Still fascinated and yet frightened by my exploration into those things unexplained. The deep rumbling sounds and the spinning clouds are out of science fiction along with the unexplainable lights in the sky. It somehow makes the amazing super moon with the river of light on Cayuga Lake so much more lovely as we can put a name to it, and settle into soaking in it's glory. Instead, smaller unexplained things, the day to day magic is worthy of honoring and noting, like the community of bees and the wonderful things they do. The image above is part of a group of illos that will be used on a hard cider line in development.
The weekend was nice. Rob was full bore into change at the Luckystone with lots of bush and tree grooming, and propping for guests. The new blankets I have been buying on the online auctions (Pendleton Chief Joseph used blankets) look really spiffy--and I am beginning to migrate the Luckystone to comfy lake, to comfy "camp" with less floral and white to more rich colors, camp blankets, native inspired rugs etc. along with stuff from nature to flesh things out. I am crazy about these blankets and will get into it in a later post. For the moment, here is an example of a Pendleton Chief Joseph so you can say, "oh, I know that....." I am nuts for the color gradient, the tiger teeth, there is a great thing with negative and positives...plus its full bore color...that really just takes a room on. And, did I mention cozy and warm? Plus, the way they are made are wonderful with wool bias tape on the edges. No blanket stitching here....
I took the opportunity to cook making a corn salad (glorious time for corn), grilled Japanese eggplant, an indian chutney made from onion and buckets of cilantro with lime, a big bowl of cut peaches, plums and pitted sweet cherries. Alex Cassetti is back and brought a group of hungry big men--and they caught 2 enormous lake trout that fed all of us happily Saturday night. It is so wonderful to have Alex home....he is thinking and talking about all sorts of interesting things and only loses me when he goes deep into camera math which confounds this weak brain. We got him a Rolleicord IV for his birthday (thank you Ebay) and he is absolutely delighted with the format, the ability to make big format images with a bit more ease than a 4x5. It was stunning to watch him try to make the whole 4x5 thing portable during his last visit when he was hauling it around trying to take "quick shots" and being shocked by it's inflexibility. The worst was when he wanted to take a shot at a miniature golf course and was lying on the ground shooting up....it was painful, to say the least...to watch him wrestle with the technology, a small heavy suitcase of a camera--designed to be moved gently if at all....and then really not get his shot. Frustration incorporated. At the time I suggested a two and a quarter that he scoffed at...but thankfully, his curmudgeonly mentor at SVA did the same and it was heard. New chapter for this young photographer.
I must go. Had a little time with Gentleman Jim, my PT this morning....and am feeling good.
I will try and say hi this week a bit more. I have been so silent recently.