In the ruins of Persepolis there are bas-relief carvings showing delegates of the 23 subject nations of the Persian Empire paying tribute to Darius I. When Cathy’s family lived in Iran, a man stayed with them who (with permission) took casts of the heads of many of the carvings. This is a reproduction made from a set that he made for Cathy’s parents. Along with seven others, it was made for us by Cathy’s brother, David.
Monthly Archives: December 2011
to the living room. Dorothy and three friends pitched the tent in our living room and slept in it tonight. Dorothy read a bedtime story (Dogger, by Shirley Hughes) after they were all settled in.
It was a cold morning today. Our thermometer said 27°F. There was frost everywhere. These ice crystals were on the Tuscan kale in my vegetable garden.
Dorothy’s classmate, Emily, had the class out for lunch for her birthday at Baronessa, a nice, little Italian restaurant near here. Not everyone came but this is about ⅔ of the class.
I didn’t get a chance to go out to take pictures today. I was just too busy. I did enjoy the clouds out my window and took a minute to grab a couple photos in the early afternoon.
Three of my favorite people.
Cathy’s brother, David, is visiting from New Mexico and we had dinner with him and his (and Cathy’s) mom this evening.
If you’re in need of a good dentist, I can recommend our friend, Dr. Gregg Taira. He and Cathy went to junior high and high school together and he’s been caring for our teeth for over 20 years.
After the live nativity in the barn, we moved into the house for dessert. Diana played the piano and we all sang Christmas carols and had a grand old time.
We had our annual outing to cut Christmas trees today. Kendra and Dorothy did the actual cutting, which was nice. It was a beautiful day, if a little chilly.
Here’s Dorothy with her alternate mom.
As I went to pick up Dorothy from her piano lesson this evening I stopped to take a few pictures of Christmas lights in the neighborhood. This was my favorite.
I stopped for gas on the way home and thought the sunset was nice. The only view I had, though, was over an industrial park with this microwave relay tower in front of the best part of the sky. That’s alright, it gives the picture something.
The final X-Factor of the year is the annual Christmas party with its gift exchange.
Today was Dorothy’s last day of school for the semester. I took her and four friends to Olney. On the way home after that I stopped to take pictures of the ominous clouds. I like the pattern of branches on this old oak tree against them.
This is my office building as I left work this evening. As you can see, I’m not the last one to leave. I only recognize one of the offices. Two lights in the conference room stay on all the time.
This was taken at 12:04 a.m. on December 17. Last night (a.k.a. few hours earlier) Dorothy and a bunch of other people picked up Simone and her mom at the airport. So, here’s Dorothy “picking up Simone” as they dropped Dorothy back at home “first thing” this morning.
Very well done, guys.
She was in town and we were fortunate enough to get her for lunch.
These are either Christmas lights or a Euler diagram for some complex set of relationships. I’m not sure which.
I like dreary days. Colors are more intense (not that there is much color in this photo). The sound of the rain is so relaxing. If you don’t like it, don’t despair, the sun will shine again.
Of course, I would have enjoyed it more out of my office today but it’s been busy at work of late. I’m starting to feel it.
We went to see “The Nutcracker” this evening so I guess I’m thinking of ballet. “Duck Lake” would be sort of like “Swan Lake” only not so graceful? Maybe I could call this picture “The Ugly Cygnet,” about a duck that thinks it’s a swan but doesn’t understand why it looks so different. Or maybe I should simply call it “Duck.”
This is Dorothy’s reflection in an amber glass bottle. The trick was keeping the reflection of the flash from ruining the image.
At our church, we traditionally close our Christmas Eve service with candles lit as we sing Joy To the World. You may ask, ‘how did this tradition get started?’ I’ll tell you! I don’t know. But it’s a tradition…
Cathy dressed for Christmas in green and red, including one of my great-grandmother’s hats.
Cathy and Dorothy sport their new Christmas sweaters on Second Christmas at Cathy’s mom’s house. Happy Christmas to all!
As the sun set this evening, a break in the clouds opened up and it lit, among other things, this bus shelter.
It does look a little like Santa, but something isn’t quite right. He’s also a few days late.
As we approach the end of my “Year of Living Photographically” I’ve been thinking about what to do next. I don’t believe I will continue this in its current form. On the other hand, I expect to continue taking pictures, just not necessarily every day. I’ve decided that I will try to post pictures to a photo blog. It’s set up but the only image there so far is the blog’s page banner. I hope to start posting there in 2012 and will put up notes about it on Facebook.
The blog is http://www.HenryHartley.com/ (clever name, eh?).
Oh, this picture is one of the phalaenopsis orchids in my mom’s living room.
Welcome to my new blog. I’ve been online in one way or another for quite a while but not this publicly before. I’m just finishing a Project 365 on Facebook where I post a photo a day for a year. I don’t plan to continue that, at least not in a formal way, but I do expect to continue taking pictures. This blog is where I’ll be posting them. If you’re a friend from Facebook, I look forward to keeping up the conversation. If you found me some other way, then you are welcome, also.
I can’t promise that this will only be photographs but that’s likely to be the emphasis. I’m not a word person, in general, although I do like reading. I’ve been known, on rare occasions, to be able to explain things using words but in general, if I have anything original to say, it will be an image.
I expect to be changing the banner image from time to time, as well. Currently the image is one I took in 1993 at Cape St. Mary’s in Newfoundland, Canada. Cathy and I enjoyed an afternoon there watching these gannets as well as auks and guillemots and the occasional razorbill.
Dorothy and I were in Baltimore this afternoon with friends Nancy and Lyla and I took this, my penultimate Project 365 photo, of the BB&T building reflected in a window with flags behind the window superimposed on the building. Obviously I flipped the photo to make the text the right way round.
Oh, I don’t know, maybe I’ll call it quits and stop now. I don’t know that I can take any more pictures…
Counting down to midnight, this picture, my final Project 365 photo, was take with about two seconds left in 2011.
I want to thank you all for your comments and support this year and I hope you’ll visit my new photoblog from time to time.