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Skyward Bound

May 26th, 2015

One day of fabulous weather and then the rains came. It spite of the weather I hope you were able to find a way to enjoy the holiday weekend.

So many things were going on over the Memorial Day weekend that I had more than a few photographic opportunities. Providing a tribute to our armed forces and those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country was the best and most obvious choice. It is an honor and privilege to be able to do so! To those Men and Women of our Armed Forces, our sincere gratitude for your service to our country.

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The one event I look forward to on this weekend is the Decatur, AL annual hot air balloon classic, Alabama Jubilee. It is an amazing spectacle of pageantry and color. The only downside is the event happens so darn early on Saturday morning especially if, like me, you started celebrating the Memorial weekend on Friday night. In spite of that hurdle, I was “a go for launch” for Saturday morning. Coffee and cameras in hand, I headed over to Decatur, keeping my fingers crossed that the prevailing winds would not be too much as to ground the balloons. What more could you ask for with the patriotic weekend and the majestic pageantry of these flying machines ascending skyward.

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Unlike last year, I decided not to catch a ride but rather take the view in from the ground and I was extremely pleased I did. There is quite a buzz throughout the crowd as the heaters begin to inflate the balloons, the balloons rise upwards to a vertical position and then ascend skyward one by one. It is a sight un-like anything you may ever witness as the balloons fill the sky dodging each other to find a correct position to chase after their target. This year a blanket of clouds, which spread across the sky, added an incredible visual element to the photographs. Looking upward it was an amazing site as the 60 balloons jockeyed across the sky.

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Once skyward, the view remains spectacular as the balloons fly along at the whim of the winds and the expertise of the pilot. This year was no exception. Unfortunately Saturday morning was the only day they flew. Mother Nature decided to add strong winds and rains and the rest of the weekend was a bust. It is unfortunate but it is the nature of the sport.

I am so grateful that I was able to get out Saturday and take in the beautiful sites. Enjoy!!!!!!!

ONCE YOU HAVE TASTED FLIGHT, YOU WILL FOREVER WALK THE EARTH WITH YOUR EYES TURNED SKYWARD, FOR THERE YOU HAVE BEEN AND THERE – YOU WILL ALWAYS LONG TO RETURN
…………………….. Leonardo da Vinci

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Lift Me Up

May 18th, 2015

Good Morning! After a week in Phoenix, AZ spending time with family and friends celebrating my father’s life, I find myself back home trying to put it all into perspective. I could not be more appreciative and thankful for all the phone calls, emails and texts my family and I received during this very trying time. It is times like these that bring people together and make you realize just how truly blessed we are! Words cannot express how grateful we are and how much each and every communication helped lift our spirits while we dealt with the passing of our father. THANK YOU!

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Flying home on Saturday, I had more than ample time to reflect on the past week but more importantly on the years I spent growing up and the time I spent with my father. Like most, there were good times, great times and not so good times but at the end of the day it is the good times that we choose to remember most. Dad spent the last years of his life living in Phoenix, having the priviledge of spending quality time passing on his wealth of knowledge to his grand children and great grand children. I think it was a job he cherished most. I have no doubt that he will remain in their hearts forever. I know that his memory and the times we shared together will remain with me for the rest of my lifetime. I am truly honored to have called him DAD.

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Amazing Grace

May 12th, 2015

I write you today from Phoenix, Az. a day a late and with a heavy but joyful heart. My father, Robert Bernard Keim passed away last week at the wonderful and admiral age of 94. It was something that we had been expecting for sometime but there is nothing that can quite prepare you for the moment. He had lived a long and wonderful life and his time had come from a higher calling. We rejoice in the time we had with him and know that he and my mother are sharing wonderful moments together again.

Dad was born in Rome, GA. on September 13, 1920. My grandfather was a music professor at Berry College and Dad grew on that on campus. He met and married my mother, Lucy Mae Landers in 1947 and they moved to Tampa, FL. where he went to work for the Tampa Electric Company. While living in Tampa my father pursed his own musical career as a Minister of Music in the Southern Baptist church. Many would say that it is somewhat Freudian that I turned out to be a fine arts photographer but life has many turns and his encouragement and support to be the best at what ever we attempted has followed me all of my life.

