Friday, November 11, 2011

Yesterday, a  young 25yo US Army Iraq War Veteran took the time to visit several Kindergarten classes in an elementary school in Charlotte. He was there to present and define Veterans Day to 5 year old children. To thank him for his time today and his commitment to our freedom they all signed a framed image of our flag. I was proud and honored to share my image as a small token back to him... 
for picking up the watch and protecting us all for another day.

VETERANS DAY. Thanks Raymond.

Veterans Day honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free.

In 1947, Raymond Weeks, of Birmingham Ala., organized a "Veterans Day" parade on November 11th to honor all of America's veterans for their loyal and dedicated service. Shortly thereafter, Congressman Edward H. Rees (Kansas) introduced legislation to change the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day in order to honor all veterans who have served the United States in all wars.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

hexed barn

Monday, October 31, 2011

spooky treats

Saturday, October 29, 2011

moncks marsh

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hydrangea High

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Autumn Flora in Yellow

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

beaded bokeh

I built a picnic table last week.  After assembly I stained it "canyon brown" and sealed it up tight with a god deck sealer.   We've had a good bit of rain this past week and I've loved seeing the new table out back.  It is beading water like a champ.  Yay, that is protecting the wood and will add years to the life of the table.  But outside of all that good stuff, it's just really cool to see the water all beaded up.

Monday, September 26, 2011


Friday, September 16, 2011

Creeper Cabin

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Waterfront Park

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Barn, Crumpler, NC

We love to spend our free time in the mountains on North Carolina.  We hike, fish, tour, relax and smile.  We ADVENTURE every chance we can.  One of our favorites is to canoe down the New River.  Our friends at Riverside Canoe are the best outfitters for the floats.  We drive past this barn every time we go and I love it.  It means we are getting close.

Friday, September 9, 2011

State Capital, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Could anyone guess I was in Harrisburg recently? 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

handle with care

I do love to fish.  I'll spend the entire day with my boots in the water with nothing more than a granola bar and  a pocket full of sunflower seeds.  I use artificial lures.  I practice catch and release of the fish.  Careful removal of the hook in each one followed by soft handling in the water.  They swim off knowingly...  not bested, not a loss.  It's not a competition, more like a respective dance.
And we live on to fish another day. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

that one night

indeed we remember our own special nights...
take a moment and reflect on it now.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Beam's Chinese American

In the mountains of North Carolina, tucked out between Newland and Spruce Pine in this monstrous signage. It is bizarre to me and I react surprised every time I see this 20 foot tall entrance sign for the now defunct attraction.  It makes me wonder in what years this was a mainstay in the local economy.  What was the experience like?  Does anyone have the back story on this place?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

lights a plenty

Friday, August 26, 2011


Madison posted a photo of a jellyfish on her page.  She spent her birthday yesterday at the aquarium and had a great time.  Seeing her photograph reminded me of a series I took last month at a science center.  Here is my jelly.  Thanks Madi.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

remember that day...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Garden City Night Life

Sunday, August 14, 2011

cocktail cruise

Friday, August 12, 2011

paint me a dream

Thursday, August 11, 2011

paper poppy

Saturday, August 6, 2011

self service

Friday, July 29, 2011

Susan said "paint me"

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

neon gold

Saturday, July 23, 2011

pure gold

Saturday, July 9, 2011

boys room only.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

strokes in color II

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

strokes in color

Friday, June 24, 2011

the little things

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Catawba Rhodo

Here on Roan Mountain the rhododendron look over the blue ridges in the distance.  This past weekend was the 65th Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival.  The weather was tough for those of us that came out for the celebration.  Our first trip to the top was in heavy clouds and light rain.  A second drive back up the mountain several hours later brought up an exciting adventure.  The temp. was near 58 and with clear skies the visibility was really good.  The storms had passed leaving us a real treat.  It was really something to see.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Friday, June 3, 2011


50mm f1.8 1/1250s ISO:1600

Thursday, June 2, 2011

after the rain

55mm f5.6 1/200s ISO:1600

Monday, May 30, 2011

Robert Norman Jones

If you need someone to honor today honor this man, Robert N. Jones.
He was the grandfather of a Shipmate and friend of mine, Master Chief Robert Jones.  Several years ago I was with Rob when his grandfather was buried.  We stood side by side in our Dress Blue uniforms and honored him as a Shipmate, fellow Chief and a grandfather.  Look here at his Navy ID card.  He was DISCHARGED on DEC 7th, 1941, can you believe that.  He rejoined the US Navy in 1942 and completed his tours of duty in the Pacific Theater and was promoted to Chief Petty Officer.  
He served in the United States Navy and he served well.

In Memoriam

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

Friday, May 27, 2011

bamboozled again

50mm f1.8 1/60s ISO:100