|A fall day in Yeghegnadzor, Armenia|
As I started packing for my two plus years in Armenia, I looked down at the mess on the floor and wondered how I was going to carry enough for my stay. Something had to go. Many things had to go. The mammoth Minolta camera I bought more than twenty years ago and its accompanying lenses were primed for the list of things to leave behind. But how could I go to Armenia for 2 years without a camera? Just as the decision making process was beginning to seem overwhelming, a friend stopped by and placed in my hand a small digital camera. I was so glad to have it, but I doubted that I would be able to produce photographs of anywhere near the same quality as I would have with my ancient film camera. Well, I was wrong.
Encouraged by my friends at home and inspired by the amazing Armenian landscape and seemingly never-ending light show, I have taken hundreds of photos. I must admit that many of my best pictures were taken from my balcony or kitchen window. Sometimes, I am almost embarrassed that the pictures that I share with my friends and family were taken when I happened to wander out on my balcony. But in the end, why should I be? These views from my little studio apartment have made my stay here unforgettable. The Armenian landscape never disappoints, no matter what the season or time of day. I hope you will forgive my amateur enthusiasm and enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed watching them unfold.
The following pictures were taken from my balcony which faces north east:
The unusually snowy winter kept me indoors much of the time, but it gave me plenty of opportunities to conduct a seasonal study of the view from balcony.