Week 1

365 projects are popular – there are even photo sharing sites dedicated to them.  The goal is to create a photographic diary of one’s life by taking and posting a picture every day for a year.  I don’t know if I’m up to that, so this is the first installment of what I am calling my “360 project.”  “360” as in this is a 365-like project, but without the stress of having to take a picture every day.  Or limiting myself to one picture from a good day.  The goal isn’t even a precise 360 days or 360 pictures.  The goal, really, is to take at least a few pictures each week and post them here on Sundays.  And there are 360 degrees in a circle and circles are always good.

Oct 27
Oct. 27 – front porch light
Oct 28
Oct 28 – the road to Hazard
Oct 25 to 31-10
Oct 28 – there was a sudden storm when I got home.
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Oct 28 – the storm passed quickly. Both the last picture and this one were made from the front windows of my home.

On Thursday, October 29, I had to go to Lexington.  I got out late but took a quick pass through beautiful Lexington Cemetery on my way out of town.

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On Friday, October 30, both Ann and I had things to do in Lexington, so I returned.  We ended that day with a small celebration of Jordan’s birthday.

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Oct 25 to 31-2
Oct 25 to 31
The birthday boy! He was sitting next to me which, unfortunately, apparently meant he was too close for my little camera to focus accurately. Sorry, son.
A Halloween Nuthatch
A Halloween Nuthatch


Palermo is over 2700 years old and is the capital of Sicily.  Our first stop was the the Capuchin Catacombs, which contains about 2000 mummies and skeletal remains, all dressed in clothing that often has survived the centuries better than bodies.  I saw a couple of skeletons dressed in their military uniforms, complete with Napoleonic hats.  I surely would have loved this if I were still twelve years old.  But the jaw dropping amazement soon vanished when we came to the bodies of children who never agreed to be displayed for centuries.  No pictures, but if you want to see and read more, here is the website.

We also visited the Cathedral of Monreale, a fine example of Norman architecture on which construction began in 1174.  It’s exterior is stunning.

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The interior is quite impressive as well.

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The trip to Palermo also included a marionette show.  These are no toys but are made entirely by hand from wood with hand-made clothing, armor, swords, etc.  Each one weighs about 40 lbs and the puppeteer works up quite a sweat during a show.  I know all of this firsthand.  There is a great deal of craft and art involved in a Sicilian “L’Opera deî Pupi.”


And, of course, Ann makes friends everywhere she goes, including Palermo.


Summertime Update

I haven’t taken a lot of pictures lately, but here are some from the past six weeks or so, with at least one from each of my four digital cameras.  Yeah, I know, but I love all four of them for different reasons.

Ann in the Pool. (Taken with the Olympus E-1 and 14-54mm Zuiko lens)
Bird Feeding in Coal Run. (Canon EOS M with 18-55mm lens)
Sunflower in the Front Yard. (Canon EOS M with 18-55mm lens)
Early Morning from the Living Room. (Ricoh GRD III)
Hills and Fog from the Deck. (Fujifilm x-10)
Rainy Morning near Hazard. (Canon EOS M with 18-55mm lens)