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Taken 40 Years Ago, Today

Posted in Contemplative, Food, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by sambissell

Pickled Plums on Kitchen Windowsill, Edgewater 2010

I shot this photo with the camera on my phone, which is a habit I’ve taken to in recent months….because I take A LOT of photos of food I prepare nowadays [mostly because I have a lot of Foddie Friends]. When I placed the jar on the windowsill, it struck me as though I was standing in my Great Aunt’s kitchen in IA back in the mid-70s, when I first started to learn canning.

Canning: a lost art known, almost only, to those in agrarian areas [yes, and a lot of it happens in cities as well].

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Posted in friends, Horses, Photography with tags , , , on August 17, 2010 by sambissell

I say so

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Stopping By………

Posted in black-and-white, Infrared, Nature, Snowscape with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2009 by sambissell
The Sun Defined

The Sun Defined

Winter stopped by for another brief visit yesterday. So, I went out in the yard before all of the snow melted off in the bright sun.
Above is a Century Plant (Agave paryii), so named because it only blooms once per century; however, that isn’t really true…it simply takes a very long time to bloom and only seems like a century!

Yucca Filamentosa

Yucca filamentosa (Adam's Needle)

And although crocuses are a “sign of Spring”…don’t be fooled, they pop up through snow, no matter how far off it actually is. Here in Colorado, March is actually the heaviest month for snow…and I am really looking forward to that, simply because my garden needs moisture so badly!

First Crocuses

First Crocuses

These little lookers are about 3″ tall and the lavender tips are absolutely gorgeous. I planted these all around the base of my 2 crab apples and not far away are some dwarf Irises. When the Irises pop open, you can be assured that they will be posted here!

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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

So, YOU want Electric!

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2008 by sambissell
Red and Yellow After Sunrise

Red and Yellow After Sunrise

This is the original photo I used when I “discovered” this new style I have been using. Like I said, sometimes I find a new process and then have to remember just how I did it. My mind works in mysterious ways, sometimes, and “remembering” can be a challenge, even at my young age of….well, we’ll just say my young age. That CAN be an excuse but, more often than not, “that’s the way it is” (words made famous by Walter Cronkite, which he used at the end of his broadcast every night).
In fact, this photo was taken in front of Ken’s house. I mentioned in the previous blog that I helped Ken move out of his house; this task took a lot longer than I had planned but I managed to acquire some very interesting stuff from him…just as I do when I help anyone move, which I seem to do a lot. In any case, the photo was taken out in front of his place, which had rather extensive gardens. And I LOVE gardens.

My love for gardens began when I was a kid and my Mom had terrific gardens on the property where I grew up in Connecticut. As a young man, my love for gardens disappeared, for whatever reason, and wasn’t renewed until I was about…well, when I was older. I had a girlfriend who remodeled my yard when I lived in Deer Creek Canyon, southwest of Denver, Colorado. When she moved on, I had to maintain them…I sure didn’t want them to disappear since they were so nice! It was then that I began studying horticulture at Denver Botanic Gardens. But I’ll get into that in another blog because that gets a bit complicated, all by itself! Continue reading