Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons – December 2016

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December at Calico Basin

December at Calico Basin

It’s been a terrible month for photography, with the days and nights being either too cold or to rainy or both. But I had to get this in by the end of the month, the end of the year in fact. My idea was to get some night shots of Christmas lights in Calico Basin. Imagine my surprise when this was the most colorful and decorated house in this community. I guess there aren’t too many kids in households here. Anyway, this ties up Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons year long challenge, which you can read about here. Before you go I want to wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year. And I hope to see you all in 2017.

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This week, The Daily Post has asked for a retrospective in which “… you pull all the strands of your 2016 together before diving into the new year.” That got me to thinking about processing images I’ve taken in the past 7 years that have been ignored by me for one reason or another, and posting them once a week under the title In Retrospect. That new venture has now morphed into its own blog which I will link to when it is online. I hope you will all stop by from time to time and take a look. Until then, and without further ado, I give you my ‘most’ posts of 2016:

Most Likes


In which I give some thought to the creative box I’m in

published April 10, 2016

Goldfield High School built in 1907

Most Comments:


In which I reveal certain truths about Emilio Pasquale

published October 13, 2016

Hanksville UT May 7, 2016

Most Proud of


In which I create a pano of 3 images that were so drab and colorless they sat in my archives for 4 years

published November 7, 2016

Jenny Lake Grand Teton National Park WY November 13, 2012

Share Your World – 2016 Week 52

Prompts and Challenges
Tivoli Village Queensridge NV December 21, 2016

Tivoli Village
Queensridge NV
December 21, 2016

What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor? Anyone not of Italian ancestry might not know of spumoni, which is three layers of ice cream. The colors were meant to represent the colors of the Italian flag. The flavors are normally strawberry with bits of candied fruit (red), pistachio with bits of nut (green), and chocolate. I’m not sure how or why the chocolate snuck in there. The Americanized version is called Neapolitan, which is  a layer of strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla.

If you were to treat yourself to the “finer things” what would you treat yourself to?  This is one of the harder questions to answer as I am pretty happy with what I have. The only thing I can think of might be related to camera gear. But let’s be realistic and say maybe a bottle of wine that cost more than ten dollars! 🙂

Have you ever been drunk?  Are you kidding? Does a bear…? Ok, yes. And it was the worst two days of my live. It happened when I was in college and I swore to myself it would never happen again. So far I have kept that promise.

Complete this sentence: My favorite supposedly guilty pleasure is… Can your wife be a guilty pleasure? We are such best friends that I feel guilty all the time!

Optional 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 the Christmas season is over. I would like to remind everyone that there are only 364 days left to shop for next year.


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This post is in response to Cee’s weekly Monday challenge. Why not give it a try sometime?


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The theme for this weeks challenge from The Girl That Dreams Awake is coffee!! More specifically, your best coffee mug! I seem to have 3 at the moment. No one else gets to use them. That’s because no one else drinks coffee around here but me. I’ve always liked the style of the 50’s- in art, in movies, in cars, etc. So when I first found these back around 2010 or so, it was a no brainer.

My favorite coffee is “bulletproof”. You can read about it here, if you like, though I don’t subscribe to their site any longer. I buy my coffee wherever I happen to be. The butter I get from Trader Joe’s and the MCT oil from Whole Foods.

So, a very happy holiday to all of you who have stopped by today and let’s all get together again throughout the new year!

Santa Claus Is Dead!

Santa Claus aka Santa Claus Acres December 19, 2016

Santa Claus
aka Santa Claus Acres
December 19, 2016

OK, maybe Santa really isn’t dead. But judging from the condition of the town that bears his name, he might be on life support. Either that or, due to the “war on Christmas”, he found he could no longer sustain more than one home and chose the North Pole over this one.

Santa's Land Office December 19, 2016

Santa’s Land Office
December 19, 2016

Santa Claus (also known as Santa Claus Acres)[ is an uninhabited desert town in Mohave County, Arizona. Originating in 1937, the popularity of Santa Claus went into decline in the 1970s. In July 1983, owner Tony Wilcox unsuccessfully offered to sell Santa Claus for $95,000, which was reduced to $52,500 by 1988. All remaining operating businesses in the town closed in 1995. Today, only two vandalized homes remain and the area has been fenced off.

Santa Claus AZ 86401 December 19, 2016

Santa Claus AZ 86401
December 19, 2016

Hopefully, Santa himself can still afford to visit you this holiday season. I have it on good authority that he is still healthy and still very much alive – to those who believe.

Unfortunately, Elvis has left the building!

For further, very interesting, reading please check out the Wikipedia link here.

Merry Christmas to all.

And to all a good night!


Share Your World – 2016 Week 51 – Favorite Holiday Edition

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What is your favorite holiday? If I had to choose between the jazz singer Billie Holiday and the actress Judy Holliday, it would be a difficult decision. They are so diametrically opposed to each other. Billie is darkness and sings about heartbreak and loneliness and even despair. Judy is all light and laughter and happy endings.

