Wednesday, December 31, 2014

So long, 2014!

Sunset, Canton, NC  -  2011
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It's the last day of 2014, and many people will take time today to reflect on the past year, and make resolutions for 2015. It's a regular work day for me, so I'll have to put off any reflecting until I get home tonight. After taking a shower, I may indulge in a Strongbow Honey and Apple Cider on the rocks while I sit by the fire in my basement office and consider the events of 2014. The reminiscing won't last too late, however, as I plan to be in bed at my usual time of 10:30 or so. I'll leave the heavy partying to others. 2015 will be there when I wake up tomorrow morning.

I am optimistic about the coming year, especially because of some very positive changes that have happened at my job. My family is all in generally good health, and both our daughters appear to have bright futures. No, it's not all perfect, but when I consider the kind of lives most of the people in the world have to endure, I can't help but be thankful for how gracious God has been to me. Maybe that's what we all should think about as 2014 draws to a close.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Different Quest

Mary, Waynesville, NC  -  2014
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Like many churches across the country, ours puts on a Christmas play featuring the children each year. Proud parents, relatives, and friends come to watch, many toting cameras of various kinds. Our daughters are grown now, but I used to be one of those parents with camera in hand, trying to get a record snapshot of our little star. Now I bring my camera in pursuit of a different quest, to get a single photo that captures the beauty of the performance and the event it depicts. Here is this year's attempt.

Friday, December 12, 2014

More signs, more signs!

Luella's Signs, Asheville, NC  -  2014
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As regular visitors to My Viewfinder 2 already know, I love old signs. I love discovering old signs, and I love photographing them. I especially love when someone else has done the discovering and collecting for me, and all I have to do is shoot. Such was the case at Luella's Bar-B-Que in Asheville. Although the one leaning against the wall is a more modern Corn Hole board, the rest appear to be well done reproductions of older originals. Unfortunately, Luella's was closed when I stopped by to make this photo. Now that I've sampled their signs, I'll have to return to sample their 'que!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Asheville Landmark

Basilica of St. Lawrence, Asheville, NC  -  2014
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bookstore Window

Asheville, NC  -  2014
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I thought this was an interesting combination of titles chosen for display at the Battery Park Book Exchange And Champagne Bar in Asheville.