Unsung incidents of the French & Indian War

…or of the Seven Years’ War, if you’re outside the U.S.

A few months back, we took a trip out to Ohio to visit some of my wife’s relatives.  Near their corner of rural eastern Ohio, there’s a “Great Trail Festival” each autumn — with folks dressing up and (to some degree cooking) like frontier folk from centuries back.  Part of the experience is a group of semi-local re-enactors portraying a skirmish from the French & Indian War.

Unsung incidents of the French & Indian War

Here, you see a French soldier on the left (who’s been “shot”) about to spring a surprise on a local colonist.  Have to love the “French” gent’s expression…

Notice of notice

So I noticed this notice on a recent business trip to Florida — apparently it’s now a required feature on vending machines there, but I can’t for the life of me tell what purpose it serves:

Notice of notice

It doesn’t have any inspection certification, or license information, or any obviously useful data like that.  But somehow this thing struck me as being oddly familiar.  Then in Steamboat Springs this past weekend, I noticed a sign from a distance that may have been the source of my dim recollection…

2014.07.04 Steamboat fireworks 023

Coincidence?  I think not!


While I was experimenting with stock-style photography, I turned my attention to my computer’s keyboard. It’s just sitting there, can’t run away, why not? “D” and “F” are right next to each other (pity the “O” is all the way over on the other side of the keyboard), so I thought they’d be the perfect subjects for a little bokeh / DOF shot:


Green coloration added in PS Elements in honor of St. Patrick’s day…