Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunrise and Truck

This morning when I went to the window to open the curtains I noticed a warm pink glow in the East, so I grabbed my camera and went out to try to capture some of the Fabulous Sunrise.

As I arrived out in the front yard I saw that Grandfather Sun had been very busy painting the sky with beautiful Pink pastel colors in the East as the darkness receded in the rest of the sky.

Here are a couple of the photos that I was able to capture before the fleeting Sunrise dissapeared as the snow clouds moved in swiftly.

Sunrise in the East

A few minutes later in the East

Now for a change of pace I am putting in a couple photographs of the new truck I got recently.
Now I am a Ford man most of my life as far as trucks go, but when I was at a dealers the other day I decided to see what I could trade my old 1995 Ford truck for at a reasonable price.
I started by checking out a very nice 2004 4Wheel Drive Ford truck, but it had quite a few miles on it and was more expensive than I wished to pay.
Next I checked out this Chevy Silverado 2 wheel drive , a 2007 with only 18,700 miles on it (at a very good price )...guess what?...the Silverado
This new truck (new to me ) is a two seater and has those small doors that open just behind the main doors to give easy access to the rear seat.
See photo's below.

My new Truck (new to me) 2007

Another angle of the truck

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sky Watch Friday-Feb. 25

Thanks to our wonderful Hosts and Guest Hosts for their efforts to bring us a plethora of skies from all over the world.

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My post today was taken this morning soon after Grandfather Sun had climbed the mountain and was painting the sky and clouds with hints of color and light.

Click on any photograph to enlarge for a better view.

Sunrise in the East

A few minutes later ,Sunrise in the East

Sunrise in the North with snow clouds

More Sunrise in the NW with snow clouds

As I was looking up in the East, a Buzzard soaring high overhead.

Same Buzzard, close up with the Zoom lens.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Sky Watch Friday

Thanks to our hosts for their efforts to bring us views of the Skies from all over theWorld.

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Today I am posting some photographs taken Feb. 17 of the Sunrise and then the Sunset on the same day...enjoy the view and click on any image to enlarge.

Sunrise in the East

Sunrise just to the right of the first photo

Sunrise in the South East

Sunset in the West

Sunset North West

Sunset in the North

Sunset in the North East

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Gourd Bowl- Other Half

Remember the Canteen Gourd that I cut in half and made a bowl from?
Here is the other half of that gourd, also made into a bowl, just different.

First I will give you an explanation of how it was made, I began again by sanding the inside fairly smooth, then drawing on all designs on the inside then wood burning in those designs.

I next decided to cut a circle of real Turquoise to inlay into the center of the Yellow Squash Blossom flower. This was followed by coloring the other wood burned designs inside of the bowl with leather dye, except for the flower, which I had to paint with acrylic paint, as yellow leather dye tends to turn green when applied to the pulpy inner surface of a gourd.

I sealed the inner portion of the gourd bowl with water based polly ( the reason for the sparkly shine in the photo).

Next....on to the outside...I drew on all designs, then wood burned them in and colored with Leather Dyes and sealed with Clear Acrylic.

The wood burning of these designs requires a very precise control of the wood burner, and precise control of the OO Liner brush with the Leather Dye.

This project took me about 10 days to complete...the bowl is 9 inches wide and is 3/8 inches thick.

Inside of Bowl with Turquoise inlay

One view of the outside of the bowl

Another view of outside of bowl better showing colors and border design

Better view of colors and border design

Note: Bowls are for sale if you may be interested, as is most of my other work.
You can Email me for any prices @

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Winter Memories

I woke up the other morning to a beautiful sight out of the window to the North West as the rising sun gently caressed the distant mountains.

The distant mountains still covered with the remnants of the ice storm we had the day before.

Mountain and trees still ice covered

Just about 20 minutes later

Chilly but beautiful

Monday, February 8, 2010

Gourd Bowl

What do you do with a nice thick Canteen Gourd?

I decided to make a pair of bowls from it by cutting it in half, then sanding the inside smooth, and then drawing on designs that I wood burned in, then used leather dyes to color.

This is the first of the two bowls, wood burned and leather dye colored both inside and outside.
The bowl is 9 inches across and is 3/8 inches thick.
Click on photographs to enlarge for a better view.

Inside view

Outside view

Friday, February 5, 2010

February 5 Ice Storm

Today I am posting some photo's from a quick look around outside this morning from an all night freezing rain and which also continued all day today and still going on through tomorrow.

You may click on any photo to enlarge...please forgive the blurriness of some of the photo's because it was still raining.

Just look at that poor Weeping Willow baby tree in the foreground and the Apple trees in the orchard behind it.

A look over towards Sugar Loaf Mountain

Looking towards the SouthWest and the big tree that the Red Tail Hawks sit in, all things, Ice Covered.