August 26th/Week 34

Nothing exciting, folks.  Just good times in Dayton.

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August 19th/Week 33

This past weekend was great.  We hung with friends Friday night, met up with lot of people Saturday, also got to go disc golfing and then visit my Crabcake girl Saturday, and had a baseball game to attend Sunday.  Here’s a mishmash of shots.  Not all are technically great, but I’m learning to enjoy the shots I’m taking instead of stressing if they don’t turn out perfectly.  I think sometimes the capturing the eye contact or emotion of the moment is more important than the composition…

Anyway, here’s a weekend snapshot!

Disc golfing with our friends and their adorable son:

Visiting with my brother and his gorgeous family (starring the Crabcake, of course):

And this, my friends, is what a homerun looks like:

August 12th/Week 32

This week was all the loveliness at Wegerzyn Gardens in Dayton, including an amazing and gigantic twig sculpture large enough to walk around in! 

The Dougherty Exhibit, according to the Wegerzyn Garden webpage, is “a one-of-a-kind outdoor sculpture at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark.  With more than 1000 hours of help from local volunteers–as well as the expert assistance of Five Rivers MetroParks personnel–Dougherty created a nearly 200-foot-long tunnel that coils sinuously around Wegerzyn’s North Plaza.  Woven entirely of willow branches that had been encroaching upon the fishing lakes at Englewood MetroPark, the sculpture has openings that invite the visitor to explore its rustic interior and to enjoy beautiful views of Wegerzyn’s formal gardens.”

Obviously my photos won’t do the scale justice, but you’ll get the idea!

August 5th/Week 31

This week, I finally got to visit someone whom I have missed dearly over the past couple of weeks.  She’s home on bedrest, and my life isn’t nearly as happy without seeing her face daily.  During the visit, two of her three cats came out to socialize and I managed to catch them checkin me out.  So, Shannon, these are for you – get better and come back.  Soon.  Please.  I’m begging.

I also got a chance to visit the VA National Cemetery here in Dayton.  Here’s a little history lesson for you, courtesy of United States Department of Veteran Affairs:

“Dayton National Cemetery, located in Montgomery County, Ohio, was established as the permanent burial site for residents of the Central Branch of the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in 1867… The Dayton Soldiers’ Monument dominates the national cemetery from atop a mound at the center of the landscape. The cornerstone was laid in 1873, and it was completed in 1877. This dramatic structure is composed of a 30-foot marble column on a granite base with an ornamental cap and soldier posed at parade rest. At the corners of the base stand four figures representing the Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Navy.”

Here’s my attempt at capturing what you see at 10pm – forgive the noisiness of the photos, but it was very dark.  I haven’t really done it justice here, but this site is amazing and heart-breaking.