Thursday, October 30, 2008

Three Heads

Day 297

Three Heads

This is the other light up Halloween decoration that adorns our house. If not for the holiday, it would sure be weird and disturbing for someone to have what looks to be a stack of child sized human skulls in their front window. As it is, it will only encourage more kids to come visit us. Gotta love Halloween.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Taffy Flower

Day 296


Yes, I know. Come on, there are only 70 (!) days left, and with the weather getting colder, this well could be the last flower picture of the odyssey. That's right, after this I may not bring you flowers anymore.

Jack is Back

Day 295

Jack is Back

Halloween is fast approaching, and that means 1 thing: decorations and candy. This is actually a fake Jack O' Lantern that lights up via electricity.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Froze Rose

or First Frost

Day 294


The morning dawned clear and crisp, and as the sun first peaked out across the land and reflected off the frozen dew. The rose had managed to maintain its fragile beauty through the cold night, but it was clear now that summer was long gone.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Power to the People

Day 293

Power to the People

The second night sleeping in a tent is always better than the first one. Even so, I was up before the sun so decided to try to capture the sunrise over the mountains. Unfortunately, power-lines obscured every good view. Instead of being defeated and frustrated, I decided to embrace the obstacle. Not literally, because that would have been cold, and lets face it, odd even for me.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My Eye On You

Day 292

My Eye on You

While we were camping, he headed over to a small aviary that is part of Cunningham Falls/Gambrill State Park. We got there right at feeding time, so we got to see hawks and other birds of prey enjoy some tasty dead mouses. This eagle seemed above it all. Despite being injured and captive, he still managed to look quite regal. Make me glad the Ben Franklin did not get his way when he wanted the turkey named as our national bird.

Flame On

Day 291

Flame On

I did not learn back in June that on the opening day of a camping trip, by the time everything is setup, it will be too dark to photograph much. Luckily where there is fire, there is also light. And, since it was getting chillier by the moment, it is also good that where there is fire, there is also heat.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Invocation of Profound Emotion

Day 290

invocation of profound emotion

This is such a great shot that I'd like to say that I was the one who took it. It was in fact taken by another Roth - Shelley to be precise. She was living the 365-lifestyle and had her camera along with her just in case might see something worth seeing. Every day there must be something.

Lest you worry that my own quest to take a shot every day this year has ended, have no fear. I took a shot this day too. If you click through, you'll see why I used Shelley's here instead.

Monday, October 20, 2008

No Skin Off My Nose

Day 289

No Skin Off My Nose

This little chap came to us several years ago thanks to an after Halloween sale. He has hung around on our porch ever October since. Spooky though he may be, he does not seem to do a very good job at keeping the local candy-beggars away on Halloween.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Day 288


Other than an occasional visit to the local minor league ball park, I'm not really a baseball fan. I used to root for the Phillies back when the had big afros and Bake McBride, and even though I hear they are going to World Series, I still probably won't watch. So, why this baseball picture then? Just because I saw it sitting on the counter when I was looking for something to shoot.

Getting Ahead

Day 287

Getting Ahead

Yeah, it is another Lego shot. What can I say? Some days there are lots of things to see and take pictures of, and other days you are staring at a screen all day and need to make something up and take a picture of it.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Meeting

Day 286

The Meeting

This shot was taken from the Monocacy Aqueduct, looking toward where the Monocacy River flows into the Potomac. It is one of my favorite spots along the C&O Canal. Since we happened to be driving by there right before, I'm glad we took the time to stop.

Two Sisters

Day 285

Two Sisters

After yet another day of soccer and an early dinner in New Market, MD, we headed into Fred City to see what might be worth shooting. This time we went to the other side of Baker Park, where Culler Lake is. It is really more of a pond, but still worthwhile. While the kids alternated between being too tired to walk and running after and chasing ducks, I got this shot.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Berry Me

Day 284

Berry Me

This was one of those days where I probably could have spent more time and energy and gotten better shot, but after a long week I didn't have it in me. I was more interested in keeping the streak alive then in doing something memorable. That being said, I think this shot is not terrible.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Box O' Pumpkins

Day 283

Box O' Pumpkins

I caught these pumpkins at Maple Lawn Farms, during our annual visit to Maize Quest - the Google of corn maze's. You can read about the day over on Duck Brown's Blog.

In Tune

Day 282

It's a real shame that I use this guitar more as a photo subject than as a musical instrument. Well, it is a shame until you actually hear me play it.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

First Squirrel

Day 281


Where I live now used to be farm land as far as the eye could see. Old Man Peabody owned all of this. That is why, when we moved in five years (has it been that long?) there was exactly one tree on our property. After a great deal of quality time and effort with a shovel, there are now more than 30, and some of are starting to get kind of big.

Mother Nautre has noticed the change, and today, for the first time ever, we saw a squirrel on our property. Points to Charlie who spotted this critter, and eventually chased it away, but not before we all dropped what we were doing to see it, and in my case, also take a few pictures.

Eye of the Duck

Day 280


Duck Brown has a long and interesting history of being featured in photographs, both here, abroad, and in France. This shot was very much the former, as it was taken a few feet from where I now type this at my desk. I'll leave you with this question: What is the difference between a duck and a bulldog?

Starry Night

Day 279


A nice thing about living in the country is number of visible stars - especially now as the nights get cooler and drier. Unfortuneately, this is one of those times where the picture really fails to capture how cool the scene really looked.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sky Frog

Day 278


For lack of anything better, I found myself once again in the backyard in search of the photo of the day. I was tired of the same old same old, so decided to change my perspective and shoot things from the ground up. Besides this frog, I also got a shot of the wind chimes, the oak tree, a pepper plant, Alex, and Ella.

Butterfly In Amber

Day 277

Butterfly In Amber

The house across the street from us blocks our view of the sunset. Luckily our neighbors are nice enough to let us come over and look at it from time to time. This time I brought my camera.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Talk About Sax

Day 276

Talk About Sax

I've been meaning to revisit this old saxophone since I first shot it for Day 20. Either that, or maybe I am just running out of original ideas. This time I cut most of the external lighting, and shined a flashlight down the body where the neck piece would be. I don't why I did it that way, I just did, OK?

Drive Home

Day 275

Drive Home

It is probably not the smartest thing in the world to take pictures while you are driving, especially when it is raining. At least the road was straight, the traffic was light, and I was not talking on my cell phone.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Tangled Web

Day 274

Tangled Web

Nothing like a foggy autumn morning to bring out the dew. Shelley was the one who spotted this web and she got a nice shot of it before she told me about it.

Chain Gang

Day 273


The TWiP photo challenge was "Gear" so I took this on-the-nose shot as my entry. I didn't win, but just because no one voted for me. The one slightly clever thing about this shot is that I rested the camera on the pedal to help stabilize it. I tried another shot where I moved the pedal around while taking the shot, but it did not work out.