The Ciel Show

Monday, October 16, 2017

click to the left... another few shots of the Rockies in autumn. Windstorms and strange temperature ups and downs have taken most of the aspen leaves or turned them less bright than in other years. The roads I took went up as high as 9500 ft, but even that high, some of the aspen were still full of leaves and even still a touch greenish going yellow. Most, though, are silver skeletons. I missed a few shots I regret: a hillside full of brilliant fiery red sumac, where there was no turnout to... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

heading towards home

Somewhere along hwy 72 east, travelling southeastwards from Estes Park via Nederland... After spending the weekend with my sister, going to a cinema/theater production of THE MAGIC FLUTE--my first opera, actually--and going through bunches of old family stuff, I am taking the scenic route... Well, one of them back to the Springs. For our TAPS especially, there will be pictures... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Snow and Beckett

First snow of the fall... and cold enough to stick a while. Forecasts suggest a couple of inches in this area, but we'll see. Probably gone by tomorrow. But it will be chilly and chillier all week, most likely. I plan a drive up to Estes Park, about 1500 feet higher altitude, and likely to have more snow that may not be gone by the weekend. Anyway, here's the look of it: and a few leaves spotted in a drift yesterday evening as Charlie and I were on... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Embers isn't going to like this...

Back to the vet for another steroid shot... It has only been about a month since the last one, which was almost 2 months after the previous one. The shot isn't what bothers her so much, it's the ride in the car which is only about 10 minutes, but she gets car-sick every time. I have been in my isolationist mode the past little while: not enthusiastic about much, not wanting much to reach out into the world. I read here, but have not been commenting as much as I read. Apathy has set in, in a... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Ember's photo shoot

Here are her latest portraits--some of these I posted already on Facebook, but here are all of them-- She is looking good for an gal nearly old enough to vote, and is more playful lately, too. I weighed her this morning--at her least well, she was between 6 and 7 lbs and today she is 8.5! In other news... I am 65 today. Same age, it turns out, as WonderWoman. But I don't get around the way she does. My birthday present is a versatile device that can... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Good Morning!

First time in a week the Springs wakes to blue sky and sunshine!The temperature could reach the low 79s today, which would be very pleasant! Charlie calls it food poisoning but it sounds to me like he had a 24-hour stomach flu yesterday. Besides the so many unpleasantries that come with that, he has only a few more days to finish a large bird puppet prop for a show that will be needing it next week. There have been problems with the articulated joints, but I think he got those figured out... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 29, 2017

last of summer's gardens

flowers and raindrops from the Pacific Northwest... and the progress of my back yard plantings Sign in to see full entry.


Finally got them out of the camera... On the way back from our latest Denver airport trip, Charlie took these photos while I drove. I did a bit of editing on them, but mostly they are Charlie's. Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Chilly and dank and grey Summer is very gone today. Cat wants to go outside then won't I want to get things done but don't-- Back to bed is a clear temptation away from the world's contemplation but matters will not get any better left to weathers greyer and wetter Can't sit back and wallow in grey: Must rise and smile, remember play, Illuminate this pall of gloom With something fierce, rejecting doom Denying such a whimpering stance, Perhaps today I'll even dance! Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Changing of the season

It is a grey day, a damp day, an end of summer day in the Springs. Soon it will be time to turn up the thermostat just a little, close the doors to warm sunshine, and bring in the moveable garden plants. I will break out the warm wool socks for the sake of my chilly toes. The leaves on the big maple off the deck will go from green to gold, and the winds will make a golden blanket beneath the bare branches. All through the neighborhoods and up in the mountains, native aspens and oaks, and... Sign in to see full entry.

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