In Retrospect: Venice

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Piazza San Marco Facade
January 30, 2014

Ah, Venice. Venezia. The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century BC. Venice has been known as “La Dominante,” “Serenissima,” “Queen of the Adriatic,” “City of Water,” “City of Masks,” “City of Bridges,” “The Floating City,” and “City of Canals.”

The Grand Canal
January 30, 2014

This is, of course, none of the above, but a mere reproduction in the desert of Las Vegas Nevada.

Piazza San Marco
January 30, 2014

OK, I’m sure this could have passed for the real Piazza San Marco if I had cropped it so that the Mirage Hotel in the background wasn’t so obvious. Or if my Photoshop skills were up to the challenge. So, if you’re like me and have yet to visit the real Venice, then The Venetian Hotel will have to do. For now.

In Retrospect is an ongoing series of older photos from my archives, newly processed. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoy revisiting the memories.

 

 

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter E

Prompts and Challenges

Barn and Truck
Nelson NV
June 3, 2017

 

(For this week’s Fun Foto Challenge your word does not have to start with the letter e but needs to have two e’s in the topic (needle, elephant, geese, peek, jeep, eye, etc.)

Horace Walpole, the English author, is credited with coining the term “serendipity”, an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. Never mind that my entire life has been lived with (in?) serendipity, or that one of my favorite wordpress blogs is Marilyn Armstrong’s Serendipity!

I explained a long, long time ago that Lynn and I usually take a weekend drive with no particular direction in mind and, most times, will discover a most serendipitous place. We call this “being spont”, short for spontaneous. Anyway, we discovered Nelson NV just before Thanksgiving around 2011. We were looking for a place to take visiting relatives for the day. And what could be better in Nevada, The Silver State, than a tour of an old gold mine? So, we knew where we were going, but not what we would find. Since that day, Nelson has become my go-to spot for photos. There’s just so much there and the owners are always adding to their recreation of a once thriving mining town. Tons of ancient, rusting vehicles as well as old metal signs, buildings, gas pumps, and more.

Serendipity!

 

 

In Retrospect: City Center Las Vegas

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City Center
Las Vegas NV
February 8, 2014

OK, in the attempt at being politically correct, I am going to blame someone else for posting late today. It’s not my fault. When Bernie made all those promises he sort of locked me into a corner and I lost all awareness of what day it was. Really. That’s so much better for my psyche than to take responsibilities for my own actions. I feel so much better now. Anyway…

City Center in Las Vegas is just a fancy name for more hotels and casinos. The buildings are impressive, a wee bit fancier than others on the strip. But they are still casinos. As is my habit, I quote from Wikipedia: City Center Las Vegas is a “…16,797,000-square-foot (1,560,500 m2) mixed-use, urban complex on 76 acres.

Impressive, no?

“It is the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the United States. The project is connected by a people mover system to adjacent MGM properties.”

People Mover
Las Vegas NV
February 8, 2014

“The project was started by MGM Resorts International; Dubai World became a joint partner during the project’s construction phase. As of 2015, the ‘CityCenter’ branding has been largely retired, with the focus instead on the Aria brand of the development’s centerpiece property in names such as the ‘Aria Express’ (formerly ‘CityCenter Tram’) and ‘Aria Art Collection’ (formerly ‘CityCenter Art Collection’).”

City Center
Las Vegas NV
February 8, 2014

My initial intent was to process the buildings all in stark black and white. That’s how I normally see them as they are mostly glass and highly polished steel. But, they reflect the colors around them so well.

Ciyy Center
Las Vegas NV
February 8, 2014

When I showed these images to Lynn, she said she can appreciate the geometry, but they don’t speak to her. They’re not of nature.

I know exactly what she means.

In Retrospect is an ongoing series of older photos from my archives, newly processed. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoy revisiting the memories.

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter D

Prompts and Challenges

Dirt Diggers
Inspirada Community
Henderson NV
September 12, 2014

 

I had no idea, when I chose these photos, that they were all shot exactly 3 years ago today. These dirt machines were leveling the ground for building a new community in Henderson, just 15 minutes south of the Las Vegas Strip. The first machines are dirt diggers. Some people call them back hoes, I think. I just call them as I see them!

Dirt Aerator
Inspirada Community
Henderson NV
September 12, 2014

The dirt aerator is really called that. Or, you can call it a tiller.

Dirt Transporter
Inspirada Community
Henderson NV
September 12, 2014

I just love the way this dirt transporter is sort of peeking around the corner of that pile of rocks and dirt. As if he/she is shy. OK, OK, maybe I’ve seen too many Pixar cartoons where trucks have eyes and mouths and can talk. When I was a kid, and should have been watching cartoons (instead of now when I am an adult), we called them dump trucks.

And that’s it for my dirty photos. I have two more shots of big machines but I don’t know what they are. They must have something to do with dirt, though, because they were at the same work site. Just call them extras. My gift to you.

