Images of Summer

Even though Fall is my favorite season, I am not quite ready for Summer to leave us just yet. Here are some images that speak Summer to me. The two bucks were shot through tall grass (blurring the image), because I did not want to scare them away.

Backlit Flower

Backlit Flower


Two Bucks in Tall Grass

Two Bucks in Tall Grass


Old Grain Storage Barn

Old Grain Storage Barn


Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane


Flower and Dragonfly

Flower and Dragonfly


Geese in Flight

Geese in Flight

Civil War Breakfast

Civil War soldiers often had little to eat, especially soldiers of the Confederacy. Efforts were made early in the war by the Union to have a cook (Chef Major) and assistant for every 100 soldiers. These cooks – where they existed – would have traveled in a wagon with their provisions, tent, and cookware. Cooking was usually done by these cooks with cast iron cookware because of its durability, cost, and even heating. Soldiers would carry a tin (for its light weight) mess kit of a plate, cup, and eating utensils. The reenactment soldiers used era cookware, but definitely ate better than Civil War soldiers.

Open Air Kitchen

Open Air Kitchen


Cookware at the Ready

Cookware at the Ready


Cook (but most army cooks were men)

Cook (but most army cooks were men)


Sausages and Coffee

Sausages and Coffee


Eggs and Grits

Eggs and Grits


At the reenactment there was breakfast for the generals of both armies and their spouses. As you can see from the set table, this was much more elaborate than the usual fireside breakfast. The zucchini bread was tasty and still warm (the cook gave me a sample ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Anyone hungry?
Generals' Breakfast

Generals’ Breakfast

Civil War Faces

I set the Wayback Machine to the Civil War, stepped in, and pulled the start lever. To my consternation (but ultimate enjoyment) the machine took me to a Civil War reenactment camp in 2014. (I do have to get that thing fixed!). Hope you enjoy the faces of the Civil War reenactment. The participants came from all over the country and stayed in character the whole day. I arrived just as the camp was getting up and going. These portraits were with permission . . . the glares were part of their staying in character. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Camp

The Camp


General and Mrs. Pendleton

General and Mrs. Pendleton


Training Young Members of the 7th Colored Unit

Training Young Members of the 7th Colored Unit


Chaplain's Wife

Chaplain’s Wife


General Custer

General Custer


Cook

Cook


Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee

Dragon Hunt

Okay, so it was a dragonfly hunt. Dragon hunt sounds more adventuresome and likely to attract your attention, so I used that title. Hope you enjoy the dragon . . . I mean dragonfly . . . images.
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Here's Looking at You

Here’s Looking at You

48 hours in the Life of a Rose

The rose, featured today is found in our front yard. Unlike many roses today, our roses are very aromatic; almost intoxicating with their rich perfume. This is how a singular rose transitions through 48 hours. Enjoy and feel free to leave your critiques, comments, and reflections.

Mid Morning Day 1

Mid Morning Day 1


Mid Morning Day 2

Mid Morning Day 2


Early Afternoon Day 2

Early Afternoon Day 2


Evening Day 2

Evening Day 2


48 Hours - Mid-Morning Day 3

48 Hours

Flutter by my Shutter

While taking some shots of my favorite flower (Tiger Lilies), a couple of flutterbys (much more descriptive than butterflies – Who wants a fly in their butter?) posed just long enough for portraits.
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Lingering Sunset

Pat and I rarely do evening shoots, in part (as Pat noted) there is a sense of being hurried by the setting sun. One evening a couple of weeks ago we did go out in the evening and were richly rewarded by a magnificent lingering sunset. It was like a 3-act opera. We started with an overture as the sun teased us with what was yet to come, then a first act where the dramatic sun began to color the sky well before sunset. The second act occurred when the sun was just above our horizon, followed by a third act where the sun disappears. Well after the sun was gone we were treated to a gorgeous magenta finale. Hope you enjoy this lingering sunset.

Overture

Overture


Act 1

Act 1


Act 2

Act 2


Act 2 Reflections

Act 2 Reflections

Act 3

Act 3


Finale

Finale

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