Sunday, December 1, 2019

A Mysterious Shape

It looked like some untamed natural phenomena, perhaps a whorl of dust in a storm or the most threatening clouds imaginable, backlit around the edges. I discovered it as afternoon turned into evening. The shapes, the textures the sense of light made me stop and look more closely. It's only the hood of a very beat-up car, but that flaking paint holds worlds of possibilities.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Contrails Over the Little Miami

The leaves have fallen from the trees, encouraging the branches to form lacy patterns in the sky. The Little Miami River became a mirror, reflecting the deepening colors and the criss cross markings of contrails glowing in the last light of the day. It's a mix of markings, nature’s and those created by man.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Scooter Convoy

Eight people on scooters gathered at the corner waiting for the light to change. "Come on gang!" shouted the fastest one as she zoomed across the street. "How about if we stop in the park!" Off they went in a line, down toward the park entrance, full of joie de vivre on a sunny day. The elderly dog who had just had his turn in the park didn't even raise his head. Perhaps he's seen it all before.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Houston Quilt Festival's Sapphire Anniversary

Five years ago, we celebrated the Ruby Anniversary of the Houston International Quilt Festival. A cylinder of red and white quilts rose over our heads in the George R Brown Convention Center. Last week was the Sapphire Anniversary. This time, a massive cube of blue quilts hovered above us, back-to-back, inside and outside. The building's branching blue support structure became a trunk for this tree of quilts. Inside the cube, it was surprisingly cozy. Smaller quilts ringing the bottom of the trunk encouraged viewers to look closely. We stopped and looked all around us at the variations on the theme of blue.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

View From the Second Floor

By the time you see this photo, hundreds of people will have peered through this same window in Houston's George R Brown Convention Center. The International Quilt Festival is wrapping up its 45th show today. The "portholes" on the second floor are an especially popular viewpoint on Wednesday, before the show opens. Newly arrived Festival-goers like to watch the vendors scurrying around, setting up their booths. At the other end of the hall, the view into the quilt exhibits offers enticing glimpses of the inspiration to come, once everyone is allowed to enter the show that evening. It's a view into a magical, but temporary world.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Bumpy Pumpkins

Nice smooth flawless pumpkins are out. Pumpkins that look like they are suffering from blisters, boils and warts are in. Humans have always been drawn to the grotesque and Halloween is a time when we can explore and celebrate that which might make us uncomfortable or a little scared. There is a perverse beauty in these knobbly pumpkins, each one undoubtedly unique. There is also another benefit. With such an aggressively  textured surface, who will notice deteriorating soft spots or the gnawing of squirrels?

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Inconvenient Sunset

Have you dreamed about enjoying a sunset on Key West or imagined sitting in a café, watching the colors reflected in a lake? We usually have no control over where we are when a spectacular sunset appears. This one made the sky seem so much wider as it spread a wash of pinks and purples over roofs and sidewalks. Here it is, along with the lamp posts and telephone wires that inhabit my everyday world. When something like this happens, just stop and enjoy the gift.