I don’t think many were happy with the weather on Saturday morning. When Misty went out and found that it was snowing she quickly turned around to go back inside and buried her face after I put her in the chair next to my computer.
We only got a skiff of snow and then it just stayed overcast until we later got some more in the afternoon, but it kept melting. And then it turned to rain from above and ice at ground level. We were trapped inside without ice skates.
If I could, I would make more images like these in a high contrast B&W style. My problem is lack of suitable compositions. The picture I made during the fog the other day works nicely in this style. In addition, the three images below that I made in my computer room with the bright sunlight coming in the windows worked well also, but they aren’t interesting subject-wise.
I photographed these coming up yesterday. I haven’t been keeping records over the years but it does seem that they are sprouting earlier and earlier each year. Last year I photographed the same plants at this same stage on 25 January and posted a picture of them on 26 January 2019 so based on just that one data point they are earlier this year.
I went for a walk early yesterday morning. It was cold and foggy and no one else was out walking other than for a few dog walkers. They had no choice. I was the only one who chose to go out in the cold and freeze his fingers off to make pictures. This was one of the first of many that I will show later.
Current economic & financial political jockeying that has been designed to drive up the stock market has served to hide the true state of affairs among those of us who are retired that doesn’t match with Trump’s beliefs that all is rosy with the economy. For those of us who are retired with fixed to slightly climbing incomes that don’t match the stock market’s growth that the rich enjoy, the economy is a disaster. The growth represents climbing costs for us. The higher and faster the market goes up, the greater the costs to us who have less and less available for buying the essentials of life due to inflation and higher costs for food, health costs, etc. If you don’t believe it just look at the increased costs you have faced year after year, while the market has gone up. Our politicians are treating us like frogs in a pot of water under which the flame is getting hotter and hotter. Most of the frogs don’t realize the ultimate impact of the hot water until it is too late. Are we being cooked as well?
Before we vote again we should compare our costs to the so-called growth in the stock market and economy. Those of us who are retired will note a great divergence … our available income has gone down, but it has gone up for the one-percenters, the rich and the privileged. The divergence is growing and growing.
Back in 2008 I ran across a blog post that I have reread occasionally. The post is, “12 Essential Rules to Live More Like a Zen Monk” by Leo Babauta. Click on it and read it, and if you are getting older like me, you will note that the older we get the more we follow the 12 rules, but not out of desire or choice. We follow them out of necessity. The rules become more descriptive as we age and become more like the norm as we age.