bodacious adj. (Southern) Outright; unmistakable
banter v.t. To address with light, playful, good-natured remarks
Welcome to my blog! I pray the images and ideas will be pleasing to God, and a blessing to you.
Having been preoccupied the last few months, i decided to pull down a can of spare time and be reminded how it tastes. And what better way to do that than standing on a windy hilltop in 22 degree pre-dawn air? Yes, it’s perfectly in keeping with my insanity, but before tossing the first stone, do think about the ‘sensibility’ of those crazed masses who spent their ‘black’ days and nights looking for bargain deals. Here’re some of the deals i was privileged to find:
That’s what i call a bargain. Cost for me was a few moments of numb hands, but no sales tax was added. For those with eyes to see, planets Mercury and (higher up) Saturn are poised for the start of black Friday. In the close up below, they can be seen joined by the star Spica, a 'blue giant,' which is just barely in the shot at the top near the right:
In the shot above, Spica is below and to the left of the crescent moon.
A few more out-of-this-world
bargains images can be found by looking here.
There are a number of would-be blogs in various degrees of existence, but the last several weeks have yielded little time to pursue perfecting for posting. (Admittedly the term “perfect” has no place in anything to do with yours truly, but i wanted a word starting with the letter p, and “polishing” didn’t possess proper punch, if you please : )
Seeing i’ve been over a month without posting, (and will be a while before having time to finish any of the posts-in-progress), i took a few minutes to step out onto the driveway and shoot the two things readily available (aside from the obvious one big thing : )
An American Beauty Berry bush took up residence some years ago, sprouting out of one of the old railroad ties that border the drive. I’m grateful to Harolyn Castleberry for alerting me to the photo-op they provide about this time every year: those berries turning from green to…(if you’ll pardon the expression), deep purple. It’s such a rich color i have an urge to shoot them every time i make a trip to or from the car.
Even insects admire the berries’ beauty…(bunches more berries be here)
This cat is one of many around the neighborhood, and one of a few that venture onto my grounds—ostensibly to enjoy bird-watching from the porch by the kitchen. But unlike all the others, this one pretends to like me. The only trick she’s managed to teach me so far is to rub her behind the ears, which—for an old dog such as myself, may be about as complicated a bit of learning as is manageable : )
(cute cats collected here)
As for the other blogs-to-be, i suspect it will be a while yet…perhaps the cat got my tongue ; )
A few churches around town share a desire to offer breakfast to anyone who comes through the door. Thomaston First United Methodist has the third Saturday in the month, and my camera made itself at home in the kitchen:
(What’s amazing is i didn’t see any major spills despite how incredibly fast everyone seemed to move : )
If you find yourself in the neighborhood on our day between eight and ten in the morning, please come (hungry). And if you know of someone who can’t or wouldn’t show up, we’d be honored for you to come get them a take-out.
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful young lady, and a guy who liked to take pictures. A couple years after high school, the boy found the courage to ask her about a photo shoot. Tanna graciously agreed, and showed up with her five year old sister, Shannon.
They headed west in his German sports car, and met up with his friend in his British sports car. The two guys took turns photographing the two gals using a pair of [state-of-the-art] Nikon F2s’s. Being a five year old, Shannon had some antsy moments. To deal with that, i (the boy in our story) turned my camera an odd angle so as to distract her. In response, she turned her head the opposite angle, and thus began our game of head-turning which led to images like this one, using the sky as a high-key background:
Fast forward a few decades. Shannon and Steven now have two precious girls. To my delight, Shannon got in touch and said she’d like to re-create such a shoot for her daughters while they’re visiting here. We spent two fun mornings exploring neat places around Thomaston, and so i now have yet more confirmation i’m getting old : )
(see simply scads of sweet sister shots here)
My gratitude to Tanna, John H. Davis, Steven, Katherine, Elise, Brannon, the Weatherfords and Ellerbees…and to Shannon. Thanks for bringing me full circle : )
Saturday The Rock Ranch celebrated. I found it especially gratifying to have a camera at ground zero for the fireworks. Grab some popcorn and dust off your best John Philip Sousa album. And while you do, keep in mind we have the liberty to do so because people we’ve never met were willing to shed their blood…initially so we could have the privilege of worshipping God—Who not coincidentally, shed His blood so those who trust Him can enjoy true liberty : )
[Note: due to the lame limitations of this web host, i wasn’t able to upload the video in its entirety. So after an extra couple hours of deprived sleep, i’ve posted the first half. For those who take their fireworks seriously, i will try to upload the remaining seven minutes of fun…soon. Or if not soon, then later.] And for those who don’t fathom the concept of “later,” a recap of last year’s party can be found here.
in joy (and giving thanks),
So now, for fanatical fireworks fans, the wait is over. Here is the second half of the show: