…because it’s flipping hot out.
(picked up by news outlets in Oregon and California!)
- Quincy Hunt reaches for a cold drink while working at the Produce Outlet stand along 221 in Forest, Va., July 21, 2011. Enduring a full day at the stand and occasionally dealing with long stretches between customers, Hunt employs the full range of tricks keep cool, including a towel with ice cubes around his neck.
Kim and I wanted to try some more creative portraits than just bringing athletes into the studio so we headed out on location. This time of year, Lynchburg gets some pretty consistent cloud cover in the evenings, with 7-o-clock being the ideal time for photos.
Limbo contest at the pool of an apartment complex in Forest, Va. This photo ran two columns on a weekday so unfortunately I don’t think anyone who saw it was able to notice the next boy in line watching in awe.
I found this Giant Leopard Moth sitting next to me on a bench today and decided he would look neat against a colorful background. The hood of my car served well.
It was about 2.5″ long and I later found out they are fairly common to this area, though rarely out during the day. I think all the hot and humid weather we’ve had lately had left this one feeling a bit confused. Note the iridescent spots on its back; not a camera glitch as I first thought.
It came, they saw, I conquered. River Ridge mall in Lynchburg, Va.
On a whim, I sent these photos to AP, where a few news outlets picked them up including the Deseret News, Show Buzz and the Washington Post online.
Although if you just can’t resist, Sarah discovered they go nuts over Wheat Thins.
The National D-Day Memorial is within our coverage area, in Bedford, and it gets a decent amount of attention throughout the year. Obviously, their main event is June 6, the anniversary of the Allied troops landing on the heavily-fortified beaches of Normandy, France. This year, just a handful of D-Day veterans were able to travel to the site for the ceremony. Next year there will be even fewer. For me, seeing these few old men wipe away tears during the playing of taps made the horrors of what they had lived through sink in. It also made me think about the next generation of children – every child born since 9/11 – that has never known a time of world peace.
- Wearing an historic uniform, Sgt. Daniel A. Villarial bows his head after reading an excerpt from a memoir written by a soldier who landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day.
- WWII reenactors (from left) Matt Wiggins, Don Collins and Jonathan Woosley, from North Carolina, stand in uniforms reflecting the 82nd Airborne Division, members of which were involved with Operation Neptune.