Daily walk

(Dec 13 5:55 p.m.)

Ice on the ground
hurts my knees;
wind gusts, around
shake ice from trees.
It shouldn’t have to be so hard
to walk outside these days.
But what can I say?
I can be stubborn
in my day-to-day ways.

It’s a winter wonderland
obstacle course
out there.
And it’s not officially winter!

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Second snow

Partial moon in top-left corner. (Dec 10 7:08 a.m.)

For the second snowfall of the season, which happened over the last two days, we got around 4″.  (And you can click here for the first snow, short-lived.)  We’re expected to get more precipitation tomorrow, with temperatures in the 20s and 30s.

(Dec 10 8:18 a.m.)

This time, on Saturday, I could somehow tell the clouds in the sky were snow clouds. Continue reading Second snow

Lunatic

(Dec 3 1:37 a.m.)

So I finally got an app to get around the built-in Camera app in the iPhone— its “auto” for all the settings.  Bright light sources “normally” come out a bright blur.  (It’s in part due to the spectral sensitivities of less expensive cameras.)

And it was about time.  The “super moon,” as you might have heard of, was out Sunday.  It’s the time when the moon is both full and closest to Earth.  So let’s see what I can get out of the camera now that I have, with MuseCam, the ability to lower the ISO and exposure… Continue reading Lunatic

Rest

Next Sunday: full moon…  Last night: it took a while to fix the color balance for this photo… Today: downloaded MuseCam for manual white balance! (Photo taken Nov 29 5:27 p.m.)

Yesterday and Sunday I slept longer than expected, that I rose later in the afternoon.  (Of course both days I went to sleep between 8 a.m. and noon.)  These days it’s like I need to sleep in, sleep the day off, sleep it away— just go to bed and not get up for anything.  Getting to sleep and having no reason to get up is not without its obstacles Continue reading Rest

Breathe

(Nov 25 4:18 p.m.)

Sometimes we get too involved in our work (and/or get frustrated with it) that we miss out on life.  We can miss out on the little things, and on ourselves too.

(Nov 25 4:17 p.m.)

There’s a whole world out there.

(Nov 22 3:58 p.m.)

But you’ll have to… you know, physically leave the house to see it.  The “information superhighway” is just that— a means to transport information, not life!

(Oct 31 3:22 p.m.)

Continue reading Breathe

The Four Social Rules every Autistic Person needs to Learn

For anyone actually looking to understand autism (instead of leaving it to stereotypes or misuse of the term), or care about human rights for that matter.

Every individual is different, regardless of strengths and weaknesses, etc. The spectrum is broad enough, I should know, seeing / coming across / visiting so many people on it. (And being an Aspie myself.)

Actually autistic people must be allowed to lead the understanding & conversation.

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Autism and expectations

Trigger warning – although this post doesn’t mention any detail of abuse, it is about the dangers of teaching someone not to trust in their right to say no

From a young age I was taught three things:-

  • The messages I get from my body are wrong
  • Not wanting to be touched is wrong
  • That I must override these feelings to be accepted

From encouraging an autistic child to give up a harmless stim (which may be helping them to cope with negative sensory information), to telling them that eye-contact doesn’t hurt (when it does translate to pain for some), or that hugs are pleasant physical contact (when they may be too much sensory information all at once) or that labels aren’t painful (when the feeling of being clawed at may be very real), navigating what will be believed as real, and what will be dismissed as silly or attention-seeking…

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Well, that went fast

(Nov 14 2:20 p.m.)

The first snow of the season, here, melted quickly.  Turns out you don’t need many daylight hours for most of the white stuff to evaporate.

Tire tracks. (Nov 13 4:52 p.m.)

This is what it was like the night before.  It wasn’t deep enough to warrant shoveling, but the coating was a thick enough to paint the town white.  At least for a short while.

(Nov 13 4:44 p.m.)

Double exposure in the process of HDR can produce some interesting effects… A car’s brake light stands out — one exposure has the car / light / shadow; the next, no car.

Continue reading Well, that went fast

I didn’t think “soon enough” would mean today!

(Nov 13 2:27 p.m.)

Yeah…

(Nov 13 2:21 p.m.)

It’s still coming down.

(Nov 13 2:21 p.m.)

And the temperatures are expected to remain low— as high as 48°F (9°C)— in coming days, freezing point at best overnight. So the snow (or “light sleet”), as far as I know, won’t clear soon. Of course, light rays cause evaporation, not heat… AccuWeather only gives us “sunny” on Friday.  Goody.

Autumn colors

(Oct 28 4:31 p.m.)

When you live around trees, you’re bound to see the transitions of their leaves, their fruit, etc. But even if you regularly engage in photography, you still may miss the best moments to capture the colors. Windows of opportunity can be short; I was lucky to capture some reds last year.

(Sorry for the HDR artifacting.) (Nov 4 4:45 p.m.)

This year, the reds hit brown by the time I got there.  (Of course, it’s November now.)

(Nov 5 1:00 p.m.)

A mixture of weather patterns makes for a mixture of colors. Continue reading Autumn colors