Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons – August

Gallery, Prompts and Challenges
August at Calico Basin

August at Calico Basin

Excerpt from The New York Times Evening Briefing for Wednesday August 17, 2016: “A wildfire near San Bernardino, Calif. ‘hit hard, it hit fast, it hit with an intensity that we haven’t seen before,’ the county fire chief said.

High winds, high temperatures and low humidity in the state’s fifth year of drought drove the flames to flare from five acres to 30,000 in less than 24 hours. Officials ordered the evacuation of about 82,000 residents in an estimated 34,500 homes.”

The closest the fire came to Las Vegas was about 340 miles away and yet, smoke from the blaze blanketed our skies. Imagine what it must have been like for those who were evacuated.

This is the second month in a row that the mountains in Calico Basin were obliterated by smoke But this time, the air cleared by nightfall, even though there was little wind. The air has remained clear since Wednesday, even though the fires are still active.

They are calling August “Wildfire Season” so I imagine it is appropriate for Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons challenge.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

What’s this “Changing Seasons” blogging challenge?

«The Changing Seasons 2016» is a blogging challenge with two versions: the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the new version (V2) where you can allow yourself to be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month. Anyone with a blog can join this challenge and it’ll run throughout 2016. It doesn’t matter if you couldn’t join the first month(s), late-comers are welcomed. These are the rules, but they’re not written in stone – you can always improvise, mix & match to suit your own liking:

These are the rules for Version 1 (The Changing Seasons V1):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

These are the rules for Version 2 (The Changing Seasons V2):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!

CEE’S SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2016 WEEK 33

Prompts and Challenges
Graffiti on a wall near the Fremont Street Experience Las vegas NV

Graffiti on a wall near the Fremont Street Experience
Las Vegas NV

(The above image has nothing to do with this post. In fact, it has nothing to do with anything. I have no idea whether or not it means anything but I  do admire the artist’s skill.)

Would you travel into outer space? Are you crazy? I’m not even fond of inner space. I hate to fly and have admitted several times previously to ordering a drink as soon as it is offered on any flight I have ever taken. Even when I was a kid, I would just tell the stewardess it was for the person next to me- who was usually my mother or father. My mother and father were usually so nervous about flying that they never noticed I was getting inebriated right under their noses. So when do they start serving cocktails on a moon or Mars flight?

Which country/city in the world (that you have never been to) would you most like to visit and why? Well, right now my wife and I are in the early planning stages of a trip to Fontanarosa, the town in Italy where my family comes from. I am told we might still have a relative there who became a priest. Imagine that? Someone from my family ending up a priest.

What could you do to breathe more deeply today? Get a bottle of oxygen and a straw!


mentalfloss.com

Complete this sentence:  This creamy peanut butter sandwich could really use some …chunks of peanuts and a banana! The only real peanut butter has chunks. And the only real peanut butter sandwich needs a banana!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week I ended up pretty sick and had to remain housebound for two and a half days. I was so whiny that I think my wife divorced me, I’m not sure. I haven’t seen much of her lately. But by Sunday afternoon, I felt much better and we went for a five hour drive. Next weekend we are going to explore more thoroughly, the area we discovered.

OK, so there you have it, my answers to Cee’s Share Your World for this week. Please visit her website to read what others have to say about peanut butter sandwiches. Maybe you’ll find a great new combination.

52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEEK 1 -BLACK AND WHITE

Prompts and Challenges

DSCF7699-Edit-2

So, I just discovered a new challenge hosted by The Girl That Dreams Awake that I couldn’t resist. It is a 52 week photo challenge. Some people may get tired of me always saying I need to cut back on posting. But the posting isn’t the problem. The problem is commenting on all the posts I follow. I keep promising I’ll get better and yet I never do. So here’s my promise. I will get better. I will. But until I do, I hope you enjoy this image that I shot last Friday, August 5th, while playing hooky from work.

Cee’s Share Your World – 2016 Week 32

Prompts and Challenges

NelsonWheel--2

Every week I look forward to Cee’s Share Your World challenge where she asks questions and anyone who would like to can respond. This week is no exception.

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? Does wine count as food? It’s made from grapes so, in my limited world view, I think it qualifies. In which case lots of, cases of, red wine. Of, course, you can’t have wine without pizza. So scratch that. My endless supply of food would be Settebello’s margherita pizza with kalamata olives! And lots of red wine!

What is the worst thing you ate this last recently? OK, I’m guessing you’re asking what is the worst thing I ate recently? Hands down, that would have to be home-made kale chips. Lynn tried, but even she will concede it was an unmitigated disaster. OK, maybe only a failure. I couldn’t even eat one. But her brother-in-law said he liked them- even though no one else could stomach them. So next time she saw him, she gave him more.

You are comfortable doing nothing? For long stretches of time? No, I’m not. I’m not a bundle of ceaseless energy, but I can’t just sit and do nothing. I can’t even lie on the beach to try to get a tan.

List of Jobs You Think You Might Enjoy: Even if you aren’t thinking about a career change, it can be fun to think of other jobs you might enjoy. I was thinking something in the realm of travel photographer. Start with the continental United States first. Then onwards and outwards!:)

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week I played hooky from work and went with Lynn and my camera to Nelson NV, about an hour from our home. The photo above is a product of that shoot. It was an epiphany of sorts that I will share with you if you mosey on over to Monochromia to view a black and white version of the same photo. And you must visit Cee’s post this week to see what other’s have submitted to her challenge.

