Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mt Horeb's Art Walk

Mt Horeb's Art Walk

I picked up an interesting photo assignment for the local Tourism/Chamber of Commerce a few days ago. Last night was the town's Art Walk, an event aimed at kicking off our annual Art Fair weekend. Local businesses invited artists to display their work and offered refreshments. I was tasked with capturing "crowds" having fun enjoying an evening out on the town. The time frame was a two hour window. In order to eliminate the biggest variable, namely the "crowd," I decided to create my own group of "tourists." I invited a few folks I knew dressed well and were comely to meet for cocktails, and then basically we had ourselves an enjoyable "night out." There's something to be said for real experiences, and instead of posed shots we basically took a tour of a few of the gallery spaces and had fun. For instance, while checking out the needle felted wool masks created by Gwyn Padden-Lechten at the Cat & Crow they got to wear them. As they tied up their masks I quickly set up my lighting scheme. It was super simple, only one flash off camera bounced off the ceiling and gelled to color match the lighting. The group sort of fell in place with just a touch of direction from me, and then they just acted normally, like you do when you're wearing an animal mask. So while I didn't get to every single location, which was simply impossible, I did manage to capture some signature images that can be used for advertising this event next year. I was so wound up from the creative process I then couldn't sleep, only finally dozing off around 4AM!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Sounds of Pennsic

The Sounds of Pennsic

Once more it will be time for instruments almost lost to antiquity will once again play. Music that is steeped in ancient ways will sooth hearts.

#Pennsic #Pennsicwar #Pennsicwar46 #Pennsic46 #sca #pennsiciscoming #reenachtment #medieval #medievalreenactment #societyofcreativeanachronism #medievalmusic #wolgemut

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Dating on the Prairie

Dating on the Prairie

Teri's been home for the summer holiday and after a week together we ended with an amazingly fun "date weekend." A friend of the kid invited her to an overnight stay last night, and today my Mother In Law was able to keep on eye on her while the two of us when for a scenic drive. All I can say is, thank goodness I train so hard and keep in shape. I don't how I'd've kept up to such a dynamic woman otherwise. So remember, eat your Wheaties, take your vitamins, and drinks lots of water...

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Pennsic is Coming!

Pennsic is coming!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Anne Bonny was a pirate lass

Anne Bonny was a pirate lass

When a merchant galleon they would spy,
They’d chase her down the tide;
As the cannons’ roared, they’d try to board;


The grappling hooks flew wide." #theballadofannebonny #johnblivenmorin #annebonny #canoe #canoeing #wisconsin #wisconsinlife #midwest #travelwi #travelwisconsin #sugarriver #danecountyparks #naturalarea #natural #oaksavannah #grassland #midwestmoment #themidwestival #discoverwisconsin #conquer_wi #wildlifearea #getoutdoors #wisconsinphotographer #driflessedge #driftlessarea #thedriftless

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Magga

Magga

The Path, The Way The Eightfold Noble Path: 1 Right Understanding, Right Vision 2 Right Thoughts 3 Right Speech 4 Right Action 5 Right Livelihood 6 Right Effort 7 Right Mindfulness 8 Right Concentration, Meditation

So many teachers. So many books. In looking for a source I discovered the Tripiáš­aka. Thousands of teachings from the Buddha, all written around 500 BCE. I will try not to let the overwhelming nature of trying to learn about something I never, at any previous point in my life, considered learning. I am but an infant. I am not even certain that I want to be a Buddhist. My curiosity, as well as the intriguingly positive effect finding my way to the Temple, has me. And so I am slowly beginning to investigate. What is most interesting to me is the absolute effect spending time on the Monastery grounds has had on me. I am as a stray cat that literally wandered out of their woods.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

What feats he did that day.

What feats he did that day.

Throw together some armor made from whatever is on hand and works. Rap some duct tape around a rattan stick, maybe throw on a heavy rubber ax or hammer head. Pack it up and drive to a hot & humid, often stormy spot in Western PA. Haul it up the hill to the "Field" in the morning. If you pass safety inspection, get a sticker and then you sit in the sun until things begin. When the canon sounds you then go beat the ever living crap out of each other until the "Marshals" call "HOLD!!" You sweat so much that only handfuls of pickles, green olives and gallons of water are keeping your brain working as the hot summer sun bakes it in the portable pizza oven you call a helmet. And don't forget all the god awful chafing, in the worst places. Later the night you drink beer and compare bruises with the guy who gave them to you. Pensic is coming!

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