Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Yet Another Flower Shot

Day 209

Yet Another Flower Shot

I must not take so many pictures of flowers. I must not take so many pictures of flowers. I must not take so many pictures of flowers.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Missing the War

Day 208

Spiraling Up

Back during World War II, many towers were built along the east coast of these United States for keeping a watch on the ocean to make sure that none of those pesky German u-boats were trying to sneak up on us. These silent sentinels are mostly just crumbling towers these days, but some are still intact enough to climb. This shot is looking up from the floor inside a tower at Cape Henlopen State Park.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Tilt a World

Day 207

Tilt a World

How many boardwalk towns are there in Delaware? At least two, and tonight's was at Rehobath Beach. On this boardwalk is a place with the on-the-nose name of Funland. In this land of fun is this ride, which I don't know what it is called because I'm working on a streak to rival Jerry Seinfeld's. The people on it seemed to be having fun though.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Pimp My Shell

Day 206


What is going on with the world today? What I was kid, hermit crabs lived in shells that looked like shells. While walking along the boardwalk in Bethany Beach, DE, I was shocked to see what passes for cool for crabs now. And these are Delaware crabs - how much worse must it be for crabs living in L.A., Miami, or Paris?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Pie Guy

Day 205

Pie Guy

We're on vacation in Delaware - the no sales tax state. While we waited for our table at the Cottage Cafe, we explored the nearby stores. I am guessing that this is Griff from Griff's Bakery n' Donut Shop (est 1986, Parking on Premises). Too bad for us and for Griff that they were not open, but the cakes we saw through the window looked tasty.

Two Flower

Day 204

Two Flower

This is the second of three shots of flowers in the backyard. Nothing too exciting, but good to be taking shots outside rather than in my office late at night.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Time and Space

Day 203

Time and Space

I wanted to have a moon in the picture to recognize the anniversary of Apollo 11 which was going on 39 years ago, or so I am told. I'm sure it was something to see. As amazing as it is that we went to the moon, what is more amazing to me is that we've not gone back in so long. It's about time.

Flower Bath

Day 202


In the evening, after a rain is one of my favorite times to shoot. The interesting light and reflections can often transform a common scene into something more extraordinary.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Taking Off

Day 201

Taking Off

With the temperature in the 90's and the air at Code Orange, we decided it would be a good day for a 25 mile bike ride. By "we" I mean Shelley. I went along anyway, and it was not too bad on the way down. We covered the last 12.5 miles of the C&O Canal Tow Path, and arrived in Georgetown ready for a break. Going back was worse since it was hotter and slightly uphill. I was looking for any opportunity to take a break, and when I saw this heron I was off my bike before it even stopped. Heron is hero with an n.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Day Two Hundred

Day 200


Ten score and zero days ago I set out on this photo a day odyssey. During all that time, of all the photos I've taken, today's photo is definitely one of them. Setting up this shot involved me out on the patio at 10:00 PM trying to get these candles to stay up so I could get the shot. How cool the neighbors must think I am.

Red Grid

Day 199


Remember that dead fly from Day 177? This might have been the last thing he saw.

Mutt on a Wire

Day 198

Mutt On a Wire

Midnight is fast approaching and I realize no photos yet taken this day. Time to goof around with stuff in my office, along with this minifig from my daughter's Lego Indiana Jones set. Like a true hero (or the son of one anyway) he manages to keep the dream alive.


Day 197


When doing some work in the backyard, I discovered this fellow slowly making his way to somewhere. He didn't seem to mind a supersonic (to him anyway) trip on my shovel to a nearby rock where he posed for some shots.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Fruit of the Doom

Day 196


I didn't want to have the only blog that did not talk about the new iPhone. This however, is the old iPhone. Despite the fact the Indy is discovering it, don't think it belongs in a museum just yet. Despite what it lacks from the new 3G model, it still has some gas in the tank.

Take Down Johnny Reb

Day 195

Take Down Johnny Reb

I travelled back to the past to the year 1864 to photograph the Battle of the Monocacy. You can tell this is really in the past because of the sepia. There is just no way to fake that.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Across the Creek

Day 194

Across the Creek

As we were walking back from a concert in Baker Park, on our way to visit our friends Ben & Jerry, we enjoyed the view along Carol Creek. If I bring along my camera, Fred City never lets me down.

Point of Sun

Day 193


Not far away there is a very cool old train station in Point of Rocks, MD. The July challenge is not "cool old train stations" however, so this is a light at said station, catching the evening sun behind it.

Easy Being Green

Day 192


Walking back into this house, I spotted this little fellow hanging out on a tree. Oddly, he had situated himself on the one part of the tree that was not green. Perhaps he was trying to stand out, and if so, I'm sure the local birds appreciated it.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


Day 191


He had a crazy storm blow through early this evening. One moment it was raining quite nicely, then the rain suddenly stopped and the skies began to clear. This sunflower was holding on the rain even as it looked again for the sun.

Hold the Light

Day 190

Hold the Light

I don't have too much to say about this one. This holds the light that illuminates it. There might be a metaphor in this.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Guardian of For Now

Day 189

Guardian Of For Now

I continue to bend the definition of "light fixture" for the July challenge, but so it goes. In case you were wondering, this is an illuminated mouse pad. If you look closely through the archives, you'll notice that it has showed up in several other shots this year.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Unamed Faucet Picture

Day 188

Unamed Faucet Picture

For this day I am back on the July light fixture challenge. The hardest part of this shot was trying to come up with a clever name. Eventually, I just gave up.


Day 187


On July 5th 2007, I took a picture of an Ultimate Captain America statue, and posted it to my Zooomr account. A year later, that picture had been viewed over 6,000 times and been favorited over 50 times, making it far and away by most popular photo ever. To put that in perspective, that is more than twice the combined number of all of my 500+ pictures on Flickr.

Given this shot's popularity, you couldn't blame me for wanting to try again. So today's shot is the same statue from a different angle in which I went for a different mood in post-processing.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Last Gleaming

Day 186


We went into Fred City to see the fireworks, but after getting rained on for a good while, decided it was not worth it. Instead we went home and celebrated with some sparklers.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Let the Moonlight Take the Lid Off Your Dreams

Day 185

Let the Moonlight Take the Lid Off Your Dreams

For more than six years this nightlight has been illuminating my children when they sleep and keeping the monsters safely contained under the bed or in the closet.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Fake Light From the Sun

Day 184

Fake Light From the Sun

It is a new month, and wouldn't you know it, there is a new challenge from This July Challenge is all about lighting fixtures. Today's lighting fixture is a rather dim solar light that sits beside the patio. This was a 30" exposure, which to the layman is about half a minute.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Half Way

Day 183

Half Way

Since this is the 183rd day of my photo-a-day odyssey, that means I have reached the half way point. I am surprised and pleased to have taken at least one decent shot every day so far this year. The reason I set out on this project was to get better at seeing and recording all those things and moments in my life and world that might otherwise go unnoticed and unremembered. I think I've done well enough with this goal so far, but I hope to keep getting better in the next 183 days.

Smells Like Summer

Day 182

Smells Like Summer

There are certain scents that can take you back in time to the old days. For me, the smell of honeysuckle always reminds me of many childhood adventures playing in the woods around the house where I grew up.