Columbine #25C, 35B, 41B, 39C, 26C, 30B, 27C & 38B

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October 25, 2014

Columbine, whose scientific name is Aquilegia, which is derived from the Latin word aquila which translates as eagle, is so named because the spurred shape of the plant’s sepals on many of the sixty to seventy species of the flower resemble an eagle’s talons. This easy to grow, hardy perennial blooms from late spring through early summer. Though not particularly a long-lived plant, most die off after only two or three years. However, the plant does grow easily from seed, and if seed pods are allowed to develop annually will reseed themselves. The long spurs of the flower produces a nectar that is a favored by hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.

Native to Asia, the plant is now found growing in the wild in meadows, woodlands and at higher altitudes throughout North America and Europe. Columbine, which come in many colors ranging from red, pink and white to purple and blue, are propagated by seed, growing to a height of fifteen to twenty inches. The plant will grow in full sun, however it prefers partial shade and a moist, rich, well-drained soil. Having a long taproot, which allows it to survive periods of drought, this same taproot does make transplanting the plant somewhat difficult.

Columbine, the state flower of Colorado (Rocky Mountain Columbine), were consumed in moderation by Native Americans as a condiment and are said to be very sweet. However, the seeds and root of the plant are very poisonous and if consumed can be fatal.

If I am fortunate to have you view my photographs and you find the color saturation too much or the color schemes of the mats do not match either themselves or the photograph, please let me know via a comment. Being color-blind, what might look great to me might look like sh*t to everyone else!

Steven H. Spring

Another Senseless School Shooting

October 24, 2014

Turning on the television to catch up on the day’s news while I eat supper, I was expecting wall-to-wall coverage of the Ebola epidemic, however, it is being reported that there was yet another school shooting, this time at Marysville Pilchuck High School, just north of Seattle, Washington. It is said that as many as five students were shot, one fatally, before the student fatally shot himself. This makes the eighty-seventh school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Be it our movies, television, music and especially video games, America is a violent, violent nation, one that has been at seemingly continuous war for nearly thirty years. Other countries watch our movies, listen to our music and play our video games, yet they do not have our violence. The difference? Most other civilized countries have some form of sensible gun control.

To date, only one American has died from Ebola, yet members of Congress are proposing drastic measures, doing whatever it takes, such as building a wall around the nation to combat the virus, yet have done nothing since the tragedy at Sandy Hook to curtail something truly epidemic.

Guns are not the solution, guns are the problem.

Steven H. Spring

Lilies 397B, 399B, 400CR, 401B, 407BR, 404BR, 403BR & 405B

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October 18, 2014

Lilies, whose scientific name is Lilium, has more than one hundred gorgeous species in its family. There are many plants that have lily in their common name; however, not all are true Lilies. Two examples of this misnomer are Day Lilies and Peace Lilies. True Lilies are mostly native throughout the temperate climate regions of the northern hemisphere of planet Earth, although their range can extend into the northern subtropics as well. This range extends across much of Europe, Asia, Japan and the Philippines and across southern Canada and throughout most of the United States.

Lilies are very easy to grow. They are not especially particular about soil neither type nor pH level. Their only requirement is well-drained soil. Lilies grow best in full sun; however, they may thrive in partial sun as well. An interesting fact about this plant is that most Lily bulbs have very thick roots that have the ability to pull the bulb down into the soil at a depth that is most optimum for their continued survival.

If I am fortunate to have you view my photographs and you find the color saturation too much or the color schemes of the mats do not match either themselves or the photograph, please let me know via a comment. Being color-blind, what might look great to me might look like sh*t to everyone else!

Steven H. Spring

Clematis #83B, 77B, 84B, 91B, 81B, 90B, 86B, 85C, 92B & 82B

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October 11, 2014

Clematis are a number of plants and climbing vines belonging to the genus Clematis, within the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family. Originating from Eastern Asia, Clematis, Latin for creeping plant, is a genus of flowering plants numbering two hundred and fifty species and numerous hybrids. More hybrids are being cultivated every year. Although there are some species of the plant that grow bush-like, most Clematis are climbers, as most of the species are comprised of vigorous, woody climbing plants. Until the flower reaches several years old, the woody stems of the plant are very delicate, and can break quite easily. These plants can live for twenty-five years, if not longer.

Native to China, these climbers first made their way to Japanese gardens by the seventeenth century, and reached Europe the following century. There are a great many different varieties of the plant, regarding the formation of its flower, color of the bloom, blooming season, type of foliage and the height of the plant at maturity. Nearly every specie produces single flowers, although some species produce a double flower and some will produce a single and double combination. The bloom of the Clematis has been known to change colors during its lifetime, especially when growing in full sun. Many of the species produce a scent; however, its scent is not very strong. It can take Clematis several years for it to mature and to begin flowering.

