Happy Decoration Day

Of course, we all know that it is now known as Memorial Day.  Originally called Decoration Day, to be observed celebrating and honoring the dead, military and civilian.  It was, and is,  a tradition to decorate the graves with flowers, flags, etc.  The name change happened around 1968.


Your’s truly, of course. My old hat has stood the test of time.

I am not good at selfies, but I thought I would toss this one to show that I am standing the test of time, too.  Ann says I should have smiled a little more to show off my new teeth. 🙂

My oldest memories of Decoration Day, as it was called when I was a child, was of my Dad and I listening to the Indianapolis 500 Auto Race.  The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, as it’s motto states.  The first time was probably about 1938.  I would have been four years old, and my dad was a big fan of that annual race.  It wouldn’t matter what we were doing, fishing, washing the car, or sitting in our living room, there was always a radio present so we could listen.  Then in later years, of course, we would be watching on television.  Thus, that is what I did yesterday, as I have done all those years, except for a couple of years during my military deployment.

The race has changed over the years.  The cars are faster but safer.  Back then the speeds were barely over 100 mph, but the gradually improved.  I remember when A. J. Foyt turned laps at the amazing speed of 160 mph.  Now, this year, qualifying speeds were around 230 mph.

Anyway, I had a most enjoyable weekend.  It started with a great telephone conversation with my dear best friend in Tennessee.  It had been perhaps a year or more since we had chatted by phone, but we keep pretty much in contact each month by e-mail.  She is also a very accomplished wildlife photographer, too.  So we always have things to talk about.  She and her husband are our closest friends.

We then spent a couple of hours birding at San Angelo State Park on Saturday morning.  The heat is starting to reach 100 degree temps, so the birding is starting to slow down.  The rest of the weekend we spent just hanging out at home, watching the Texas Rangers baseball games.

I did take a few hours to work on my  (click here) Fine Art America page, and my Gallery page that you access above.  I would so love to have some of you purchase my prints.  As low as 17.00 and change.  Buying is easy.  In my Gallery, I am putting direct links under each photo.  Click that link and a price list will appear, you only need to decide the size.  Or click the FineArtAmerica link above.


Painted Bunting

Of couse, I must continue my habit of posting at least one of my photographs with each post.  The Painted Bunting is one of the most beautiful birds around here.  They will be present here for most of the summer, to brighten the upcoming hot dry days.

I hope that all of my readers have a safe but fun Memorial Day weekend.  Until the next time, HAPPY BIRDING!!!

18 thoughts on “Happy Decoration Day

  1. Hi Bob! I took a look at all the photos on your Fine Art America page and as usual they are spectacular. You have a special talent of capturing the birds in all their splendor.

  2. I love all the colours in the amazingly beautiful Painted Bunting! What a wonderful bird! I’ve seen other photos of this bird before but this is by far the nicest photo!

  3. I like your selfie and got a kick out of Ann’s comment about your teeth. I went to the Fine Art America site and it is quite impressive, with the variety of items that you can attach photos to. The Painted Bunting is a glorious -looking bird and I think it would look good on a tote bag, but I am on a tight budget as I am taking part in a non-paid work experience from my recent job-training course..(Still haven’t got an actual job yet, and by now have forgotten many of my computer skills) Thank you for the history lesson in the origin of Memorial Day and happy that you enjoyed the race, birding and catching up-that is a good day in my books.Wish you the best in selling your work.

  4. Looking at Birds and Blooms and the bird picture special. They have nothing on you, your’s are second to no one. The Painted Bunting is just gorgeous.

    • Thank you, Carl. I appreciate you saying that. Oddly enough, I have never sent any photos to Birds and Blooms, nor any other any magazine for that matter. I have been published in many magazines, but they have always contacted me first, after seeing my work on on-line.

  5. Bob, thank you for that bit of history. I do not remember the name change. It is kinda comforting to be able to continue “traditions” of family activities now, tho also kinda sad these can not be done with those who made the activities so special. My oldest grandchild graduated from high school this weekend, so “traditions” continue to be observed and made. And, sir, that painted bunting is lovely. You and Ann have a restful day and thank you for your service. You ROCK! hugs

    • Thank you for that nice comment Beth. The older I get, the more I remember and respect those memories. Congrats on your grandchild’s graduation. Hugs back ya. 🙂

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