Sunday, January 29th, 2023

Iris & Me

Saturday, January 28th, 2023

Pop’s Couch

Pop is my grandfather on my mother’s side. Mom says we called him Pop because she called him Pop so Cate called him Pop and we followed suit. There was still no other Pop in our lineage when my kids came along, so I saw no reason to refer to him as anything other than Pop. Thus, my kids are the 3rd generation to refer to my mother’s father as Pop. Like many owners of a Y-chromosome, Pop was good at napping. Although he was very tall, he napped on a very short couch. His knees would hang over one arm rest and his head would rest on the other. I’m certain my father napped on the couch. He can nap anywhere. Here is Martin napping on the couch. Akiva doesn’t nap yet; he’s too young.


Wednesday, January 18th, 2023


Iris needed encouragement to stay seated in order to focus on school work.

I got a kitten to hold her down.


Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023

Woodlands, with Children

I had to look it up: fashion models are required to look glum on the runway in order to avoid taking the focus away from the clothing they are wearing. In other words, perhaps if they smiled, they would look too beautiful for us to bother caring about their clothing. This doesn’t make much sense to me. Why hire those who have, ostensibly, the most perfect faces and then tell themβ€” “Go out there and knock ’em dead! β€”but not too dead. We don’t want actual dead people, so look as average as possible.” Why not just hire average people and let them smile? In sum, I don’t buy it. I think there’s another reason they’re required to look glum, and I think I know what it is: glumness is currently in fashion. Smiles come and go! Here is a woodland setting with facially fashionable children. Uh, wait. Isn’t it fashionable for children to smile? Oops…


Friday, December 30th, 2022

Canadian Snow Fort

In the painting now known as American Gothic, artist Grant Wood was inspired to paint the long faces of his models to mirror the one tall window that he saw on a farmhouse in a small town in Iowa. In this snapshot-style photograph taken by the American expat amateur photographer Ms. Jessica Shanahan, you can see a large snow fort constructed by hand by a brother and sister team. The round faces of the models mirror the one round door to the under-snow home. The photograph represents the joy brought by those things which, like childhood and snow, are ephemeral in nature.




Actually, that part about representation and mirroring and whatnot is all a load of cow poo. Akiva wanted me to take a picture of the snow fort before it melted. I think it’s a rather dull photo, so I had to liven it up with a bit of art criticismβ€” or whatever you call it when someone tries to explain to you what you’re looking at. Plus, their expressions are just SO American Gothic!


Friday, December 23rd, 2022

Power Outage

I take photos by candle light.






Thursday, December 22nd, 2022

Sledding Hill, Parc Bellevue

Wednesday, December 21st, 2022

Our Lanterns: Winter Solstice Lantern Walk

It was Iris’s idea to go for a lantern walk.

We walked in the dark on the snowy trails in the woods behind the Knudsen house.

It was beautiful. Thank you, Iris.



Saturday, December 10th, 2022

@trailside (Waterville)



The depth of field is shallow because I didn’t bring my tripod.

I didn’t bring my tripod because I didn’t want to carry it.

I didn’t want to carry it because my backpack is not properly engineered for carrying a tripod.

I wish I was comfortable bringing my tripod everywhere.

I would like a new backpack.

Sunday, November 27th, 2022

Massawippi Trail Revisited

We had to hurry home from the Massawippi Trail on my birthday two weeks ago because it coincided with opening day for registration for the campgrounds at Parc National du Fjord-du-Saguenay. I wanted to register at at the first minute of the first possible hour so that I could get my favorite spot. Both Martin and I clicked the proper button on our separate computers the instant registration opened. I had around 10,000 people in front of me and he only had about 8,000 people in front of him, so after a mere 50 minutes in the virtual waiting room, we were in! Bonus, I got my spot. It helps that I’m not really picky about which week we go camping.


Anyhow. That’s all besides the point.

The point is, we had to go back to the Massawippi trail so that we could walk to the far end of it.

There’s a lot more to explore.