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Warm Weather

Posted in Beach, Caribbean, Coastal, Melabee M Miller, Nautical, Ocean, Rainbow, Sailboat with tags , , , on March 22, 2012 by melabeemiller

Just back from a wonderful catamaran cruise on the yacht,  Sweetest Thing, in the Caribbean.  After a week of sailing, we landed in Newark to find warm weather, trees in bloom, flowers, butterflies and birds chirping.

Spring is here and Summer is not far behind; enjoy the Caribbean’s clear blue water.

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My Room With A View

Posted in Coastal, Denmark, Digital Image, Fall, Fjord, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Scan, Sunlight, Sunset, Travel, Viking Ships, Windows, Winter with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2011 by melabeemiller

Recently I saw Rooms with a View:The  Open Window in the 19th Century, the Metropolitan Museum’s special exhibit of oils, watercolor and drawings of open window views created from 1810-1820.  I was impressed with the beauty and somewhat surprised to learn that occasionally artists replaced a dull view with a magnificent scene.

In 1996, I was part of a trip to Denmark sponsored by a local Rotary Club chapter.  For five weeks, I traveled north on the largest island, Zealand.  I saw incredible sights from medieval castles and Viking ships to the canals of Copenhagen. The best of all these sights were the views from the windows of the many private homes where I stayed.

While looking at the Danish paintings at the Met, I began to think about the most wonderful view I saw from my window.  It was in Jyllinge, a small town located on the eastern bank of Roskilde Fjord.  During the fall and winter, because of Denmark’s northern location, the sunsets would last a couple of hours, typically from 8 until 10. From my window, which overlooked the fjord, I was always thrilled with the view at any time of the day.  I hope you enjoy the ones below as much as I continue to enjoy them.

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More Sparkle!

Posted in Beach, Coastal, Daylight, Digital Image, Motor boat, Nature, Nautical, Ocean, Sailboat, Scan, Summer, Sunlight, Sunset, Travel on January 27, 2011 by melabeemiller

Remember what warmth feels like?

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Reflections….take 2.

Posted in AT&T Building, Coastal, Daylight, Detail, Fall, Lights, Metropolitan Life Building, Nature, Nautical, New York City, Sailboat, Seasons, Sunlight on December 9, 2010 by melabeemiller

I’ve been experimenting with more reflection images and turning  the image led me to look at them differently.  Time to upend the normal.  What do you think?

Reflections autumn

Met Life Building

 

MoMA Automobile

 

Reflections

Posted in Coastal, Colors, Daylight, Detail, Digital Image, Motor boat, Nautical, Sunlight on November 1, 2010 by melabeemiller

The photographs of reflections on glass buildings that illustrated my last post sparked my interest.  These water reflections are more fluid and  fascinate me.

Trees reflecting in the water

Reflections © melabee m miller

Boat & reflection

Reflections © melabee m miller

Masts reflecting in the water

Reflections © melabee m miller

We’ve all seen reflections on water before but it is always inspiring to “see” again.  Guess what is reflecting in the above photo?

November-Light

Posted in Daylight, Detail, Moonrise, Nature, Sailboat, Sunlight, Sunset, Travel on October 30, 2009 by melabeemiller
Sunset over sailboat in Orient Bay, NY

© melabee m miller Sunset, Orient Bay, NY

At this time of the year, I have been thinking about how daylight diminishes daily.  Each morning the sun rises one minute later than the day before and it sets one minute earlier.  That’s two minutes per day and November 1 steals away another hour of daylight.  As the amount of light fades there are still opportunities to create visually beautiful images.

Moon Rise in Puerto Rico

© melabee m miller Moonrise Puerto Rico

Let’s all remember to take the time to really see our surroundings, no matter what the circumstances.

As Dorothea Lange once said, “A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera” . A wonderful  photographer, she was hired by the Farm Security Administration to document the plight of farmworkers in the Great Depression.  A new  book about her work, entitled Dorothea Lange, A Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon has recently been published.