Friday, April 1, 2016

My Grandfather


Trying to write about my grandfather is difficult. He was one of those larger-than-life characters. He served as a Marine in World War II in the Pacific Theater on an amphibious tank. He spent most of his life in the western states (WY, ND, SD, MT, CO). At one point he owned a business which installed power lines, bringing electricity to very remote areas of the west. His later years were spent living off the grid, outside Cody WY, high above the Shoshone River.

 This is my grandfather and my aunt Melanie. Not sure where though.

 This image is of my uncle Eddie and my grandfather. Heading off to go hiking somewhere.

This image is of my uncle Jack, his wife, my aunt Lou, and my grandfather. These three hiked, fished and camped all over the Yellowstone area wilderness. The stories aunt Lou used to tell about being charged by moose or having their camp raided by bears... incredible! And yes, those staples in the photo are really there... my mom stapled these photos into the album pages.


Both my mother and my aunt Melanie were interested in pottery (it was the 60s after all)... so after looking at a photograph in a magazine, my grandfather built two of them. He even created a way to use a motor from a dryer as a drive motor for the wheel. He had never actually seen a kickwheel up close, but that didn't stop him from making one.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Winter Has Come and Gone

Taughannock Falls, March 2016

Most years, at the end of March, the trail to the base of the Taughannock Falls is littered with ice falls and giant icicles hanging from the highest overhanging rocks. The trail usually has pockets of deep hardened snow. This year Spring arrived early. The trails are clear, upper and lower. There are precious few icicles anywhere in the gorge at this point. In the image above, the snow patch on the right will be gone in a day or two. Spring is most certainly early this year.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Winter Went Where


I had all sorts of things I wanted to say about how warm it has been this winter... thoughts about how incredibly cold it was the day I took this photo.... and then I thought: nah.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Puppy-dog Eyes

Georgia Rose before heading to the groomer's this week

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Heading West into the Snow

Heading west into the snow

Blue Light

First Snow in February

Monday, January 11, 2016

Integration


Today as Aurora and I were driving back from the grocery store, we got to talking about ways in which we wish our phones and cameras were more integrate-able into our other functions. It is hard to imagine a time before smartphones. When I pick up my DSLR and have to remember to take the memory card out, the upload the images into Lightroom, then edit them, then maybe remember to share them... I am painfully aware of how far this idea of digital integration has to go. It isnt enough for a camera to have wifi capability. It isnt enough for a phone to have a camera. There are so many times where I wish that these objects could plug and play with one another... slide the phone into a slot on my telescope and it can let me capture far better images of the night sky... put all three of our family phones together to sync them and now they become common screens shared between each of us simultaneously, all fed by another tablet or pc somewhere... so many ways to integrate, but our capitalist dreams of buying it all prevent that idea from germinating.

As Aurora and I walked around the antique store yesterday I was impressed by how many objects had served two or more functions in their lifetime. In a few instances, they had been used over multiple generations to the point where the original object was lost in obscurity, being totally integrated into a completely new form. I don't see that happening in our digital age. It is possible though. It would be an incredible way to recycle all of this electronic waste. Reintegrating it into new innovative products. Just not sure it jives with our need to buy the newest/best/latest.