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Monday, July 30, 2012

Just Resting The Eyes

      


In the midst of excitement, the laughter of kids and the warmth of the sun, this man found it easy to lean his head back and just rest his eyes.

Serenity can found quite easy to achieve when the environment gives rise to the occasion…

Friday, July 27, 2012

Packing Up

      
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It was late afternoon on a Friday. We were at the Yorktown Park, just south of town on the York River, and we had been watching a storm coming in from the bay.

As we watched the storm, coming up the river and getting closer, we realized that some of the people had been packing up to leave but a few still lingered. As the storm got closer and the winds picked up we noticed this one couple still picnicking under a tree. Suddenly there was a bright flash of lightning and a loud crack of thunder.

Just as quick, this couple jumped up and started packing up their items. However, the “lady” just grabbed her blanket and ran for their truck and left the man behind to gather everything together and pack it up.

I took this photo just as he was finishing and it started to pour down the rain. I couldn’t keep the windshield wipers going fast enough to get another photo of him as he tried to run about 50 yards to his truck with all his gear, and by the time he got there you could tell he was soaked. He just threw everything in the bed with one pitch and then jumped into the cab.

I don’t know what he was saying but through the now becoming foggy windows he was very animated in his “discussion” with the “lady”. Not sure if I really wanted to know what the exact words were but, I can just imagine that he might have been saying something about how she had left him alone in the pouring rain to do all the packing up…

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bruton Parish

        
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Bruton Parish, located in Colonial Williamsburg, VA, has been in existence since 1715 when construction on the church was completed.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Favorite Resting Place

      
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When my wife and I visit Jamestown Island, we like to take the long walk around the settlement. This is the place that we like to sit and rest before moving on.

The bench is about half way around and it makes a good place to sit, relax and watch the James River as it goes by. This was an early morning photo with a slight mist and a wee bit o'fog present. It made for a great mood photo...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Gnome's Home

      
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I’ve mentioned before about when out doing “Travel” or “Landscape” photography how I like to look for something different, something unusual, something most people would not even give a second glance. Gnome’s Home is a good example.

As I was walking about Colonial Williamsburg I noticed this little shed out in back of one of the main buildings. My first thought was that, with the setting and the shape of the building, it looked like a home in which a Gnome would live, and my wife agreed.

Hence the photo - Gnome's Home...

Monday, July 9, 2012

Looking Out The Front Gate

      

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So many times, when you see photos of the Governor’s Mansion in Colonial Williamsburg you will see the front of the Gate as well.

How many times have you seen the Gate from this angle; inside the gate looking out. This is what I like to practice when doing Travel Photography; taking photos of things, or activities, of which most people would never even consider.

You should try it yourself. You just might put some fun back into “your own”Travel Photography...

Friday, July 6, 2012

Hall To Canon Mount

      

This hallway is over 180 years old and is part of Fort Wool which is built on a man made island located in Hampton Roads, southeast of Old Point Comfort in Hampton, VA.

Fort Wool

Second Lieutenant Robert D. Lee, an engineer in the U.S. Army, was stationed here from 1831 to 1834 and was involved in the final construction of the fort in 1834. The beginning of building the man made island and the fort itself began in 1817.

      

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Storm Story


We had seen the lightning in the distance and figured that it was just heat lightning. Little did we know what was about to happen.

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Story is below...








When I faintly heard thunder I decided to take an early shower. The wind was just starting to pickup when I had stripped down to my boxer shorts and t-shirt. Suddenly a gust of wind came by and pulled open our front storm door and slammed it against it’s stopper. I looked outside and I could see all the trees and bushes blowing like crazy.

At that moment, I realized that our umbrella out back was still up and with wind like that it could either tear or get blown over. It was a new one and I didn’t want to see it get damaged. So I put on my slippers and ran out the back door to face debris flying around.

I started the process of taking down the umbrella and removing it from it’s stand as the winds whipped around me. I was being pelted by twigs, brush and small limbs when I heard the first crack and a large tree limb fell to the ground just about twenty feet from me. From that point on the winds were howling like crazy and the sound was like a freight train going by at high speed. I’ve never heard that sound or felt that much wind before and the force of it was like someone trying to push me over.

As I finished getting the umbrella down and out of it’s base, trees and large limbs were being ripped away and slammed to the ground all around my neighborhood. The wind was whipping at the large tree in my neighbors yard and I could just barely make it out in the light of my back porch and from the lightning that was flashing. And as limbs came off of the tree I prayed that it would not fall onto their house.

I found myself standing there, in my boxers and holding my umbrella, fascinated with what was happening all around me. Even in the Navy, in a large storm at sea that I experienced, I had never seen, heard nor felt such ferocious winds before. As the rain started to come down in the midst of the wind I found myself greatly excited by what was happening. It was an experience that I had never felt before and I wanted to just stand there and watch it all.

My wife was calling for me to come in out of the storm, and as the limbs and other debris kept flying, with the lightning flashing and the winds tearing everything up and blowing the rain sideways, I gave in and made my way back to the door just a few steps away.

It was then that I realized what it was that I was wearing. I could just see the headlines now, “Man hit by tree while out walking around in his underwear.” Yeah, my family would have loved that.

In thinking back to the moment, the wind making all the damage and the lightning with the rain, I now know that I had put myself in somewhat of a dangerous position by trying to save my outdoor umbrella. The thing is, however, considering the excitement, the exhilarating feelings that I had being in the midst of something I had never experienced before, I would do it all over again.

It was fantastic…

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Up until yesterday evening we have been without home phone, cell phone (in our local area) and Internet connection. Kinda' peaceful in a way. Reminded me of when I was growing up back in the 50's... :-)