Firken Fest 2017

Firken Fest 2017

We had a craft beer festival in town recently, seemed to be very well attended, was interesting and a lot of fun.  But where in the world did they get that name?

 

 

Surly fat bike in the city

Surly fat bike in the city

I bought this fat tired bike to ride trails after having a pretty bad wreck with the other bike.  Now I find I really love riding it about town, you get a pretty good workout and all the citizens and drivers wave and give you respect that you don’t always get when you are sharing the road with folks in a hurry to get to Walmart.

 

Camera Club

Camera Club

Our local camera group is still doing fine and growing into the 2nd year of activity.  Recently a small group visited The Wilds in Ohio.  In this photo, Barry examines one of the member prints being passed around for discussion.

 

Bike Races

Bike Races

Huntington, West Virginia

I’ve posted bike race photos from Huntington in years past, I returned this year to try it again.  The lighting in the city during the evening races will test you a bit but I came away with a few shots.

 

People Powered Huntington

People Powered Huntington

Darryl works at one of the local bike shops, met him when I needed a few things.  Very helpful and energetic and so I started following his bike rides through the online apps Strava and Instagram.  Then figured out an unexpected link: he’s actually a cousin from my Grandfather’s family and I knew his grandparents.  It’s a very small world at time.

 

 

 

 

from the vegetable garden

from the vegetable garden

The house swallow family returned again this year to occupy the bluebird house that overlooks the garden.  The young are about ready to leave the nest.  Always on guard, the father is nonetheless pretty tame or brave- difficult to tell the difference.  He does get upset and dives at you if you open the box up.

 

 

 

from the wildflower garden

from the wildflower garden
I\’m raising a small vegetable garden this year.  The plot next to it had been a wildflower garden sowed by my father in years past.  Without any encouragement, it has flourished much better than the vegetables seem to be doing.  I\’m not sure what this bug is, but it made a nice picture.

Greenbo, Pruitt Fork

Greenbo, Pruitt Fork

The evenings are finally getting longer, look like a bit more than a month till time change.  I shot this image on Sunday evening during a short bike ride at the park, after having gotten use to having the place mostly to myself all winter, it was surprising to show up to lots of people in the parking lots.  Evidently, the trail runners converged on the park to enjoy a rare warm dry day in the winter.

 

 

Shaker Village Spiral Staircase (repeat)

Shaker Village Spiral Staircase (repeat)

Having to deal with illness this week, I found myself looking back through old photos from years ago.  Here is one of my higher key photos of the spiral staircase taken at the Shaker village just south of Lexington, Kentucky.  I believe the date to be June 2010.

 

 

Snow riding

Snow riding

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
Greenup County, Kentucky

I was lucky enough to be able to ride in the first nice snow of the year.  It is strange in a futuristic way to hear the Emergency Broadcast System go off on your cell phone while riding through the woods, warning of slick roads and incoming snow.