Jubilee

•August 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Gwendolyn Brown

Gwendolyn Brown

Just so you’ll know that Alaska is not the only thing I’ve seen this year, these are from a Fisk Jubilee Singers concert commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Fisk University.

 

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CeCe Winans

The Fisk Jubilee Singers have been traveling the country and performing around America, and the world, since 1871 when they cleaned the meager coffers at Fisk and went on their first fund-raising tour.  They started out performing ballads and patriotic pieces, to mixed reviews and attention, and at a particular point in that 1871 tour, according to legend, they broke into various ‘slave’ songs that most of their audiences had never heard.

Gordon Kennedy

Gordon Kennedy  (writer of “Change The World” by Eric Clapton)

 

Ruby Amanfu

Ruby Amamfu- ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iErNRBTPbEc     with Jack White)

 

Sam Moore

Sam Moore (Sam and Dave)

 

Jimmy Hall

Jimmy Hall

The Jubilee Singers were the first international music stars to come out of Nashville (They were first recorded in 1909)   and while touring Europe, Queen Victoria was so moved by their performance that she stated that they must be from the Music City of the United States.   Both the name and the group have stuck around!

 

Keb Mo

Keb Mo

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It’s likely that this performance will be released to the public in the Fall of 2016.  If nothing else, Gwendolyn Brown’s version of  “Lord, How Come Me Here” is priceless!!!!  (Be prepared for goosebumps)

 

Oh…please pardon all the extraneous microphones, etc.  The stage was set up for sound recording as opposed to ‘sight’ recording….oh, well….

Fresh

•July 25, 2016 • 2 Comments

 

 

Fresh

Fresh Seafood

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Fresh Flowers

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Fresh Fruit

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Fresh Vegetables

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Fresh Air…and Water

 

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Pike Place Market

Seattle, WA- 5/5/16

 

Victoria’s Sea-crest

•July 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Victoria B.C. was the last stop on our cruise….

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The House of Parliament: (Our Pedi-cab driver stated that there was one light for every jewel in Queen Victoria’s crown…haven’t confirmed that there were 3333 jewels in the crown, but it’s s good story…)

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Fisherman’s Wharf (floating neighborhood)

 

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In about the middle of this shot, on the left you can see a bit of a pontoon boat (what we call a ‘party boat’ here in the South) that the resident has attached to their house as a porch.

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The waterway just past the houses is Victoria’s seaplane runway.

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Overlooking Fisherman’s wharf

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The oldest ‘Chinatown’ in Canada—    est. during the Gold Rush

 

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Ice, Ice, Baby…

•July 13, 2016 • 2 Comments

More to come…

This is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’…

literally

 

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Uncle Bud’s Catfish ‘n Such….

•July 5, 2016 • 2 Comments

 

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I still have not finished editing the Glacier Bay picks…I keep getting caught up and transported back to Alaska every time I get involved in it and then I want nothing more than to revel in the experience, not WORK on it…

 

At some point in my lost blog year, I did some photos for Uncle Bud’s Catfish Shack.  Most of the stuff is on their website, Unclebuds.com.

 

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Nashville has become somewhat of a ‘foodie’ destination, with a large number of Food Network type Chefs migrating here, but if you need (and who doesn’t now and then?) a true Southern experience, Uncle Bud’s is the place to go.

 

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Catfish, chicken, white beans, cole slaw, home fries, hush puppies, pickles and onions, biscuits and gravy, (or biscuits and Cane Patch syrup), sweet tea in a Mason jar…?!

 

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Did I mention hush puppies?!!!  (You may even get some gumbo, alligator tails or shrimp, if you are so inclined.)

 

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Oh…you might as well finish off with a little, peach, apple or blueberry cobbler.  (I think you could even get ’em to plop a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, if you smile…)

 

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After shooting the stills, they asked if I would try to put together a video to promote their catering operation…sort of a food truck, but buffet style for 2000 people.

 

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Bringin’ the all-you-can-eat fixins’

This was my first attempt at producing and editing a video.  I want to do more!!!  (Maybe someday even with a bigger crew than one…me…

This is the link to the 30 second video  and if you are so inclined there is also a 3 minute version.  The soundtrack for the 3 minute video is the instrumental version of a song called “Rollin’ On” and is performed by Radical Edward….that’s a whole ‘nother story in itself…

 

If you go to Uncle Bud’s  (dinner supper only except on weekends) be sure to tell them that Randy says Hey!…I can’t guarantee you that will make them treat you any better, because if they are any nicer than they usually are, they might never get you to leave…

and while you’re waiting for your catfish, crumble up a couple of hush puppies and mix in some white beans….!

or…you might just want a lemon wedge…

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You Otter Be In Pictures

•July 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment

_DSC1259 cropI know, I know…I’m sorry…I tried to resist but I am weak…feeble…feeble-minded, at least… This little guy was in the water at Sitka…Well…here’s where he was.

 

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We encountered several of the Alaskan natives.   The otters of Sitka seemed to have a pretty easy time floating around on their backs, in rafts, (a group of otters) waving at the tourists.  Until recently, humans were the Alaskan sea otter’s biggest threat, but they are now protected…but not from Orcas or eagles.

 

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Speaking of…also in Sitka, somewhere between the mainland and volcano island.

Bald Eagles

 

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The ‘little guy’ on the left is apparently less than 5 years old. At 5 is when their heads turn completely white.

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In glacier Bay.

 

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About a quarter of the way in from the bottom left you will see what looks to be a yellow tree just above the water line and above that tree are two little white dots.  That’s not dust on my lens, it’s these guys.  (Click image to enlarge…on any of these)

 

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Alaskan mountain goats.

 

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And finally, also in Glacier Bay…

 

Whale

 

Based on the water spouts and occasional fins and tails, we counted between 20 and 30 whales.

 

 

Other Little Things…

•June 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Okay, it’s time to take a short break from Alaska…

 

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That’s not the only thing I’ve experienced in the past year.  For instance, back on Memorial Day weekend I had the privilege to cover the 2016 Indianapolis 500.  This is the 7th 500 that I have photographed for Mike Curb, one of the car owners.

 

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I was there in 2011 when Dan Wheldon, driving the Curb #98 won on the 100th Anniversary of the 500.  This year was the 100th   ‘running’ of the race…(there were several years skipped on account of such things as World Wars…)

The significance of this year’s race, besides being the 100th running is that we won again!

 

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Alexander Rossi, a rookie, took the checkered flag on a brilliant fuel strategy by Bryan Herta…team owner.  After Rossi crossed the finish line, he didn’t even have enough fuel left to make a full Victory lap.

 

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Oh, and there were at least 350,000 people in attendance.

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