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Emergence

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Electrified, Nature, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by sambissell
Allium Beginning

Allium Beginning

I have several alliums in my yard. They range from about a foot tall with 3″ globes to 18″ tall with globes the size of a basketball to 3 or 4′ tall with 6” globes. As they bloom, I will be posting them so you can see what I am talking about. The most stunning allium, of course, is the one with the basketball-sized globe, Allium shubertii. I’ll explain it later when you actually see it.
For now,  just know that they have all started pushing up through their centers of gravity to make their presences known to me since their leaves have been showing for over a month.

Tentacles

Tentacles

Emergence and Birth

Emergence and Birth

This is just one of them. I have about a dozen throughout the yard. The one above will be about 3′ tall with a 6” globe.

Melting Snow Shower

Melting Snow Shower

Enjoy!

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What a Difference a Day (or two) Makes

Posted in black-and-white, Electrified, Infrared, Nature, Photo Drawing, Photography, Snowscape with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2009 by sambissell

Although our weather has been in the 60s and 70s for the last 2 0r 3 weeks, Mr. Weatherman let us know we had snow on the way. Of course, he has been a “bit off” all winter in calling previous storms so it was with a great “ho-hum” that I greeted the chance of this one.
Yesterday turned out to be the calm before the storm. And knowing a “snowstorm” was headed here, I decided to prune back some shrubs and grasses, in order to belay getting crushed under a heavy wet Spring snow. When I was done, I took a few photos just to have in case the promised snowstorm turned out to be real.

Frontyard - Wednesday afternoon

Wednesday afternoon - Frontyard

Wednesday afternoon - Backyard

Wednesday afternoon - Backyard

Flowering Almond

Flowering Almond (aka Korean Cherry)

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Equinox images, a few days late…..

Posted in Abstract, black-and-white, Botanical, Electrified, friends, Infrared, Nature, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2009 by sambissell
Crocus Forest

Crocus Forest

I shot these on the morning of the Vernal Equinox. Opening to a new season after another season,which really didn’t have much presence. Quite apropos, I think.

They Leapt Up

They Leapt Up

Opening to A Clear Blue Sky

Opening to A Clear Blue Sky

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Walking Iris, Dawn to Dawn, sort of

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Electrified, Nature, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by sambissell
Walking Iris, 9 am Saturday

Walking Iris, 9:21 am Saturday

In my last post, I included a couple of pictures and an explanation of my Walking Iris. You may remember that it has a decidedly short bloom time. So, I was lucky enough yesterday morning to see this beauty before it actually popped open.
However, I went downstairs for just a few minutes and returned to find this:
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Brief Visit by “Winter”

Posted in Nature, Photo Drawing, Photography, Snowscape with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2009 by sambissell

I got a new camera recently…another “pocket” one like the one I have carried in my pocket for several years. Circuit City, a large chain of media-related stores here, is “going out of business” and had it on sale for next to nothing so I felt compelled to buy it (I reasoned that my old pocket camera is getting tired; a reasonable excuse, I think). I sort of glanced at the box, checked the megapixels for it, and was convinced in nothing short of 30 seconds. Also a reasonable excuse.
Being the sort of guy I am, I thought nothing of actually studying what the capabilities were and was mesmerized by the fact that it was a new pocket-type Canon, which I love! I quickly discovered that I was holding in my hand a miniature version of my larger one and that it has lens extenders for it, something I have never seen in a pocket camera!

So I started playing with it, of course! I decided to play with it after dark to really push it. So, I stepped out into the backyard, as I am oft to do, and shot up into the big tree in the backyard at 1:30 in the morning!

Snow-Encrusted Siberian Elm

Snow-Encrusted Siberian Elm

That night was one of the promised “winter storms” which have all petered out after they left the mountains. No matter, I like this shot anyway because of the definition in the branches. Surprisingly, though, it was a hand-held shot held against a piece of fencing; this was the only shot of about 8 that turned out unblurred at a half-second exposure. I love the fact that this camera can shoot as high as ISO 1600, which will help a great deal with my night shots, since I rarely use a tripod. The available light was the streetlamp in the back alley.

A couple of nights later, another “winter storm” was predicted……..

Lamppost, Tree, Snow - Midnight

Lamppost, Tree, Snow - Midnight

It turned out to simply be a snow squall, not the 3 or 4″ that they predicted. This has got to be the driest Winter I have seen in Denver in years. My garden is sorely in need of Mother Nature’s white stuff, not just the freezing temperatures we have been getting. The photo was taken on Speer Blvd on my way home from work.

Walking With You In the Snow After Midnight

Walking With You In the Snow After Midnight

Transforming the photo gave me the feeling of being there a 100 years before; a nice touch with the grain substituting the snowflakes.

That’s it for now. If “winter” returns….I’ll return with some more of those shots. You can be assured, though, whether winter comes back or not, I will be back!

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Fountain Valley – June 2007

Posted in Abstract, Electrified, Me, Negative Space, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by sambissell
Hacienda Tower - FVS 2007

Hacienda Tower - FVS 2007

This post is for a specific group of people: it is for everyone at Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado; I graduated from FVS in….well, I graduated from there back in the dark ages sometime…it isn’t really necessary to know when I did.

It is also a means for the photography students at FVS to see what is possible in what one can “see” in a single photograph: nevermind, how I do these…it is up to you to figure them out. If you are interested in the processes, I’ll guide you along, if the need arises. Seeing what you can see now only builds towards what you will see later, not to mention the places it will take others through your eyes!

For those of you who don’t know, the building above includes living quarters, the dining hall, a communal “living room”, a gorgeous courtyard (where the photo was taken), and several private rooms, which look out into the courtyard, among other things.
The photo was taken on Reunion Weekend 2007, when I was down at the school for the Alumni Art Show, which is held every year during that weekend. Continue reading

If You Lose a Recipe……….

Posted in Abstract, Electrified, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , on January 25, 2009 by sambissell

Two years ago, almost to the day, I was in a used bookstore not far from my house. I came upon this

For the Use of Toast

For the Use of Toast

Being a former Chef, I must have been perusing the cookbook section, an area that can be quite injurious to my wallet. I simply DON’T NEED any more cookbooks! But small pamphlets like these are very telling of certain periods of time, especially those that came out in the 1920s through the 1940s. There are some absolute gems from then. Recently, I passed one such pamphlet on to a friend who was wondering about different ways to cook eggs; so I gave her 101 Egg Recipes. I think it must have been from WW II.
Anyway……………I felt the need to create this morning and this is what came of it:

Kingsford's Silver Gloss Starch

Kingsford's Silver Gloss Starch

Lost Recipes

Lost Recipes

….and recipes DO get lost.

Have a great day!

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