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Shells in a Window

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 10 September 2010 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

While we were in Maine, we drove out to visit the Olson House, where Andrew Wyeth painted his very famous painting "Christina's World". I had visited this place last year when our photo workshop was allowed free access to all parts of it outside of the normal public visiting hours, and found it an endless source of inspiration. So, I was eager to share it with my husband. Well, we got there just at the hour of opening to find a large sign on the front door letting us know that because of the heat, the house was closed until further notice!

So, I wandered around outside, and found these shells lined up on a window ledge.

BTW, they even closed school for two days due to the heat! But, it was not even 100. I remember my beginning teaching days in southern Calif, before AC, when I had 39 4th graders and we soldiered on for days on end with temps above 100. Hey, those New Englanders may be able to do cold, but heat - they are just not ready!

NIKON D90 1/125 second F/10.0 ISO 250 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Kylie from Provo, United States

Great shot! I love the narrative accompanying the photo too :) wonderful composition

10 Sep 2010 5:04am

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

lovely light and soft colors - love the narrative ^^

10 Sep 2010 7:44am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

The shells have different textures and shapes, the wood is weathered, the glaze is cracked. You have such a good eye for finding photos everywhere you go! I too remember the days (just 5 years ago!) before our school system had AC, with a class full of wilted kids dripping sweat. That is why I still have 4 fans still in my classroom closets! And with the humidity as well, we did close school a couple of times.

10 Sep 2010 9:39am

marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

love the contrast of colors - the shells against that beautiful new england blue!

10 Sep 2010 10:51am

k@ from Paris, France

This image brings sun, sand, joy and salt. Luminous !

10 Sep 2010 3:28pm

@k@: How poetic! Thank you!

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Barbara this is a beauiful job here...really nicely done - very artisic. This is wall material

10 Sep 2010 7:19pm

David from Detroit, United States

A very nice detail, and a great connection with your own life.

11 Sep 2010 12:37am

@David: Thank you, David. I like the narrative almost as much as the photo. In this case, I personally think it is a rather mediocre image (note all the specks on the window glass), but I tried to make lemonade out of lemons so to speak, and liked telling the story. I am glad others enjoyed it!

1/125 second
ISO 250
300 mm (35mm equiv.)