Since I’ve moved to Murray which will be 1 year from tomorrow I have not sketched just for fun. So tonight after working a long shift at Office Depot I decided to grab one of my favorite gel pens and some nice 32lb paper and drew for about 15 minutes. I was referencing a photograph I took while I stayed with my sister and her family back in October. So here is the result -enjoy some good black on white!
Sometimes you just find surprises… So you must take a picture.
I have always paid particular interest to the images on postage stamps. Oftentimes I chose the stamp that seemed to “fit” the message of the letter/card the best or just seemed “fun.” After going through many of the cards & envelopes I have saved for many years I noticed that I had over 11 different stamps with varying postage and imagery. It was equally as fun seeing the various post-mark dates and locations (I think Honolulu, HI post-marked July 15 2011 is my most exotic).
I also found my carousel horse stamps that my father gave to me close to 16 years ago. I am so amazed they have lasted this long!
So I have decided I would start collecting. I think I will continue to
save the letters I receive from family and friends and maybe invest in a few blocks of stamps that I really enjoy there illustrations. I also hope to do more research on stamp collecting. Stamps are truly a time capsule, representing changes in our country and people (rates of first-class postage continuing to increase).
Below is a link and short video to discuss more about stamp collecting.
Yes I’m back shooting! This week I ventured out to Calloway County park and Murray State campus. I tried to focus more on architectural elements than organic (plants). Here’s my best shot.
Last Sunday at about 9:55 PM I couldn’t wait any longer to watch the final film of the Harry Potter series… Here is my review:
There were several parts of the Deathly Hallows (Part 2) film that enhanced J. K. Rowlings depiction of this turmoil ridden world. When Voldemort’s forces finally come to destroy Hogwart’s, the imagery created by the magical forcefield surrounding the school was incredible. This film was action packed, one event right after another with very little characterization. If you are not familiar with the other 7 films (or books) it might be a bit hard to follow. Yet, for avid Harry Potter fans they should be able to keep up quite readily. I had high expectations for this film and in some ways it was disappointing. At several points in the beginning of the film Harry’s character fell flat. Perhaps being the Savior-figure of the film was too much for Daniel Radcliff. Some of the fight scenes were also disappointing especially between Harry & Voldemort. I was expecting to see more spells and less man-handling. One character I felt executed his role quite well was Neville Longbottom.
I am sad to see this magical saga come to an end. However, all good things must. If you haven’t dove into reading J.K. Rowlings books, I would suggest you do so they are far better than the films. Now I will leave you with a glance at the past.
Can you believe it started a decade ago?
When I left last Wednesday morning for Wisconsin, I had a perfectly functioning bird feeder…
When I returned home my bird feeder was missing a perch and its bottom stopper. I suspected squirrels were the culprit. Since I have been feeding black oil sunflower seeds to the birds I’ve had to chase more squirrels from my feeder. So I decided to invest in a squirrel-proof- feeder (as you can see from the above series of photos it is far from). I guess in the future I will be sure to only get safflower seeds to feed the cardinals, chickadees and other birds. In the meantime I will be entertained by the squirrels antics.
As promised I am sharing with you some of the more unique looking flowers I learned about in my field botany class. The flowers I have listed below are from small herbaceous plants ( from such families as irises and mints) to large woody shrubs and trees. Enjoy their variety in color and shape!