Happy birthday, Lisa!


Lisa Vedeckis was born on this day, in Chicago, Illinois, to Wayne and Mary Vedeckis. I suspect Lisa would prefer I not mention her exact age, so I won’t.

I’ll admit that this particular year has had some real broadsides – like the one on the side of the house – but we made it through! Are you ready for the next one?



These photographs were taken at the Red Lobster in Fredericksburg, Virginia, which is one of Lisa’s favorite restaurants.


Mantis religiosa


Behold mantis religiosa, better known as the European praying mantis. I’ve always liked these creatures, despite their reputation as spouse-murdering, sibling-consuming cannibals. They are an excellent example of the amazing things nature can come up with.


This guy was photographed outside of my workplace in the early afternoon of November 4, 2014. Given the brown pigment, this particular one is probably a male. It was roughly five inches from cranium to rump, and wasn’t taking any guff from anyone. He even gave me a “threat display” after I moved him from the busy sidewalk to the relative safety of the stone fence.

So much for gratitude.

Other creatures from Mt. Pony:


Happy Anniversary, Baby!


Photo by Wayne Vedeckis, taken circa May, 2004, Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont, Maryland.

Lisa and I were married on October 25, 2003, in Metairie, Louisiana. Since then we’ve had two children, lived in two apartments in two different states, and bought a house. We’ve also had two cats, three guinea pigs, one dog, and four different cars. Eleven Years and counting! And best of all, we’re just getting started!