Picture of the Week, February Weeks 2 and 3: Make Up Edition

I was a bit preoccupied selling my tech support business and becoming an employee of the company that bought me last week to take many worthwhile photos. To make up for it, I’ll post two photos today.

The first is from Anchorage on Saturday, taken with the iPhone while the plane I was on got sprayed with de-icer. The shot itself isn’t stunning, though the shooting liquid was difficult to capture. What I find interesting is the way this looks like a picture from the 70s. The blurry focus, the high contrast and over saturated colors, all look like snapshots I find in my parents’ photo boxes. I know there are iPhone apps like Hipstamatic that simulate these things, but this shot is completely au naturel. It was just shot from the dark interior of the plane through a dirty, liquid-speckled window. So pretty much the same quality as an average, 70s-era point-and-shoot camera lens.

The second I took yesterday, while traveling from one appointment to another along Skyline Drive. This is what overcast days look like in Homer. Or at least, what they look like if you’re up on the bluff. It’s a bit more boring in town. Not my favorite shot from that location, but it conveys the feeling of the weather conditions.

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. 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!