Skywatch Friday January 31, 2014 edition

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Welcome to Skywatch Friday where people from all over the world post great photographs of the sky in their part of the world.



Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 23- Dam!

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BoulderFrom the official web site: “Boulder City is awesome! It’s the epitome of small-town America. At the same time, the Hoover Dam is just down the road and the Las Vegas Strip is only 30 minutes away.

Originally built in 1933, the Boulder Theatre was purchased in 1997 by Desi Arnaz, Jr., who completely restored the property. The Boulder Theatre hosts a few select events including the Dam Short Film Festival and is the permanent home to The Boulder City Ballet Company. You can read more about the Boulder Theatre here.”

This is their 10th year.

If this is Thursday, it must be time for Travel with Intent‘s Look Up, Look Down Challenge.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Found In Nature

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Found In Nature

Does someone have the same problem? I work on my photos in Lightroom until they are perfect. Then export them to publish on WordPress and they look flat, not so bright or not so much contrast. This shot above is a perfect example.

For a fun time, see Cee

Sonel’s Corner Photo Editing Challenge: Trees and/or Tree Trunks

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8 (1 of 1)

9 (1 of 1)

I’m sorry but I could not resist. I had real  trees for this challenge but then came across this photo taken last year at The Conservatory at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. This was part of their Autumn display. The first photo is straight from the camera- with flash. The second was adjusted with color correction, then converted to black and white and split tones in Lightroom.

For more trees, please visit Sonel’s Corner Photo Challenge.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Man Made Items

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Hoover Dam BridgeThe Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge spans the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada. It opened in 2010, taking 7 years and approximately $240 million to build. The bridge was the first concrete-steel composite arch bridge built in the United States, and it incorporates the widest concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere. At 840 feet (260 m) above the Colorado River, it is the second-highest bridge in the United States, following the Royal Gorge Bridge. It is also the world’s highest concrete arch bridge. The bridge is located approximately 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, and carries U.S. Route 93 over the Colorado River. It was the key component of the Hoover Dam Bypass project. (Source:Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

For more man made items of interest, please see Cee.

For photos taken during construction, please visit Travel With Intent.

Thursday’s Special: Of Cabbages and Kings

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“The time has come,’ the walrus said, ‘to talk of many things: of shoes and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings’.” ~~ Lewis Carroll

Wordless WednesdayPaula, of Lost In Translation, said, “This is not a challenge; and there are no rules. I will not be giving you themes, but I am inviting you to share with me what inspires you, and makes you happy.”

This photo might not inspire me, but it certainly makes me happy. The Head of a Walrus over a fireplace is so strange and out of place that it makes me smile. I hate to admit I am a vegetarian so I can only hope it was never a real walrus!