Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Reindeer tracks?

On my way out yesterday i noticed these tracks on the now on the roof, but it was pretty dark and overcast, so i got a picture of them today. Are they reindeer tracks? I'm guessing no, as i've seen squirrels up there, but it made me have a bit of a smile. It's also nice that it's clear out, after being so grey and cold, it's actually pretty warm too, over 30F (-1C or so) and the snow is kind of melting. You can kind of tell there was a lot of snow up there, from getting close to two feet in the area, and i'm enjoying watching seeing New York get a lot too. Not in a mean way, but to know it's not just us and to see how other cities deal with it. The Twin Cities are still having snow emergencies, even though the snow hasn't come for a little while, but with freezing drizzle predicted for thursday through saturday, i'm thinking snow would be better.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas 2010, with a bunny

It's Christmas today here, and right after i got done talking to my parents on the phone, i saw this wild rabbit eating bird seed that had fallen and gotten covered in snow. I was pretty surprised as it was broad daylight and he was surrounded by squirrels and birds. Pretty brave, but then he did dart off when he saw me with the camera. I'm sure food is a bit hard to find for the wild animals around here lately, as the snow is pretty deep. Anyway, after a pretty depressing stretch, it was nice to have this little surprise of cuteness on Christmas.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Hawk vs Crows

The other day i was sitting in my kitchen, and i saw this hawk on my deck, i'm guessing looking for the squirrels that frequent the feeders. That's when things got surprising. I saw the two crows that also hang out in my yard go after the hawk. The hawk was bigger than the crows, and it was just two crows, but the crows were so aggressive and focused that the hawk ended up hiding in this tree until they moved away and then it fled pretty quickly. I didn't see the hawk get any hits on the crows, they kept it off balance and went from all sides. I'm constantly impressed with how smart crows are, but i am also now more impressed with how brave they are, if you've ever seen the beak and claws on hawks close up, you know what i'm talking about. Sadly i couldn't get any good shots of the chase, they were just all too fast and kept going in directions i couldn't get through the windows.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Peace in the East

Taking a break from the cold (-20 without windchills this morning) to show the Peace in the East event that happened a little while ago at the university. The Islamic and Jewish student groups put on several displays and fashion shows, and here the belly dancer that is in the other local events was teaching people to do it. There weren't many people sadly, but like the other events, i only found out about it randomly. Some of the students were walking around the student center before telling people to come and have fun, but turn out was still pretty light. I'm still impressed that such a small university town (12,000 people or so) has events like this and Unity in the Community, where a city i lived in that was larger previously didn't. Still, i wish there was a better way to get the word out about these things.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Plowed out

Here is a shot out of my front door of the snow after being plowed out yesterday. You can see the pile of snow by the car that was put there after the city plowed the street the first time, that's just my short cul de sac too. You can also kind of tell how deep it was by the snow near the bottom, it was almost knee deep there (not counting where the piles added to it), but also less in some spots. The photo is a little blurry as it was taken out the storm door, it was very cold, and it was starting to fog up quickly. Sadly we are expected to get another two to four inches in a day or two.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Big Blizzard

Yesterday started with a winter storm warning, but looked very light, that it may pass and be fine. That was  wrong. Areas around here got over 20 inches of snow in basically half a day or so. It just came down so hard and fast, i could almost watch it pile up on the deck. I could also barely see the apartment buildings and grocery store that are about a block away. While the storm came down, i saw this squirrel and several birds trying to get at the food that was buried with the broken feeder. Most of the time he wouldn't pop his head up, so it was probably nicer under the snow, the wind was blowing pretty hard.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Snow and sick

We had a decent sized snow saturday morning or late friday night, not as bad as they were expecting, but several inches. Some areas around the twin cities got eight inches. No snow emergency was declared though, so it wasn't so bad.

One of the reasons i haven't posted the past few days is i got that not so fun stomach bug that is going around up here. Nothing makes me want to do nothing like vomiting a lot, hopefully that wasn't too much information. So this picture of the snow is out my front door, as the sun was coming up

Thursday, December 2, 2010

9th Annual Culture Fest - Dance Group

This was a very fun dance group that i forget the name of, but there were more than these two.

Sorry if these aren't the most interesting, or described that well, i really need to get better at that.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

9th Annual Culture Fest - Love Song

Here is the romantic song being sung, and one of the singers being handed a flower, but not accepting it right away. I'm thinking it was part of the performance, even though i have no idea what the words were.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

9th Annual Culture Fest - Lion Dance

Before this was a short intermission with snacks and food from a restaurant i forgot the name of. Very good though.

