Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wrapping up the Stone Arch Bridge Festival

A band was just setting up to play when it was time to leave.  I didn't even get a chance to hear them play or get their name.  But, I liked the beards and the glasses!

And, I watched their drummer fall off the back of the stage while they were setting up.  He was right on the edge and as he slid his stool back, over he went.  He wasn't injured.   But, the band thought it was pretty funny!

Thanks guys!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Stone Arch Bridge Festival: An Amazing Young Artist

When I go to events to take photos, I have the opportunity to meet with dozens of talented people.   People who have talent that I will never have.  And, I always consider myself lucky to have these conversations.

Once in a while, someone really hits a home run with me. 

Meet Will Western.

This young man had some phenomenal prints. He had a great series of sports prints.   But, he wasn't limited to that, either.   Not only that, he was the nicest guy.  We had a great conversation!

For a look at his work, click here

Thanks Will! 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Stone Arch Bridge Festival: Pen and Ink Artistry

Meet Lindsey!

She focuses does most of her work with pen and ink.   For a view into her art, click here!

Thanks Lindsey, it was fun chatting with you!

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Stone Arch Bridge Festival: Ice Cream

Meet Madeleine.

Madeleine again, being funny!

And meet her friend, Alyssa.

They were holding down the fort in some booth.  But, they were both relaxing at the moment I walked by and were gracious enough to let me take a couple of photos.   

My sincere thanks ladies!   You were both lovely and delightfully funny.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Stone Arch Bridge Festival: And the Rennaissance Fair

Meet Minrod

And meet his lovely daughter, Miranda!

Both were in period costumes for the Renaissance Fair.   I need to give them credit, it was warm and a bit humid.  And, those costumes were warm!   They were sitting in the shade trying to catch a breeze to cool down.

My thanks to you both!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Stone Arch Bridge Festival: Jewelry Artist; Consume to Survive

Meet Leha!

She runs a company called Consume to Survive.  She makes jewelry that supports feline wild life. 

From her website: 
Consume to Survive
Light reactive pin-up & propaganda earring and necklace designs laser etched into clear acrylic with sterling silver & stainless steel components.
Survival is based on consumption patterns in the wild and urban metropolis. Like a member of the large cat felidae family, we are obligate hunters, consuming fashion and jewelry like iconic predators.
Pin-up sets are sleek with prowess.
Propaganda pieces resemble inspiration for change.
Soft velvety paws become a formidable weapon. 
5% of all Consume to Survive profits donated to the Wildlife Conservation Society that works to prevent illegal killing of wild cats, ensuring any hunting of big cats’ prey species is legal and sustainable, reducing conflicts with humans, and ensuring connectivity between populations.

Thanks Leha!   It was my sincere pleasure meeting you.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Stone Arch Bridge: A REPEAT for Paul

I didn't show some of Paul's amazing wood sculptures.   Paul does beautiful work in wood...both just the grain and laminate colors blending together in a natural form. 

I very much liked his work. 

So, for a repeat from last week, here's Paul!

Thanks Paul.   Beautiful!!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Stone Arch Bridge Festival: Sculptor!

Meet Paul!

Paul didn't start out to be a sculptor.  But, over his career teaching in a college setting and working in a medical library, he was able to travel to South America where he first caught the ideas of motion.

His work is featured across the Midwest.

For more on Paul, check out his webpage at:

Thanks Paul.   It was beautiful work!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Stone Arch Bridge Festival: The Avanti

Meet Rich!

He is the proud owner of the Avanti II below.

It was designed by airplane engineers.  So, they designed the dashboard and instrument console to look a bit like an airplane. 

it was....VERY cool.   Nice job Rich!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Stone Arch Bridge: The Woodie!

I must admit an affection for older cars.  I know a lot of people invest a lot of time and money with them.   And, I have often wondered why someone is drawn to a specific car.  I suspect there is something in their past that makes that car....magical.

I don't have that feeling.  But, I do see some cars as eye-catching.   And, I can appreciate the work that people have extended to get those cars to a finished, and "show-ready" state.

I really liked the car below. 

Looks like a "Woodie" to me!  Let's see...shades of the mid 60's in Southern California.  

Maybe I can feel the mystique!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Stone Arch Bridge Festival: Jewelry

Meet Kari!

She designs and creates jewelry pieces. 

 I really liked the blue and grey stone work.  It was just beautiful!

Thanks Kari!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Metal Artist at the Stone Arch Bridge

Meet Jim!

He worked in metal.  Below is his card.  Note, it is metal.   And, it is imprinted with a cattails piece that he created.    To say I was impressed, was an understatement. 

He was delightfully funny and happy.   I had a great chat with him.   

Thanks Jim!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

On the Walk: Continued

This will surely make a return appearance in the blog about January!

Yup.  I so need to do this.  Anyone want to come along?

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Went for a Walk

I have been horribly remiss in updating my blog.  I try to get posts out Monday-Saturday.   But, the last few weeks have been challenging in terms of my schedule.  So, I went for a walk.

I am fortunate that within a 4 mile circuitous route, I can see farmland.


All manner of wonderful plants.

And, water.

These may make a return appearance in the blog about January. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Northern Spark: Heading to the Car...One Last Image

Meet Janelle.

Janelle was wandering inside the Old Mill Ruins and enjoying the displays and the air conditioning!  She was most gracious when I asked to take her photo.  

Thanks Janelle!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Northern Spark: Attendees Continued

Meet Cassie!

She was sitting alone on the side of the street checking her phone when I interrupted her and asked for a photo.   She is from S Dakota and is studying to be an archeologist!

Lovely meeting you, Cassie!  Good luck with your studies!