Picture of the Week, Jan. 31

First Snow of 2011

I’m not exactly on time with this, but thanks to the magic of WordPress, I’ll publish this about 30 minutes earlier than real life and no one will know the difference! Except anyone who reads this.

Anyway, say hello to the first real snow of 2011. It’s been a pretty sad snow drought here in Homer, Alaska. The last snow to fall and actually stick happened way back in early December. Hopefully this one sticks around for a bit. I’m tired of walking (waddling is closer to reality) on wet, slick ice.

I took this picture at midnight in our front yard, so there’s obviously some artificial light happening. That would be the giant sodium street light that’s planted between us and the neighbor. Not sure why a little cul-de-sac in Homer needs a big street light, but we just pay rent here, so who can say.

Here’s the full view in all it’s midnight-sunnish glory.

Night light

Picture of the Week, Jan. 24


This is sort of a self-portrait, since I’m standing there in the entrance to our kitchen. The curve of the kettle gives me a super-long torso and a tiny tiny head. I placed the kettle on our dining room table, having just brought it in from my car while it was raining/snowing, and I set the camera on a tripod for the 1/15 second exposure it took with all the lights on.

My favorite part of this photograph is the left side. Yeah, the part that isn’t in focus. This lens (Nikkor 105mm Micro) has such a nice bokeh. That’s the technical term for how a lens renders the out-of-focus elements of a photograph. This lens has a very even blur on those elements. The blue at the top is out a window, then down to a chair, and finally the tabletop.

Picture of the Week, Jan. 11 10

Frozen Roots

Okay, so this isn’t a photo from the previous week. I took it while Tyra was visiting here 2 weeks ago. These are the frozen roots of a tree that had washed up on the beach at the tip of the Homer Spit. Water initially covered most of the roots, and then as the tide receded, the 4° F air froze the sea water on the exposed wood. Wave-action kept adding more and more water to freeze, creating the icicles that look like fangs.

Update: Aaaand I apparently don’t know what today’s date is. Woo!