Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Newfoundland Journal - The Wreck of the SS Ethie

During a storm, in December 1919, the SS Ethie, a coastal trader, powered by both steam and sail, was wrecked on the west coast of Newfoundland. The snowy winds reached hurricane force and ice formed on the ship making it top heavy. All passengers and crew were saved by the actions of Captain English, his crew, the citizens of Martin's Point and a dog.

Little is left after 91 years but I took photos of some of the debris. The first photo is Martin's Point. The full story may be found at The Wreck of the S. S. Ethie.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Ornaments from My Tree - From Mom's First Tree

My Mom and Grandma always told me that this ornament was on my Mom's first tree when she was a baby. Looking back, and knowing how tight money was at the time, I have often wondered if this hadn't been on either Grandma or Grandpa's tree before then. I wish I had asked but I was so enthralled at having an ornament "as old as Mom", that it didn't occur to me to ask more about it when I could have. It's at least 96 years old.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Saturday Snap

The man is my husband; the dog is Loafie. Two great minds with a single thought: what's for lunch?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Milford Sound

I was lucky enough to be able to go to New Zealand in January of 2001. I recently did this pastel from one of the photographs I took at Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park on the South Island. The picture was taken from the head of the fjord. If you have to chance to visit, do yourself a favor and go.

Milford Sound was created with soft pastels on sanded paper. The finished size is 9" by 12".


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Ornaments from My Tree - The Oldest

This little paper girl on a swing was on my paternal Grandmother's tree when she was a child. It dates from about 1890.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The LICG Fiber Group

Saturday morning the Fiber Group of the Long Island Craft Guild met. We did a show and tell to get acquainted with each other. Just a few photos of some of the items shown.

Painted Silk by Louise Sharakan

Fabric Collage by Louise Sharakan

Knit and Felted Sculpture by Sally Shore

In progress - Figure Crocheted from Plastic Bags by Barbara Karyo

Purses Crocheted from Plastic Bags by Barbara Karyo

Hand Dyed Cotton

Fiber Collage by Glenice Opatow

Hand Woven and Dyed Ikat scarf by Sandra Fishman

Knit and Felted Bags by Susanne Yellin

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday Snap

This is a fishing boat leaving Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland at twilight. I left my mooseburger and ran out of the restaurant to take the picture.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010


I won a Newcomers Award for this pastel still-life, "Harvest", at the Village Art Club Autumn 2010 Exhibition. It's 9 x 12 inches and was done on Colorfix Paper using mostly soft pastels.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Newfoundland Journal - Mackerel Trapping

A major fishing industry in Bonne Bay, Newfoundland is mackerel trapping. The fish are valued as an excellent source of Omega 3 oil. The fishermen, using 2 small skiffs set out a square trap of netting and come back to see what they have on a regular basis.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Saturday Snap

These are the barns at Muscoot Farm County Park in Westchester County. The picture was taken from the lane coming in from the fields.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Newfoundland Journal - Bonne Bay

These are pictures of Bonne Bay which is a fjord in Gros Morne National Park. The fjord runs east-west and the first picture shows the southern headland where the fjord empties into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The little village you see in the last photograph is Bear Cove on the north shore 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturday Snap

I took this photo in Costa Rica. The bird is a Spoonbill.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

West End at Jones Beach State Park

Late Sunday afternoon at West End and all is peaceful on the bay side of the barrier island.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday Snap

Christmas is coming and that means digging out the Polar Express to put under the tree. A lot of little boys couldn't care less but there's a bunch of big boys out there who can't get enough of the little choo-choos. And No, I am not going to name names.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday Snap

I took this picture of a male Eastern Lubber Grasshopper in the Grassy Waters Preserve in Florida.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Art - Beading

I just finished this fresh water pearl bracelet last night. The pearls are attached to a beaded flat peyote stitched base.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween in Florida

My Grand nephew and niece dressed up as a ninja turtle and a baby turtle. At 4 1/2, he has gotten the idea of Look Cute - Get Candy. She is only a bit over a year so so hasn't quite gotten the idea. On the other hand when offered a bowl of sweets, she was not shy about taking one or two or....

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Saturday Snap

This sunset was taken at Deer Lake, Newfoundland. If we hadn't taken a wrong turn to get to our motel we would have been up in our room unpacking and missed the whole thing.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Playing with Hydrangeas

I took this hydrangea photo at an arboretum here on Long Island a few years ago. I decided that I had to play around with special effects and these were the result.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Newfoundland Journal - Scenery

These are just a few pictures I took along the Trans Canada Highway between Deer Lake and Norris Point,  a small village on the shore of Bonne Bay.

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry Davis Thoreau