I haven’t been taking many photos lately because my main lens is malfunctioning. On occasion it gets stuck, and the only way to lock the focus is to zoom in a bit.
Sometimes I mess up the timing end up with a photo like this one, which is actually a perfect metaphor for the past two months: zoom, zoom. How time flies!
When I last posted back in November, I was looking forward to 11 days of staycation with Esteban. “We’ll visit museums,” we promised each other, “and try new restaurants.” But instead we napped every day and watched movies and ate three pies. (Main takeaway: I can’t be trusted with unstructured time. Or pie.)
I had also intended to finish editing the photos from my last three trips and maybe write a couple of blog posts. But that didn’t happen either.
Instead, I spend many hours outside, enjoying the long fall.
The colors were so thick in spots that they seemed to be flowing from the gutters.
On another morning, I spotted a lone doe. It’s too bad I wasn’t able to capture the huge cloud of steam she let out with each breath; this was as close as she let me get.
Then the winds picked up and in a single day we lost most of the leaves.
Soon, everything was kissed in frost and the only color left was that of the moss and lichens.
But even in the muted browns of Frontenac State Park there was still beauty.
My friend Pam and I were surprised to find many mushrooms still thriving — though alas, none of them was edible.
Then came Daylight Saving Time, with its earlier-by-an-hour sunsets. Even after 40-some years in Minnesota the sudden darkness still shocks me every time.
On the plus side, the early sunsets do make it easier to admire the seasonal decorations.
And in spite of our pie-induced torpor, Esteban and I did manage to visit a couple of museums. If you’re anywhere near the Twin Cities I highly recommend “Egypt’s Sunken Cities” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Among other topics, the exhibition examines the cultural cross-pollination that occurred between Egypt and Greece in the two sunken cities of Canopus and Thonis-Heracleion — such as the Greek toga-like garment draping this figure in a classic Egyptian stance.
I could go on and on about this marvelous exhibition, but I’ll leave it there for now with my hopes that 2019 is off to a good start for you.