November 30, 2016

November in Pictures

  “Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.” - Elliott Erwitt

En avance | Moving Forward

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"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, 
because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." ~ Walt Disney

Thirty days ago, I embraced a new challenge -- eschewing color to focus on composition, light, shadow, and texture. As always, thank you for your encouragement and feedback as I continue to learn and move forward.
November 29, 2016

Nature's refrain

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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength...
There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- 
the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ~ Rachel Carson
November 28, 2016


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“You have to find what sparks a light in you so that
you in your own way can illuminate the world.” ~  Oprah Winfrey

Each year at this time, I start to think about a focus for future photography/blog projects. Do I continue a Project 365 or do I simply post photos and musings when I have something interesting to share? Surely quality is better than quantity, but I do learn something from even the most rudimentary shots. Do I insist on posting a photo that I took today or do I designate a photo that fits the date, a theme, my mood, etc. -- whether it was taken today or not? Somedays the inspiration and the vision just don't sync. Do I experiment with color themes or continue series like the French Fridays? After all, I will have lots of new pictures when I return from my trip to Paris in a few months! There are so many considerations. In 2015, I started with a grand plan that only lasted through January. This year, I gave myself the freedom to break my own rules, but I still posted something everyday.

In searching for possible photos for this black and white November, I revisited several of my favorite travel photos that were never featured in my Project 365. Maybe next year, I should feature an occasional "Where in the World?" post. Any guesses where this picture was taken?
November 27, 2016


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I'm walking Piper and in my head, 
I'm singing a Van Morrison medley:
"In the misty morning fog..." / "...into the mystic..."
November 26, 2016

Even in November...

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"There are always flowers for those who want to see them." ~ Henri Matisse
November 25, 2016


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"Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, 
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."
~ Norman Vincent Peale

[The halls are decked chez Larson-Horne -- more colored photos in December]
November 24, 2016


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"For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, 
For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends." 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 23, 2016

Look Up

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"Keep looking up. That's the secret..." ~ Snoopy
November 22, 2016

What Remains

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"Let come what comes, let go what goes. 
See what remains. " ~ Ramana Maharshi
November 21, 2016

The End of an Era

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In In Search of Lost Time (A la recherche du temps perdu), the first volume of his opus Swann's Way, the French writer Marcel Proust described a universe invoked by a simple cup of tea. How many little universes have been savored since Milwaukee's iconic George Watts Tea Shop opened in 1870, the year before Proust's birth? I imagine Victorian ladies in fancy hats and buttoned gloves sipping from china cups; 1950s secretaries in sweaters and pearls nibbling on sandwiches of chicken salad or olive spread during their lunch breaks; young girls enjoying a slice of Sunshine cake with their mothers and grandmothers after shopping trips downtown; hopeful brides indulging in glasses of Champagne after browsing for flatware and crystal in the beautiful shop below the tea room. My mom was one of those secretaries. I was one of those little girls and one of those brides. So it is with sadness that I read that, after 146 as a Milwaukee institution, George Watts and Sons is closing just after Christmas. I will have to savor every cup of the Watts special tea blend that I bought last summer, and, like Proust, revel in the memories that each sip invokes.
November 20, 2016


November 20, 2016 (325/366) Happy Birthday, Eric!

"Happiness being a dessert so sweet
May life give you more than you can ever eat."
~ Irish Birthday Toast

November 19, 2016

Snowy Nose

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"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. 
You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, 
and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?" ~  J. B. Priestley

This little girl was so excited this morning -- she loves snow!
November 18, 2016

On the surface

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"Surfaces reveal so much. The marks painters make reveal their sense of proportion, line, and rhythm...Looking at the surfaces of nature may offer equivalent revelations. What do these shapes and patterns reveal about the world and their creator?" ~ John Paul Caponigro
November 17, 2016


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"Believe that the world is an ethereal flower" ~ Jack Kerouac
November 16, 2016