Here is the lion (with two people in it) from the Ha Family Lion Dance Troupe. There were musicians to the left, and both were very entertaining. There was candy and lettuce that lion ate, and then shared with the audience out his mouth, not vomiting, it should be noted. They told the story behind it all, and it was not something i was aware of, even though i love these along with the dragons.

Monday, November 29, 2010

9th Annual Culture Fest - Boxing

Here are the two kick boxers who did a great show. At first the guy whithout the shirt came out and told some jokes, showed off his new "tattoo" (not sure if it was painted on, think so) of the school logo and mascot, and then showed off some kick boxing. It was pretty amusing as at one point they played the theme from the Mortal Kombat movie, and fought in slow motion. Very impressive, funny, and made me feel very, very out of shape.

Friday, November 26, 2010

9th Annual Culture Fest - Twin Cities Group

This is just part of a very large group at the Culture Fest from the Twin Cities, i think University of Minnesota. Very good song, many different people singing different parts.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Since Thursday is Thanksgiving, i thought i'd take a break and post one of the things i'm most thankful for, my bunny named Kitty. One of the four (the others are named Amanda, Emily and Jerry), and one of the most headstrong. She's got a skin condition at the moment that the vet can't figure out, but it doesn't seem to be serious. I'm thankful for them because no matter how low i get, how bad things seem, i just have to think about how they need me and care for me, and i can breathe again.

Now if i could just get them to help me clean, that would be perfect. ;)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

9th Annual Culture Fest - Ukelele

Here is another of singers who also played a ukelele and guitar, and when he played the guitar he sung a very funny mix of modern songs that normally aren't sung with an acoustic guitar. Don't ask me to remember or know those songs by name though, not really my type of music, the originals i mean. He got a great reaction to his performance too.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

9th Annual Culture Fest - Swing Dance

Here are two of the many swing dancers that performed at the Culture Fest. They were very acrobatic and energetic and impressive. Not sure what swing dance has to do with culture, but it was enjoyable.

Side note, looking around i saw that there was another event at the university monday night, Peace in the East, where the Jewish and Arab student groups got together and did things. It was smaller than this, but i got pictures of that and will most likely post those after these.

Monday, November 22, 2010

9th Annual Culture Fest - Three Singers

Another Culture Fest shot, this time three singers and a musician. I'm getting spacey on where they were from, what song was played, and all that other information. Not exactly sure why, but it's showing me i need to get better at making notes for these things. They were very good, like everyone there though, so you'd think i'd be better at remembering the names.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

9th Annual Culture Fest - Dance

Here are three more dancers from Culture Fest, there were more in this part of it, but would move around a lot more. I'm kind of blanking on where they were from or names, another reason i wish there was a program or something, even if just online.

Unrelated note, very icy last night. My car was coated with ice, and the roads in the twin cities were very bad with lots of accidents. There is an article on the Star Tribune site about how many accidents on the road and even by people walking there were. Stay safe out there people, winter is here, although not everywhere.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

9th Annual Culture Fest - Belly Dance

Here is the belly dancer that was the first "performer", after the fashion show. She is the same bely dancer that was at the Unity in the Community events the last few times i went. She's very good, but it was funny at the start of her dance that they had troubles with the music and she stood there for a while, waiting.

Friday, November 19, 2010

9th Annual Culture Fest - Fashion Show

This was the first part of the Culture Fest, but not the first country to show fashions. Here are two of the Japanese outfits. There were more, i believe five people total for there. Basically several countries came out showing traditional dress, do a little gesture type thing.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

9th Annual Culture Fest

While checking out the website of the local university, i noticed an event posting about the 9th Annual Culture fest. This surprised me for a couple reasons, that i've lived here since 2002, and never heard about 1 through 8, and i only found out about this one a day or two before it happening. I'm not sure how these are advertised to the student body, but to the non-university people, it wasn't advertised at all. Not even on the local paper website, although i'm not sure if it was in the print edition, which is only out once a week. I debated going, as i wasn't familiar with the North Hall Auditorium, and if it would be good for taking pictures without bothering people too much, luckily it had a balcony that not many people used, and then after intermission, no one other than me. Hopefully the sound of the camera didn't disturb them.

