Tuesday, April 27, 2010

from the archives ("crab kid, maracas beach")

Here's another beach shot, this time from Trinidad. Back in 2007 I had visited my wife for the first time. I had not traveled by plane in decades (only one other time in my life) and the only other time I had been to another country was on numerous visits to Canada, in my youth. Needless to say, I was stressed to the bone, and the first time I finally began to relax a little was when we visited beautiful Maracas Beach. I don't consider myself much of a beach-comber, but I like to visit one every now and then. I will say that I've never seen or been to one this beautiful in my life, and it was quiet and peaceful, surprisingly. The one slight disturbance (if you want to call it that) was a boy who was walking around selling crabs. He didn't speak to anyone - he simply would stand nearby a while, then move on. I was told that this was how some of the locals on the beach made a living. The crabs were live, and I have to admit, they freaked me out somewhat, being so close to me as I tried to lay there and relax. Luckily I got a couple of shots, including this one. The man in the background, to the right added a whole new element to this photo, and I thought he looked kind of shifty, as if he wasn't supposed to be there or something.

Monday, April 19, 2010

from the archives ("gray sky morning, buckroe beach")

A couple of July fourth's ago, Kris and I were invited out to Buckroe Beach in Hampton, Virginia to attend a cookout and watch a fireworks display. I had never been to, or even heard of this beach before, though it was not too far from the more popular Virginia Beach. For a good portion of our stay, the weather was somewhat cool and overcast. On our final day there, I remember getting up earlier than everyone else, still being on my internal teacher clock, and going out for a post-July fourth beach walk. While most people probably prefer fun and sun when they visit the beach, I find days like this far more appealing. I'm glad I had brought my little camera along for the walk, and the photos I took recall the quiet rhythm of the waves rolling in and out, peppered by the occasional, yet consistent sound of seagulls. After the bombastic spectacle from the previous evening's festivities, it was good to find some peace and quiet and space to think.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

four collages in andrea's a4

Here are some collages created from small prints of various works of mine that didn't turn out as well as I would have liked. I made these in Andrea's book for our Moleskine Exchange. Instead of throwing them out, I made more art.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

from the archives ("word to your mother")

Here at the ol' bloggety-blog, I think I'll start posting random photos - possibly one a week, culled from my Flickr stream -photos that I find interesting, strange, or in this case, oddly hilarious. I took this shot early one morning when myself and a bunch of fellow art teacher colleagues were on a field trip in late August, 2008. While waiting to get into the National Portrait Gallery in DC, someone noticed this post-it-note with what appeared to be a poem. The last sentence was the icing on the cake, and I can only imagine some young wannabe slam poet furiously scrawling these words down, hunched over with furled brow, chasing each brilliant word with his mighty ball-point. Ironically, there were several exhibits focusing on hip-hop culture at the Gallery that month. Anyhow, I must confess there was a brief period in my younger life when I wrote poems of this sort - some having potential, while others were downright embarrassing. I have to admit though, I've never written anything quite as profound as this one (tongue-in-cheek).

Monday, April 12, 2010

cherry blossoms everywhere

I love Spring. There's always a sense of renewal and optimism that comes with this time of year. Unfortunately, it wreaks pure havoc on my allergies, as many people can relate to out here. When Kris first met me, she always wondered why the heck us Americans would always make such a fuss about the weather. Coming from a climate that is fairly consistent all year 'round, and then experiencing one of the worst winters in VA recorded history, she now understands this American obsession with the weather. Recently we were invited out for a brief drive to Bethesda, Maryland to witness the local cherry blossom trees in full bloom. In the nearly five years I've been blogging, I don't think I've ever posted once about this, surprisingly. On the same token, I've only been out to the DC area a couple of times in April due to the insane crowds these trees attract. The trees were a gift of peace from Japan many years ago, and usually bloom for about two weeks in mid-April. This year the blossoms arrived early, possibly due to all the precipitation we got last winter. Whatever the case, It's nice to know that we could witness this spectacle of nature firsthand while still avoiding the DC craziness. I'll be posting more of these pics on my Flickr stream as well, hopefully.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

scenes from the leesburg animal park

Yesterday Kris and I celebrated the gorgeous weather by visiting the Leesburg Animal Park in Leesburg, Virginia. Unfortunately, the giant tortoises were still in Florida until the weather warms up more (they're expected to return in May). Still, it was well worth the visit and the price of admission, and to our pleasant surprise Wednesday is discount day on admission. While there were quite a few animals I didn't take photos of, I found myself really fascinated by the chickens, of all things! The highlight was the gibbon couple, who were a study in contrasts - the male being somewhat reserved and neurotic while the female was a real free spirit, swinging around and showing off like a champ. While I'd love to see some of these animals with a little more space (though quite a few of them where almost completely free) , they appear to be very well taken care of. I highly recommend dropping by if you're in the area.