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I still live in the house with rippled glass windows. Old glass with imperfections that when you sit or stand at just the right angle, at all different times of day, you can view a surreal scene of the world. The window I love best provides a portal to view different branches. The branches are still mostly bare and at least one of the trees is dead but it is home to many a bird so maybe the owners will allow it to stand a while longer.

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“It’s rather dreamy,” is how I described the corn to Steve this morning, the 4 cobs lying snug as you know what in a rug in the refrigerator crisper.  I pointed out the soft light from the various sources, the opaqueness of the crisper drawer …He looked at me, shook his head and went back to his coffee.  Of course, after he left, I pulled out my camera.

Only a few golden kernels were visible in one of the cobs.

The rest had the husks still tightly wrapped, until I started to unwrap them.

I haven’t told Steve yet, but I know what we’re having for dinner.

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Recently Steve shared pictures from a trip abroad.  Dreamy images of a Canadian landscape with narrow strips of land separating sky and water.  Beautiful images to be sure, but what made them truly fascinating was Steve’s perspective as he shared them.  He suggested in terms of their display the images should be rotated 90 degrees thus highlighting what he had been trying to capture — the reflection of the landscape in (often) still waters creating perfect symmetry, i.e. use the vertical line, not the horizontal, to heighten the viewer’s experience of the reflection.  See what you think. 😉

I must admit, as I viewed some of these images at their new orientation, I began to “see” complex and rich structures that had nothing to do with their actual subject matter (trees, water, sky).  I especially thought of the green man in the woods figure with this one.

What do you see?

 

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I recently roped my friend Steve into showing his photo of sunlight shimmering in water at the RGC3 – Riverside Gallery @ Cambridge Community Center.  When we arrived at the closing reception, the organizer commented that several children had dropped in from the adjacent community center and had admired his work.  She’d encouraged them to come back later and “meet the photographer!”  Well, they did come back.  Three little boys between 8 and 12 years of age, maybe.  Now Steve is a plasma physicist who works with light.  Ask him about the photo and he will immediately start talking about caustics and light refraction and such.  But he didn’t start talking.  He simply asked the boys why they liked his photo.  One pointed and said “It looks like alligator skin!”  Another said, “No, like a turtle’s back!”  Both Steve and I certainly looked at his photo anew.  How about you?  What do you see?

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