I'll be posting pictures of the event for a while, even though i have a rather large amount of them in a flickr set here. Several of the performers were similar to the unity in the community events previously, but with some variations, hopefully enough to be interesting to those here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Snow rabbit

Here is a snow rabbit-man. I guess i should just call it a snow rabbit. Whatever i should call it, it's cute, and quite big too, close to five feet tall or over. I saw it on the grounds of the apartment building i live by and go past on the way to the closest grocery store. I mostly find this funny as it's pretty well done, close by me (who loves rabbits) and not something i see everyday.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Injured squirrel

I saw this poor squirrel today, and tried to catch it to take to the vet, but even though he had a bad foot, he easily out ran me. Not sure how his foot got injured, but it looked like it was gone or close to at least. Hopefully it wasn't a person who did it, while i'm sad it was hurt, if it was other wildlife, it's more understandable. He would eat, and when he put is back right foot down, he could feel it hurting, and would  shake it out back and up a lot. 

Once when i saw a rabbit with a bad leg, i asked the vet what i should do. She told me that if it the wild animal can get away from me, it should be able to get away from predators and not to worry about it so much. Also that if it's eating, it's not fatally injured or sick. I feel less bad about wildlife doing what they need to survive, but when it comes to people, they can be cruel for no good reason. So hopefully it was an accident or such that caused this. 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

First snow of the season

We had, and are having our first snow of the season, and it's a doozy. Winter storm warnings all over the area, currently snowing, but was sleeting and slush over night and into part of today. River Falls seems to have missed the brunt of it though, as parts of the twin cities is expected to get up to ten inches during it. I wouldn't doubt it, as it's one of those spiraling storms that seems to just linger, and the snow is coming down harder now here.

The picture is something i always dread happening to me in a storm like this. One of my neighbors got a flat and they were changing it in the wet snow. Not pleasant. Hopefully this storm will pass and we'll be back to the 70s, but i really doubt it, and should get used to the snow again. That's part of living in northern Wisconsin.

Monday, November 8, 2010

New Kwik Trip

There is a new Kwik Trip on the north end of town, and it has this "thing" blowing around by a fan at it's base. I'm not sure why, but it kind of freaks me out. Maybe it's the expression, or how it moves, but it does. Not sure how long they plan to keep it there. It's odd, i saw a ton of cars with people just hanging out on the backs of them, like Kwik Trip is the new place to 'hang out'. It is a pretty small town, but there has to be something more exciting to do in town, right?

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Crow on Halloween

Saw this crow on halloween in one of my trees while waiting for trick or treaters to show up. It was huge, which doesn't quite show how big here. It was a pretty impressive bird, and i've been noticing a lot more crows in the yard than normal for some reason. I do find them to be very interesting birds, especially after seeing the episode of Nature on PBS called "A Murder of Crows".

Speaking of trick or treaters, this year was an unusual i think, a lot, and i do mean a lot, of very young children, and not one high school kid. Lots of the young kids were in big groups of about four families, some single families, but pretty steady for a couple of hours. All had pretty cute costumes, not one an NFL team jersey which seemed rare from previous years. All and all, a good turn out, but then the weather was good, even if it got colder as the night went on.

I've been bad at posting for a variety of reasons, probably best to not go into them here, as i'm sure no one is really interested. Hopefully i can find the motivation to get back to posting regularly, although it's getting into that part of the year where things look and feel drab as leaves have gone, and everything is turning brown or grey.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Running of the Llamas

Saturday was also the Running of the Llamas event in Hammond, WI, and while not quite in town, it was only a handful of miles away. I have a ton more pictures of it on my Flickr, as it was a great time and lots of interesting things happening. Sadly i was starting to feel not so hot and had moved out of a good spot after the second heat of them running, and with so many people it was hard to get shots over their heads. So i headed home before the end. The llamas and alpacas were adorable, they reminded me of larger, strange versions of my pet rabbits. They even made similar sounds, a low humming type thing, or a sigh, hard to explain. I have a short video up on my flickr though, and if you listen you can hear a couple of them making it over the sounds of people talking.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Art on the Kinni 2010

Here is a photo of the Art on the Kinni event that happened in town yesterday on the White Pathway along the river. It was nice, although the almost 20 degree difference in temperature from when i got there to when i left really tired me out, not to mention all the walking and my back hurting. Lots of interesting things to look at and buy, one of my favorites being by Fire In the Hand, the octopus plates and bowls. Thought about getting some, but in retrospect it's probably better i didn't, not because of them, but when i got home to download pictures one of my main hard drives had died a horrible death (head crash, "whirrr... click... click... grind...) and had to make a quick run to get a replacement before i lost more data. Thankfully it was one in a Drobo, so it seems no data was lost, but has since been working to repair the archive. Anyway, it was a nice event, with lots of different art and styles. Lots of people when i was there too.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Swinging bridge