What types of food is associated with your holiday?  I guess when watching a Judy Holliday movie, it would be popcorn with lots of butter and salt. With Billie Holiday’s music you can’t eat. You drink. Usually whiskey, maybe bourbon or even gin. But never vodka.

Do you travel for your holiday? There was a time that I might have. But now, they are both long deceased. There are plenty of recordings, though. I can listen to Billie on cd, or watch Judy on dvd. Both in the privacy of my own home.

Is it a religious or spiritual holiday? I would imagine neither was very religious, though I could be wrong. I’m not sure Billie Holiday ever sang spirituals and I’m positive Judy never did.

Is there a gift exchange? A gift exchange? No. I bought every cd or dvd on my own. No one ever gave me one as a gift.

How long does the celebration last? Most no longer celebrate Judy Holliday, though she starred in so many classic films like Bells Are Ringing, The Solid Gold Cadillac, Adam’s Rib, Born Yesterday. Billie Holiday is celebrated by black soulful singers even to this day. You can hear her influence in many of the songs by Erykah Badu

Optional 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 I successfully avoided going shopping in stores or online for Christmas and I will be thankful when all the hoopla is over. Let’s get out on the streets and help the homeless with a few dollars or a gift card for food or a warm blanket. Go through your closets and find shoes and clothes that you no longer wear and instead of giving them to the salvation Army or whatever, give then directly to the people who could benefit from them.

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And thanks Cee, for your questions this week. I hope I haven’t turned this into too much of a downer for anyone who has read this.

Christmas Cheer

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Laura Macky of Laura Macky Photography has nothing better to do with her spare time then to host a challenge asking the question “What do you love about Christmas?” Love? Can we say “like”? Or maybe just “tolerate”?

For me, the obvious answer to this question is I love that Christmas comes only once a year. I am not a total Scrooge. But it is just too commercialized, what with Black Friday that now starts on Thanksgiving Thursday. And then there’s Cyber Monday. And Giving Tuesday which, you can bet, no one has money left over to donate to, if they even know about this day. So what represents Christmas for me?


Children. And the look on their faces. Of course, when I saw that there was still evidence of food on this cherub’s face, I couldn’t help but process the shot as if it were a Dickensian celebration. But this was shot in 2010 and I can attest to the fact that Jett is now much cleaner and much thinner. He is the youngest in his family and is a real clown; he craves attention. Somewhat like me. He is very much into basketball and Star Wars so it’s pretty easy to shop for him.

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2016 Week 50

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And now it all makes sense. Did you never question how the Flintstones were able to afford a car and all those nifty appliances on Fred’s salary alone? And why Pebble bore not even the slightest resemblance to Fred? Well, I did. The answer was so obvious but I chose to ignore it. Now I have the proof.

You must all know about Cee Neuner by now and her many challenges each week. This is certainly an oddball photo and as soon as I saw it there was no doubt in my mind that it was perfect for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge.

This Graffiti of Wilma Flintstone was found not even a block away from last week’s submission, which you can find here.


Cee’s Share Your World – 2016 Week 50

Prompts and Challenges
Oatman AZ December 11, 2016

Oatman AZ
December 11, 2016


What is your favorite smell? What memory does it remind you of? Nothing better than the scent of a freshly showered woman. A man steps out of the shower and he still smells dirty. But a woman? Modesty forbids me from actually telling you what memory that scent elicits. But it’s probably illicit!

What type of pet do you have or want to have? We have a Chihuahua. Those of you already bored by my stories of her can skip to the next question. I would like to have a pit bull and lock the two of them in a room together. But I fear for the pit bull’s safety.

Are you usually late, early, or right on time? I’m usually late. I used to be always early but then I got married. Matter of fact, Lynn was even late to her own wedding!

For recharging, would you rather meditate, swim, walk, listen to music, write, read, yoga, qigong other? Since I am an introvert, I need- look forward to- my recharging times. When I get home from work, I go into my den, turn on the classical music station, and work on processing photos. Or I’ll read. Usually, over the weekends, I’ll recharge by going out on a day trip with Lynn.

Thanks, Cee for your great questions week after week and all the challenges you host daily!

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Gallery of Fine Art Bellagio Las Vegas NV

Gallery of Fine Art
Las Vegas NV

It was free admission night for Las Vegas locals at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. So Lynn and I packed the Fuji and headed on down to the Strip. It is a testament to the popularity of the gallery that not one of our friends- nor family members- cared to join us. Or maybe it is a testament to our own popularity! Anyway, I can’t tell you all the artists on display as I was too busy making art of my own. There was this fellow Picasso, and Lautrec. And Moliere, I think. It was an ‘M’ name for sure.

This week, for The Girl That Dreams Awake‘s 52 week challenge, the prompt is view.