Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Painting to Fool the Eye

I found these photos from 2003, taken with a "state of the art" 4mp Minolta point and shoot while attending the 140th Reenactment Commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Frederick, Maryland was the closest we could find lodging and is where we "found" the wonderful "Community Bridge" mural project: Artist William Cochran and his assistants painted the entire structure by hand, using trompe l'oeil ("deceive the eye") techniques. Yes, this is all flat wall, none of it is real but the structural elements and the wall behind the paint.
trompe l'oeil, Frederick, MD.

trompe l'oeil, Frederick, MD.

trompe l'oeil, Frederick, MD.

trompe l'oeil, Frederick, MD.
Another surprise in Frederick is the Frances Scott Key memorial grave site at the Mount Olivet Cemetery. He wrote the lyrics for the "Star Spangled Banner" during the War of 1812.  I have been told he wrote the National Anthem also.

Francis Scott Key Grave Memorial

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cat good can it be?

This is one of two boy cats who showed on the front porch just as my wife was returning from the vet with a little adopted tortoiseshell female (aren't they all female?).

Soon enough the boys were part of the cat family.    This is Davey, a kitty much like a Russian Blue in many characteristics.  Their personalities are very, very good for house cats. They will be trained to go outside on a leash and to stay in the area of our home...that's the plan.  It has worked before and might work this time, too.  He was on the ironing board, set up beside where I sit when editing photos.  Not having used the video feature of my Nikon DSLR, this was the opportunity. One thing is needed:  External Microphone instead of the little one built in.  The built in mic does ok but picks up sound of auto focus and my breathing if I happen to sigh or such.  This video is a couple of steps down from highest quality/ largest size to make web use easier and to show on Android type phones.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sitting alone in tree rows with a few birds flitting around...

ground level view down tree rows in orchard
It was pleasing for the while.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

New Life Emerging Among Thorns

This is taken from  Thomas Haynes Photoshoot,  my photography business blog---a photo of spring and perhaps for Easter, depending on how deeply symbolic go the thorns.

A new colorful branch burst forth in thorny Welsh rose bush
This partial view is of an old rose bush, handed down in the family by cuttings to preserve its heritage. The bush likely came to this country about 200 years ago.
It is  an aggressive grower and is contained by turning back new canes to form a sort of birds nest, a perfect summer bramble for Peter Rabbit™!

Working within reasonable drive from our location in Clinton, Tennessee 
-- near Knoxville in East Tennessee --

Monday, February 17, 2014

A bird returns and a thought on pets now gone..snowy February

"Excuse me while I touch the sky..." This shows all but the most recent kitty grave on the hill behind our little house. It is just to the right. I wanted these with a breath of snow and got that. There are no kitty spirits here; we believe the same God who breathed life into us is big enough to take care of the Creation He loves. Those spirits are in a place special and unknown to me.
 cat grave markers with light cover of snow, in woods

This is a hermit thrush, the only thrush to winter over in the USA.  Last year was the first to show here and we also found one dead on our front deck. When this bird showed up this year, it was a nice surprise.  The winter birds have plenty of feed and suet here.

hermit thrush on snowy day outside window