Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Scott Kelby 3rd Annual Worldwide Photowalk

May I sit on your porch? - Yorktown, Virginia

I love the photowalk. I really do. I've done it all three years now and will continue on as long as they have it. But you know what? They need to get their act together with their website. All three years the rules and website have been different...and confusing. Trust me. It's not just me saying this. Last year I believe we could upload 3 pictures to the contest and we could see them on their website as people were uploading them. This year, we can only upload one (1) picture for the contest and we won't be able to see them until after the submission deadline, which is the 31st. I told our group leader that maybe by the 10th year they'd have all the kinks worked out. We'll see. 

Beyond that and the heat of the day (I think it was around 109 F well before noon) I still had a great time and am very glad my friend, Miss "Poo", came along for the ride. She's a trooper!

susan and St. Francis  - Yorktown, Virginia

You can check out the rest of my pictures here and also you can see the rest of my fellow Yorktown, Virginia photowalkers' shots here at our flickr group page.

uphill climb - Yorktown, Virginia


My sister also did the walk up in Leesburg, Virginia. You can see her pictures at her flickr page.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Summer Time Blues... and Greens, and Reds, and Yellows

What's been happening...here and there and everywhere.

July 3rd: Yorktown has a market every Saturday morning...

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Mom shopping for preserves...

I think this boy was intrigued by the sunflower. He was staring at it for quite a while.
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Yorktown is part of the Historic Triangle here on the Peninsula, which also includes Jamestown and Williamsburg.  All three being places you should add to your "to do" list.

July 4th: hmmm. It seems I don't have those pictures on my computer or on my camera. I must have left them dumped on my parents's computer. We'll get those at a later date. Trust me,though, we had fun.

July 11th:  STING!!! Mom and I saw Sting play with members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Northern Virginia and it was amazing.

It's no secret that I've been mad at that man for many years now. He first broke my heart when The Police broke up. I knew at the tender age of 15 that he would never be alone what The Police were together. I still followed him, though. I did love him, you know. Really, I did. Have you ever seen "Lost in Translation"? In a nutshell, "The film centers on an aging actor (Bill Murray) and a recent college-graduate (Scarlett Johansson) who develop a unique closeness after a chance meeting in a grand Tokyo hotel."  That movie was like Sofia Coppola pulled it from my fantasy world. With me and Sting in the lead, of course. Hey. Don't knock it. It could still happen.

Anyway, the show was fantastic and I had my second semi-sort of run with the man himself. I'll fill you in on the first one at a later date. (I know. I often say I will fill you in at a later date, but I really mean it this time.)

Mom and I got to the (I really hate these corporate venues) Jiffy Lube Amphitheatre, in Bristow, Virginia, around 5pm and did a drive through the place to see where we could park. The nice attendant was going to let us park in the closest spot and he told us to be sure to be back by 6pm. After a required stop at WAWA, we made our way back and got a tasty parking spot. We're sitting there finishing up our WAWA hoagies and are just hanging out when this guy rides by on a bike and I say to myself, "Hey, that guy looks like....

....HEY! THAT'S STING!"




I thought I put my camera on video mode after I shot this picture, only to find out after he was out of view that I had actually turned the camera off. See what you do to me, Sting? It's just not right. Ah well. It was certainly a memorable moment for Mom and I.

Then, this young kid road by and I told mom, "I bet he's in the orchestra".
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So, now we're in our seats and raring to go after our Sting viewing.
Nothing like the sun...

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We sat for an hour holding sheets of paper up to block out that sun.

Then, it was time...

Highlights for me? Sting playing the Theremin on Moon Over Bourboun Street! The theremin is the instrument you hear in all those old spooky movies and it was a perfect addition here.
Sting plays the Theremin!

Then, there is this young lady, Jo Lawry. She was Sting's amazing back-up singer. Though, I'd give her more credit than that. She has a beautiful voice. Look her up.
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Remember that kid on the bike I said was probably in the orchestra? I'm pretty sure that's him playing the french horn here. Top row, middle. What do you think?
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Bad jumbrotron picture. You probably had to be there.

It was a great night and Sting has partially redeemed himself to me. Though, now that I see him solo again, I get the feeling that he was not giving his all on the Police reunion tour. What a brat.
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