As you know if you have been following my blog, it has been a long time since the last one. I have had a long run of poor health. Before Thanksgiving I had surgery that did not turn out well and that required emergency follow up surgery. The combination left me sick for a long long time with a painfully slow recovery. Infact, I feared that I would never recover. It took about eight months before I began to be close to normal. During that time it was with great effort that I kept my "Snapshot of Culpeper" going in the Culpeper Times. It required a lot of planning to go out in very short bursts and grab shots for my Faces of Culpeper by Rich Crowley Facebook page. Clearly this blog suffered. But I am back...... at least for a while. It seems pretty clear to me that sooner rather than later I am going to have to move nearer to the Heart Center in Fairfax. In the meantime I intend to have fun with all of my projects, so let's get going
FACES AND PLACES OF CULPEPER
(note, as of 10/08/2016 there have been over 71,500 visits to this blog)
FACES AND PLACES OF CULPEPER
I am always on the lookout for faces for these projects. There are many many interesting faces in this town. It was a very short time ago that I ran into these guys at IHOP. They are at a fun time of life and personify the joy of many of the faces that I run into. Left to right:
I have thought about places I will miss if I leave Culpeper. We are fortunate to have streams and "runs" that pass through our area and make for beautiful scenes. Since I originally came from Idaho, I had never heard the term "run" as it refers to a waterway. When we studied the Civil War we thought names like "Bull Run" were interesting, but did not have a true idea of where those names came from. Mountain Run meanders through much of our landscape and I think is especially pretty at Lenn Park. In fact because it is so peaceful and picturesque there that it is one of my top two or three places in the area in general and possibly my favorite for photography.
Messieurs-dames, venez manger des crepes francaises les plus formidables du monde!! Elles
sont vraiment delicieuses!!
Ladies and gentlemen, come eat the most wonderful French crepeps in the world!! They are really delicious!!
The customers are Eric Bynum a local musician and Laura Bynum a writer/artist who has had her own show in the Loft.
The chef is Zach Foxley a local resident and graduate student at George Mason. However, his fledgling crepe business is just starting to grow so keep an eye on him...... the best is yet to come.
about moving into it. What happened in the meantime? At this house I saw this toy resting on the front porch.
WEDDINGS IN THE PARKS
On three occasions since I have been doing this blog, I have happened upon couples who were preparing to get married in the park. Two of them in Yowell and one in Mountain Run Lake Park. One was a couple of years ago and two were this year.
This wedding occurred at Mountain Run Lake Park. Groom is Dino Tracey, Bride is April Tracy and Dino's son is Brayden.
Back to faces and places
I was lucky enough to attend my grandson, Nathan's little kindergarten "graduation" program at Yowell Elementary. This is Nathan and his teacher, Mrs. Butterfield who is very popular with the parents and the kids. As they say, "She is really nice!"
This is Tracia Thao Phan
Mike Cannon and David Massie are loading a one person kayak that was just purchased at Dick's Sporting Goods.
If you look closely you will see that this tree is loaded with green apples.
Sam Withrow called me one day to come see the chair he had made and so I did. He did a great job. When I put this in the Culpeper Times I noted that, "Sam puts the 'good' in good old boy."
One of the things that I always long to do when different flowers are in bloom is to take pictures of a pretty person or of children deep in them. This time it was black eyed susans and I found Nicole Platel-Aspray to pose for me. Would it surprise you if I told you that this was taken in front of the empty Belk store?
Since it has been several months since I wrote and pictured a blog, I have about 20 more pictures to include. However, I think I have gone about as long as I dare for this one. This will be my last entry this time.
Remember that I have my "Rich Crowley's Snapshot of Culpeper" every week in the Culpeper Times AND my facebook which I call, Faces of Culpeper by Rich Crowley. I have a very large readerships of my three projects and I want to thank you for supporting me.
Until next time.......