Tag Archive: altered

Through A Glass, Darkly

I seem to have a thing for stemware. What can I say, a girl’s gotta have her motifs. A Year Ago: Asheville Stars Just a quick note to assure you all that I’m still alive… [read more]

Aesthetic Emergency

If you spend enough time with me, sooner or later I’m going to interrupt you in mid-sentence (as politely as I can manage), beg your pardon, and dash off to photograph something I’ve just seen in the immediate vicinity. If I’ve known you a long time and/or we are particularly close, I may ask you…

Open to the Public

What a difference a couple of days makes. I’m feeling considerably more cheerful and optimistic than I was then. My mood is undoubtedly helped along by spending several hours a day outdoors in bright sunshine. A Year Ago: Pretty Ugly A few years ago, I mentioned the French concept/term jolie-laide… [read more]

Volunteer

In the 70s today, immaculate sky. The kitty and I meander around the yard enjoying the sunshine and the warm breezes. Really, there’s nothing wrong with it at all, and even the the bleeding thumbprick I received from yanking brambles without gloves on doesn’t rankle. Many sections of the yard are carpeted with fuzzy spires…

Lessons My Cat Has Taught Me—Number 9: They’re Just *Things*

I acquired a lovely new rug as a housewarming present. Loki has commenced to shred it. My leather armchair and matching ottoman, which survived nearly 20 years in pristine condition, have been reduced to a mass of punctures and scratches in 8 months. They used to be my nicest pieces of furniture. My expensive honeycomb…

Giving Up

It’s Ash Wednesday, and so I was moved to decide what I would give up for Lent. A Buzzfeed quiz I saw on Facebook came back with the counterintuitive result that I didn’t need to give anything up, but rather I should add something constructive. Wisdom from Buzzfeed? Oy. Nevertheless: I have decided to give…

A Commitment of Trees

Yesterday I planted 15 tree saplings on my property: 3 redbud, 3 persimmon, 3 black cherry, and 6 crape myrtles. It was the hardest physical work I’ve done in years, and every muscle in body aches today, especially in my hands and forearms from breaking up the heavy, clayey soil. And I still have 6…

Loki in the Snow

By a trick of the eye and software, you can’t clearly see Loki’s leash in this rendition of the photograph. Never mind that sleight-of-hand: what’s astonishing is that instead of standing on the porch expressing his utter disdain and WTF?itude, Loki is seen actually picking his way through an admittedly much-attenuated snowfield. The air was…

Snowfall in Asheville

The big snow is underway. If it keeps up as advertised, we’ll have a foot of snow by the end of the day tomorrow. It’s pretty. Neighborhood children and youngsters are sledding down the steep road on the north side of my yard, even after dark. I’m enjoying being indoors where it’s warm and bright….

Lighthouse Flag

On some level, this is cheating—pure and simple. I’m an utterly amateur draftsperson. I can’t paint with watercolors to save my life. But on a miracle of technology the size of a notepad, I can mutate an ordinary, decently composed photograph into this. It’s totally cheating. Would I like an image like this if I…