The Vacation bump in the road

Do you remember those days as a kid...
The day finally arrives when your vacation starts. Into the car, getting on the road and someone, don’t know who, told the Transportation Department that you were

  1. Leaving today
  2. taking this road
  3. about what time you would get here

and with out fail they decided that the guardrails needed to be replaced or five miles of paving would start.
Then the chorus starts, “Are we there yet?” or “How much longer?” That’s when the car overheats.
Rte 7 near Vergennes, Vermont 05/05/2008

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A bad day fishing…

…is better than any day at work.
These people are doing just that on Lake Champlain at Chimney Point. whether they caught any fish or not is of no importance. That only adds to the day’s relaxation. The real reason for getting out on the water is to store up a new supply of wild tales of the one that got away.LC Fishing tourneyWest Addison @ Chimney Point, Lake Champlain, Vermont 06/15/2008

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Memorial Day and Memories

Photo was taken on Rte 22A just south of Vergennes in June 2007.VT windmill

Some of you may be old enough to remember as kids, buying a roll or two of red, white and blue crepe paper with which we decorated our bikes and rode along side the marchers in the Memorial Day Parade. At that time the Day was called Decoration Day because that was the day when the graves of the Veterans were were decorated with flowers. Congress declared Memorial Day a National holiday in 1971 although in the South it is still called Decoration Day and has different dates.  It is also the unofficial start to summer.Summer dayChildhood symbol of unaffected youth, Webster Road, Ferrisburgh Vermont 08/01/2008

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A pastel patch

Never miss a chance to brighten p an area that needs some color. It makes a difference when sitting in the afternoon, enjoying a beverage of choice, or the sunrise caffeine jolt some favor. I just purchased a set of wind chimes, actually quite large, that require a nice breeze to work. They have a deep ring, a wonderful oriental tone. Very soothing. Next is a small recirculating waterfall. My outdoor studio will be complete.
Petunias 06Petunias, Inman, south Carolina 05/15/2016

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Just bathing in the sun

As the days go by these blooms will fade and the new ones now tightly furled and small will open up to take their place. I noticed out in the front of the house, the lavender is making its presence known. this requires some attention over the next couple of days. Right after the rainy days allow some time for inspection.Summer flowersA basket of color Inman South Carolina 05/15/2016

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For the Hummingbirds

Contrary to the myth that they are only attracted to red flowers, hummingbirds will visit many flowers of assorted colors searching for nectar. Philadelphus known as Mock Orange is a great attractant for them and very hardy. Bougainvillea also attracts them. This pot of bougainvillea has the vibrant colors found in that specie. great color for around a deck or sitting area on a front porch.Bougainvillea #2 02 Bougainvillea, Inman, South Carolina, 05/15/2016

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A garden favorite

Any garden, flower bed or hanging basket that doesn’t have a selection of different colored Petunias, is just not a garden. A surfeit of colors makes this flower one that brightens up any border or porch. Easy to start from seed or inexpensive to buy in flats for planting there aren’t many places without some growing somewhere on the property.Petunias 02

Petunias 06Petunias, Inman South Carolina, 05/15/2016

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Magnolia “Little Gem”

This tree started off on the property as a three gallon bucket, has just been transplanted and finally is rooting out. The weather has been dry, we have watered but that isn’t the same as good soaking rains. Anyway, the tree figured out it’s time to flower and is now loaded up with buds.
From two feet tall to seven feet tall in six years. It’s happy.Magnolia 'Little Gem' 01 Magnolia “Little Gem” Inman, South Carolina, 05/15/2016

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Peach Blossom

March is the month of pink clouds on the peach trees here in South Carolina. I sat on the deck sketching many things but I kept coming back to the peach tree. A fast pencil drawing at the tree then I retired to the warmth of the deck and started working on the pen and ink.Peach blossomPeach Blossom, Inman, South Carolina 03/31/2016

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Still life on Table

Seldom do I work in this fashion because it takes an inordinate amount of time to produce a finished produce of this size. This is on paper , 10X8 and consists of pens of several different sizes. There is some eight to nine hours worth of work here. The problem is with me; I need to develop the patience to keep going. The last time I made a piece like this was a fer years ago and it was 24X20 on Bristol Board. After that I swore not to do that again. I have a portrait I attempt in this fashion maybe with colored inks. That can, if I manage it, will produce a pointillist pen and Ink on Bristol Board. Size, hmmm, let me see how I feel.
Still life on table 01
Still Like on table, Studio work, Inman South Carolina 03/19-20/2016

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