Known as the “Queen Of The Vines,” Clematis are cherished for their capability to climb up walls, fences and other like structures. This plant does have a reputation as to being difficult to grow, however when provided the right growing conditions, this flower thrives. It loves the full sun (requiring at least six hours each day), although it will bloom in partial shade. The pastel colors of the plant do keep their color best if grown in partial shade. Clematis are considered a hardy plant (many species are rated for growing in USDA zone three), and grows best in moist, but well-drained soil, that is neutral to slightly alkaline in pH. If your soil is to acidic, you should treat it with limestone or wood ash every so often. Clematis seems to grow best in full sun, but likes cool shade down around the crown of the plant, where it spouts up from the ground. Mulching is a good way to accomplish this, however, keep the mulch a few inches away from the crown, as to prevent the plant from rotting.

Depending on the species, the flowers usually have four petal-like sepals, but no true petals. Some species have as many as eight sepals. Having as many as one hundred blooms per plant each growing season, the blooms range in color from purple, red, blue, pink, yellow and white to a multicolor. These flowers can range in size from as small as one inch up to ten inches. The plant itself can range from two to four feet up to thirty feet tall, again depending on the specie. The leaves are grown opposite each other and are composed of leaflets and leafstalks. The leaves entwine around whatever it is climbing up, wrapping its leaf stems around something as opposed to Morning Glories that climb by growing up around an object. These vigorous climbers need something to climb up when they are first transplanted.

If I am fortunate to have you view my photographs and you find the color saturation too much or the color schemes of the mats do not match either themselves or the photograph, please let me know via a comment. Being color-blind, what might look great to me might look like sh*t to everyone else!

Steven H. Spring

100 Reasons Why Stevie Ray Vaughan Isn’t In The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

SRV #129B

October 3, 2014

In honor of what would have been Stevie Ray’s sixtieth birthday, I am reposting my article listing performers that I would never consider to be “rock” artists who are inducted into the rock hall. That list, and another listing great rock and roll groups and guitarists deemed not worthy of induction, is quite long and impressive. The following is my article that was first posted several years ago as 75 Reasons Why Stevie Ray Vaughan Isn’t In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame:

With yet another Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony held this past April 18th, and once again guitar maestro Stevie Ray Vaughan was not included among those honored that night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angles. This year’s inductees were Rush, Randy Newman, Albert King, Public Enemy, Quincy Jones, Lou Adler and Donna Summer. Really? Donna Summer is inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame before Stevie Ray Vaughan? Why is she inducted in the rock Hall of Fame in the first place? The Hall of Fame seems to have a long history of rigging the vote, accused of inducting a person or group because of enhanced ceremony ticket sales over actual votes cast, however for one of the greatest guitarists in rock/blues history to be passed over in favor of Public Enemy, Quincy Jones and Donna Summer is a joke. Although I live within two hundred miles of the Hall of Fame, I have no intention of ever going because their list of inductees and deserving bands that have never been inducted is an insult to rockers of every generation.

The following are one hundred reasons why Stevie Ray Vaughan, one of the greatest guitarists ever, and most likely the one who played with the most passion and fire, is not inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame:

1. James Brown (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986)
2. Jimmy Yancey (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986)
3. Jimmie Rodgers (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986)
4. The Coasters (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987)
5. Aretha Franklin (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987)
6. Marvin Gaye (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987)
7. Louis Jordon (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987)
8. Clyde McPhatter (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987)
9. Smokey Robinson (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987)
10. Hank Williams (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987)
11. Jackie Wilson (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987)
12. The Drifters (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988)
13. Berry Gordy, Jr. (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988)
14. Woody Guthrie (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988)
15. The Supremes (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988)
16. The Ink Spots (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989)
17. Bessie Smith (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989)
18. The Soul Stirrers (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989)
19. The Temptations (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989)
20. Stevie Wonder (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989)
21. Louis Armstrong (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990)
22. Charlie Christian (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990)
23. The Four Seasons (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990)
24. The Four Tops (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990)
25. Holland, Dozier, Holland (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990)
26. The Platters (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990)
27. Ma Rainey (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990)
28. Hank Ballard (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990)
29. LaVern Baker (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991)
30. The Impressions (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991)
31. Dave Bartholomew (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991)
32. Johnny Cash (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992)
33. The Isley Brothers (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992)
34. Doc Pomus (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992)
35. Ruth Brown (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993)
36. Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993)
37. Dinah Washington (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993)
38. Johnny Otis (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994)
39. Al Green (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995)
40. Martha And The Vandellas (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995)
41. The Orioles (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995)
42. Gladys Knight And The Pips (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996)
43. Pete Seeger (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996)
44. The Shirelles (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996)
45. The Bee Gees (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997)
46. The Jackson 5 (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997)
47. Mahalia Jackson (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997)
48. Bill Monroe (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997)
49. Jelly Roll Morton (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998)
50. Lloyd Price (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998)
51. Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999)
52. Charles Brown (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999)
53. Curtis Mayfield (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999)
54. The Staple Singers (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999)
55. Earl Palmer (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000)
56. Hal Blaine (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000)
57. Nat “King” Cole (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000)
58. Earth, Wind And Fire (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000)
59. Billie Holiday (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000)
60. James Jamerson (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000)
61. The Moonglows (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000)
62. The Flamingos (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001)
63. Michael Jackson (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001)
64. Chet Atkins (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002)
65. Isaac Hayes (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002)
66. Brenda Lee (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002)
67. Floyd Kramer (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003)
68. Benny Benjamin (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003)
69. The Righteous Brothers (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003)
70. The Dells (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004)
71. Prince (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004)
72. The O’Jays (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005)
73. Percy Sledge (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005)
74. Miles Davis (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006)
75. Blondie (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006)
76. Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007)
77. The Ronettes (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007)
78. Madonna (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008)
79. The Ventures (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008)
80. Bill Black (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009)
81. Little Anthony And The Imperials (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009)
82. Run-D.M.C. (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009)
83. Bobby Womack (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009)
84. DJ Fontana (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009)
85. ABBA (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010)
86. Jimmy Cliff (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010)
87. Neil Diamond (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011)
89. Darlene Love (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011)
89. The Beastie Boys (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012)
90. The Blue Caps (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012)
91. The Comets (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012)
92. The Crickets (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012)
93. The Famous Flames (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012)
94. The Midnighters (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012)
95. The Miracles (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012)
96. Laura Nyro (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012)
97. Lou Adler (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013)
98. Quincy Jones (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013)
99. Public Enemy (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013)
100. Donna Summer (Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013)

