But, “It got better“. I’m going to go a little off topic today…
Family values and religious conviction were thrown out the window by social conservatives yesterday with the selection of Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina primary, and they no longer have the right to talk about ‘moral fiber’. After cheating on two wives, and undergoing two religious conversions, you would think he social conservatives would try to get as far away from Newt as they possibly could. Yet, Newt won South Carolina through the strong support of both this group and republican women! Go figure…
I don’t think the picture today is actually a newt. It’s really a Long-tailed Salamander, Eurycea longicauda longicauda, taken on a hike last summer.
This is the source of the two close-up photographs from last week: Holiday Colors, and Festivities. It’s a piece of art glass, created by Josh Simpson, that I picked up back in the eighties. Josh does some wonderful work, making these glass planets sized from marbles to bowling balls. This one is only about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, and contains an amazing amount of detail.
New Year’s eve is always a bit out of the ordinary. You eat too much, drink too much, and stay up way too late. There will be fireworks, noise makers and music too loud. This picture sets the mood for the evening.
I was shooting a picture of a crystal tear drop Christmas ornament, and noticed that a fairly clear but distorted image was visible through the glass, so I relocated the ornament and took this picture. The image is looking out the window of my living room. If you look closely, you can see the rhododendrons just outside the window and Nikki Frazer’s car out front. Can’t quite make out the license plate.
Below is the image I originally set out to make with this ornament:
It’s too cold and windy to wander outside for pictures, so I put on the macro lens and went looking for things around the house that would make an interesting picture in extreme closeup. The colors in this one seemed appropriate for the holiday season. It was also the subject used for the Christmas Mandala.