Dunga Brook Diary

The rural life through the lens of an iPhone and notes from the field…

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A June Peony in April

A June Peony in April

April

My peonies sleep
curled into their red roots
frozen with the ground.

I walk with what is left of winter
and discover a tiny animal, wet and black,
bereft of possibility.

It’s too close to spring to die.

William says
we need a month of sunny days
before we dig and plant.

This morning,
a hale storm threw
a million tiny pearls
onto tawny fields
that disappeared
as soon as they landed.

We wait.
We wait.
We wait.

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John Keats (1795 – 1821)

John Keats (1795 - 1821)

One life,-a little gleam of time between two Eternities.

My iPhoneographic Homage to Georgia O’Keeffe

My iPhoneographic Homage to Georgia O'Keeffe

Just shipped 5 limited editions to Putnam, CT, today!

The Empty Spaces Project – Putnam, CT, Artist reception, Sept 13.

See you there?

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Lil Jester & a Bone of Wisdom via Georgia O’Keeffe

Lil Jester and a bone of wisdom from Georgia O'Keeffe

“To me they are as beautiful as anything I know,” Georgia O’Keeffe said of the sun-bleached bones and skulls she found in the desert. “To me they are strangely more living than the animals walking around…. The bones seem to cut sharply to the center of something that is keenly alive …”

Lil Jester, the Story

I did know this little guy.

In 2011, I flew from LA to CNY to see my house for the first time (I bought it the month before, sight unseen) and to stay with my neighbor, Tim, who first posted the picture of the house on Facebook.

This was Mother’s Day weekend.

On Mother’s Day, Lil Jester was born, there were twins but one died and this one survived, barely. The mother rejected him, so Tim and I hand fed LJ for the first few days of his life.

There is another story where I was in charge of him and he disappeared and I thought he’d been swallowed by a coyote or ferret and I cried inconsolably, but I’ll save that retelling for later.

Anyway, by the time my house was being renovated in July 2011, he was a handsome young goat with nubs where his majestic horns would be.

In the country, not all goats are created equal and boy goats do hot hold the same rank as a girl goat, a girl can be milked and bred, a boy can be annoying and eaten when he is of the right age.

This was the fate of the little boy goat.

His bones were left in a field behind my house, I knew not where until spring 2013 rolled around and I was on one of my long walks through the mud.

Spring mud pushes bones to the surface that Winter stripped clean.

There he was.

I brought him home.

Dunga Brook Diary, The Online Exhibition

Dunga Brook Diary

Available Iphoneography

Infused Metal Plates

Float Mounted, Ready To Hang

8×8″, $120

contact: dungabrookartisans@yahoo.com

Art comes into being in that abstract interval between a thought and reality, and no one – not even the artist who created it – can remeasure the influences that caused it.” (Edgar A. Payne)

“One of my mentors, Miss Pamela des Barres, imagines that if my images were music they would sound like Beethoven, Sinatra and the Beatles combined. I’ll take that.

It is my intent to deify and illuminates the ordinary and my desire is that you might find the beautiful in the ordinary, too.

Each photo is imbued with the mystery of love at first sight, infused with my present and my past and my daily rebirth into a new freedom, a swan dive, if you will, into the deep end of the pool, lit by color, texture, and emotion.”

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JOY

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Little Lady Legs

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If you are interested in being a collector, thank YOU!

There are 5 in a series, some near sold-out, email a description of your selection.

Credit cards/Paypal, shipping- West Coast $15, East Coast $10

contact: dungabrookartisans@yahoo.com

 

Peonies. Enough Said.

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Origins at Carefree and Dunga Brook Diary

Origins at Carefree and Dunga Brook Diary

Discover Cooperstown’s best kept secret…Origins Cafe at Carefree Gardens.

Locally harvested food in a gorgeous greenhouse setting…this is the brainstorm of two equally gorgeous Cooperstown, NY, sisters.

http://www.celebrateorigins.com

Kristen and Dana Leonard have lovingly crafted a creative breakfast and lunch menu full of fresh local and organic ingredients.

Free spirits and staunch supporters of the Slow Food Movement, and of our local farmers, these women really know how to make things happen in a delicious way.

Lucky for me, the girls love my iphoneography and now Origins at Carefree Gardens keeps a mini gallery of my work on their cafe/greenhouse wall.

Address: 558 Beaver Meadow Rd, Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone:(607) 547-9744

The floral and veg images were gathered from my daily walks around my 1820’s farmhouse and my drives around Otsego County, including the beautiful Cooperstown area.

Each 8 x 8″ photograph is infused directly to aluminum, float mounted and ready to hang, each one is signed and numbered (5 in a series).

The photos are limited editions and once the tourists arrive in C-Town they will sell like organic panini.

To view the photos, stop by the cafe and say hello to the Leonard sisters and their parents, Brent and Mary (who fell in love at Cornell and founded Carefree Gardens over 28 years ago).

Buy a plant, have a smoothie and a panini, and you will fall in love with the Leonard’s and C-Town, just like I did.

iPhoneography & the black and white via Henri Cartier-Bresson

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“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.”

~Henri Cartier-Bresson

Lately, I have been pushing myself to get better at black and white photography. A good black and white photo seems a poem compared to the novella you find in most of my color photographs. Simple is better. Clear, clean, brilliant, illuminated and ecclesiastical helps.

Here are my most recent attempts.

Best,

V

 

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A Pean To The Mighty Crocus

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“Welcome, wild harbinger of spring!
To this small nook of earth;
Feeling and fancy fondly cling
Round thoughts which owe their birth
To thee, and to the humble spot
Where chance has fixed thy lowly lot.”
Bernard Barton

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.”  ― Alfred Tennyson

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.”
― Alfred Tennyson

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