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After changing the oil in all our vehicles and lawnmower I headed to Hanover County to get tomatoes which needed to be gotten before rotting on vine. My friends always have that many growing beyond eating and canning. As I passed over the Woodson Mill bridge the elusive Kingfisher was sitting on debris in the middle of the river. Of course by the time I had parked it was down river and one of the few times I wish I had one of those baseball bat telephoto lens. I did manage this Sasquatch quality photo of it.

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The tufted titmouse is the surprise of this season. They come and scream at me for peanuts and seeds.


Tropical backyard with a hint of crime light

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I’ve been photographing the mixed-media paintings of Cookie Lewis and wonderful sculpture he carved of a mermaid named Minnie.

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A photograph of Cookie Lewis with his recent painting “RIVAH LONG AGO” 10/16/2014.

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Willow From Grave Of Napoleon

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A friend has one of the clones in their yard. 2012 photo

I had just read about a new bio being released November 4th, 2014

“Andrew Roberts’s Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon’s thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Like Churchill, he understood the strategic importance of telling his own story, and his memoirs, dictated from exile on St. Helena, became the single bestselling book of the nineteenth century.

An award-winning historian, Roberts traveled to fifty-three of Napoleon’s sixty battle sites, discovered crucial new documents in archives, and even made the long trip by boat to St. Helena. He is as acute in his understanding of politics as he is of military history. Here at last is a biography worthy of its subject: magisterial, insightful, beautifully written, by one of our foremost historians.”

: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/napoleon-andrew-roberts/1118663071?ean=9780698176287

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My favorite Willow is in Maury my families graveyard…. also 2012 photo

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2014 photo of the Ross Road Willow which is a cutting from Saint-Helena willow. A book I’m currently reading “The Judgement of Paris” by Ross King quote : “All over France willows grow from cuttings taken from the tree that had sheltered his tomb on Saint-Helena.”

No bigger than a clothespin

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I’ve been seeing this shot all summer and should set up to get better…..

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A toddlers eye candy has blessed our street for the weekend.

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Study of a Venus fly trap brought home for a short visit from my wife and friends visit to KROGER (named Seymour).

Dog days

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Lake Anna hydraulic vortex

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Basically sites traveling west out Route 33 to Beaverdam and beyond……..

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I have an Okra preset I use in photoshop from the last time I photograph this garden in 2012 : https://o3bigpicture.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/monster-okra/

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The first bridge below Lake Anna dam on the North Anna River.

Voyeur : voyager

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Never had one of these so feel sort of like a kid. The past weeks super moon and my becoming a serious birder warranted my interest. A curious way to capture images also. Today I received a wide eyepiece that gives the best field of view and eye relief for this basic 50mm scope. Hopefully I’ll do better on the moon soon. Birds are the only subject I have been sneaky getting a picture of and this summer I didn’t hide at all they were literately a few feet from me. At my age I’,m adamant about not being perceived as “Merv the Perv”. You may be a voyeur if you enjoy the internet too much, but I like to think of it as a grand library.

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A friends dog that I enjoyed being with passed away last evening. The phrase “constant companion” echoes in my thoughts. Weezie will be painfully missed!


John Moser photo below :




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I suppose I’m into circles at the moment and am using a 50mm telescope for the closer lunar photographs, more pending……

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A couple of supermoon photos below…….

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Waxing Gibbous (roughcut)

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I really haven’t been more than a block from my home for most of my photographs this year. Think I may have something here and enjoy the fact my vintage digital equipment (which seems constant) has the look of film with all the glitches I encounter. I’ve been consuming info on the NASA Apollo missions as of late and am really looking forward to the Super Moon this coming weekend.

A simple film that many do enjoying backyard lunar events using a basic hobby telescope and compact camera, photographs below

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