was a thunderstorm in the middle of the night, which woke me. And so, I slept in until quite late. After eight o’clock, I think. As a result, the day has sped away. I am pleased that I took care of the laundry and household chores. Why are there always dirty dishes in the sink? On our next outing for groceries, we must also get some paper plates.

Best wishes for your day and week!

Tempted to Silence (Reblogged)

Rereading the poetry that I wrote during NaPoWriMo (April 2018), and came across “Tempted to Silence.” Called to mind a recent email from a friend, which, come to think of it, I should not remark on further.

Except to say that the friend wondered how (or why) I remain motivated. And I wondered, “how not?”

Now that I have reblogged it, I realize that I should simply have copied it here.

Tempted to Silence

as the years move on
as I move with them
or we go separate ways

I have less to say
there is less to hear
around me that inspires…

I don’t know what I miss—
words of kindness, uplifting
without self-serving thoughts

a different world, perhaps,
outside the door…with hope
for more than me and mine and yours

If I were alone, again
if there were no one to care
if I were there or here

I would take a lease
on a cabin in the woods
for enough years to die

listening to rain and bird calls
wind and ice and hearth fire
pencil scratching paper

the opening of a door

Copyright © 2018-04-18, by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld.

Quilted Poetry

Brewer: For today’s prompt, write a temptation poem. Nearly everyone is tempted by something: fame, glory, money, chocolate. Today is the perfect day to give in to the temptation to write about your (or “a friend’s”) temptation. Also, I totally understand the temptation to write about The Temptations today.

Tempted to Silence

as the years move on
as I move with them
or we go separate ways

I have less to say
there is less to hear
around me that inspires…

I don’t know what I miss—
words of kindness, uplifting
without self-serving thoughts

a different world, perhaps,
outside the door…with hope
for more than me and mine and yours

If I were alone, again
if there were no one to care
if I were there or here

I would take a lease
on a cabin in the woods
for enough years to die

listening to rain and bird calls

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To Mom, from Dad

The year is 1943, Mom is in the Navy and Dad, in the Army. Dad is writing about the hypothetical house he and Mom will live in some day.

There will certainly be an open air porch of some kind in our house so we can watch and wonder at the stars at night. You seem so close to God when you are out under the stars. It gives you a funny feeling, a hollow feeling in your stomach, sometimes when you look at the stars and realize how small you are and how large the universe is. But someday man will discover all the secrets of the universe, but I hope not, I don’t know why I say that. But I hope he doesn’t.

And from another letter…

It started to rain this afternoon and it’s still raining at 9 PM this evening in a dispirited, disinterested sort of way. The aimless monotonous drizzle that reminds me of Minnesota’s mid-April when spring is a vague hope and winter is on the way out.

It’s the kind of a night you’d like to be with your favorite girl, her in your arms listening to the rain and the song of the wind in the trees. The nicest thing to be said for a night like this is that it puts you into the mood to imagine yourself someplace else, and when the morning comes, the weather has cleared. So weather like this isn’t so bad after all if you have any imagination.

Mother’s blog is here: Rhoda’s Web Site: Quilts, Genealogy, and Family.

Morning Photos | Saturday, 11 August 2018

This morning, I decided to water the back garden before the sun gets high and the temperature, hot. These photos were taken in the south-facing side garden. As usual, the Scampers barked and tried to get through the gate (or, at least, get to what I was trying to photograph).

puppy, trying to get through the fencing to eat a tiny coreopsis flower
Eek! Scamper Attack!

I’ve been having so much fun, I’ve forgotten to eat, which is not a good thing. We still have smoky haze, and it looks as though the temperature will be in the low 90s F. Once again, the five top cities for pollen count, according to Pollen (dot) com, are in North and South Dakota. That’s me, folks! Whoopy!

Imagine I’m going to entertain myself again today by practicing arpeggios instead of pedaling my exercise bike, which is in the backyard gazebo.