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"Day by day, the bright golden leaves of the birches turned more spotted as the first winds of winter slipped between the withered branches and across the highlands toward the southeast. Stopping in the center of the pasture, I could hear the winds clearly. No turning back, they pronounced. The brief autumn was gone." ~ Haruki Murakami
November 15, 2016

100 Jours

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« Retrouver Paris! » ~ Honoré de Balzac
November 14, 2016

Super Moon

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“Her antiquity in preceding and surviving succeeding tellurian generations: her nocturnal predominance: her satellitic dependence: her luminary reflection: her constancy under all her phases, rising and setting by her appointed times, waxing and waning: the forced invariability of her aspect: her indeterminate response to inaffirmative interrogation: her potency over effluent and refluent waters: her power to enamour, to mortify, to invest with beauty, to render insane, to incite to and aid delinquency: the tranquil inscrutability of her visage: the terribility of her isolated dominant resplendent propinquity: her omens of tempest and of calm: the stimulation of her light, her motion and her presence: the admonition of her craters, her arid seas, her silence: her splendour, when visible: her attraction, when invisible.” ~ James Joyce, Ulysses
November 13, 2016


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“All you have to do is write one true sentence. 
Write the truest sentence that you know.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
November 12, 2016

Frosted Leaves

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“But frost, like the crystallized dreams of autumn, 
began to coat the clearing with its sugar glaze.” 
― Victoria Steele Logue, Redemption

November 11, 2016

Roses in November

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"God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December." ~ James M. Barrie
...but this year, he also gave us live roses in November. What a lovely gift this fall has been!

November 10, 2016

What we see...

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"There is only you and your camera. 
The limitations in your photography are in yourself, 
for what we see is what we are." ~ Ernst Haas
November 09, 2016

Carpe diem

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"Cease to inquire what the future has in store
and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth." ~ Horace
November 08, 2016

I voted...

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"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, 
and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. "
~ John Quincy Adams

November 07, 2016


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"Every leaf speaks bliss to me fluttering from the autumn tree." ~ Emily Brontë
November 06, 2016


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"The art of art, the glory of expression and 
the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity." ~ Walt Whitman
November 05, 2016


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“A flower blossoms for its own joy.”  ~ Oscar Wilde
How joyful to have flowers in my garden in November!

November 04, 2016


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 "Beauty is a fading flower." ~ Alfred Noyes
November 03, 2016


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"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. 
The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." ~ Abraham Lincoln
November 02, 2016

November Rain

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"Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy -
your work becomes a dance with light and the weather." ~ Annie Leibovitz
November 01, 2016

Black & White

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“Colour is everything, black and white is more.” – Dominic Rouse, photographer

Synesthesia, from the Ancient Greek σύν - together and αἴσθησις - sensation, is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. 

I have always suspected that I have a tendency toward this phenomenon. Numbers, letters, days of the week, months, etc. have always been associated with a specific color in my mind.  Some of these associations seem logical, representing the traditional or natural occurrences during that time of the year: February is red and, for the past three years, my February pictures have intentionally been shades of red and pink. October is orange and has naturally featured the hues of the changing foliage. But why is 5 red and 7 yellow? Isn't L green and Tuesday blue for everyone?  

November naturally represents an absence of color as the world turns brown and gray and the days get shorter and darker. Natural light becomes a precious commodity while artificial light distorts color and clarity. I have often struggled with my November photographs as my work day begins and ends in darkness. This year, rather than bemoaning these limitations, I'm accepting a new challenge. I will embrace the lack of color and post only black and white images. When a day fails to present me with an interesting or beautiful subject, I will search my archives for previously-rejected images that can be improved by stripping them of color and focusing on light (natural and artificial), shadow, texture and composition. As Elliott Erwitt said, “Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.”

[Archival photo: Japanese Tea House, Sturgeon Bay, WI - July 25, 2015; iPhone 6 f/2.2 1/30 4.15mm ISO100]