The Middle of the Road

I was supposed to hit the lake with friends this evening, but threatening rain early in the day led to a reschedule.  The sun was shining brightly as I headed toward home after work, and it was still shining during a brief but beautiful rain shower.

I only had moments to get the camera out and push the shutter .  The rain was slowing down and I was – after all – stopped in the middle of the road.

Pretty cool moment, for sure!

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Building Confidence for Dexter

As I walked out of the office at the end of the day, my mind was focused on the pending photography shoot of a friend’s elderly dog.  I was feeling a bit apprehensive, not having had much experience with animal photography.  Dexter is much loved and will soon not be with us.   Adding to that apprehension was the fact that I wasn’t very happy with the photos I’d taken the day before.

When climbing into the truck, I saw the sun shining through these leaves.  The colors were so like fall … in the beginning of June.  As soon as I pressed the shutter, I knew I’d be happy with the result.  In fact, I really couldn’t decide which one I liked best, so I posted all three!

And that was just the boost of confidence that I needed to go visit Dexter.

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I’m not sure I captured the personality of this sweet old boy.  What is it about a dog?  No matter how much in pain or how hard it is to get around, a dog will still wag that tail and try to make the people around him happy.

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What a guy!  I’m so glad I met him.

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Just a few … Charleston

What a joy to be in Charleston in the spring!  Temperatures in the 70s, and the smell of Jasmine everywhere.

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Rhodies in the Evening Light

Sometimes I’m home at just the right time to catch the evening light on the rhododendrons outside my front door.  I wish I could take credit for them being there, but they came with the house when I bought it 16 years ago.

Different Colors / Different Evenings.

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Signs of Spring … in the NRV

I’m not much of a gardener.  The colors in my yard are there by luck and happenstance (okay maybe a teeny bit of work by me).   Thankfully others, including Mother Nature, have placed color in my yard, along my drive to work, outside my office and in the farms nearby.

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Well … wine is colorful too, right?

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The New River

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Not the best photo, but those cows were watching every move I made

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Too bad about those power lines in these next two

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Guess I should learn more about photo editing

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It’s almost time for the first bike trip!!

The Colors of …

You thought I’d be posting pictures of spring flowers, right?  With all those bright, beautiful colors?

So what do I do instead?

I post pictures of a tree … an old tree, one covered with lichen, fungi, and damage.

But check out the colors!

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This last one is from a tree felled by a recent storm.

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From the Deck: The New River

The snow has stopped and spring has truly arrived!  It’s time for motorcycle rides, outdoor festivals, baseball games (that’s for you, Ralph), and Happy Hours out of doors.  Okay, and yard work.

Bull & Bones at the River (http://www.bullandbones.com/?q=river) has a wonderful deck overlooking The New River and it’s a wonderful place to enjoy a glass of wine with friends at the end of a long day at work.  And of course, the early evening light is perfect for photography.

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