Tree bones

What’s left when the tree’s life is gone.


Below, a photo taken this past week of the keynote speaker at a conference on water law and policy. Terribly underexposed, very soft and virtually unusable for print. However, there was something “painterly” about this photojournalistic failure that reminded me of John Singer Sargent or the brooding and dark portraiture of Rembrandt. (It’s doubtful either of them would pose their subject with a PowerPoint clicker in hand.)

Weekly photo challenge: Renewal 1

This week’s photo challenge theme is “renewal.” It’s a hard theme in autumn when Nature is preparing for her winter’s sleep. She did leave some reminders of spring — that great time of renewal.  Today, vibrant violets dotted the shaley, leaf-strewn slopes.

ULTRAVIOLET — Normally a signature of spring, violet blooms popped into fullness near the middle of November.
OUT OF TIME — Wild violet blooms out of time.

Far more interesting takes on the theme can be found here:

And of course, the BIG photo challenge page:

How lovely!

A big thanks to Ensenga’s Voice for nominating us for the One Lovely Blog Award! We’re honored to be nominated!

The rules that come with accepting this nomination are the following:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post (and put in the logo);
2. Share seven  things about yourself;
3. Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire;
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know.

The seven things:

  1. I’ll take those black jellybeans if you don’t want them.
  2. Likes haiku.
  3. Misses the beach.
  4. Sort of a Luddite.
  5. Believes in the four food groups: Pizza, fried chicken, mac n’ cheese and bacon.
  6. Mets fan.
  7. Has weak spot for 70s pop music.

And 15 bloggers we admire:


Thanks to all the bloggers out there who share what is important an continue to inspire all of us with words, images and action!

2012 fall colors in the Ouachitas

What a beautiful autumn here in Arkansas’ Ouachita Mountains. We’ll let the forest speak for itself.

Weekly photo challenge: Geometry

Nature is quite good at geometry.

HALVED — Fossilized ammonite halved and polished reveals its spiral geometry.
COMING AROUND AGAIN — The pine cone’s scales are arranged spirally.
CRYSTAL — Regular molecule patterns in crystals make for nice geometric patterns.  (that is sort of a chicken-or-egg-circular-reasoning sort of sentence, isn’t it?) This tiny finger of calcite or quartz hides deep inside a large mass of less well defined crystals.

Some favorites so far from this week:

And the WPC mother page: