Christmas is awesome because I’m a fool that still loves toys. So Santa comes and leaves toys for me. Because I’m basically still 11 years old at heart.
I got these two Star Wars Black Series 6″ figures. They are of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper suits. They have removable helmets. As a kid, I was obsessed with toys that had removable hats and helmets. Star Wars. Indiana Jones, M.A.S.K., Visionaries, etc. If you could put a hat or helmet on the figure, I pretty much wanted it. I don’t know why I’m obsessed with something like that, but there ya go – a little more information about my weird quirks.
I broke out the fog machine here at the studio and took a few photographs of these guys.
I’m on my third fog machine. No matter how correctly I clean them, they always gunk up on me. I’m cursed.
Taken by boat on the river Auduin, as we entered the realm of Gondor, while on vacation in Middle Earth.
The Argonath (also known as The Gates of Argonath or The Pillars of Kings) is a monument comprising two enormous statues carved in the likenesses of Isildur and his father Elendil, standing upon either side of the River Anduin at the northern approach to Nen Hithoel. It marked the northern border of Gondor, as nearby down south were previous outposts, the Amon Hen and the Amon Lhaw.
These two lovely Argonath statues are actually sculpted bookends that came with a deluxe version of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring dvd release somewhere around 2002. I missed the initial release of these because of price, but I went searching on eBay a while back and finally found a set.
These are so fantastic. One of my favorite scenes from Fellowship is when they pass into the realm of Gondor and see the Argonath.
This shot was taken on my back porch of our apartment; the bookends simply sitting on the railing, and me waiting for the sun to lower enough that I could catch a little bit of a “gleam” off of one of them.
If you dig this image, it’s available as a print on my Society6 page starting at $22.00
I’m an animal person. I’m a cat person. Over the last few years, I’ve had to say goodbye to furry friends who had been by my side for almost twenty years. It’s always hard to lose a pet, and you are never ready for when the time comes.
The last few months without pets have been terrible. There is this hole that exists and it never feels like it can be filled again.
I knew I wanted more kitty’s, but the question was how long before I’m ready? And will I ever be? Yoshi and Gromit meant so much to me. Part of me feels like I’m betraying them somehow by bringing new pets into my life. It sounds silly, but they were family members and replacing them always feels so…weird.
So I’d like to welcome Jonesy and Migs. Jonesy is a little boy, and Migs is a little girl. It’s the first time in my life when I’ve had a boy cat. I’ve always been around females. I’m curious to see how they differ from girl cats.
Jonesy is named from the cat in Alien. Migs is named from a Russian aircraft. (It’s kinda a run-on gag between Sara and I that started the first time we watched “Air Force One” together. Then, other movies started talking about Migs, and it was just kinda funny and at some point it became her name.)
We got these little furballs in November 2015 from a place called Darbster Kitty. They rescue kittens from Florida (there aren’t any “no-kill” shelters down there) and fly them to Manchester NH where they have an office. They came complete with all shots and having been fixed. The donation was very reasonable. They aren’t from the same litter, but I think they have same father. They were born a week apart. Migs seems to be pure abyssinian, while Jonesy is a mix of abyssinian and tabby. Jonesy is a little rounder in the belly and face. Migs is sleek, and as her personality develops, she lives up to her name; always darting around quickly, very active, always causing trouble. Sara’s plants can attest to that. Jonesy is a little love bug; always wanting to be held like a baby and having his belly rubbed. It was love at first sight for me with these guys.
So welcome to my life, Jonesy and Migs. I wish you guys knew Yoshi and Gromit. But I know that Yoshi and Gromit would want me to find new little furballs that I can love just as much as I did them, and give two little kitties just as good of a pampered life as they lived. I’m very excited for the next 20 years of fun and fur.
A quiet, reflective moment one afternoon in the life of an applebox.
On top of my love for music photography and portraits, I also spend a good deal of time working on personal photography projects centered about things that are important to me throughout my life. I’ve been neglecting my more personal photography work for a while now, and I’m hoping that I can correct that, and reintroduce my personal work to a new audience. There are links available on my fine art website HERE.
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