Tying the Velvet Knot

Kimberly & Duncan

Kimberly & Duncan


Number one son was married recently. Here are a few images from a grand wedding weekend. The iPhone 5s couldn’t render the actual beauty of the subjects or the setting. Real wedding photography by Pat Cori to come soon.

Flower Child

Flower Child

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Star City Streets

David Hockney meets Mark Rothko on the streets of Roanoke, VA.

Roanoke Street Scene 1

Roanoke Street Scene

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In Love with the Unpainted Aristocracy

Cottages in the Nags Head Cottage Row Historic District can be traced back to the mid-1800s. Most of the cottages began as shacks constructed from flotsam (planks and timbers salvaged from shipwrecks).

Cottages in the Nags Head Cottage Row Historic District can be traced back to the mid-1800s. Most of the cottages began as shacks constructed from flotsam (planks and timbers salvaged from shipwrecks).

The Albemarle Sound, between Nags Head and Roanoke Island.

The Albemarle Sound, between Nags Head and Roanoke Island.

Antique outboards in-house at the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum.

Antique outboards in-house at the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum.

The generally scorned - but some say delicious - Blow Toad (northern pufferfish).

The generally scorned – but some say delicious – Blow Toad (northern pufferfish).

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Ginkgoaceae

Dwarf Ginkgo June 2015

As you horticulturists may know – or can tell by the title of this story – ginkgo biloba trees are remarkably in their very own exclusive plant family. This particular dwarf ginkgo biloba overwintered successfully (and surprisingly, considering the single digit nights) in its container (planted Spring, 2014). Sorry, the cultivar tag is temporarily misplaced. Can you imagine the canopy of this cultivar can be 8 feet wide at maturity, while remaining a dwarf in height? It’s gonna need a larger – much larger – container. No rush… it might take 1,000 years.

Dwarf Ginkgo

Dwark Ginkgo Vertical

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Train Left the Station

Lots of rivets.

Lots of rivets.

There is a train museum in Richmond. No, it’s not housed in the 1917 grand former RF&P Broad Street Station ( http://albertvick.com/2013/01/08/that-train-dont-stop-here-anymore/ ‎), and the building is not as elegant as the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, VA (re-designed in 1946 in the Streamlined Moderne style by noted industrial designer Raymond Loewy). (http://albertvick.com/2013/09/02/star-city-of-the-south/)

Managed by the Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, the Richmond Railroad Museum is in Old Manchester, and has very, very limited hours of operation.

This boxcar must be where they kept the strongbox.

This boxcar must be where they kept the strongbox.

A cute little building, the Southern Railway passenger station was built in 1914.

A cute little building, the Southern Railway passenger station was built in 1914.

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Let’s Ride 1897

This video is a work-in-progress, subject to feedback from other stakeholders, so tags will be omitted for now. As you may know, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden began as a “Wheel Club”, a destination in its semi-rural setting for avid cyclists from the city of Richmond. The current Bloemendaal House mansion is the result of additions to the original one-story Lakeside Wheel Club constructed by Lewis Ginter in 1894.

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De-relic-t

Rocketts Landing

Rocketts Landing

Not a building under construction, but an old warehouse skeleton beside the James, awaiting deconstruction. Part of the scenic vista from the luxurious riverfront condos at Rocketts Landing.

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