Tuesday, May 31, 2011


My parents cut down one vine that was growing on their patio and now this clematis is flourishing.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Soaking Up The Sunlight

More from Walkerton Tavern. The dogwoods where in bloom and soaking up the sunlight.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

Down by the river

Well we didn't see an old van but we did see a lot of storm clouds rolling in. This is certanly a spot  Iwould like to revisit in the early morning and late afternoon/evening light.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Don't Fence Me In

I am still going back and editing the photos from our trip out west. When I first got home I was very eager to sit down and edit my photos. But after an hour or two of staring at the images I have to walk away... so these images will pop up here for a while to come.

I know this photo a day thing is probably meant to make me take a photo everyday but I worked on this photo today so I think it fits in the concept.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Backwards Door

Hard Light

Normal Blend Mode. Image exposure pushed up two stops.

I know the final image doesn't look too different from the first one but I got a little more detail in the windows and a little more dramatic light on the door.
Oddly enough if I switched the staking order of the images and used Overlay on the lighter image and normal on the darker image I got the exact same result.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Busy Weekend 2

Sitting on a patio with friends drinking Bloody Mary's...
Okay I was the only one drinking Bloody Mary's and I only had one. We had a lunch right after our brunch date. Too much to do and not enough time do do it all..

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Busy Weekend 1

Laura and I got a chance to visit Hal and Janet this weekend and we had a great cook out at their place. We told some stories and shared some food and good Scotch, thanks Hal, and had a great time.
Next time we go to their place I will have to get a shot of the Tiki bar.

Friday, May 20, 2011

All Day Long

Hamlet has been fasinated by this wasp building its nest in our window. I finally got around to looking for the Wasp spray today and I found 6 flea sprays and 3 ant sprays but know Wasp. Guess it will live another day or two or maybe a week.

Ham will go after thi poor wasp all day long and the wasp just keeps going paying him no mind. A week or so ago another wasp was trying to take over this nest and Hamlet was enjoying double the fun. But one of them won out and it has just been this poor soul labring away building his home not know next time I go to the store I am going to bu some wasp spray and come home and kill him.her...
... and hope I don't get stung in the process.

Fun with Photo Equipment

I have seen this video pop up on a couple of different photo blogs. I thought I would continue the trend and pass it on.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Coins from the casinos and the coaster from a bar that serves Fat Tire on tap and no food.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Art what is it good for

It is sad to see an empty art gallery. Art is always the first thing to go in schools when funds are cut and it is the first thing to go in a bad economy.
Greece is always considered one of if not the greatest society. It gave us democracy, science and art.

I said, art, huh
Good God, y'all!

If we love the democracy and science so much why can't we embrace the art? I mean really embrace it. Don't leave it to the few to create and the rich to buy but embrace it as part of everyday life and education. The culture that created the government we say we love and the science we use every day incorporated art into their education and everyday life. How can we expect to follow in their footsteps if we aren't wearing the same shoes?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Forced Enjoyment

Sunday was a beautiful day and my beautiful wife forced me to go out with her to the Clarke-Palmore House and enjoy the day. She had to work for the county face painting at their ice cream social.

I wondered around the grounds for a while taking pictures and taking in the history. The house was in 1819 and then donated to the county in 1999.

You can see the city through the trees but you are in a lush green natural setting. I had never been to this neighborhood before even though I have driven by the area a million times. It is off Route 5 just south of Richmond.

This was one of the secondary buildings on the property, beautiful red brick buildings set in the lush green Virginia woods.

Another bonus was stopping and taking some pictures by the railroad tracks.

Over the years I have taken Route 5 many times to come and go from Richmond and I have always wanted to stop and take pictures off these rail road tracks just south of the bottom but never have. Today I took the time. This area is quickly getting built up with high end condos, restaurants and office so I don't know how much longer it will look this way.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Flowers For My Wife

I learned long ago from my father that you should give your lady flowers often.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

More From New Kent

Another pic form New Kent Winery but it could be from our house. We have enough wine glasses to stock our own winery.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Spring Time

It is a great time to sit out on the porch and enjoy the night.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother (in-law) Day

Laura and I took her mother to New Kent Winery today for Mother's Day. I Skyp'd with my mother earlier today because she is in Italy. So she is doing fine on the wine front.
I am probably pushing this HDR thing a little to far especially since I only have Photoshop CS5 to process it. I can't help it I have had one or two images turn out and I keep hoping to get the next one.
 Not HDR

Saturday, May 7, 2011

It was a nice day for it

...with apologies to Laura.

Laura had to work for the county today at Walkerton Tavern so I took the opportunity to enjoy the nice weather and take some pictures. There was a bluegrass band playing under the gazebo and arts and crafts to be done by the children.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Just Outside

It amazes me how fast nature can work sometime. Just yesterday almost all the flowers were just little buds. Now they are popping open overnight, much to Laura's dismay.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Route 64 Revisited

I took sometime today to edit some more photos from our Grand Canyon trip.

I still have a lot to go through and every time I look at them I like one I didn't the day before and dislike one I liked.

It is a beautiful place but after looking at photo after photo blue skies over a big hole in the ground I have to walk away and get perspective.

A Job Half Done

A couple days ago they started to cut the grass but never finished. They cut a ring around the outside but left the center uncut.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sunday, May 1, 2011

City Parking

By any means necessary.
I don't know if those are actual parking spots but someone sure thought they were.