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Some Autumn Colours, Posted on a “Dreich” day, as the Scots would say

Had a rather disappointing day this last weekend … we were slated to go to a local attraction, called “Holy Hill” … a very large basilica, administered by a group of Carmelite friars … it is in the middle of the kettle region of southern Wisconsin, on the peak of a conical kame (a glacial remnant of the Ice Age), in thickly wooded country. We were expecting Fall colours galore, and freedom to move about in order to take pictures.

Well, our hopes evaporated when we found ourselves practically shoulder to shoulder with large numbers of tourists, unable to move about with any degree of ease, and the leaf colours hardly in evidence, probably due to the unseasonably warm weather.

So, I am putting up a few shots of some trees in Autumn finery from right around home, taken the day before our weekend jaunt. Not many, but it’s something, at least … especially on this “dreich” day … cold, rainy, windy, and raw … that is to say, “dreich” as the Scots would say. Living where they do, in the North of the British Isles, and in the midst of a cold sea. So, here they are:

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And that’s about it, folks … sorry there aren’t more, but I was anticipating the trip and the pictures resulting from that.

Cheers, all!


Posted by on October 26, 2016 in Uncategorized


A Belated Answer …

Some time ago, last Spring, to be precise, I published a post of the blossoms on the flowering crabtrees outside my windows in the courtyard. In response to the questions from some of you  as to what would be the result of these blossoms, i.e., what fruit would develop from them?

This post is an attempt to answer that question; the only added ingredients being time,  sunlight, and rainwater. These pics are of the resulting fruit, i.e., crabapples. They are the “parents”, as I understand it (don’t put too much credence in the extent of my botanical knowledge, here), of all the marvelous varieties of apples that we find in our markets today. These, however, are basically inedible, being very small (none of these are bigger than ¾ of an inch, and most much smaller than that) and extremely tart and astringent … real mouth-puckerers … requiring large amounts of sugar to even make a decent jelly.

So, here they are … I hope this has been sufficient explanation:





And there they are, folks … not too many, but frankly, that many shots with the camera pointing up at a branch against a featureless blue sky ain’t all that exciting … and the mild stroke I suffered in Hospital last year kinda makes me a little dizzy, like … looking up like that … so I didn’t shoot all that many. Anyhow, these will do, I hope.

Cheers, all … and enjoy!



Posted by on October 4, 2016 in Uncategorized


A few plants …

Since I’m becoming more interested in photographing the interior of my apartment, I thought it might be interesting to show a few of the plants I have growing ’round my livingroom window. I like plants, and they seem to like me … they call me when there’s some need that’s not being met, and they thank me for my attention to them.

I know that sounds rather daft, but there it is … I believe all sorts of rather queer things, indeed, and I’m fairly open about them.

Being virtually in the window, they present some contrast problems, and they are excellent subjects for playing with the light. That said, there’s nowt to do now but show them …

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There they go, a massive quietness, not perceptible here, seems to accompany them. I like to just go near them, and bask in the peace that they seem to radiate. I hope you can sense it, too … enjoy!


Posted by on August 12, 2016 in Uncategorized


A Couple from around the Apartment …

Being “stuck” around the apartment, in order to avoid going “stir crazy”, I’m finding myself shooting more and more pictures of the common sights around the place; finding pictures where I’d not have looked, before. I’m also finding that new approaches and techniques are necessary in this new type of photography, so I’m finding myself confronting a new learning curve, necessary for the new subject matter.

I reckon it’s time to stop talking now, and put up a couple of pics …

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And another one, with Fuzzybritches as the subject …

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Well, there they are … not very many, especially considering the total number of exposures that I made … I don’t get so many usable ones, working in these new conditions.

Take care, folks … Cheers!



Posted by on July 13, 2016 in Uncategorized


Speakin’ of blooms …

We had a visit from a cousin of mine (actually, a first cousin, once removed) who is a Professor of Sociology in Minnesota. She came down to pack up my Dad’s paintings that were in a storage locker on the North side of Milwaukee, which I had been unable to sell to any useful degree, to make a sizable dent in the total number. The locker was costing me a bunch of money every month, so her offer to empty it out was a welcome relief. When she arrived, she had two plants with her, as a gift to my wife, who had expressed a desire for more houseplants. They were a very nice philodendron in a large pot, and a hydrangea, in a smaller pot. “A hydrangea”, I thought, “that’s a BUSH, and grows outdoors!” And indeed, I have never seen them growing indoors. “Oh, well,” I thought, “we’ll do what we can; maybe it’ll do OK.” So I stripped the fancy plastic foil wrapper off it, found a big dish to set it in, watered it and set it on the window shelf.

After about a week, I was able to observe that it has a marked sensitivity to going dry, in that the leaves curl up most alarmingly. Watering restores it quite quickly. And, as I watered it the other day, I found that it was blooming … not a big deal, by the standards of an outdoor plant, but definitely blooming … a fine, pink flower, showing signs of developing further!

So, having no better plan, I photographed it … here it is:

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Cheers, all!


Posted by on June 7, 2016 in Uncategorized


Well, they’re bloomin’ again …

… and I figured I’d better take advantage of some relatively benign weather, and get a few shots. I’ve been getting restless, and this seemed like it might be an opportunity to make a few pictures. So … out I went, armed with a freshly-charged battery in the Nikon and an empty 4GB card  (my Scottish Photojournalist Lassie had warned me that having a number of small-capacity cards was a wise precaution … in the case of one’s only large-capacity card becoming corrupted, it is better to have a few small-capacity cards as a fall-back position, so to speak.), and I was immediately greeted by an almost-too-cool breeze and some delightfully warm sunshine. I began shooting almost immediately:

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Now, I must caution you that the breeze was one of those that REALLY interferes with photography, so any flaws that you find in the way of sharpness and /or composition are to be viewed in that light. But I moved in and started shooting … here are the results:

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Well, that about covers it; there are more, but the wind really messed me up on most of them, and they won’t bear scrutiny, especially technically. I reckon that these will have to do, and there does seem to be a goodly number of them. I hope you enjoy!

Cheers, all!


Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Uncategorized


It’s been pretty cold, lately …

… And our windows have been freezing up o’ nights. I’ve been jumping up, mornings, to  get the proper light, and finally got a couple of shots. It’s difficult, due to the fact that the ice on the windows is transilluminated from the outside, and the light has to be just right, or I’ve got no picture at all. Frustrating, it is, and no mistake.

I finally managed to get these two; the colour is different in either one, because of the changing nature of the light. Here they are; the earliest first:

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Well, there they are, folks, for whatever it’s worth … at least it’s something.

Take care … Cheers, all!


Posted by on February 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

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