Thanks to Jennifer, we now have our very own photo gallery space. So if you like to take pictures of your environment, and want to share, this is the place to do it. Simply go to
click ‘upload’ and add something. I recommend clear labelling: your name, a one or two word description, and a date. So one of mine, for example, reads nicola_trees_nov_08: a who, what, when system.
I know we have several camera wielders in this group so I hope many of you will take advantage of this. I think it would be lovely to know what others are looking at during their day.
I intend to keep track of the seasons through my back window (I’ve added one of those back trees from a freak snow storm in April this year, just for comparison), and perhaps I’ll also put up some pix taken from the side and front of the house, like the one above (taken in that same snowstorm).
If you do add photos, it would be great to drop a comment here and let us know–but it’s not mandatory.
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Also, be sure to upload jpegs that are of a reasonable size – 15in or so on the long side should be plenty. 72dpi. If you don’t know how to do that, well, we’ll figure something out.
I posted a picture that I took this summer of a rain lily from the Texas hill country. These flowers pop up every time it rains in the spring, summer, and fall, and are so white they are practically florescent.>>I couldn’t figure out the labeling process, but I hope you enjoy the “view”.
I’d never heard of a rain lily, <>Zephyranthes<>, until now. Thanks for that. And thanks for the photo: lovely.>>As for labelling, you have to label your photo on your hardrive before uploading.
Jennifer, thanks for hosting us. And thanks to Nicola for getting us going. >>I uploaded three photos today. One is of my home in Mexico. I couldn’t find the full res pics, but I’ll take more when I go back. I miss my southern live/work place so much. The other two photos show the view from my window in Vancouver. One with rain and rainbow. One at night. Tomorrow, I’ll try to take some photos of the corner of the apartment where I usually work.
Vancouver is so like Seattle in many ways; I bet the flora and fauna are essentially the same, too. Mexico, though, that looks pretty different :) The shots of your house remind me of Greek villas I have stayed in.
These are all great. >>I’d never heard of rain lilies either. We do have some here (non-native) that look just like that only they are pink. Come out at the beginning of summer, and they smell amazing at night.>>Nice to see your view Karina. Wow. Love the rainbow. And I want to go to Mexico.>>This is cool.
nicola, yeah, I also imagine that Seattle is just like Vancouver, except across the—to this Mexican—creepy border. Whenever I go to Greek restaurants, I get a sense of home. We do build our spaces in similar ways. Also our poetry and some of our songs. I’d say we even have more things in common with Greece than we do with Spain. >>jennifer, you’re welcome to come to Mexico anytime. It’s best if I’m there, but even when I’m not: <>mi casa es tu casa<>. In my ideal world, when I’m done with UBC, I’ll be spending November through March in that three-bedroom, double-height-ceiling, all-to-myself home in Guadalajara. So you and Kelley and Nicola and anyone else who makes it into my Hug Club can stay there, too. I’m a decent host. And a decent cook. I can’t promise Guadalajara will treat you as well as I will, but we should always hope for the best. Or stay indoors, which also works when the company is great.
Well, this was enough encouragement for me to rush out into the late morning fog and take some photos near home. I resized and uploaded four to “A View of One’s Own”. Those four and another eight are on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagbolt/sets/72157609079647296/.
This is fun! Laurie, Graeme, nice pix. It’s very cool to see what you’re seeing.>>I’ve added two more photos, of the roses outside our front door, one taken during the freak snow in April, one on a sleepy morning (note living room curtains are still closed) in early July.>>Now I really should take a couple of snaps of the ravine…
Jennifer, you are awesome. Really super awesome. Thank you so much for doing this!>>I attempted to post 3 of my own photos. One is of my Dr. Seuss House in Brooklin, Maine in winter. We just had a huge snow storm and the blue sky the next morning was stunning. The second is of a red tree in our yard. The light coming off of the leaves was gorgeous–anyone know what type of tree this is? :)>The third is from this summer. I went for a paddle in my kayak and took a break. That’s the Atlantic; it’s a 10-minute walk from my house. Amazing.>>Small note: I thought I uploaded the pics, but they have yet to appear. Is there an approval system that takes place or should they appear immediately? Shall I try again?
Oops. I lied. A fourth picture is of a road I lived on before moving to this current (Dr. Seuss) house. A violent thunderstorm just passed through and the light came through the trees to the road in a very dream-like way.
janine, the pictures are visible if you subscribe to the RSS feed–but, weirdly, they’re not visible in the gallery itself. Jennifer, do you know what the trouble is?>>Oh, wait, they just showed up. How odd.>>But they’re astonishing pictures. Unbelievable that you have so much snow already. The picture of the house looked like something you’d find on a Christmas card…
I added a a few. I am big on sunrises and sunsets…hmmm…is there a song in there? >>I included a snap of a barb wire fence and cedar fence post. Lots of history with that in Texas. >I grew up calling it “Bob” wire. Still do.>>I will find some “out my window” shots from home later.>>Great glimpse of so many beautiful places. Thank you Jennifer!
Janine: I believe that tree is a Sumac
Woops! Did I say 08? I meant ’07 snow. That storm came along in January, I believe.>We still have lots of rain right now–reminds me of Portland, OR, actually. Brings back good memories.>>I’ve only uploaded the small versions of these pictures, so if you try to view them in a slideshow, they appear grainy. If anyone would like better copies, just let me know.>>Thank you for the compliments, Nicola. :)>I love seeing the trees around your house! They’re beautiful.>>Linda: Thanks!
linda, can you tell us what time of year those photos were taken?>>janine, yep, lovely trees around here. As a recent visitor said: “My, those trees are tall!”
Dates… Mid-late spring
This is great to see everyone’s photos. It was really easy for me to set this up, and I’m glad to see people using it. I’ve put up 4 photos of my typical view the last few days. Spent 1.5 hrs traveling 25 miles tonight. So I decided to turn on my camera.>>I have the advantage here – I have control. So I can delete my stuff whenever I want.>>Janine if you want to upload some larger files, that would be great – I can delete the smaller ones later.>>These are all great. Laurie where do you live?? You must have a nice view from up on that hill…>>It’s very cool to see how different things are around the world at the same time. Thanks for braving the fog Graeme. >>Good stuff — thanks everyone. If it weren’t so late, I’d comment more.
First, Jennifer thank you for setting this up. I have been very busy lately but I finally had the chance to upload a couple of shots. I have never done this before,it was fun to experiment. I was a photography major in college but I have never pursued it seriously and at some point I just stopped! This will be the perfect incentive to start again.>>The two shots are of our house and what is laughingly known as the garden. It is that 6 inch strip of dirt on the side of the house. We have virtually no property but when I want to play I walk down the block to the beach. At some point I will try and capture some photos of that environment. Thanks again Jennifer.
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