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My father had a zest for life and I guess for those that know me that comes as no surprise. Even though I did not follow in his footsteps, it was his passion for riding motorcycles, flying airplanes and captaining boats that provided me with my thrist and pursuit of travel and art. He loved life and it was infectous to all that he encountered. And to my mothers dismay, he never met a stranger which made us late for many a Sunday lunch!

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I know that my father is in a better place and has joined my mother who passed away in 2011. Losing one parent was extremely difficult, coming to terms with the fact that neither now walks the earth might take sometime to understand, comprehend and accept. It is the out pouring of love and compassion that has helped ease the pain and sorrow and I thank each and every one of you for the love that you have shared. Life does go on but the light bulb at the end of the tunnel just got a little dimmer. Please tell those around you how much you love them. You never will know when that might be the last time to do so! God Bless and thank you for allowing me to express my sorrow as well as my gratitude!!!!

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Water and Light

May 4th, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you. I hope you were able to make the most out of this absolutely gorgeous weekend.

It was another stellar weekend for Huntsville and record crowds came out to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Whistle Stop BBQ festival. There is nothing more frustrating than to walk the rows of tents while the teams are preparing their entries for the competitions, being taunted by the amazing aroma’s coming from each and every BBQ smoker. Of course the trick is to know someone or just stand there till they fill sorry for you and offer you a taste. I guess I must have had on my best sad face because BBQ was king on this weekend. Hand me another napkin please!

I split my time between three cities this weekend chasing one of my all time favorite blues artists, KebMo. Friends and I bought tickets months ago to travel to Chattanooga on Friday night to catch him play and the show was so amazing I just had to find my way down to Birmingham on Sunday evening to feed my blues addiction with a 2nd session. If you have never heard him play he is a cross between Bill Withers, George Benson, Robert Cray and Buddy Guy. The endearing thing about KebMo is his honesty and sincerity with his connection to his audience with his music. One thing about KebMo, he just has a way of “Curing the Blues!” I think I am ready for round #3!

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When I wasn’t out chasing BBQ or the blues, I was able to find a little time to get out and enjoy the weather that was very spring like this past week. With the rains we had the previous week and the cold front that came through, it made for some spectacular sunsets and roaring rivers. I drove by a couple of my “go to” places and was able to capture a couple of captivating moments.

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I really do enjoy my time out in nature and my love for sunsets and water is well documented. I find the tranquility of both to be very therapeutic. I hope you do as well. ENJOY!!!!!

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Panoply

April 27th, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you. I hope you were able to make the most of the weekend.

For most living in the Huntsville area it was Panoply weekend, Huntsville’s premier 3-day art festival that is hosted by an exceptional staff and a multitude of volunteers from the Arts Council. If you know anything about Panoply, you know it is synonymous with beautiful art, incredible music, excellent fireworks, tasty food and wonderful community! Also what would Panoply be if there weren’t some prediction of inclement weather looming on the horizon? Luckily for Panoply the weathermen missed the boat on their predications allowing for massive crowds and a stellar weekend of art celebration.

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There are certain traditions that we have come to expect from Panoply that provide comfort and are so very special to the community. One of those traditions is yearly appearance of a local music group, Microwave Dave and the Nukes. The band has had the very special task of basically opening and closing every Panoply with the exception of missing one. On Friday, the band played to a very enthusiastic thong of elementary schools kids educating them on the music of the “blues”, love and heartache, musical instruments and the joy of not being at school for the day. The band closes each set out with the crowd pleasing participation anthem, “Hey Bo Diddley!” On Sunday the tradition continues as they take the stage as one of the festivals closing acts. When it comes to listening to Microwave Dave, traditions are oh so sweet even if he gives you the “blues!”

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What might be the other most anticipated tradition that Panoply shares? Most that have attended the event would say the fireworks show, which signifies the end of day 1 and 2 for the arts festival. If the fireworks are booming sky high you know that the weather has held and that the festival enthusiasts have enjoyed another day of the arts!!!!
ENJOY!!!!!!!

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