52 WEEKS PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE: WEEK 3- SELF PORTRAIT

Prompts and Challenges

IMG_1368I don’t usually do selfies. Afraid I’ll ruin my reputation. The one I foster about being suave and debonair and nimble on my feet. But here you go. Please don’t swoon gals. Or guys! This is submitted as part of The Girl That Dreams Awake’s 52 week challenge. I already missed last week’s on food. But I never seem to take photos of something I’m about to eat. Wait. How did that get in here. That’s not me, though it does bear a striking resemblance to when I had hair. Here we go:

3 Generations September7, 2013

3 Generations
September7, 2013

OK, which one’s me?

Share Your World – 2016 Week 34

Prompts and Challenges
Nevada State Route 375 The Extraterrestrial Highway

Nevada State Route 375
The Extraterrestrial Highway

What is your favorite comfort snack food?  I really don’t have a favorite snack food as I rarely snack. Although I used to insist upon a bag of popcorn whenever I went to the movies. Even with the synthesized butter product they pour on it, I prefer the movie popcorn over home made with real butter from organic grass fed cows and Celtic or sea salt. I mean, there’s a time and a place for healthy snack food but a movie theater is not it.

Is the paper money in your possession right now organized sequentially according to denomination and with the bills right side up and facing the same way?  Normally I would answer yes. But a few days ago I went to purchase an item at a store for $50 with my card and it was denied. So I had to pay with my sequentially organized according to denomination bills all facing the same way. When I got back to my office, I checked my bank balance, then called the bank to curse them. They said they denied the card based on my spending- I had charged an iced coffee for $4.00 and that small a charge is a red light for fraud. They said thieves often charge a small amount to make sure a stolen card is still good before charging something much more expensive.

If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing? Well, not eating home made popcorn, that’s for sure. Lynn is usually in the living room on her laptop while I am in my den working on photos or reading about photography. We usually make dinner together first. Sometimes we’ll watch a movie or documentary together.

Would you rather not be able to read or not be able to speak?  I would normally go for the cheap joke here and say I’d rather my wife was not able to speak. But I’m more mature and have much more class than that. So I will take the high road and say I’d rather not be able to speak. I could always write or type. But if I were unable to read, well, that would mean that I am blind, or legally so, and would not be able to watch a movie or see my wife smile.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week we left the house about 3 in the afternoon for a ride and found the Extraterrestrial Highway that leads to Area 51. We were not looking for it and I really had no idea we lived anywhere near it (only 2 hours away). But it was too late in the day so we promised ourselves to return this week. We did so yesterday and I will have more photos within the following week.

(This is a continuing feature of Cee’s weekly challenges which I enjoy playing. I am late this week because I was going to take a week or so off and may do so sooner or later. Probably later!)

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.

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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!


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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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(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

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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.