Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Walk in the Woods

Diane and I took Gus for a short walk in the Southville State Forest today. There was fresh wet snow still falling as we walked. We didn't get to the river. The trail was underwater in a hollow and we didn't have waterproof boots nor did there seem to be a convenient path around it. I shot several photos including this one which I have 'messed with'. :-)

It got warmer during the day and much of the snow melted but it is coming back as I type. The cars will need cleaning off in the morning.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Craft Fair

Yesterday I 'did' the Saranac Lake Craft Fair. It was a pretty good day. If I count only the booth fee & gas money to get there I came out in the black. If I added the expense of producing the photos I'm sure I was in the red again so we won't go there.

I met several interesting folks with interesting stories. In the booth next to me was a couple with wood & stained glass boxes. The husband, it turns out is the industrial arts teacher in the Potsdam school district and remembered Ian. One woman was the daughter of the family that owned McCollums Cabins where Diane & I stayed on our honeymoon. One fellow was a retired DEC resource manager who spent his career wandering the northern ADKs and recognized almost every location I'd taken my photos without my telling him. And then there was a friend of my friend Jim who turned out to be my brother's next door neighbor. An interesting day.

I got home around quarter past 5 to a beef stroganoff dinner. That has become my traditional birthday meal and Diane outdid herself on last night's batch. It was clearly the best ever.

Friday, November 09, 2007


Since the 1st killing frost on October 29th we've had several frosts and the days are chilly. Our day time highs are running 8-10 degrees below normal for this time of year. I'm sure when we have January and February days in the high 30s or low 40s I'll think it is rather mild but on this end of winter I find those temperatures quite nippy.

The photo was taken the same day as the frosted cosmos blossom. I desaturated it and played with the image to add borders.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

A Bump in the Night & Hunches

We were anti-social for Halloween. We turned off the front lights and pulled the shades. Neither Diane nor I felt like running to the door for trick-or-treaters, dealing with Gus barking, etc. None of the trick-or-treaters bothered us but we got "tricked" by Mother Nature though.

Later during the night the wind blew and I woke up when I heard something 'bang' loudly outside. I figured it was probably a tree limb falling but we discovered this morning that a storm window I had left leaning against the house on the porch had blown over and broken. It wasn't a large loss since it was an old one that I had already ordered a replacement for but I didn't really need the mess of broken glass to clean up.

Actually it was an example of one of my hunches. Every so often I get a feeling, "a hunch" that I should do this or not do that. Every time I ignore a hunch I regret it. Just yesterday as I was passing the window on the porch in the midst of doing something else the thought popped into my head that I should move that window inside so the wind wouldn't blow it over. The wind wasn't blowing at the time and I was already busy with something else so I put off doing it, then forgot about it. I should have played my hunch.