Tautologous Tuesday


16868656511_7bb2525b7f_o copyOK, for all of you “ESL” students, tautologous can also mean wordy or talky, which is why I did not post this on Wordless Wednesday as I have something to say! I’m not sure whether or not I ever posted the above photo this past year, shooting South on the Las Vegas Strip one fine Sunday morning. So, if you remember it, then just pretend I titled this post “The Best Of 2015. OK?


Cee’s Share Your World – 2015 Week #52

Prompts and Challenges

Cee has many challenges. One for almost every day of the week. Monday’s is Share Your World in which she asks you:

  • To answer three random questions each week.
  • Respond to a fourth item, and a Bonus question which is always the same: “What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?”  Because we all need to be reminded that there are many things in our lives to be grateful for. 

This week, Cee asked:


Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance for showers, etc.) Today, Monday December 28, 2015 will be partly cloudy with a chance of a smile just after sunset, when I walk in the door at home! Last night was a very difficult night for sleeping, no idea why, but I am dragging today. Hopefully, when I see my wife, Lynn, this evening, everything will again be fine again.

What is most memorable about your high school years? I try not to dwell upon my high school years. They were too traumatic and overly dramatic. It has taken me years to evolve from that depressed, insecure, schoolboy to this man of usually cheerful, usually optimistic demeanor. In fact, I have no really solid memories of my youth until approximately 7 years ago.

Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewelry? Well, if you count Alcatraz Island- affectionately known as the Rock- I would have to say no. I do have some sand that my father brought back from his recent trip to Coney Island in New York, though.

Complete this sentence:  I like watching… This reminds me of a hilariously understated Peter Sellars in the movie Being There, when he tells Shirley MacLaine “I like to watch” and she assumes he means sex rather than television. In that sense, I do not like to watch, either sex or TV. I do like to watch the sun set and the moon rise, though. As for watching the sun rise, I am still a bit too lazy for that.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I can only say I am grateful that Lynn received a call from her doctor this morning telling us she is in relatively fine health and she should be with us for a few more years to come. It was quite the scare that we had to deal with over Christmas. As for what I am looking forward to in this next week? A shortened work week and the hope that Lynn forgets it is New Year’s Eve and does not ask to go on the Strip to watch the fireworks. I hate to watch!


Ghost Rider Rides Again



I returned to Rhyolite NV a couple of weeks ago, just to mosey around. (I do not normally use words like “mosey” but it just seems appropriate for this area.) I posted a different version of this image earlier in my blogging career and had no intention of photographing it again. But there it was, and it was beautiful. I hope you think so, too. Below is the original post from a long, long time ago.


The Goldwell Open Air Museum is an outdoor sculpture park near the ghost town of Rhyolite in the U.S. state of Nevada, about 120 miles (190 km) northwest of Las Vegas. About 5 miles (8.0 km) further west is Death Valley National Park. In addition to the museum, the site includes the Red Barn Art Center, the ruins of a jail and other buildings of the historic mining town of Bullfrog.

The nonprofit museum was organized in 2000 after the death of Albert Szukalski, the Belgian artist who created the site’s first sculptures in 1984 near the abandoned railway station in Rhyolite. The sculpture, The Last Supper, consists of ghostly life-sized forms arranged as in the painting The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Szukalski molded his shapes by draping plaster-soaked burlap over live models until the plaster dried enough to stand on its own. In the same year, using the same techniques, Szukalski also created Ghost Rider, a plaster figure preparing to mount a bicycle.[1][2]

Between then and 2007 other artists added new works to the project. 

The museum is a member of Alliance of Artists Communities. 

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Ghost Rider

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This image was originally posted on Monochromia on December 8.


Version 1 Monochromia

The next day I posted the color version and asked which version people prefered.


Version 2 Color

It was not a fair fight. 100 % of the commenters voiced their preference for the color version. My two Tims (Timothy S. Allen and Timothy Price) both commented on the processing and I went back to discover the b & w was never processed. It was straight out of camera. So I have, hopefully, improved the odds and ask you again, “which do you prefer?”

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Version 3 New and Improved (?)

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December’s One Photo Focus

Prompts and Challenges
Flower (1 of 1)

Processing by Emilio Pasquale

Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing has a challenge that occurs the first Friday of each month. It is called One Photo Focus and is open to anyone who wants to join in. We all have to process the same photo and see what we come up with. This month the image was submitted by Julie Powell, whose blog is Julie Powell – Photographer and Graphic Artist. Almost as creative a title as my own, Photos By Emilio! So, a photo of a flower. What in the world do you do with a photo of a flower? Well, I just jumped right in and imported to Lightroom, did the usual- adjusted highlights and shadows, blacks and whites. What a difference that made. But it was still nothing more than a very realistic looking flower! I wanted to remove it from being too realistic and added a slight blur, cropped in tighter, darkened the background and threw it out of focus with a circular filter. Then I added a split tone. And there you have it. Julie, I hope you like it. The rest of you, too. If you don’t like it, feel free to say so. Or if you have a question or comment on anything I have done, please let me know. meantime, you’ll find more versions of this image at Stacy’s Visual Venturing.

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