Friday, December 13, 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas

Happy Holidays from Timages Gallery! 

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me - joy, love and peace

The Twelfth of Christmas

special times with family and friends

The Eleventh Day of Christmas
a golden tinsel grill,

The Tenth Day of Christmas
a road through the trees,

The Ninth Day of Christmas
Christmas tree bulbs,

The Eight Day of Christmas

a seed-seeking squirrel,

The Seventh Day of Christmas
lights in the night,

The Sixth Day of Christmas

 a fly fisherman's tree,

The Fifth Day of Christmas

a warm bus stop,

Fourth Day of Christmas
three candles burning,

The Third Day of Christmas
two spruce buds,

The Second Day of Christmas
and a cardinal in a snowy tree.

The First Day of Christmas

Check back each day to complete this 12 day photo Holiday card. You can even sing along from top to bottom!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Goosedown Nebula

The Goosedown Nebula
I've always been blown away by the dramatic deep-space photographs of nebulae taken by the Hubble telescope and earth observatories around the world. Understandably I had resigned myself to the fact that such colorful, dynamic images are the exclusive domain of space agencies with expensive equipment and individuals having far more technical knowledge than this earth-bound amateur photographer.

But one cold March day I came across something during one of my photo hikes that made me think that perhaps something akin to these intergalactic masterpieces could be created right here on terra firma.  The found object was a single goosedown feather, no larger than a quarter, frozen in the surface of a mud puddle.  The immediate recognition that this could be processed to create a surrogate nebula complete with radiating tendrils of dust, helium, hydrogen and other ionized gases prompted me to take the shot using my macro lens allowing me to get in close. 

Over the past couple of years I have periodically returned to the image to fine tune my earthly nebula - the Goosedown Nebula.  No elements were added to the original image which was merely processed to add some color and contrast to accent bubbles and other debris in the ice to create the impression of deep space, stars and other heavenly bodies.  To my satisfaction at least, I had created within the span of an inch or so a surrogate for an object of galactic dimensions.

While not perfectly matching my original imagining and falling many light years short of matching the majesty of the real things, I've decided to release the first photos of the Goosedown Nebula before smart phone manufacturers release phones with cameras capable of photographing the real thing making my effort a waste of time.

To see some terrific photographs of the real deal you can go the the Hubble Telescope site at

Monday, December 2, 2013

Urge for Going

Urge for Going
(Lyrics from the Urge for Going by Tom Rush)

And I woke up today and found
Frost perched on the town
It hovered in a frozen sky
And gobbled summer down.

When the sun turns traitor cold
And shivering trees are standing in a naked row
I get the urge for going
But I never seem to go.

And I get the urge for going
When the meadow grass is turning brown
Summer time is falling down
Winter's closing in.

Now the warriors of winter
Give a cold triumphant shout
All that stays is dying
All that lives is getting out

I'd like to call back summertime
And have her stay for just another month or so
But she's got the urge for going
And I guess she'll have to go.

And she gets the urge for going
When the meadow grass is turning brown
All her empires are falling down
Winter's closing in.