Cold Outside, Warmth Inside

As it is where many of you live, it’s a wee bit chilly here in Southwest Virginia.  The subfreezing temps with furiously whipping wind, provide the perfect excuse to stay inside, work on photography, catch up on my own blog, and with yours, too.

Sadly, the bike sits outside in the cold, waiting for the temperatures to rise.

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Yesterday morning, instead of being in my office at 8:15, I had a meeting at Radford’s new locally owned coffee shop.  Radford Coffee Company is located in an historic building, recently renovated by a favorite local developer, Joe Fortier.

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The Company gives its profits to help in the education of over 1200 students in 14 communities along the Rio Coco, the river that is the boundary line between Nicaragua and Honduras.

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The details of the renovation and the warmth inside the shop allow patrons to forget the chill for a little while.

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The furniture and decorations include a curved church pew and a Whizzer Motorbike.

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And on this particular day, a Radford mentoring program called CAMP was holding a fundraiser.  CAMP “offers a chance for Radford’s kids to explore their community and to discover how many opportunities are out there just waiting for them”.

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Soon enough, though, it was time to head to the office.  With the warmth to sustain me, I stopped to take a shot of the cold, beautiful sky.

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And at the end of the day?  An opportunity to warm up with a little single malt scotch and time with a friend.

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Stay warm, my friends.

Fungi

We’ve had so much rain here these past few months that mushrooms are popping up all over the place.

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I noticed these on the way into my office.

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The shadows caught my interest as much as the mushrooms.

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 No complaints about all of our rain … we’re fortunate that we aren’t experiencing drought.

And just for the heck of it, I’m adding a handheld / no tripod / spur of the moment shot of the moon last night.

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Mushrooms and Moons.  Someone should write about that!

Between having a snake in the house, a flat tire on the truck, and an overfull work schedule, I’m way behind on your blogs! I look forward to catching up soon!

Happy Weekend, Everyone!

You Want S’More?

The temperatures are cooler, the skies are clearer, the leaves show early color change, and the smell of wood smoke is in the air.  Don’t you just love fall?

My friends welcomed us to their back yard this past Sunday evening for the first fire of the fall season.  Their backyard is a sanctuary of happiness … surrounded by woods, flower / vegetable gardens, an awesome fire pit, and privacy.  Deb made homemade marshmellows, and we all brought the fixins for S’Mores, Hot Dogs, Kettle Corn, and a favorite beverage.

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Seriously! Homemade marshmellows!

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As the moon rose in the sky, our happiness deepened

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Folks … these are the simples pleasures in life … be sure to take time to enjoy them!

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And if you’ve read this far, and would like to offer your opinion:  I’m researching and planning my move to an SLR.  When I realize that I am more often less than satisfied with the results of my photographic efforts, I realize I am ready.

Your recommendation?