November 15, 2020

     We skipped Fall colors this year.  Everything just went brown.  Unusually warm weather wrecked the natural cycle of things, and it just seems that nature directly went from green to brown.  There are ponds and small lakes around the city.  They're a nice contrast to the tree lines.  Brown and blue and green.  The paths around town are great for the walkers to find the views....

November 1, 2020

     In 2016, it was a sunny Fall day for the Montpelier Races. The infields were packed.  Tailgaters lined the rails.  Barbecue was in the air.  The marshals were dressed in blue and red riding jackets.  The horses were well trained and friendly.  The races are a day for the average man to mingle with the rich.  And the rich put on a good show.

Gear Pho...

October 15, 2020

     It's a stone chapel in a brick world, built long after Jefferson died.  Regular services ended years ago. But it has a place.  People book it for weddings and funerals.  The bells toll at five pm.  The late afternoon sun glows on the stone work.  It's always a challenge to see if you can capture the mood of the season with a different lens, or a different time of day.  Here are some photos fr...

October 1, 2020

     It's not Sports Illustrated, but you can make photos at a college basketball game. The world being what it is, spectators have to pass through scanners and put all their belongings in a plastic bag just to get into a game, so you can't go in with a camera bag and lenses.  In fact, you can't go in with anything that even looks like a telephoto lens.  So you're stuck with either a prime lens or...

September 15, 2020

     The students are back. Summer is over. The nights are cool again, and the days are shorter.  It's a changed atmosphere.  In this post,  we snap from the summer gardens to a presage of winter.  It doesn't snow much in Charlottesville, but once or twice a year we get enough to cover the ground.  This is what it can look like on a clear winter day.  These photos are from Janu...

September 1, 2020

     It's now September, and whatever was growing in the gardens at the local park is now past its harvest date.  It doesn't look like much was grown or harvested.  Someone let the sunflowers grow.  That's about all that you can recognize.  Some of the gardens are brown and wasted.  Others are overgrown, and the gates are closed.  There are a few flowers inside, but not much else....

August 15, 2020

     In addition to red, there is a lot of blue in the gardens at the local park. Most of it is the same as the red -- fence posts, old material, plastic liners, plastic barrels, bird houses, plastic containers, to name a few things.  Here then is the blue stuff.

Gear Photos were made with a Nikon D750 and a Nikon 50 mm f/1.8 D.

August 1, 2020

     The gardens at the local park have a lot of red stuff in them -- fence posts, old material, plastic liners,  plastic barrels, bird houses, wheelbarrows, plastic containers, water hoses, and berries, to name a few things.  Here are some more photos of the red stuff.

Gear Photos were made with a Nikon D750 and a Zeiss Milvus 35 mm f/2.0.

July 15, 2020

     The gardens at the local park have a lot of red stuff in them.  Mostly, you perceive green as you walk through the gardens, but the red stuff is there, piled in corners or strung up on fences or hanging from posts.  The red stuff stands out. Some of it is translucent, and some of it is faded, and some of it is rusted, and some of it is freshly painted, but all of it is in contr...

July 1, 2020

     Spring has turned to summer and the gardens at the local park have turned green and begun to flower.  There is produce on the vine.  The corn is standing high, and the tomatoes are climbing their stakes. Some new fencing has gone up.  The gardeners are out more frequently.    Admirers walk the paths in the afternoon.

Gear Photos were made with a Nikon D750 an...

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