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Labor Day 2014

Labor Day is the last great celebration of Summer in the U.S.   Most schools and colleges have either started their fall programs or are starting next this week.  In Texas,  high school and college football  gets underway and people start looking forward to weather below 100 +degrees or  36 degrees Celsius.   Labor Day is the last great party weekend for people to have a family Bar-B-Que, go camping, or just relax.

So, in that spirit,  I wish everyone a Happy Labor Day.

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Labor Day USA

 

Today we take a break from our art show “Walking through the Zen Garden.”  Why?  I want to take the chance to explain to our non-american friends about today.   America is celebrating a holiday called Labor Day.

 

According to the Department of Labor, Labor Day was first celebrated in 1882 in New York City.   It celebrates the contributions of the working American and their contributions to the industrial and economic growth of the United States.  Eventually, people began taking the day off of work to have parades, listen to speeches from political figures and enjoy community events.

 

Today, Americans still celebrate with parades and various community events such as car races, baseball, American football, and even rodeos.

 

Alas, it’s seen as the last celebration of Summer.  Most schools and colleges are starting the fall semesters.  In Texas,  the traditional High School football called “Friday Lights” gets underway and people start looking forward to daily temperatures below 100 +degrees or  36 degrees Celsius.   Labor Day presents itself as the last great 3 day weekend for people to have a family Bar-B-Que, go camping, or just relax.

So, in that spirit,  I wish everyone a Happy Labor Day.  Stay happy, Stay healthy, and buy more art!

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The Story of Gulf and Clouds

The really cool thing about photography is that often times there is a story that goes with a particular picture.  Such is true with the picture Gulf and Clouds.

Ann and I were sitting at a bar in Key West Florida.  We were enjoying beautifully created Piña Coladas on a well deserved vacation.  It was one of those magical moments where you could feel the warm breeze, hear the ocean, and smell the salt of the water.

Our fabulous get away was suddenly interrupted by that satanic spawn of technology known as my wife’s cell phone.  I thought “Well, that ruins the moment.”  It was a text message from her co-worker asking where such and such file for a customer was.  Annoying!!!!   Hello!  She is on vacation!

Her response was to take a picture of the scenery with her phone.  She sent the picture back to her coworker with the following response.  “ I’m not in my office.  Be back Monday.  Maybe…..”

It was such a perfect response that I grabbed my camera and took the shot you see now.  Thus, Gulf and Clouds was born.

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