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“And The Kids” @ Nectar’s – Burlington, Vermont

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I’ve been traveling this week with work and after having flown to London, England then Dublin, Ireland we flew back to the states and arrived late in the evening to Burlington, Vermont.  The hotel restaurant was already closed the bartender had already called “last call”.  Since Burlington is a college town there a few establishments still open that we passed on the way to the hotel.

I quickly changed out of my pilot uniform and headed up to Church Street to see what I could find to eat and maybe something “cold” to drink.

Most of the places I checked had already closed their kitchens too but I finally came across an establishment that had some serious music happening.  And the big plus was they served burgers till 2 am.  Perfect!  The place is called Nectar’s and it reminded me a lot of our local restaurant/club “The Phoenix”.

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The band that was playing were celebrating the release of a new CD.  The music area was jammed and about impossible to get a see in.  However, at the moment, food was more important and got some food ordered.

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By the time my food arrived the band was finishing their last song.  Of course I had my Leica with me and wanted to at least grab a couple photographs but I was a little too late plus there really wasn’t any room to get to the stage.

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I came back out to finish my burger and order another “cold” drink and to my surprise a second band was setting up to play.  Its now past 1230 am.  Most of the crowd was leaving and now that I’d finished my food it was time to see if I could at least try and grab a few pics.

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The last band to play was the group “And The Kids“.  Fortunately I was able to not only enjoy their music but got the opportunity to do some photographing too.  They finished at 2 am and I was seriously ready to get back to my hotel room bed for some rest!

 

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Hiking Black Balsam Mountain

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My son, Derek, and I decided to head up to the Black Balsam Mountain area to hike today. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky but the air was cool. I thought we’d just walk for a couple hours but after we got started decided to make it a longer hike. We ended up hiking for over 4 hours!

Black Balsam Mountain is located in the Pisgah National Forest off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Earlier in the day I had thoughts of photographing Looking Glass Rock at sunset. My goal was to come back after a shorter walk with my son. However, our longer walk took us to almost 5pm and sunset wasn’t happening until after 6pm.

We were both a bit worn and it was time to head back into town. It was another great day to be with my oldest son for the day. A chance to talk about life and what’s important.

A Walk Through Venice

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I’m in Venice today and only had a couple hours to check out the city with all the canals. I’m staying at a hotel on the mainland that’s just a short bus ride across the bridge to the island. The light was dull with not much life to it so I found myself seeing everything in gray. As I walked from the bus station the first canal to cross was just crazy with boats and people with cameras pointing them in every direction.

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After crossing the first canal and rounded the corner I see this lonely gal taking a “selfie” of herself. What you don’t see is the mass of people behind me crossing this second canal.

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It seems like the canal system is like a maze. You can seem to lose your direction very easy and sometimes the map will not help you much. But it didn’t take long to arrive to the Piazza San Marco. The last time I was here almost 9 years ago it was summer time and the piazza was really packed. Yet today didn’t seem any different. Loads of fellow tourists just like me pointing their cameras in all directions looking for that next great photo.

While leaving the piazza I caught the flower dude trying to sell a rose to the elderly gentleman. My caption for this photograph is, “Yes, I know what a rose looks like!”.

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Then there’s the “whistle while you work” waiter trying to stay busy as he waits for his next dinner guest.


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Its been a long day so I will let you enjoy the rest of these photographs without any further commentary. I think they speak for themselves.

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