Silent Saturday

Sedona PaintPlease click the image for a high res version

Yes, I know there is no such thing as Silent Saturday. Then again, maybe there is. Or maybe I’ll start a new trend. Point is, I didn’t want to wait till Sunday and I really had nothing to say. Except I like this image of my most favorite place in the world. Up until now, that is. I mean, maybe tomorrow (no, probably not tomorrow but one day, maybe soon) I’ll get to Machu Pichu and that will replace Sedona as my most favorite place in the entire world. Truth is, too many rich people have moved into the area for it to be my most favorite place much longer! Maybe rich people have moved into the area surrounding Machu Pichu, too. Maybe there are coffee shops and candy stores and souvenirs being hawked on street corners right now in Machu Pichu. Maybe there’s a huge cut-out of Harrison Ford in his Indian Jones get-up that you can take selfies with for only 500 pesos.

But I like saying Machu Pichu. I always think I’m going to accidentally spit on someone when I say it. Not like Sedona. Sedona slides off the tongue like butter in your mouth. It’s a very polite sound. You can’t be polite saying Machu Pichu!

After-Before Friday Week 23

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I hate being told by a woman what to do. My wife understands this and has a way of making me believe that I have free will. Stacy Fischer, on the other hand, should take lessons from my wife. She has told me (Stacy has, not my wife) that I can not post an After/Before image today as there is not to be a corresponding host supported post this week. Instead we are to announce the half year celebration of her After/Before blog coming up in two weeks. That is like asking the guests to your own birthday celebration to send out invitations for you. Has this woman no shame? Next she’ll be telling us what presents to bring. That’s why I don’t go to weddings. No woman is going to give me a list of over-priced merchandise to purchase that she will never use once the nuptials are over. That is probably why my wife and I get along so well. After our wedding we drove to the local Costco and bought the food for our own reception. There were no gifts exchanged. My wedding was gift enough! And this, my friends, is why I don’t mind going to funerals. No one tells you what to bring to a funeral!

So let Stacy tell you what to expect at her party. Her celebration. Her 6 month anniversary. Click on this link here. No, not there, but here!

And don’t forget Monochromia, where no one tells you what to do as long as you do it in black and white!

Deja Two All Over Again

Pay attention. There will be a test. Well, not so much a test as a poll! So, the photo with processing that everyone loved- OK every one of the 64 “Likes” and 8 commentors- except for my wife:

Ford Truck

And the original straight from the camera- except for a bit of color correcting and cropping- which the wife preferred:

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And the original straight from the camera:

OFT

And now the poll:

Silent Sunday

Ford Truck

Please click on the image above to see a high res version.

As this is Silent Sunday, we are not supposed to say a word. So I won’t. Except to explain that my wife didn’t necessarily like this processing. She liked it better as shot! After going back and forth with her, I could see her point and almost posted the version she liked. But this is MY blog, after all!

Sorry, babe!

And if you prefer black and white images, please visit Monochromia.

Set Free

 

Set FreePlease click on the image above for a high res version

Once again, JannaT and EmilioP have collaborated to bring you a soul-searing Halloween tale to rival all others. No, we have never done a Halloween tale before- and I’m not even sure what soul-searing means. But this is maybe the 4th time Janna has taken one of my photos and made me look good. This time is no different. She does not disappoint as an author. Go find out for yourself and let me know what you think! Let her know what you think, too! Click on JannaT’s name and I will personally escort you to her site! Do not click on my name as it will just bring you back here!

JannaT

Autumn Leaves

I’m tired of everyone posting colorful photos of dead or dying leaves.

I wish people would just leave me alone with their images of fall foliage!

Here in the desert the colors of autumn are brown and beige, which are considerably better than the colors during the rest of the year, which are beige and brown!

When I feel the need to embrace autumn, I get myself to the lobby at the Bellagio Hotel. Dale Chihuly has designed a magnificent glass chandelier called Fiori di Como, comprised of 2,000 hand blown glass blossoms.

Chihuly CeilingPlease click on the image above to see a high res version of Fiori di Como.

And if you need a sip of black and white to cleanse your palate, please visit Monochromia!