…efforts of a want-a-be photographer

iPhone Friday


iPhone Friday: Spring Foliage


Spring temperatures finally arrived in NoVA over the past few days, and the foliage appeared almost overnight. This shot is taken from my back deck, and there are town homes just a couple hundred yards through the trees that have now been completely blocked from view. I love Spring time!



iPhone Friday: Spring in DC


I got out today to shoot the Cherry Blossoms, but was a day late. We had winds and heavy rains over night and at least 50 percent were gone. Here is the Washington Monument as it is being repaired from earthquake damage. .

iPhone Friday – Various

The last couple of weeks have been very hectic.  My son JP is a high school senior and we were off to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for spring break and a baseball tournament.  I left a little early and circled through northeast Alabama to visit my parents and drop off a vehicle for my daughter, who is a senior at Auburn University.  Here are a few iPhone pics I captured along the way.

My parents are in a wonderful assisted living facility in my home town.  One of their activities is to play Bingo.  I took the opportunity to play with my iPhone during the games.Image

This is my niece, Chasity’s son Drake at a family dinner outing. Image

After arriving in Myrtle Beach, I obtained my morning coffee from a local Starbucks, which sat across the way from this micro-brewery.Image

Of course, there was a lot of baseball.  This is JP on-deck.  I hope to share a few baseball pictures soon.                   Image

Who can deny themselves the opportunity to enjoy a Krispy Kreme glazed donut, hot off the conveyer….             Image

An finally, our last order of business on the trip was to stop in Smithfield, Virginia, to purchase a 1982 Ford truck for JP.Image


iPhone Friday: Time

There just doesn’t seem to be enough……



iPhone Friday: Separate Worlds

Over the course of the past couple of weeks, events have convinced me that despite all our technology innovations designed to improve communications and pull society closer together, we are more distant than at any point in history.  Each in our own world, yet so close together.


And the less profound iPhone pics from the week……ImageImage

iPhone Friday: Choices

It’s been a crazy week for me, and my family. Between returning to northern Virginia on Sunday after several days in Alabama tending to my parents, catching up on work at the office (which is never caught up), and dealing with other personal matters, photography has taken a back seat other than a few iPhone shots. While browsing the few I had taken this week, I was trying to come up with a couple that I could link together in some sort of a theme. Then it occurred to me just how many choices we have to make each day … Some trivial and require little conscious thought, and the occasional one that can be life altering. It seems the latter category has been prominent for me and my family this week. My theme conceived, I found a couple of images from the week that capture some of the more simple (and more enjoyable) choices.

Food trucks line up in front of my DC office each day around lunch. I don’t often partake, but I have to make a conscious choice to pass them up for something else.


While I am not a big beer fan, it’s always interesting to see the many different beer taps used, particularly in different geographical areas. I captured these in a sports bar & grill in Alabama. Note the “Truck Stop Honey” and “Sweet Water 420”. Choices, choices……


iPhone Friday: Hometown

I traveled to my Alabama hometown this week to visit my Mother, who is in the hospital. I haven’t had a lot of time to get out and use my camera, but I did capture a couple of landmarks with my iPhone.

The first image is of the Cherokee County Court House.


The second image is of the 1st United Methodist Church. It sits one block west of the courthouse and has been there for as far back as I can remember.


The final image is of the Weiss Lake Lodge. It hasn’t been there more than 4 or 5 years, but has certainly become a local landmark due to the large fish statues that decorate the lawn. Cherokee County is home to Weiss Lake, which is known to be the Crappie Capital of the World.