Sunday, November 13, 2016

Supermoon

With a forecast for rain tomorrow night, I headed to East Beach Norfolk to take some Supermoon pictures. I wanted to get an interesting foreground to help add some scale to size of the moon. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/40sec @ f/13, ISO 200, 400mm focal length.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Day 59 - Winter Walk-Off 2016

Today I accepted the Winter Walk-Off 2016 Challenge from fellow blogger Les Parks and his A Tidewater Gardener blog. I decided to head to one of my favorite places in the neighborhood, Turtle Lake located in the Carolanne Farms Neighborhood Park in Virginia Beach. This area is part of the Elizabeth River Nature and Canoe Trail on the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River.

I start my late winter journey with a crocus along the way.

Enter the park where Challedon Drive and Gainsbourgh Road meet.

One of the lake's namesake turtles catching some late afternoon sun.

A pair of mallards swam over to greet me.


The Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River at low tide.

Marsh grass along the shore.


A gum ball caught on its way to the ground and now serving as a cobweb anchor.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

Day 46 - Fire Power.

The "Fire Power" nandina is bright red with a quick dusting of morning snow.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Day 45 - Valentines Day

Day 45 - Celebrating ‪Valentines Day‬ with Brown Estate 2010 Rosemary's Block Zinfandel.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Day 44 - I Have a Dream

Dancer Elbert Watson interprets Martin Luther King, Jr's "I have a dream at a Slover Library African-American History Month program.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Day 42 - Picture of a Picture

I had the opportunity to see Edward Burtynsky's exhibition "Water" and hear him talk about creating the work now on display at the The Chrysler Museum of Art. The large prints are a must see and the experience simply ca not be duplicated in a book or on a screen. This image is "Greenhouses, Almira Peninsula, Spain 2010". Seeing this amazing image was a humbling experience for this photographer.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Day 40 - Virginia is for Lovers

Come experience the ‪LOVE‬ that is Slover, named 1 of 5 libraries in the U.S. worth traveling for. The Virginia Tourism "LOVE" letters come to spend a week at Slover Library.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Day 39 - Year of the Monkey

Chinese New Year‬ welcomes the year of the Monkey at Slover Library where Curious George‬ rules the 2nd floor.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Day 38 - Looking Up

Looking Up from the Sargeant Memorial Reading Room The Slover Library in Norfolk Virginia.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Day 35 - #TBT

Who remembers this? It's an unopened 1972-73 vintage bottle of Boone's Farm Wild Mountain wine. Marked $1.25 and recommended to be served "very cold". Most likely originally purchased from the Arrowhead Farm Fresh store in Virginia Beach by someone of legal age for someone not yet of legal age. I'm naming no names.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Day 33 - Shadow

Happy that Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow but I certainly saw mine.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Day 32 - CFL Go Bye Bye

GE announced today that it no longer make or sell compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) lightbulbs in the US. The company will shift its focus on making the newest and most energy-efficient lightbulbs, LEDs.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Day 29 - Checkers

The checkerboard pattern of pavers outside of the historic Seaboard Building at Slover Library in Norfolk, Virginia.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Day 28 - Tell-Tale Heart

Using the GestureTek interactive floor the Slover Library to promote the Midnight Society kids reading program. As you walk across the floor the fog parts to reveal the Tell-Tale Heart.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Day 27 - Book Tunnel

Norfolk Public Library has 210,000 additional volumes on shelves at its Administrative Center in Norfolk's Industrial Park. There's not enough room on the shelves at the NPL branches for the vast collection. All of these are catalogued and can be requested by any patron. This isle has photography, art, architecture and other nonfiction books. Some real special books on these shelves.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Day 26 - Happy Birthday American Caesar

Today marks the 136th birthday of General Douglas MacArthur. On my way to and from work I walk by the memorial bearing his name. Like most heroes and great leaders, he was a complex person. William Manchester's biography entitled American Caesar suggests that "MacArthur was an analogue of Julius Caesar, a proposition he supports by noting their great intellect, brilliant strategic generalship, political ambition, magnanimity as conquerors, and shared tragic flaw of hubris."

One of my favorite management quotes from the great general is "You are remembered for the rules you break."

Monday, January 25, 2016

Day 25 - Looking Up

The amazing light fixture and vaulted ceiling in my office at Slover Library in Norfolk, Virginia.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Day 23 - National Handwriting Day

Today is National Handwriting Day so slow down and use the ultimate work processor, an elegant fountain pen.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Day 20 - Bury Your Head in a Good Book

Good advice for anyone in the Mid-Atlantic states this weekend. Come on by the Slover Library, we have plenty of reading and movies.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Day 19 - Norrie Folk

Day 19 - One of Norfolks Mermaids on Parade, "Norrie Folk" located at Norfolk's City Hall.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Day 16 - Yellow

Caught these bare winter trees and their harsh shadows against a bright yellow wall in the late afternoon sunlight.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Day 12 - YoYoJam

This is my Dark Magic II 67 gram yo-yo featuring a solid spin axle system with a responsive bearing allowing even a hack like me to do yo-yo tricks like a pro.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Day 11 - Rover Sunset

A winter sunset silhouettes the American Rover a 135 foot, 3 masted topsail schooner based at the Waterside Marina in downtown Norfolk, Virginia.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Day 10 - A Boy and His Dog.

A jar of dog biscuits bungee corded to a cast iron fence with "for all my pals from Roper" written on top.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Day 9 - An Acoustic Evening with Joe Bonamassa

Got to see Joe Bonamassa in concert for the 6th time tonight at the Sandler Theater for the Preforming Arts in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The all acoustic evening includd an eclectic group of professional musicians, including Tina Guo, Chinese cellist and erhu player whose repertoire stretches from classical to heavy metal; and Hossam Ramzy, Egyptian percussionist and composer who played with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant on their No Quarter: Unledded tour.