Vagabond Blogger Small Group, I’m In

Small GroupRun’n Like a Vagabond is doing a small group study in James that just started last week and I am going to try and keep up. I am not exactly sure about how all the linking works yet, but I know I can read scriptures, so I should be able to figure the rest out.

To read more about the small groups just go to his post about the group, Blogger Small Group, and that should explain things a little better. Basically, they are reading James right now and each Tuesday will blog about what they have learned from the weeks reading.

At this point I am really not sure if I can keep up with the others but I am going to give it a shot anyway. My first post on James will be next Tuesday and will have the small groups logo at the top and be located in the small groups category.

Lopi Wood Burning Stove is Still Burning in April

lopi wood burning stove

Wow, today was a busy day of work. I usually wear many “work” hats throughout the day, today was no different, but there was a lot of heavy lifting on my part, mostly from boxes of books.

It started off by my normal reading of all my email and feeds from other blogs and as it would happen sometimes, I came across this really cool idea that ragamuffinsoul had about doing a time lapse of your day, A Day In The Life. Of course, I had to give it a try. I have to say, nothing like his, but it was pretty cool. I may just use it as my “welcome” video I have been putting off doing over and over.

A Fire in the Stove, In April?

The morning was quite cold for down here in the south, almost 40° when we woke up, cold enough that Deborah requested I get my act together and get a fire going in our wood burning stove. Yep, last day of April (in the far south no less) and we had a rip roaring fire. The exhaust temp got up to about 1,000° and the stove top temp about 350°, just about the same as dead of winter. We had the house built with a Lopi Wood Burning stove and we never have to run the heater.

Everything Else

I managed to get in a bit of practice on my E blues scale. I am getting a little faster at it but my bent up little finger on the end is having a hard go at the A blues scale. I am supposed to stretch it out, we’ll see. I was able to learn a nice little accompaniment to Hootie and Blowfish’s Michelle Post. All done pretty much with the g-chord, not to hard. After all that I still managed to get in about a 4 mile walk around the property before I was ready to collapse.

At the last minute I decided to join a small blogger group on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s that should be good, if I can find the time, and that post is over on d.amasc.us at Vagabond Blogger Small Group, I’m In.

Coldplay's New Viva La Vida Cover Art Released

Coldplay's Viva La Vida Cover Art

Coldplay just announced the release of their new album, Vivav La Vida or Death And All His Friends. Coldplay is doing two free concerts, one in New York and one in London for their new release in June, and are offering a free download of one of their songs on the album, Violet Hill.  I love the fact that they released a high res version of their front cover, and a free copy of a single on the album.  They seem to get working with the digital age where the music industry (like Sony) just want to fight it.

The artwork for the cover is pretty interesting, and this is said to be (by Coldplay) the album which the world will remember them by. Certainly took long enough to release it but I am sure it will be great.  From the first single release for Viva LaVida is Violet Hill and probably has a lot to do with the album art above.

The album’s artwork features the classic painting Liberty Leading the People (La Libert guidant le peuple) by French painter Eugène Delacroix commemorating the July Revolution of 1830. It is currently on display in The Louvre in Paris.

Go get the download while you can, it is the only release until June.

Coldplay’s New Viva La Vida Cover Art Released

Coldplay's Viva La Vida Cover Art
Coldplay just announced the release of their new album, Vivav La Vida or Death And All His Friends. Coldplay is doing two free concerts, one in New York and one in London for their new release in June, and are offering a free download of one of their songs on the album, Violet Hill.  I love the fact that they released a high res version of their front cover, and a free copy of a single on the album.  They seem to get working with the digital age where the music industry (like Sony) just want to fight it.

The artwork for the cover is pretty interesting, and this is said to be (by Coldplay) the album which the world will remember them by. Certainly took long enough to release it but I am sure it will be great.  From the first single release for Viva LaVida is Violet Hill and probably has a lot to do with the album art above.

The album’s artwork features the classic painting Liberty Leading the People (La Libert guidant le peuple) by French painter Eugène Delacroix commemorating the July Revolution of 1830. It is currently on display in The Louvre in Paris.

Go get the download while you can, it is the only release until June.

Macro Photography of a Spider Web in Morning Dew

Spider Web in Morning Dew

Something about spiders and spider webs makes for some neat subjects. Add a little morning mist or dew and they really light up.  Macro photography is something I really like as well, and the combination of dew on the web and its size made for a great macro photography opportunity. This image of the day wasn’t one that I had to travel real far to take, just went to the back yard. Not to say it didn’t take a little setup, but it was nice to be able to take a shot like this so close to the house.

I took several different versions of this image, this one is one of my more favorite, using a flash. A flash on a subject like this is what makes the background black. Without the flash, you end up with some color in the background, in this case, it was green from the trees, but I like the way the black isolates the subject.

Taking a photograph of a spider web can be lots of fun when you see the results, but shoot many different angles and options, they are not as easy to see on film as one might think. Another good way to photograph spiders or spider webs is using the sun’s angle at first light or last light when you can get some nice color reflecting on the web. Click here If you would like to see more Macro Photography across all photography subjects or Photographing Spiderwebs in the Rain.

Image Specifics

  • Body – Nikon n90s
  • Lens – Nikon 105mm Macro
  • Film – Kodak E-100S