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God of Water and the Sea

I was lucky enough to catch Paul and his Neptune’s at dusk before the evening of the first Autumn full moon.




Autumnal Equinox Pow Wow

61st Annual Chickahominy Fall Festival & Pow Wow







The family that took me to the Pow Wow young son shot this wonderful footage (below) of the Hoop Dance with a older camera.



I’d been wanting to film a Pow Wow since I shot this very special event in 2010, Connecticut on the James (unveiling ceremony). Which can be seen here : http://otway.wordpress.com/2010/11/06/connecticut-on-the-james-unveiling-ceremony/

The photo below is from that event which I entitled “Circle of Life”. My mother passed at the end of that month and my dad nearly a decade before.


Salvia hispanica “chia”

Chia seeds were a staple food, like corn and beans, in the diets of the Aztecs and Mayans and because I find Dr. Oz so darn charming I’m consuming a spoonful a day. Another reason : The 2012 phenomenon transition is that this date (21 December 2012) marks the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era.


“Lincoln” (extras) 2012


Ed McDonald : Radical Repulican Rep (uncredited)

Latitude/Longitude: 38.895, -77.03667

Title: 1. Historic American Buildings Survey Copy of old photograph East Front of Capitol Dome under Construction, Showing Clairvoyee and Gates – U.S. Capitol, Intersection of North, South, & East Capitol Streets & Capitol Mall, Washington, District of Columbia, DC
Medium: 8 x 10 in.
Reproduction Number: HABS DC,WASH,1–1

The photo above is an O3 fake but a worthy tribute for all of us that were lucky enough to be extras in this very special movie. Big thanks to Billy Dowd for casting us and all the other hard working people we met! I was on set for 55 hours in four days and will have no record of my part unless I make the cut. Just being witness to, was enough. Ed was lucky enough to be photographed by friends that were on Capitol Grounds during a break. In Ed’s words :

“Those two weeks on a Spielberg set were absolutely amazing. The level of expertise, talent and professionalism were astounding, and I will recall and cherish so many images from that experience for the rest of my life.”
Ed McDonald

Tobacco Land

Another art deco local Ruin.

Tobacco a new world gift from our indigenous Americans along with corn and etc., that we have genetically altered. The whole smoke free campaign seems silly as prescription drugs with all kinds of side effects no worse than tobacco are advertised to us freely. I could go on and on but would probably be shooting myself in the foot.

I was visiting my folks grave in Maury Cemetery and photographed these sites of interest surrounding and in it.



Original Grid RVA

Two different software, the one above is a grid panorama.

“In 1737, planter William Byrd II commissioned Major William Mayo to lay out the original town grid. Byrd named the city “Richmond” after the English town of Richmond near (and now part of) London, because the view of the James River was strikingly similar to the view of the River Thames from Richmond Hill in England, where he had spent time during his youth. The settlement was laid out in April 1737, and was incorporated as a town in 1742. Early trade grew rapidly, primarily in the agriculture sector, but also in the slave trade. Slaves were imported from Africa to Richmond’s Manchester docks, and were bought and sold at the same market.”




I’m going to try to get back and photograph the river ruins which really aren’t that old.

I have photographed the ruins from the north side of the river : https://o3bigpicture.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/river-ruins/

“We are the first civilization in history to live among our own ruins.”
Jared Diamond


Monster OKRA













Hull Street Station

Hull Street Station built by the Southern Railway to replace Mill Street Station. RVA flood wall panoramas below.


I was at the top of the flood gate when these wonderful crows flew across the river toward me and past.

As the Crow Flies

The Mag Bats at Legend Brewery, first Friday September 2012.

I’ve been attempting to photograph Crows all year, so have included my photographs with Wes Freeds great old tune. These birds are elusive and in most cases are smarter than a lot of folks among us.