Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fog







It was a very foggy morning--30 degrees and lots of wet ground from a few weeks of rain made it so.  Pictured here is beautiful downtown Roscommon.  The first shot is the fine clothier/haberdashery in town, also known as St Vincent DePaul,  and the other shot is of the train tracks, our public transport for hobos and other adventurous types.  Interesting about the train tracks--we don't have many trains running through, but if you happen to be in Fred's, our fine-dining supper club, when a train does go through town, they give you a shot.  Yep, a waiter/waitress walks through with a tray of shots.  Apparently it is to calm you from the excitement of a train rumbling by.  Hey, it doesn't happen too often and we do celebrate signs of progress here.

The other shots are from the College--it really is a beautiful campus.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

falling


OK, I am getting tired of pretty leaves, mainly because they are seemingly all coming to my yard to spend the winter.  But  they are pretty...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

More fall









It is still fall and amazing pretty leaf season here in northern upper lower Michigan.  It is amazing--the bright yellow of the birch trees, the orange of the maples, and now, the oak trees with their deeper reds and oranges are chiming into this cacophony of color.  I took a 20 minute walk and found these photos and this color.  I know, it's getting boring but this is what I have to photograph here in northern upper lower Michigan.

Friday, October 17, 2014

press time...



I have been on the look out for more orphan presses and I have found a few in the past few weeks.  When I was in Arizona, I found a Speedball linoleum press.  It was cast iron and probably from the 1940s.  The price was very good, so good I ignored the problem that I bought a press that weighed 35 pounds while being  2,000 miles away from home.  Let's just say the counter clerk at the airport was a bit surprised at the weight of my checked bag!



Tonight I bought another press, my biggest press to date.  On the "press platform" from the left you have a 4x6 Sigwalt Ideal #3 from about 1920.  Next is my new press, the Kelsey Excelsior 6x10 press which is from 1954.  The red press is an Adana 6x4 press from 1936.  The small press is a Sigwalt #10, a 2x3 press from the 1950s.  I have two other of these small Sigwalts from the 1920s but other than being all black, they are exactly the same. And another Ideal #3.  And probably some others, but who is counting?

I am getting close to done.  It is a party.  It is a family.  I would like a 5x8 press and a 3x5, but since I haven't exactly "wore out" these presses, I think I can be patient.  Oh, I want a sign/proof press.  But presses don't a printer make!  I did get some more type today with the big press, but rather than be nicely sorted in drawers, the nice person took it out of the type cases and put it Ziploc bags to make it easier to carry.  16 fonts of type in baggies.  My eyes hurt already.  I also bought paper today, and more ink, and I have exhausted any excuses to not print more.

After I sort some type, of course.

But if you do see any other orphan presses, the home still has some room...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

More of more

It was a great day for a drive, complete with dramatic light.  I took my very first rainbow photos--that surprises me, but since I (oddly) remember most photos I have taken, I am pretty sure that I have never taken a photo of a rainbow.  It isn't like I have never seen one, or I never have a camera with me.  I just haven't taken a picture of one.  The sunset is over Lake Michigan.  Again, no Photoshop was involved, just dark dark clouds and a pretty good sunset.







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Monday, October 6, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Birthdays are inevitable








I'll post about this day, but not tonight.  More soon


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fog






It was a foggy start to the day today, so much so that traffic even slowed down on some roads!  These probably would have been better if I had started a bit earlier but you know how that goes.  Some days you just can't move quickly enough in the morning.

The last photo of the leaf is a harbinger of things I don't want to see.  One of the down sides to living in a woods and living across from a 1,000+ acre woods is that there probably are a few leaves.  A few leaves to rake once they fall, too.  I'm betting that that they all will blow onto my lawn.  But I bet it will be pretty. The sunset was from a few days ago and was taken on Higgins Lake

Monday, September 15, 2014

Irony on paper

So I have mentioned my latest, well, obsession, with printing presses, and I mentioned buying an English press.  It needed a few parts, especially a chase and rollers and I was having a hard time finding them at the usual printing supply places where I offer my custom.

I speak like that because the internet, as we know, is a wonderful thing in that it has made the world a much smaller place.  When I Googled Adana, the name of the press, I found Caslon Limited, the successor to the original Adana press supply company.  When I asked if they had parts for this 80+ year old press, they simply asked if I wished for new parts or refurbished, as they had both.  They sent me a PDF of their "offer sheet" and in their words, I offered my custom.  New and used parts are on their way whilst I wait, sipping tea and eating crumpets.

I had to laugh, though, at their e-mail of the receipt.  They sent it as a PDF, which is fine.  But this printing supply company cautioned against printing out the receipt because of the environment!  Seems an odd notice for a company that just sold me printing supplies so I can print reams of paper.  Not odd, but really and truly ironic.

I wonder if my press can print PDFs...

Dear Customer

Thank you for your recent order.   Attached you will find a copy of the invoice relating to this order attached as a PDF file.  If you have any queries relating to the invoice feel free to contact the Sales Office.

Please note that if you require us to send you a hard copy of the invoice, please let us know.

Best Regards
Sales Office

Caslon Limited, Caslon House, Lyon Way, St. Albans, Herts AL4 0LB / UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1727-852211 Facsimile: +44 (0)1727-855772
Website: www.caslon.co.uk Email: sales@caslon.co.uk

Consider the environment. Please don't print this e-mail unless you really need to!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Animals

Living in the wilderness has allowed me to commune with nature a bit more than I have been used to doing.  I have told you about the mouses and turkeys and the wasps, but I haven't mentioned seeing countless deer or the occasional bear.  In fact, I see the bear (a bear?  It is hard to tell them apart) every few days on my way to or from work.  I wish he/she was on the far side of my commute but I see "it" within a mile or two of my castle.  Hmm…

I have done pretty well so far.  The mice seem to have been conquered for now as they regroup for future attacks and the winter.  A bit of shock and awe wasp spray seems to have done the trick with those guests.  The dear deer have avoided my grill and the rest of the car, and if I can only stop them from crapping on my driveway, I will be fine.  Nothing starts your day off right besides getting in the car and realizing that your loafers smell like deer poop.  Right now, it is Jason one and turkeys zero, though there are so many of them around that I am not sure that total will stay so low.

It is kind of fun.  Last night, I saw something that I haven't seen before.  I went out about 11PM to try my luck at taking photos of the night sky.  While I was setting up, I heard a slight scuffle, and I turned my Maglite towards the noise.  What did I see but a beautiful black and white cat!  It had a big fluffy tail, and had unusual markings of a white stripe or two down its back.  I like cats.  This one was so cute. It sat almost next to me, within 5 feet for about 15 minutes just watching me.  Who would let such a pretty cat be outside?  Poor kitty.  Then I saw several other kitties with it.  Strange, but they all had that same marking and they had really pretty tails.  I bet I could get one as a pet if I am patient.  That would take care of the mice!

I love the wilderness.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunset, sunrise







Though it is a Sunday and I could have slept til when ever, I was up at 6AM, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.  Not sure why but I think it stemmed from my very restless night.  It was one of those nights where you destroy your bed by tossing and turning.  Maybe it was the scallops that I ate last night for dinner.

One benefit of being an early riser is that you do see a lot more sunrises.  This was at the same lake I was at a few days ago, but Mother Nature or whichever higher deity was a bit more subtle today.  The sunrise today looked more like a Turner painting of the Thames, though I am not sure if that simile could be possible.  The photos look soft and out of focus but it was the mist/fog rising off the lake on this cool late summer morning.  These were taken with a point and shoot--this photography thing isn't that hard.  Again, click to make larger.

The clouds above the tree were last night's sunset.