Monday, February 28, 2011

Colorful Wall

The Washington Convention Center has several colorful pieces of Art.  The exhibit hall opened last night at 7:00 PM.  I made a quick pass through - some good eating... scoped out the vendors I want to visit today.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunrise Over the Wing

30,000 Feet
Up before 4 to the airport by 5 in the air by 6:00 AM...a long day.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Still Testing

Thought there may be an opportunity to take a photo or 2 with my iPhone instead of my other camera. Getting the photo posted mobile is easy - getting the text is posted is another matter. I may end up with just a series of photos as I travel along...

I am leaving tomorrow for DC.  I'm flying into Baltimore and then catching a shuttle to the hotel in DC.   Flying out of Iowa is challenging because you generally have to go somewhere else first.
You'll know f I do the text on the phone as there will be a ton of typos (more than normal)...


Testing the ability to post via my iPhone without logging into Blogger.

Enough Already!!

Enough already.  Spring is around the corner and I have the fever.  We had a near 60 degree weather day a week ago and I have been infected by the fever.  I'm off to Washington DC tomorrow and the weather is warmer there - so, I really do hope and that this is winter's last hurrah!!

But, it is Iowa and the weather is subject to change without notice, but still, enough already!!

Friday, February 25, 2011


Any guesses of where this was taken?  Or, what it is?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

Our neighbor decorates for every holiday - she's got her St. Patrick's Day stuff out...  Look's cooler at night...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Spring Is Near - I can Sense it!!

Melting Snow
Spring is around the corner - green grass, green grass....

Although rumor has it Mother Nature is going to give us a bit of snow tonight - green grass, green grass...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Still Chasing Water Drops

Green Water Drop

I'm still chasing that "Perfect" Water Drop Photo.  I set up in the kitchen sink with a white bowl 1/2 filled with water.  I add food coloring to make the water  different colors.  I then get the faucet to just drip - not too fast - slower is better.

I make note of where the water is hitting and place a pencil in the same spot and manual focus on that spot.  I have a flash on my camera and a remote flash to the left of the bowl.  I am using my 100 MM Macro Lens with a low ISO (100).  Shutter is set f/14 at 1/200 speed to freeze the water drop.  I then fire off about 3 or 4 in succession - any more than that and the flash says "enough already".
Red Water Drop

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Anne Bancroft
26 Years ago my spouse and I purchased 7 pieces of art depicting Anne Bancroft, Theda Berra, and the Artist Kathy S.  They have hung in every home we have lived in and are displayed prominently in the living room.  It just wouldn't be our home without this art.

If you can remember back 26 years ago - in the world of graphic arts - there was film you could purchase, cut up and shape to make camera ready art - screens for printing.  That's the material she used...  there was an 8th in the series - one of Lucille Ball with red lips - but it went missing before we acquired the set.

I'm not sure if Kathy follows my Photo A Day Blog or not, but if she does - I just want her to know how much we have enjoyed her work over the years.  Thanks Kathy...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Framed Eagle Print

Framed Eagle Print
I have printed and framed this eagle photograph to donate to the Habitat for Humanity fundraising auction in March.

The print looks much better than the photograph of the photograph - but you get the idea.  I had museum glass added so the colors and detail in the wings "pop".

I may end up bidding on it myself...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Chili Judge

As part of our churches annual meeting we had a chili competition.  This is a photo of one of the judges - moments later he spontaneously combusted... it was gooooood chili!!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Time For Another Squirrel Story

It's Here Somewhere

The Last member of the Maynard Avenue Squirrel Gang was foraging for food yesterday.  He has learned to be careful since the other members of the gang are no longer around to stand watch.  He is ever vigilant as rival gangs roam the neighborhood - the Nasty Blue jay Gang, the Cranky Crow Gang, and the occasional carnivorous Hawk Gang.  Oh and the sometimes Pissed Off Possum wanders through as well.

It's tough to be a lone squirrel. 

He has been seen observing the birds feeding and he has made copious notes as to the location of dropped morsels.  And, when the time is right he scurries out - digs frantically, chomps a bit and then checks around - chomps a bit more - but, what was that?  He doesn't care what it was - better safe then sorry so he scampers off.

He does this routine all day - I hope he meets another single squirrel and then they can revive the Maynard Avenue Gang and share the foraging duties...

What's That I Hear?
Outta Here!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Netting Waiting for "The Hook"

My spouse makes "scrubbers" for her group at church, "Chat and Sew" and one of their projects is making these kitchen scrubbers.  They are quite the popular item.  It's not uncommon for a mother to come in and buy 20 of them to send to her girls....  They are frequently sold out, as in this week, so production has begun...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cold Rabbit's Feet

Cold Feet
We're in the middle of a blizzard, we're anticipating 10 inches of snow, the wind in blowing 45 MPH and the windchill is WAAAAY below zero and this bunny rabbit looks happy.  He should be - I just watched him feed on the corn the squirrels drop.

He didn't appreciate his picture being taken and hopped off...

Snowy Night

Snowy Night (Again)

Macro Shot of A Lamp Shade

Macro of A Lamp Shade