Granted, these artists had great careers and contributed immensely to the music of America, however, does that make them eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? I think not. Along with Stevie Ray, the following bands or guitarists have yet to be inducted into the Hall (in alphabetical order):

1. America
2. Bad Company
3. Blue Oyster Cult
4. Charlie Daniels Band
5. Chicago
6. Dave Mason
7. David Gilmour
8. Deep Purple
9. Elvin Bishop
10. Emerson, Lake & Palmer
11. Flying Burrito Bros.
12. Free
13. Gary Moore
14. George Thorogood & The Destroyers
15. Grand Funk Railroad
16. Gram Parsons
17. Humble Pie
18. Iron Butterfield
19. Iggy Pop
20. J. Geils Band
21. James Gang
22. Jethro Tull
23. Jimmie Vaughan
24. Joe Walsh
25. John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
26. Johnny Winter
27. Journey
28. Judas Priest
20. King Crimson
30. Little Feat
31. Lonnie Mack
32. Lou Reed
33. Marshall Tucker Band
34. MC5
35. Michael Bloomfield
36. Montrose
37. Moody Blues
38. Mott The Hoople
39. Mountain
40. Nazareth
41. New Riders Of The Purple Sage
42. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
43. Outlaws
44. Ozzy Osbourne
45. Pat Travers
46. Paul Butterfield Blues Band
47. Peter Gabriel
48. Peter Green
49. Procol Harum
50. Pure Prairie League
51. Rainbow
52. Rick Derringer
53. Robin Trower
54. Savoy Brown
55. Spirit
56. Stephen Stills
57. Steppenwolf
58. Steve Miller
59. Styx
60. T Rex
61. Ten Years After
62. The Doobie Brothers
63. The New York Dolls
64. Thin Lizzy
65. UFO
66. Uriah Heep
67. Walter Trout
68. Yes

This list of bands that have yet to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame includes some of the greatest guitarists and most influential bands that made their name during rock’s heyday of the 1960s and ‘70s. How these bands are not in the Hall of Fame is astonishing when you consider many of the names that have been inducted. If the only criteria for induction is that it has been twenty-five years since their first record was released, maybe this benchmark should be amended. It just might be possible that twenty-five years is much too long for those who vote for induction to remember the significance of a particular group or artist. How else can a person explain how many if not all of the bands listed above have yet to be inducted?

The above photos of Stevie Ray were shot at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio, USA on August 13, 1987 during the band’s tour in support of its then recently released live album “Live Alive.” This show was prior to the state fair charging administration to their concerts and as such, seating as general admission. However, I remember getting to the grandstand early as to get good seats to shoot these photographs, and seeing a rather large area down front reserved for VIPs. Needless to say, I was pissed!

Steven H. Spring

Flowers #799B

Flowers #799B

September 27, 2014

This photograph was shot several years ago, before I finally switched over to a digital camera.  As such, the 4×6 print was scanned onto my computer where some slight adjustment was made to both the color and brightness levels.  All in all, not a bad photo.

If I am fortunate to have you view my photographs and you find the color saturation too much or the color schemes of the mats do not match either themselves or the photograph, please let me know via a comment. Being color-blind, what might look great to me might look like sh*t to everyone else!

Steven H. Spring

That Was Some Suspension!

That sure was some suspension served by Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston during Saturday night’s prime time game against Clemson. He had more face time than Bill Cowher, who seemingly is shown every five minutes on every television channel espousing the benefits of Time Warner Cable. Much more face time than if he had actually played the game.

Granted, what he said most likely is said many times in college and pro locker rooms throughout America, if not the world. Or in garages, for that matter. However, for a Heisman Trophy winner, playing on the number one ranked team in the country, ignorance was exhibited by his audacity to think he could jump up on a table in his school’s student union and shout something obscene, no matter how popular the phrase currently is, without the whole country hearing about it.

Winston may not have played a down, yet he was everywhere Saturday night.

Steven H. Spring
Ohio State University, Class of ‘87