Faux Graffiti

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DSCF5607-Edit-2Yes, I’m in a lousy mood today. Just some news that at any other time wouldn’t bother me as much. I feel like I’m in a slump emotionally and have no real desire to do much of anything. Hopefully this will not last long as we have house guests coming for the weekend (Lynn got back from China yesterday morning)and we will be celebrating our 4th anniversary this week. Trying to get tickets for Cirque de Soleil’s Love. It’s a great show. We’ve seen it twice already and they just revised it.

Anyway, I wandered out to the Las Vegas strip one day last week and found this faux graffiti at The Linq Hotel and Casino. That’s where the High Roller is and I call this faux graffiti because there is no way anyone could have done this uninvited. The strip is open 24 hours a day and there are always a couple of security people stationed here. But, even if it’s corporately sanctioned, it made me smile. So I posted it hoping that would get rid of my funk. But now that I look at it again, it’s not really helping.

Oh well, maybe it will bring a smile to your face.

Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons – April

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Calico Basin

Calico Basin

This is the fourth month of Cardinal Guzman’s The Changing Seasons. If you click on that link, you can get all the rules. In short, I am taking one photo a month in an area near Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas called Calico Basin. Supposedly, you will then see the changing seasons. But, as I have explained each month so far, this is Las Vegas. Pretty much a desert. So winter looks like summer which looks like spring that looks like fall. Got it? So the above image, shot in early April, is my spring shot. It is a pano image- two photos merged side by side in lightroom. Summer, winter, and fall won’t look much different. But this month I have a bonus for you good people.  And you bad people, too. There is actually a Changing Seasons St. in Las Vegas. See that palm tree behind the sign in the image below? That palm tree will be just as green in summer, fall, winter, and next spring. Except it will probably be a bit taller by then.

Changing Seasons

West 45th

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The Theater District

West 45th Street, The Theater District, New York City

OK, another image of my dad’s. I just went through what I have on my laptop and it looks like he was really busy when he was in New York last December. And I’m sort of jealous. He’s got some good stuff here. I think it’s the camera. I mean, the guy hasn’t done any serious photography since I was an idea! And the story I get is that I wasn’t even his idea but my mom’s.

Lucky for me she used to be able to get him to do whatever she wanted! That’s all I’m saying.

(This post is for steveo who wanted to see more of my father’s images.)

Cee’s Share Your World – 2016 Week

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Lake Las Vegas

Lake Las Vegas NV

It is once again time for Cee’s Share Your World Challenge which is more of a prompt than an actual challenge. As always, the photo above has nothing to do with any of the questions or responses but has been posted in case you are bored with my answers- in which case you will have something to look at!

If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts?  Or what do you use if you need to have your vision corrected? I have had my vision corrected. With glasses. I could not imagine putting anything into my eyes. I even have a problem with eyedrops. And anyway, people look so much smarter in glasses. So that helps. Plus, when I wear glasses, no one knows me when I take them off. It’s like one minute I’m at the party and the next minute, I take off my glasses and I disappear. Too bad that Superman gig is already taken.

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be? Come on, Cee, who makes up these questions. You? Oh, OK. I’ll play. My day as a traffic signal. Just standing around. Not doing much of anything. People ignoring me. Sort of like my actual existence. I think, instead of a STOP sign, tomorrow I’d like to be a SLOW CHILDREN AT PLAY sign. Slow children could get hurt easily and, at least this way I’d feel like I was being helpful.

Was school easy or difficult for you? How so? School was very easy for me. How so? because I am just too damn smart for my own good. Did I say that out loud? Sorry. I have no idea why it was easy for me. It’s not like I got straight A’s all the time- only one semester was I able to. I think the teachers just felt sorry for me, the little skinny kid wearing glasses in the front row all the time.

Would you rather take a 1 or 2 week vacation with an organized tour or take a cruise of your choice? Oh, this one is easy. Neither. Lynn and I are pretty spont people and hate to have specific plans. In fact, her sister just sent us an itinerary for their vacation in May. We were going to join them but everything was so spelled out for every minute of the day and night, including bathroom breaks. So, we told them we would meet up with them at their first stop- which will be Zion (2 hours away from us) and then spend the weekend with them on their last 2 days at Sedone (about 4 1/2 hours away).

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Grateful? I’m grateful that Lynn has landed safely in Beijing. She left Saturday at 3 am and I took her to the airport. What am I looking forward to in the week coming up? Playing at being a bachelor again and not coming home straight from work. Not that she has ever expected or demanded me to come straight home from work but this evening I went to a movie all by myself and even had popcorn! And next weekend I plan on doing some painting around here and maybe setting up a veggie and herb garden in the backyard. Of course, both are to surprise her upon her return.

A Simple Life

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Shoshone CA

Shoshone CA

I was on my own last Saturday and took off for Death Valley to see the last of the super bloom desert flowers. Problem is, I left the house with only half a tank of gas. Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, I started to get a bit worried as I watched the gas needle slowly dip towards empty. No other cars and no cell service. I reached the town of Tecopa, NV and stopped in front of a local micro brewery where a woman was unlocking the storefront. She directed me to Shoshone, where the gas would be close to $5.00 a gallon “because it’s in California, but only about 5 miles away. Or you could go to Pahrump where it will be a little over $2, but that’s about 30 miles away,” she said. So I stopped at Shoshone and found this rather uninspiring view that somehow inspired me. Directly across the street from the gas station. Nothing special here- in keeping with the mood of the scene; a straight on shot in JPG that I added a slight paint effect to. You can see the effect in the bushes in mid frame as well as in some of the mountains.

And I never made it to Death Valley.

I will be on my own, again, next week but have learned my lesson. A full tank of gas and lots of water. Maybe I’ll stop at Death Valley Brewery again!

Joe, Laurie, Patti, Stacey, and any other thirsty beer drinkers among you, I’ll be there waiting!

Back To The Future

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Here is my entry for this week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge with the topic of Future.

Goldfield High School built in 1907

Goldfield High School built in 1907

“Study the past, if you would divine the future.” ~~ Confucius

When I complained to Cee (of Cee’s Photography) that I had gone through all my photos and none spoke to me about the future because I think I’m too ensconced in the past…, she replied with, “You could do a ‘back to the future’ type post😀“! So here it is, the Goldfield High School, built in 1907 and currently going through renovation. And my thanks to Cee for inspiring me to think about the box I’m in. And about the future!

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge 2016 Week 14

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DSCF4613-HDR-Edit-2Cee explains:

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge (COB) is all about those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category.  We’ve all taken them and like them, because we just can’t hit delete and get rid of them.  There is never a theme to this challenge, so what is an odd ball is all up for you to discover and photograph.

I hope that you have a lot of fun with this challenge!  To read more about Odd Ball photos click here.

Meaning of oddball
noun – a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming
adjective – whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical.

April 1 Photo Focus

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Barn Image by Cee Neuner, Processing by Emilio

To me, a barn is not a barn unless it is old and weathered. I live in a place where any barn made of wood is going to be old and weathered in about a week if it’s the middle of summer. So I took Cee’s great photo of an immaculate red barn and aged it as well as I could. I deleted the homes in  the background and part of a car sticking out from behind the barn on the left. Then I worked at removing the telephone(or electric) pole and wiring. You can see what others have done to this image at Stacy’s Visual Venturing.

Thanks to Cee for supplying an amazing photo and thanks to Stacy for continuing to host this challenge each month.

And while you’re at it, go visit Cee’s blog, too. There’s always a party going on, every day of the week!