red button next to a pair of pockets

I would like to direct your attention to a page I've just added:

The Patchwork Coat

About two years ago, I decided it would be awesome to have a coat covered in buttons, colors, and pockets. At long last, I've deemed it done enough to wear. It's not completely done, mind you; it only has twelve pockets so far! But it's done enough to share the progress.

Head over to the project page to read more about the creation process, and see more photos!


View from the room

During my senior year at Vassar, I periodically took photos through my bedroom window of the trees and the courtyard area between all the senior apartments. The end result? This series, showing the seasons changing throughout the year. Photos are unedited.

trees are still green!

September 10, 2010

mostly green still!

October 8, 2010

rainy day

October 15, 2010

trees are turning red, carpet of yellow leaves

October 26, 2011

two days later: half the leaves are gone!

October 28, 2010

it was a blustery day - red leaves in the air

October 28, 2010

carpet of brown and red leaves, bare branches

November 5, 2010

bare branches, red tree behind, blue-gray clouded sky

November 17, 2010

First snow! Some ground still visible, pale clear sky

December 15, 2010

old snow everywhere, gray skies

January 11, 2011

fresh snow storm! everything is white

January 12, 2011

one of those rainy snow-slush days

January 18, 2011

even in winter with the ground covered in snow, there are blue skies sometimes!

January 25, 2011

tired of snow yet? a nice bright sunny day

February 10, 2011

the world has melted! gray spring day, still bare branches

March 11, 2011

evening light-rimmed clouds behind the branches of the trees

March 11, 2011

grey spring day, but at least there's some green on the shrubs!

April 13, 2011

that's more like it: buds and leaves on the trees, green grass, blue sky with puffy white clouds

April 29, 2011

the same beautiful spring day: it's all sunshine and puppies!

April 29, 2011

If I did this kind of series again, I'd make a point of putting the camera in the same place every time, and taking photos at set intervals. I think it still turned out pretty cool.


During one of the brief moments I was in my room yesterday afternoon, I was struck by the view out my window.

A bare-limbed tree, autumn decor already a crunching carpet on the lawn, stood silhouetted before its bright red-orange neighbor. I've been watching these trees change all semester. Add in a backdrop of dramatic slate storm clouds, and how could I resist?

Here's the relatively quick sketch I did to capture the scene (black pen, colored pencil- click for larger version):

_bare-limbed tree in black pen, red haze of another tree behind it in colored pencil, orange-red leaves on the ground near both, and blue-gray clouds_

View from my room III


Which is your favorite season?

Usually, I can't decide. But when my Hudson valley campus is decked out in full-blown autumn colors, my vote swings in favor of chill fall air, feet crunching through drifts of leaves, and myriad shades of red, brown, orange, and yellow.

Yes, I do, on occasion, meander across campus with my camera. Click for the larger versions!

glossy lake reflecting the bushy lines of green, yellow, orange, and red trees on the far bank

Sunset Lake

_large tree, half covered in red-orange leaves_

View from the room

_a dark branch silhouetted in front of autumn-colored trees_

Branch of doom

_sunlight makes a red-leaved tree glow at the side of grey apartments_ Red glow tree