Showing posts from June, 2018

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Gladiolus with Purple 2018 - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Hi Mom:
Early this Spring I found a jumbo box full of gladiolus bulbs and I used them to inundate the flowerbed.  
Then they started growing, and, initially, were disappointing and challenging, as the plants, which grow quite tall, struggle to stay upright, being perfectly happy to lay down across the flower bed.
and then they started to flower, and, at first, the only flowers were yellow, all of them.
Finally, a couple of weeks ago, the "other than yellow" flowers began to emerge, and the whole process was suddenly worth it.  They have turned into some of the prettiest flowers I have ever tried to grow.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Dahlia 2018 - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

We are in the midst of a crazy heat wave right now Mom:
It has turned into a great day to stay in the studio and play with flowers.
I found these Dahlia tubers early in the Spring, and I have been really happy with how pretty they turned out.  The colors are so vivid.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Missouri - Little House in Missouri - Hwy A - Mansfield, Missouri

I was so excited to see this place, Mom!
These were some of my favorite books when I was growing up, so exploring this museum was a lot of fun for me (not so much for Fish, but he was a good sport about it).
I was a little bummed that they didn't allow any indoor photography (the flash will degrade things faster but most curators will allow non-flash photography, not here though).
Laura loved her china - and seeing one of their wagons that they traveled in, I have no idea how the china survived the moves.
It is making me sad that her books have come under so much controversy because of the strong bias her and her family had against Native Americans. I think that addressing the bias is important, and, when reading these books to children it is crucial to address how incorrect and repugnant that bias is, it was a bias that was taught to everyone at that time, and rather than push it under the rug, we need to address it. 
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Tennessee - Moon Over St. Mary's - 5th Ave - Nashville, Tennessee

One of my favorite compositions but it is a terrible picture Mom...

It was a perfect scene - from a hotel window, and since it had just stormed (from the clouds you can see in the distance) the glass was quite streaked and spotted, and the hotel was not about to allow me roof access (some sort of liability thing).
So, here it is - Moon over St. Mary's, through a spotted window.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Tennessee - Stay Off the Bottom - Broadway - Nashville, Tennessee

Hands to yourself!

I am going to rant, Mom.
While enjoying the bands in Nashville, I noticed this sign.
**Start of rant** Ladies! Stop it! (I am assuming the main culprit here is ladies).   #METOO is a great thing and is bringing attention to the number of sexual assaults worldwide, please don't destroy this message by being guilty of unwanted touching yourself.   That this poor man had to place a sign on his butt is shameful. **End of rant**
This has been a public service announcement, brought to you by #Takethebackroads.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Virginia - Natural Tunnel - Hwy 23 - Scott County, Virginia

850 Feet Long & 10 Stories High

This isn't a cave Mom:
Its a tunnel, and one that wasn't made...we stumbled across this during our tour down Hwy 23.
This is called the Natural Tunnel and it is big enough to drive a train through (we didn't do the train ride though)
The park is nice - with a very steep and crazy ski lift that you can take down to the tunnel - you can also walk, but the ski lift is fun and the walk is pretty steep.
We were so glad to have come upon this awesome little park on our drive.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road - Road Trip Virginia - First Look Into the Appalachians - Hwy 23 - Pound, Virginia

My first foray into this mountain range
I was so excited about this road trip Mom!
I haven't ever been into the Appalachian mountains before, most of my road trips have been in the western U.S.
They are so green, covered in trees and Kudzu.  
Hwy 23 is also called The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, with signs and info about the musicians who were raised in the Appalachians.  I had no idea there were so many.  
There is also antiquing opportunities all along this route.
All in all, it was a fun drive.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Kentucky - Ghostly Peacock - J.H. O'Bryan Ave - Grand Rivers, Kentucky

You never know what is going to appear on camera.....

Patti's 1880's Settlement was a cute little place to stop and hang out Mom,
While wandering around the village, we noticed the peacocks, in particular, this guy, who is trying so very hard to impress the lady.  She is having none of it, and would rather eat.
I thought it was a funny courtship story and then......
as I was processing the images, I noticed this blur that only exists in the peacock pictures (the rest of them look fine).
I *think* (hope) that this is some sort of weird refraction caused by the humidity, the cage, and the sun.  Otherwise, I was nose to nose with "something".

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Wind - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

There was a slight breeze yesterday Mom.
Almost un-feelable.
It was certainly photographic.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Pink Rose Macro - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

I think I caught a spider Mom.
If you look closely at the bottom right petals, it looks like a small spider was hidden amid the rose.
I think this is why I love macro so much, you never know what you will find when you look closely.
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Rose with Dying Leaf - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

I have been going nowhere lately Mom -
After what seemed like a slow start to the growing season, everything is starting to bloom.
So instead of any road trips, I have been exploring my garden.  It looks much different through macro lenses.
It has been very relaxing.
xoxo a.d.