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Día de los Muertos, RVA, 2013

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Tlaltlacayolotl means earth, heart, man. We are descendents of the Aztec Tribe, from the center of Mexico where the Aztecs constructed their empire called Teotihucan. It has been more than 500 years since first european contact. We are a culture that have studied nature and the cosmos for centuries. Our dances reflect the cosmic universe and all that exists within mother earth. Our group is a family of four: father, mother, son, and daughter. Our dances and our culture have been passed down and learned through the generations.

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This piece reminds me of : Jose Guadalupe Posada (1851-1913)

Below are day 3 of La Milpa’s Dia de los Muertos celebration November 2nd 2013.

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I had no idea how long I would be able to photograph this spider so the series continues.




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“Goin’ Bananas” frozen yogurt shop at 6919 Patterson Avenue.

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Khatu Sapera

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The Point Overlook 3235 ft. Shenandoah National Park / Khatu Sapera at the RICHMOND FOLK FESTIVAL 2013


for Sarah

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I came across this in a backyard today and immediately remembered a wonderful old friend that I had missed their Richmond memorial service yesterday. She is painfully missed.

Sarah’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Richmond Friends Meeting

BECK, Sarah Enid, 58, late of Albuquerque, N.M., died at home August 14, 2013, after a long illness. She is survived by her beloved partner, Mike Maulsby; and devoted dog, Wiley; sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Jim Thoroman; and stepmother, Jean Washburn and her husband, Tom, all of Richmond, Va.; nieces, Carrie and Anna Thoroman; and Mike’s extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur C. Beck Jr. and Sudie Y. Beck; and her sister, Rosemary E. Beck. Sarah grew up in Richmond and earned a B.A. in psychology from VCU. Over the years, Sarah held a wide variety of jobs, from waiting tables to pumping gas, from being a dorm RA to doing case management for elders and AIDS clients, from being a cashier to working for KUNM public radio. Whether through school, jobs, her spiritual community or even mutual love of dogs, she was attracted to people and they to her. She will remain in the hearts of many. A memorial service will be held in the fall in Richmond.


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After the “federal government shutdown” I returned to photograph Saturday Oct. 19th with a friend and drove from the south end of the park to Skyland, Hawksbill Peak being our goal.

A Message to Guests Coming to Shenandoah National Park.

Updated at 6:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. We are open!
All facilities in Shenandoah National Park are open. Lodging accommodations, restaurants, retail stores, stables, and campground showers/laundry/woodyards are open.

There is still plenty of fall color in the park at the lower elevations and along the valley floor so you haven’t missed the opportunity to experience this beautiful season. We look forward to welcoming you back to Shenandoah!

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The first two photos are 2455 ft. McCormick Gap Overlook.

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Beagle Gap 2532 ft.

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Hawksbill Peak near the Byrds Nest 2 Shelter, 4051 ft.

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Crescent Rock Overlook 3550 ft. (looking at Hawksbill on left).

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By accident we met a family we knew at the Hawksbill Peak near the Byrds Nest 2 Shelter. I fudged Hawksbill Mt. taken from the parkway below in the left of the photo.

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I believe this is The Point Overlook 3235 ft.

This has completed my series of Shenandoah after my first visit last March : https://o3bigpicture.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/skyland/

National Park BLUES

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Crescent Rock Overlook 3550 ft. (looking at Hawksbill on left) Shenandoah National Park / Khatu Sapera at the RICHMOND FOLK FESTIVAL 2013

Because of the federal government shutdown, national parks are closed and the National Park Service website is not being maintained.




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Photographs from other side of the river at this landscape location : https://o3bigpicture.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/slow-shutter-to-the-past/


the other 2nd Street Festival

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A week later I find myself at the river side of 2nd Street for the RICHMOND FOLK FESTIVAL 2013.

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Old GRTC Bus Depot

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2nd Street Festival RVA

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I was introduced to 2nd Street as the Deuce back in the 70’s :

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Morris Day and the Time were for standing room only, this sound stage is the best in Richmond in my opinion.

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It’s no secret I’m allergic to politics but these fellows are usually very charming when not being badgered. Very impressive that our probably future Governor was in the thick of it with this massive crowd for Morris Day.

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The icing on the cake was getting a print of the “Freedom Riders” from the artist himself : http://www.kolongiart.com/

[Kolongi emigrated from Barbados with a single purpose to establish himself as an international artist, with the chief focus on original artwork and prints. Kolongi’s art work emphasizes the compelling heritage and culture of the African American experience. Kolongi’s interest in art started at an early age. At eight years of age he was awarded first prize in a county wide Barbadian competition. Self taught without the benefit of traditional teachers, he has forged his own style for which he continues to receive international recognition.

The diverse subject matter of Kolongi’s work includes Family, Culture, Spirituality and the Black Experience. Kolongi uses oils, on canvas to convey his messages. Kolongi’s motivation is to project positive images. In this way he contributes to the education of all people about the greatness of the African Culture. His motto is “make wise use of your time”. – See more at: http://www.itsablackthang.com/Kolongi-art-work.html#sthash.Yd0szEBG.dpuf%5D