Extra Dirt Machines
Inspirada Community
Henderson NV
September 12, 2014

 

Extra Extra Dirt Machines
Inspirada Community
Henderson NV
September 12, 2014

Oh, by the way, did you know there are companies now that will let you drive these big machines for a fee? It’s a male’s fantasy. OK, maybe only one fantasy that we males have. But at least this one can come true. If you have enough money. Any of you women who share that fantasy can drive them, too. Money knows no sex – or something like that!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter D – 4 letter words that start with D

Cee’s Share Your World – September 11, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Sierra Ready Mix South Plant
Sloan NV
April 14, 2013

Share Your World – September 11, 2017

Would you want $200,000 right now or $250,000 in a year? It’s safe to assume all money is tax free. In my experience so far, no money is tax free. But to answer the question, I would take the $200,000 now. I might not be around in a year. Not that I have any plans but, you never know.

Is it more important to love or be loved? I’ve been on both sides of that question and I’ll tell you it’s a lot easier being loved. No commitment, no hurt or heartache. But why can’t it be a reciprocal endeavor? I love you, you love me.

List things that represent abundance to you. Let me go back to the question above. If you love and are loved in return, that is an abundance. Food on the table, clean water to drink and air to breathe would be an abundance. Many people make do with even less than what we might consider bare necessities.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. Not what, but who! Janice of jfeyersforman photography, in a comment on my post of last Friday, September 8, titled In Retrospect: Sloan NV, said “…. it looks like you could do some interesting Film Noir type images!”  I love film noir. And that comment has inspired me to look into possibly a series of film noir type photos. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, film noir is associated with a low key, black and white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography. Lots of deep, dark shadows. I’m going to start experimenting with that look on some of my existing photos as well as some new shots. I’ll keep you posted. And thanks, Janice!

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In Retrospect: Sloan NV

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Corner of Sloan Rd and Decatur Blvd
Sloan NV
April 14, 2013

There’s not much going on in Sloan NV. Less than 20 miles from the Las Vegas Strip and light years away, this rural community hosts 105 hearty souls, mostly living in run down homes and trailers. There are some rusty ruins of old cars, trucks, and buses. But the surroundings are pretty nondescript. The main – scratch that – the only industry is mining, home to a Sierra Ready Mix plant and Aggregate Industries.

There are no stop lights and no town to speak of. No movie theaters or diners or stores. Just random homes set randomly on treeless acres of dirt, and dried brush. The Ready Mix office is the newest building in town.

Sierra Ready Mix South Plant
Sloan NV
April 14, 2013

 

In Retrospect is an ongoing series of older photos from my archives, newly processed. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoy revisiting the memories.

Cee’s Share Your World – September 4, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Valley Of Fire State Park
Overton NV
August 20, 2017
7:13 PM (pst)

What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?  I guess blue would be my most comfortable color, as you’ll usually find me wearing blue jeans. Unless you find me in bed, in which case you don’t want to find me! Anyway, for the previous 10 years I have been a good corporate team member, wearing dress slacks, rarely corduroy. But in the last two or three years I finally woke up singing “I Gotta Be Me” and started wearing my favorite jeans to work. No one ever made a comment so that’s all I wear now. The wedding we went to last month, I wore my jeans and a dark sport coat. No tie. And if I have anything to say about it, I will be buried in my jeans, too.

What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)  For the last 3 years we have been dog sitting a Chihuahua. Anyone who has been following this blog even intermittently, should know I detest the beast. She is needy and is treated like a person. She is always underfoot and she yaps. Lynn knows that my upbringing has been no feeding the dog scraps from the table but would rather irritate me than the dog. So, if we were ever to get another dog, firstly it would be a rescue dog. And secondly, I would have to get rid of Lynn.

List at least five favorite flowers or plants. Flowers and plants are not my bailiwick (love that word) but we have a Ruellia and a Golden Dew Drop in our back yard, both of which I get great enjoyment from. Then there are pine trees and oak. At least five? OK. Weeping Willow.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. See that photo up there? My first attempt at astrophotography with the X-T1 and the remote app on my phone. OK, it was more like a month ago but it has really inspired me to get out and play with more nighttime shoots. Unfortunately, the heat is still prohibitive, peaking in the late afternoon and dissipating slowly until the following morning when it starts climbing all over again. The photo is not sharp, but I will get better. I hope!

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Cee’s Share Your World – September 4, 2017

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows

Prompts and Challenges

Kelso Post Office
Kelso CA
July 2, 2017

The now defunct Kelso Post Office, across from the railroad depot that now serves as the Mojave National Preserve Visitors Center, lies deep in shadow. I could not find any numbers on the current population but found this very interesting. From Wikipedia, of course: “During the 1970s Kelso was known as the town without television. About 75 residents lived in Kelso, many with school age children. Television signals could not reach the town which meant that residents found other methods of recreation. However, with the advent of satellite dishes, television was eventually introduced to Kelso.”

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows