New leaves emerge from a volunteer Red Oak in my fence row. One of these days the tree or the fence has gotta go…but I will wait till that one day comes.
It is with H-U-G-E appreciation that my newest blog friend, the friend that has me doing fun stuff in learning, seeing, and experimenting with a camera, that I share this link: JunsJazz Images and Inspiration Issue #7.
I am humbled being associated with an outstanding group of photographers in all JJ’s online digital magazines. And at the same time I am excited to be one of the featured photographers.
Issue #7′s theme is minimalist photography. Gee, I never thought of myself as minimalist (if you’ve ever conversed with me you would know kind of what I’m trying to say) until JJ captured a number of my photos. Yup…he’s right alright. I am a photographing minimalist.
JunsJazzImages is one of a handful of my “following” blog sites I check before the WordPress Reader or my email alerts me of a new post. If you are at all interested in photography, JJ’s website will do your talent a world of good.
Thanks JJ for letting me share a moment with you on your stage.
Sometimes life follows a straight line. Sometimes the path is an array of color. And then sometimes you have to paint over the holes in life and just keep going….
For if we stop or skip over any one step of our journey, we might miss out on friends gracing us with sweetness, giggles, and Cowboy princesses….
And the teaching of life experience between the family generations may wane. Thanks Dad for everything that you are – a gentleman, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend, and life model. Hope you had a great birthday today. Wish I had been there with you to eat cake.
The maiden flight of a radio controlled minature airplace this morning…a whole lot of excitement amongst the pilots
There were other minature aircraft taking flight prior to the this one….
I overheard these two talking…this is a true 1/3 scale minature of a Piper Cub…
Don’t ask me what they’re doing….I thought we were going to have a sling-shot takeoff there for a minute….
A guiding hand during taxi….
Her underside catches the early morning sun….
No tricks…straight forward flying and easy turns this morning
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to “the ground”. Please remain seated until the aircraft has come to a complete stop at the gate. Be careful when opening the overhead bins as contents may have shifted during the flight….
Gang...it was the Royal Scotties, my Canon, and The Daily Cap(s) that took a back burner to slow-grillin' a rack of Raspberry Chipolte rubbed spare ribs, Broccoli-Dill slaw from scratch, glazed baby carrots, handmade guacamole and blue corn tortilla chips, and....
Grilled Corn on the Cob and always a few jalapeños make their way to the grill - love my new Char-Griller 'Akorn' Kamado Kooker grill (pizza and biscuits cooked on it last weekend). Deb, OFNi Sarah, and Jerry this afternoon got feed after their quick weekend road trip. I had no idea it would take me all afternoon....
Many came out to watch the company "catapult" competition at noon. Four teams competed - they had restrictions to follow in building a catapult. The goal was to launch five projectilse approximately 30 feet to a target for points, all within a time limit. It was fun!
A father and son team...with a bicycle wheel catapult
Line up the shot...
...pull the trigger
We had the Sergio-Jericho team...with a wood slingshot catapult (complete with a stained finish) that shot the ammo backwards as much as it did forward...look out camera guy (me)
The fine tuning didn't help much...
Setting up for the shot...
These guys ended up winning the competition...but not before making precise measurements of the counterbalance weights for their catapult.
3...2...1...FIRE! A weight-drop catapult design
The other father and son team took a few seconds to play in the sandbox (where they had to set their catapult)
This was the "flinging half-wiffle ball" catapult....
...with a pull chain
Competition was fierce, concentration was intense...fun was had!
Winners were woo-ed, champions were crowned, bonds were bound, and noses were picked ("come on Dad, hurry it up why don't cha") ... LOL!
And then at lunch...after 30 some years on not playing competitive basketball...I try to keep up with guys about half my age (it was not a pretty thing) (thanks JoeM for taking my camera off my desk and sneaking a few photos...thanks a whole lot)
After all these years I'm still try to show a left-handed game...
And a right-handed game...
Regardless of the handedness, I'm just not very good any more (not that I ever was). But you know last year at this time, there would be no way I could have gone 3 games with these punks. Thank heavens for the tonnage-loss program! Now if only I could do something about the stiff and soreness aftermath...
Go check out the FD! Tiff’s webseries acting debut is online as of this past Thursday. Episode 1 (11 more to go) introduces the cast of characters. For those of you that don’t know my “Favorite Daughter”, she’s the one in the gray sweater/gray shirt…that says “I’d rather chew glass” right at the start. And after watching, if you’re so emotionally moved and/or financially inclined, there’s their “kickstarter” page link right below the video….
Personally, I think Tiff did an outstanding job, but then what else would a “pops” say? She’s always had a natural Lucille Ball quality about her acting, as well as a Meryl Streep when it comes time for those Academy Award winning roles! What she does with this character is so completely out-of-character of her personality, I laugh to myself (and others) each time. You go ahead and just watch it…see for yourself. Go ahead…do it, I’ll wait……………
I bet cha you’re gonna agree with her old man on this one. Chip of the ol’ block that gurrrrl is, huh? (probably more likely I’m a chip off the ol’ daughter’s block…not that I live vicariously through either of my kids or anything)
Episode 1 was the group introduction, now each subsequent webisode will now focus on each character. I will keep y’all posted as each episode is released, especially the one that is the FD’s character.
EDITORIAL COMMENT: turn down the volume or use your headphones…the dialogue is street-worthy and the language is colorful.
Yes, reluctantly I admit I’ve been around a while. I have seen things, experienced things. I have appreciated many things and regretted things more than I ever thought I would. But after yesterday, the first-time thing I was a part of was Boxing Day. And I am glad.
Dear friends Ettore and Oona invited us to a Boxing Day celebration last night. Since Oona is a Brit, this holiday is very much a part of her heritage. But regardless of the occasion, our two friends always welcome us into their home with a warm embrace. They are the epitome of a gracious host. Last night was special.
Unsure of what a Boxing Day night of celebration held in store (but I do now), we readied ourselves for good food, conversation, and fun at the very least. The evening was an absolute delight. Seeing our friends surrounded by their long-time friends – no, that should more appropriately read as ” their long-time family” – did nothing more than keep a smile in my heart all evening long.
Now if you just so happen to watch the video, and you don’t catch yourself smiling, then I’ll come see you to massage that hardened heart of yours. It is, after all, the season to be jolly. So be it! Stop it with the political moaning, employment groaning, life-is-not-fair bellyaching, and the unsociable Facebooking for but a few minutes…and sing a Christmas song, for crying out loud, that might make others smile for all the right Godly reasons.
What a grand weekend! And boy howdy did I take a bunch of pictures!
the uncooperative guys at the 35th
The milestone 35th reunion happened at Hays High School. Despite a losing effort for the current Indians on the football field (losing to Garden City), those of us alumni able to attend the homecoming and reunion had a fabulous time…not just one evening, but two!
Our class of 190-something produced about 45 of us over the weekend. We all showed up to enjoy ourselves, the time spent with good friends, and to poke fun at the aging habits a handful of us seem to be developing. Better yet, little grief was taken on the thinning noggin, chubby cheeks, and the mid-section bounce that seems to have graced my curb appeal. I guess it is what it is, huh?
The adventures of a sassy, often defiant, not quite fearless pilot's wife, mother, and photographer. Join me as I globe trot the world using my travel benefits. Here I will share photographs of my travels, chronicle my journeys, and provide useful tips and information.
I previously worked as a news and sports photographer. Recently I have been enjoying wildlife photography. My approach toward bird photos is similar to sports photography. I attempt to capture mostly action and hopefully a unique perspective.