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Kissimmee Celebrates the 4th of July

I’m hoping that invoking the “better late than never” theory will excuse the tardiness of getting these photos posted. They were taken this past Friday at the Kissimmee 4th of July festivities downtown on the lakefront. I had to leave before the fireworks, but while there I enjoyed photographing the crowd and sampling the food trucks. My favorite food truck find was the super friendly service and vegan black bean and plantain empanadas from La Empanada Food Truck.

There were lots of activities for the kids — young and old. It was fun to see people displaying their patriotism and participating in all there was to see and do. I hope you enjoy the photos.

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Daytona Beach HippieFest #3

“Don’t gain the world & lose your soul,
Wisdom is better than silver or gold.”
― Bob Marley

This is the third and final post to feature photos from the 2014 Daytona Beach HippieFest, held this past Sunday. I played around a bit with a couple of the photos in this post, giving them a more vintage, 60’s feel. Or, such was the intent. It’s been groovy sharing these photos from the event with you. Peace.

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Cool shades

A vintage look to go with your cool vintage shades…

This guy was very popular. What you don't see is the other half of a situation I'll probably never be in again: At my back is a police officer and my face to a guy yelling "Free pot!". Fortunately, the cop had both a sense of humor and the ability to read.

This guy was very popular. What you don’t see is the other half of a situation I’ll probably never be in again: At my back is a police officer while in front of me stands this guy yelling, “Free pot!”. Fortunately, the officer had both a sense of humor and the ability to read.

Sometimes abstracts just happen, so you go with them...

This happened after I ran into the guy with the free pot… 🙂

Wisperwood Tie-Dye helped a lot of people unleash their inner hippie.

Wisperwood Tie-Dye helped a lot of people unleash their inner hippie.

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A good time was had by all...

And a good time was had by all…

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Street Portraiture: Faces of Kissimmee, #9

Upon meeting Patrick at his Kissimmee Valley Farmers Market booth, I instantly admired him. Patrick is the mind, hands and heart behind “PJ’s Bracelets & Key Chains”. He donates the money he raises, selling bracelets and key chains he fashions by hand from colored cord and aluminum soda can tabs, for cancer research. He buys the soda can tabs by the pound from Ronald McDonald House – and pays double what they ask.

Patrick is no stranger to cancer; it has touched and continues to touch his family. Because we share that experience, I applaud the fact that Patrick has determined to do something to help others. It was clear from speaking with him that his creations are a labor of love and of healing. While his donations help fund research to heal others, I know his work is helping to heal him, too. If you’re in downtown Kissimmee on a Tuesday evening, be sure to stop by his booth at the Farmers Market and support what he’s doing.

God bless you, Patrick. It was an honor to meet you.

"Patrick" [Click image to view larger size] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/1.8 at 1/1500 sec., 85 mm

“Patrick” [Click image to view larger size] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/1.8 at 1/1500 sec., 85 mm

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Street Portraiture: Faces of Kissimmee, #8

On Tuesday evenings from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, the Kissimmee Valley Farmers Market takes place downtown in front of the Civic Center. In addition to fresh grown and handmade goods, one can also get fresh information on other happenings in the area.

Kayla is a purveyor of local information. She is just the kind of person you want to encounter if you’re an out-of-towner looking for things to do that are more real and less derived than the area theme parks. She listened with interest as I explained my “Faces of Kissimmee” project. To my excitement, she said she’d seen some of the photos from the series I’ve already posted. And she liked them, too! I knew then she couldn’t say “no”, so I popped the question and clicked the shutter.

"Kayla" [Click image to enlarge/shrink size] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f.1.8 at 1/1500 sec., 85 mm

“Kayla” [Click image to enlarge/shrink size] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f.1.8 at 1/1500 sec., 85 mm

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Due to a glitch in resource management (namely myself), today’s post features a portrait I shot in October last year. I was going to find and include a quote about time management and being organized, but I simply don’t have time…

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec. at f/8, 82 mm

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A Rotten Tomato (To-Mitt-o?)

High-tech tomatoes. Mysterious milk. Supersquash.
Are we supposed to eat this stuff? Or is it going to eat us?

– Annita Manning

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 2 seconds at f/22, 35 mm

It has been suggested that this also looks like a minimalist portrait of Mitt Romney’s character…

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The Sick Rose

O Rose, thou art sick!
The invisible worm
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.
– William Blake

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/125 sec at f/1.8, 35 mm

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Contrast in Nature

Joy and grief are never far apart. In the same street the shutters of one house are closed while the curtains of the next are brushed by the shadows of the dance. A wedding party returns from the church; and a funeral winds to its door.
– Robert Eldridge Willmott

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/350 sec at f/4.8, 35 mm

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Lagerstroemia

One of my favorite southern trees or shrubs is the crepe (or crape) myrtle. Though people can’t seem to agree on the spelling, most do agree that it’s a beautiful sight when loaded with it’s delicate blooms.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec at f/5.6, 35 mm

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“I love you, Granny.”

Refuge from the Misery of Life

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life –
music and cats.

– Albert Schweitzer

The Humane Society of Utah has some beautiful cats currently available for adoption. Here are just a few of the wonderful animals I photographed yesterday. If you are looking for a feline companion in the Salt Lake City, UT area, these guys would be so grateful if you’d come by and get acquainted.

Don’t shop; adopt!

Sebian, Kennel 108, Animal ID #A055175
This boy loves to love ya, baby! And who can resist those beautiful blue eyes?

Abbie has beautiful coloring, personality, and is waiting for you in Kennel 113. Her animal ID is A054997.

“Loki” must translate to “sweet” in this case, because this little one is more of a lover than a trickster. You can find Loki in kennel 106. Her animal ID is A026666.

Thomas didn’t want his picture taken; he just wanted to lay in my lap and snuggle! He’ll snuggle with you, too, when you stop by kennel 125 to say hello. His animal ID is A054342.

Please forgive me for getting personal for a moment, but I’d like to ask for your prayers for my grandmother, Phyllis, who is 99. While I was taking the photos used in today’s post, I learned she had fallen and broken her hip and shoulder after apparently suffering a heart attack. She is in hospital in critical condition, facing surgery today. Thank you and God bless!

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