It was a lovely day, not too hot, not too cold, and i felt the urge to get out, so i thought i would go to the bridge and see how the river was. There were lots of things covered up around the entrance, and i was curious what was going on, and seeing an article in the paper about how they are going to do work on the foundation, now i know. This is one of the markers to the side of the bridge on the south side. I always feel nervous when it gets bouncing a lot, and it really does when people walk on it.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Not 'quite' River Falls

This wasn't actually in River Falls, but was close, and interesting enough that i wanted to share. In Hudson (less than 10 miles away) there were replicas of the Nina and Pinta ships that Columbus sailed on. It was something i found interesting, especially since i guess i always pictured them larger. Must have been quite the experience to cross the ocean on them. I have a hard time driving a far distance some times, hard to imagine getting on a boat that size, out in the ocean where you are pretty much out of luck of anything goes wrong, and no facebook or anything. ;) It was quite the hot day too, with temps in the high 90s (33 or so C) and very high humidity, so being on a black boat wasn't the most comfortable, but it was interesting. I have more pictures of the ships in a flickr set here.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


This is Hoffman Park on the north side of town. We had very heavy rain, over four inches and it caused quite a bit of flooding. This is deeper than it looks, and what's scary is that there is more rain predicted for tonight. Not looking forward to that as i already have water in my basement, and this is already the wettest summer on record, with a month or so to go.

Interesting fact, this is the same place i took the pictures of the fireworks, for a different view of how it looks dry.

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Saw this blue jay on my deck, and it seriously freaked me out for a bit. Not sure if he is molting, which i'm guessing as the fuzzy feathers on the back look like the young ones, or if he's ill. Either way, it's very hot and humid again, and i feel for the birds and animals out there.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

River Falls Days, Friday - Food tent

This part of the food tent at River Falls Days, this one called Island Noodles. There were only really a couple vendors in the food tent, mostly overpriced and prepackaged, like soda for $2 and premade things, but this was decent. I liked the fire coming up from the wok, along with the smell of freshly cooking vegetables and noodles. Definitely beat the smell of beer from the beer garden, but then i don't really care for beer.

Friday, July 16, 2010

River Falls Days, Friday - Parade

This is one of the floats in the parade, one i had an issue with, as they (and many others) were shooting water into the crowd and i had to be very aware as some seemed to be aiming right at my camera. Some years it seemed like a good idea to spray water on the crowd, as the temps can be high, but it was only in the low to mid 80s, and with a nice breeze. Anyway, the theme of River Falls Days was Kinnistock, a play on Woodstock, with most things having a 60s feel to it, with a lot of tie dye. I felt the parade was pretty lackluster, but it could just have been my state of mind. About an hour before it was over i decided to go get some food as i was tired and hungry.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Storms, many of them

Short break from the River Falls Days to talk about the storms that rolled through here on Wednesday. This picture was taken after the storms left if you can believe that. The sun came out right after, but there were tornado sightings, lots of rain, and wind gusts up to 80mph. Thankfully the immediate area was okay, but south in Elsworth there was a lot of damage, and over in Baldwin or close to, a semi got over turned by the wind. This was made worse by the fact that it wasn't just one front, it was two or three. One in the morning, with just mostly rain, then the major one with the tornados and then later one with another storm front. They say thursday will be more of the same, as it's been very hot (high 80s or into the 90s) with a high dew point (high 70s) and feels like 106F with the humidity. I know as soon as i stepped out it sure felt like it.

I found out later that my home town of Pittsville got hit too, and my parents house may be damaged, but also that a lot of my friends from there told me many trees are down. I'm glad everyone is safe and while the storms were fierce, it sounds like no one was hurt.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

River Falls Days, Thursday - Rubber Soul

Thursday a Beetles tribute band called Rubber Soul played in the beer garden. They were very good, the music and performances were amazing. They had three costume sets, this is the middle one, the Sgt. Pepper's era. It was also my first try at concert photography, and without a flash at that. It seemed to take a while for the audience to move forward, not sure why, but i've heard that is just how people in River Falls are. Takes some getting used to after going to The Warehouse in LaCrosse for so many years, and it being such an intimate concert venue where you are generally within touching distance of the bands.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

River Falls Days, Friday - Hot Air Balloon

Friday nearing the end of the parade, a hot air balloon surprised people. Partly because there was a hot air balloon, but also with how low it was. In this shot it was actually higher than it had been when i heard people yelling outside the food tent. It seemed to brush the trees closer to where i was here, and slowly got higher. I'm linking to a video someone grabbed and put up on the chamber of commerce youtube site. It's not the best video, but is kind of interesting.

