Monday, December 26, 2011
Dogs are not deterred from their play by cold winds. The sun was shining, and Sarah and Kona were beside themselves with happiness at the chance to be together, racing like wild things except for pauses to catch breath. Down the hill at our place, the low sun of late afternoon found its way through the old boards of the barn, blindingly bright.
Posted by P. J. Grath at 4:39 PM
Friday, December 23, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
|Hillside Study I|
The photograph above was posted the other day, but I reposted it here so the two could be seen together. David thought the vertical format was a stronger composition. It does pack a stronger punch, but I like the calm horizontal, as well. This is a scene I come back to again and again, in every season, and I found the warm light of late afternoon on a snowless December day irresistible. Which composition do you prefer?
|Hillside Study II|
Posted by P. J. Grath at 8:49 AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
My son came for a long weekend visit. Saturday we spent the day at the bookstore, and my idea was that we would hike the dunes on Sunday, but Sunday was so grey and dreary we stayed indoors, reading, watching movies, cooking and eating. It was a very cozy day. No complaints. I was counting on sunshine for Monday, and sunshine we got. First came errands in Suttons Bay, Lake Leelanau and Leland, and then--outdoors with Sarah for our adventure!
We took in the sights from the sublime to the quirky (both of us noticed this odd two-pronged stump), exploring new trail loops recently added that we were both hiking for the first time.
Birches are the stand-out trees in this preserve. This one looks as if the dunes half-buried it many years ago. And who started piling small birch sticks against another trunk? Why? I added one to the arrangement, for no particular reason.
Hunting is allowed on this land, so Sarah had to be on her leash, but we'd arranged for her to have a chance to run and jump and let off steam before taking to the trails with her, and she handled it all very well.
Wildlife, of course, is not restricted to the trails. These tracks across the sand almost look like tracks in snow.
We had a good, long, wonderful walk through the woods, up and down and around and through, and our timing was perfect, too, because as we were leaving the parking area we could see a huge, dark cloud moving in from the west.
The cloud divided our view in half. To the west were dark cloud-covered skies, while to the east the sky was blue, sun bright, life still colorful.
We got home before the last sunshine disappeared, happy and tired in the pleasantest of ways, our minds turning toward the coziness of dinner in front of the fire on a November evening.
Posted by P. J. Grath at 11:34 AM
Sunday, November 13, 2011
These are photographs from November 2010. The orchards are just as beautiful this year, but they don't look all that different, so I've been giving myself a break from obsessive picture-snapping. I'll only add that these images are not "full strength" but reduced in size and pixels, as I had originally posted them last year on "Books in Northport." The color, however, should come through fine.
Posted by P. J. Grath at 1:30 PM
Friday, November 11, 2011
These maples along Mill Street still have green leaves in October, when many other maples are gold and orange and scarlet, but by Election Day their color is brilliant, as seen above. Look closely at the red below, however, and you will see tiny streaks of something white. Yes, there have been snow flurries this week, and we will be seeing a lot of white in the weeks and months ahead.
Posted by P. J. Grath at 7:03 AM
Friday, November 4, 2011
This was a real frost, a hard frost, the kind that means a lot of scraping of car windows with cold hands. It also means each blade of grass and leaf is outlined in ephemeral lace. Whole fields were white and shimmering in the morning sun, too, but I'm down to a very small-storage memory card in my camera and can only take a few shots before reformatting.
Posted by P. J. Grath at 6:38 AM