WARMTH ON A WINTRY DAY
The December 26, 2014, WP photo challenge seems more applicable today, January 11, than it did on the 26th, when the sun shone brightly against blue skies and jackets were barely needed to go outside. The good weather continued on the 27th, affecting snow tubing that just barely was not cancelled due to the efforts of snowmaking machines. The wonderfully unseasonable December finally caved in to the bitter cold and snow beginning January 6, 2015. Thus, I take on the WordPress photo challenge today as the temperature outside is a bone-chilling 20 degrees, albeit the sun is shining brightly and the whipping winds have calmed down.
Yes, I’m toasty warm, taking photographs inside and responding to the December 26th WP photo challenge: Warmth: This week, let’s keep things nice and cozy
WARMTH ON NEW ENGLAND BEACHES
As the holidays end, and the cold of winter sets in, dreams of the warmth of summers past on the beaches of the New England coast begin floating, like kites in the wind, through my head.
The WordPress photo prompt for December 26 is warm: show us your take on warmth. And so, I go to New England pictures of past summers on the beach.
Someone came along to snap this photo of me at Wallis Sands Beach in Rye, New Hampshire
It can’t be that cold…jackets????
Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts
SEASONAL ENTHUSIASM…OR NOT
Traditions are difficult to maintain in a nomadic lifestyle combined with normal life changes. I could never quite keep up with the triple holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve—while settling and resettling in new communities. Now, however, we’ve been settled for a while…or at least, until we must move again.
My husband Monte and I have begun what I think is a new tradition tied in with my December birthday.
Last year Monte wanted to take me to a Christmas buffet at a restaurant at our local airport.
“Only if we can go dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus,” I said.
We had a great time.
We followed up that experience with being the Claus couple while ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. This, it seems, encourages more giving and gains lots of smiles.
This year we repeated the performance. Afterward our lunch we went shopping. Each place we ended up with photographs, which will complete this post on getting seasonal.
DeNunzio Restaurant at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, Latrobe PA
Is his beard really real?
At Office Max…
YELLOW IN DECEMBER
On the Diamond in Ligonier, PA
‘Tis the season…SAD (seasonal affect disorder) initiated by dark, drab days and depression brought on by unfulfilled holiday expectations, stress, and bad memories.
The WordPress photo challenge for December 19, 2014, is yellow: Away with the colors of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Show us what “yellow” means to you.
Yellow. The color of sunshine, what many people not joyous in the season crave. Sunshine—its cheerfulness, warmth, happiness and energy. It evokes pleasant feelings.
I leafed through my recent photographs and discovered yellow in clothing, nature, art, and signs.
Start with a yellow hat…
Add a yellow shirt…
End with yellow pants.
PHOTOS OF PEOPLE (and more)
IN LOVE AND CELEBRATION
Throughout the year people gather in love and celebration—for holidays, for family events, for fun.
Photos are visual spaces where shapes and lines, objects, and people (and creatures) come together. The November 28, 2014, WordPress photo challenge asked us to explore the ways…people; lines and shapes can converge in interesting ways through photography.
A gathering of musicians celebrating Ligonier Days in Ligionier, PA
A gathering of motorcyclists at Gravity Hill Road in New Paris, PA (Bedford County)
A gathering of friends at an Amish wheel making shop
PHOTOS OF THINGS THAT CONVERGE
Photos are visual spaces where shapes and lines, objects, and people come together. The November 28, 2014, WordPress photo challenge asked us to explore the ways lines and shapes can converge in interesting ways through photography.
My first photo, taken in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, aptly speaks to art—which here is converged with an unlikely object, a parking meter:
My second photos converge in more than one way. They represent a convergence of two towns, which were for a time sister cities—Ligonier, Pennsylvania and Ligonier, Indiana. A second convergence is of art and structures.
The third convergence is of the lights and walls in the Squirrel Hill Tunnel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo taken from our moving car.
My next photo was taken at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. It shows water converging with the sand
The November 21, 2014, WordPress photo challenge is angular: show us what “angular” means to you.
Unfortunately, the best photograph I found is an archive photo taken of, not by, me. Still, I share it because it strikes me as the best photograph representing angular.
Jamestown (PA) Fair 1995
The following photographs were shot by me.
Ligonier Township, PA
MORE MINIMALIST PHOTOGRAPHS
In April 2014 I attended a Westmoreland Photography Society (Pennsylvania) meeting. The topic for the night’s photo critique was Minimalist Photography . Wanting to know what photographs to take or cull from my archives I looked up minimalism in photography on the Internet…
The WordPress weekly photo challenge for November 7, 2014, is minimalist photos: An artfully executed minimalist photograph is anything but mundane. It illustrates a moment in time, or an artistic perspective, with simplicity and grace.
I had just completed reviewing some of my 2003 New England photos when I checked out the week’s photo subject. Thus, I decided to use some of them for the minimalist photo challenge. The scenes are mostly those of The Isles of Shoals: Beauty, Mystery, Intrigue . The isles are a group of islands 8-10 miles off the Maine/New Hampshire shoreline. We took a boat ride to the islands and spent a day there on our 2008 visit to New England.
Some of the photographs were taken on the island, while others were taken from Wallis Sands Beach in Rye, New Hampshire.
GHOULISH HALLOWE’EN PHOTOS
Hallowe’en…an opportunity to be something different from who we are, to free us from the boundaries of who we are, an opportunity to try on a totally different, perhaps oppositional, personality. A time to do something different…
Thus, I took photographs of my son-in-laws Hallowe’en decorations. Michael loves Hallowe’en and goes all out making my daughter’s front yard ghoulish. I decided it was an opportunity to play with my photoworkshop, and so came up with the following results.
The October 17, 2014, wordpress photo challenge is refraction.