A random assortment of my photographs from the past couple of weeks. More, of course, in Flickr.
Umbrellas used to decorate the ceiling of the walkway to a parking garage in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. Nice idea.
I don’t do still life work very often, but I should since it helps me to better learn my camera. I like this particular shot from a session with Kathy in her studio.
From EduCon last January, Chris Lehmann, founder of both the conference and Science Leadership Academy and all-round nice person, in one of his more relaxed moments that weekend.
Some birds taking a rest on Roosevelt Island in the Potomac River between DC and Virginia. Considering how long we’ve live here, I can’t believe it was my first time visiting the island.
Just a random shot from a local crafts store. My wife is into this little corner of maker so I find myself in these places a lot.
Last weekend I visited Roanoke for a couple of days on VSTE (Virginia Society for Technology in Education) business. And it rained almost the whole time. But I still got a few nice shots.
This view of the Hotel Roanoke reminds me of some of the half timbered buildings we saw in Chester, England. Inside and out it’s very much a throwback building.
The kind of window sign you might have seen on the streets of Mayberry.
A wooden statue standing in front of a restaurant.
As I said, it rained a lot.
Glass barriers that used to form booths for pay phones. As I said, it’s a very traditional hotel.
During my travels around our overly-large school district, I came across a large banner hanging in the front hall of an elementary school declaring “The Race for Excellence Has No Finish Line”.
That sign has stuck with – and bothered – me for several reasons, but mostly because of the suggestion that excellence is a race. And in our competative culture, that implies a contest with someone (or something), resulting in one winner, and probably multiple losers.
Ok, I’m pretty sure that was not the intention of whoever created the message. They wanted a short, understandable concept to inspire the kids. The interpretation above could only be the product of my warped little head.
Certainly no 10-year-old would read it the same way, right?
Instead of this,
this would be a more positive statement for students to sign:
This sign in an elementary art room is supposed to tell kids how to use a paper towel to clean up their messes.
I thought it sounds like a good philosophy for teachers at all levels to help their students learn.