I’ve been interested in seeing Bodie, California, for decades… having heard about it for the first time when I was still in high school some forty years ago. Did it meet my expectations? Oh yes — very much so! Continue Reading →
Last weekend we drove to West Virginia for a nature fix — our term for some rest and relaxation in the wilds. First we tried the east entrance to Dolly Sods (closed), then the south entrance to Dolly Sods (closed), then the front entrance to Seneca Rocks (closed), the Seneca Rocks visitor center (closed), local national forest campground (closed), and finally the entrance to Spruce Knob, the highest point in the state.
It was open. Yay! Continue Reading →
It’s been a loooooong time since I last had a quiz, but I expect you may be up for it. Here are your clues:
- It’s something I’ve seen many times, but not stopped to look at closely.
- It’s not in Maryland.
- It’s not in the Smithsonian.
That’s it… that’s all you get. The usual rules… none. You can Google the image; you can do a reverse-image lookup; you can check the metadata of the image file; etc. But don’t delay, because these usually go very fast.
UPDATE: Hat’s off (no pun intended) to Elisa for correctly guessing the artist and state for this quiz!
At top is the full mural of “The Son of Man”, by David F. Heatwole — a modern reinterpretation in colored bottle caps of the 1946 self-portrait by the Belgian surrealist painter, René Magritte. Below is what the original piece looks like and you can read more about it here.
This colorful bottle cap art mural can be found mounted on the side of local business in beautiful downtown Wardensville, West Virginia, which is becoming something of an art center in this part of the state.
The weather here in central Maryland has been out of the ordinary this winter… not much in the way of cold temperatures; no measurable accumulations of snow (yet); hardly any ice (the local ponds skimmed over for only a couple of days so far); the birds haven’t cleaned us out of seed; etc.
Definitely not “normal”. Continue Reading →
Now for something different. Long time readers will recognize this, as I posted an earlier version just over five years ago.
I‘ve been refining this wonderful dish for about thirteen years (I don’t even read a recipe for it now) and it’s a huge crowd pleaser. What’s more, it’s incredibly easy to make and consists of just seven ingredients: Continue Reading →
I don’t know how many degrees above normal our region has been during this winter, but we normally don’t see daffodils at this stage of growth for another month and a half at least.
I always had fun with Rorschach tests in college. Depending on the specific test, I could generally find a dozen or more different things in them, especially if I was able to twist and turn the blots to look at them in different angles. I find this image to be the same way. Not all that interesting in color, but fascinating when converted to black and white, and then rotated. Continue Reading →
Trains stations of the 19th and 20th centuries were — and still are — magnificent architectural wonders. This is Union Station, a Beaux-Arts masterpiece located in Washington, DC, just a short walk from the US Capitol Building… and Union Station was just one of many historical structures that nearly didn’t make it through the early-1980’s. Continue Reading →
A hot, sweltering, crispy-critter day ashore. What could be better than taking a nice boat ride and having the breeze cool you down? Take in the sun and have something icy cold to drink… and pretty soon you’ll find yourself in that lazy, drowsy state where time just sort of drifts along and conversations slow to a crawl.