Sunday, January 27, 2013

As if by magic!

The word magic, or magical, seems to come easily into my vocabulary of late.  I find myself entranced by small and large images that to me appear magical.  It might be a never imagined image of an iceberg in Antarctica, that caught my eye on the internet one day ...
(,  or the tiny yellow announcement in my garden today heralding the opening of the Chinese Witch Hazel blossoms. Nubby little brown buds give way to tiny flecks of yellow. Brought inside and placed in a tiny vase of water ... the yellow ribbons appear, followed quickly by the amazing fragrance now permeating my studio.  I no longer have a huge lens with which to capture those super detailed images ... so my efforts to herald the thought that spring can't be too far away, will have to suffice.

Earlier this morning ... just the hint of what will appear was enough to excite me.

Like microscopic ribbons the yellow tendrils unfold.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Before fresh scones with clotted cream and marmalade ... Friday morning reflections!

Driving on 44th Ave SW towards a friend's home, and passing the small trail head that accesses Dumas Bay, there is a  pond which is a constant source of fascination and delight for me. On this particular Friday morning, the resident Mallard community was enjoying the quiet and skimming noiselessly across the reflections on the water. Stop. Back up the car. Grab for the camera and just sit and watch the changing artwork of nature unfolding before me. Take my photos to share with my friends ... and my reward?  A fresh, warm scone with newly made marmalade and clotted cream. What a blissful way to start a day! I wish you could have been there too.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Winter Magic

On a hillside between Tacoma and Southcenter earlier today, I was in time to capture this moment of magic created on the bare branch of a tree.  Of course when I checked an hour later, there was just enough warmth in the air for it to have melted. Whatever caused those droplets of water to stay long enough to freeze, I was grateful just to see them!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Winter light in the Pacific Northwest

Low snow in Cascade Foothills and cloud cover on Mt. Rainier
Christmas Morning gloom ... December 25, 2012
A momentary flash of morning light illuminates Tacoma and the St.Regis mill.
Late, low light on New Years Eve

New Years Morning  ... bright sunshine & clear skies at last.

2013 is upon us! Today when I was tutoring the first grader I work with each week I wrote the numbers for the first time.
It is a time of short, often dark, days ( even though officially there is a daily lengthening of a few minutes) and long, dark, winter nights in our part of the world.  The sun spends more time in the southern hemisphere and is very low in the southern part of the sky here each day.  When it does shine it is dazzling! On the other hand when the sun doesn't shine it is often difficult to differentiate between the sky and the water: they are both grey! There is a short time annually when the low sun rising behind Mt. Rainier projects the reflection of the mountain onto the water.  I managed to capture a neighbors tree highlighted, the roof line of a single building and outline of evergreen trees projected onto the water of Commencement Bay, from the ridge opposite our home looking in a southerly direction. In that fleeting moment when the sun shone late in the afternoon on New Year's Eve - it was brilliant !  Twenty seconds later the darkness returned! Today it was thick fog and frost.  Wonder what tomorrow will bring?