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a very dire composition

There’s a rule of composition called “the Rule of Thirds”, which decrees that compositions divided into thirds, or which place the subject one third of the way across the frame, are more interesting than those divided in half or which … Continue reading

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strange macro

Macro color is hard to find in the middle of a January cold snap.  But a friend offered me a chance to practice for summer garden shooting on some objects that are almost as colorful as the flowers, leaves and … Continue reading

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alan rickman 2

As I’ve been reading the tributes to Alan Rickman which fill the internet (and which range from the sublime to the delightfully ridiculous), I found the answer to the question I hadn’t thought to ask.  Namely, did the artist who … Continue reading

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the possum lady of old kekionga

(Our now traditional post for Christmas night, an invented-on-the-spot bit of Kekionga folklore, originally posted in 2013.) One Christmas night we got home late from spending the holiday out of town.  Our dog sitter left the Japanese lantern on beside … Continue reading

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waiting for christmas

Our annual Christmas Eve post, featuring the drawing of the day from December 24th, 2009.  This little creature in his cave, looking out into a wintry landscape, will make me think of Christmas Eve.  Here’s hoping you will find whatever … Continue reading

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christmas wolves: part 5

“And they’re ours.  Rudolph and the Grinch belong to everybody.  But the Christmas Wolves are Kekionga’s.” Nobody had much to say to that . And so there, Iowa thought.  Logic, mythic or otherwise, was one thing and beloved holiday traditions … Continue reading

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christmas wolves: part 4

“My guess,” said another voice, deep and with some kind of weird lilting accent Iowa could never quite identify, “is that the historical models were almost certainly feral dogs, perhaps of herding ancestry.” This was turning out to be quite … Continue reading

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christmas wolves: part 3

Clap. Clap. Clap.  Iowa heard the “slow clap” applause behind her and didn’t even have to turn around to know who it was. “Very nice, Ms. Ginsberg. Well done.  You’re certainly ready to go back to Story Hour whenever you … Continue reading

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christmas wolves: part 2

“I can’t believe you’ve never heard of the Christmas Wolves.” Iowa was slightly amazed.  “It must really be a local thing.” “Sorry, never heard of them,” Jack replied, shrugging in an embarassed sort of way.  “They look cool, though.  Very … Continue reading

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christmas wolves: part 1

Iowa Ginsberg walked through downtown Kekionga, enjoying the weekend-before-Christmas holiday atmosphere with the glorious smug relief of someone who had finished her last exam yesterday.  Finals were over and it was almost Christmas—what else did a person need? Except maybe … Continue reading

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