September 23, 2015, is the last time I posted on this blog. However, that does not mean that I did not have any photos that fit in this category. In fact if I post them all at one time, there are more than 50 photos. So pleaser peruse them and enjoy yourself! In general these will be in reverse chronological order with the newest ones first.
I have been working up a show entitled, "A Slice of the American Pie." Any of the photos below that I have as candidates have the label, "AmPie." Whether I can get it shown somewhere is still an unanswered question.
Fast Food Ad at Drive-thru (AmPie) (21-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)
In the greater Harrisonburg area (Rockingham County), we have several different churches of Old Order Mennonites. Some of them still drive horse drawn buggies. It reminds us of a slower pace of life.
An Old Order Mennonite Horse Drawn Buggy (6-Nov-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Two Horses and Buggies (AmPie) (19-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)
A parent and child can show some of the deepest caring loves in the world.
Our Daughter Heidi and One-and-a-half Year Old Kiara (AmPie) (19-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)
One thing I enjoy watching is the changing color and shape of the sky and and clouds in it. Here are a few samples.
Dark Clouds with Bright Light on the White Shop (12-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)
Large Cumulus Cloud over the Valley Near Mt. Clinton (VA) Village (8-Jan-17; © Richard L. Bowman)
A Colorful Sunrise from Our Front Porch (18-Dec-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
A Colorful Sunset over the Shop and Woodpile (22-Nov-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
People at work are definitely part of the American pie. Here Dale and Jason Lehman (Lehman Construction Group) pour us a new sidewalk from our redone porch to the driveway.
Pouring Concrete for a New Sidewalk (AmPie) (12-Dec-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
The four-lane Interstate highway system is also very much a part of the American scene since the automobile is such a major form of conveyance for us.
I-64 Coming from Charlottesville, VA, toward Staunton (AmPie) (19-Nov-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
A Group of Young Trees Beside I-64 (19-Nov-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
On a different scale, I also like seeing trees in different seasons close up.
Leaves Hanging on Our Ash Tree in the Fall (12-Nov-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Focusing on Red (Flowering Plum) Leaves in the Background (8-Nov-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Focusing on Red (Flowering Plum) Leaves in the Foreground (8-Nov-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Ash Tree Leaves Still Live and Well in the Fall (AmPie) (2-Nov-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
One Dry Ash Leaf Hangs On As Others Have Fallen or Soon Will (2-Nov-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Fall Pruning of the Flowering Plum Tree (14-Oct-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Holly Leaves Peek Over the Deck Railing (14-Oct-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Catching Rain Splashes on Our Deck (29-Sep-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
How about some more landscapes? These are from various locations--Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Lezhë (Albania).
Summer Rainbow at McGaheysville, VA, USA (8-Jul-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Another View of the Rainbow (8-Jul-16 © Richard L. Bowman)
Trees on the Shore Reflect into Grubb Lake, PA, USA (AmPie) (4-Jul-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Another View of Trees on the Shore of Grubb Lake, PA, USA (4-Jul-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Storm Clouds Over Farmland (PA) (28-Jun-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Dark Clouds Over Farmland and Family Backyard (28-Jun-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Clouds and Their Shadows on the Ground Near Lezhë, Albania (25-May-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Having shown one photo from our time in Albania, here are several more.
Pine Cone Sits on Its Branch (7-May-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Lily Pads in a Small Pond at the Italian Hospital, Tirana (2-Apr-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Close-up of New Arborvitae Needles (2-Apr-16 © Richard L. Bowman)
A Small Island in the Middle of Patok Lagoon, near Lezhë (28-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
A Close View of the Same Island (28-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
During the February 12-14, 2016 weekend, a number of staff, teachers, and parents from Lezha Academic Center took a vacation in Kosovo. We stayed at the Arxhena Hotel, Brod, Dragash, Kosovo. Here are a few photos from that trip.
Yellow and White--Chairs and Table Ready for Dinner (12-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
The hotel had a small waterfall constructed outside on their patio. I tried some experimentation to see what effects I liked best when photographing moving water.
My Best: ISO 400 1/640 f3.5 (12-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
ISO 400 1/1.7 f4.0 (13-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
My Second Best: ISO 80 1/30 f8.0 (14-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
ISO 80 1/15 f8.0 (14-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
The hotel also had a self-feeding birdbath in the small water way out in the patio. As a physicist I was intrigued by the concentric waves produced by the water entering at the center of the bath.
Birdbath and Concentric Waves (14-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Round about the hotel were some small hills and mountains which still had some snow on them which made for some interesting photo compositions.
Dried Bush on a Snowy Rocky Hillside (13-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Rocky-out-cropping on a Snowy Hillside (13-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Small Rocky Mountain at 9 a.m. (14-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
JSame Mountain at 11:40 a.m. (14-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
A Rocky Hill above a Building (14-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
As we meandered our way down the mountain in Kosovo on our way back to Lezhë, we passed several vignettes of clouds, mountains and villages.
A Mountain Village Topped by a Snowy Mountain (14-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
A Village Nestled in a Green Valley with Snow on the Distant Mountain (14-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Back in Albania where we stopped for gas and something to eat, I noticed these heavy excavators sitting out front, presumably to be sold. I was particularly pleased to see that they were New Holland branded equipment--a E385 and a E345. New Holland is a small town near where I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. The New Holland brand began there.
Two New Holland Excavators (14-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Closer to home, we saw more dark clouds gathering for a storm.
A Storm Brewing (14-Feb-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
A month earlier than our trip to Kosovo, I saw this colorful sunset.
Beautiful Clouds in a Sunset in Lezhë (10-Jan-16; © Richard L. Bowman)
Backing up to the fall of 2015, I took some beach photos in Shëngjin. The assistant principal of Lezha Academic Center, Bardha Paplekaj, hosted Elsie and I there for a seafood lunch after which we walked along the almost deserted beach.
Sunset Over the Adriatic Sea (13-Nov-15; © Richard L. Bowman)
Small Waves Crashed on the Beach at Shëngjin (13-Nov-15; © Richard L. Bowman)
Footprints Begin to Disappear from the Shëngjin Beach (13-Nov-15; © Richard L. Bowman)
Before we left the US for Albania at the middle of October 2015, I captured some photos that intrigued me artistically near our home in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
A Single Maple Leaf Caught in a Manicured Lawn (4-Oct-15; © Richard L. Bowman)
Raindrops on a Potted Bouquet of Chrysanthemums (28-Sep-15; © Richard L. Bowman)
Grain Cars Waiting at a Feed Mill (AmPie) (28-Sep-15; © Richard L. Bowman)
Train Tracks with Switches Surrounded by Trees (28-Sep-15; © Richard L. Bowman)
I hope you have enjoyed sampling some of the compositions that interested me from our time in Albania and in the US. I thank God for beauty and that we have the aesthetic sense to appreciate it.
--©2014-15, Richard L. Bowman