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Personal: February in Photos

I've decided to do a few more personal posts around these parts. Because I have a lot of friends and acquaintances who read the blog (thanks guys!) and because, though this is primarily a business tool, it's also something of a diary for me. And if I commit to doing a monthly round-up post, maybe I'll actually get around to taking more photos and downloading them. Big promises! In the meantime, at least I have enough material for a February post. Random-February-photos-1 Also, you may have noticed that February isn't over. This roundup is coming early because tomorrow I head off to New Orleans to cover Mardi Gras. I'm excited but also nervous. And I'm really, really hoping to come back with a lot of really great images. The big plan is to put together a book. But in the meantime... it's been damn cold. So cold. I'm a warm-weather girl and this winter is breaking me. I'm very happy with the forecasted 60s in NOLA. That is going to feel like swimsuit weather. Random-February-photos-2 This is the Alexandria waterfront, iced over. Craziness! Random-February-photos-3 14th Street near the Black Cat. Random-February-photos-4 The National Botanical Gardens. Random-February-photos-5 A pound cake in a tree. This kind of thing is called a "found object", as is a photograph taken of such. Random-February-photos-6Random-February-photos-7 My neighbor and buddy John invited me along to the George Washington birthday parade in Old Town, Alexandria. It was a very helpful exercise pre-NOLA, as I was able to determine quickly that the real action is the set-up before the parades and not the actual procession. Though in Mardi Gras, there's more of everything, so this may not hold down there. Random-February-photos-8Random-February-photos-9Random-February-photos-10Random-February-photos-11Random-February-photos-12Random-February-photos-13Random-February-photos-14Random-February-photos-15Random-February-photos-16 The aforementioned John, in front of a pretty blue wall. Random-February-photos-17 Finally, more winter. I decided, on one of those warm days last week, to get my ish together and go for a hike. However, I had not anticipated that most of the snow out in the VA country would still be on the ground - a good four inches in many places on the trail. Where there wasn't snow to trudge through, there was either packed ice or sludge. This was a truly miserable hike, and one for which I should have been wearing boots. In any case, it was some exercise in a winter that has kept me shut indoors whining about the cold. Random-February-photos-18Random-February-photos-19 And that is that. Hopefully I'll come back atcha in March with more good randomness.

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