Five months into 2011 I'm still scanning Kentucky skies, camera in hand in order to participate in a great photography meme that attracts aspiring photographers from all over. The idea is that we look at our surroundings and record the changes from month to month. The host for this meme is Jan at Murrieta 365 . Here's how it works: Jan is calling her new meme First of the Month. Here are her directions: "The goal is to capture one thing repeatedly on the first day of each month. It can be a landscape, a person, an animal, a project; whatever your focus is fine. It can be a record of where you are each first day of the month." I decided to photograph Kentucky skies.
May is a grand month to be in Kentucky because on the first Saturday in May thoroughbred racing enthusiasts from all over the world either attend or watch live broadcasts of the greatest two minutes in horse racing, the Kentucky Derby right here in Louisville. While the high point of the Derby is of course the race, we Louisvillians party for a couple of weeks leading up to the Derby. One spectacular event is the Great Balloon Race. Yesterday morning the sky was filled with hot air balloons. It looked like this:
Then on the first Saturday in May, you can see the twin spires of Churchill Downs silhouetted against a, hopefully, bright blue sky while all eyes are on their favorite horses as they make that whirlwind trip around the track. It looks like this:
I needed to hedge a bit this month with Jan's "first of the month" rules for the featured photographs, but couldn't resist showing you these two great events for Kentucky. If you're interested in the Derby--and many people are based on my blog stats--come back later in the week for some inside scoop. For example, I'll show you some photos of florists actually constructing the Blanket of Roses that adorns the winner of the Derby. It's put together at our local Kroger supermarket and people are welcome to come by and observe.
(Photo credits: Getty Images)
- Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.