Past Dinners

Deer skulls – Jonesboro, Illinois

We visited some of Cindy’s family in southern Illinois for a few days awhile back, and found this display of deer skulls scattered about on a porch bench. They were from many past hunts, and given that the hunter always hunted the deer for food, I had no qualms about taking photos of them. I’ve never been one for trophy hunting, but food hunting is an entirely different issue and one that I fully support.

Photo info:
Deer skulls
Trail of Tears State Forest
Jonesboro, Illinois
October 2017
Ilford Pan F+ 50
Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM lens
Leica M3 35mm film camera


Repetition – Annapolis, Maryland

Whenever we were in Annapolis to visit Cindy’s family, I would frequently make time to go down to the City Dock area and check out the latest happenings on the water. Being that Annapolis was once the self-declared “Sailing Capital of the World”, there’s usually something worth the side-trip – über yachts, sailing regattas, tall ships, naval vessels – you name it and they probably have had it. They even hosted the “Travis Pastrana Takeover” last year, which you can see below.

Photo info:
One-design racing sailboats
Annapolis Yacht Club Sailing Center
Annapolis, Maryland
May 2019
Ilford Pan F Plus 50 film
Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM lens
Leica M3 35mm film camera

Next Year For Sure

Orchids — US Botanic Garden

It’s been too long. Normally the US Botanic Garden (USBG) has their annual orchid exhibit from the end of February to the beginning of May, with the exhibit location alternating between the USBG building near the US Capitol Building, and the Kogod Courtyard in the National Portrait Gallery (which is a much smaller space and has fewer blooms to enjoy).

However, I haven’t visited the USBG orchid show since 2018. 2019 was when they went to the alternate exhibit space in the National Portrait Gallery (which I’ve been to in the past and didn’t enjoy), and last year — 2020 — the pandemic struck just before they opened the exhibit in the primary space at the USBG building — so I missed that one. I just checked the USBG website and they are not having the orchid show at all for 2021.

For me, the annual orchid show is a huge harbinger of spring. The gorgeous colors, the heavenly scents, the incredibly varied plants and blooms… it’s a very heady experience and one that I find incredibly enjoyable.

I hope that they have the orchid show next year, in 2022. If so, I’ll definitely be attending with my camera and watercolor field kit in hand!

Image info:
US Botanic Garden — Washington, DC
February 2018
Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM lens
Sony a6300 camera