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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bach Cantata at the University


For a semester or two, I've missed these afternoon performances in the lobby of the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts, but today I hustled down there after my Art History class and caught about half of one.

Since I was late I didn't hear the particulars of what I was hearing, but the piece featured a duet:


There are few things in life that I find as uplifting to the spirit as these mid-day performances.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Neighborly Jazz

Neighbor Susan Mooring has started a regular gig singing at a restaurant which is five minutes from our houses. Friday she was joined by another neighbor, Paul Fuller on drums. The keyboardist is named Eric, but I don't know where he lives.


The three of them made a great jazz trio.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Something new in the Art/Sociology Building

Also called the Parren Mitchell Building at the University of Maryland, it's interior always seemed striking to me. Now they've added this multicolor work under the skylights in the atrium either temporarily as an exhibit or possibly as a permanent fixture.


This is the effect from straight below:


Viewed from the second floor, it looks like this:

Monday, April 9, 2018

Spring, finally!


Trees in bloom in the park.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Student jazz at the University of Maryland

Last Wednesday evening I heard two student groups at the Clarice Smith Center of the Performing Arts. They played pieces by Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Horace Silver, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, and others, plus a few original compositions by the students.

These are photos of the second group:


For the last two numbers they brought out a vocalist. One of the tunes was composed by her.
 
 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Biggest snow of the year on first day of Spring


After the snow ceased in late afternoon, I went for a walk:

 
 

A pause in the wintery mix

Rain, sheet, and snow all day yesterday. Not much snow accumulation, but today is another story. About 4 inches so far.

Walked in the park yesterday evening.


 
 


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Some lyrics from the Jason Isbell song below

... Maybe time running out is a gift
I'll work hard 'til the end of my shift
And give you every second I can find
And hope it isn't me who's left behind.

It's knowing that this can't go on forever
Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone
Maybe we'll get forty years together
But one day I'll be gone
Or one day you'll be gone.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - If We Were Vampires

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The pond one day last week

Having been thinking about my blog much lately as Pam started chemo therapy this week. Last Thursday I thought the morning light was nice as I walked around the pond, so I took this picture:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Women's Basketball

The University of Maryland has had one of the nation's best programs for the past few years. Last night I attended my second game of the season, and it was a lot of fun.


The Terps easily beat their chief Big Ten rival, Ohio State, before an enthusiastic crowd.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Temperatures up and down

Friday, we saw daytime temperatures in the 60's. Since the pond was still frozen from the frigid weather last week, the temperature difference between the warm air and the frozen water created a couple of hours of fog:


With afternoon's temperatures were back in the 20's, ice once again formed on Paint Branch Creek:


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Geese adjust to extreme cold

 

The end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 brought frigid temperatures to much of the country, and our area was not excluded. I'm unsure whether it was the high winds and the accompanying water movement that kept part of pond from freezing or the intentional activity of the geese who prefer open water. Whatever the cause, hundreds of geese collect there.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas 2017

It was a nice Christmas. On Christmas Day, Pam, Greg, Rebecca, Sean, and I opened presents after having brunch here. Then we all drove to niece Christine's house for dinner.

Today I took my usual close-up of the tree decorations:


Then a few hours later, I was having a before dinner drink and noticed the reflection of the tree lights into my glass of bourbon. This is what it looked like:

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Vermeer exhibit at National Gallery of Art


It was a real family affair. Pam and I met Rebecca, Sean, and Sean's parents to see the paintings. "The Geographer is of my favorites:



After leaving the museum we all had a nice meal at a restaurant downtown.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Second snow of the season

Neither were major, but today's left some interesting patterns on the pond:

Friday, December 8, 2017

Some scenes around campus

I got inside Cole Fieldhouse a few days ago. Although the indoor practice field is complete and is shown below, I believe the work in other parts of the facility is still going on.



Since both of my classes this past semester are in the Art History Department, I spend a lot of time in the Parren Mitchell Building, formerly called the Art/Sociology Building. A few days ago, I looked out a window and noticed the clouds, so I took this picture.

Monday, November 27, 2017

More beach pictures

Sunset Saturday night facing town of Bethany Beach. High tide left a long puddle between the boardwalk and the ocean.


Also at sunset but facing the ocean.


Sunday afternoon in front of Addy Sea:


The walkway from the parking lot to the beach, also on Sunday afternoon:


In front of Addy Sea in the late afternoon sun:

A few days at the ocean

Sunday morning sunrise:


Not much going on in the center of Bethany Beach on Saturday afternoon:

 
This was the second time we've stayed at the Addy Sea Bed and Breakfast.
 
 
They're all set up for a full house which they usually get in summer, but the chairs weren't in demand this weekend.
 
 
 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Lunch in Deale, Maryland

Fired oysters and Maryland crab soup on Herring Bay on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay yesterday. The restaurant was Skipper's Pier.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Changes in skies, lighting, trees, and water

Not only is every day different outdoors, there are also changes during the day. Yesterday was dark and overcast on my morning walk, but a few hours later in the afternoon the day looked very different.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The pond on a rainy fall day


Another photo of the midshipmen's sailing boat

I'm putting this in for two reasons:

1. To provide a relief from too many autumn foliage shots.

2. Because I like this shot as much as the one I showed a day or two ago.

Out our back door yesterday


I've read that because of weather conditions earlier this year, this season's autumn foliage isn't as striking as usual. While I'm not sure of that, I do feel that the foliage change might be spread over a longer time period because almost two months ago I showed my first photos for the year of autumn leaves.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

Naval Academy sailboat

On the boat trip this afternoon, we passed this colorful which Dan says is used by the Naval Academy to train midshipmen.

Waterfront lunch

Today my friend Dan invited me for a boat ride with a friend of his who wanted to get out on his boat one more time before putting it away for winter. That's Dan on the left in the photo below and his friend Bill on the right.


We headed out of Annapolis Harbor, into the mouth of the Severn River, north into Whitehall Bay, and slightly west to Mill Creek where Cantler's Riverside Inn sits along the bank. Bill backed his boat into an empty slip and we went into the restaurant for lunch. Here's Bill's boat at the docks of the restaurant:


The food was great. I had a cup of Maryland crab soup that might have been the best I've ever had. The soft shell crab sandwich was excellent as well.


We passed a lot of sail boats on the way back to Annapolis Harbor. The mild weather tempted many people to get out on the water one more time.