I did look at the sun for a split nano second during the Great American Eclipse. I was worried! I should not have done that. It hurt but I think I am going to be OK.
The dancing crescent shapes lasted much longer than I anticipated. I was pushing pixels (it's week 2 of portfolio reconstruction for those of you playing along at home), listening to the national radio coverage from the west coast as the eclipse glided on its path to the east. Folks in the direct path were very emotional. I heard our local announcer mention that she had just seen it so I jumped up and ran outside. I thought for sure it would be a cloudy day, if not altogether raining cats and dogs like it has all summer but no. There shone the sun.
Nature is in charge. It goes from one extreme to another. Earlier this week we experienced a stunning eclipse and now we are bracing for the effects of a hurricane. Tangentially in Louisiana but it will smash into Texas pretty good. Harvey is going to do damage and if it changes direction even slightly, we should be concerned here in New Orleans. Wishing all the Texans the best as they hunker down.
Speaking of weather, earlier this week I photographed Margaret Orr off the TV screen. It all started with the pink dress. It was so bold I couldn't believe my eyes! Thus began a little photo essay I am calling, "What Margaret Wore". I am doing this not to be ironic or snarky. I am doing this because I admire her greatly. My mother instilled in me a deep appreciation of meteorologists. (Don't get her started on Steve McCauley, formerly of WFAA8, the ABC affiliate in Dallas. He's on Facebook if you want to know more.)
When Wendy visits (that's my mother's name), she always asks, "Is Margaret on now?" If it is the weekend and Margaret is on the air, Wendy marvels that the Chief Meteorologist would actually work the weekend shift.
So naturally I text the photos of Margaret to my mother and she replies with a comment on the outfit of the day, which this week have included, "Wooo....love that royal blue on Ms. Margaret!" and "Stunning in her power suit!" On the off chance Margaret sees this, I hope she is not offended. It is my way of paying homage to a local living treasure!
Meanwhile I am still in my digital hell hole as I try to turn 16 years of teaching experience into a neat and tidy package. It is now 33 pages and I am not even done with the photography yet. I have about 3 more spreads until I am finished then I start on the freehand media and beginning design chapters. Once I am done with the photography, I am going to circulate it to a few people for feedback. I want this to be perfect. I plan to take over the world with this portfolio!
I did make progress on this very website today and am really happy with the results! I finally added the PORTFOLIO feature, something I have been trying to do all year. Since a website is never really a finished product, I'll continue to tweak and add projects as time permits.