Saturday, April 30, 2011

from on high

,Went up to the roof around sunset to see what I could see. :)  Sunsets taken from my window don't include the view of the harbor, which is so close by, but you can see it from the roof, which is nice.   I took more pics of rooftops, from the roof... the light was blue.  It's the kind of light where you can see fairies out and about, if you are lucky.  Then there's a pic taken from between part of the building..I pumped that one up with some post-processing, but still didn't achieve the gritty look I was after.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

from up above, people in the street

Sometimes I just people watch from my window.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

daytime clouds

I am on a cloud kick.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

some clouds sunset, a few days ago.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

human tree

Doesn't this tree have a bodily shape about it?  I see legs and a torso.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

no traffic

The light I see in morning is rather ordinary light, coming from the East (I face WNW) and lightly coloring the buildings across the way.  The sky in the west is not glorious like evening time, but rather dull.  But there is a quiet that comes with this time, and it makes these things look all the more richer for it.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spring in Brooklyn

A blossoming tree, and tonight's sunset, sans clouds because it was so windy all day.

(this shot was straight out of the camera, no saturation added.)

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

new novel bits

At 117, 000 words, I have not yet finished my book, October... wow, is a lot going to have to be cut from that one, I think.  Anyway, I've started writing the sequel to it, despite its not being finished yet.  Thought I'd share a little of that new writing, and maybe you could tell me what you think.

Working title: PATRIA

Chapter 1 The Station


Siquee Adante sat on the wooden bench outside the FastStone train depot. The seat was curved from so many backsides waiting in its hold. He wore his best leathers. Buckskin britches and jacket, and a colorful ribbon shirt his sister had made for him many years ago, grown faded and soft in blues and yellows. In his hands he held a homemade dream catcher that he had crafted during many a lonely night without Patria.

The road was his home for many months out of the year, and it was only once in a blue moon that his path crossed close enough with Patria, so as to allow them time together again. Having never legally married, they were nevertheless half-sides, together now for over thirty years.

He hummed a little song as he waited, and tapped his foot. His long hair had several more streaks of grey in it than the last time he‘d seen her. He smiled, thinking of her hair, already shining like silver.

His fingers played with the dream catcher, and he frowned at spots he thought could have been crafted better.

He rose now and then, looking down the tracks, though he was aware of having arrived early.

His nose caught the fragrance of snow on the air, and this was not unusual. The season was never late in coming. It was good. Winter always brought Patria back to him.

He could see her in his mind’s eye, ever young, with brick colored hair ; her rich earthen eyes seeing more than just your face.


They first locked eyes at a dance he was performing with his troop in Raleigh, West Virginia. Each time he turned the circle towards her direction he found himself staring into those eyes, and yet he did not miss a step.

When the dances were over, and other troops took the center ring, he walked in what he thought was her direction. She did the same. Come the long way around they were within eye distance again, and he felt as if he were still dancing.

She was traveling with her sister, Siima, a raven haired beauty, herself. But Siquee’s eyes were for one woman only.

“Patria?” he asked, when she told him her name.

“Yes, Patria!” she laughed. She was direct right from the start, and it made Siquee’s heart laugh and leap.

“My name you can say! Not your name! Sookie?”

This made Siquee laugh out loud, and he repeated his name to her several times until finally she was able to say it. He told her she smelled beautiful, like a flower he could only imagine. She beamed.

“Where are you from.” Siquee asked.

“Oh, I am from everywhere.” she said in her exuberant way, but giving a dark eye, and not saying.

“What does this mean, this Siquee?” she asked, changing the subject.

“An arrow goes straight over the ridge.” Siquee said.

Patria raised her eyebrows.

“Patria means me, I am Patria.” She said.

Siquee could barely look into those cavernous eyes.

“Good meaning.” he said seriously, shaking his head in agreement.


He could feel the train beating in the earth long before he could see it coming.



Patria Solvania bathed in a tub of elderberry bark and cinnamon,
wildflowers, and sage. It was an old recipe for a bath that her and her sister, Siima, God rest her soul, would bathe in before a day or night out on the town. You could smell this flowery earthen fragrance before even seeing the two of them. They could find their way back to each other by the scent upon the air.

She hoped the train would not erase her scent.

She dressed in raw silks, sewn together by her own hand, gathered throughout, with stars embroidered upon them. She made a whooshing sound as she moved. Her silver hair was braided to one side. She penciled in her eyebrows, where she had all but lost her hair, and put on her barely pink frosted lipstick. She made up like this everyday working in the store, but this time it was different for her, more special.

“So, Samson,’, she said to the white cat, ‘you be good for Optavia, yes? Be nice to doggie, too!” She cuddled the cat under her chin, and Samson purred and pushed his head into her chin.

“I’ll give him lots of love, Patria, I promise.” Octavia said.

Octavia and Wesley were a couple from the village who were friends with Patria. They would be watching her coffee and herbs shop while she went to be with Siquee.

They drove her to the train station in Westwood, Colorado, and bid her farewell.

Patria knew that Siquee would feel the rumble of this train long before it pulled into the station at FastStone.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

another sunset from my window

And here are the same two photos with the effect of "faux HDR"(high dynamic range), applied to them. It's a bit too harsh, I think.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

another wordless wednesday with my faithful companions

Little Guy, the shadow

And Morrison in black and white,

Friday, April 1, 2011