Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My World Tuesday - New Grandson

We went to see our new Grandson, Lewis, on Sunday. He is not yet a month old and was sleeping when we arrived. As he awoke I took about 30 shots as stirred, looked around and let us know he was hungry. Here are a few of them. More shots of our visit are on Lew's Pics and Marianne's blog.

What's that?

Why are you taking my picture?

One more minute,


Hi Daddy

Feeding time! (compliments of Daddy)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Odd shots - Cat bed?

While we were sitting on the deck last week, one of the neighbor's cats wandered over to visit then settled into the splash block for a nap. He would have been surprised if we had a sudden rain storm!

To see more Odd Shots, start at Katney's Kaboodle and follow the links.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

PhotoHunt - High flying flags

Construction cranes make tall flagpoles. These two are a block apart in down town Frederick.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sky Watch Friday - Blue skies return

This week the storm clouds drifted away and deep blue appeared.

Some bright white fluff appeared.

And there was green all around from the rain last week.

Window Views - Bay windows

This style of bay windows seems to have originated in the Victorian area and has been carried forward in less ornate houses than we usually associate with the Victorian era. I took these from the gas station where I recently filled the tank without moving to get unobstructed views. I do not know the age of these houses. There are quite a few houses in Frederick with this style window and I expect you will see more of them in the future.

Monday, June 22, 2009

My World Tuesday - Noisy skies

We live a couple of miles from the Frederick airport; in the flight paths for both BWI and Washington Dulles airports; and Camp David is up towards the Pennsylvania border. So hearing planes and helicopters is not unusual. On a warm day with plenty of blue sky and gentle winds, the gliders are active. This was the first of a half-dozen gliders that were towed aloft and released today. But what got our attention was a low flying, noisy helicopter that I spotted heading north. Usually they keep on going and the noise abates. But not today! It sounded like it was circling just beyond the trees, but we could not spot it. After a couple of hours, I went to see what was happening.

At the other side of our neighborhood, this was circling over a cornfield of the farm across the road. It appeared to be spreading fertilizer (see below).

Dropping the bucket for a refill.

This one is cropped for a better look.

Odd Shots on the road

An odd road sign to encounter, unless you are headed to a boat ramp. To see what is 400 feet ahead, see my second photo on this post.

To see more Odd Shots, start at Katney's Kaboodle and follow the links.

Friday, June 19, 2009

PhotoHunt - Creamy

This is creamy, but the really creamy stuff is found here:

Sky Watch Friday - Carolina gray skies

Carolina blue was not the color of the sky for our visit last weekend. Though there was some rain during our trip and intermintent sunshine, these shots show the type of skies we saw. Above is a shot from one of the boat ramps around Lake Jordan. The two below were taken in Bro John's yard.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Window views - High windows

These two windows are above the doors leading to the deck at my Brother-in-Law's house.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My World Tuesday - Family surprise

On Saturday we succeeded in surprising Bro John (light shirt right center) a few days in advance of his 60-th birthday! Marianne and her siblings have been doing this for the decade birthdays for some time and this time it was her brothers turn again. His wife came up with the idea of us showing up at a pig picking they were having to celebrate the end of the school year (she works for one of the local schools). There were 50 or so others there to enjoy the company and food. John provided the BBQ pig and chicken; otheres brought salads, beans, desserts.

The food was great and there was plenty.

On Sunday, we celebrated his birthday; old family stories were retold and new ones told. We renewed sibling rivalries with card games and just enjoyed seeing each other, as we live in South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and Connecticut.

And the guys helped John load the tables and chairs to return to his boss who graciously loaned them to John.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Conestoga van???

We are in NC to celebrate the 60-th birthday of Marianne's brother! I left this image to post automatically after we arrived to surprise him. Will catch up on comments and your posts when I return.

PhotoHunt - Old lock

This is an old lock that I acquired at a tool auction some years ago. The date of the patent application was 1892. The lock still works.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sky Watch Friday - More storms

Tuesday afternoon skies to the east

Stormy skies to the west

Then came the hail

Then came the rain

And misty skies on Thursday at dusk

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Window Views - Stairwell windows

While waiting for Big E's train on Monday I spotted these windows on the stair well of the parking garage. The yellow railings stood out in the afternoon sun.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My World Tuesday - BWI Rail Station

Tracks to the north and lights on the new extended platform

Monday, Marianne's sister, Big E, came to visit. In recent years she has taken Amtrak from Connecticut to the rail station near the Baltimore airport. The station is primarily a commuter station with service by both Amtrak and MARC. MARC service from this station serves Baltimore and towns to the north, as well as Washington, and several Maryland towns to the south and Washington, DC. The station is the concrete building between the tracks and two large parking garages. The platform on the southbound track has been extended and work to extend the northbound platform is in progress. We are going to enjoy Big E's visit.

Northbound platform, station and parking

Amtrak's Acela speeds by

Big E's train arrives

Saturday, June 6, 2009

PhotoHunt - Ads on wheels

Sheetz is a convenience store chain with with stores in our area. In addition to gasoline, they sell coffee, deli sandwiches, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks. Their gasoline tankers are colorfully decorated with advertisements .