Thursday, January 5, 2012

Attitude Sickness

I haven't been getting out with the camera much lately. Two main reasons: crowd avoidance (Tournament of Roses) and canine coverage (Boz gets his stitch out Friday, the cone will come off and all hell will break loose).

I have a wealth of photos in my archives, and I've used a few. But I still like to shoot. In fact, sometimes I just have to grab the camera and go for it. The photo safaris I've been on have been simpler (no sherpas). The trekking is less rigorous. I don't have to climb very high and I don't even have to carry little packets of dried food.

It gives the phrase "inner landscape" new meaning.

26 comments:

dive said...

It's the same with me, Petrea, except over here it's the season for staying indoors and sheltering from the weather (plus it's dark all the time).
How wonderful for Boz that the cone comes off soon. He'll have every right to go crazy with joy.

Latino Heritage said...

Yes.

Shell Sherree said...

I'm happy to enjoy your inspiration wherever it finds you, Petrea. And it gives you opportunities to chase the light in a different way. I'm ever so happy to hear Boz will be free of his cone very soon. I don't think I'd enjoy wearing one in the least.

Bellis said...

You may not have found Bigfoot, but you caught the light, beautifully.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

I can't say I blame you... I remember the crowds at the one and only time we went to the 'after' Rose Parade viewing... Can u believe I can still feel and hear the people trampling up the hill? sounded like horses in the distance.. One person fainted because of the heat and close quarters of the people around... Good thing they had paramedics situated every so often...
Love that photo- the light shooting thru your curtains as well as the mono look to it...very comforting!

Speedway said...

I love that picture. It brings to mind the smell of newly washed linens, comforting and warm.

Yay, for Boz! He's made it through the indignity of the cone!

Cathy said...

This is a masterpiece.

BaysideLife said...

Happy to hear about Boz. I've been down with a stubbon virus and have been away from taking pictures far too long. I think my camera will feel much like Boz once I get out and about. Click, Click, Click.

The light in you photo makes it so soft. My Mom had a hopechest that looked very similar. Brought back a memory or two.

Petrea Burchard said...

I've been counting the hours until Boz gets his cone off (about 30 from now). I hope he never has to wear it fur such an extended period again. There are worse miseries in this world, I keep telling myself. I can't wait until I can give him his bone to chew.

Cathy, you are welcome to come here and say nice things anytime! Nice to meet you.

Bayside Life, how apropos. The cedar chest in the photo was my mother's. Her father gave it to her when she was a teenager, sometime in the 1930's.

TheChieftess said...

A lovely shot...and I totally get the inability to get out and shoot...It's been awhile since I've been out on a really good shoot...but now I've got a really good reason to get out there and shoot away!!!

Tash said...

What a delight of a photograph. So restful and peaceful. Makes me long to be home (in a splendid setting like this).
I keep taking pic upon pic upon pic...and then the time passes and they never get posted. Then more come, and more, ... Breaks are nice and restful.

LGreenWriter said...

I look forward to seeing who Boz is. : ) Had to laugh about your "little packets of dried food" - I carry those everywhere - my boyfriend calls it "gerbil food". I call it my "en-cas", because "snacks for just in case" sounds so much cooler in French.

Petrea Burchard said...

New camera, Chieftess. I'd be snapping pictures of cement and cereal bowls.

I do that, too, Tash. Sometimes I take a hundred shots that can't be used. I guess it's part of what we do. The break is good, makes me want to get out and be creative again.

LGreenWriter, sorry! I think of Boz as a "regular" here and forget that not everyone knows him. If you scroll down to December 26th, you'll see a photo of him--my poor ol' pooch--suffering in his cone.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I'm wearing a self imposed cone. Something I have to do occasionally if I want to eat.

Nice photo. Looks like you have beautiful furnishings and a nice high fence for privacy - ha!

back to work

crap

Petrea Burchard said...

You make me laugh, PA.

Our neighbor is very tall so occasionally we see the top of his head as he moves about his house. That's about it.

Sorry about the cone. Me too. See ya.

pasadenapio said...

Still life. Lovely.

By contrast, Boz will be wiggling with excitement!

LGreenWriter said...

Awww, Boz is aDORable! How fun that there's a blog dog. Also, your 12/31 picture is spectacular, and by really weird coincidence, we have a similar sunset here in Chagrin Falls, Ohio right now...special enough for my boyfriend to text me about it, and my mom to call me about it...so of course I snapped a pic. : )

Petrea Burchard said...

Less than 24 hours, PIO! I'm more excited than he is, but he doesn't know yet. Tomorrow night he'll be able to chew his bone. It's his favorite thing to do and he hasn't been able to do it for two torturous weeks!

LGreenWriter, I hope you ran out and snapped some pictures of it. The day I took that 12/31 shot, everyone around here not only took pictures of it but all the Pasadena bloggers blogged about it! It was spectacular.

Margaret said...

Oh, I think there is a story in that photo. Something gotich.

Petrea Burchard said...

My worst nightmares are happening. Blogger word verifications are creeping into our language.

Katie said...

I hope that taking great photos like this one is a sure cure for your attitude sickness. Sometimes simple is all you need. Good luck to Boz tomorrow; I'm sure he'll be thrilled. Will you turn the cone into a lamp or something?

Ms M said...

Lovely photo -- sometimes interior shots offer new ways to see things.

I know Boz will be delighted to lose his "satellite dish" -- and get a special treat!

Susan Campisi said...

If my calculations are correct, in about 15 hours Boz will be cone-free. Yippee!

I had windows like yours in my Pasadena house. Loved them. Nice fence and beautiful chest, too!

I sat in my yard at twilight. The trees looked beautiful against the darkening sky and it occurred to me I need to get a new camera and learn to shoot at night. I'll be talking to you more about that.

Petrea Burchard said...

Katie, every time you need a new cone it's $20 bucks (and counting), so we'll hold onto this one just in case. Even if we don't need it again, we can always rent it out.

Yes, Ms. M! both your statements are true. Saving a pig ear for after the doctor visit.

Susan, I took some interior shots tonight in a dim room. Fingers crossed. Oh--let me know if you need a dog cone.

Jilly said...

This is SO beautiful. Soft, those shadows - stunning photo. I hope Boz is OK and all hell does break loose when he gets the collar off - shows he's right as rain again. It's amazing tho how quickly they get used to these collars tho, isn't it?

Petrea Burchard said...

Jilly, Boz had surgery to remove a corneal ulcer. In 6 hours he gets his stitch removed and the cone comes off.
Yes--I hope all hell breaks loose! Boz is such a docile dog I find it hard to imagine, but he's had a couple of fights with it so I don't think he's given up.