Balance

Lightdance 365, January 31, 2014 - BALANCE

Lightdance 365, January 31, 2014 – BALANCE

Simply standing on the Bosu Ball is not enough of a balancing challenge for William, so he added wheels via the baby’s go-kart. The real challenge will be when he can stand up on the go-kart, but I don’t want to be around for that!

Man of the Day

Lightdance 365, January 18, 2014 - MAN OF THE DAY

Lightdance 365, January 18, 2014 – MAN OF THE DAY

There will be a brief diversion from the Word of the Day, to the Man of the Day. Frank received many well-deserved congratulations on his election as a Fellow in the Tennessee Bar Association at last night’s celebration dinner. All of the well-wishers included a reference to his cummerbund and tie. I was beginning to wonder if he had been inducted into the Best Dressed Men of the TBA! Have to add a new  word to the qualities that describe this Fellow: intelligent, funny, responsible, generous, calm, reliable, and now, classy dresser.

Also have to go shopping for a new cummerbund and tie, as what he wore last night will be retired to the Tuxedo Hall of Fame.

Sugar

Lightdance 365, January 17, 2014 - SUGAR

Lightdance 365, January 17, 2014 – SUGAR

We knew something was about to happen on our walk at Radnor this morning from the silvery luminescence in the sky and the treetops lighted up by a sun that had disappeared from view. Sure enough, snow began to fall.  Dry little round crystals sprinkled on us like a sugar topping. We crunched along the path, then it stopped  and began to melt, but left us with a glorious sugar high. What a special start to the day.

Snow covered path

In Motion

Lightdance 365, January 15 - IN MOTION

Lightdance 365, January 15 – IN MOTION

Slow down, would you? You are just a blur!

Upside Down

Lightdance 365, January 14, 2014 - UPSIDE DOWN

Lightdance 365, January 14, 2014 – UPSIDE DOWN

Upside down trees and branches in a jumble made a pretty pattern at Radnor Lake this morning.

Whooooo

January 13, 2014 - Whoooooo

January 13, 2014 – Whoooooo

I’m not sure if the owl is trying to look like his surroundings at Radnor Lake, or if Radnor likes the owl so much that it is trying to look like the owl.  I do know the days when we spot him are special. It’s a good thing he says hello in his distinctive way, or we would miss him on his camouflaged perch.

Shadow

Lightdance 365, January 12, 2014 - SHADOW

Lightdance 365, January 12, 2014 – SHADOW

This is the south side of the Farm Office of the Carter House in Franklin, TN.  It is the most bullet damaged building still standing from the time of the Civil War.

Picture taking was a challenge when we took visitors to see the Carter House. The sun was bright and cast many shadows, unlike November 30, 1864. On that day, the five hour Battle of Franklin began. 28 people in the Carter family, including many children, hid in the basement as a savage hand to hand battle raged in and around their house.  Night had fallen, musket smoke was thick, men and animals screamed, and musket and artillery fire bombarded them. One of the Carter sons, a member of the Confederate Army, was hit nine times, and died in the parlor of his home the next day after being found by his family on the battlefield. He was one of 9,500 casualties of that five hour battle- 2,000 dead, 6,500 wounded and 1,000 missing.

Piles of bodies, the wounded and dying as well as the dead, were heaped in the yard surrounding the farmhouse. It is eerie to walk on the ground where such mayhem occurred. One hundred and fifty years later, the shadow remains.