Monday, July 12, 2010

River Falls Days, Sunday - Fireworks

This is one of the shots of the fireworks sunday night that finished up River Falls Days. Not the most impressive display, reminded me of about the same as the town i grew up in of 800 people, expected "something" better. They were also behind the trees a lot more than i expected. Maybe i got spoiled by the ones LaCrosse had, from the bluff and over the river. Used to go out on the roof over my garage and watch the ones from the bluff as it was only a half a mile away, but elevated and a nice view from there. I also didn't have to deal with everything that tested my patience tonight, from the people in the car that kept thinking it was funny to flash their headlights on bright right at  most people several times during the display, to the cop who was waving me through traffic then decided to yell at me for doing what he said (hint to him, learn that when you point at a car and are waving in the direction to go, that means that car should go, not stop.), to the tailgaters who seemed drunk and almost hit me, to the humidity that started to condense on my lens as it got darker (which is why the shots of the fireworks look 'fuzzy'), to the HUGE bat that decided to get the bugs around me (not even kidding, at least a four foot wingspan, at least. Flew around me, hit me with it's wings, scared the living daylights out of me). Sigh...

So anyway, this was my first try at shooting fireworks, and with all those complications, and the strange decision to try it with fisheye, some turned out decent i think. This is one of my favorites.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

River Falls Days - Thursday - Burrito eating contest

Thursday there was a burrito eating contest, sponsored by Mariachi Loco (awesome restaurant by the way, i don't eat there enough), and there were many burritos consumed. There was a tie breaker, ended up running out of them, and the winner (the guy in the white shirt and red pants) had around 20 if i remember. He also kept them down, unlike one guy who didn't, and was the biggest bragger of the bunch (the puker, not the guy who won). Glad that was out of view though, and smell, don't particularly like that much.

(edit: Oops, i originally put it as friday, but it was thursday, not sure where my brain was at the time)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

River Falls Days, Friday - Accident

Not the best way to start the weekend i'm betting. After i got a bite to eat at Bo's and Mine, sad to see they had a shorter menu for the weekend with only a couple of selections, i noticed a fire truck and lots of lights going off. At first i thought it might be part of the parade starting, so i went up to it. This is as close as i wanted to get, i didn't want to be a gawker (i'd probably make a horrible paparazzi or freelance news person, i hate interrupting people in stress) but i thought i should get a photo at least. Didn't look too serious, but there was an ambulance, a fire truck, and two police cars. The grey car had significant damage to the back, and it's hood was up for some reason. I have no idea how any can go fast on main, even on a light day cars go slower than 20mph or so, which is probably good as people tend to dart out in traffic without looking. The traffic was even slower today, as there were so many people and cars, i'd say lucky if it went over 15mph, but i guess if someone isn't paying attention, they can do major damage. I hope no one was hurt, but it probably did ruin the day or weekend at the least for the people involved. 

Side note, i was surprised i didn't get yelled at when i approached with my camera, i've heard lots of stories lately about photographers being stopped for taking pictures of various things. I haven't been stopped yet, but i have noticed police cars driving slowly by me and looking when i'm out and about taking photos.

Friday, July 9, 2010

River Falls Days, Thursday - Street Sale

This is a quick post as i only got back a little while ago from a long, long day of walking around town and shooting (with my camera, not a gun) what was happening. For those not in the loop, River Falls is about a week behind with Fourth of July celebrations, most common reason given is that since it's such a college town, no one is here for the actual holiday. I can see that, as the town get's pretty empty in summer. Not as bad as the resort towns around, where they are deserted in every time except summer. Thankfully not too hot today, although it was in the 80s, and sunny, but has been much worse.

This is part of the street sale that is going on around town during the weekend. This store was Mr. Movies, which recently moved to a smaller store. Since Netflix became better, and now streams movies online on demand to either computer, tv that is made to receive it, or Playstation 3 (what i use mostly or computer when i'm just looking to be on it while i watch), i haven't really even thought of going into a rental store. Where i lived previously, i could walk half a block to a video store, and it was before Netflix, but here it's not as convenient for me. I feel bad for the video store owners, but it's hard to fight the convenience.

