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pan de muerto

Thanks to Part 2 of “On the road with David James” I was able to get to LA MILPA for pan de muerto.

Beautiful Aztec calendar stone imbedded in the new patio at La Milpa.


monument avenue clown mannequin

A curious piece that we drive by heading west.


I find too often “obsolete” effecting my life. Loss of a peaceful country road is tragic.

We have moved into a totally green home after 30 years and still have my converted gas lamp that hung in the Terell Store with an original Edison bulb.

In our kitchen in keeping with everything green in house is a led version of the original Edison bulb.


In moving I’ve been trying to thin the archive realizing realistically that 90% of one’s possessions are going to end up in a Thrift Store one day no matter how much you treasure. These few items ease my mind that made the move. A silver dollar my father carried in his pocket everyday, my wedding ring, my grandfathers telegraph key, my grandfather standing in his model-t truck over seeing his posse and a 1000$ Confederate war bond, that would be nice to cash in, chuckle….


I had to depart with our vintage pot belly stove, our remaining wood stove is being used as an end table. The list of obsolete is massive.



Our brief visit to the Richmond Folk Festival 10/15/2017


valley view yosemite

My friend who started me doing panorama’s took this wonderful photograph.

“It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.”
– John Muir, 1868.

“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods…and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”
– President Theodore Roosevelt, 1905

#50 bison

There are three bison’s in a local park that I visited today. I mostly observed #50.


Trochilidae #2

I try every season to capture a hummingbird, last year was probably my best portrait below


I never tire of capturing the current season red tail hawks and hope they survive! This is a composite of the same youngster.


It was such a big deal for me to get to Hawksbill Summit that I re-adjusted this pano taken with the gopro for a better print.


angels & pupusas

bereavement : I’ve always thought this to be a curious word and am now experiencing it severely!
the action or condition of being bereaved.
“there is no right way to experience bereavement”
synonyms: loss, deprivation, dispossession, privation; grief, sorrow, sadness, suffering
“slowly getting over his bereavement”


How wrong I could be in my past quote, “My only friend is a bird”. Our cat of twenty years who’s unconditional love got me through every major death in my family passed away this week. My face could be qualified as a waterfall.



Hawksbill Summit Raven

Elevation of 4,050 feet , the summit of Hawksbill Mountain is the highest point in Shenandoah National Park.


auto stitch was able to pano my go pro photographs, I hadn’t used this in years. My third time to Hawksbill Summit and first time seeing Old Rag mountain because of clouds.




My portraits of Old Rag below….







One last look from an overlook at Old Rag.




We entered the south entrance station at Rockfish Gap and exited Thornton Gap. This was Sawmill Run Overlook one of the few overlooks we stopped at on the way to Hawksbill.


O3 posts of the Shenandoah National Park




Two things caught my eye today. I’ve been using a Tokina AT-X 100-300mm 1:4 lens, so I could see this landscape painting with out bothering the artist who was on the phone anyway, chuckle?


Neal Hughes : Plein Air Richmond