Springs Past

This is just a little Throwback Thursday post.

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In April, 2004 we apparently were in Mexico as part of a cruise.
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Lauren before Prom, May 2004
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April, 2005 – Jordan and Lauren under our dogwood.

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Spring 2005 – Tulips at Lexington Cemetery
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Spring 2005 – Jordan and Magnolia Petals at Lexington Cemetery

And, finally, a few pictures from Dewey Lake taken during the Spring of 2009

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My Sunday Morning

I went to the German Bridge area of Dewey Lake this morning – the fairly remote headwaters of the Lake.  The temperature was cool, in the mid-forties, but the fog was already lifting off the water when I arrived.  Also, despite some recent rain, the water level was still low with lots of sandy banks and deltas in the creeks.  Still, I saw some interesting sights.

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Along the Bank
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Life is Good

It’s been quite a two weeks for me.  I was trying to work on Monday morning, April 4, when I was overcome with severe stomach pain, a cold sweat, a wave of nausea, and a certainty that I was going to pass out.  A 911 call, an ambulance ride to a local ER, followed by two more days in the hospital during which even the whites of my eyes turned yellow before returning to normal color, and I was released.  Something caused my liver and gallbladder to go haywire, but they have never figured out what triggered it.  My gastroenterologist thinks it was a viral infection.  But I’m on the mend it seems, with the only lasting symptom at this point being a lack of stamina and some elevated liver enzymes that are finally nearing normal levels.   It was on the way back from a doctor’s appointment on a sunny Spring morning that it all hit me.  It was a beautiful day, I felt good, was in no pain, have a wonderful, loving family.  Hey, Life is Good!

Our Dogwood
Henri dragged my boot from my closet to the kitchen.

I stopped by Lexington Cemetery – thankfully just for a visit.

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Yesterday, Ann and I took Henri to Lexington.  We met up with Jordan and Oriana for  a picnic.  It was a perfect day for a picnic!


For a longer, deeper, more meaningful feel good story, I highly recommend you read my wife’s latest blog entry – just click here to go to it.

Introducing Henri

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Henri was supposed to arrive by plane in Lexington (Kentucky) around 1:30 pm on Friday.  He didn’t show.  It took Delta more than an hour to find him and phone us after we reported him missing.  Seems Henri missed his connecting flight in Atlanta!  Actually, we were told later, there wasn’t room for him on the flight because of luggage.  We didn’t get him until 8 pm.  “Bobby” with Delta in Atlanta, told us that the had taken him out of his crate and  cleaned and fed him and given him water.  Apparently that was right as he has showed no ill effects.  Which is better than Ann, who seems to have caught a flu to go with the stress.  Anyhow, he loves to chew on metal and so I distracted him with my watch long enough to take these pictures before he jumped over and licked the lens!

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The Edge of Spring

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Ann got me a new camera for my birthday – a Fujifilm X-T1.  I love it!  Even though I haven’t had much time to use it yet.  The build quality is reminiscent of old Nikon manual focus cameras of the 1970s.  It has a metal body festooned (yes, festooned!) with knobs and buttons that save time in going through screens of menus to change options.  And both lenses that I got (the 18-135mm zoom and the 60mm f2.8 macro) are both covered in metal as well.  I’ve had it a few weeks now – enough time for blossoms on our tiny magnolia tree to go from above, to below.

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The camera doesn’t have a built-in flash, but comes with a handy small one that goes on top and is turned on just by raising it on its hinge.  We’ve been doing a lot of cleaning up, and moving things, and donating things, and just hauling off things, so we could put down some hardwood floors and get a built-in bookcase.  We’ve been trying for months to find mouse traps that actually work!  All of them, whether purchased as Lowes, or Walmart, or on the internet, have either been too sensitive to set, or so insensitive that they just served as mouse feeders.  Finally, Ann got a bag full of these.  All I could see was nothing as this was in a corner of the kitchen behind a cabinet.  But I could hear movement so I snapped this with the flash.  Thirty seconds or so later, there was another snap.  Hey, sorry!  If you knew how many mice had invaded our house, you might not feel so sorry for the furry little guys.  Unfortunately, I’m embarrassed to tell you how many mice we had.New Fujifilm xt1-2

The kids came in last weekend for a belated celebration of my birthday.  I handed my camera to Lauren and she just started snapping like crazy.  (But notice the new hardwood floors and the new LG OLED TV in the background? :))

I guess the housecleaning wasn’t a complete success, because Oriana pointed out the epic struggle of nature in our living room window.  We’ve never noticed bees like this one before and I suspect some came in as stowaways in the boxes of new floor and furniture.  This sluggish one climbed up the window and into the web of a very tiny spider – they just look big here because I got to use my new macro lens to get in close.  The spider won, by the way.New Fujifilm xt1-6

But enough of life and death and new floors and furniture.  Getting back to the title of this post – Spring is upon us!  Yes!New Fujifilm xt1-9

My First Post of 2016

If you were mean, you would point out that it has been almost 2 months since my last “360” post.  That was the project that was supposed to see me posting pictures I had taken every week.  But you aren’t mean, and I think I’ve really realized that my photography just doesn’t work like that.  But I did finally go out driving around some Sunday morning, and are some of sights I saw. Only the pictures are in black and white and I, of course, saw these things in color.  Trust me, it’s better this way.

Martin House of Worship, Martin, KY
Lil Moe’s Garage, Prestonsburg, KY
Dewey Lake, Jenny Wiley State Park, Prestonsburg, KY