Monday, June 29, 2009

#394 Joyce on the road

Our friend Joyce Kullman is finishing up 6 days and 325 miles on her bike. By riding from Pittsburgh, PA to the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, Joyce is raising awareness for the Vasculitis Foundation. Says Joyce, "This bike trip is all about the power of the individual connecting with the powerful lawmakers in Washington DC.” Way to go, Joyce!

Yours in admiration of those committed riders,

Saturday, June 27, 2009

#393 Linda in the house

The Johnston Visitor Plan always includes a visit to Monticello - graphically described by Maira Kalman in her New York Times article Time Wastes Too Fast. But when our Indy friend Linda came to town last week for Bike Virginia to cycle hundreds of miles and hang out with 2000 other passionate pedal pushers, there was just no time for a visit to Jefferson's little mountain. So we squeezed in a tour of Mr. Jefferson's university, a Friday after five dinner downtown, and we introduced Linda to friends. Yours in pursuing happiness with no time wasted,

Saturday, June 06, 2009

#391 Mountain Lake and Microcosmos

This week I did two things for the very first time. First new thing: I visited Mountain Lake Biological Station, the beautiful field research station for the University of Virginia Biology Department. The station's perched at around 4000' in the cool Blue Ridge Mountains. I gave my camera's "macro" button a good workout on this dripping orange fungus. Second new thing: Back in Charlottesville a friend suggested I watch Microcosmos. Turns out Microcosmos is shot almost entirely in macro mode with lots of dripping. Yes, it's been a macro week for me.

Yours in seeing the small stuff,