Binkee at I Love/Hate America has tagged me with a photo meme.
So, this was interesting. The sixth photo in the sixth folder is actually a photograph of my husband John and his first wife Paula. Click for the full-sized photo.
John and Paula
This was probably somewhere in the time frame of 1979-81. I’ve always liked this photo. It’s a good one of both of them.
Rules of the game:
1) Go to your Picture Folder or wherever you store your photos in your PC.
2) Go to the 6th folder and pick the 6th picture.
3) Post this on your blog and the story that goes with that picture.
4) Tag 5 bloggers by leaving a comment on their blogs and telling them about the tag.
Three out of four ain’t bad – I encourage anyone to participate, but no pressure.
I’ve added a new feature to the sidebar. It now generates a random thumbnail from the VirusHead Photo Gallery. Of course, that puts a little more pressure on me to take some photos, but that’s a good thing. I’ve been remiss for several months.
It took a little work to get the thing working right. Initially, the thumbnails refused to refresh and I had to mess around with some changes to the image generator.
All is well now, though, so you can enjoy a range of photos of my (extended) family, friends, trips, flora, fauna, skyscapes and whatever else happens to be there.
The school photographs are in!
Here’s Ben’s Fall 2007 second grade school photo:
And here’s his class (yes, he adores his teacher):
Bigger versions are available at my photo gallery.
I can’t write any more tonight, but I did set up the wedding photo album.
Caption suggestions are welcome (grin).
I’ll write all about the actual event as soon as I can.
Oh – it was terrific to meet up with Nicolette. I picked her up at her house, and her next-door neighbor was kind enough to take a few photos of us (more here).
We went to Borders as planned, and talked together for quite some time.
I had forgotten how beautiful her eyes are – although actually I think they are prettier now than ever. There is a steadiness and wisdom in their depths that wasn’t there before.
That’s another thing I noticed. All my friends have found a center, a place from which they beam. It probably sounds strange to say it. Maybe it just takes wide experiences, a kind of building of confidence over time. Women in their forties totally rock. I wish I had been able to squeeze in a couple of other visits – especially with Jennifer R., who I just reconnected with before leaving. I simply ran out of time to see anyone else. It was pretty packed as it was.
I felt so enveloped by love and caring on this trip.
Well. I did pick up a book, but it wasn’t a novel. “Revenge of the Quahog” is a book of collected comics by regional cartoonist Don Bousquet. An example: A kid with a gift-wrapped box for a head, carrying books. The title is “Gifted Child” and his tee-shirt says “Wickit Smott.” You get the general idea…. lol. I managed to get steamers butter on it later…
Roy and Patty had a barbecue at their house in North Providence – and my cousin Allen M. was kind enough to drive from his place so that we could see each other. He is recently divorced (about the most civil divorce I’ve ever seen) and he seemed happy and more relaxed. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to do another Utah trip before too long.
Next day, I headed to Salem.
Ok, I think I’ve got my photos ready to go here…. They’ll stand in for a travelogue. I’ll just make a couple of notes here and there. More than anything else, I think I most enjoyed meeting and talking with all of the people we encountered at various places. I don’t really have the energy or time to describe them here right now – but I suspect that I will blog on bits and pieces of conversations over the coming weeks. For now, this is going to be about the photos.
We stayed much longer than planned with our friend Michael – Bricoleuer, Roboticist, Artist, Scientist, and All Around Interesting Person. At the beginning of the trip, he hosted a huge party, and we met tons of fascinating people. We owe him, simple as that. We ended up having to crawl back to him after the camping part of the trip, because of illness and exhaustion. His actions were well above and beyond the call of duty or even friendship, and we are very, very grateful.
Here is John and Michael out on the deck, which looked out toward Sante Fe from the foothills. You could just see the Sandia Crest, in Albuquerque.
Here’s Ben – hasn’t he grown?
This is a small part of Michael’s scary food collection. Please comment if you know of scary food to add to his collection (grin).
These were taken at a storefront in Sante Fe, while we were on our way to dinner. I took the one of Ben, and Ben took the one of the rest of us.
The cactus was in bloom.
It’s been raining for more than 24 hours. I’ve just been out walking in the back yard, and found big mushrooms growing under the oak trees. Last week, I saw others of the same type out in the woods; those were even more gigantic – three times as big.
Does anyone know what kind of mushrooms these are?
The ones in our yard are usually very tiny, and grayish, and they carpet whole areas. Perhaps they are a springtime mushroom – I don’t remember. Anyway, this is the first time I’ve seen these here.
Aunt Elaine sent me this, a circulating email. I always check these out. This one is not a hoax.
The email calls this the rarest of all atmostpheric phenomena, a “fire rainbow.” Clouds have to be cirrus, at least 20k feet in the air, with just the right amount of ice crystals and the sun has to hit the clouds at precisely 50 degrees.
Yup, you get the right combination of conditions and – voila! beauty.
This is a real photograph of an atmospheric phenomenon known as a circumhorizon(tal) arc, the example shown above was captured on camera as it hung for about an hour across a several-hundred square mile area of sky above northern Idaho (near the Washington border) on 3 June 2006.
In general, a circumhorizontal arc (or “fire rainbow”) appears when the sun is high in the sky (i.e., higher than 58° above the horizon), and its light passes through diaphanous, high-altitude cirrus clouds made up of hexagonal plate crystals. Sunlight entering the crystals’ vertical side faces and leaving through their bottom faces is refracted (as through a prism) and separated into an array of visible colors. When the plate crystals in cirrus clouds are aligned optimally (i.e., with their faces parallel to the ground), the resulting display is a brilliant spectrum of colors reminiscent of a rainbow.
Well, I think it’s more than “reminiscent” of a rainbow. It’s the normal prism effect – but angled out over flame-shaped clouds.
Gorgeous, isn’t it?