November Tracery

“Tracery” is a term referring to the spidery, lacy stonework in a Gothic stained-glass window.

I was outside in the last light of day this evening shaking hay out of our guinea pig’s “potty pads” (fleece bedding), and for some reason the branches and utility pole caught my eye as I finished and turned to walk back to the house.

Maybe it was the contrast between sturdy and delicate? Or straight and curved? Or maybe that “silhouette” contrast between light and dark?

I took several pictures, and when I looked through them in my camera roll, trying to decide which one was “it,” this was the shot I kept landing on again and again. It’s funny how the same subject can look like nothing at all unless some alchemy of light or composition or something takes over and makes it special.

So here’s the one I liked.

And here are the rejects. What do you think? Did I make the right call?

Oh wait.

Now that I uploaded the other pictures, I see that WordPress has automatically cropped the ones that had been in a wider, landscaped format. Not cool, WordPress: Your new Gutenberg editor takes a lot of liberties.

On the other hand, now I guess I’d better take another pass through the candidates and reconsider my options. Maybe one of these WordPress-cropped photos will stand out to me more than my own original 😂

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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