Friday, November 19, 2010


Yesterday, in between errands, I managed to sneek a peek through some old windows that were basking in the morning light.

This structure, located just down the Woman's Club Road, is chock-a-block full of windows just begging and screaming to be photographed.
When I heard all their pleas,  I pulled over and did exactly as they asked.

The one below might be my favorite.

Even after zooming out (or is it dezooming?  unzooming? dezumbafying? Whatever it's called when you press the button to zoom back) I still love this window and the shadow it casts on the wood.

Maybe the shot below is my favorite.

I love how the vine, almost barren but still supporting a few leaves, frames the window; how the window is simultaneously dark, empty yet reflective; how the wood panels cling to their original life of red paint even though time is stripping away all their color.

I'd name this photo Life and Death.

Do they pay money for analyzing photos that had no meaning ever when they were taken?  Because I'm pretty sure I could read meaning into a Tic Tac (based on color, flavor, position in the dispenser,  circumstances under which said Tic Tac was sampled, and my mood that particular day) whether there was any intended meaning or not.  All day long. 

To put these windows into context, below is a dezumbafied shot  a shot of the same windows from farther back.

Is there anyone reading who can tell me what this building used to be? 

What is it called when you un-zoom the camera lens?

What is it called when you once could write a college-level essay in another language but now you can't even write in your native language without sounding like a first grade primer? 

(That last one is a rhetorical question, of course.  The person asking already has a running list of potential answers, and all of them boil down to hypochondria age-related issues up to and including Old Timers, which is how someone I know pronounces Alzheimer's.  Seriously.)


Kay L. Davies said...

Um, I think it might be called zooming in and zooming out, but I could be wrong. I just got a camera with a serious zoom and maybe I'll find the right word. But so far, that's what I think it is.
Your window project is wonderful. Wonderful windows, wonderful photos, wonderful zooming! Well, you know what I mean. I shouldn't visit your blog, it always makes me act silly.
I have no idea why.
-- K
Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Ann Marie said...

The answer to your last question is .. desmartification.. DUH.. don't worry I suffer from it too.

as for the building.. oh oh oh YOUR BOYFRIEND KNOWS.. the really handsome one.


These Nine Acres said...

OMG. You are hysterical. I personally like unzumbafying. It looks right to me ;0)

Miss you!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Kay-Zooming out sounded too obvious, which is why I thought there surely must be another term. But of course that comes with the territory when you suffer from Old Timers, or desmartification, which, thanks to Ann Marie might be my new favorite made-up word.

AM-Call your father (aka my boyfriend) and ask him about it and update us here in the comments, if you can. Unless of course he wants me to interview him and as you know I'm more than happy to do that.


Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Tracey-Unzumbafying sounds good to me. MIss you too. Reunion early 2011, perhaps. I'm driving north provided my car doesn't fall apart by then.

deborah said...

new words in my vocabulary this morning:)
Love the pictures - the windows are a view into the soul of this great old building. Looks as if they just kept adding on as needed, doesn't it?
Oh, my youngest put a new (read expensive) part in my oven and it works- Yay!!

Mental P Mama said...

I feel like I could use a little unzumbafying myself.....

Daryl said...

A stable? Reminds me of the old barn/stable on BHE's family property.. and I am in deep love with those windows .. I lurve windows almost as much as AG lurves the Baroness

Daryl said...

A stable? Reminds me of the old barn/stable on BHE's family property.. and I am in deep love with those windows .. I lurve windows almost as much as AG lurves the Baroness

And I call it rack focus .. I made that up ..

Anonymous said...

CBW found a Disney land hiding in Mathews but it will take Calvert action to get pictures you up for it???

Anonymous said...

Calvert I must mean Lord Calvert Whiskey LOL

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Anon - I'm in. Just tell me when.