I had to hike a mile down a mountain and along train tracks in the rain to photograph a crew of guys who are taking a hand-made batteau (a late 1700s-style boat) 360 miles upriver. Yes, UP-river. It was probably the best day of work I have ever had. Working with talented reporter Liz Barry, who did the whole hike wearing Converse All-Stars, we got in a couple of canoes to join the crew as they set up camp on the opposite bank. As my camera bag dried out by the fire, I couldn’t help but look around at where I was and again realize there is no other job quite like this one.
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It seems the interesting critters have all come out recently. I found this female black widow spider outside of a restaurant after I finished my lunch today. This was the first black widow I have ever seen but I immediately identified it by the red “hourglass” marking on the underside of its abdomen. Surprisingly timid, I coaxed her onto a stick and used the painted wall of the building as a backdrop. They are generally nocturnal and prefer dark environments so I don’t know what she was doing out and about. Perhaps enjoying the weather as well?
It was surprisingly chilly today and I don’t think this dragonfly was prepared for the change in the weather. I found it motionless on my doorknob and made a couple portraits while it was being sluggish (and then it flew away). The Springtime Darner is common in this area especially in the spring (hence the name).
Some shots from the baseball diamonds of Lynchburg so far this season.
Woke up at 5:45 to photograph an Easter sunrise service on a hilltop half an hour away. The Penuel baptist Church-sponsored service at Altavista Memorial Park was beautiful and succient – two things I appreciate. Just to round out this post, I also threw in a few shots from an egg hunt yesterday at Peakland United Methodist Church in Lynchburg.
John Perry is slowly adding stones to an outdoor labyrinth at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg. The stones and the land were all donated by people at the church and Perry has been moving most of them into place himself, one by one.