Don’t know why they felt the need for the extra signs. The original sign seems pretty straightforward to me.



Architectural Details

This is the Dana-Thomas House, located in Springfield IL, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902. Judy and I toured the house during a recent road trip through the western US. We tour Wright houses whenever we get a chance and, except for his most famous Falling Water, this is the most impressive we’ve seen. Unfortunately, no photos were allowed on the inside, so I can only share the beauty of Wright’s work with this photo. The website for the Dana-Thomas house contains this background and details about the house:

“The Dana-Thomas House (DTH) was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 for Susan Lawrence Dana, a forward-thinking socialite living in Springfield, Illinois. The home, the 72nd building designed by Wright, contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture. Wright’s first “blank check” commission, the home has 35 rooms in the 12,000 square feet of living space which includes 3 main levels and 16 varying levels in all.

Rightfully regarded as a local treasure, the DTH is a gorgeous house museum. Following its acquisition of the House, the Illinois State Historic Preservation Agency undertook a major restoration project. The results yielded a beautifully preserved example of Mr. Wright’s genius.

Beyond the essence of an architectural masterpiece of international significance, the house is a brilliant showcase of craftsmanship in glass doors, windows and light fixtures; terra cotta sculpture and an exquisite mural; it is the best preserved and most complete of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early “Prairie” houses.”



I was driving along a back road in the eastern Rockies when I passed a forest that had experienced a fire at some point. The trees were black and they glistened because they were wet from a recent rain. I decided to take the shot so I could see what Lightroom and I could do with it. Here ya go.


On The Water

The campers at Sherwood Forest also have something called Waterman’s Olympiad.  The title is borrowed from the age old term for the Chesapeake Bay fisherman.  Here are two Romans who are participating in a game of kayak soccer.  I like the image where the light reflecting off the water compliments the striped body paint.


Repeating Patterns

In the summertime, we live in a community near Annapolis, MD called Sherwood Forest. Sherwood Forest has, for many years, conducted a summer camp for residents’ children and grandchildren.  Part of the camp experience is a day of Scottish field games called the Highland Games which pit the Spartans against the Romans.  Here is a photo of the Senior Spartan Girls competing in the tug-of-war. I like the repeating patterns of the war paint.



This is where people in this small Cuban village shop for pork.  The man slaughtered a pig and hung it on a hook in front of his house waiting for villagers to come by and buy what they need for Mealtime.  If there are any USDA inspectors reading this, please be calm.


Rainy Day

Getting ready for a new year, I realized that I had three drafts waiting to be posted, so here goes.

This was taken on a very rainy day off the Caribbean coast of Cuba.  The rain was intense so I thought I might get a funky picture of the ship.  I had to tinker with it a bit to get it to look like this, but I like it. It looks like a ghost ship.


Bird’s Eye View

This is a picture of a caged canary hanging in a window of a house in a village in Cuba.  I saw a number of houses where caged canaries were hanging from the ceiling, in windows, etc.  I asked a Cuban man why people did this, thinking it might be some sort of superstition or ritual.  I learned that people do this as a form of decor, sorta like hanging a pot of flowers in a window.  It also gives the canary a bird’s eye view of everything that is happening on that street.


Frame Within A Frame

There’s a neighborhood in Havana, called Fusterlandia, which is named after Jose Rodreguez Fuster, a famous Cuban artist.  It may be the most unique neighborhood you ever saw.  For decades, Fuster has adorned this neighborhood with his creative vision represented by paintings, sculptures, and tiles on every structure imaginable.  One presentation is a wall into which is installed painted tiles created by various invited artists. Each tile conveys a message. The completed work is a frame within a frame.


You might want to look at more images from this unique neighborhood to get a better appreciation of what Jose Fuster created. Fusterlandia