Meet my new camera, Mr. Pana Sonic Lumix. Its lovely silver sleekness houses a powerful 12x optical zoom, a terrific low-light Leica lens, and a spectacular ability to zoom while in video mode! It fits in my purse and its control buttons are large enough for a normal human hand to operate easily.
What it doesn’t have is this on its memory card!
One gray day in the middle of February, we passed by this little house somewhere in the middle of Massachusetts. The green metal roof, which I love, probably drew my eye to the unfinished construction site, but then I glimpsed something on the garage I had never seen before. I made my husband drive back to make sure I saw what I was thought I was seeing.
If I brighten up the image and zoom it you can almost see it. There was a life-size tree design made from and within the cedar shingle siding! (While I love my old camera – these pictures certainly don’t do this beautiful design justice.) After having lost my camera with this image on it, I searched and searched to find the “decorative shingle design” and “cedar shakes art” and found nothing but a company in Alaska that does something like this.
What is so odd to me is that since moving into our edible cedar shingle sided home, I have grown to hate cedar shingles as type of siding. Wood, as a design medium, just doesn’t float my boat (too reminiscent of the 70s or something). But this bit of subtle roadside beauty, like a Tiffany design in wood, on an otherwise standard-issue farmhouse was as near to subliminally sublime as I’ve ever seen. I have to wonder if it will eventually house a business specializing in these designs.
So, how did I get that picture back? Well, that the real “D’oh!” part.