We were supposed to make pictures that were actually combinations of stuff from several pictures. So, I took some mushrooms I’d photographed on vacation a few years ago and stuck them into the stone wall along side my driveway; I took a picture of my daughter’s little Jug dog, Edamame, and combined her with a picture of an Einstein doll, which my friend, Amy, gave me when I was still gainfully employed, and added the two to another spot on my wall; and so forth. Just to be nice, I’ve limited myself to only four five six compositions (although I might change my mind).

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  1. The background is a picture of my driveway wall. The blue mushrooms are from one of our vacations in Maine. One year it rained for most of the two weeks we were there. This had the effect of engendering the most amazing collections of mushrooms around our rental cottage. I particularly liked the blue ones.

    I thought that the blue mushrooms fit nicely into this part of the wall. There are bluish rocks in some parts of the wall. The cap or the larger mushroom has a line that fits nicely with the line of the rock overhanging it. I can’t decide if the smaller mushroom should be a bit larger. As it is, there is a stain in the rock that leads the eye from the small mushroom to the larger one, but to fit with the line described by the overhanging rock, perhaps the smaller mushroom should be larger.
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  2. My driveway is confined on one side by a stone wall that is in the process of falling apart, but which is still rather interesting to observe. The stone wall provides the background for this picture. The little Einstein figure is one someone gave me in my other life, when I was a physical chemist. I’ve always rather liked his wild hair. I photographed him in the “sun room” the same day I photographed the pear that appears in some of the other images in this set. The picture of Edamame is from our vacation in Maine. She is sitting on a bank, presumably looking out onto the lake where we’ve rented a cottage. I thought that adding her in with Einstein showed that at least “someone” was listening to the great genius. We currently live in a very anti-science society, so it’s nice to know at least dogs will still give ear to scientific discourse.

    Einstein originally had a cream colored jersey. I tried coloring it a bit so it would fit in with the reddish brown of the leaves, the brown of Edamame’s coat, and the brown halo around Einstein’s hair, which is a remnant from the melon-crate background in which Einstein was photographed, but which my spouse insisted that I keep. I liked that the blue in Einstein’s pants partially matches the blue in the rock behind him. It was also fun to get Einstein’s toe to peek out from a hole in the leaves.
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  3. The background is from a canoe trip I took with my younger son on the Ipswich River. The leaves were just beginning to turn, and the reflection in the water made a nice “arch” effect, through which the river, and other objects, could flow. The color of the pears fit in rather well with the autumnal colors of the tree and its reflection. One wonders if there might be a whole series of pears floating down the river on an early autumn day, perhaps on their way to the canning factory.
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  4. My younger son and I usually take a canoe trip on the Ipswich River each summer. The background for this picture comes from one of those adventures. We were sitting on the bank, having our lunch, when we saw this small bark house that someone, who had rested previously at this spot, had constructed. We were rather taken by it and took pictures. The slug comes from a photo I took on vacation in Maine, while the pear is an object sitting in our kitchen, but which I photographed in another room, one with better light.

    It seemed to me that the slug might be coming home. Perhaps he has a pear farm out back, or perhaps he’s surprised to see the pear, or perhaps the pear is like a lawn statue to him. I paired the pear and slug together, so to speak, because they were of a similar color, one that contrasted strongly with the rather stark bark house. The diagonal line described by the pear and slug are at cross purposes, so to speak, with the diagonal line described by the tree root and bark house, and thereby provide some balance to the picture.
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  5. The second week in February this past year (2013), we had a massive snow storm. I had rather a lot of fun wandering around taking pictures of all the snow. I was particularly taken by the great mound of snow that capped the hibachi outside my kitchen door. Last spring, our high school drama club had a fund raiser. They’d place a flock of flamingos on someone’s lawn, and then that person was supposed to give them money to take the flamingos away. So naturally, I took some flamingo pictures, and used parts of two of them in this composition.

    I thought it was rather fun to have the juxtaposition of a tropical bird appearing in a snow scene. The bright pink contrasts nicely with the bland gray of the snow and the leafless branches. It seemed fun to have one flamingo perched on the hibachi and another coming through the bushes to join him. Perhaps more flamingos will follow and they’ll contrive to have a Bar-B-Q.
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  6. There are a number of interesting trees that we pass on our daily dog walks. One such provides the background to this picture. I rather like how the tree “opens up” part way up the trunk. My daughter has a dog, named Edamame, which she rescued from an artist friend in Western Massachusetts. Edamame is Japanese for soy bean. She is a Jug, a mix of half pug and half Jack Russell Terrier.

    I thought it would be fun to “stuff” Edamame into the opening of the tree. This created a problem in that my original picture of Edamame only showed her top half. Thus to provide some semblance of balance, I had to crop the picture rather severely, which is why it has a much different aspect ratio from the rest of the pictures, and also why it is so much smaller. Whatever, I liked the contrast between the course texture of the bark and the soft fur of Edamame. I also liked the imaginary contrast between the very bumptious dog and her being confined inside a tree.
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