A Quiet World

 

 

 

We have somewhat settled into the new place.   One of my favourites is the abundance of trees in this neighbourhood.  Towering redwoods and other trees break up the horizon line.  Much to my delight, there are quite a few deciduous trees, lately dressed in their flaming autumn colours.  The Japanese Maple right outside my new atelier has transformed itself into a Lady In Red.

 

 

 

 

After a  few foggy mornings, the day of Mercury transit dawned clear.  The Sun was still coming up from behind the trees.  I spent the morning outside, peering through the telescope with a camera attached to it and captured the tiny planet silhouetted against our home star. 

The tiny black dot that looks more like a blemish is really a planet, so small compared to the star it revolves around.   Sitting quietly and staring at a moving dot may not have been a grandiose event, but it certainly was a humbling one.

 

 

 

 

Clearing rain makes for such gorgeous skies.  I ran outside with my camera, feet barely inside my shoes, to grab a few photos before the light faded away into the night.

 

 

 

 

After a splendid show of colours, almost all of the leaves have fallen off the trees.  Sometimes things do change rather quickly.

 

 

 

 

When rain started, unable to sit inside and miss out on the fun, I decided to rake leaves in the rain.  This walnut tree in our backyard is so high that the tree top was blurred by the wet air.

 

 

 

 

I collected a few leaves and acorns for my sketchbook.

 

 

 

 

Wondering how these will turn out when I finish.

 

 

 

Purchase Autumn Forest Walk

 

This print of my Autumn Forest Walk went to a new home!  I always get excited about shipping prints, and this is one of my favourites.  She sent me a photo of the print hanging in her home which really made my day!

 

 

 

Purchase Summer Sailing

 

A bit of cool blue decided to sneak into my life as I prepared this print for an order.

Whitby, Yorkshire. We were heading out to grab some dinner, the sky and the water were so beautiful with a band of pink in the middle.   Really love that a print of my very first oil painting has gone to a new home.

 

 

 

 

As Mother Nature lays the world to sleep so it can rest and recover, so must I also start my winter hiatus.  Piles and piles of books all around me are waiting to board the bookshelves.  While I lose myself in the world of ink, paper and paint, I wish you all a wonderful and magical holiday season.

 

You can still link up on this month’s  Wandering Camera here.

 

See you in January!
-Soma

 

 

 

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Dreaming Into The Night

Astrophotography Orion Nebula in Orion Constellation | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After a long gap due to being sick, I stepped outside under the night sky last week with my telescope.  My books and the night sky were two stable things in my life as a child.  Orion was the first constellation I learned about and he promptly became my friend.  I would chat away with this imposing figure in the winter sky and that continues even now.  His visit every year gets me excited about winter.  I intended to capture starlight from the Orion Nebula before I have to say goodbye to my starry friend.

 

 

Pleiades Star Cluster | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Astrophotography is a very time-consuming process which requires taking many a photo of the same object over a long span of time.  I wrapped myself up with many layers of clothing for a long, cold night outside.  Unfortunately, the wind had plans of its own, nudging my telescope around by being overtly playful that night.  After 45 minutes and only 4 good photos, I decided to stop and continue on another night.  I spent rest of the time enjoying being outside under the stars, dreaming of being a little closer to them.

 

 

Orange Maine Coon Cat | Whims And Fancies

 

 

My husband loves to spoil this boy by feeding him extra portions of kitty food.   He was an extremely happy boy that day, full of extra food.  I gave him the Union Jack pillow, and we shared the castle quilt to stay warm together.  He purred and dreamed beside me while I knitted into the night.

 

 

Socks Knitting Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Lulled into a peaceful state with the gentle purring of my cat, it didn’t take long for me to start dreaming as well.  Ever since I was a child, I wanted to travel more than anything.  Knitting warm woolens always makes me specially dream of the North.  Basking in new travel plans in my head, I worked toward finishing my very first pair of knitted socks.  These are keeping my perpetually cold feet wonderfully warm.

 

 

Dreams Are The Touchstones Of Our Characters Thoreau - Dreaming Into The Night | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Afterwards, while flipping through an old book, I found this tucked inside.   I assumed it came with the book until I realised the rubber stamps used on this were mine!  I have no recollection of when I made this.  I suppose such is the nature of dreams.

We don’t remember all of them, but some occasionally surface to remind us to continue to dream, reach for the stars and hope for change.

-Soma

 

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