Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Portrait Photography

Christmas Portrait Photography was fun this year; so many interesting expressions in costume!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cinematic History

The current holiday films are finding their place in 'reel time'.  Our family traditions find us sharing at least one movie during the Christmas season.  It's not the shows, of course, but time together - making memories.  As for the movies:  The re-make of  'Footloose' is fun, but Robert Downey Jr. and George Clooney are always interesting:  'Game of Shadows'; 'Descendants'.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


                                                        A Christmas Tree.
                                            With dark green needled memories.
                                               Of time that's gone so fleetingly,
                                               Yet lives for always deep in me.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Blue Ridge Mountain Berries

If you've been to Virginia in the past 30 years you are likely familiar with Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett's ' Sweet Virginia Breeze', perhaps the unofficial state song.  The tune and lyrics often dance in my head and put a spring in my step; so last week I was not surprised to hear 'the Blue Ridge Mountains Tend to Set Me Free'  singing sweetly in my ears as I hiked the mountain trails in the rain and fog.  Yes, they do set me free...

Monday, December 12, 2011


Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Albert Camus

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Cold and Windy

                            With sub-freezing temperatures in the forecast the lake will be frozen soon.  
                 Despite the cold and wind we decided to take advantage of open water....and freezing fingers.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Rain and Fog

Paddlers came from as far away as Minnesota and Wisconsin for the annual Skunk River Paddlers Holiday 'Waffle Paddle' despite rain, cold and fog.  Eleven paddlers stuffed ourselves with 'Dad's Waffles' at the Ames Arboretum, then bundled up like Abominal Snowmen and headed out in the gray fog for a 6 mile paddle down the Des Moines River.  We ended our afternoon at the Flat Tire Cafe - along the High Trestle Bicycle Trail, where Dave and Travis kept us laughing with their crazy (but true) tales.