Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spring is here

Or at least I hope so as I'm taking the winter tires off​ the little car ;)

Memories of PopPop

For her digital photographs class at school, Cris was asked to create a black and white "photo essay" and she took as her inspiration the stories she has been told over the years about her Grandfather who she unfortunately doesn't remember,

To those who had the honor of knowing Ed, most these will all make perfect sense, and if any of them need a little explanation I'll be happy to fill in the gaps :)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Senior Internship

As the final part of their senior year, Rye High School kids must do an internship for a month, 20 hours a week, during which time they do not have to go to classes. They find a local company and approach them, and then must complete a journal during the working period and then do a presentation to their advisers at the end which will include a report from their "site supervisor".

And my always surprising daughter has done it again, she will be spending a month working for the funeral home next door to the church. By the sound of it she will mostly be doing secretarial and computer work and answering the phone etc., but it will give her an interesting inside look at a field she is keen to know more about. And she's very smart- she'll have a commute almost as short as mine and an entry that will be guaranteed to pique interest on her resume! And she's done it all herself, I made the initial introduction as I work with Graham's on a fairly regular basis, but she took it from there and called and arranged an interview and went over this afternoon to meet them and obviously made a good impression as it's all sorted out.

She never ceases to amaze me :)

Monday, March 27, 2017

My beautiful daughter

Her senior picture- please excuse the t-shirt and hoodie, they were supposed to supply a gown for the kids to wear and didn't. But actually I don't mind, because this is much more her :)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ugly snow!

We've just heard that the Rye schools are on a 2 hour delay tomorrow. I'm really not surprised as this is horrible snow- heavy, wet and with a frozen crust, and it's soaked up the rain that fell in the lulls when it wasn't snowing which just makes it heavier. And it's blowing a gale as well, which goes to make it even more unpleasant.

I've just spent 45 minutes digging our cars out, and I'm SO glad I don't have to shovel any more than that any more!

This is what I call "heart​ attack snow", so to all those who have to go out and shovel- take it easy and be careful out there!

Big snow flakes

It has just switched from ice pellets back to snow again- great big, wet flakes.

It's awful pretty.

If you look very carefully, Holly's in this one twice :)

Snowmageddon 2017

What a difference a night makes...

About 6 or 7 inches so far, and we appear to be in a bit of a lull right now.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Spring snow

We got a few inches of snow today, but as it has been so warm it really didn't stick on the sidewalks.

Yesterday Holly got bowled over by another, slightly overenthusiastic, dog in the woods. She's been favoring a back leg a bit since, so we're going to stick on the leash for a couple of days (my poor, fragile-legged beastie).

Saturday, March 04, 2017

A very important post!

I've been following Dan Rather, the ex-news anchor of CBS News, and his newsandguts website on Facebook since this shitstorm of an administration came to power.

After the latest lunatic ravings from the "southern White House asylum" appeared on Twitter this morning I have been trying to find a way to put into words the feelings of unease and absurdity that have been swirling around my head.

Dan Rather just posted this in Facebook- it puts everything I've been trying to express into words almost perfectly. I think everyone should read this!

"It is understandable that Donald Trump's twitter attack on President Obama early this morning would immediately be consumed by the churning political hurricane that is America today. The deepening divisions that are pulling at the fabric of our nation are on raw display. On one side we see understandable outrage, with many questioning the mental fitness of our Commander and Chief. On the other side we see Trump's allies rallying under their shared hatred of our previous President. Perhaps it is my age or experience, but I feel no schadenfreude or eagerness to say, "I told you so." I feel only a deep and abiding sadness. This is my country that I love with all my heart. We are a weakened nation, in our own estimation, and that of the world. If this was happening in some distant land, we would shake our heads and thank our lucky stars that we are Americans. But this nightmare is happening here, and we have no choice but to confront that disorientating truth.

My reporter's instincts make me wonder at Trump's actions. It has the feeling of a classic smokescreen. What is he hiding? Is this a kind of trap? Does he have something he is about to drop? Or does he know something else is about to drop on him and his administration, which is facing a withering crescendo of scandal?

We must carefully separate what we know to be true, from what we think to be true, from what we do not yet know. And in the early days of a story like this, what we do not know will far outpace the other two. We do know that there were numerous contacts between close aids to Donald Trump and senior Russian officials at a time when all indications point that the Kremlin was actively trying to undermine the integrity of our election. What we don't know is what these discussions were about. We do not know what is in Mr. Trump's tax returns, which he seems so hell bent on hiding. We do now know all the other suggestions of links between Mr. Trump and people close to him and Russia. And then, of course, we do not know what else there is to know.

It is long past time that we have a complete and independent bipartisan investigation, especially since the director of the FBI is under such a cloud of political manipulation. Now is the time to breath the cool winds of impartiality and facts. We need statesmen of steady head and temperament, willing to put country ahead of politics. We cannot afford for our democratic institutions to be consumed by a bonfire of lies, innuendos, and conspiracy theories.

We can all work ourselves into fervers of indignation. But the only antidote to these deep and understandable anxieties is the truth. We are the people of the United States. Our great nation is in a perilous moment, and the world is watching with great unease. We want the truth. We demand the truth. We can handle the truth."

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Tiffany HDR

So, here is a first pass at the church window. I used a bracketed 5 exposure technique and then brought them together in Lightroom to produce an HDR picture to try and pull more dynamic range. It's pretty good but I think I can get more from it.

I'm going to have to do this again with some lights set up inside to try and get a good exposure that includes both the full colors of the window as well as the carving in the reredos... challenge accepted :)

Tiffany in the sun

Though it's blowing a gale outside, the light on the main window in the church is gorgeous this morning, so I'm taking advantage of it to take a picture of the window for use in the parish profile.

I'll post the result later when I've had time to process it :)