Random Act of Photography

The Bell of Louisville
The Bell of Louisville paddle wheeler on the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky

I thought I’d throw something different out today.

The Bell of Louisville is a staple of the Louisville, Kentucky river front.

I’ve ridden this boat several times over the years. It’s a great day trip for friends and family and a ride you won’t soon forget.

The Way it Was

Photography by Gary Gray
Harris 11 meter C-Band Satellite Dish

The way it was…

I was digging through a catalog from 2004 to find a particular image for the blog when I ran across this image. It caused me to pause and reflect, so I’ll share that today.

I began my professional life as an Earth Station Engineer. Meaning I went to military school, college and worked in Satellite Communications ground stations for most of my adult life.

My radio station was always on the air. We didn’t make mistakes.

This photo was taken a couple of years before I retired from the WSJ. It was the last time I painted our satellite dish. It was the near the end of my professional career in Radio & Satellite Communications, but not the end of my involvement.

My wife, Trudy, recently retired from her job as a Space Systems Engineer for Lockheed and I was lucky enough to revisit my previous field through her in the time since my retirement. It’s nice to have things in common with the love of your life.

These days, this is all a memory my wife and I can now enjoy. I am proud of what I learned and did for most of my life and this shot reminded me of that.

These days, We’re drifting on our inner tubes into the great sea of retirement. All of this technical stuff is long gone and some other company now owns that property. I heard they bought the old building for 3.5 million.

Life With Doobie, an African Hunting Dog Puppy

Doobie’s Bone Pile

Doobie gathers logs from the firewood and creates a bone-pile in our back yard. At 8 months of age, he has slowly increased the size of the simulated bones.

If he were in Africa amongst his pack, this would probably be where the carcass of a gazelle or something was laying half eaten.

Doobie Adds to the Pile

As you can see, he’s finding the good stuff in the firewood. He will carry a log as heavy as he can manage. I’ve seen him drag them from time to time.

Doobie’s Previous Pile of Bones

We try to keep Doobie’s bone-pile picked up. We don’t want him chewing on the sticks but it’s almost impossible to stop.  We hope to teach him to bring this stuff to us for the fireplace.

It’s hit and miss at the moment.

Random Act of Doobie

Doobie by Gary Gray
Doobie fetches firewood during the recent snow storm

How does one come up with a viable blog post each day?

I’ll begin with familiar things. Not necessarily familiar to you, but a present fixture in my life. If you’ve followed my blogging on Facebook, you’ll know about our new family pet, Doobie.

For the uninitiated, Doobie is an 8 month old Besenji mix rescue dog. We got him in November to fill the holes in our hearts from the loss of our previous two dogs earlier in the year.

Like all pet owners on the internet, I too will subject you to photographs of my current best pal, Doobie. He’s quite a character (aren’t they all?) and we are in the process of training him to bring us firewood. I’d say we are about 65% there.

Trending on Tuesday

Ahhh, back to Winter here in the Denver area. We got about 6 inches of nice white dry powder snow here in the foothills. I wish we’d had some of this in December and January, but now is better than never. The snow is badly needed, here and in the mountains. This is our water.

Doobie has been enjoying his life of romping in the snow. At 6 months old, this is a first time experience for his little mind and he is soaking it in.


iPad Entry

Lazy day here in Denver. Snow is coming down, the fireplace is going and Doobie is passed out.

I installed the WordPress apps on the iPad so this is my first test post. Not bad, it’s doing exactly what it should. The photo of Doobie was taken with the iPad as well.