Archive for September 16th, 2007

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Back to the Cemetery!

September 16, 2007

After we went to the cemetery in the neighboring city, I discovered that there is a Frank Lloyd Wright design in that cemetery. It is the Blue Sky Mausoleum. We had to go back to that city on Tuesday, so I took along the camera (of course) and went back to the cemetery.
Here it is from across the spring that it overlooks.

The next three pictures are just from different angles and distances, with the third one being my favorite. I want to go back and photograph it at dusk, as I think it would look amazing then.

This is another of my favorites of the day. It is across the spring from the Blue Sky Mausoleum. I just really like the composition and the colors.

This was taken from the bottom of the mausoleum, looking straight across the spring. Beautiful, isn’t it? Whenever I go to this cemetery, I feel as though I am in a park, not a cemetery. Clarke, who designed the cemetery, intended for it to become a place where people could come and stroll and take in the natural beauty and admire the artistic sculptures. I believe his vision has been realized and then some!

After photographing the mausoleum, we drove around photographing other things that caught our attention. This headstone stood out among those around it. If you click to enlarge it, you will see how beautiful it is.

This monument is apparently the very elaborate top of the tomb in which the man portrayed in the scene inside the glass, is buried. There is actually a sign on one side of the monument that says the man is buried below the floor of the structure. I don’t even want to think about why it might be necessary to mention that!

This bench Erin is sitting on is one of four that faces the above monument.

Have you ever had one of those moments where you just want to scream “what is wrong with you?” at your kids when you suddenly realize that they probably have no clue that what they are doing is stupid? Well, enter the wild turkeys! As we pulled around a bend, we saw two of them. I really wanted a picture, so I jumped out of the car and slowly began creeping up on them. My MIL went with us and was driving, so I had to go around the van to get to them. Well, Kyle decided he was going to get out and take a picture as well. Not understanding that wild turkeys can easily outrun humans, Kyle took off running after them…need I say more? Then when Sarah jumped out running, all hope was lost. I went sulking back to the van, while the two hooligans chased the poor fowl through the cemetery. Kyle managed to get one okay shot. Needless to say, my children now know that turkeys run very fast and that Mom really wants to photograph one and they better not get involved next time!

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Grumpy about film!

September 16, 2007

I was so excited when I got my first roll of film (that I had recently shot) developed. I was impressed that I could take decent photos. So when we got ready to go to the Irish Festival last weekend, I grabbed my Minolta, and headed out. For some unknown reason I had a difficult time loading the film into the camera. I took a whole roll of 36 exposures and was so excited, until I went to wind the film back on the roll to remove it from the camera. I got about a turn and a half when the film had obviously released from the camera. My heart sank. I had “taken” some really cool shots that I couldn’t wait to see. Hopeful that I had just imagined the roll not being loaded properly, I took the film to have it developed, but my worst fear was realized…the roll was empty!
As I was just finishing uploading the pictures that Sarah took at the cemetery, I found these…

The two little girls in these pictures, are my nieces. My sister-in-law came for a visit from out of town. Her two little girls had a great time dancing to the music of the Dady Brothers. My Erin, who took Irish dance last year but decided she really wants to be a hockey goalie, danced for the better part of an hour while listening to the Dady Brothers. She really is good, but for her to do both activities is too expensive and she decided hockey is what she really wants to do.

As you can see from the kids faces, it was a very warm night under the tent. The festival is in a park and they set up a huge circus style tent for all the festivities. There are people selling their wares, food stands, and lots of musical and dancing acts. The temperature outside was tolerable for early September. A bit on the warm side, but not too bad. However, inside the tent full of people, it was unbearable. I was just sitting, or standing, taking pictures, moving around as little as possible, and I kept having to dry the back of my flash because my forehead was resting on it and kept getting it soaked. I had invited my mom to come, but it is a really good thing she didn’t make it, she would have boiled over since her body does not sweat for some reason.
Here is a terrific picture that Sarah took of her grandpa.

I was quite pleased that Sarah had taken these photos, since all the picture I thought I had taken, I hadn’t!

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My bad!

September 16, 2007

I started a post several days ago, and well, kinda forgot about it. If you scroll down a couple posts, there is a “new” post about a very cool cemetery, yes another one, that the kids and I checked out last week.