An almost quick update

I know, I know  . . . I’ve been away for a while. I’m still revising last year’s NaNoWriMo Novel, plus I did revise the four September short stories. I aim getting the stories out by the end of next week, sending them out as my ambassadors to the publishing community. 

The thing is, I run into stuff like my grammar checker telling me the above “I aim getting” should be “I aim to get.” Something about the verb “aim” is usually followed by the “to-infinitive”, not by a gerund. Change “getting” to the “to-infinitive” form, it tells me.

Well, I don’t wanna! I mean, if I wanted “to get” I would done have used it in the first place.

Now, I get grammarians get their knickers all in a bunch at this stuff, but I’m writing this stuff and I like the sound of certain word combinations.

*Sigh* . . . unfortunately, before I can get my preferred word combinations in front of the reading public I have to get them past The Gatekeepers and their bunched up knickers. To be fair, perhaps the reading public would like my word combinations no more than they are liked by The Gatekeepers.

Anyway, it’s snowing outside. We’re supposed to get us a number of inches of that there white stuff. The changing landscape got me in the mood for some wintery photos. Well, no way I’m going out in 20º F weather with a 20mph northerly wind. It’s easier looking back to January 2015 and play with some of the photos snapped after a frosting event. I also decided they should tend toward the B&W. By that, I mean there is a bit of color left in there.

First up . . . Long Needle Pines (that’s my name for the trees – treeologists likely have different names for them).

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Long Needles Pines

Next up, Petrified Rock Tree . . . that’s right; this is a rock that through who knows what process ended up looking like a piece of tree. Go figure.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Petrified Rock Tree

This next one is Funky Rock. That’s the scientific name, but the actual name escapes me at the moment. This one, I enhanced the color and added texture to otherwise/because it done looked too plain.

Funky Rock

Funky Rock

It has this Frozen Jedi look to it, don’t it?

This next one is another piece of Petrified Rock Tree. For them not up on the science, petrified rocks are formed when the non-organic matter in a rock is replaced by other non-organic matter. This happens over the course of many years and eventually, you end up with a petrified rock. Neat, eh?

Science still has not worked out what makes it look like part of a tree. See? It’s not like science knows everything.

Petrified Rock Tree

Petrified Rock Tree

Next up, we have the Short Needles Pine. Not as impressive as the Long Needles Pine, but still worth a disdain-filled glance.

Short Needles Pine

Short Needles Pine

Some maintain the above is a Medium Needles Pine, but they are mistaken. 

Now, this next photo is here to illustrate the perils of not paying attention. I wanted a photo of the frost-covered fence and got a bunch of the dormant Clematis included in the frame.

Fence Plus

Fence Plus

I occasionally shoot ground vegetation. Sometimes I photograph it, instead, as was the case for this Damn Sharp Needles Shrub.

Damn Sharp Needles Shrub

Damn Sharp Needles Shrub

I’m not a superstitious person, but I did buy this lawn ornament many  years ago . . .

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

The person who sold it to me assured me this would guard against lawn ornaments in my yard.

These next three shots are all from a pair of metal chairs on our front porch. Many a time I’ve sat on these and wondered about all the lawn ornaments I bought that are supposed to keep lawn ornaments from littering my lawn.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Frost on Iron

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Iron under Frost

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Iron & Frost

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Frosty Iron Chair

I’m guessing few noticed there were four and not three photos as they flew by them . . . 

Here is a different Short Needles Pine . . . I happen to know the age of this one since I planted it as a very small shoot the year we moved here so, ten years old.

Different Short Needles Pine

Different Short Needles Pine

Here is a different version of the same tree . . .

Different Short Needles Pine

Different Short Needles Pine

And here’s the same shot with a bit of “glow” filter applied . . .

Different Short Needles Pine

Different Short Needles Pine

Here’s a few more shots of Long Needles Pines . . .

Adult Long Needles Pines

Adult Long Needles Pines

Juvenile Long Needles Piine

Juvenile Long Needles Pine

The full-size photos are in the SmugMug gallery HERE. That gallery will eventually contain all of the photos I use for my NNWM-2K15 update posts. 

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The next post will contain Chapter 22 of the 2015 NaNoWriMo work-in-progress and it will go up immediately after this post goes live. As I said, it’s password protected. 

Please, don’t just ask for a password just to make me feel good. Unless you intend to read it, don’t ask. I will not feel hurt, I will not cry myself to sleep, I will not hate anyone who chooses not to read my effort. I will, however, get a little miffed if I get asked for passwords by a bunch of people and then only my usual four or five readers actually read the stuff. 

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9 Responses to An almost quick update

  1. mvschulze says:

    It’s nice to see some December weather in you’re backyard, even if it’s from last year. No such seasonal frosty bites here, however. 72 d down the Jersey Shore today. M :-)

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  2. It has been cold and rainy here. They predicted snow but it didn’t show!

    I love love love your frosty Wintery snowy photos! It’s so cool how the snow and frost clings to everything and gives it new surreal look!

    Your first few paragraphs of this post made me laugh…”I would have done used it in the first place”… :-P I think each writer has a style and should say things exactly how they want to say them. I find that makes it more fun for the reader. But, I know there are Grammar Nazis who want to make sure everything is uber correct grammarily. ;-) Actually, my Grammar was from The Netherlands. :-P

    Continued good luck with your writing and submitting, etc.!
    HUGS!!! :-)
    PS…The Funky Rock could be Hans Solo! :o Plus…I noticed 4, because I can count to four! ;-)

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  3. oneowner says:

    It was 55 degrees as I pumped gas for my snowblower. It’s only a matter of time. I planted a pine the year I moved her, too. I wished I planted more.

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    • disperser says:

      Yeah, I was skeptical of it, and a number of winters it looked as if all that was left was a dead stick, but there it is, almost at my height. It’s a Blue Spruce, I’m told.

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  4. AnnMarie says:

    Ornaments and pines and rocks! Oh, my!

    Another post of familiar objects that bring comfort and joy. I’m always extra pleased when your post is about your house and surroundings. It feels like I’ve stopped by for a quick visit.

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