Blog artist, travel writer, nature writer, world wide adventurer and explorer, current Ph.D. candidate in History, birder, ace photographer, sometime surfer, and long time friend and patron of Mannionville, Sean Paul Kelley, was traveling a leg of the Silk Road back in May with his father and took this on the walkway to the shrine of the Imam Zayd in Merv, Turkmenistan. The bird’s a European Roller and had just plucked a grasshopper out of the air in mid-hop.
And because some of you I know will want to know, Sean Paul shot this with a Nikon D3200 with a Nikkor af70-300 lens.
Photo copyright by Sean Paul Kelley 2014. Used by permission.
Liz Keith, Uncle Merlin’s Aussie cousin and an old friend of the Mannion boys, made a visit to the Horizontal Falls Monday (Sunday, our time?) and sent us this photo. Horizontal Falls, the Kimberly, Western Australia. Monday. June 16, 2014.
Photo copyright by Elizabeth Keith. 2014. Used by permission.
Rotterdam, New York. Thursday morning around nine. April 24, 2014. Posted from the road.
I’d never seen one of these before. Wonder how much business it does and who’s using it. There are probably companies and government agencies in the area with fleets of vehicles that run on natural gas but I’d expect them to have their own filling stations. But are there private cars out there running on natural gas? Who makes them? What’s their range? How do they work? Do they work? Guess I’ve got some googling ahead of me when I get home.
Blogging and Twitter pal Philip Turner reports in from NYC: “Out on a late aft bike ride at the Hudson & the great gray bridge, w/the little red lighthouse. Mid 40s, light wind’ Thursday. March 14, 2014.
Be sure to visit Phil at the Mannioville Daily Gazette’s Favorite Blog of the Week, The Great Gray Bridge.
Now and then I lament that I can’t draw. But it’s really the case that I don’t draw enough anymore to be any good. I used to draw all the time and not just doodles. Once upon a time I even drew all the Christmas cards I sent. One at a time. No photocopying. No scanning and uploading onto a computer because that wasn’t an option. Once I sat up all night working on my cards. Best night up all alone of my life. But even when I did draw enough to be any good I was never this good:
And here’s a time-lapse video of the drawing in progress:
I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah and a joyful whatever other holiday you celebrate this time of year. Happy New Year from all of us here in Mannionville---the blonde, Ken, Oliver, and me!