Fat Tuesday is over and so is Mardi Gras. Pack up your instruments, put away your beads and Lent begins. This wrapped-up cello was all by itself in Lincoln Park and seemed to be resting from the festivities.
To acknowledge veterans who served our country, I found this image I photographed a few years ago at the Millville NJ Airshow. This airfield was a training field for P47’s during WWII and has a museum with lots of memorabilia from that time (P47Millville). These are restored P47’s and they make a distinct sound when flying by. So, thank a veteran today and shake their hand.
More later, ML
PS: What do you think of the new website???
A few weeks ago, my wife, Anne, decided it was time to go to the rodeo. I’ve been to big rodeos and I’ve been to small rodeos. This was the latter. What left an impression for me, along with the bulls, calves, assortment of smells and dress, is the patriotism of the folks who attend and perform. Much time was spent honoring the troops and there was an intense silence during the National Anthem. Even the animals were quiet.
So this July 4th, with the grandiose of the parades and fireworks, the little rodeo remembers the freedoms fought for, and the freedoms enjoyed.
Now, where’s the hot dogs?!
I traveled to warm and unusually damp San Diego for the 2015 Farm Bureau Convention in January and here are some of my favorite images from the trip. Where there’s farmers, there’s always boots and cowboy hats.
Even though the farmers are at the convention, farming at home doesn’t stop. The use of technology has changed the way farmers communicate and keep track of important data about their farm.
One of the speakers was Rorke Denver who was a commander of Navy Seals. Farmers are the most patriotic folks I come across and they send a high percentage of their kids into the armed services. San Diego being the home of the Navy Seals made this speaker a home run.
There’s always a few surprises…which is the snake charmer and which is the comedian?
The Holidays are just about over. If you’re tired, this might be how might look after the you’ve opened all the presents, finished the holiday meal, drank the last Manhattan(!), drove the last mile and yes, unplugged the last inflatable in the yard.
New Years Eve brings some regrets (wish I hadn’t erased that hard drive) but the new year does bring hope and a clean slate and a chance to catch my breath before we run full speed into January.
Enjoy the night, toast away the year, and make BIG resolutions. Gotta’ aim for something.
Happy New Year….ML
Ok, so this was actually shot last month but I love the beach in any season. Plus, it’s an entire avenue of beach. Winter where you are is probably colder than in Charlotte, but it’s pretty cold here and many days below the freezing mark just doesn’t cut it. I want to get gloves for my gloves!
Time to break out the heat lamp…More later…ML
My recent trip to San Antonio Tx for the Annual Farm Bureau Convention/Meeting was the learning experience I expected. The farmers and ranchers I meet and interact with are always generous, courteous, and well mannered. Plus they were some fabulous boots (see photo). As we do mainly commercial photography throughout the year, this trip always starts the year with good people, good food, and some great imagery.
Some of the good eats were Bananas Foster (almost caught my coat on fire…exciting stuff) and little peach empanadas.
There’s also a lot of skulls/masks here. Some are very colorful.
The main speaker of the conference was retired Commander Stanley McChrystal. This man served honorably for many years and he was a great speaker.
So now a new year begins. Lots of images to share. Thanks to Mary and Mike and Ken. They make the long hours easy to bear and are fun to be with.
Next post…a prison story! More later…
Thanks to all Veterans, past and present. Thanks for protecting our freedom, and for putting yourselves on the line and in the air.
Labor day is a celebration of the fruits of our labor. It’s also the end of summer. Resort areas close down and await next springs painting, repairing and cleanup. Places show summer’s wear and tear, some more than others. I’m just happy to get the sand out of our toes and the rugs in the car.