Musical Instruments

Project Athena - Day 91 (Musical Instruments)


Q: What’s the difference between a Scotsman and a Rolling Stone?
A: A Rolling Stone says “hey you, get off of my cloud!”, while a Scotsman says “Hey McLeod, get off of my ewe!”
— Ha-Ha

Another beautiful day in Estes Park. I attended the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Festival for the first time ever. There was food, beer, whiskey, Celtic art and crafts, men in kilts, women in kilts, dogs herding sheep, a Loch Ness Monster and of course, bagpipes. I went for the bagpipes. More for the bagpipe picture since the "music" itself is an acquired taste, I think. I couldn't resist this shot.


Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • f5.6 • 1/125s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 90 (Musical Instuments)

The Sound of Music

Rainy days are tough for shooting. So here is another one from yesterday's outing to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Did I mention that yesterday while strolling through the new Fort Collins History Room I was pleasantly surprised to find a t-shirt that I designed back in 1997 hanging in a display at the museum! It was designed for an organization called Poudre River Cleanup. Weird. I didn't take a picture of it. Also weird that I am old enough to  see my work in a museum. Kind of smiling.

Xylophone at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 32mm • F/4.8 • 1/5s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 89 (Musical Instruments)

Blow Your Own Horn

Build your self-esteem by recalling all the ways you have succeeded, and your brain will be filled with images of you making your achievements happen again and again. Give yourself permission to toot your own horn, and don’t wait for anyone to praise you.
— Jack Canfield

Today, I found my shot at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery in the "Music and Sound Lab". What a great place to play with all sorts of instruments and sound machines. This interactive horn building station is very popular with the kids and I had to wait my turn to arrange the horns for my picture. Smiling.

Horns at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 36mm • F/5 • 1/6s • ISO 400


Project Athena - Day 88 (Musical Instruments)

Cool Kat Zeke on the Drums

Drum sound rises on the air, its throb, my heart.

A voice inside the beat says, “I know you’re tired, but come. This is the way.
— Rumi

I purchased this Ashiko drum almost ten years ago at a Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, CO.  When the rhythm of my own heart beat began resonating to the sounds of the drums that broadcast through the air, I was led to the Giving Tree Music store. I remember feeling called. I remember playing just a few drums when I got there and I remember knowing this one drum had to come home with me.

As for Zeke the cool cat, he likes to rub up against most everything and place himself in my pictures when I shoot at home.

Ashiko Drum

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 24mm • F/4 • 1/200s • ISO 1600

Project Athena - Day 87 (Musical Instruments)

Bronze Instrument

Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
— Frank Zappa

This sculpture is one of my favorites at the Benson Sculpture Park. I love its name, "Wall Street" and the distorted, off balance depiction of the cello. I can almost hear the warped, garbled sounds that would come from this instrument if it were playable.

Stock Market by Philippe Guillerm, 2007, Benson Sculpture Park, Loveland

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 55mm • F/4.5• 1/100s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 86 (Muscial Instruments)

All That Jazz

Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.
— Herbie Hancock

Today, I felt pulled to downtown Fort Collins. I walked around for awhile enjoying the fall like weather when the sultry song of a saxophone lured me into the old town square. There I met a talented street musician named Dave who asked me to take his picture.  I smiled and said of course.

Street Musician Dave Thrush, Fort Collins, CO

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 100mm • F/4.5• 1/500s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 85 (Musical Instruments)

Guitar Man

Music can change the world because it can change people.
— Bono

Today begins the theme of musical instruments. It's going to be a week of really stretching myself to find the photographs. I am a little intimidated by this theme because I personally do not play any musical instruments with the exception of a drum that I made myself and pound upon when participating in drumming circles. (Hey, that gives me an idea for another photo.)

My oldest brother, on the other hand, is an accomplished musician and collects instruments like I collect camera equipment. This Fender Stratocaster is one of six guitars in his repertoire. It is a gift to watch another artist express their passion about what they love most. Thanks for the photo bro.


Fender Stratocaster

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 40mm • F/6.3 • 1/80s • ISO 400