Daily Photos

< July 2024

July 1, 2024
Everybody should have a Discover Classical t-shirt. I don`t understand why strangers ask me to take their photo (see July 24, 2023). There`s lots of room for interpretation in this photo. Dunbar`s face has been defaced (see August 2, 2022). I`m so lucky I`m able to walk to work instead of drive.

July 2, 2024
Hey, nice bike! Cars driving by me on both sides.  I don`t care. I came across a mural in progress.  Now I need to get here when the artist is working (see August 10, 2022). Other people`s photo shoots. Margaritaville, Ohio.

July 3, 2024
Accidents happen. Only one duckling?  That`s not right. I`m sure people came to the wrong place for fireworks. Someone else has a birthday, I get cookies. These aren`t official fireworks from the city of Dayton.

July 4, 2024
Patriotic people participate in a pleasant parade. I suggested that we inflate his costume with helium and float him above the parade. Are they the same dogs year after year (see July 4, 2023)? Firefighters do a lot of community outreach. After this, we had hot dogs and baked beans.

July 5, 2024
Umvikeli G. Scott Jones has composed a set of Six Suites for Solo Instrument and Rhythm Section. I had the opportunity to observe the first rehearsal. It`s been a long time since I`ve heard Mike Wade play (see March 4, 2010). Jim Leslie provided rhythm in the rhythm section. The music had space for improvisation, and Willie Morris filled the space skillfully.

July 6, 2024
I`ve had the opportunity to take some excellent portraits this year. We spent the day trying to stay out of direct sunlight. I asked if she wanted to take pictures in the city and she said, `I`m more of a nature girl.` This moment was interrupted by a marauding bumblebee. Now I know how Bruce McBroom felt when he took the famous poster photo of Farrah Fawcett in 1976.

July 7, 2024
Tonight was the premiere of Umvikeli G. Scott Jones` Six Suites for Solo Instrument and Rhythm Section. The ensemble included some outstanding jazz musicians from the Dayton area (see July 5 above). Linda Landis was impressive on the trombone. Mike Wade blessed us with his flugelhorn. The music was inspired by six Black residents of Dayton, some of whom were in attendance at the concert.

July 8, 2024
Where I used to live and what my pictures looked like. I didn`t even use my good camera or my good lens. I wonder what these are, and why people plant them. I had a picture of a squirrel jumping into a tree, but it was blurry -- so you get another bee instead. And then I got home and discovered people on the roof.

July 9, 2024
This church steeple is still being repaired (see November 8, 2023). The pastor came by and told me the whole thing needs to come down and it weighs many many many tons. The guardian of Main Street. I took notes during the staff meeting.  The person sitting next to me did this. The obstacle course I drive through to get home.

July 10, 2024
I walk to work most of the time now and hardly use the parking garage.  I haven`t missed it. On the street where I work, the sidewalk is populated by musicians, actors and dancers. We`re dealing with the remnants of a hurricane. The filthy spooky vacant lot near where I work. Be grateful you have a place to live.

July 11, 2024
It was a frustrating day migrating from an old laptop to a new one.  Planned obsolescence should be outlawed. Other people`s photo shoots. They arrived at the library just as I did. I`m shocked this place has been cleaned up since yesterday (see July 10 above). Work on the mosaic continues (see June 25, 2024).

July 12, 2024
This morning it was just me and the birds (and one fisherman). Geese on patrol. The garden was abuzz with activity. I turned off the flash for this, since certain bugs detect it instantaneously and they fly away.  How is that possible? This was a difficult shot, but I`ve got the perception, skills and camera equipment needed to make it happen.

July 13, 2024
Andy Snow discusses his photographs on display at The Contemporary Dayton (see May 17, 2024). Ron Rollins moderated an artist talk with Andy today. The gallery was full of people who appreciate Andy. The show is on display for a few more weeks. This spot is normally a lot more crowded when I`m here.

July 14, 2024
I thought this rusty 1960 Edsel was a junk car, but then somebody got in, noisily started it up and drove away. Yellow Springs:  where garbage cans are works of art. I like the Oregon District, but Yellow Springs is cool too. In 11th grade, I beat the science teacher who led the school chess club.  It has all been downhill since then. Life is just one big THRILL RIDE.

July 15, 2024
I got too close and it showed me its cottontail. When I put on the macro lens, good things happen. Of course when I`m using the macro lens, something like this happens and I wish I had the telephoto lens. A macro lens reveals the secrets of nature. I enjoy mornings with birds, beasts, bugs and blooms.

July 16, 2024
After going through some radical renovations last year, the neighborhood gazebo is looking good. As I walk to and from work, I pass by this leafy area where a red squirrel lives. We are all on a pilgrimage to be loved.  SIERRA LEONE When things get stormy, it`s important to stay grounded. What should I write in the wet concrete?

July 17, 2024
There was lots of dancing on Courthouse Square today. I escaped radio duties for a while so I could take photos. Wright State students performed in their off season. She`s still airborne (see June 15, 2024). There were other forms of art being practiced today.