Friday, December 31, 2010

Winter sunset, and goodbye to 2010

Winter sunset, originally uploaded by andiwolfe.

Every year seems to go by just a little faster. I wonder if that is because I'm so busy, or if I'm losing track of time as the years go by. Probably a bit of both.

It was a very busy year from all perspectives: work, home, woodturning, photography, music, family dogs. Some of the highlights this year include the adoption of our two youngest dachshunds, Luna and Topper. Having three dachshunds in the house is a lot of fun. My field season in South Africa was also a big highlight - especially the opportunity to go camping with Dennis and Gigi Laidler, and that Steve was able to join me in the field for 10 days. That was his first trip to South Africa and my ninth field season there.

I'm always glad to start a new year, though, and I'm looking forward to the opportunities that will come in 2011. I have a lot of interesting research going on in my lab right now, which should come to fruition during 2011. I'm working on some fun sculptural turnings when I have some blocks of time at home, and I'm really looking forward to playing the new set list with Aisling at our concert at the Upper Arlington Public Library in April.

I hope all my online friends and acquaintances have a happy and prosperous 2011. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Latest project

Woodturner, originally uploaded by Stephen A. Wolfe.

I've been invited to participate in "Emerging Patterns: an international invitational," which runs May 28 - Sep 01, 2011. John Hill called me last week to invite me. He said they wanted a "medium" size piece - about the size of a basketball. For me that's gigantic, but I have had an idea percolating for a few months now that will be good for this exhibit. So, I started it this week - putting the log section on the lathe, roughing it to shape with an arbortech, turning it true - all this on day 1. Day 2 ws for shaping the outside and doing the layout grid plus most of the hollowing. Today was Day 3 - finishing the hollowing and turning off the foot. The rough size is 10.5 X 7.5 inches, roughly 2 to 3 times the size of my usual work.

Steve has been documenting my progress and I'll post some more pics as I go, but here's one of me finishing the hollowing.

Here's a link to my facebook page album with the rest of the pics: Emerging Patterns Project

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Baby, it's cold outside!

Baby, it's cold outside!, originally uploaded by andiwolfe.

Another photo from Hayden Falls. I love the sculptural effect of the icicles streaming down the fall.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter in Hayden Run

Winter in Hayden Run, originally uploaded by andiwolfe.

Another image from our visit to Hayden Falls.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Hayden Falls

Hayden Falls, originally uploaded by andiwolfe.

The temperatures have been very cold in central Ohio this past week or so. Yesterday, Steve and I stopped at Hayden Falls to do some photos of the frozen landscape. I decided to process this in black and white using Silver Efex Pro in Aperture. I think the tones of black and white do this scene justice.

I'm not ready for Christmas, but I might actually put up a tree in the next day or so. I've had a hard time getting into the holiday spirit this year. I think it's because I've been overwhelmed with a busy schedule and I just can't face having to put up the tree and then to take it down again in a short time frame. It was different when the kids were little. Now, they don't get into the holiday spirit at all, and it's not nearly as much fun as it used to be. However, our dachshunds will probably enjoy the chaos, so we'll likely enjoy it none-the-less.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Waterman Farm

Waterman Farm, originally uploaded by andiwolfe.

This photo was taken the day after Thanksgiving, on a cold and sunny afternoon. I really enjoy walking on Waterman Farm, the Ohio State University experimental farm. It's so nice to have a bit of rural scenery in Columbus, Ohio. The contrast of the city skyline against a working farm is visually interesting, and the open space of the farm helps me to relax amidst of all the bustle of a city.

I recently heard that the long term plans for this area includes taking some of this land to make it into parking lots to replace the ones along Canon Drive as the hospital complex and medical school expand their footprints into those parking areas. I have no idea what the university planners think about the value of land, but this landmark and acreage are more valuable than mere dollars for building footprints and parking lots.

I was glad to see the news that Upper Arlington's application to put a connector road through from Ackerman to Zollinger wasn't funded. From what I read, the university was behind that poor bit of planning. Progress does not mean making every square inch of an urban area a busy and noisy place, full of traffic and people in a rush to raise their blood pressure. We need these kinds of spaces to be left open. I wish there were some visionaries amongst the planning commissions who could realize the value of nature and the ecosystem services such open areas provide.

Monday, December 06, 2010

South Africa video blog: September 19, 2010 - part 3

The third and final part of my video blog about my photo safari around the Cape Peninsula with Nick Laidler. We ended the day at the Victoria and Albert Waterfront in Cape Town. This is always a fun place to visit, especially for the street entertainment. I watched tumblers, a vocal group doing traditional singing, and a Dixieland Jazz band. The restaurants and shops at the waterfront are always worth a visit, too. I hope you enjoy the video - leave a comment and let me know what you think of the new format.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Seascape in Black and White

Seascape in Black and White, originally uploaded by andiwolfe.

Sometimes a black and white photo tells the story better than a color one can. This image was captured near Port Elizabeth, South Africa on September 25, 2010. I photographed the breaking wave at just the right moment, and the processing with Silver Efex Pro combined with Viveza and Color Efex pro enabled me to bring out the details.

I was out for an afternoon break from the woodturning conference, but it just happened to be along a stretch of coastline that look favorable for Hyobanche habitat. Not long after this photo was taken, I wandered through some dunes and found a population of Hyobanche robusta. The inflorescences were well spent, but it was fantastic to find the plants here. I'm not sure if I'll get any DNA from this collection, but at least I know for future field seasons that I can find the plant in this area of South Africa.