Thursday, February 21, 2008

The icy bush in front of my house

Say hello to my three little friends
London, Ontario, February 2008 [Click to embiggen]

My wife and I were heading out of the house this weekend to run some errands. As I walked out the door, I noticed our bushes had been coated with ice courtesy of some freezing rain that had blanketed the region.

It had been a few days since I had taken a picture, and I was feeling a little antsy. If writers write and photographers photograph, then it's easy to conclude that they might begin to lose their edge if they keep their pens and cameras on the shelf.

So as I stared intently at this little mini-world of ice balanced gingerly on the spindly leaves, I got the urge to capture it before the gradually warming temperatures rendered the scene a mere memory. I quickly went inside, scooped the camera up and took a few really fast photos while my patient and understanding wife waited inside.

By the time we got home, the ice was almost completely melted, the scene now existed only as bits on my memory card. Precious bits indeed.

Your turn: Why do we feel the need to capture?

One more thing: Quick peek at some neat media coverage today:
"These announcements are like McDonald's releasing the recipe for its secret sauce," said AR Communications strategic consultant Carmi Levy.

"This announcement signals that Microsoft is finally ready to commit to an entirely new business model. This is a radical shift from Microsoft's traditional bull-in-a-china-shop strategy."
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"Going to court is expensive, and both these companies are facing their own challenges in the market and need to keep their eye on the ball if they want to stay competitive," Carmi Levy, senior vice president of strategic consulting at AR Communications, told

RIM, Levy explained, has faced increasing competition from large players capable of "swamping the company" if the vendor loses focus.

Motorola, he notes, is already battling to stay in a leadership spot amid rumors of selling its handset unit. The company "needs to focus on regaining traction," amid recent significant losses, he adds.


One thing both Levy and Hughes believe is that neither company can afford a long legal battle like the one RIM fought with patent holding firm NTP. That lawsuit, which RIM lost, awarded $612.5 million to NTP.


For his part, Levy described the legal action as "little more than a tempest in a teacup," noting that neither vendor has the "luxury of fritting away precious resources" on legal action.

While Motorola claims that the patent dispute is not tied to its recent announcement that it was "exploring the structural and strategic realignment of its businesses to better equip Mobile Devices to recapture global market leadership and to enhance shareholder value," Levy acknowledged that patent hurdles could thwart any potential sale.

"A potential buyer would discover this kind of issue in due diligence, and the legal action also sets a tone that Motorola likely doesn't want in play if it's looking to sell," he says.

"Motorola is by far the biggest loser in all of this," says Carmi Levy, senior VP for strategic consulting at AR Communications, "because at a time when its leaders need to be focused on turning the company around, they instead choose to divert their attention to a lawsuit that promises to sap precious resources away from more important activities."


"A drawn-out intellectual property-based lawsuit will take years to resolve if Motorola doesn't politely resolve its differences with RIM," adds Levy, "by which point the mobile landscape will look very different than it does today."


Beverly said...

I did indeed embiggen it, and it does look like three old men. Good shot!

I don't think I would like all the ice.

colleen said...

I feel the need to capture because it's gone so soon and I want to rememeber and relive it. I got some great shots this past ice storm we had here and the next day it was gone. Michele says hi.

Heather said...

I think we feel the need to capture because things change so quickly and it is nice to have something to physically hang on to. This photo is beautiful. Since I moved south this fall I've seen very little winter (trust me that's a good thing) but this photo reminds me of the beauty that can be within those poor weather days.
Oh, Michele sent me. Happy weekend.

Pearl said...

ooh, you're getting your name out there.

Glad you snapped the photo. Like everything else, with putting off til later, if you come back, the moment's passed.

If you get a chance, Carmi, swing by my blog BD thing today...

Suzanne said...

ooh that's a cool photo. I like it even though I hate the cold weather it represents.

Capturing everything is very un Zen like as we should always live in the moment. I think that's what happens though...It's just our human nature to cling to the things that we love through our memories, photographs and written accounts.

tommie said...

very cool ice shot! We are already in 70 degree weather....I wonder if we really did have a winter if I would complain?

R. Sherman said...

Hey Carmi.

Thanks for reminding me how beautiful ice can be. We got 1.5 inches on Thursday night, which caused me to take a dive on the sidewalk Friday morning. Suffice it to say, the beauty of the moment eluded me.


Cheers from Michele.