Blessing of the Animals

It’s been noted in some versions of the Genesis story that Dog was created as a companion for humans, to provide love, and Cat was created to foster humility in humans. Like stepping in doggie poop doesn’t foster humility? Anyhow, in that case smaller dogs foster a reduction in humbling episodes – with no reduction in love. Yey!

Binky (left) and Pancho

Binky (left) and Pancho

Lovely boys, albeit a little prickly at times.

Lovely boys, albeit a little prickly at times.

Pancho n Binky 3

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Golly Gee Geminid

In honor of the Geminid meteor showers expected December 13, 2014 in the Northern Hemisphere sky.

Geminid 1 121314

Geminid 1 121314

Geminid 2 121314

Geminid 2 121314

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Autumn Dream

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

Bike sculpture by John Meola.

Bike sculpture by John Meola.

… bicycles. The Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden this year follows a bicycle theme, for two primary reasons. The Garden property originated in 1895 as a “Wheel Club” for a select group of Richmond cycling enthusiasts. In 2015 the Garden will observe that 120 year anniversary. Also, in 2015 the City of Richmond will host the UCI World Road Cycling Championship.

Bike sculpture by John Meola.

Bike sculpture by John Meola.

Location: Conservatory West Wing

Location: Conservatory West Wing

Detail of holiday tree located in the Conservatory.

Detail of holiday tree located in the Conservatory.

November 24, 2015

November 24, 2015

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Surreal Buffet

Hibachi Buffet Cheesecake

Hibachi Buffet Cheesecake


Hibachi Buffet Meatbowl

Hibachi Buffet Meatbowl

Hibachi Sushi & Supreme Buffet is the former Super King Buffet, located at 8807 West Broad Street in the iconic Westland strip mall, just down the strip from the popular Thai Diner. Currently HS&SB is displaying a series of contemporary Asian advertising art posters along the sidewalk in front of the restaurant. Here are several of the highlights. The posters represent an interesting Pop/Mod photographic evolution of the classic Chinese style of watercolor landscape painting.

Hibachi Buffet Noodles

Hibachi Buffet Noodles


Hibachi Buffet Sushi

Hibachi Buffet Sushi

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Rapunzel Root

Alocasia Calidora 1
Alocasia Calidora 2

It was time to try and save the Alocasia Calidora (Persian Palm), using the bare-root method. What a massive and magnificent root system the tubers have developed during six months in the garden. It’s hard to imagine what they would be like growing year-round in Zone 9 or warmer.

Alocasia Calidora is sometimes called “Giant Elephant Ears”, but they could also be called “Elephant’s Foot”, because the appearance of the above-ground portion of the large woody older tubers.

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Goats & Ghouls

Obviously it's not a black goat, but it's kind of intensely scary.

Obviously it’s not a black goat, but it’s kind of intensely scary.


This fits the description of a "wild-eyed look".

This fits the description of a “wild-eyed look”.


Goats have unfairly been assigned an association with the occult, and perhaps that impression grows more intense during the month of October. They do sometimes have very scary eyes, and the horns can cause injury, but goats – along with sheep – were among the earliest domesticated animals. Usually a visit to the State Fair of Virginia is required to observe some impressive goats, but in this case these goats were on display during the last Music in the Park event at Forest Hill Park in south Richmond, VA. Breed information was certainly available for the asking, but the photographer didn’t ask. A reasonable guess based on its large size, coloration and calm disposition is that this breed is Saanen, a dairy goat that originated in Switzerland.

In truth, this boy/girl buck/doe (no attempt was made to determine gender - it really didn't matter) is actually a real sweetheart, patiently and passively submitting to lots of petting from the kids. No pun intended.

In truth, this boy/girl buck/doe (no attempt was made to determine gender – it really didn’t matter) is actually a real sweetheart, patiently and passively submitting to lots of petting from the kids. No pun intended.

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