Happy 125th Birthday!

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Completed 125 years ago on March 31, 1889, La Tour Eiffel was the world’s tallest man-made structure for 41 years until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930. During cold weather the tower shrinks by about six inches. The tower sways around six to seven centimetres (2-3 inches) in the wind. In 1944, as the Allies approached Paris, Hitler ordered Dietrich von Choltitz, the military governor of Paris, to demolish the tower, along with other parts of the city. The general refused. In 1960 Charles de Gaulle proposed temporarily dismantling the tower and sending it to Montreal for Expo 67. The plan was rejected.

Paris Las Vegas opened on September 1, 1999, with fireworks being shot from the Eiffel Tower. French actress Catherine Deneuve flipped a switch, turning on all of Paris’ lights, including the various crystal chandeliers in the main lobby. The Eiffel Tower Experience is an exact reproduction of one of Europe’s most famous landmarks, rendered meticulously at half-scale. At 460-feet, an experienced ambassador welcomes guests and points out can’t-miss Las Vegas landmarks and interesting historical facts. The tower is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., weather permitting.


In 2010, Caesars Entertainment Corp. began a series of improvement projects that would see some removal of the Parisian theme. Caesars has phased out the French greeters around the property, and in early 2010 began a major remodel project at the front entrance. The project debuted in Spring 2011 and included a new nightclub dubbed ‘Chateau’. The hotel’s famous steakhouse Les Artisies closed at the end of January 2011 to make way for Gordon Ramsay Steak. The controversial icon’s restaurant opened in June 2011.


While the original Eiffel Tower was constructed on March 31, 1889, the half-scale replica at Paris Las Vegas opened in 1999, and has since welcomed more than 10 million visitors. In celebration of the Parisian landmark’s historic milestone, the Eiffel Tower Experience will host a series of events throughout the year. The newest addition is “Locks on the Bridge,” Las Vegas’ take on the Parisian tradition that enables couples to declare their love by securing a personalized lock to the iconic bridge next to the Eiffel Tower Experience.



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Ese’ s Weekly Shoot&Quote Challenge – Awakening | Ese’ s Voice.

“I’m not one of those people who wakes up and thinks, ‘Bring on the day!’ I have to have about 7 pints of coffee before I’m even remotely awake. But I love the golden hour in the evening, as hokey as that sounds. Just as the sun is about to set and you get those lovely shadows and everything looks gold and yellow.” ~~ Stacy London

Friday My Town Shoot Out

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Cement house picFriday My Town Shoot Out

Elgin is a ghost town located between Caliente and Carp NV. Originally a railroad town, it is now the home of a one-room schoolhouse, which had been in use from 1922 to 1967. The schoolhouse is now a museum with an apple orchard nearby and was declared a State Historic Site in 2005.

As of February 2013, the State Historic Site is permanently closed due to the damage to the only road leading to the site (SR 317), caused by flooding in 2005. We braved the pock marked road only because Lynn, my wife, was born in Elgin IL and obsessed about wanting to visit this site. I would have turned back several times if I was really in charge of the decision making in our family.

This is not a photo of the school house- which looked like it had been recently refurbished and newly painted bright red and white. We came across these two cinder block buildings on the side of the road and they may pre-date the schoolhouse- though I seriously doubt it. They might just as well be only a few years old. No way to know. Nor what their purpose was. A garage and two story storage facility? Sorry. I think I’ve failed miserably in this Shoot Out which was meant to show you the oldest building in my town. Inside and out, and give you the history.

Thursday’s Special: Sunkissed

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Thursday's Special: Sunkissed

Thursday’s Special: Sunkissed | Lost in Translation.

“Joshua trees are fast growers for the desert; new seedlings may grow at an average rate of 7.6 cm (3.0 in) per year in their first ten years, then only grow about 3.8 cm (1.5 in) per year thereafter.[15] The trunk of a Joshua tree is made of thousands of small fibers and lacks annual growth rings, making it difficult to determine the tree’s age. This tree has a top-heavy branch system, but also has what has been described as a “deep and extensive” root system, with roots possibly reaching up to 11 m (36 ft) away.[2] If it survives the rigors of the desert it can live for hundreds of years with some specimens surviving up to a thousand years. The tallest trees reach about 15 m (49 ft). New plants can grow from seed, but in some populations, new stems grow from underground rhizomes that spread out around the Joshua tree”. (My source, as usual, is Wikipedia)

This photo was taken in Joshua Tree National Park, part of the Mojave National Preserve CA. Approximately 8 feet tall, this tree was engulfed by a wildfire last year that destroyed various abandoned wooden structures nearby but still stands. Only now it stands alone.

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“Her beautiful work radiates happiness and joy….” 

Taryn Boyd is the owner of Blue Hippo Photography and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and their two boys. Blu Hippo Phtography has been in business since 2011. Taryn’s style focuses on the emotions of childhood using only natural light. You can read the complete interview she gave recently to Rock The Shot on their blog. Please visit both her website to see examples of her work, and also visit Rock The Shot for the complete interview. Ms. Boyd has allowed me to reprint an excerpt of that interview which resonates with me and might to some of you reading this:

What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business? Since this year had only just begun I am going to say what I am currently working on and I hope I can say I learned by 2015. I am trying to back away from the “noise” on social media. I get hung up on the numbers. “Why didn’t I get more likes on this photo? What did I do wrong? Is it not good or something?” You get the idea. I need to concentrate more on the people who have taken the time to “like” my photo, comment on it and continue to be my cheerleaders. I know in my heart that as an artist there are going to be people who love your work and those that don’t and I need to be okay with that.

If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be? Take your time getting into the business. I see so many photographers popping up everywhere and that’s great. But to go into business is a completely different thing. It isn’t all sunshine and lollipops. Make sure you’ve done your research and know that it is okay to be a hobbyist.


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Desert Road

Lost somewhere in Death Valley. Running low on gas. No water. No food. My stomach’s growling. I wonder if it’s true that members of the Donner party ended up eating each other when things got rough. Lynn’s looking awfully good right about now.

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