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Journal — Mary Virginia Hall / Page 8

Standing on ceremony

While I DID get my camera out this week, I didn’t think anyone would really want me to share my courtroom shots of a murderer.  So here’s one of my favorites from Berlin again.  We were walking to the Circus Hotel when we passed this little ensemble of awesomeness.  I don’t know what I like more… the lavender Eames chairs or the bronze formality of the deer?  Either way, I love it.  I want to sit here.

Winter Rose

Christmas season in Berlin!  This morning we went to a beautiful park built on the remains of several railroad tracks.  It has been allowed to just revert to nature for the most part.  On our walk along the old tracks, I saw this twig hanging next to the trail and it looked just like a rose.  After our walk we went and enjoyed an indoor Weihnachtsmarkt and several glasses of mulled wine.

Saying goodbye to the sun

On the 18th the sun went down for the last time until it comes back up again on January 24, but that doesn’t mean that it is completely dark all the time.  We still get some lovely colors in the late morning and early afternoon.  This was the first pretty day (if a little blustery) after the final set of the sun so I went out to the edge of Freshwater Lake Road to watch the snow blowing across the tundra.

Back to life in Barrow… for now

Back to life in the Arctic.  I find sea ice fascinating.  I went for a walk this week to see how it was coming along.  I found the water covered, but it was still just sheets of pancakes slowly moving by.  I sat there listening to the sound of the ice as it moved with the current.

Fall in Vermont

Oops! I forgot to do a post last weekend. I’ve been distracted by so much going on. But here is what I had intended to post. Some late fall color in Vermont

First Congregational Church

Today I happened upon Center Church (First Congregational Church of Weathersfield) while they were getting ready for a meeting of the historical society. As a result, I got to see inside! The view through the old wavy glass panes of the memorial outside was lovely and I took the opportunity to frame it with the window sill.

NYC

This is a panoramic image taken from the top of the Empire State Building our first night in NYC. It’s not perfect. I just did a quick stitching and will perfect it when we get home but it was such a lovely evening to go to the top… a little extra touristy, obviously, but a must do on a pretty day.

Driftwood, Point Barrow

Last weekend I took my visitors out as far north as the road would take us. Honestly, I didn’t think we’d get much further than the old airfield, but the the snow actually improved driving conditions beautifully and we made it all the way out to the end of the road to Point Barrow (Nuvuk). We beachcombmed for sea glass and in the process I found this wonderful piece of driftwood in the snow.

The great owl invasion

Every October the snowy owls seem to invade town. This year is no different. Some friends from Anchorage and beyond came up for a quick visit hoping to see polar bears. While we weren’t treated to one of those, they did get treated to the yearly owl spectacle. I caught this beauty just as it was taking off. I hope they had as much fun visiting as I had showing off our avian wildlife!