August One Photo Focus

Prompts and Challenges
London Eye Photography by Robin Kent Processing by Emilio Pasquale

London Eye
Photography by Robin Kent
Processing by Emilio Pasquale

The first Friday of each month is time for One Photo Focus, hosted by Stacy Fischer. Those who wish to participate should contact Stacy and she will send out next month’s photo two weeks before the time to post. To see what others have done with this photo, please visit Stacy’s website. And thanks to Robin Kent for providing a challenging image to work with.

acrylic prints for sale

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – August 3, 2016

Prompts and Challenges
Barstow CA

Barstow CA

My wife doesn’t understand me. I mean, don’t get me wrong. She’s a wonderful woman. Salt of the earth. (By the way. What does that mean? Salt of the earth. Anybody know?) But we’ve been to Barstow twice now. One hundred fifty eight miles southwest of here. I don’t remember if I got any shots of anything that first time. But the second time, we found this trestle that stretches over a vacant railroad yard and I got this one shot that I like. Now, I want to go back and maybe shoot from a different angle or a different time of day. But she says we saw everything there is to see in Barstow. What? Excuse me? I guess I’m just going to have to sneak off one morning and go back down there by myself. Problem is, she’s my navigator. Without her, I’m afraid I wouldn’t know which way to go.

~~~~0~~~~

(The above image is part of Cee’s Which Way challenge. Please go visit to check out the rules (pretty simple) and the talent (pretty awesome).

Cee’s Share Your World – 2016 Week 31

Prompts and Challenges

DSCF7604-Edit

What is your favorite part of the town/city you live in.  And what Country do you live? I live in Las Vegas Nevada, USA. I spent the first ten years living here denying that I lived here. I hated the heat, the reputation of the city, and the garishness of the Strip. Now, finally, I embrace it- even as I grow impatient to leave it. My favorite part of this city is the home my wife and I have made here together.

Would you rather wear clown shoes every day or a clown wig every day? I’m not one who cares too much about how I look (I wear jeans and polo shirts to work everyday during summer), but I do like a comfortable pair of shoes (I wear sneakers or hiking boots each day). So I would opt for the wig. It would definitely be an ice-breaker!

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under? When I was single, it used to go over. The first few months of marriage, whenever I would go into the toilet, I would switch the toilet paper from under, to over. Now I have given up and simply take it as it comes, which is usually under as my wife is the one who normally changes it.

What do you do to make a living or during the day?  If you are retired what mostly occupies your day? Or if you are a student what are you studying? I have never told anyone or alluded to what I do for a living only because it has never come up. But I am a Realtor during the day. A photographer during the weekends. Next year I hope to be a traveler.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Nothing from last week seems to stand out in my mind. It was a quiet week. Next week I hope to be healthy enough to take a weekend trip up into, and just beyond, Zion National Park in Utah.

Share Your World is brought to you courtesy of Cee Neuner. Please visit her blog to discover a new challenge almost everyday of the week. And join in as many of them as you care to or have time for!

The image above has nothing to do with Share Your World but is in keeping with the purpose of my blog- which is specifically for my photography. To view a b & w version of this image- shot on a side street near the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas- please visit Monochromia.

Trippin’

Gallery
Sand Castle at Coronado Beach

Sand Castle at Coronado Beach

I’m sorry. I wanted to write a witty, fun narrative of my recent trip to San Diego but, though I have tried twice already, it comes out stilted and forced. The highlights? I saw my friend Matt for the first time in 3 years and it was as if we had seen each other just the night before. The lows? I got sick on the drive down and had to spend Wednesday night and most of Thursday in, or very close to, the motel bathroom. I even had to take a nap the next day, I was so exhausted. But by 2:30 I was finally feeling better and went to the Gaslamp Quarter to wait for Matt to get out of Comic-con. I walked around for about 3 hours in 100 degree heat when I couldn’t find my car. Then I sat in it until Matt was free. That night we had a great  Mexican dinner (OK, mine was not great, but the Margarita was super!) then I dropped him at the place he was staying and I returned to my motel. The next morning I checked out and drove to Coronado and walked along the beach where I took the photo above. The photo below was taken near the Gaslamp Quarter the day before.

My drive back home took only 5 and a half hours.

Home For the Homeless

Home For the Homeless

metal prints for sale

Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons: July 2016

Prompts and Challenges
rsz_july_1_of_1

July at Calico Basin

The above pano (3 shots stitched together) was taken July 24, 2016 at approximately 9:30 in the morning when the temperature was already 90 degrees in Calico Basin, Nevada. That’s a veritable cold spell here. A wildfire in Santa Clarita California, about 270 miles south, rendered the mountains almost invisible. There are actually three layers of mountains. The first are clearly visible, the second can barely be seen towards the center and to the right. The third is totally obliterated by smoke. I have come to Calico Basin each month as part of Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons challenge. And since the seasons barely change here in Nevada I’ve tried to focus on different aspects of the basin.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

art prints for sale

(Stolen with impunity from Cardinal Guzman’s latest post)

What’s this “Changing Seasons” blogging challenge?

«The Changing Seasons 2016» is a blogging challenge with two versions: the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the new version (V2) where you can allow yourself to be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month. Anyone with a blog can join this challenge and it’ll run throughout 2016. It doesn’t matter if you couldn’t join the first month(s), late-comers are welcomed. These are the rules, but they’re not written in stone – you can always improvise, mix & match to suit your own liking:

These are the rules for Version 1 (The Changing Seasons V1):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

These are the rules for Version 2 (The Changing Seasons V2):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!