Friday, June 01, 2007

How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art
Originally uploaded by Food Fanatic
Sorry about the heads. They made us stand up to sing this hymn. You can see a larger view of this photo, (and leave comments or see the others from this event)by clicking on it.

Last night as we lay in bed Mensa Boy said to me, "Did you ever imagine 25 years ago that we'd end up at an event like today?"


Yesterday the Billy Graham Library was dedicated. The event was attended by 3 ex-presidents. There was a little music, a bit of speechifying, a LOT of praying. It was fun, despite the 94 degree heat. I think a good time was had by all 1500 of us. Mr. Graham did remark, however, that he felt like he was at his own funeral!

I can't imagine anyone not knowing who all these guys are in this photo, but just in case:

(from left) Franklin Graham, George Beverly "Bev" Shea, Cliff Barrows, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton. All singing "How Great Thou Art." Mr. Graham is seated behind Shea and Barrows.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Spider Lilies

Spider Lilies
Originally uploaded by Food Fanatic
I went to Landsford Canal State Park in Fort Lawn, SC on Monday to see the spider lilies. This colony of lilies is very large, spanning the Catawba River. It seems to take up about 1/4 of a mile of the river. To really appreciate them, you need to be in a canoe. I'll work very hard to do that next year.

This was taken with my 55-200mm zoom lens. This is one of the few times when I might not have minded having and lugging a longer lens. Maybe someday...when my friend Rena wins the lottery. Of course, I need to get her to actually BUY a lottery ticket!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Israel Houghton & New Breed

Originally uploaded by Food Fanatic
I'd never heard of this band before. Israel Houghton and New Breed were at the Franklin Graham Festival in Virginia Beach May 19.

I have no idea who this band member is. I've been googling around trying to find names and photos of the members and am not having much luck. If you know (Kristen), email me.

They are rockier than I normally prefer, but I enjoyed their presentation. I shot this photo on the floor. Festival organizers had given a relatively small number of festival goers armbands so that they could be on the floor right under the stage.

I like this photo because the colors are so good and the image is sharp. I did not do any post production on this one.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

May 29, 1982

May 29, 1982
Originally uploaded by Food Fanatic
He was 12 and I was 15. Uh huh.

It's been 25 years today and I must say, as marriages go, it's been pretty easy. For me, at least. All my friends and family call him "PoorBob," so I can't really say much about how it's been for him!

Each year I ask him how many years it FEELS like we've been married. This year the answer was "more like 16 and-a-half."

So I figure he can't be too miserable!

I love you, Mensa Boy!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Lean on Me

Originally uploaded by Food Fanatic
Did they lean on each other in life? Any inscriptions that might have been on these tombstones have been completely obliterated by time and weather.

We found Old Stone Cemetery in Fort Lawn, S.C. on highway 21. We were on our way to Landsford Canal State Park to see the spider lilies.

We arrived at the perfect time of day. The sun was low and thinking about setting and the shadows and filters of light really brought a wonderful atmosphere to this old burial ground.

I've organized the cemetery photos into a group called "cemetery" on my Flickr account. You'll have to register for a Yahoo! email address to see them.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

World's Longest Headline?

"Q&A with Linda Short, the soon-to-retire Chester lawmaker who's the lone woman in the Senate"

The Lancaster News, Sunday, May 27, 2007

It's probably not the longest. Here's another loooooonnnng one I found:

"Catch of a lifetime? With no blockbuster draft-day offers, the Lions snapped up Calvin Johnson, the best receiver to enter the NFL in years. Matt Millen might finally get Detroit on track -- and the fans off his back."

Sports Illustrated, week of April 30, 2007 (this not verified. I obtained this info from, an ezine "all about Michigan." THANKS GOOGLE!

Jamestown Barracks

Originally uploaded by Food Fanatic
This is a photo Taylor took on our day at Jamestown. He was standing inside the chimney of a barracks shell that had been erected. The exhibit was designed to show how rough-hewn wood was used to build a shell for the buildings.

I like this shot a lot. The contrasts and shadows are very cool. Taylor took quite a few shots that were partly shadows. His turn out well when he does that. Mine don't seem to most of the time. This was photo was not enhanced at all with Photoshop.