Thursday, December 27, 2012

Sky Watch - Christmas skies

Late afternoon, December 22

Christmas morning


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Header Challenge - Red and green

When Tom chose red and green as the theme for this week's header, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. And that was our Charlie Brown Christmas tree that Marianne bought years ago. It is about 16 inches (40 cm) high, with a single red ornament. I had the header ready Sunday. Then the Christmas Eve snow fell and suddenly I had a second green and red image for a header. I asked Marianne which she liked and she liked both. So this week I changed two headers. The one above is for your vote, but you can see the other one on Lew's pics.

There are plenty of choices of red and green this time of year, perhaps a bit of our Christmas tree or some of the snacks.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Our World - Christmas Eve snow

The winter strom that dropped lots of snow across the US reached us with a little snow and fog. Maybe 2 inches fell and the temp is around freezing, so the snow is not likely to stay long. More snow is expected Thursday.

A very merry and safe Christmas
to all in your World.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sky Watch - Clearing skies

On Tuesday our skies were clearing. Today the clouds are back and dropping water, but not the white stuff that hit the folks west of here with blizzard conditions.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Header Challenge - Almost a great shot

Earlier in December our cats got very interested in something in the front yard. I glanced out and saw two squirrels chasing around trunk of the tree. By the time I got my camera. The squirrels had stopped on opposite sides of the tree and I got individual shots of them. Then I zoomed wider to get both.

 I ALMOST get the shot.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Our World - Holiday windows

Windows in Frederick are decorated for the holidays, And these also have reflections of buildings on the other side of the street. A night shot of the first one also appeared on my Header challenge post last week. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Sky Watch - Spires in the sky

My camera is acting up and not wanting to click the shutter. So, here are two shots from April. Above is a shot of the twin spires of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and below the spire of Trinity Chapel. The third shot was taken last Saturday.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Header Challenge - Holiday Images in the town square

The intersection of Market and Patrick Streets is the town square of the City of Frederick. My header looks across the square last Saturday night with light rain falling and holiday decorations in place. The above image looks north on Market Street and people are still out around 9:00 PM.  
Nearby store windows are decorated for the Christmas season in hopes that we will venture inside and spend a little cash.
And a block north of the square, the twin spires of the Lutheran Church pierce the night.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Our World - Decorating

Last week we got the outside of the house decorated for the Christmas holidays. Marianne is doing the down stairs. I started the living room. This year we are doing the small tree. Lots of ornaments from which to choose. More shots next week. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Header Challenge - Lines & curves at home

Last Spring we had our kitchen remodeled. Marianne had ideas on what she wanted in the kitchen and it took a little while to find and select all the features. Brian and his crew took about 5 weeks to remove the old and install the new. We are pleased with the results and have bunches of clean lines and curves to enjoy. For a larger view of the kitchen, see old and new stove side.


Our World - Holiday preparations

Marianne suggested wreaths for the windows this year, so we got some at Home Depot. She filled some flower pots with greenery, pine cones and balls for the porch.

I made a swag for the door and
we have our outdoor decorations in place.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Sky Watch - Skies last weekend

Above is the sky filled with contrails at sunrise on November 23. The next three are around 3:45 in the afternoon. And the last is at dusk on the 24-th.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Header Challenge - Back to the future

Our two youngest grandsons were here for Thanksgiving (their parents also). And when I saw the header theme for this week, a simple but common practice that connects the past to the future came to mind. The young guy on the left carries my name for the present into the future and I got the name "Lewis" from an uncle who died as a young man before I was born. These two each carry into the future a name from the past that is very familiar to Imac, Montgomery and Winston. For a few more shots of them, go to Young Grandsons. The guys were outside chasing around the yard when I got these shots.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Our World - Young grandsons

These two brighten our Thanksgiving with their exuberance an antics. We spent a lot of time visiting and playing and only a little time with the camera. We also enjoyed the visit with their parents. They survived the encounter with Sandy, enduring some cold nights and no TV.