Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Rain on Needles


Rain on Needles
Originally uploaded by CaptPiper
When I was a youth, my nose was the bain of my existence. I loved my blue eyes and my mouth with full lips and straight teeth, my hair, and my little flat ears, but my nose wrecked it all by being too big and right in the middle of my face. I was a little jealous of my sister's nose, perfectly formed and small. I used to go to sleep at night pinching the end of my nose so it would grow more pointy - would not be so stubby-looking.
I married - a man with an excellent nose - hoping our children would get his feature, not mine. That didn't work.
As time passed it became less of an issue. I accepted myself for who I am. Also, I gained weight, and as my face grew broader, my nose appeared smaller; s'not the best solution.
Now I delight in taking pictures of myself with my nose magnified by the lens. I haven't thought about plastic surgery in years. My husband loves me as I am and all is well with my face. Now I detest these little wrinkles under my eyes.
There is no rest for the vain.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

At Last!


At Last!
Originally uploaded by CaptPiper
I caught this tree in full color about five or six years ago. I got a few shots and then the sun went in, it rained for three days, and when I went back down to the river, there was not a leaf left on it. Since then I have been trying to catch it in color, but this time of year is always very busy and it seemed I was always too early or too late. It only seems to have good color for a few days, and then it's over.
Beauty is fleeting.
Orten Version

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pearly Crescentspot


Pearly Crescentspot
Originally uploaded by CaptPiper
There are multitudes of these butterflies, along with the sulphurs and whites, in the meadows and alphalpha fields this year. It seems that every year there is some insect species that experiences a population explosion. A few years back we had those ladybug impersonators, the Asian beetle swarms, that were so unpleasant. There are not nearly as many now. Other years it's been crickets, box elder bugs, Japanese beetles - probably some others I didn't notice. I wondered if there would ever be something I liked. This year, I haven't seen nearly as many of the big showy butterflies like the monarch and the swallowtail, but these guys look like flying flowers blooming in the clover.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Paradox Flower


Paradox Flower
Originally uploaded by CaptPiper
The color of the coneflower center is gloriously attractive, but all the spikes on the coneflower would seem to be designed to make things difficult for the pollinator; kind of like a beautiful woman who gives would-be suitors dark looks and the cold shoulder. But the bees and other insects are in love with these blooms and will not be deterred. The reward must be worth the effort.
As in life, the highest goals are attained only be the most dilligent and determined pursuers.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Taking a Break


Taking a Break
Originally uploaded by CaptPiper
I'm back on my bike this summer. Can't believe the pounds aren't just melting off from the heat and the strain.
I like the back roads, even though they are gravel, because there is not much traffic. You have to be careful of dogs, though. Most of them are scary barkers, but won't hurt you. ONe little spainel near Sheridan Road came streaking towards me, barking like he wanted to tear my leg off. About 20 feet away, he made a wide U-turn and went barking back to the house.
There are a few, though... On Wilbur Road, you can travel from east to west, because you are rolling down hill when you go past the dogs and by the time they realize youu are there, you're almost gone and it's too much trouble to chase you. But if you are traveling the other way - east to west - then you are going up hill and moving slowly - easy prey.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Precious Cottage


The Precious Cottage
Originally uploaded by CaptPiper
I love this cottage, although I would paint it differently. When you see something like this, you wonder how someone found themselves in the position of making their dreams come true. Did they design it themselves, or have a professional do it? There is no other house that I have seen on that lake that is anywheres near as fairytale perfect.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Crabapple Blossom Sequence

The slow advance of spring - makes me happy.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Snowflake Beauty


Snowflake Beauty
Originally uploaded by CaptPiper
Whatever made these water molecules floating free
decide to touch and hold and then to grow a little tree?
And not just one but six holding tightly in the middle -
Whose idea was it to propose this fragile riddle?

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Kiren Going Up


Kiren Going Up
Originally uploaded by CaptPiper
The Wildcats didn't win, but they didn't make it easy for the other team.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Candy Clouds


Candy Clouds
Originally uploaded by CaptPiper
Kevin and Brendon came into my classroom last week when I was working late and let me know there was a sunset happening that I might want to see. I'm so glad they did.