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Tibetan Monk Tour

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On the James River today after returning the sand from a mandala to the water.

“I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness…”
_ Dalai Lama


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the emerald city


I’ve been under the weather and missed Earth Day. This is a panorama I took Sept. 2012.


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It made my day today seeing Andrew Baxter? who I assumed is doing conservation work on our most dramatic bronze statue in town. All military, political and religious monuments can be suspect but if we condone the removal or destruction of ancient ruins and statues we are no better. It made me ill years ago when the Taliban blew up the Buddhas.
Thank you to the folks that preserve our Historical Art!

National Historic Landmark

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Morning light 4/20/2016 below :

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4/23/2016 below :


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4/24/2016 below :

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and a different version of the morning photograph.

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Jordans Branch swamp azalea

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I photograph yearly this wonderful azalea, endemic to the United States, since a friend called to my attention.

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Old maps and books talk about Jordan’s Branch creek in Richmond’s West End. In the early 1900’s, Westwood Baptist Church used it as a Baptismal pond near the intersection of Willow lawn and Patterson.

The origin of Jordan’s Branch, now covered by development, apparently lies about 1½ miles west of Willow Lawn near St. Christopher’s School. Some people in that area once called the stream Tiber Creek. It runs almost entirely in underground pipes until it emerges at that Broad Street culvert by a green “Jordan’s Branch” sign.



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I started doing panorama’s when photography went digital and you could stitch the pictures using software. The cropped sensor on most camera’s gives an incorrect size of the lens and not an exact picture of what you are seeing even with the so called reflex. Unless you have payed big bucks for a full frame camera, THINK beyond the frame.

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This photo is even more cropped but I enjoy because 16:9 (1.77:1) (16:9 = 42:32) since 2009 it has become the most common aspect ratio for televisions and computer monitors, and is also the international standard format of HDTV, Full HD, non-HD digital television and analog widescreen television.

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Today we made it the farthest up the Little River to date.

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not fast but not last!

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Our local 10k is always a sea of people.

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Shooting with a 200mm with a 2x convertor is probably the best example of my eye sight these days.

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Below a Downy woodpecker early one morning out our kitchen window.


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