Lori and I enjoyed our annual long-weekend jaunt down-state where we visited with Stella who expertly (and fearlessly) drove us in to Manhattan on a couple days for touring, museum-watching, eating and drinking. New York City seems to be in a frenzied building boom every time we visit. We explored some of the more recent projects including The Shed, The Vessel, The Oculus, and the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial. Then it was off to old-favorite museums and new-discovery restaurants. What an amazing place.
Lori and I took advantage of a beautiful spring weekday to take a walk in Robert H. Treman State Park, one of the gems within a few minutes drive from home. The wet cool spring has been very good for lush vegetation and robust waterfalls.
Twelve years ago Lori acquired a new Toyota Prius and put 137,000 miles on it over years of mostly trouble-free use. She has traded it in for a new Audi A3. It’s bolder, sportier, and much more fun (much like Lori). Of course Lori does bold and sporty in a careful and responsible manner so this is not an outlandish impulsive leap. You can bet she’s factored in speeding-ticket fines in the total cost of ownership.
Congratulations to Lori on her wonderful new (belated) retirement present to herself.
As a little photography experiment, I set things up so I could back-light a couple of round objects to force the background to pure white. One of Lori’s most recent pottery pieces, fresh from the kiln, was a very nice plate with interesting patterns and beautiful glazes. We’ll use part of this image on an updated set of business cards for her.
Next, I used the same setup to try my hand at an effect I saw in a gorgeous set of photos in “Gather”, Corning Museum of Glass’s member’s publication. In this case the background light refracted and reflected through the patterns of my grandmother’s cut glass bowl, one of her wedding presents way back when.