Carmine

23 February 2011

I couldn’t help myself. Carmine was putting on a show the other morning. How can you say no to those eyes?

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1920s Frances Irene Spencer

23 February 2011

I’ve been a bit of a delinquent and have missed several days worth of posting.  Sorry about that.  Today I’m back on track.  Here we have my grandmother, Frances Spencer (born July 7, 1917) with her cousin, Richard Brokaw.  According to my aunt, the Brokaw family (Myra and Fred Brokaw) was visiting Iva Harding’s farm in Blue Hill, Nebraska, and that’s where this picture was taken. Iva Harding was my grandmother’s aunt.

I love the look on my grandmother’s face in this picture.  Just a couple of kids in the 1920s sharing a drink :)

1920s Frances Irene Spencer and a Friend

Nikon 9000 ED b/w negative scan, 4000 dpi.

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Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.

23 February 2011

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.

—Pierre Coneille

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The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already...

23 February 2011

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.

—Leo Tolstoy, 1897

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1940s Frances Spencer and Kenneth Ekwall

18 February 2011

The other day I posted a picture of my grandmother on her cello and several people commented on how regal she looked. So, today I thought I’d continue with pictures of my grandparents looking regal. I love this picture. My grandparents are all dressed up, clearly ready to hit the town, and have the most adorable Boston puppy with them. So cool. If only I had a top hat and overcoat like my grandfather’s. That would be awesome.

1940s Spencer - Frances Irene Spencer and Kenneth Lee Ekwall with a Boston Terrier

Nikon 9000 ED b/w negative scan, 4000 dpi.

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1983 Adam Thede and his Cello

16 February 2011

OK, last post, I promise. I just couldn’t resist finishing the series of cello pictures. So, here you have it, the last installment. Here I am on my cello in 1983. I’m probably four years old in this shot. I wish I still had that tiny cello :)

1983 Adam Thede and his Cello

Nikon 9000 ED 35mm color negative scan, 4000 dpi.

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1941 Frances Spencer on Cello

16 February 2011

I figured I’d continue the theme of the day by posting another picture of a family member on the cello. Here we have my grandmother (my mother’s mother) on her cello in 1941. As I said in my previous post both my mother and grandmother are cellists. And, new news, I played the cello for quite awhile too. I more or less stopped playing when I got to college. But, I’ve still got a cello in my home. So, here you have her, Frances Irene Spencer on cello :)

1941 Spencer - Frances Irene Spencer Ekwall on Cello

Nikon 9000 ED b/w negative scan, 4000 dpi.

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1971 Laurie Ekwall at All State Orchestra

16 February 2011

My mother is a cellist and an orchestra teacher. She’s been teaching kids about music since before I was born. The history goes way back, as her mother was also a cellist. And, we’ve got several members of the family tree who’ve been avid musicians too.

This past weekend my mom was at the Colorado All State Orchestra event with some of her current students. So, I thought it would be fun to post a picture of my mother when she was a participant herself. Here she is in 1971 at the Nebraska All State Orchestra concert. Go mom! :)

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Laura, you're the love of my life.

14 February 2011

Laura, you’re the love of my life. Happy Valentine’s Day :)

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March 2005 - Nebraska - Annual Sandhill Crane Migration

14 February 2011

One of my favorite things to do for spring break is to take a trip to Nebraska to witness one of the greatest migrations on the planet. Every year Sandhill Cranes descend upon the Platte River in central Nebraska during their regular migration. The site is incredible. In a small patch of the river you can see hundreds of thousands of cranes all coming to roost for the evening. The river is just shallow enough for them to sleep in the water and remain protected from any predators. During the day they all scatter and feed in the fields, but at night they all return to the river to roost. The site is amazing to witness, and the sound is other-worldly. Imagine thousands of cranes all “cawing” as they drop from the sky for an evening of rest.

I’m hoping to make the trip this Spring. The other day my sister asked me if I was going to make a “Crane Viewing Pilgrimage,” and also asked if I had any pictures from previous trips. So, thank you Emily for motivating me to post these pictures. These are from a trip I took in 2005. There must have been something magical about that year because these are by far my best pictures from the several trips I’ve taken. I’m gonna post a lot :) Here they are!

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