Ginger

Traffic

Living in Northern Virginia, traffic is a way of life. There are no ways to avoid the mess unless you are agoraphobic.  Sitting in traffic is just the way we live around here.

The summers make the traffic worse. If I95 is backed up, everything dumps onto Route 1. Route 1 happened to be where I was sitting on Saturday. It was not pretty because it was a 3 mile back up. Then it cleared for a few miles and bam…right back in the thick of  going 2-5 miles or stopped completely.

We (my daughter and I) were sitting in a 2 mile back up at this point, when she spotted a bill board. She laughed and told me I needed to take a picture of that one! I did! I had the camera with me and thought, I will take a picture of something interesting as we move and stop. When we were able to move forward again, I snapped. A picture that is…=)

  Here is the bill board. She didn’t realize that Ruffles is a brand of potato chip. We don’t buy Ruffles. I prefer them because they are saltier. My husband doesn’t do salt. We usually end up with Wavy Lays. I also prefer the wavy chips because I am a scooper, not a dipper, dunker, dabber or scraper. I scoop! Lots! I am going to need to purchase her a bag of plain Rrrrufffles with rrridgges!

Ahhh, traffic is moving…slightly. We  stopped next to a building that I have long admired. I love the mural on the front of the building. They are an eye specialty shop. Glasses, Lasik etc. The mural on the front of the building is filled with lots of faces.

I love the mural, but it struck me funny that a place offers LASIK and BOTOX.

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July 18, 2011 Posted by | Attitude, Humor, Just Life, Photography, Traffic | 3 Comments

Zoo Part 2 (Picture Heavy)

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This old girl is actually 30 years old. In captivity, they can live up to 35 years. In the wild they may only get to about 20 years of age. She was donated to the Zoo by the Dept of Navy. She was all ready trained to throw a frisbie and fetch. She left the stage though and didn’t stay around much to play with the spectators. Her partner was swimming around and showing off for us.

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March 28, 2008 Posted by | Art, Boys, Children, Critters, Daughter, Education, Exercising, Family Fun, Field Trip, Just Life, Observances, Photography, Wash D.C. Zoo | 7 Comments

GIMPING a Photo….

The smartest Lady I know figured out how to add a border on my photo using the free photo editing software GIMP. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You’re instructions made it so simple to follow Donna…. 🙂 You are the BOMB!!! By the way…….have you looked at the matting and framing? I think the instructions are missing a step…. 🙂

I finally had a few minutes to sit and play around with the instructions. I chose a photo we had taken at Assateague Island National Park located on the Eastern Shore in Virginia. I adjusted the white balance and used the color enhancing tool. Cropped and scaled the photo. Then followed Donna’s instructions.

This was so simple to do…….Now my friends won’t have to worry about me ever going back to black… 😛

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Here are two more pictures that were taken on Chincoteague after a bad storm rolled through. The sun was just starting to set. I left one picture as is with just one minor adjustment. The other two were run through the color enhancing and I also tried different colors on the borders. I don’t know that I necessarily like them….? It alters the image and gives it a different feel. You choose….which would you prefer…..

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As far as the color border goes…..I was just messing with the background color to see if I could figure out how to change it out on my own….. 🙂 I think it is interesting (at least to my eyes) that the different colored borders feel as if they are altering the color in the photo when the three images are exactly the same.

February 26, 2008 Posted by | Art, Blogs, Computers, Friends, Just Life, Photography, Techie Challenged, Techie Stuff, Toys | 7 Comments

Visiting The Awakening…. (Picture Heavy)

We made it to D.C. to visit the Awakening. It was a gorgeous day. Everyone at the park enjoyed a last climb on the various parts of the sculpture. Mostly families with children were lining up and taking pictures on the sculpture. Strangers would volunteer to take a picture of the whole family. The children created lines so there was no arguing over who’s turn it was next to take a run for the top of the knee. People were lining up at the foot and hand. The only piece that was difficult to get to was of course the face. Here are a few shots of our visit……..

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So that you have a general idea of the size of the foot, my husband is 6’5″. Our 14 year old daughter, Colleen, is next to him. Our sons, Charlie (in the black) is 12 and Robbie (in the green) is 10. I, obviously missing from all the photos, am behind the camera….just where I prefer to be… 🙂

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As the clouds moved in the temperature started to drop. As we drove out of D.C. headed towards Mount Vernon it started to rain. We decided to bypass the free admission into Mount Vernon and head home. We created a few special memories that day….I so wanted to climb the knee myself. I didn’t wear the right sneakers. Apparently my children and husband were waiting for me to give it a go….Maybe when it is placed in its new home…. 😉

February 20, 2008 Posted by | Art, Boys, Celebrations, Children, Daughter, Family Fun, Field Trip, Growing up, Holidays, Just Life, Observances, Photography, Thankfull | 8 Comments

Fire…..(Picture Heavy)

Saturday, my children and I drove to Petersburg, VA. to spend the day with several other homeschooling families and one of my many surrogate families. Wounded Lily and Papa Bear… 🙂

We had a wonderful day of fellowship and food. Add to that mix 8 teenagers, a couple of tweens and 2 or 3 that were ten and under….we needed lots of food. We had a beautiful day. It was rather warm for a February. I think the temperature actually climbed up to at least 55 degrees. Normally it would be in the low 20’s or teens possibly snow on the ground.

They live way out in the country next to a major set of rail road tracks that run through Petersburg. There property is lined with tall pine trees and a mix of smaller shrubs. As we were driving down the road towards their house we opened the windows to the van and the scent of pine drifted through the windows. This is also prime Civil War battle ground. If it wasn’t for the trains coming through at least 8 times a day….one could enjoy sitting there listening to the crickets at night during the summer. Fall and winter find the air crisp with the breezes scented with cold and pine.

Papa Bear built a bonfire. It was the adults who begged and it wasn’t until the fire was built we realized we were missing an important element to bonfire enjoyment. Marshmallows!! The bonfire started out rather huge as a good bonfire should. We were commenting on how unusual it was to be sitting there in front of the fire and not standing with our backsides trying to stay warm. As the fire would die down each of us would inch our chairs a little closer.

It is interesting to throw pine cones and pine needles into the fire and watch them burn. The pine cones will catch and some will burn from the bottom up with the flame burning and dancing from the top of the cone. The pine tags (needles) look like red hot pieces of string as they burn. The embers on the bottom glow red hot while the flames lick through the rest of the logs.

Fire is fascinating. It can be beautiful yet destructive. It seems to dance and sway to some silent music that only the fire knows. Fire is unique when photographing the flame and embers. I took several shots of the fire and embers with the flash and without. The flash pictures take on a different feel. My children compared the white the embers become with the flash to that of ice. The pine cones and the embers were white. To me it is a startling image with the white and black embers, which are actually glowing red when the flash is not in use.

I thought I would share the pictures that we took of the bonfire. The photos have been cropped and scaled for easier loading for those on dial up. Continue reading

February 12, 2008 Posted by | Blogs, Boys, Celebrations, Children, Curiosity, Daughter, Family, Family Fun, Food/Recipes, Friends, Games, Growing up, Holidays, Homeschooling, Humor, Just Life, Men, Observances, Photography, Relationships | 4 Comments