The Sound of Nothing (is a loud noise)

Present Presence © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Land of a Thousand Dances © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Thwacking Blades © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Surf © Catherine Rutgers 2017The Seaweed's Dilemma © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Witness © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Climbed Every Mountain © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Meteor Splash © Catherine Rutgers 2017

The Sound of Nothing © Catherine Rutgers 2017
With my gratitude always for the music of Lone Vein.

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Kitchen Twenty-Seventeen (Another Kind of Paint)

Winter Twenty-Seventeen (My Kitchen) © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Yestreen © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Loop Tuning © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Noise-Shaped Error © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Phase Lock © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Non-Subtractive Dither © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Idiolect © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Monophonic Tell-Tale © Catherine Rutgers 2017Kitchen Twenty-Seventeen © Catherine Rutgers 2017

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Entered Here (Second Sunday)

Pinched Deep © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Ringed Space © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Chillax © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Dished Out © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Who Is There © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Relative to the Wave Source © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Iridescent Droplet © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Knock Knock © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Entered Here © Catherine Rutgers 2017

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Tiny Dancers and the Earthsprung Star

On Dancer © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Swish Swoosh © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Carnavale © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Snow-Like Delicacy © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Tail-Feather Display © Catherine Rutgers 2017

True Color © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Pixie at the Center © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Earthsprung Star © Catherine Rutgers 2017Tiny Dancers and the Earthsprung Star © Catherine Rutgers 2017

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Sheer Color (Sunday Morning)

Green Edges © Catherine Rutgers 2017 My Friend from Outerspace © Catherine Rutgers 2017 Effortlessly Evident © Catherine Rutgers 2017 Smooth As Glass © Catherine Rutgers 2017 Zone 82 © Catherine Rutgers 2017 Snakes on a Plain © Catherine Rutgers 2017 Between the Traffic © Catherine Rutgers 2017 Up On the Roof © Catherine Rutgers 2017Sheer Color © Catherine Rutgers 2017

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Day One (Wordless)

Opening Night © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Approaching the City © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Earthtoned © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Nightly Grid © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Opening Light © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Blur Makes Stripes © Catherine Rutgers 2017

And Folds © Catherine Rutgers 2017

This Too © Catherine Rutgers 2017

Day One (Wordless) © Catherine Rutgers 2017

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Winter’s Lamentation (and Reprieve)

Light-emitting diodes have obliterated the moonlight. Oh, you can still see the moon, but it casts no shadows because the new(ish) streetlights are so obtrusive. They save energy, they save money … but I don’t feel any safer. I feel barraged.

When the LEDs were first installed, my brother said that I would cry when I saw them at night. I didn’t cry, just pushed it aside. But it’s a full moon now, and this morning, before sunrise, the lovely orb drew me out-of-doors and into the relentless harsh glare of their efficiency. It was unnerving.

At least I’m not alone in being sad about this. See, for example, “Ruining That Moody Urban Glow,” by Lionel Shriver, October 17, 2015. From experience, I know that the writer doesn’t choose the headline, and this headline is misleading: it’s not just about mood, it’s sleep and health and maintaining some connection to the sky and the rhythms of day and night. It’s birds and bugs who fly in disarray, and frogs and turtles whose mating and birthing patterns are disrupted.

But there are people actually doing something about it. Much like the lag that happens when I have to bundle up in scarf, coats, gloves, and boots before taking a walk in the wintry cold, it took me awhile to find them. The International Dark Sky Association and the Zoological Lighting Institute, among others, are working to understand and explain the effects of lighting, and change the ways that we use (or abuse) it.

Fact is, the brightness and hue could be tempered, which would benefit we humans and the other critters who live here, too. More research to do. Meanwhile, here are nine meditations on the chill, and thrill, of Winter. Love, Cat

End of the Block © Catherine Rutgers 2016

Gold As Love © Catherine Rutgers 2016

Even Deeper © Catherine Rutgers 2016

Ice Hot © Catherine Rutgers 2016

Image 2266 with Contrast © Catherine Rutgers 2016

Lines in the Snow © Catherine Rutgers 2016

Of the Vine © Catherine Rutgers 2016

Trim Screen © Catherine Rutgers 2016

Twenty Two Sixty Six © Catherine Rutgers 2016

Images and text © Catherine Rutgers
This piece was written on December 14, 2016.

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