Monday, December 8, 2008

today's sunset

Another beautiful sunset. I'm happy with my camera. This is using the zoom and it's not even blurry! I did use the balcony railing as a tripod. Too cold to stay out there for long though! 12 degrees! Brrrrrrrr. That's the top of McGraw tower on the right--the tower that some still-unknown people (rock climbing enthusiasts?) put a pumpkin on at Halloween, 1997. And when I say "on," I mean on the spire. The tippy-top poky bit. 173 feet off the ground. I guess I've been into measurement statistics of landscape features in recent entries. Hmmm... I wonder why...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

not all snow and gray at all

Before I came to Cornell, everyone said "Oh geez it's all gray and gross in the winter there." Actually I have not found this to be true at all. The weather is more like in the U.K., where in many parts there are 10 different types of weather in one day.
Views like above are a frequent occurrence out the windows of the studio. The huge picture windows 8 feet to my right.
Things are pretty okay when a waterfall like this is in the center of my town. Even if the temp was in the teens (I think?) when I took this picture of Ithaca falls yesterday. Note house at top left of falls for scale. The falls is roughly 75 feet high and 150 feet wide (I looked it up.
Measurements vary).
One thing is true: it is cold here. And windy. I need to bring a blanket to studio. These big picture windows let in a lot of cold air. The hot water bottle in my lap helps. We get banshees whistling through the cracks. Especially late at night, when the wind also makes the window frames creak.