August 9, 1945 – Nagasaki

Posted in Photography, Politics, Science with tags , , on August 9, 2016 by kozmicdogz



Seventy one years ago today (August 9, 2016) the United States released the second atomic bomb on Japan, on the city of Nagasaki, effectively ending World War II. The Japanese surrender was signed on September 2, 1945 on the battleship USS Missouri.

World War II was always a part of my childhood. My father was in World War II as were most of the fathers of kids I knew. The War has colored many things in the politics and directions our country has taken for many years and still does. I remember the time when I realized that my youngest daughter was further away from the end of the Vietnam War than I was from the end of WWII. Something that seemed way in the past. Ancient history.

Mushroom cloud photo by Charles Levy taken from one of the B-29 Superfortresses used in the attack.

Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott

Posted in Art, Photography, Politics, Writers & Writing with tags , , , on July 27, 2016 by kozmicdogz


Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott is a new photography exhibit at the VMFA (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts). It runs from July 23rd to October 30th, 2016.

Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was an African American photographer for Life Magazine and also the well know author of the book The Learning Tree which he turned into a film in 1969.

This exhibit is from a photo essay Parks photographed in the early 50s when he traveled back to his home town of Fort Scott, Kansas to photograph his old classmates and friends. His project also took him to Chicago, Columbus, and Kansas City seeking his old friends. Although the essay never made it into Life Magazine as scheduled for April 1951, it is here in Richmond, Va along with many of the Life Magazine articles and photographs by Parks.

This is a great companion show to the exhibit Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic which runs through September 6.

For a few more images from Back to Fort Scott, click.

Photos From Space

Posted in Environment, Photography, Science with tags , , , on July 3, 2016 by kozmicdogz


The Project Apollo Archive NASA site on flickr. Thousands of photographs of the Apollo Missions to the moon.

Any yes the earth is definitely round.

Have an amazing 4th of July!


Winchester Sky

Posted in Dreams, Environment, Photography with tags , , on June 23, 2016 by kozmicdogz


Our trip to Winchester, VA and WV last weekend. Beautiful skies after a huge storm that ripped and twisted trees into houses and streets. Smashed cars and roofs. Now everything is green, the sky is blue, and the air refreshed.

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

Posted in Art, Dreams, Richmond with tags , on June 11, 2016 by kozmicdogz


Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic is on view at the VMFA from June 11, 2016 – Sept 5, 2016.

This is truly an amazing show. Probably the best traveling show since the Picasso exhibit which opened the newly renovated museum. The scale, humor and emotion of these strangely juxtapositioned works of art are breathtaking.

Wiley was born in Los Angeles in 1977 and now works out of New York City.

Please take the time to go to this show, you will not be disappointed.

More photos from this show.

New Artist in RVA: Grace Eunmi Lee

Posted in Art, Richmond with tags , , , on June 7, 2016 by kozmicdogz


While taking the RVA Clay Studio Tour this past Sunday we ran into Grace Eunmi Lee, a ceramic artist who recently moved to RVA from Toronto. Lee is from South Korea and has spent the last 6 years in Toronto and now RVA is lucky to have her here. Lee’s studio is upstairs at Shockoe Bottom Clay studio and gallery which is at 1714 E. Main Street.

Visit Lee’s web site or google her name (Grace Eunmi Lee) to see examples of her amazing work.

While at Shockoe Bottom Clay we also visited one of our favorites, Butternet Press. Our first stop was of course Woodland Heights Studio to see Carren and Nga.

So much fun on the 1st Annual RVA Clay Studio Tour.

For more photos from our day go Here!

June is Summer

Posted in Environment, Photography with tags , , , on June 2, 2016 by kozmicdogz


Summer is the time for vacations. We have already taken ours. A week on an island on the outer banks of North Carolina. We have been before and we will go again. Now we must be satisfied with the memories which these photos help conjure.

Here are some photos from this year and previous years: 2013, 2012, and 2011.


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