Friday, April 30, 2010

Short Pump, Virginia
Daily Grind

It's a warm spring evening, music night at the Daily Grind and one of Richmond's promising young bands, 17th & Main — left to right: Eric Fulcher, Brandon Linton, Kimberly Compton and Ben Slabach — provides the entertainment ...

... early in the concert sunset reflects off Kimberly's glasses. The evening quickly darkens and light from inside the Grind  ...

... illuminate Ben. His instruments this evening are violin, guitar and keyboard. Who knows what else he can — or will in years to come — pick up and begs the question: Will Ben ever meet an instrument he can't play? ...

... in one of the few pieces not written by members of 17th & Main Eric performs Justin King's incredible instrumental, "Knock on Wood" ...

... late in the evening Eric, left, and Brandon, right, jam ...

... while Brandon's son, Alexander, watches from his mother's lap ...

... it is standing room only as the crowd fills the sidewalk outside and the tables inside where Joyce, left, and Dianne, right, listen to the concert ... and mug for the camera.

Earlier in the Day

We celebrate Kristi's birthday — albeit a week late — with lunch along Cary Street, and ...

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... video conference with Lauren about a professional communications organization we are both members of.*
*All photographs but the last — a MacBook Pro screen shot — taken with a Canon 5D Mark II

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Short Pump, Virginia

A 24 mm f1.4 lens captures Shawn, above, and Rayme, below, cleaning up the Daily Grind at the end of the day.

Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark II

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Gayton & Short Pump, Virginia

Lindsay plays pass-the-baby with anyone within reach at Cambridge church this evening.

It is birthday celebration night for the kids at Cambridge. The boys have an unusual technique to blow out the candles. Yes, it is noisy.

Short Pump

There is an unusually large Moon over Copperas Creek this evening.
Photographs taken with a Canon 5D Mark II

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Short Pump, Virginia
Copperas Creek

 Sadie, above, and Toby, below, during a quiet evening at home.

Photographs taken with a Canon 5D Mark II

Richmond & Short Pump, Virginia

Erich wheels Sheryl around the office for her 50th birthday. She waves an extra large pair of black lace panties. He coworkers gave them to her in recognition of her favorite saying: "Pull up your big girl panties and get on with it" ...

... all goes well with the celebration except for one recalcitrant candle.

Short Pump

After at late afternoon walk, Sadie, left, and Toby, right, on alert at the Daily Grind; there is cheese in the offering.
Photographs with a Canon 5D Mark II

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Gayton & Williamsburg, Virginia

Eugene's fingers dance across the keyboards as he plays the organ at Cambridge church. 

Caleb tries on Pastor Jay's jacket. It will be a while before he will fill it.

Irish dancers perform at Busch Gardens. It is a wonderful evening to attend. Cool, cloudy, a nice breeze and a very small crowd.
Photographs taken with a Canon 5D Mark II

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Short Pump & Richmond, Virginia
Short Pump
Copperas Creek

The fresh green of trees along Copperas Creek herald Spring as surely as the appearance of flowers. It is raining and squirrels in the nest at upper right and below ... 

... work to weave new leaves into their home to further waterproof it.

Daily Grind

Shannon anticipates a chocolate smoothy at the Grind. It is a treat worth anticipating.


The sign outside proclaims "Hot Donuts" and the conveyor belt inside delivers on the promise. Hot-out-of-the-kettle Krispy Kremes are a Southern institution. The sign goes on and cars pull in, carting away box after box of the sugary delicacies.

There is a silent crack of an invisible bat as Farris, left, connects with a "snap" pitched his way by Shawn, right, while Dianne, center, attempts to stay out of the way. The fast-paced game — where no objects pass back and forth, and pitches and throws are signaled by finger snaps — results in few injuries beyond sore fingers.
Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark II

Friday, April 23, 2010

Tuckahoe, Virginia

It's an evening of miniature golf with some of the children from Cambridge church and Keegan lines up a shot on one of the tees.

Left to right: Keegan, Mark, Nathan and Paul play a round together. Mark would go on score four hole-in-ones, three of them on consecutive holes. But Nathan would win the round with consistent play.

Some of the younger children play together. The rules are a little more loose. Caleb finds novel ways to get his ball in the cup. This approach worked well. He also huffed and puffed and blew a ball in.

Savannah, right, takes a wild swing a curves her ball across the cup and says, "Oh no, not another one with floppy arms."
Photographs taken with a Canon 5D Mark II

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Richmond, Virginia

The lunch rush is over and Rosemary — cashier at Karen's City Diner near the intersection of Strawberry and Broad streets — looks toward the end of a long shift.

Lou Ann's four-week old grandson, Zachary, visits her office and ...

... women appear out of nowhere at the sound of the baby.
Photographs taken with a Canon 5D Mark II

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Gayton & Short Pump, Virginia

Lindsay is quite particular about the ice cream Nelson offers her ...

... and is soon down, heading to play with her friends in the nursery at Cambridge church.

Short Pump

Dining next to the fish tanks at Seafire Grill can give one a feeling of being watched.

Dianne reflected in the glass top of the table at the Seafire.
Photographs taken with a Canon 5D Mark II

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Short Pump, Virginia
Open Mic at the Daily Grind
April 17, 2010

Win Davis, the oldest white, rappin' reverend in Virginia performs at the Daily Grind last Friday.
Recorded with a Mino HD flip recorder

Monday, April 19, 2010

Short Pump, Virginia
Copperas Creek

Above & below: It is the time of year when azaleas run riot along Copperas Creek.

Photographs taken with a Canon 5D Mark II

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Gayton, Virginia
Cambridge Church

It's a day of celebrations at Cambridge church and Harper — with the help of Nelson — gets her hands on piece of cake. 

Win Davis, pastor for youth and young adults, reports on a World Changers trip the youth undertook to Savanah, Ga., over spring break. They helped rehabilitate housing in an inner city neighborhood.

It is also the 22nd anniversary of the church. The oldest member, Ann, left,  and the youngest Lindsay, right — with the help of her mother, Carla — blow out the candles on the anniversary cake.

There is also cakewalk for the children. They parade around a set of numbered chairs as music plays. When the music stops they must quickly find a seat. A number is drawn and the child sitting in the chair with that number wins a cake ...

... today there is plenty of cake, so everyone eventually gets one. Liam, center, is one of the youngest playing, but soon catches on to the rules.
Photographs taken with a Canon 5D Markl II

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Short Pump, Virginia
Open Mic for a Cause
Daily Grind

Elena, left, and Rod, right, of Weeping Mollys dance during Open Mic for a Cause at the Daily Grind this evening. They also hosted the event which attracted 14 musicians. Proceeds and donations for the evening will go to the Richmond chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

Acts ranged from the traditional music with country slant of Vagrant Moon ...

... to the Christian rap of Zach ...

... the original guitar work and compositions of Keilan ...

... strong vocals by Chuck ...

... and the tight harmonies of 17th & Main.

Elana, left, joined Doc on the drums for an impromptu jam ...

... and Albert wrapped up the evening with some wild Spanish guitar.

Earlier in the day Janine finds a new way of looking at the world.
Photographs taken with a Canon 5D Mark II