Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Battle of the Bands
I spent last evening at the local high school watching "Battle of the Bands" -- and I didn't even have a kid in it! Not surprisingly, there were some impressive musicians - what really did surprise me was the quality of the songwriting, especially from a group called Windowbox Failures. (I'm guessing they got the name from one of those random name generators! (I tried it and came up with Dangerous Cucumber, Bizarre Boar and Bisque Feather.) They won second place - both first prize and audience choice awards were given to another excellent band called The Elevator Ladies.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Daffodils are in full bloom - in the last few days I've seen azaleas, tulips, fattening buds on lilac trees - after that endless dormant period where nothing changes for days, weeks, months, it's all moving at freight-train speed now!
After a week and a half of blazing sun, it's finally raining a bit now with more forecast over the next few days. Just in time for emerging gardens.
All this week, I've been places - lovely and interesting places - and not had my camera with me. Why? Maybe because I know, somehow, it's time for this blog to change. I know others have stuck with the daily commitment and I admire that. But right now it doesn't seem possible. I posted daily, mostly, for two full years. As an art project, a social experiment, a way of promoting Sharon, a way of being a part of a global community, I am so glad I've done it. But I don't want to keep failing to keep that commitment and I know I can't do it every day anymore. Maybe that will change, but for now I am going to commit to only this:
I will continue the blog, posting as I can. I hope never to let a week go by without a couple of photos, but I don't want to post a boring or repetitive photo just for the sake of posting, either. I've been invited to photograph at some interesting homes and gardens, so that will provide fresh opportunity, and there's always something new to do and see and shoot - I will continue to do that, and to bring photos of Sharon to all who have come to rely on this blog for a taste of life in our beautiful corner of the world. I appreciate all your thoughtful comments, and so often when I've thought of quitting, it's you, the readers and visitors, who have kept me going.
Sometime soon I will post a new header reflecting its "non-daily" status. I'll keep the URL as so many have it bookmarked.
I welcome your thoughts and feedback!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
TV Turnoff week
This week in Sharon has been spectacularly beautiful. I have even had some time to enjoy it, in between evenings spent at the enjoyable TV Turnoff week activities sponsored by the local Parent Teacher organization. (This one was "game night" - there was also a swim, a bingo tournament, and PJ's story hour at the school library.
I haven't been posting this week, and that has led me to a decision that I think has been coming for a long time. About which, more tomorrow.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
How do we look?
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Just this once
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Turn your back for a moment...
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
If you just can't wait another minute for spring
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
This was taken from very far away - I don't have a long lens like Abraham Lincoln. But I think it's a kestrel - a bird that used to be fairly common but isn't often seen these days.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Dr Seuss lives here
OK, not really, but don't these remind you of Troffula trees? Here's another look at them.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Everyone needs a home
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The Valley Below
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
From the other side
I never took the time to climb all the way to the top of the field and shoot the trees from the other side, and now I know why - it's not nearly as impressive. A tree that looks glorious and colossal from below, silhouetted against the sky, looks insignificant when it blends into the hillside beyond!
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Tangle of branches
Monday, April 07, 2008
In my ongoing project to photograph the twin oaks field at every season, I returned up to the top of the hill to get the early-spring view. Regular visitors to this blog have seen a version of this shot in midsummer, lushly green, and midwinter, when every branch was coated in snow. I had a helper this trip, and one of her functions was to help make sure you got a sense of the size and scale of these trees!
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
behind the school
One of the many lovely things about our local school is the view from the playgrounds - rolling fields to the farmland behind. It's such a peaceful environment to play in and to see out the window when your mind wanders.
I had a great visit with the fifth grade today - Mrs. Klisch brought her class to see my show for Women's History month - I was the Woman Artist for the day. I shared some of my photographs, some of how I came to start the blog, and talked about what it takes to be an artist. I asked them a lot of questions and the conversation wandered here and there - I never did explain to them why I started asking them about " selfishness" - so, fifth grade, if you read this, here's why I brought it up:
You have been taught not to be selfish, and as girls, especially so. But to be an artist you have to be a little bit selfish. You have to believe that doing art is worth your time, and insist on taking the time to do it, even when others are trying to pull you away, and when you are expected to help and take care of everyone else around you. Of course you still have to be a good and kind person, but you have to believe, really believe, that your art is as deserving of your time and attention as anything else in your life, even when you're just starting out and not very "good" yet by whatever standards people around you are judging art!
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
First turtle of spring
Coming out of the mud where they spend the winter sleeping, they are looking for a spot of sun. Yesterday was warm and wet - today is sunny and back to windy and cold. I hate April - it gets your hopes up and then dashes them, over and over and over! Each year I vow not to be taken in, suckered - I vow to keep those sweaters out until the end of May - but then April comes and I can't stand to look at wool anymore - I just want to wear something soft and light - so I do, and I shiver all day long!
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
April Theme: Water
The theme this month is " water." As I wandered around Sharon yesterday thinking about what to show you, I came across this sign, posted at one of my favorite spots on West Cornwall Road. It makes you pause for a moment and realize that Sharon isn't beautiful by luck. We have this gorgeous landscape to live in and appreciate thanks to the many people and organizations that manage it - the land trusts, the departments of parks and environmental conservation - in short that combination of government agencies, private non-profit organizations, dedicated individuals, both staffers and volunteers, and businesses who help pay for improvements, who all work together to protect, conserve, and beautiful this land for the benefit of all of us. So here's to them - thank you!
As of this writing, 178 blogs have signed up for the theme. Of course depending on time zone they may post earlier or later (I always post mine early and leave it up a few extra hours!). Travel around the waters of the world by clicking below, or visiting the portal, the City Daily Photo site, where the brilliant Igor and Demosthenes have created a page where only the monthly theme pictures are posted - you can see them appear, starting in the far east and Europe, spreading slowly westward!
Adelaide, Australia by Gordon, Albuquerque (NM), USA by Helen, American Fork (UT), USA by Annie, Anderson (SC), USA by Lessie, Ararat, Australia by Digger, Arradon, France by Alice, Ashton under Lyne, UK by Pennine, Athens, Greece by Debbie, Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Austin (TX), USA by LB, Bandung, Indonesia by Guntur Purwanto, Barton (VT), USA by Andree, Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro by Paja, Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro by Bibi, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA, Bicheno, Australia by Greg, Bogor, Indonesia by Gagah, Boston (MA), USA by Fenix, Boston (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston, Boston (MA), USA by Sarah, Whit, & Leyre, Brighton, UK by Harvey, Brookville (OH), USA by Abraham, Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt, Budapest, Hungary by Isadora, Canterbury, UK by Rose, Cape Town, South Africa by Kerry-Anne, Chandler (AZ), USA by Melindaduff, Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Cheltenham, UK by Marley, Chicago (IL), USA by b.c., Christchurch, New Zealand by Michelle, 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