A Facebook friend shared a post today from the New York Public Library about hundreds of public domain images that have recently been digitalized and placed on their website. Being in the public domain, they can all be used now free of charge and without worrying about copyright infringement. Because I love photographs and images of all kinds, I had to check it out. And yes, I spent 'way too much time this morning looking through the offerings. It was like wandering through Wonderland!
This image shows buffalo hunting in Yellowstone National Park. The photographs, the Cosmopolitan Series, were done for use in an old-fashioned stereoscope, a device designed using two images to allow the viewer to see a single three-dimensional image.
Interested in old photos, drawings, maps, or manuscripts? Check out the New York Public Library's digital image collection. It's fascinating!
After weeks of gray skies and rain, it's been a pleasure to open the shutters the past two mornings to clear blue skies. It brightens my day when the sun sparkles on the river. I don't even mind when some of the river bends hold onto their fog just a little longer....
This week my online Lenten retreat is meditating on landscape and how it shapes us, how Creation's elements...earth, air, fire and water...bless our lives. The landscapes of my childhood were suburbia, the California coast and the Sierra Nevada mountains. As an adult, I've lived in spectacular settings...the Colorado Rockies, Yellowstone Park, the sweep of the Midwestern prairies and lush farmland in Iowa. Now I find myself in an entirely different landscape.
Here I live in a narrow river valley of earth and water, stone and river. The land is anchored by the river which threads through it, stitching together cliffs and causse, medieval villages, farmland and forests. The river draws people, animals, birds and fish to it. It interconnects everything along it with stories, song, myths and laughter. Here the landscape is not majestic or spectacular; it's softened by the patina of age. It doesn't shout; it whispers its secrets. It's a landscape not for photo-ops, but rather for living in, listening to and learning from. It's a landscape that I delight in every day, always fascinated by what it tells me.