Archive for May, 2011

31
May
11

Shakuhachi

In process of making one of these Japanese flutes.

Wally Bless : collection,  passed down to Barry

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Working on the flute I’m reminded of a early picture of mine taken of a mutual friend of ours who was a great writer, thinker, hipster, and avid flute player.

30
May
11

GOD BLESS

29
May
11

Back in Your Own Backyard

A favorite creature that won’t last long out back with our 3 cats. Got lucky and got it in a Groundhog pose.

WORDPRESS has seemed to have made some changes thats thrown me for a loop???


Althea took this last combined photo.

My SMITH -VICTOR light from the 70’s redesigned with the Al Gore bulb that pulls low electricity and doesn’t get hot. Big thanks to John Moser for a key part,  a sculptor and metal worker that has built sailing yachts and much more.

A scarab on our Bug Cafe table on deck out back.

 

24
May
11

#7 Wayne Henderson Guitar

We stopped by The Cultural Arts Center At Glen Allen after dropping a car off at our mechanic who is near there. This was a pleasant surprise along with Neptune.

22
May
11

The Hell Trip

It was a chilly day one November on our first trip down the North Anna from Hewlett to the highway bridge at Route 1 (The Chesterfield Bridge as it was called during the Civil War). We didn’t know what we were in for… the long shallow stretches… (what would become known in later years as) the Gates of Hell… The Rock Garden… and finally, The Falls and The Fall Hole. The fish in the picture (18 inches) was the only fish caught or seen all day. …caught on a smoky grub right above the Gates of Hell. We were wet and cold all day. Later, poor Otway’s rheumatism would flare up every time he thought about that hellish day on the North Anna. He never returned to that river again, though many a citation have come from those very waters since. If not for that one fish caught that day, I doubt if I would have ever have returned, either.

I still remember the fateful cry, right before the I cast that smoky grub towards that glimmering hole….

“There’s no fish in HERE!”  (photo by O3)

JOHN MOSER

That was the closest I’ve been to hyperthermia which my wife can attest to by getting me through a night of shivering. Also the poisonous snakes swimming through my legs as we portaged the canoe for miles over the fall line.

A rabid dog on shore, floating past within feet of three huge vultures sitting on a log, canoeing in a massive thunderstorm in a metal boat, to include all of that would be rewriting history but those memories and many others are getting fuzzy on which trips they occurred. Like these many tales Johns panoramas are presenting a romantic view of the wilderness that who could imagine is only about 30 minutes from the city. I’m starting to feel like Jeremiah Johnson, but isn’t that what great fishing stories are all about.

John made the trip yesterday alone and took some beautiful panoramas :

http://boatdog.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/the-hell-trip/

JM : photo

22
May
11

Urban Creeks

When I want to get out a bit without going anywhere I hit these local creeks or streams. They are everywhere and sadly polluted but still full of wildlife. Spiderman may not be so far-fetched as god knows what that runs off into these once sacred places.

If I’m not drawn to Heron, it’s dragonfly’s (a river-rat at heart). I was trying to relax so I left the tripod in the truck so I took alot of photos. I wasn’t thinking pano but I had enough pictures for one.

21
May
11

At the CROSSROADS #2

19
May
11

Friendly Front

A simple rain cloud with plenty enough drama but no harm involved taken at dusk over a wheat field in Beaverdam, Virginia. All this great rain is going to make this up coming weekend. Our banana trees are kicking and my passion-flower has re-sprouted which after it does it thing (invasive as hell) I’m sure I’m going to be yelled at until it blooms, then all will be forgiven.

I’ve done a couple of post on this mahogany tree in Beaverdam that we all are real curious how it got there and how it survives this far out of the tropics. A month ago it looked dead as a doornail (what the owner says it does during winter). Half of the main trunk is gone but it still going strong.

           

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19
May
11

Khalima (the collection)

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16
May
11

objet trouvé

I had rescued this Electrolux Model 30 (XXX) vacuum cleaner (circa 1937) from a pile in the street many years ago. The design of the tank (designed by Lurelle Guild) itself has become an icon — the model “30” is now considered to be the highest elevation of the “art” of tank type vacuum design. A model XXX is displayed in the Smithsonian.

http://www.industrialdesignhistory.com/node/76

Marcel Duchamp coined the term readymade (objet trouvé)  in 1915 to describe his found art.

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1984 Computer portrait from State Fair

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