Backyard photo opportunities

As you may or may not know, Jenn has would could be categorized as Arachnophobia. She doesn’t actually stop breathing but she darn near causes major wrecks driving her car down the highway should an itsy bitsy come crawling her way. For some reason, out of all of the things to be afraid of, this seems to be more common than most. There are even a couple of fellow firefighters that pull out a shotgun to get rid of one of these tiny little critters. Needless to say, I am ever vigilant in taking care of anything around the interior of our house. For whatever reason, garden spiders seem to be attracted to our front porch. By morning they have webs strung all over like the neighborhood kids went out of control with silly string.

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Florida sunshine

Jenn & I were visiting Florida for her Mom’s Surprise 50th birthday party in Green Cove Springs, near Jacksonville over the last weekend. The weather has been perfect for the outdoor bbq with family and friends. There were at least 80 people there enjoying the sun and each others company. The water on the Black Creek was nice and warm bringing all sorts of water craft out on Saturday. I managed to get a few shots of the creek and boat house in over the weekend in addition some shots of a ’72 Nova that belonged to one of the guests. I tried to talk him into selling it but it didn’t work. Being a Nova guy myself, I spent a good amount of time talking to the owner Mr. B about his car and what he has done to it. Seeing that car brought back some memories and really made me miss my ’68 Nova that I parted with about 5 years ago.
Here are the shots from the weekend, processed in Lightroom with some touch up in Photoshop. Hope you enjoy…





Garden shots

A couple of quick shots of the flowers Jenn and I planted a couple weeks ago. We have spent just a few hours out there getting the flower beds cleaned up. Makes for great opportunities well into the summer…

Great Falls Park, VA

This weekend Jenn & I took the boys to Great Falls Park on the Potomac River in Virginia. After looking up the locale, I determined that it wouldn’t be too difficult of a day, it was only 45 minutes away. How could we have gone this long without knowing this park was nearby with some potential photographic opportunities? I don’t know either…
After arriving we got a quick bite to eat and set out on the trails to the overlooks. From the aerial shots on Google Maps (Satellite view rocks) It looked like there were only a couple of good vantage points. This was listed as a class 5 rapids which apparently means it can’t be your first day in a kayak. When we arrived at the trails there were signs posted everywhere warning onlookers to keep off the rocks and stay back from the waters edge lest you become one of the statistics that the basis for “An average of 7 people per year drown here” signs. I think I would have been ok to venture out onto some of the FLAT rocks but having my supercalafradulistic panic stricken wife with me, I figured I’d play it safe (& no I haven’t won any spelling bee’s lately – in case you were going to ask).

The park is $5.00 per car and pretty enjoyable to go and check out the river and the rapids. If you are in the area, check it out…