In Retrospect: New York NY

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New York Public Library
December 15, 2015

Our flight was to take off for New York from Las Vegas around 10 pm, if I remember correctly. Due to a belligerent, and probably drunk, passenger on the arriving flight, we were not able to board until 3 in the morning, which has absolutely nothing to do with this photo. We were lucky enough to be staying with friends who lived on Fifth Avenue and 36th Street at the time. The public library was just up the avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets.

I loved this library. And I didn’t even see any books!

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52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEEK 31 – EMPTY SPACE

Prompts and Challenges

I am such a phony. But not intentionally. I complained to The Girl That Dreams Awake that I couldn’t join in her challenge this week because I have no photos with empty space. Then I look in my photos from this weekend- this weekend, mind you- and find this shot.

Roy’s At Sunset
Amboy CA
April 22, 2017

I do like the way it came out. The place was teeming with photographers and I was looking for a different angle when I noticed the long shadow caused by the Roy’s sign. I stood in the shadow and bracketed my shots. The moment I raised my camera, another photographer came up next to me and shot from the same angle. I’d love to see what he came up with.

Lots of work in Lightroom to get anything readable on the sign.

So, welcome back “Girl”!

In Retrospect: Elgin NV

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Union Pacific Ohio Crane
February 6, 2013

Lynn was born and raised in Elgin Illinois. Imagine her surprise and delight when she discovered there was an Elgin Nevada. She had lived in Las Vegas for 7 years- we had been married for just under 1 year- when we finally decided to head out there. It was a pretty desolate area. The road had been washed away by a storm and had never been repaired. When we got to the town, there was nothing there. Just an old schoolhouse and a railroad crossing. And this Union Pacific Ohio Crane, peeking around the trees at us.

We have yet to go back but, if we do, I’m sure the road will be in the same state of disrepair.

And on a side note, Lynn and I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary early next month!

(OK, I just googled Elgin NV and Wikipedia says; “Elgin is a ghost town located between Caliente and Carp, Nevada on the eastern banks of the Meadow Valley Wash off of Nevada State Route 317.

A former railroad town, it is now the location of the Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site, a one-room schoolhouse museum. There is an apple orchard nearby.

As of May 2008, the State Historic Site is permanently closed due to the damage to the only road leading to the site, Nevada State Route 317, caused by flooding.”)

Share Your World – April 17, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Wooden Barn
Springdale UT
April 15, 2017

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen? Writing by hand is definitely a lost art. I can’t remember the last handwritten note or letter I received. Having said that, when I was doing a bit of creative writing, it was always in pencil. But I would never erase anything from draft to draft, just line it out in case I decided to go back and rework it. I’ve tried writing on my laptop but nothing seems to flow as it once did by hand.

Wooden Shed
Springdale UT
April 15, 2017

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer? I actually have two left feet. It’s true. When I go shoe shopping, I have to buy two of the same style and color, then use only the pair of left shoes. If anyone knows someone with two right feet, let me know. I’ve got several pairs of right shoes I could let them have for free. I was in choir in high school and sang several solos. I also fronted a jazz band my senior year. Don’t know how I ever got up the nerve to perform like that. I think my Jewish side exhibited lots of chutzpah when I was younger.

Ford Truck
Rockville UT
April 15, 2017

If you were on a debate team, what subject would you relish debating? I hate debating. I get tongue tied whenever Lynn and I have what she calls a “discussion”. I call it an “argument”. A debate, to me, is an argument that no one is going to win. Sort of like our “discussions”. Except Lynn always wins those.

Mechanics Garage
Rockville UT
April 15, 2017

What are you a “natural” at doing? Nothing comes naturally to me. I do not excel at anything. I love photography but always feel everyone else is better than me. Same with everything I have ever attempted. I played tenor saxophone in school but was never that good at it. Same with sports, singing, acting, French, Spanish, creative writing, you name it! Mediocre at best. With my photography I think I have finally surpassed mediocre, but in no way am I comfortable with where I am at.

Rusting Tanker
Rockville UT
April 15, 2017

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 April 15 has come and gone and my tax bill was about a thousand less than I expected. I am looking forward to getting back to a section of Route 66 next weekend. I was going to go this weekend but we had to take a surprise (to me) trip up to Zion Park to meet some family members. On the way home I took the photos that adorn this post.

Thanks again, as always, to Cee for coming up with these questions and giving us a chance to get to know each other a bit more.

In Retrospect: Oatman AZ

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Oatman AZ
May 18, 2015

Oatman AZ is never quite as empty as this shot would make it appear. But this was, as I remember, late in the day and all the shops were just closing up. The tourists were preparing for their long drives home and the wild burros that roam the streets looking for food, were now hanging around in the parking lots, accosting people as they got into their cars.

This is one of Lynn’s favorite spots to visit because of the burros. But they are wild and will kick and bite if provoked or surprised.

Cee’s Share Your World – April 10, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Great In Bed
Fremont District
Las Vegas NV
January 8, 2017

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story. See the photo above? I can go the distance on sleeping. Eight hours is easy for me. Ten? No problem.

