Monday, January 31, 2011

Sideways Glances - January

Sometimes the photos that don't quite turn out still a glimpse of our life.

Like the time I was fumbling to put my camera away as I drove out East Road.

And the full moon of January, setting far to the north.

And I actually like the way this evening photo conveys a sense of motion and mystery, making the breeze visible.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Princess...

She has been a cat in search of a name. After bouncing around the "M"s for a while--Matilda, Magdalene, Madeleine--I started to call her "Mona," based on her mournful mew. Mo-mo for short.

"Princess Mona," if you want to believe her.

I suppose, since she has fixated on Dennis as her person, his wishes have the most weight. He just refers to her as "my Precious" in a Gollum-like voice. So "Precious" is how she will be known.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Bending Toward the Sun

I never grew geraniums until my Uncle Chuck pressed some starts on me a few autumns back. I liked the way that they readily propagated and grew them as houseplants throughout the winter.

When summer came, I potted them in my outside planters and after some acclimation, they grew happily enough.

Now, I understand the typical pattern is to cut the plants back in the fall and let them go dormant all winter. But I just can't seem to do that. The plants are growing so eagerly by freeze-up that I just can't kill them. So I delay their demise by bringing them inside and--under the household florescent lights--they seem to do okay.

This year, I brought the hanging baskets into the new shop and hung them by the south-facing window.

As long as I remember to water them once or twice a week, they seem to be happy enough. Though in the darkest part of winter, their yearning for the sun was palpable.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January Vista

A waxing moon and chimney-smoke from the shop are the only things in the mid-afternoon sky.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Alaskan Cat

Max is our first truly "outdoor" cat. He was a terrible housecat and seemed miserable when we forced him to be one. Since moving out to his own shop (the new shop addition), he has been in his own element.

He has a set of trails that he patrols around our property, though when the temperatures have been near zero, as they have for the past few days, he doesn't move too far from his heated shop.

We took advantage of the warmer afternoon temperatures (the heat of the day is around twenty) to go for a walk in the back yard. Max accompanied us in the manner of cats, sprinting from tree to tree and dodging out to ambush us at appropriate times.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Frosted Land

Cold, clear weather has reduced our snow-cover to a combination of thin snow and thick frost. The driness of the air seems to make the snow crystal glitter like jewels.

Where the ground was damp, elaborate ice crystals feather the air.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Friday, January 07, 2011

Another Evening View

If it seems I post a lot of sunrise/sunset photos this time of year, there are two things to remember.

At our latitude, we experience twilight periods that can extend for hours. And this time of year, our actual days are still in the six-plus hour rang. So we spend a large part of our day either waiting for the sun to rise or watching it set.

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I took this from our back lot this afternoon (four-ish), looking out toward Cook Inlet.

Winter Sky - 5 pm

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Guileless Gilbert

Gilbert the Houseguest has discovered the larger view of the world afforded by the windowsill.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

All Quiet

Twitch enjoys a quiet moment on the table.

The temperatures are in the mid-thirties and only about an inch of snow is left on the ground. It looks more like April than January.