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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Catching up with Kyla

A hodge-podge of images of Kyla from recent visits to Richmond. She is getting so big, I can't believe it!

By the Pool with her new scooter

In the Park with the scooter

My birthday celebration in Richmond

Going off to Field Day at school

Whispering Secrets - she always has her Daddy's ear!

Kyla's Dinosaur Painting

Princess Kyla

Kyla's dollhouse. Bob recently built the cabinet under it, so she can stand up and play with it. He put a shelf in it for her to store some of her "stuff." She immediately set to work filling it up!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Broadening the Arts in Dover

Bob's photograph "Lunchtime, Musee d'Orsay, Paris" won Second Place for Photography in the "Broadening the Arts" -- "American Dream" first annual art show at Dover Air Force Base yesterday, June 12. This has always been one of my favorite images of Bob's. I just noticed that it is not on the website but we do need to be sure to add it to his color photographs! Would love to know what you think!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sunset Canoeing on Haven Lake

Last evening we met with Jason Beale, Manager of Abbott's Mill Nature Center for a sunset canoe trip to the headwaters of Haven Lake, a short drive from home. Along with 3 other intrepid souls we explored numerous channels of the lake, saw water lilies just about to burst into bloom, carnivorous pitcher plants and sundew along with many other forms of plant life native to this area's wet places. Jason spotted a tiny cricket frog who gets its name from the loud call it makes that sounds like...you guessed it...a cricket! He scooped it up in his net for us to see, returning it again to its watery home.

The tiny cricket frog (photo from naturalsciences.org)

The lake was so peaceful as we paddled along (my arms should start hurting any time now!). We were the only humans on this part of the lake as the sun was slowly making its way below the horizon. The day had been cool and breezy but out on the lake the air was calm and we were quite comfortable, at times having to "bushwack" our way through vegetation to continue and once having to turn around due to the dense growth.

Sunset Canoeing on Haven Lake

The Lake

Jason Beale was a wealth of knowledge as we canoed, pointing out plants and trees and the calls of birds that enjoy this habitat. A large blue heron flew over us to perch on a tree branch on the far side of the lake; geese descended in unison to skim the surface of the lake and land gracefully; red-winged black birds were clearly protecting their nests as we glided past and we received a good talking to.

Abbott's Mill has a terrific line-up of programs and classes all year round. Some are even free! I hope you'll check them out!

Me, canoeing (not my best side!)

Kyak at sunset

It was a lovely way to spend the evening and we hope to do this again.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Rehoboth Art League 72nd Members Fine Art Exhibit

This evening June 4, from 5-7pm is the Opening Reception for the exhibition. It runs from June 4 through July 14, 2010 at Rehoboth Art League, 12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres, Rehoboth Beach, DE. This year's featured artist is Charlene Edman Abele whose paintings of the Eastern Shore of Maryland have won numerous awards and prizes. This year's judge is Kristin Pleasanton, Art and Artist Services Coordinator with the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Don't miss seeing the exhibit of artwork from this year’s Plein Air event which was held May 7 and 8, in the Homestead Gallery.

Steve Rogers won first place in the Plein Air Paint Out:

Broadening the Arts in Dover

Bob is participating in this free, one-day event filled with all forms of art, from visual to literary to performing.

"American Dream" – "This first annual event is a collaboration of the arts in Kent County to provide opportunities to emerging and professional artists, as well as appreciators. Featured activities are exhibits, demonstrations, educators in the arts, musical entertainment, storytelling, culinary delights, vendors, Kidzone and more. The one day event is filled with all aspects of art, from visual to literary to performing. Look for published writers and artists along with professional musicians and dancers. Mesmerizing storytellers will be set up inside vintage airplanes telling their tales. Educators and professionals will be available to provide emerging artists the chance to succeed through their knowledge and experience."

Location: AMC Air Museum, 1301 Heritage Rd., Dover AFB, DE. Saturday June 12, 10 - 2. For further information call 302-677-3246 or email: xan.salas@dover.af.mil

Here's a peak at what he'll be showing that is available for purchase or enjoyment!

Venice Gondola

The Fallen

Market Day

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Bob's photo is on a Bagstab Backpack!

Bagstab "is a community of designers, artists and fashionistas who create unique, funky and stylish designs for backpacks, messenger bags, totes and things of that nature. Everyone votes for their favorite designs, and the winners get their bag printed and sold in the Bagstab shop."

Bob submitted his photograph "Big Ears" (or "Emerging")" - of a baroque architectural detail called a relief found in Mantua, Italy and got enough votes to have it put on one of their backpacks!

How cool is that!