Just a note, i took a LOT of pictures just today (Thursday) and there are three more days, so while i'm not sure what i am getting to actually, i will have things posting that are from days before, and of course my flickr will be having much more than i will post here.

Monday, July 5, 2010

It's not the heat... yeah, it's the heat.

It's very hot today, or maybe i just feel it is more since my air conditioning isn't quite working. I did notice this very young grackle (at least i believe it is one, harder to tell when they are wet) taking a bath in a basin i have out. When he saw me, he would jump out, and get ready to fly away if i made a move toward him, but then would jump right back in and splash around a bit. I have a proper bird bath, but at some point it tipped over and now has a larger crack in it that lets water run out. It's not broken apart, but the crack is enough that it leaks. So i leave this basin out, and see birds and squirrels occasionally drinking from it, but this is one of the rare times i've seen bathing.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Music in the Park part 2

Just a close up of the band playing in the Music in the Park thing. Also want to point out that here in town, there isn't a parade or anything really for the 3rd and 4th. From what i've heard it's because it's such a college town, and everyone goes back home for these days, so we have what most other towns do a week later, during River Falls Days. So these pictures don't really seem like what most people post on the fourth.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Music in the Park

I was getting groceries yesterday (friday) and on the way back i noticed this, Music in the Park, so i stopped and got a couple shots. Not sure who was playing, or for how long, but the people seemed to be enjoying it. There was a couple even dancing up near the stage. This is the park with the odd sculpture, which i'm actually standing next to, it's on my right, and buildings on each side. There is a bridge on the far side that leads to the White Pathway, and a bigger more park-like park. If that makes sense. I'm not sure if both sides are part of the same park, but it feels different as the river runs right there.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

White Pathway view of water

This is Lake George, along the White Pathway, which i walked the other day. It was very hot, around 90F and the sun was strong, but thankfully there is a lot of shade. The thing you can't really see in the picture is the amount of algae that is in the lake. It's pretty much still water due to the damn that is at the power station, and most likely farm run off that is basically fertilizer for it. (There was a good series in the Star Tribune about how their lakes are facing similar problems.)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Don't give up

Good advice. This is part of a poem on the White Pathway in the park by the power plant. It's pretty faded, very hard to read in some spots, but as i was walking i looked down and saw this. I have no idea what the whole poem is, but this struck me. You've probably noticed not as many posts for a while there. Besides not really seeing anything to photograph in town, and not feeling too inspired or positive about things. Trying to break out of that, doing better some days than others though.

Unrelated to this, i think i have werewolves outside, or a stray dog. Being near a full moon, it really freaked me out sitting here in my kitchen, and hearing this really freaky howling outside. More than likely a dog, as since the humane society was closed, strays or loose dogs tend to go for longer, but i've also seen foxes and a bear at one point, so who knows if it's not a wild animal. I'm not feeling brave enough to go out in the dark and see, i turned on outside lights, but couldn't see. Still, pretty freaky.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Unity in the Community 2010 - The End

Here is the end of the Unity in the Community photos, and i end with a random picture i forgot i took at the drag show, and was happy with the result. I wish there were more events like this, it was fun and fun to photograph too. There were more photos taken, and they are on my flickr if you'd like to see, just too many to put up here. Not sure what is going to follow these, guess i'll have to find something new to photograph.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Unity in the Community 2010 - Drag Show, Final Song

Here is the final song of the drag show, they played We Are Family and invited people to come up to the stage and join them in a dance. A lot of people joined them, as you can see here as people were going up, even more ended up joining, but i was getting tired and hungry, so i'm not sure how many and how long it went.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Unity in the Community 2010 - Drag Show, Lady Gaga

Here is one of the more outlandish performances, they performed to one of the songs by Lady Gaga, but i forget which one. The two crawling eventually moved off the stage and the one in the jacket sang in a microphone.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Unity in the Community 2010 - Drag Show, audience interaction

Here is one of the performers interacting with the audience, walking through and over and being flirty and funny. Again, not sure what more to say here, so just enjoy the pictures.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Unity in the Community 2010 - Drag Show

Here are the first two performers from the drag show part of Unity in the Community. which was the last event of the Unity in the Community. This was really fun, and very packed. I'm forgetting if i took a picture of the crowd, but it filled all the seats in the Falcon's Nest, and there were people standing. It was very hard though to figure out exposure and white balance, as you may notice from the pictures.