French in Newport News

While waiting for Kirsten to finish finals and pack up to return home with me, I went to a restaurant, The Pearl French Bistro, in Newport News. The service was quite good, the wine selection was also very good but small. The venue was attractive, quiet, and  comfortable. I started with cream of asparagus soup which was light and had just the right level of asparagus flavor! The flounder pictured below was very flavorful. The highpoint was the subtle sauce that was part of the vegetable medley over and around the fish. The bulgur was a perfect combination to the julienne veggies of smoked pepper, squash, peas, etc.  I’d go back. In fact, next fall, I will go back.

Flounder at French Pearl

Flounder at French Pearl

Fredericksburg Walkabout

While coming back from CNU, I stopped in Fredericksburg. I had to cut my walkabout short because of the booming thunderstorms. But I walked for a few blocks. I did cross a bridge over the Rappahannock River. The historic district was sort of cool. I liked the antique stores and the way the buildings are preserved. Downtown “feels” different than the outlying areas.  The first shot is a doorway in a side street. There is a civil war era soldier painted as is he were waiting. The second is an old fashioned soda shop, or should I say shoppe. The third is a on the bridge over the river looking downstream at the next bridge. I think I am standing on the bridge from King Street. I took most of the color out of the shot, gray sky at high noon.

Waiting Soldier

Waiting Soldier

Soda Shoppe

Soda Shoppe

Bridge Over Rappahannock

Bridge Over Rappahannock

To the Backyard – again

We battle the raccoons every day. We have to keep bungee cords over the trash lids, even that doesn’t work all of the time, they are quite clever about pulling the cords off the cans. Turns out that the little rascals get to the cans by entering the backyard on the opposite side of the house from the cans. We see them walking by the door of the family room. A couple of nights ago, I sat on the deck waiting for them (there are two, at least) since they come out about the same time every day. Most times, about 30 minutes past sunset. But recently, they are coming right at sunset. This shot was taken well AFTER sunset, ISO10,000 (yes TEN thousand), 190mm, f/2.8, 1/60. The sensor in my camera is quite good.

Night Time Raider

Night Time Raider

Chris - April 22, 2012 - 1:30 pm

As long as they don’t get into the attic, you’re good to go, huh? Cute little things but they sure can get mean sometimes. Maybe you should set out some cat kibbles for them & then they’ll leave the trash cans alone?

Walkabout in King’s Dominion

Took some of the neighborhood kids (and ours) to King’s Dominion. The day was actually quite spectacular: low 70s, no crowds, no lines! The weather was supposed to be lousy and that’s probably why people stayed away. In fact, the storm clouds began to gather in the afternoon which you can see in one of the shots. By 3 in the afternoon, the rain was coming down pretty steadily and I didn’t want my camera out and the children didn’t want to be out either. So, back to the car and home. I can see that most of the shots I took are just snaps and I need to get back into the habit of taking photos rather than snaps. The first is an attempt–brewing rain clouds behind the insane roller coaster. I didn’t go on any roller coasters and wondered what the helicopter and tanks and stuff had to do with this one…or maybe they didn’t. Don’t know. The second one is a pure snap–the “ride” is this, you sit in these chairs, the machine pulls you up over 200 feet into the air, and then drops you!! This is a shot a split second after the drop began.

Roller Coaster With Brewing Rain Clouds

Roller Coaster With Brewing Rain Clouds

At the Top of The Drop

At the Top of The Drop

Chris - April 22, 2012 - 1:28 pm

I fail to understand why people get a thrill out of scaring themselves half to death! I must be a real wimp!

Flowers and a Bee and…

I haven’t been out in a few days and so walked out to the overgrown front yard and took some opportunity shots. The first is one of a rose on some sort of bush. What was really fascinating about this was the teeny, tiny, barely visible spider webs on the flower! You really must closely to see and perhaps on the web, you won’t be able to view the thin line. I cannot imagine how small the spider must be that did the weaving. You can actually see the reflections on the nearby buds, too. While I was doing that, a bee zoomed by so I went to the white flowers to take a picture of him. I noticed he didn’t have much pollen on him. That’s sad.

Web of a Teeny, Tiny Spider

Web of a Teeny, Tiny Spider

Honey Bee

Honey Bee

Chris - April 22, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Someday when I win the lottery, I’m gonna get a camera that will take close ups like yours! I think the macro function on this dumb Nikon I’ve got has gone south. Love the BEE!! Such a beautiful clear snap!! Have to admit I’m having a bit of trouble finding the teensy spider web. Probably my eyes! Gorgeous rosebud, though. Looks like a First Prize rose.

And one more from FDR

Actually, this is a crop of one of the others. In part of the Memorial, there is a line of men. Probably a food kitchen line but could be a jobs line. I guess that the line is very popular for folks to stand in and have their pictures taken. I watched these young ladies pucker up for the cold metal lips as their friend took a picture. I am guessing that this is not a particularly popular pose since the faces of the men aren’t shiny. The metal sculptures turn shiny where folks touch them a lot, like the shot of FDR’s finger in the other post. Gotta have fun! Obviously I have photoshopped this into a “water color” or chalk or whatever. Should I have taken the shot?

Stylized Food Line

Stylized Food Line

debby - April 14, 2012 - 9:10 pm

Ok,I made it to the website! The photo is great. I liked the ones below with closeup face and finger. Very good. If you need a film camera that works let me know . I can mail you one!Take care!

Chris - April 14, 2012 - 2:59 pm

It’s pretty but I liked the original better.

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