One of the best parts of living in the woods is that to a large degree, our windows are all “picture windows.” Vistas on nature and beautiful, all through the years.


I am particularly fond of the light that shines through the windows just before twilight and early in the evening. No matter what I’m doing, I will often look up and grab a camera, lured by the light.




This is not one of our most glorious autumn seasons … but it sure is pretty.


I want it to go on and on … displacing the next season, which shall remain unnamed.




This time of year, it’s hard to remember to take pictures of anything except foliage. New England in October is all about foliage. It’s a bit late this year and it just beginning to really get fully engaged in this thing we call Autumn. Still, stuff happens and the other day, there was a blackout at Hannaford.


We were there. Waiting in the pharmacy section for our annual flu shots … when the lights went out. The manager didn’t like me taking pictures. He pulled the old “it’s against our policy” but that’s nonsense. I’ve taken hundreds … maybe thousands … of pictures in the store and no one cared and I’m pretty sure there’s no such policy.


I took a few more pictures.

Inside the store, people were resigned to having to find something other than their credit cards to pay for groceries.


Garry and I had to wait for the power to come back because you just can’t do anything in the pharmacy without computers.

This is 2015. That’s just the way it rolls.


dining room window BW
Romeo and Juliet: Balcony Scene

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou her maid art far more fair than she:
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off. (2.2.3-10)

indian corn - kitchen BW

Both windows face east, and the light is that of the rising sun.

For Paula’s Black and White Sunday: Windows


Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge – Week 27

Odd Ball Photos are those pictures we take which don’t to fit into a tidy category. This week, I went out to my deck to see what I could find. A few oddities emerged.

A grill thermometer

A grill thermometer

Stone frog sun dial

Stone frog sun-dial

The longer lens - Olympus PEN PL-5

The longer lens – Olympus PEN PL-5


It appears to be the end of the road for me and Windows.

I’m just bought what I suspect will be my last Windows machine, the most powerful Alienware computer I could configure — or afford. It had better last a long time. I’ve tried using Windows 8.1 on Microsoft tablets (two of them) as well as my friend’s desktop. I hate it.

alienware side view computer

From everything I have read, the worst of the problems of Windows 8 will morph into “features” on Win 10, the classic “smoke and mirrors” approach to software.

“Oh, it isn’t a bug … IT’S A FEATURE!”

You got that right. It’s not that Microsoft has made it impossible to run non-Microsoft products on my computer .They are protecting me from the big, bad, world. Nor will they provide me with alternative software to perform those tasks. Microsoft wants me locked into their universe and I must use their applications to do whatever I want or need to do.

If by some chance I have a twisted urge to do other things and Microsoft doesn’t have appropriate applications or tools? Gee, that’s too bad. Microsoft has set the bar, made the rules. All you zombies will march in step and pay us for the privilege.

Not this zombie. Nor a whole lot of my fellow zombies.

Mind you I am no super fan of Mac, either. I have a heavy investment in Windows-based software, which is how come I have put up with this crap so far. But there is a line over which you cannot push me because I won’t let you.

You cannot tell me to live in your universe to the exclusion of all others “for my own safety.” No matter what you believe, it’s my world too. My computer. My money. My investment, work, effort, creativity. You cannot, will not force me to do it your way. This is not happening. Thanks for warning me.

I’ll start saving now for the investment I will have to make in the future to change to a different system. And shame on you writers for not doping out the obvious end result of this shill game … the end of freedom of choice for anyone who buys into the Microsoft system.

And so, Mr. Bott, author of “Microsoft reveals audacious plans to tighten security with Windows 10” — the latest in a long line of ZDNet shill articles about the wonders of Windows 10: What happened to journalistic ethics? Did they pay you to lose them or just make it clear you have to tow the party line or else? I can’t believe you actually believe the drivel you’re writing.

When I started in the high-tech writing biz, we limited shilling for sponsored products to the “new products” columns. We didn’t feature them. We were encouraged to use our best judgment and commonsense when writing lead articles.

I’m embarrassed to have been a member of the same profession. Ashamed. You should be too.