Week 5: Forms in Nature

I am blessed to have beautiful naturescapes (natureshapes?) right out my backdoor. Besides the wonderful wildlife in and around the pond, a remnant stand of Longleaf Pine trees captures my view. A mature Longleaf Pine’s shape takes on an attitude all its own, and its quirkiness is rather amusing. When evening cumulus clouds stack up behind the , the result is a double whammy of nature shapes.

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Week 3: Still Life

I took advantage of break in the rain that lowered the August temperatures one recent afternoon and pruned my overgrown potted Areca Palm tree on the lanai. I left the debris where it fell until my yard man could haul it out. As the pile of refuse lay there a few days, I began to appreciate the gracefulness of the curves of the fronds as the sunlight brought out their colors. I took them further in post.

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Week 2: Eight

Last week I posted a photo and blurb about my circa 1840 Seth Thomas wooden-geared shelf clock. For the “Eight” theme I got close in to the clock’s face and shot the beautiful Roman number VIII. The elegant Roman numerals are among my favorite features of these vintage clocks. It’s eight o’clock somewhere. Time for all good children to go to bed.


Week 1: Aged/Aging

This photo is the start of a brand new 52-Week Challenge for me and my fellow Challenge bloggers to post a photo a week corresponding with a set weekly theme for one year. This week’s theme is Aged/Aging, and I thought of posting a selfie, but decided that was too depressing. I turned, instead, to another antique in my house: a Seth Thomas wooden gear shelf clock, circa 1840. This clock was in my parents’ home, and my mother wouldn’t wind it and let it run because she feared the wooden gears would wear out. So it sat as an ornamental piece, which it still is. When your mother tells you not to do something, you don’t do it, right? Right? Well okay, sometimes. But in this case, I do not let the clock run.

Because Thomas was the a pioneer of mass production of clocks, my clock is rather ubiquitous, therefore not terribly valuable. But I like its rich mahogany wood and the hand-painted scene below the clock’s face (with artwork’s protective broken glass intact).

A little history on the clockmaker. Thomas was born in Wolcott, Connecticut, in 1785. He was apprenticed as a carpenter and joiner, and worked building houses and barns. He started in the clock business in 1807, working for clockmaker Eli Terry. Thomas formed a clock-making partnership in Plymouth, Connecticut with Eli Terry and Silas Hoadley as Terry, Thomas & Hoadley. In 1810, he bought Terry’s clock business, making tall clocks with wooden movements, though chose to sell his partnership in 1812, moving in 1813 to Plymouth Hollow, Connecticut, where he set up a factory to make metal-movement clocks. In 1817, he added shelf and mantel clocks. By the mid-1840s, he changed over to brass from wooden movements. He died in 1859, whereupon the company was taken over by his son, Aaron, who added many styles and improvements after his father’s death. The company went out of business in the 1980s.

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