Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Spring Birds


Baltimore Oriole

See more nature pictures at Rambling Woods' Nature Notes Meme.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Snaky Sunday

A family of garter snakes has taken up residence around our pond.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

More Spring Blooms

This time taken with a macro lens and tripod, enhanced by a few raindrops. Click to enlarge.

Canada Goose

Although plentiful to the point of being a nuisance, Canada geese possess a certain beauty. I captured this image at a retention pond in a local business park with a Nikon Coolpix S630 in early morning light.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Hawaiian Sky

I think I'm starting to get them hang of this meme thing on the interwebs. Anyway, one of the activities that seems to be popular is Skywatch Friday, which involves posting pictures of the sky. I wasn't able to get a decent picture of the sky today, so I'm posting a picture taken in January on the Big Island of Hawaii, looking east as the sun set in the west. The setting sun cast an interesting pink glow on the clouds over the ocean.

See more at Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

RIP Dick Kemp

I'm a little late in eulogizing Dick Kemp, who died Sept. 7, 2007. I never met the man, and in fact had never heard of him until I started to research the history of a political rally for presidential candidate Franklin Pierce in 1852. I mean the rally was held in 1852, not that I started researching in 1852. Why, I wasn't even born until several years later.

Mr. Kemp began collecting trucks in the early 1950s. He bought a 1930 Mack Bulldog for $50. He continued for decades to buy old trucks, restore them to working order, and make them look presentable, without trying to hammer out all the dents. In the 1970s, he began to display them on his property in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, and thus was born Kemp's Truck Museum. When he died at age 76, his collection included over a hundred vehicles. He didn't charge admission, didn't attempt flawless museum-quality restorations, and encouraged visitors to touch and sit in his vehicles.

I learned of Kemp's Truck Museum because it is located on the Contoocook River next to the old stone oven built to cook an ox for the Great Pierce Barbecue of 1852. See link at the end of this post for further details of that event and my efforts to locate the oven with the help of Hillsboro resident, Steve Davidson.

Old Oven with Kemp Vehicles in the Background
Photo by Steve Davidson

Dick Kemp was interviewed for a special Thanksgiving edition of CNN Newsnight with Aaron Brown which aired November 25, 2004. He concluded the interview by saying,
But everybody asks me, you know, What's going to happen to this collection when you go? I don't know. That's somebody else's problem.
Now we know what will happen. Most of the collection will be auctioned off this year. Some of the proceeds will go toward the care and support of Kemp’s 101-year-old mother, but most will provide financial aid for students at nearby Hillsborough-Deering High School to attend vocational and trade schools on full scholarships.

As a further tribute, the City of Hillsborough will keep two trucks on the property, which will be called Kemp Park. A side benefit may be that the old Pierce stone oven may receive more attention than it has in recent years.


The Great Pierce Barbecue of 1852

"Tears for a bulldog: Kemp’s Truck Museum faces an uncertain future after the passing of its owner" by Chuck Miller

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Signs of spring in the backyard.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Big Peach Rehab

On our recent trip south, we made our obligatory stop at the Big Peach Produce Market near Bruceville, Indiana, where we discovered the revered obelisk spotted with primer. It is our sincere hope that a fresh coat of yellow paint is soon to follow.

Vive les gros fruits!

Link to more information about the Big Peach.

Smoky Landscapes

A few landscape pictures from our recent trip to Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Say Hello to My Little Friend

Lizard at Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

A few pictues from our vacation to the Smokies.

Star Chickweed


Fiddlehead Fern

Saturday, April 04, 2009

More on Dali

While I'm on the subject of Salvador Dali, I've just finished a new post at my Marx Brothers blog, entitled Surrealism or Hello Dali. Feel free to check it out.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Dali on "What's My Line"

While researching the relationship between Harpo Marx and Salvador Dali for my new Marx Brothers blog, I encountered this clip which doesn't refer to the Marx Brothers, but I found it very entertaining and decided to post it here.