Water Tower, Greer SC

Water tower from below.

Bob and I spent Monday together. Much of the afternoon was spent walking in Dupont State Recreational Forest, and I have some nice pictures from that outing, but before we got there we made an errand run to Greer, SC.

As we approached our destination, I saw this water tower. I almost declared an aesthetic emergency, but we had a goal to accomplish. (We didn’t, but we tried, and it wasn’t our fault.) On the way out of Greer, I asked Bob to pull over so that I could attempt to photograph the water tower in a way that would explain why it so captivated me. I took 4 images trying to get it right. This was the last. I’m pretty happy with it.


A Year Ago: Lessons My Cat Has Taught Me: Number 2—Explore!

Cat peering out of a bookshelf.There’s a long bloody line carved into my right cheek, from my upper lip to my jaw…
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Bamboo Passage

Black & white image of path through bamboo and other trees.

Not in Japan, or indeed anywhere in Asia. Another autumnal Asheville fool-the-eye, this one from the grounds of the Biltmore Estate.


A Year Ago: Enclosure

Undeveloped riverside property at Carrier Park, Asheville, NCSome days, every little thing—no matter how mundane or derelict—is kissed with glory…

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Asheville Provençale

Morning Glory climbs a wall.

The south of France in Spring? No: Asheville, NC in October. Little surprises that delight.


A Year Ago: Lessons My Cat Has Taught Me: Number 1—It’s A Good Thing You Didn’t Have Kids

Selfie with kitten.I’ve been sick for the last several days and have been spending most of my time in bed…
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Seasonal Leaves

Fuzzy lamb's ears with water droplets.

Not yet the full spectrum of Fall color. No, now we’re having the quiet slide into the dimmest part of the year. The sun’s down at around seven now. The moon glows brighter in the cooler sky. The dew lingers longer, anticipating the arrival of frost.

Autumn is my favorite season, despite the dying of the light. If only we could have Autumn without the inevitability of Winter. I don’t have a lot of good things to say about the cold, the damp chill, the dark and ice of winter.

I wonder why I find myself awake in the middle of the night, wide awake, despite no fault of caffeine and no untoward anxieties. My cat is a croissant of fur and purr, blissfully oblivious to my wakefulness. I envy him his utterly feline ability to tuck himself in and simply sleep.


Two Years Ago: Reflected Glory

Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NCIf you build it, they will come…
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Asheville Pride 2014

It was a beautiful day. A lovely, warm-hearted, cheerful, multi-generational, gently eccentric crowd gathered to celebrate together. The one lone counter-protester was surrounded by a compassionate circle of people affirming the primacy of love and equality.

What a lovely variety of humanity.

I’m proud to be an Ashevillian.


Two Years Ago: Bench & Shadow

Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NCSeeing more shadows than light today, but hoping for a reversal sometime soon…
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Waterrock Knob

Blue Ridge Parkway

What a lovely day! We panted our way up the half-mile trail to the top of Waterrock Knob (second highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway). The weather was impeccable and the views were lovely. This last segment of the Parkway is incredibly gorgeous. The first image is looking East, back toward Mt. Pisgah.

This view is looking South.

This is looking North, with Maggie Valley below, behind the wildflowers.

Man on wooded path.

Then we went and played some poker at Cherokee. Wins all around, yay!

[Update: You might enjoy reading Bob's take on the day.]


A Year Ago: Masonry

SidewalkI read something yesterday (which I won’t link to because it’s both gratuitously nasty and insane) that reminded me how easy it is to fall into paranoid delusion…
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Incomplete

Cranes and buildings against sky with clouds, Asheville, NC

The Autumnal Equinox has been and gone and we’ve had an essentially instantaneous transition to Fall. Cool, dry, fresh and crisp, blue-skies: BOOM! Autumn!

Everything else, not so much with the clean transitions. Loki’s been ill. Things could be going a whole lot more smoothly with my work. I have a list of to-dos that reaches half-way to the harvest moon.

At the moment, I’m feeling inadequate to just about every task on my plate. I need an incomplete.


A Year Ago: Pole Sitter

Sculpture shadow, Knoxville airport, TNThe Stylites, or pillar-saints, believed that their ascetic practice of fasting, praying, and preaching…
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No Exit

The change of season is happening rapidly. It’s been stormy on and off for days.

My internal weather has been pretty gloomy recently too: hence the appropriately existential photo for today.

This too shall pass.

Yoga Vane

Lululemon Yoga Vane, Asheville, NC

I want to say, on the one hand: TOTALLY ASHEVILLE.
And, on the other hand: TOTALLY NOT ASHEVILLE.

Because yoga vanity.
Because corporate, not crunchy.

I guess, like the arrow, it can point a whole bunch of different ways.


Two Years Ago: Little Cloud

Evening sky with small cloud, Asheville, NCIf you want to be a photographer, you have to be a bit of a stalker…
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Silverman

Abandoned industrial building, Asheville, NC

The pattern of neglect has yet to be broken.

Why has my photograph habit fallen by the wayside lately? I can think of a few reasons:

  • Technical disappointment. This is a weird one, as I’ve been shooting the same cameras quite happily for a long time now. But photographing that wedding in terrible light just frustrated the heck out of me, and made me realize that I miss photographing people, candidly, in low light. So I’ve been trolling photography sites and jonesing after camera equipment I can’t afford.
  • Other life stuff. The boyfriend, the yard, the real estate work, the friends, the house, the amulets, etc. etc. There seems to be a long list of items ahead in the priority queue these days. Again, not entirely sure why, but some of it has to do with…
  • Feeling stale. I need a visual jolt of some kind: subject matter or purpose or process.

Since neither of these things are susceptible of immediate, obvious remedy, I’ll just do what I’ve always done. Keep looking, photographing when moved to do so. It’s worth noting that I essentially stopped photographing for more than a decade at one point, and then came roaring back. I doubt I’m looking at a similar hiatus.

I’m not going to sweat it and I hope you won’t either. I’m about as happy with today’s picture as I am with any picture I’ve made in a long time. So there’s that!


A Year Ago: Rust Grid

What do you get when you go below the rust belt?…
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