Retrospective twenty (October 2013)

Given the way in which blogs are presented, I am convinced that posts which reside more than a scroll or two behind the most recent are doomed to languish and to be forgotten. Because I believe there is value in looking at contributions from days, weeks, and even months ago, I present here a gallery of images presented during October of 2013. Perhaps it will be interesting to scroll through these and to compare them to those presented during this past month. Be patient, it may take several minutes for all of the images to load fully. Hovering over an image will reveal its title. Clicking one will take you to a carousel view and you can either move through the collection or click the links to read each post in its original form. Note that this is the twentieth in my series of retrospective posts. You may find interest in taking a look at the retrospective from a year ago and if you missed any of the others, you can find them all by clicking Retrospective in the tag cloud in the sidebar.

23 thoughts on “Retrospective twenty (October 2013)

  1. What a gorgeous gallery David, my favourite has to be that fluffy seed … so dramatic … swiftly followed by the sheep … you do take marvelous animal portraits 🙂

  2. And so, now, day by day we march through the fall, by far my favorite time of the year. Each day there are less and less leaves on the trees; the fall colours have almost faded away and soon, we will see the scattered bit of white here and there as the snow edges in. Time slips by so very fast, but then again it beings us such wonderful memories.
    The pumpkin one is my favourite, obviously. One of these days I might just make a smaller version and see just how much I can annoy my neighbours with flying gourds of various types. Might even test it out with a stinky fish 🙂

    • Thanks for the comment Maurice; it was nice to see. Things have been pretty slow recently. Joanna says that I’ve got my priorities all turned around. There’s been stupid ‘stuff’ going on at work and we’ve had a nasty spell of pretty bad weather. I can’t remember the last time I pushed the shutter button. And, I miss the writing – really. I’m just not able to get my act together. I hope the sun (real and proverbial) shines soon. I imagine it’s quite cold up north and that the water is taking on that winter look? I hope you are well. D

  3. The section through the old tree is my favourite, closely followed by ode to the seasons. I’d have that one on a wall … Alice is pretty too. Oh, I don’t know, I can’t make up my mind … 😊

    • Now … that’s the kind of comment I really appreciate. Thanks much Jenny, glad to know the images have been admired. Another comment asked whether Alice was still here at the farm. I didn’t know so had to check my records; when I did, I discovered that although she wasn’t with us anymore, three of her daughters are! Her legacy continues! D

  4. I remember them all! 🙂 I still like your image associated with the article “Overcast still …” a lot – so much beauty in such a simple structure. Ah, the milkweed! Actually, some weeks ago I was thinking about edible plants, and I discovered that an astonishing percentage of the wild flowers in our garden are edible. Of course I tasted what was still available (and we had a bright, warm autumn) – and I was surprised (positively)! I cross-checked all the wild plants I had picked because of their beauty – and I learned that for example yarrow, but also fireweed is edible. Fireweed seems to be similar to milkweed, and there are several varieties here. Some can be used similar to spinach, others produce well-tasting and healthy seeds, some do both. The young plants can be used as a replacement for asparagus. The common name in German translates to “fox tail”, otherwise the edible ones are called Amaranth … holy plants as per the ancient civilizations in Latin America. And those plants are all beautiful – both leaves and bloom! I will report back next autumn about my research 🙂

    • You’re sounding like a real professional. I’m impressed. Here’s a book you should read … Stalking The Wild Asparagus ( You are really turning into a woman of the renaissance … physics, mathematics, poetry of all sorts, computer geek, serious guru of computer security-type-stuff, and now you’re getting back to basics, living off the land and eating wildflowers! What’s next? Amazing. D

      • Thanks, Dave! That’s quite a compliment – from somebody as renaissance-minded as you! I will resume my dilettante experiments in ‘agriculture’ next spring 🙂 I would love to grow eggplants but this is maybe too ambitious.

  5. The second time around is always much appreciated. I think the milkweed is incredible, as they all are in their own way. It is remarkable how you are able to capture nature in just the way you do. A joy.

  6. It’s true: I’d missed that lovely milkweed picture, so I’m glad you revived it here.

    A couple of years ago I experimented for a time by ending each post with a link to what I’d posted exactly a year earlier. I don’t think many people followed those links to yesteryear. In addition, sometimes I was about to post a new picture of a subject that had appeared the previous year (nature is cyclical, after all), and I didn’t want to interfere with novelty of the upcoming image by showing an older one of the same species soon before it.

    • I commented to Steve G. that the retrospectives are as much for me as they are for followers. They allow me the opportunity to judge, for myself, where my photography and writing may be going … or where they aren’t going. As I look back, I can certainly discern the technical influence of the D600 (over the HX9V). I think my writing is getting a bit tighter. And, I hope at least, that the photographic eye is improving, however slowly. Have a great day. I think I may see a little blue in our skies above … how unexpected and delightful. I will go out to chase it. D

  7. As one who is newish to your blog, I appreciate seeing some of your favorites pop up here. I have not considered doing a retrospective, aside from that post for you the other day, but it is a nice way to let us new adopters catch up on your images.

    My favorite from this entry is “Ode to the Seasons” which probably is not a surprise. “Alice” seems somewhat stoic in her pose. Maybe she would rather a matching pair of ear rings. Is she still with you or in a new home?

    • Thanks for appreciating the motivation behind the retrospective Steve. This blogging thing, as you well know, can be lots of work. Although we enjoy it, it’s often sad to think that what we have worked so hard to do can get lost … even it if is just a single scroll behind the current post (I think it’s pretty clear that few, if any, of our followers will look more than one or two entries back). I came up with the idea almost two years ago and am glad I did for it allows me the opportunity to judge, for myself, where (if anywhere) my photographic and writing skills are going. On another subject, I checked my flock records to discover that Alice is no longer with us. I would have to check, but my guess is that she may be at another farm about an hour’s drive east of here. She was certainly a beautiful animal. Three of her daughters are still with us however, so her legacy lives on here at the farm! D

      • True, David. When I think of how “slow” the internet once was 10 years ago, it seems that people have become more impatient about the time they spend in any one place. I try not to make my posts very long and the times when I elaborate the results seem to be replies mostly about the image and not much about the writing … which, in my case, I will admit is not too riveting. 🙂 Taking the time to scroll through the archives is not happening. I have to admit that I don’t go very far back either. As far as reviewing our work, quite often I now find it necessary to reprocess my images from a few years back. Between new editing skills and advanced software, there is a lot of room for improvement. We are having quite the wind today. We added some aluminum strips under our shingles to be sure water does not drip behind the gutters. The wind is blowing them out. There’s another pre-winter task.

        • Oh my … reprocessing? It would take FOREVER. Looking back at my images, especially the very early ones, at least does show me that I’m improving … or at least, I think I am! Cold and brisk here too. Just came in from cutting wood … lots more to go. D

  8. So nice to see some of my old friends here. Milkweed, Alice and the yellow leaf are my favorites. Can’t believe it is November. Where does the time go?

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