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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jamestown, Virginia

These photos were taken at Jamestown, Virgina, the first English settlement. For a good historical summary of Jamestown, go to this link.

I hope you enjoyed these images taken from one of the oldest historical spots in the country. Of course, there are areas once inhabited by native Indians that are even older, but that's another image thread.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Day of the Dead 2009

Day of the Dead has always been one of my favorite times of the year, but this year, it is especially meaningful. For many people, 2009 seems to be a year of loss, whether it be the loss of a job or a loved one. The most difficult loss for me personally was the death of my kitty Joseph. I had him for nine happy years. He passed away suddenly from a heart seizure on October 2nd. This is the last picture I took of him. It was still in my camera at the time of his death:

Memorial flowers for Joseph:

Thanks to everyone who sent Michael and I sympathetic emails and cards. We greatly appreciate it.

In addition to decorating my own house, I like to go to DOTD related events and art exhibits. These photos were taken at the Meek Mansion in Hayward, CA. I thought the displays were well done overall and looked great in this particular setting. Please note that all of the displays and images were initially created by other artists. These are simply photos of the artwork displayed.

These were taken yesterday at the big street festival in Fruitvale, CA:

And last but not least, these are some color pencil drawings I created a few years ago for a Day of the Dead celebration at my house. The original drawings were done on 18x24 inch paper so they were big enough to catch the attention of my party guests. I thought it would be fun to include them here:

I hope you enjoyed looking at these images everyone. Take some time today to remember your departed ancestors and loved ones.