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Posted 1/6/2011 8:25pm by Eugene Wyatt.

We've moved.  For the Winter and Spring of 2011 you'll find us in Saturday's Greenmarket next to Hawthorne Valley between 16th St & 17th St.

Posted 1/6/2011 4:48pm by Eugene Wyatt.

Baron de Charlus:

His voice rose. "It reminds me of a room in the Château of Blois where the caretaker who was showing me over said: ‘This is where Mary Stuart used to say her prayers; I use it to keep my brooms in.’ Naturally I wish to know nothing more of this house that has let itself be dishonoured, any more than of my cousin Clara de Chimay after she left her husband. But I keep a photograph of the house, when it was still unspoiled, just as I keep one of the Princess before her large eyes had learned to gaze on anyone but my cousin. A photograph acquires something of the dignity which it ordinarily lacks when it ceases to be a reproduction of reality and shows us things that no longer exist."

À l'Ombre des Jeunes Filles en Fleurs Vol. 2 of À la Recherche du Temps Perdu, Marcel Proust 1919; translated by C. K. Scott Moncrieff 1922.

Posted 1/6/2011 4:40pm by Eugene Wyatt.

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Sarah Bernhardt (October 22, 1844 – March 26, 1923) was a French stage and early film actress, and has been referred to as "the most famous actress the world has ever known".  Photograph by Nadar.

In À la Recherche du Temps Perdu she is mentioned by her real name and as the fictional Berma, an actress that Marcel is finally taken to see in a matinee by his grandmother.

Posted 1/5/2011 4:53pm by Eugene Wyatt.

While it's still light out I go look at the sheep making sure they are ready for the night and I always take my camera.

Posted 1/3/2011 5:35pm by Eugene Wyatt.

Posted 1/2/2011 3:27pm by Eugene Wyatt.

I'm using a Nikon 50 mm f/1.4 lens (1/800 sec at f/8.0, ISO 400) here. At the stand last week I spoke to a photographer (he'd stopped to buy a Rosemary Lamb Sausage) with a Leica film camera mounted with a fixed focal length lens around his neck.  We talked photography and the difficulty of shooting animals.  He said  using a zoom lens is lazy because you remain stationary and frame with the lens rather than  by moving your body and camera to a different angle as you must do with a fixed focal length lens.

He's right! 

I hadn't realized how static my imagery had become using zoom lenses. I hadn't understood how by using a fixed focal length lens I could enrich my photographic language.  My 50 mm lens was always buried deep in my lens bag—but no longer—now it's  mounted on my camera in anticipation.  These new images are  not only more dynamic, they are fresher—almost like they were taken by another photographer.

Posted 1/2/2011 7:45am by Eugene Wyatt.
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Sheep oats rose 10% in 10 days due to speculation; meaning we'll pay more for food in 2011 & the world poor will starve

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Posted 1/1/2011 6:56pm by Eugene Wyatt.

Posted 12/30/2010 4:51pm by Eugene Wyatt.

The ewes have been spooked for a week or so; at first I thought it was the howling wind but now that has subsided; we walked out beyond the far fence and found tracks everywhere.  Coyotes.  They hadn't crossed the fence as far as we could see but being just on the other side is too close. 

We checked the fence and made sure it was carrying a charge—it was—then we erected more fence and charged other lengths that had been off.  The idea was to be unpredictable; when the coyotes come back they'd see newness, they'd see change, they'd know that man had been there and they'd leave.

Pounding in the fence stakes today, I had the Beach Boys tune I Get Around going through my mind, particularly the line that relates to coyotes,

My buddies and me are getting real well known
Yeah, the bad guys know us and they leave us alone

O and I do believe the bad guys will leave us alone.  I often believe that about adversity. I can't offer you reasons for my belief.  It is so because I believe it to be so.  I have believed this lyric ever since I first heard it, despite my former therapist, Albert Ellis, who would, if he knew, look up, shake his head, smile wryly and say, "Magical thinking."  

After my dozen or so sessions with him, along with reading everything he'd popularly written, I had an insight (for which he would take no credit, I'm sure) that A RATIONAL ACT CAN BE A CHOICE TO ACT IRRATIONALY: it's choosing freedom in the face of rational or public constraint, it's art,  it's like  novelist Jean Genet who chose as a young man a life of  petty crime according to Jean Paul Sartre in his Saint Genet, a critical biography; and of course, among other things, it's believing the Beach Boys.  

But O I don't want to see warm sheep blood melting that white, white snow tomorrow.

Tonight, just before I go to bed with Proust's  À l'ombre des Jeunes Filles en Fleurs I'll drive out in the blackness to where I found the tracks today, roll down the window of the truck, stick my .357  revolver out in the cold air like a pistolero, like Gold Hat in The Treasure of Sierra Madre and  say to Humphrey Bogart as Dobbs like he's really a coyote, "Badges? ...I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!" and fire in the quiet air frightening anything within earshot.

Saying, "I'm here bad guys, I'm here with my buddies."

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The next morning: The ewes were out near where the coyote tracks were found; but they were relaxed, lounging around, chewing cud, gestating.  We expect the first of their 300 lambs in 2 months and 14 days.

Yeah, the bad guys know us and they leave us alone

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Posted 12/27/2010 8:31pm by Eugene Wyatt.

Last night we got about 18" of snow at the farm.  Sheep can't move when the snow is deeper than their legs are long which is about 12".  But they are quartered on a plain swept by the wind and this prevents snow accumulation. 

The leaders walk in a single file making a path for those who follow.