The Basswood in Fall

Basswods bereft of leaves. Back left, a maple.

The first light frost of the season. Light also because the dog and I were slow to get out this morning. And, an appropriate response to frost: fire! By the way, basswood makes excellant kindling, which is a good thing as I generate a lot of scrap.

Have a nice October Sunday!

More frost. This photo has been "jacked" up a touch, just playing.



The Morning Basswood

Turning yellow as the weather cools; a crisp 30 something this morning, with the faint sounds of the ND marching band from the stadium. Football this afternoon.
And not The Morning Basswood. I like the surreal stillness.
Both taken with a regular camera. Smart phones have great cameras now, and have become the camera of choice for many .... but they are not very ergonomic in user terms. As a quick visual note taker, random pussy cat snaps, or doing bank deposits, it's nice to have one close to hand. Fortunately for me, the small "enthusiast" cameras are great machines, with superb image quality, and much better ergonomics than the phone, and a chance that they will survive the phone camera onslaught.

Addenda: Later in the day.

There is one area where phone cameras absolutly excell; sharing instantly with others, across the nation or just the room. The big camera companies have all failed miserably on this. My very nice little Canon S110 has the most cocked up wirless capabilities, and supposedly I can link it to my phone to send images, but they aren't full resolution. What? And it's very complicated to implement. With my phone I can Airdrop the image to my iPad, or email it, or message it. No cumbersome set-up, it's just there and works. As to image quality, some of my favorites came from really crappy cameras under abysmal conditions, including my original, 1st. generartion iPhone.


5s photo, blood moon.

A much better photo from the Apple camera, than the previous one. And not only is Wednesday a full moon but there will be a "Blood Moon", an eclipse of the moon. Starting around 5 AM, ET.



Interview with Apple's Jony Ive



"He sees design schools failing their students by moving away from a foundation in traditional skills. "I think it’s important that we learn how to draw and to make something and to do it directly," he says, "to understand the properties you’re working with by manipulating them and transforming them yourself."






Summer has lingered into early fall with beautiful days and cool nights, and just the start of turning leaves.

Photo from a new camera, iPhone 5s. The latest phones are too big; I'm hoping Apple will come out with a "mini" version of the latest and greatest, though not likely for at least a year and maybe two. The 6 series is attractive as tablet, much less as phone, and would have required changing the way I carry and handle a phone.

Soon, a post on process of some current projects as I start to finally catch up.