Archive for the Spring Category

Out like a Lamb

Posted in Chloe Yelena Miller, Cow, Daylight, Digital Image, Ireland, Melabee M Miller, Nature, Scan, Spring, Travel on March 25, 2011 by melabeemiller

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.

– English proverb

March is ending and I haven’t been thinking about lambs.  Instead, my Uncle Bruno and cows have been on my mind.  A few weeks ago, at the age of 95, he said goodbye. I will miss him dearly. He shared many stories of his childhood and growing up in Newark, New Jersey.  My daughter, Chloe Yelena Miller, wrote the following poem based on his remembrances.

Noisier than the Milk

Newark, N.J.

The empty bottles chimed

with the horse’s half-moon step.

Two AM, the milkman found

screen door knobs in that unlocked dark.

The neighborhood children remember

those sounds like a map.

Fifteen cows up on Third Avenue

slept with hushed bells.

First published in SpiralBridge (2004)

Cow in pasture, Doolin, Ireland

© melabee m miller

And I think of him when I see this photograph of a lone cow in Doolin, Ireland.

Remembering Earth Day 1970

Posted in Daylight, Digital Image, Earth, Earth Day, Event, New York City, Scan, Spring, Sunlight on April 17, 2010 by melabeemiller

On the first Earth Day I was working at a design office on 22nd Street in New York City near the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway.  Watching from my 5th floor studio window,  I saw the first parade participants marching downtown.  I picked up my camera and ran outside.  Here are a few things that I saw.

Earth Day New York City

Fifth Avenue, Earth Day 1970 © melabee m miller

New York City Earth Day

Earth Day 1970 © melabee m miller

Banner Earth Day 1970

Union Square, Earth Day 1970 © melabee m miller

I usually don’t shoot people but Earth Day was such important event,  I had to be part of it and that paid off.  My photo was published on the cover of the Italian design magazine, domus.

Cover of the July 1970 issue of domus magazine

Cover of the July 1970 issue of domus magazine

And, yes, the photo was printed upside down-on purpose.

Spring Showers Bring Fabulous Flowers

Posted in Ann Arbor, Detail, Digital Image, Flowers, Lily, Michigan, Nature, Pitcher plant, Spring, Tulip on March 29, 2010 by melabeemiller

Last time I took you to sunny Puerto Rico, this time let’s go to cold Ann Arbor, Michigan where both common and exotic flowers are blooming at the  Matthaei Botanical Gardens Conservatory.

Lily Matthaei Botanical Gardens

© melabee m miller

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

© melabee m miller

Orchid

© melabee m miller

Pitcher plant

© melabee m miller

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”  Luther Burbank