The smooth, flat rocks on this Washington beach were prefect for stacking into cairns.
Here’s my submission for the weekly photo challenge subject Heritage.
Sitting at a table in a restaurant I noticed the lighting gave my sunglasses a mirror effect and decided to take this photo with my iPhone.
I normally post a single photograph at a time but today we visited the Virginia Holocaust Museum where a group of Tibetan monks was working on a mandala. It was an inspiration to witness the patience, concentration and precision of the monks at work. To give you a better feel for the whole scene I decided to post a series of photos. Continue reading “Making The Mandala”
Passing through Piazza del Campidoglio we saw this man reading his newspaper. When I returned the next day, he was there again, on the same step, reading his paper. It struck me as very Roman. I’m betting if you were to go there on just about any morning he would be perched on these steps enjoying the weather and catching up on the latest news.
Normally I keep to one photo per post but I decided to make an exception for the 2013 Lake Of The Woods Cardboard Regatta.
Several weeks ago my nephew participated in the cardboard boat regatta. The rules are simple enough. Each boat must be homemade and can only be made from cardboard, tape and paint. The boats are judged in several categories and then races are held by age group.
In the below photo, taken before the races, you can get a sense of the various designs. They ranged from very simple to rather complex.
In the youngest category the S.S. Lake Monster proved to be watertight but was too wide for this young rower to maneuver. She maintained a good attitude and eventually a swimmer pushed the boat the length of the course.
My nephew rowed his boat, Sea Bear, to first place in his age group. Needless to say we were all very proud.
These boys, dressed in elvish costumes, piloted Smaug, which was not much more than a large, painted box. Unfortunately about 20 yards from shore the structural integrity of Smaug was compromised and it collapsed and sank.
This young lady successfully completed the course in her boat, Boatrfly.
Noah’s Ark had to be the most elaborately designed boat in the regatta. It stood about 4′ high and was about 7′ or 8′ long. It did well in the pre-race judging, getting lots of points for style and originality but proved to be less-than-seaworthy. Here you can see it beginning to take on water. Sadly Noah’s Ark went under before finishing the course.
In the adult category the U.S.S. Monitor was an interesting entrant. The boat capsized and lost it’s turret mid-way through the course but the paddlers righted it and managed to finish the race.
Hokie Boat started off strong. It was way ahead of the competition until it began listing and sank.