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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Tops in Telecaster Twang


Marty Stuart & and The Fabulous Superlatives brought their power twang to the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, VA on September 25. The band showcased their unparalleled combination of instrumental virtuosity, vocal harmonies and rhythmic drive. The band might modestly refer to their style as Honky Tonk or Hillbilly Rock, but that’s too narrow of a category to cover their genre-crossing skill set.
If you’re fortunate to have a cable TV subscription package that includes RFD-TV, don’t miss The Marty Stuart Show – airing Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM ET. It’s only 30 minutes, but it’s a power pack of authentic country music – and it stretches boundaries with special guests such as Johnny Rivers.

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D’Eaisy Rider

Daisy Sofia’s first bike experience, age 10 months.

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Manchester Waterfront

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A Better Sign

Red Velvet okra.

Red Velvet okra.

A beauty, even without color. Okra – Red Velvet, this variety in particular – is an impressive 5′ tall architectural plant in the edible landscape. See the obvious indication that okra is a member of the Hibiscus family? (Hibiscus esculentus)

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A Bad Sign

Why is this image "pixellated"? It's because the image was cropped and enlarged. Would you attempt a close-up with an iPhone lens?

Why is this image “pixellated”? It’s because the image was cropped and enlarged. Would you attempt a close-up with an iPhone lens?

When a Northern Copperhead is lying in the path, it’s prudent to change direction. Although it’s one of three venomous snake species in Virginia a bite is rarely fatal to humans, but the bite can cause extreme pain and tissue damage. Most bites occur when the snake is either accidentally stepped on or an attempt is made to pick it up for removal or destruction. The Northern Copperhead has an important role in controlling rodent populations – reducing crop damage and rodent-spread diseases. If you spend any time in natural settings it pays to learn to identify snake species.

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Woodworks in Progress

A planned gift for my son, in honor of his completion of U.S. Army basic officer training at Ft. Benning, GA.

The basic components.

The basic components.


Mixing and matching grains and textures.

Mixing and matching grains and textures.


Three coats of oil & urethane.

Three coats of oil & urethane.


Nearly finished product. It's a tray/bowl/stand.

Nearly finished product. It’s a tray/bowl/stand.

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