Name one thing not many people know about you. I would venture to say that many people have forgotten, or never did read, that I am considerably older than Emilio Pasquale. “Luke, I am your father!” Yes, Emilio is fashioned after my son. He will be 34 this year. This is the second marriage for both Lynn and myself. Lynn’s first husband died of cancer, my first wife is still very much alive. But between Lynn and myself, we have ten kids.

What is your favorite flower? I don’t really have a favorite flower. In fact, I’ve gone on record as stating I do not like flowers. At least in captivity. Lynn has forbidden me to purchase flowers on her birthday or anniversary or in apology for the countless times I have been at fault! But I have also been known to travel far and wide when the desert wildflowers are in bloom. And watching the hummingbirds levitate over a flowering plant is truly a sight to behold.

Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc) We are at that time in our lives when we want to scale down and rid ourselves of some of the clutter we’ve accumulated over the years. So, I think all we really want, or need, is a roof and a bed. And books, music, probably classic movies on dvd (and a way to view them), coffee, wine, pizza at least once a week. Friends, and family! Oh, and that hot tub? Just make it a shower. For two. 🙂

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week? Grateful? I guess I am grateful that my 2006 Nissan Altima has just passed 204,000 miles and did not “crap out” on us in Death Valley yesterday. As for the following week? A movie or two, hopefully getting the book I am working on into it’s first edit, and a trip on the weekend to a section of Route 66 between Barstow and Needles.

I’m happy to hear that Cee and Chris are better this week and that Cee was able to come up with these questions. It’s always fun! Join in sometime! Check out Cee’s Share Your World every Monday.

Please check out Cee’s Share Your World for more answers to these earth shattering questions.

Homeward Bound

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Union Station Information
Los Angeles CA

I tell you, I’ve got a serious travel bug right about now. I always hated the traffic in L. A. whenever we’ve ventured out that way, but we spent a week there house sitting and had the best time ever. So much to see and do. So we’re going out locally today for one of our “spont” trips. Meanwhile, Lynn is researching some places for us to go to with her sister and her husband the first week of May. Right now it looks like Zion and possibly Antelope Canyon. Then I have a trip to Minnesota the end of May to visit more family. Anyway…

I’ve always had a fascination with train travel. I’ve gone cross country- back and forth- twice in the past and really enjoy it, though It’s longer and costs a lot more money than flying. So it was a natural choice for me to visit LA’s Union Station when we were there two weeks ago. I couldn’t get an angle from the outside that I liked so concentrated on the inside.

Waiting Room
Union Station

The place is considerably smaller than New York’s Penn Station or Chicago’s Union Station. But no less interesting.

More Information at
Union Station

And did you know LA has a subway system? I thought that would have been impossible, what with all the faults and earthquakes running through there. But somebody must have been a good salesperson and sold them on the idea.

Los Angeles Metro Rail
Under Union Station

OK, I might as well give you one exterior shot. But this is not the Station itself. It is an office building across from the Union Station Plaza.

Office Building
Union Station Plaza

And yes, the title of his post is borrowed from Paul Simon’s song of the same name. I can’t help but hum that song to myself whenever I’m in a railway station.

Homeward bound,
I wish I was homeward bound,
Home where my thought’s escaping,
Home where my music’s playing,
Home where my love lies waiting silently for me.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

In Retrospect: Boulder City NV

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This weekly feature of mine, entitled IN RETROSPECT is to highlight images that were underappreciated by me when I first shot them. Either they languished in my archives for years or I did not like the processing I did back then. So you get to see them for the first time again! Make sense?

Anyway, this shot was never used because it was just a shot of a black car bumper with a too busy background. I like the way it turned out after I started playing with it.

Joe, what year Chevy is it?

And below, as an added bonus, is a shot of the interior.

And one more shot of the interior where, through the windows, you can get an idea of what Boulder City looks like.

Now, my question: If Boulder City originally built in 1931 as housing for workers who were building the Boulder Dam, was named for the Boulder Canyon Project, and since the name of Boulder Dam was changed to Hoover Dam in 1947, shouldn’t the city now be called Hoover City?

It just makes sense to me.

A Common Sea

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I feel we are all islands – in a common sea.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Sunset at The Salton Sea

On our last day of vacation in Los Angeles, we decided to head south and drive through the Anza Borrego desert on our way home. We ended up just before sunset at Bombay Beach, on the eastern shore of the Salton Sea.

The Ruins at Bombay Beach

The Salton Sea had some success as a resort area, however, many of the settlements have been abandoned, mostly due to the increasing salinity and pollution of the lake over the years from agricultural runoff and other sources.

Dead Fish Along The Shoreline

Many of the species of fish that lived in the sea have been killed off by the combination of pollutants, salt levels, and algal blooms. Dead fish have been known to wash up in mass quantities on the beaches. The smell of the lake, combined with the stench of the decaying fish, also contributed to the decline of the tourist industry around the Salton Sea.

Remains of an Abandoned Structure on the Shoreline

Many people now visit the Salton Sea and the surrounding settlements to explore the abandoned structures.The US Geological Survey describes the smell as “objectionable”, “noxious”, “unique”, and “pervasive”.

Noah’s Original Ark (?) at Bombay Beach