Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
They have a new director this year and he is fantastic. He has taken the kids to new levels. Two of the bands meet during non-regular school hours. The combo comes in at 7:00AM daily and one meets during G period which I think is supposed to be kind of a free period. The kids in the 1st group even get together on Saturday mornings at one of their house's for outside practice. This school really encourages music. In most schools, kids aspire to be the top sports star. In this one, it is the top musician. I've never seen so many good musicians in one school and it is a small school -- a charter school. And I've never seen middle and high school play together. Usually there is such a difference in skill level, the high schoolers would not want the younger ones playing with them. These kids all have such a great time playing together. One of the boys who plays in the combo and the last group plays fiddle and guitar. Right after he graduates in a few weeks, he is joining the army and will become a member of the U.S. Army Band. The kid can play!
Black River, you guys rock!!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
On the way home, I stopped at a camera store and bought a new tripod and head. I've been looking at this one tripod for about a year. Every time I got to a different camera store to look at them, this is the one that they recommend. I can't find a good picture of the head but it has a pistol-like grip. Hopefully I can try it out tomorrow. I also rented a macro lens that I'm going to try out tomorrow. It will be a return trip to photograph the butterflies and some of the flowers.
Monday, April 6, 2009
The butterflies are in bloom at the gardens. I've been out there once to take some pictures. Tried to go out again on Saturday but it was jam-packed. I may go again Good Friday. I have the day off.
This was my evening project tonight.
I sure wish I had thought and got an email or something for this guy. I love the picture. The little girl is holding their ticket into the gardens. I shot this through a tree from quite a distance away. Telephotos are great.