I came home last week to find our friendly spider newly deceased, fallen from her perch between the garage and the porch. She lay cold on her back, her legs gently folded upon her abdomen. She was a good spider. We will miss her. I picked her up and carried her over beneath the Buddha statue, under the mimosa tree. That will be her final resting place, and she will become food for something else. The huntress becomes the prey (or carcass). The ice flower images I took on my way home seemed to be a fitting tribute to this frozen beauty.
You decorated our doorway for the greater part of two years,
your messy webs blowing in the breeze after you used them to catch your food.
I will miss your shadow cast on the wall by the garage light.
I will miss your crouching presence hidden up under the eaves by day,
your bold and quick climbing by night.
Thank you for your service.
Your body will now feed our tree.
Day Three Hundred Nine The Natural History museum had a special event tonight - the StartUp Sendoff (the StartUp Computer Revolution exhibit is going away); next to the Fractal Foundation booth I was working, this man from Intel was set up giving candy away. You had to use the robotic arm to pick up the candy. One of the ladies was trying to give her candy to the Intel guy.
Day Three Hundred Twelve I was messing around with this big crystal (the kind you hang in the window to cast rainbows all over the room), using it to shoot light patterns onto things to photograph. I found that it fit perfectly into my macro lens and gave this ghostly, multiple-exposure effect. Can't wait to try out some more multi-faceted portraits
Day Three Hundred Nineteen I went out to get some pics of the supermoon, but I guess I missed the "super" rise, so it looked, well, just like the moon (and I love the moon, but I have lots and lots of pictures of the full moon, and they just all start looking the same...). The plants were casting shadows on the curtains, so I crept around outside my house taking photos of the windows.
Day Three Hundred Twenty One / Day Three Hundred Twenty Two (below) I didn't take any photos today or yesterday - the second and third days this year that I didn't. I did, however, get caught up on some personal editing projects, so yay for small successes? Here you go, a couple photos that I edited from outings this summer - one in Cloudcroft, one at Meow Wolf (below).
Day Three Hundred Thirty Four Driving back from Cuba today; had to stop several times to try and capture the landscape. So beautiful. The light was incredible. It snowed all night there, so the hills closest to Cuba were snow covered and shining bright white in the setting sun. As I came closer to San Ysidro, the snow was gone, but the colors of the layers of earth were vibrant.
Day Three Hundred Thirty Five Not too many pics from today. I saw this pretty tree with red berries that was nicely lit up in the evening sun, so I took a photo of it. The red berries stood out against the blue sky. In messing around with it, I decided I liked the sky a red color as well, and then made it into a kaleidoscope image. I liked the finished product more than the initial photo, so here it is
The stretch of highway on 550 between Cuba and San Ysidro contains some of my favorite land formations in the area. If I have a choice, I'll pick 550 for travel, though often it is not overly convenient for most places I'm going these days. I used to travel this stretch of road almost every weekend, going home to visit when I first moved to Albuquerque for school. These days, I don't drive this way often, usually opting for the faster route through Santa Fe. I was up in Cuba doing some outreach presentations at the elementary school there, so got to experience the hills and mesas lit up in the afternoon sun on my way back home.
I also did some alterations to a couple of the photos from my trip, turning the photo of the motel waiting room into an architectural kaleidoscope and making a strange alien-insect face out of one of the highway panoramas.
I probably added a half-hour to my drive home, stopping so frequently to try and capture the beauty of my surroundings lit by the setting sun, but it was well worth it.