The Web Ritual: Rites of Spring 2007


The Web Ritual: Rites of Spring 2007
Originally uploaded by sagefire.

Two days after dancing the May Pole, the community comes together again. This time people weave with bits of string between spokes of rope that are all tethered to the Pole at the center. The ritual ends as the spokes are planted into the ground.

Later in the evening, the web is lit by candle light. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a night time picture.

Maypole


Maypole
Originally uploaded by sagefire.

Laying down on the ground and shooting the pole lengthwise just seemed like the right thing to do 🙂

Keep those comments clean!

An Artistic Death


Manhan Trail – 13
Originally uploaded by sagefire.

Maybe as my camera limps along until I can afford to replace it, I will become more aggressive with my photoshopping. Personally, I like how this one came out.

Manhan Trail – 6


Manhan Trail – 6
Originally uploaded by sagefire.

I took this with my dying camera. The filters were applied in iPhoto. Looking closely, you can see series of missing pixels. I liked the effect though, so I thought I’d share.

Taken on the Bike Path in Easthampton, MA.

Whale Watch – Gloucester, MA – 2006


Whale Watch – Gloucester, MA – 2006
Originally uploaded by sagefire.

You are viewing my camera’s final picture. Sadly, this image was taken during the death throws of my HP Photosmart E317’s life. Luckily, the camera was still able to successfully record video. So, I have nice grainy clips, but no pictures. *sigh*

Dinah

Dinah the cat DinahOriginally uploaded by sagefire.

A nice woman up in Greenfield noticed a bedraggled, scrawny, incredibly friendly kitten had been dumped in her apartment complex. None of her neighbors could take the kitten in, and she had too many pets to take on another. So, she posted to craigslist. I answered the ad. I explained what had happened to Digory. And, though I wasn’t looking for a cat yet, I had a home and this kitten did not. She needed warmth, shelter, and some TLC. I went up to Greenfield and sat outside with the woman and we talked until the kitten came out of the bushes to say hello. Completely scruffy and matted, she had no fear of people at all. Though she was obviously dumped, she must have been treated well before that. I brought her home and fed her. After about a day of eating nearly constantly, she began to settle in. The kitchen was her preferred room. It’s window has a great view of the squirrel nest and the bird feeder. Olivia and I named her Dinah after Alice in Wonderland‘s cat:

“Dinah’ll miss me very much to-night, I should think!” (Dinah was the cat.) “I hope they’ll remember her saucer of milk at tea-time. Dinah my dear! I wish you were down here with me! There are no mice in the air, I’m afraid, but you might catch a bat, and that’s very like a mouse, you know. But do cats eat bats, I wonder?” –Chapter 1, Down the Rabbit Hole

And, because of her favorite room, this song also seems appropriate:

“Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah Someone’s in the kitchen I know” — I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

Over the days, Dinah has un-matted her fur and generally cleaned up well. She really is a cute cat. We just came back from the vet. Hopefully, she will get a clean bill of health. Come over and meet her. She’s a sweety!

Rest in Peace


Rest in Peace
Originally uploaded by sagefire.

Digory
May 17, 2003 – July 27, 2006

Beloved Friend
You will be missed

Died of a coronary arrhythmia during an emergency urinary surgery…