April

Oh, the lovely fickleness of an April day! ~W.H. Gibson

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April 1, 2018

The table is set early as we prepare for our brunch.  Cheese and Onion Strata, baked honey ham, fruit salad and asparagus with brie need to be made this morning in time for our brunch with family.  There is a lightness in the air, a sense of new beginnings.  I am happy.

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April 2, 2018

I confess:  I didn't take this photograph with my Canon.  I opted instead to use my iPhone and I am glad I did.  It snowed all morning, eventually gracing the earth with four inches that by evening had mostly melted.  Mother Nature was a day late with her April Fool's joke.

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April 3, 2018

The day dawns gray and heavy with rain clouds so yet again I am forced to seek inspiration indoors.  Oh, how I long for nice weather so I may take my camera for walks and shoot something new!  The forsythia add a bit of cheer to this gloomy day.

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April 4, 2018

Yet another rainy day, one good for drinking tea and reading a good book.  I am really enjoying this one, by Tomi Adeyemi.  

 

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April 5, 2018

None of our bulbs have begun to blossom yet.  The temps are still in the 40's and we have had snow at least once a week.  I resort to store bought tulips to bring sunshine into our home.

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April 6, 2018

I eagerly await the appearance of these delicate blue flowers each year.  I am not sure of their name but they appear to be some kind of tiny orchid...

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April 7, 2018

Finally, a daffodil begins to poke its head above the ground.  April is being true to its reputation; it has been gray and rainy all day.  I yearn to go out for a walk in the sun.

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April 8, 2018

The gray continues to grace us with its somber beauty.  

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April 9, 2018

He's a little out of focus but this guy had a lot of fun taunting poor Popeye! 

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April 10, 2018

Remember those daffodils from a few shots ago?  This morning they received a coating of snow.  Thankfully, it melted pretty quickly!

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April 11, 2018

The sun decided to come out today and the temps were in the 50s.  It felt so good to walk outside with just a fleece jacket on.  This spring has been taking its time in arriving.  Popeye and I walk up to the pond behind our neighbor's house, looking for signs of spring.  There is something so tender about new buds, isn't there?

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April 12, 2018

I started lessons about a year ago and am learning about so much more than how to play piano.  The importance of showing up every day, setting aside fear of mistakes, trust, focus and, yes, mindfulness.  So many teaching moments when I sit down on the bench and place my hands on the keyboard.

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April 13, 2018

Today I purchased a new lens, a 40mm 'pancake' lens.  I've heard so many good things about it, especially how convenient it is for when you are traveling.  I don't normally photograph people but I wanted to try the lens out and he was a ready subject. 

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April 14, 2018

Finally, a beautiful spring morning!  The type of day where I just want to be outside all day.  So much pleasure was found in cleaning out my garden beds, discovering new growth underneath last year's debris.  I look forward to the fragile beauty of my bleeding hearts every year.  

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April 15, 2018

It's just the two of us this week.  Outside the skies are overcast and a cold wind makes it feel like winter again.  Inside it is quiet, the only sound the settling of this old house and the quiet snores from Popeye as he sleeps.  When I was a child, Sundays always felt lonely to me but now I find them comforting.  A day to pause and reflect.  

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April 16, 2018

When I look at this photograph I see tenderness.  Resilience.  Fragility.  

What do you see?

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April 17, 2018

There will be times when I will have to resort to my iPhone, such as today where it seemed as if I was running from one place to the next.  I head up the stairs to access the cancer center in order to have my yearly CT scan.  I always pause on this landing because I love the geometry of this wall.  It reminds me of the work of Piet Mondrian.  I feel hopeful today that my tests will reveal a body still free of disease.

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April 18, 2018

I had a lot of photographs I could have chosen from today but I settled on this one because it is so unlike what I usually share.  I was playing with light and color today, capturing the reflection of light on this wind chime.  I recently purchased Lightroom for my laptop and I had fun playing with the hues and vibrancy in this photograph.

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April 19, 2018

I am supposed to be practicing piano.  I am supposed to be painting or answering emails or (ugh) cleaning the bathroom.  Instead, I am captivated by the bluebirds who have taken up residence in our backyard.  I have waited years for them to notice the bluebird house and for years wrens or sparrows have taken up residence instead.  This year was different.  This year I had no sooner cleaned out the house when I noticed bright spots of blue flitting around the weeping willow that provides ready branches for keeping watch on.  Watching them build their nest (by essentially taking away the moss that lines my hanging strawberry plant) has been a joy. 

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April 20, 2018

She is our middle daughter, the only one who still lives on the same continent as us. : ) I am so thankful that she is only a few hours away.  Today we had a lovely mother/daughter day catching up with one another and strolling through her Park Slope neighborhood.

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April 21, 2018

Capturing light.  And hearts disguised as leaves.  A quiet Saturday.

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April 22, 2018

We took a field trip to Laurel Ridge in Litchfield, hoping to catch the daffodils in full bloom but finding that we are still a week or two early.  Fortunately, some of them were already blossoming and I was able to get a few good photographs.  Next week I will return and try again.  It is breathtaking when the entire ridge is covered in yellow.

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April 23, 2018

Out of focus these flowers are still beautiful.  Playing with abstract photography this week, part of the Master Your Craft course I am taking with David DuChemin.  

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April 24, 2018

I try to get as close as I can to the daffodil in an effort to make an abstract photo but find that my camera will only let me go so far.  In spite of my limitation I do like the way this shot turned out, especially the crinkled petal on the top left.  There is a softness about the picture which pleases me.

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April 25, 2018

I spend more time playing with daffodils, wishing I had a white wall to photograph them against.  I suppose I could use a sheet or tagboard, but I settle on the windowsill.  I never realized until today that we don't have a single white wall in our home; I am just a lover of color.  Tomorrow I might try the sheet idea.  Even as they fade I find daffodils to be so lovely.  

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April 26, 2018

"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature." ~ Gerard de Nerval

We walk up the path to our neighbor's yard and breathe in the beauty surrounding us.  I'm thankful that April is yielding itself to Spring and look forward to the treasures that May will bring. 

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April 27, 2018

Downloaded a new app on my iPhone today.  It's called Slow Shutter Cam, and it does an amazing job of creating abstract photography.  When I began this project my intent was to solely use my Canon but have begun to include my phone as well, as there are some things it can do that my Canon cannot.  Some people call apps like Slow Shutter a gimmick but I believe art is art.

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April 28, 2018

Blossoms from the weeping cherry tree.

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April 29, 2017

More play with the slow shutter cam app.  I love the watercolor quality of this shot.  It was taken in my backyard and the slow shutter cam adds so much mood to it.  

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April 30, 2018

This April has been harsh; cold, snow, few days of sunshine.  I won't miss it.  The hydrangeas remind me of what is to come.  Looking forward to more sun and warmth.