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Tuesday, December 13, 2022

When the lighting is good...

Under the right lighting an ordinary scene can look good. I realized this years ago when I was walking along the upper Patuxent river. Like other Piedmont streams, the Patuxent in its upper reaches isn't very scenic. Mountain and flat tidal streams often are photogenic even when the lighting is commonplace, but those in the mid-range often don't merit a second look. 

One afternoon, however, I hiked a stretch of the upper Patuxent whose waters I had often fished for trout. Although this was well before digital cameras were built into phones, I had brought along a 35mm camera just in case I spotted some wildlife or something similar to photograph. It was late winter or early spring with the late afternoon sun getting lower in the sky and I turned to look upstream where my eyes took in a look at the river which I hadn't seen until then.  The slanting sunlight on the river painted a beautiful scene. Of course, I immediately took the picture and still have a framed enlargement.

Lighting can make a plain woman lovely or a beautiful woman drab. I have passed by the spot in the park shown in the photo below possibly thousands of times without it ever getting my attention until a morning a few days ago. Suddenly, the light and the sky brought out beauty in an ordinary scene. The building is a public bathroom, and you can't get much more ordinary than that.

Honor at Breakfast


Friday, December 9, 2022

Pam made a quilt for Honor


She'll give it to our granddaughter when they come down from Brooklyn for Christmas.

Post (?) Pandemic 1: Basketball

Friday, December 2, I went with Stan and two others to watch Maryland play Illinois. It was my first athletic event in almost three years because of the Pandemic. Although the game didn't begin until nine P.M., I stayed alert because it was exciting. The capacity crowd was wild and very happy that the Terps won. The new coach Kevin Willard has won his first eight games.


Post (?) Pandemic 2: Thanksgiving

 Actually, nine days after the actual holiday. The plan for the actual holiday was for Pam and I to drive up to Sean's brother Ryan's new home in Towson, Maryland and join Sean's parents, Tim and Zenny, and Rebecca, Sean, and Honor who would come down from Brooklyn. Unfortunately, the Pandemic has not fully passed, and Rebecca and Sean caught Covid for the second time so were unable to make the trip

Pam and I drove up anyway and shared a nice Thanksgiving dinner with Ryan and Katie, and Tim and Zenny. We didn't take any pictures that day, but nine days later Rebecca and Sean had recovered sufficiently to drive down so everyone was able to get together at Ryan's and Katie's. Theirs is a nice house which is over 100 years old, and that day pictures were taken.

Left to right are me, Pam, Rebecca, Honor, and Sean. The Logue line-up is below:

Left to right are Sean, Rebecca, Honor, Tim, Zenny, Ryan, and Katie. Knowing that others in the group liked beer, I brought some. Apparently, Tim and I are no longer used to having a beer that early in the day because we both fell asleep on the couch while watching the World's Cup soccer on TV. In the center is Arnie, Tim's dog who was sleepy even though he didn't have any beer.