Cardinal Rule

Prompts and Challenges

On the way to Red Rock Canyon
Calico Basin Road
Fujifilm X-T1
January 29, 2016

Cardinal Guzman runs a year long challenge called The Changing Seasons and the rules are simple. You can read them by clicking on the link above. But, basically, you are to:

“Find a location near your home, take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog. Continue to do this every month. … Just keep the project going throughout the year. Try to shoot every month, so that in the end of the year, you’ll have a nice and diverse set of photos in your portfolio. The idea is to capture all the changes: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day, some night photography perhaps?

Now, since I live in Nevada, it must be understood that our seasons are summer- when the daily temperature is above 100 degrees- and not summer- when the daily temperature is below 100 degrees. Therefore, all photos will appear to have been taken during the same season. But I promise they will be taken within one month of each post. Also, I tend to believe that posting a gallery of 5- 20 photos at a time diminishes the effect of the photos. So I will usually only post one photo a month. I hope no one objects.



Gallery, Prompts and Challenges


What one thing are you really glad you did yesterday?  Yesterday was a very lazy day. Unlike a lot of people on the East coast, our yesterday was an almost balmy 60 degrees so we puttered around in our garden. OK, with one slight modification- my wife puttered around in our garden. I worked on processing photos and ran outside whenever called to do something manly that my wife could not handle alone. She can handle most things alone so I was able to get a lot done!

Are you generally focused on today or tomorrow?  I would have to say both. I live very much in the moment and do not worry about what might happen in the future. But at the same time I do plan for the future.

Would you want to have as a guardian angel/mentor? What would they tell you right now?  I’m not sure I understand the question. Would I like a mentor/ guardian angel? I had one growing up. My uncle, who tended to believe in me and give me guidance more than my actual parents ever did. Who would I want to have as a mentor/guardian angel? Well, it would have to be a male as my wife is insanely jealous! And he’d have to be older and not too good looking as I am insanely jealous, too, and wouldn’t want him hanging around the house when I’m not home!

Would you rather live in a cave house or a dome house made out of glass?  It would definitely have to be a cave house as a glass house would afford absolutely no privacy. I don’t even undress until all the lights are off and there’s no full moon. Of course, we did remove all the blinds on the windows onto our garden so we could wake up to the sight of nature. So I have no idea at all.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  I am grateful that my wife and I were able to kiss and make up after a stupid argument over the definition of a self made man. The argument occurred last Saturday night, the 16th, and hard feelings continued  into the week! Yes, our married life is like anyone else’s and though I am devoted to her, I can not understand why she can not see everything my way!

OK, so the photo that kicked off this week’s Cee Challenge was taken just this weekend in Barstow California. I processed it while Lynn puttered in the garden!

Now, go visit Cee’s Photography for other challenges every day of the week. Submissions are open to everybody of all ethnicities, political, and religious affiliations!



95 to Goffs-1630-Edit-Edit-3 copy copy

The first phrase that comes to mind is mise en scene.Don’t be embarrassed. You can look it up if you need to. There’s lots of words I have to look up from time to time. But since I was a theater arts major in school, I heard this phrase constantly.

OK? So this mise en scene was in the middle of Goffs CA just off Route 66. The middle of Goffs is in the middle of nowhere with a population of ten or so people, if I remember correctly. We met a very informative fellow when we stopped there last summer.

Anyway, this is for Cee’s challenge. That’s why I have that pretty catchy title up there that caught your eye. So go visit her and see what others have chosen to post this week. But first, let me know you were here by a like, or a dislike or a comment. OK?


Best Of…


Better late than never, I always say. Actually, I only say that when I’m late. Procrastination and me are frequent companions. But I finally thought I’d give the “best of…” a try. Not that anybody really cares what I think are my best images of 2015. But it gave my ego quite a boost just to go back and look at some of these again. So here goes…

I began the year with a series of Las Vegas Strip properties. I have still to do nighttime shots but maybe all that neon and glitter is passe. So, early morning light on this first one.

The Strip

About 8:30 am on a Sunday morning looking north from the Mandalay Bay. Love the overhead light pole directing your eye.


Detail of the New York New York Hotel and Casino with added sunlight flare.

Out in the middle of nowhere, taking shots down the tracks when this pedestrian appeared. The image still needs work but one of my favorites.

Attempted to convert this image to black and white but stopped here. Love the varied textures besides the colors. And that stomach ain’t bad, either.

A mostly retirement community about an hour out from Las Vegas called Chloride AZ. I only wanted the little gas station when this person and pet walked into the shot.

Brunswick Hotel Route 66 Kingman AZ

The Brunswick Hotel on Route 66 in Kingman AZ. The route traverses almost 2,800 miles between Chicago IL and Santa Monica CA.

Fujifilm X-T1 1/3800 sec at f/1.8 ISO 400 32mm

Another Route 66 image, this time taken in Seligman AZ, on my second drive out that way.


Taken in 2012 but not posted till this past year. The image was overexposed and boring until my processing skills improved. (And no smartass comments.)

The Hamm's water tower in Nelson NV with real golden hour lighting!

The Hamm’s water tower in Nelson NV with real golden hour lighting (though I did add the clouds)!

Overton trestle-

A trestle in Overton NV. We were out for a Sunday drive, just being spontaneous (we call it being “spont” because we’re lazy)!


These last two were taken in Kanosh UT, courtesy of my wife who told me to pull off the highway when there was a sudden clearing in the storm we were driving through, just before golden hour.


So, there you have it. Hope you stuck around to the end and enjoyed my walk down my own personal memory lane.

The Cruise

Prompts and Challenges

From time to time, Janna of JannaTWrites, begs me to let her write a story inspired by one of my photos. OK, maybe sometimes I beg her. Does it really matter? I love her writing and she says she loves my photos so everybody’s happy. Here’s my photo. Go read her story. You’ll be happy, too. Here’s a tease:


“You can’t do it?” Nikki laughed.  “Oh, it’s too late to back out now, Laura.  A deal is a deal.” 

I cleared my throat.  “Look, I had too much to drink and I over-committed myself.” 

Nikki’s eyes narrowed as she handed me an envelope.  “The cruise leaves at five o’clock on Friday.  You’ll have about 24 hours to accomplish what you promised.” 

“I just told you, I can’t do it.” 

“You’ll get the $500 when you bring me proof that you took care of business.” 

“Do you want me to bring his heart back in a box or what?” 

Nikki smirked.  “No proof, no cash.” 

OK, why are you still here? I told you this is only a tease. Go read Janna’s tale at her blog, Janna T Writes!