This calendar is hanging in the second floor of the Silk Mill in Lonaconing, MD. This past Father’s Day weekend I had the pleasure of spending two days at the Mill with my daughter +Shauna Dominguez. We had a blast. The weekend was organized by +Tony Sweet.
This calendar has special meaning to me, you see it was hung there in the same month I was born. It has been there since. I will be post more images from the trip.
My Dad is a United States Marine! Once a Marine, always a Marine. Semper Fi Dad. Growing up as the oldest son of a Marine was certainly different than the way some of my friends grew up. My Dad had been Honorably Discharged from the USMC before I was born, but he is a Marine through and through.
Having a Dad as a Marine or a Marine as a Dad really did not mean all that much when I was a kid. I mean, I was proud but I had never seen him in uniform so the significance never really hit home with me until..
Second week of Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, TX the Drill Instructor (SSGT Rhea Davis) summoned me to his office. I reported as “Ordered”, scared to death I could not image why he wanted me in his office. After ordering me to “Stand At Ease” he asked me – “So what branch of the military was your Dad in? My answer: Sir, United States Marine Corp” Sir. You see in the Military, especially Basic Training your answers are ALWAYS a Sir sandwich. My Drill Instructor replied that he had thought as much. I asked him how he knew. He replied that he could tell that this six week stint at Lackland was a cake walk for me because I was used to responding to instructions/orders as directed and instantly.
That is when I starting really understanding the impact my Dad’s service in the USMC had on me. I graduated from Basic Training and went on to have a fantastic career in the United States Air Force.
Thank you Dad.
For all Americans that are happy to be free, please take a moment to pray for our Active Duty Military members and their family’s. here is a link that was posted of Facebook
I have been away from the blog for a little while. I am hoping to be a little more attentive and post more often. Yesterday I took a picture of some cone flowers at a rest area/visitor center with my iPhone. It was processed in the iPhone using Snapseed. Here it is, I hope you enjoy.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending a workshop in Townsend, TN run by Tony Sweet and Susan Milestone ( http://t.co/NdWISWTP ). It was my first workshop and I learned a lot of field techniques and even more about post-processing. I will be going back and practicing on old images to make them better. Oh, I had a ton of fun also. The workshop was capped at ten attendees so there was plenty of time for Tony and Susan to provide individual assistance. They did not wait for you to ask them a question, they were constantly moving from one attendee to another making sure we were on the right track. Tony and Susan are also incredibly knowledgeable about the locations we visited for the shooting sessions.
Here is one of my images from Roaring Fork.
It All Flows Downhill
I took this image recently after we had a little snow and the sun was starting to set. The way the shadows, the grasses, and dried plants worked together got my attention. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I took this while in Italy earlier this year. I hope you enjoy the composition.
Day 21 of 365 Project – It was a very grey day today. Even the birds didn’t get out much.
Day 20 – I sure do miss Alaska.
Day 19 – This is my Desk Dude, makes me chuckle when I look up at him. Taken with a D700 with 300mm f/4 and a Kenko extension Tube.
Day 18 of 366 – Decided to try another one with the TiltShiftGen app and some small items. The MINI is 1.5″ long so the scale seems to work well.