Tag Archive: detail

Encrusted

Because I am an aesthetic snob, raised by aesthetic snobs (they would have never copped to that: they would have insisted that they were merely well-educated people with good taste), I approach software like Instagram with knee-jerk disdain. People take their crappy snapshots, bleach, punch ‘em up, smudge ‘em, throw a grundge frame around them…

Specimen

I’m calling this one an oblique salute to Charles Darwin, whose 203rd birthday is commemorated today. The trapped seeds put me in mind of the classic “peppered moth” case for evolutionary selection. It troubles me that, more than a decade into the 21st Century, this country still has a majority who are not persuaded of…

Old World Charm

I like new things and I like old things. I don’t like sorta old things or sorta new things. For example, pretty much anything from the 70s-90s (with some major exceptions for the music) is not going to appeal to me. St. Augustine does old pretty well, but not so much with the new or…

Raindrops on Roses

I have had a large version of this image on my 27″ monitor for 24 hours now (you can see the Gallery version here). It’s so luscious, so ridiculously beautiful that I can’t take my eyes off it. There is some corner of my psyche that is soothed and healed just by the light from…

Old-Fashioned

It was planted by the front steps of a rowhouse in my neighborhood. I had never seen one quite like it: the iris’s petals looked as if they had been painted with a watercolor brush. The delicacy of the interior was remarkable. As I was photographing, a woman emerged from the home. “We’ve only lived…

Tree Thing

Spring in DC continues to be a big fat honkin’ tease. Looks nice and shiny: then you get outside and it’s darn nippy, there’s a breeze which is downright cold, and then the sun goes behind a cloud and it feels like November. Bah. Nevertheless, in service to you my dear readers, I venture forth….

Grains of Gold

Today is Tax Day in the U.S. and I am tempted to reach for some poetic comparison of pollen and wealth. After all, they are both only of any use when they are in motion from one place to another. Some medium of exchange is also required; and there is always an intermediary, as disinterested…

Variegated Pineapple

Looks real, doesn’t it? (Did you know that a pineapple fruit is actually a bunch of coalesced berries? I learned that today.) A Year Ago: Fire Canyon I couldn’t even muster up an April Fool’s joke today… [read more]

Twist

I took more than a dozen photographs of this coiled sapling. I found it just off the footpath on Roosevelt Island. Although there was no reason to think it was anything but a naturally-occuring phenomenon, it appeared artificial nonetheless. The effect is simultaneously muscular and sinuous, like the body of a python whose smoothness encases…

Arabesque

Yes, it’s another brown picture. I can pretty much guarantee, however, that in a week’s time there will be a bunch of pictures that are not brown. I’m going to Florida and there will be color, I’m pretty sure of that. Can’t wait. Can. Not. Wait. A Year Ago: In Memoriam You ascribe the honor……