A topnotch WordPress.com site

Archive for November, 2015


DSC_0989 edit mira 000 b

In our suburban neighborhood it’s usually about mid-day I noticed the red tail hawks soaring the thermals. To get a decent photo I need a blue sky and the sun behind me. Shooting totally manual with the 2x converter has me shooting at ISO 400, 1/650 sec. at f4.5 . Last year I caught it on the Solstice which is my favorite day of the year.

DSC_0222 Solstice Eve 2013 b


urban dawn

DSC_0977 edit b


DSC_0967 edit

the thanksgiving leaf

DSCN6474 edit 3b

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
Henry David Thoreau

above our home

DSC_0989 edit mira 0b

“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.”
― Horace Walpole

DSC_1007 edit b

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

DSC_0885 edit 00b

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

DSC_0870 edit b

It’s always a treat when I spot an eagle over our neighborhood.



refurbished #7

DSC_1050 7 1b

I spent the last week restoring our cookware of which a nineteenth century family skillet took the most time. Uncertain of date but found one online that looks to be same that gives this information : This ancient cooking artifact is an outstanding pre-1890’s era, I.A.S. & Co. #7 cast iron skillet. Inside cooking surface measures 8″ wide; upper rim diameter measures 9-1/4″; and bowl depth is 1-3/4″.

Dual conical pouring spouts are very pronounced like those found on 1880’s era First Series Griswold #10 skillets. Upper bowl rim is reinforced, much like what is found on early “ERIE” production skillets. Thin, decorative, high-arched handle is well cast, exhibiting an attractive debossed inner outline decoration.


I.A.S. & CO. – ISAAC A. SHEPPARD & Co. Philidelphia, then Baltimore 1859-c.1930
……bulge pots,straight pots, pit bottom pots, spiders, skillets, ham boiler,waffle irons,tea kettles, long gridirons,
……long pans & cake griddles, 3-leg eccentric kettles



DSCN6456 edit 3b

“Give Peace A Chance”

DSC_0986 give_peace_a_chance b

Waxing Crescent


my only friend is a bird

DSC_0537 edit b

My favorite quote since getting a few wild birds feed from my hand this year is ” my only friend is a bird!” Sometimes that’s enough since I’ve been lucky enough also to be married to a beautiful woman for years. Jeez, what a dreary day, glad to feed this little creature…..

DSC_0676 e3b

I’ve had my head in the clouds for a week trying for the the big bird shot. A scout crow in front of our house 11/14/2015.

the Hunt

DSCN6409 edit b

I’ve got the 2x converter back on and with a lot of luck may get the red tail in flight photo that has been elusive. Just a little closer always…….

DSC_0280 edit 333b

A composite of the misses.