May 19, 2017


Got the Tacoma back for the shop after it had a “sleepover” – glad to get it back and to see someone’s toy out.

March 7, 2017


It was supposed to be a camping day, but weather choices made it a wedding decorations day.


And of course the daughters at the elephants picture day.

Feb. 10, 2017 Snow Moon


A full moon in February is called a snow moon. Adding to the excitement  was a lunar eclipse – not an awesome total eclipse. but the moon passes through enough shadow (called the penumbra) to create a noticeable darkening on the left side – this photo is the peak.


I spent some time looking for a foreground…


but with a 500mm Mirror lens, the moon was not big enough for the depth of field to work…

Jan. 8, 2017


Hike #2 of the #52hikechallenge – Birkhead Mountain Trail in Uwharrie National Forest. We started at the Birkhead family farm, some buildings going back to the late 1800s.


Within a mile we had to cross a creek since the bridge was washed away. Not a problem except when hiking on a 15 degree morning, a wet foot would have been unpleasant!


Soon enough we were deep in the woods, only the crunch of the snow/ice under our feet.


How Kodak spent the second half of the hike. I had her off leash for the first half, but she wandered off and didn’t return, long enough I had to bush-whacked in her last known direction and back track till she returned… I was not happy!

About an hour and half in the silent woods, a rare North Carolina snow covering the hills, so a great day!

Sept. 25, 2016


Disappointing match today. Played for 3rd in the Asheboro Hard Court Championships, and was on serve to 3-3, then I stopped playing smart and excelled in unforced errors. 2 matches for the 2016 championships, playing for first in men’s doubles on Monday and second in mixed doubles on Wednesday…. maybe then I can get back on my bike since cyclocross season starts in 3 weeks!