Tonight we accompanied brother-in-law Bill as he took our nephew and nieces to the Halloween party at the Louisville Zoo. Or rather, I should say we took The Hulk, Belle and Rapunzel to the zoo! The kids had a great time and it was fun seeing all of the costumes that the other kids were wearing. There were candy stations spaced throughout the grounds and storybook characters available to be photographed with along the walk, along with a smattering of animals that could be seen too. I think we were there a good 2-1/2 hours and the kids had a ball the entire time. All of the storybook characters struck the appropriate poses for the photos, and they all could identify the kids as the approached and called them by their character’s name. Our youngest Emily was particularly impressed when we were crossing a bridge and a man dressed as a pirate bowed down and said “Make way for the princess.” And as she passed him, he called her “lady,” which impressed Emily no end. She mentioned that several times last night.One of my favorite shots in this group is Dylan in full Hulk regalia — mask and all — sitting in his car seat. There’s just something about seeing the “unrestrained” Hulk obediently buckled into his seat (as he should be of course!)
A late afternoon appointment at the hairdressers today, so I thought I’d grab this shot of the waiting area. Maybe it’s the upcoming trip to Australia and the sight of the corrugated-iron like front to the refreshment area that spurred me to take this photo today — who knows? It is an interesting looking space, and the black chair was just in the right spot for a rule-of-thirds composition.
Do you want something to eat, Stubby?As I was feeding Stubby tonight, it just struck me as interesting that he has the same kibble twice a day, day after day, week after week, month after month — and yet he always dances around my feet whenever i get it ready for him, looking at me expectantly, ike it’s the greatest food ever. It’s lucky dogs don’t get bored with having the same meal all the time! (Side note: It’s 7 pm as I write this, and Stubby is at my feet right now, alternately pawing me and resting his muzzle against my leg to let me know it’s dinner time. He does this every night at this time — his internal clock is remarkable.)
Tonight we had a long overdue reunion of sorts. Nancy, Bob, Mary and I worked on the same team together in previous lives at GE and we’ve always enjoyed our get togethers. When Mary left GE we migrated from lunches to evening soirees, which frankly has turned out to be much more convivial and there are no time pressures to get back for meetings and the like. Anyway, it dawned on us when we first met tonight this is the first time we’d been together as a group this year. Shame on us! But Nancy — good on her — has taken matters into hand and has already scheduled our first get together next year. Where would we be without Nancy? 🙂
As I was heading out to lunch today, I was greeted by yet another beautiful clear blue sky. And then I noticed that there wasn’t a cloud to be seen, which made the criss-crossing of jet trails really apparent. And I guess in a way these are modern day clouds.
Can we go now?A simple shot today at crosswalk on Hurstbourne Lane. The middle directive is an interesting one — wouldn’t a simple “don’t start” be sufficient ? If you’re already part the way across, you’re in no position to read the “continue crossing” message?
While making our pre-dinner cocktails, I looked at the ice bucket in the freezer and wondered if I could do anything with this to make a photo-of-the-day. So I played around with the image a bit and found this effect that add the orange/red glow between the ice cubes, while maintaining the blue of the ice. So I present to you…..”Fire and Ice.”