Saturday, April 18, 2015


I woke up this morning to find my house without power.  It was an absolutely beautiful night and day, so I am not so sure what was going on, but none-the-less, there were no lights anywhere in the neighborhood.  I was in desperate need of coffee, so I took a cold-ish shower and wandered into town at about 6:30.  Along the way, I discovered that you don't really need power at all if you are willing to just stop and metaphorically "smell the roses."  Or slow down and watch the sunrise.

Speaking of roses, I I have been playing with some older lenses. Both of them are way older than me so you should know they are OLD!  Interesting to do this now and then.  In this day of high resolution HDR and retina screens, I find it amazing that they made lenses that were designed to be intentionally not sharp.  I clearly don't know the best way to use them, but it is fun to try.  They took a long time to take--they are fussy lenses to use.  The sharp photo I took in about 20 seconds and posted on tumblr (tetzlojm) within a minute or two of taking it.  Photography is all about contrasts, I guess

Monday, April 6, 2015

Odds and ends...

Obviously I haven't posted for a while, but I have been taking some (very few) photos.  Some of these are older, as I finally got some film developed this past weekend.  Most are self explanatory. They are just pretty (sort of) pictures.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fake spring

It isn't spring and I am not enough of a rube to put my winter coat away….my momma didn't raise no fool.  Look, the daffodils are almost blooming in my yard!!!

About that fool thing, maybe I was wrong.  I have had a bit more time to watch the flowers slowly grow this week--in my haste on Monday morning, I fell on the steps that lead from my deck to the driveway.  As a physics teacher pointed out, gravity always wins.  Ouch.  A self assessment confirmed that I was hurt, not just hurting (I am a doctor, you know) and a real doctor confirmed the diagnosis later that day.  Ribs, and soft tissue damage--I have bruise across my back that I bet exactly matches the middle step.  Good Job, eh?

Of course I did this before, about 4 years ago.  I did it more severely then, but this one still hurts.  The novelty of good drugs wears off pretty quickly.  After all, how many hours can you spend just watching how cool it is to make your fingers move?  I am mostly fine now, and off the heavy stuff.  I really only notice it when I stand or sit or cough or sneeze or wash my hair or lay (lie?) down or bend or reach or roll over or tie my shoes or change the laundry and a few other times, so I hardly notice it.

Who cares.  It is supposed to be in the 40s most of the week--maybe those  daffodils might even make a try for it.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

23 days...

One can hope that in 23 days it will be spring, maybe even more than just on the calendar.  Until then, this is is as good as it gets.

Monday, February 23, 2015

It's about time...

I have heard about these "blob" things--apparently you write about inane things, post insignificant pictures and basically document your so-called life.  And you do it somewhat frequently and regularly.  Or not, if you are me.  I haven't really written this year, which sounds worse than it is since it is still only February.  Still, it's not my best streak of blogging.

I have often wondered why I blog or don't--do I do it when I am happy and things are going well or do I write and take more pictures when things aren't as bright and rosy.  The answer is yes.  I re-read several years of blogs, and I found that both the good and the bad parts of my life have inspired me.  With that said, what has been going on that caused this two-plus month hole in my blob?

And the answer is that I have no idea.  Even with nagging from my very small reader base,  something in me has resisted.  Whatever.  The dam has been broken.  Here you go.  A brief update and some inconsequential photos, with a promise of more and better to come.

The pictures are white, probably reflecting my world.  I took pictures of white things mainly because I haven't figured out how to take pictures of cold.  School was canceled twice last week because of cold last week, and as I write this, my phone notes that it is -26.  I'll work on figuring that out.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Moon light

I am still alive--more soon

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Winter light

We were "blessed" with a foot of snow at my house in the woods and despite being very tired or scenic snow pictures, I had to take these. Nipping at the heals of this snow is bitter cold--I noted some wind chill predictions of -50 below.  Yay.  I am just glad that my trusty jockey is still ready for duty, if ever , of course, a horse, of course,  shows up.  The river is the nearby Cut River.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Light snow

It is snowing more than one inch per hour and we already had 5-6 inches and hour or so ago when I shoveled.  I am curious as to how much we will get before the promised arctic deep freeze hits us tomorrow.  It is gorgeous out there, but I wasn't going to spend a great deal of time out there.  I am not nor is my camera snow proof.  Pictures are pretty self-explanatory.  My gazebo looks better in the snow, I think.  The road picture is from about the same spot as a recent fog photo, and I think I just liked the branches/trees.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Traveling light

I wandered back across two states to my little house in the woods today.  Thankfully, the weather was great and I made it in record time.  And I was treated to a sunrise worthy of more than my meager skills to capture it.  I hope I can convey some of the nice light that greeted me this morning.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cold Duck(s) and cold light in Eau Claire

I am in Eau Claire and thought about going to take pictures this morning.  I have to admit that I am a big wimp.  I wasn't out much and I didn't stray too far from my car.  It was -9 and it was windy, too, he said while whining.  But I did find two photos.  Quack Quack.  Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Wisconsin light

I am in Wisconsin, safe and sound and enjoyed a snowy but safe drive.  I loved the shaggy Shetland ponies--it was 25 degrees and windy, and they formed their own windbreak to try and block some of the wind.

I feel kind of bad about actually taking a photo of a barn as I have spent much of my life avoiding doing just that.  But the white barn caught my eye, enough to turn around and try and make a photo of an old barn.  I am kind of ashamed but I think that it still an semi-decent photo.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas light

I had to drive quite a ways, but I did find enough sun to actually have a sunset.  It was fleeting, but here you go.  I couldn't decide, which is why you get several, close-to-the-same photos.  Don't make me make a decision!!!!

Hey, Merry Christmas.  I hope that you and yours have had a wonderful day filled with kindness and fellowship.

On to the new year!