Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tent Post In The Rain

It rained during the "Big Tent" revival tonight. But it didn't put a damper on the festivities! Tonight was the last night, complete with a Pig Roast diiner. Good Stuff! But I couldn't resist the artsy photo...

Monday, May 24, 2010

Your Mama Don't Dance And Your Daddy Don't Rock And Roll

So. We're driving someplace over the weekend, and the Loggins & Messina hit comes on the radio. I don't think I even noticed at the time. But part way though the song, my son pipes up from the back seat: "That's song is backwards. "cause my daddy don't dance, and my mama don't rock and roll".
He's right, of course. At least in the sense that his Daddy does rock n roll, and certainly doesn't dance.

Big Tent

We're doing an event at our Church this week, "Big Tent". Common Grounds Ministry is visiting from Oklahoma, doing a Tent Revival in our parking lot: good stuff. Sunday through Wednesday evenings. Anyway, I helped set up the tent on Saturday. A little more involved than the last tent I set up... It was a fun experience, and a great service last night (complete with potluck!).
Plus, we had a combined service under the tent Sunday morning, and the Praise Band got to play on the outdoor stage (with their professional sound system)! Pretty cool (though actually HOT).
I think the last time I played "outside" was The Reallys, in our family's garage during a neighborhood block party (with the doors open, of course!)..... probably 1979? I'll always remember my dad groovin to our version of "Glad All Over" that evening. But now I'm digressing.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Beaver Byproduct

At least I presume this trwew was felled by a beaver. For All I know, it could've been a scout with a hatchet...

This was taken yesterday at the scout camp, done by the lake at the amphetheater. We were between rain showers so I decided to snap a couple photos between snapshots of the kids working.

All in all, I'm not overwhelmed with this one, but hopefully it isn't too bad. A little crop, lvels, convert to B&W, spot levels, add a touch of sepia tone, cloning out a couple of minor spots, and voila! I hope y 'all like it, at least a little. I probably should've sjot it in "landscape", too....

Just for giggles, the "straight form the camera version is below...

Saturday, May 15, 2010


My wife and I spent most of today at scount camp w/our 10 y/o son. It rained most of the day, which turned the campground into a bit of a mudhole. But everybody still seemed to have a good time, in between bouts of cold & wet. On the other hand, I'm glad that we had previously decided not to camp out: a warm (dry) bed will be nice after 10 hours in the elements...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Till The End Of The Day


My office is probably within 15 miles of the St.Louis arch (Exit 12 off I-64). And if I go just a few miles further east, I'm in farmland. It's nice for a lunchtime drive, a short escape from the pace of the day... It was a rather gray day today, which lead to washed out skies, but I still found a couple of interesting views:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Had to fill up today, over $50 for the first time in a probably 1.5 yrs. I was on fumes, but still hate it.

Looking at the snap below, I notice that I filled up at BP. Guess that was politically incorrect given the whole spill thing. But I think I'll be able to live with myself on this one....

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Red Neck

I woke up this morning with a slight sunburn on the back of my neck, courtesy of a beautify Saturday. Typically, It got me thinkinh aboutr music. More specifically, songs about "rednecks"

I could only come up with a few:

There's gotta be more.....

Wednesday, May 05, 2010


I went for a drive at lunchtime yesterday, found these cool barns not too far from the office. I like the effect. After tweaking the levels, I converted to "B&W" using Photoshop's "Infrared" settings... Then added sepia tone. Another picture wy new PnS camera...

At Least I Have A Window

Beautiful day today... But like most of us, I had to work. But I do have a window, and it's a rather pleasant view. Someday, there will be another building there, but I'll enjoy it while I can.

Monday, May 03, 2010

It's clouds' illusions I recall, I really don't know clouds at all...

Cool looking cloud, seen on my commute home today. I pulled to the side of the interstate ramp to take this one, no snap out the window while merging!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Pow'r Pole!

Yeah, I know. But I can't help myself. And actually, I did have an ulterior motive. Besides just being a power system geek, This kind of photo gives a good test for a digital camera. These nice blue skies tend to be a challenge for noise. And lots of crisp edges with high contrast. can show up everything from sharpness to the dreaded "purple fringing"... And though you can't see it from the reduced version above, my new little PnS did just fine. See below for a snip from the original, at 100%, straight from the camera. Not bad for the price-point.