Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Coronet 500

Coronet 500

Accidentally for Self Portrait Challenge - 'tiny words'

Didn't really intend for this to be a self portrait or a 'tiny words' shot.  I was just fascinated by the car.

Gotta be my first "tiny words" self portrait that is straight out of the camera, though.

Photo Friday - 'Rugged'

Side Door Detail

 On the theme, I thought this weathered door fit on it's own.

 I was pleasantly surprised to rediscover the cross emblem formed by the long shadows of fading daylight in this photo.

 The word "rugged" automatically conjures the cross of Christ in my mind because of the old George Bennard hymn, "The Old Rugged Cross."

Tuesday, November 22, 2011



 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6

Monday, November 14, 2011

hedge apples

Hedge Apples

The kids and I were at the park Saturday and the hedge apples (we were calling them Alien Brains and making up associated stories) were abundant.  Several of the kids on the playground took it upon themselves to collect and compile the worthless fruit onto this piece of playground equipment. Some bonus shots from the same day: Alien Brains Mission Accomplished Harrison Playing In The Leaves Hannah Playing In The Leaves Hannah and Harrison Playing In The Leaves

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

the civil wars

The Civil Wars

For Self Portrait Challenge - tiny words 

Christy and I went to see The Civil Wars last Friday night. Awesome concert. There's something refreshingly honest about a simple vocal duo like The Civil Wars. Darn near zero noticeable production and yet there was magic in that room.

Backstory: Christy and I are not "concert" people. We tend to avoid crowds and are reluctant to spend money on luxuries like concert tickets. I was immediately hooked when I first heard The Civil Wars, but would have been content to listen to the CD, as usual.

It was actually in an effort to get her approval to buy the digital album that I showed her these two videos and she was like, "we have to go see them live." Well, that never happens, but I immediately looked into it and they had just been in Indianapolis like three days prior. The were headed for Europe and I didn't have much hope they'd be back to Indy soon. Then they announced their Fall dates and indeed they were coming back to Indy afterall. I ordered our tickets immediately.

It was a good night. The kids spent the night with good friends from church. We got dressed up. We stopped at a sushi place we'd been wanting to try on the way to downtown. Traffic was decent. Lovely weather for a short walk in the theater district of Indianapolis. Amazing concert. We even enjoyed the opening act. We discovered that we could upgrade our tickets when we got there which turned out to be a good thing because the Egyptian Room is usually a standing concert. Christy is....not tall. If we'd been in the middle of that crowd, I'm not sure she would have seen anything. The upgrades got a place to sit on some risers and some rowdy neighbors.

The Civil Wars at the Egyptian Room

Cameras with detachable lenses were not allowed.

I crammed my smallest body and shortest lens (Sigma 30mm) into my smallest bag and didn't have any problems.  Wished I'd had my telezoom, but it was general admission and I had no idea where we'd be located in the room.  Just glad I didn't have to make do with my iPod.  :-)

Tuesday, November 01, 2011



The new challenge theme for Self Portrait Challenge in November is "tiny words."

We did this challenge two years ago (also in November) and had a blast with it.

It just so happens that November 1st falls on a Tuesday this year.  That means two things:  1.) We'll have five (5) weeks of this challenge.  2.)  I got to shoot this photo when it was still October 31st (aka Halloween).

Since we're coming off the "Fears" challenge from October, this seemed appropriate.