52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEEK 36- SIMPLE THINGS

Prompts and Challenges

Riverside National Cemetery
May 27, 2017

Whose bright idea was it to wake up at 4 am on a weekend morning to then drive three and a half hours on one of the only days I get to sleep late? Somebody (no names, please) had the great idea to volunteer to place flags on the grave sites of veterans for Memorial Day. Now normally I would be very supportive. But the closest military cemetery was in Riverside California, as I said, three and a half hours away. We were going to leave the night before and stay at our friend’s place, which is only about a 40 minute drive from the cemetery. That way, we could get up at 7 and still be there by 8 am. But, at the last minute, that idea was dismissed. So, we awoke at 4, but were unable to leave until almost 5 (you know how women are)! And Lynn, who had been to this particular cemetery many times before, took the wrong turn twice. So we got there at 9 am. But we got there. And one of the simple pleasures was being able to spend time with family and friends who volunteered on such a beautiful morning. We have all pledged to do it again for Veterans Day. And I would suggest that others look into doing the same in their own community.

It just feels good!

Riverside National Cemetery
May 27, 2017

I did not plan on making this post all about me. Those we honored sacrificed more than I can ever imagine. And we are all thankful for their service. Every day, in the smallest of ways, we are thankful! They gave their lives so that we could enjoy the liberties we have at home.

And we celebrate the memory of their lives in simple things.

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Share Your World – May 29, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

The Eiffel Tower
Paris Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas NV

What is the most famous landmark or building you have ever seen? The most famous is the Eiffel Tower. Ok, yeah, that sounds all romantic and everything but it was actually the one in Las Vegas. I also saw the Statue Of Liberty- no, not the one in Las Vegas. They do have one here, too, but the real one in New York. And I’ve seen the Grand Canyon. The real one!

Do you like long vacation or lots of mini-vacations? Right now we’re content with lots of mini-vacations. We’re gearing up for longer vacations by next year. Right now we’ve been doing lots of discovering in the southwest area. But we want to take Route 66 from here all the way to Illinois. That will possibly be our first long trip of 2018.

What is your favorite National or State Park? That would have to be Monument Valley. Of course, there’s also Canyonlands, Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Montezuma’s Castle, Arches, Capitol Reef. And the list goes on and on…

What is your fantasy vacation? Retirement is the ultimate fantasy vacation. Hopefully it does not remain a fantasy and we get to enjoy it.

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 we were able to join family and friends in placing flags at the Riverside National Cemetery for Memorial Day.  I am looking forward to an uneventful week. But as so often is the case, once spoken aloud there becomes less of a chance.

And thanks to Cee for week after week of fun!

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In Retrospect: Balboa Park CA

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Balboa Park
San Diego CA
January 31, 2015

This may be sacrilegious of me- after all, I was a contributor to Monochromia for several years- but I do not like black and white photos as a rule, just as I dislike images of flowers and pets. I find black and white very difficult to do well. The world is seen in color. End of discussion. And yet, when done well, black and white can heighten detail and mood. Now, I’m not saying the above is done well, but I do like it. And isn’t that what art is all about?

“I don’t know if it’s art, but I know that I like it!

~~Walt Disney~~

52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEEK 35 – FROM ABOVE !!

Prompts and Challenges

5th Avenue and 36th Street
New York City NY
December 12, 2015

Don’t ask. Would you believe I hired on as a window washer in the city, not realizing that while I was thinking car windows, they were talking office windows? On skyscrapers? I lost my lunch- and the job- while hanging in a chain link cage outside the 40th floor of a downtown office building. OK, well, would you believe we were filming a new King Kong feature only it was called Queen Kong and I was basically the male version of Fay Wray (look her up, kids) and this giant she-ape hauls me up the side of the Empire State Building where she meets her end? OK, OK! The real truth- as if there could actually be a false truth, like an alternative fact- is that I was on the 11th floor of our friend’s apartment on 5th Avenue, dangling my camera out the crack of the window to get this shot.

Now, which story do you prefer?

Feel free to add your own.

Go read more tall tales at The Girl That Dreams Awake!

Share Your World – May 22, 2017

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Ruins of the original
Mission San Juan Capistrano CA
May 20, 2017

What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? No one in my family was much of a traveler and, therefore, neither was I. Lynn traveled all over Europe and wants to show me some of the places she has been. But when I discovered original documents from when my grandparents and Uncle landed at Ellis Island, and read that they emigrated from Fontanarosa in Italy, I decided that would be the first place we visit! Lynn agreed.

How often do you get a haircut?  Once a month. There’s not much there but it grows quickly. OK, a little secret. No one knows except for Lynn. I am bald but have worn a hairpiece since about 1985 or 6. I can’t wait to finally shave my head and be done with it all. But while I still work I’d feel funny doing it and coming into work the next day totally bald.

In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search or numeric puzzles? I used to love doing the New York Times crossword puzzle every Sunday when I lived in New York. I would continue it throughout the week during my commute. I don’t know that I ever finished one!

How many cities have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities. OK, lets see. There’s Brooklyn NY where I was born. Then after that, different areas of the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. I went to college in San Francisco and lived there for 7 years, then Hollywood for about two years, then Long Beach NY and now Las Vegas.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? We went to Mission Viejo for a piano recital this weekend and I’m grateful that there were only about 35 students who played. Kids who ranged in age from about 7 to about 15. Mercifully, it was only 2 hours long. Next weekend I have all to myself. Lynn’s driving out to visit some people in California for the day and I plan to stay home and relax. Let’s see if that actually happens!

Thanks, as always, Cee!

In Retrospect: Nelson NV

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Nelson NV
October 29, 2011

How many times can you post photos taken in the same place? As far as I’m concerned, as many times as you like. And considering that there is so much to see in Nelson, I’ll be posting a lot more. This image was first seen here on September 29, 2014 and, though my intention was to process it anew from scratch, I like this version way too much to alter it.

52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEEK 34- MOVEMENT

Prompts and Challenges

Fairfax District
Los Angeles CA
March 23, 2017

Grand Central Station
New York City NY
December 11, 2015

“I’m in a hurry to get things done
Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.”

I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why) ~~Roger Murrah and Randy VanWarmer

Recorded by Alabama

Thanks to The Girl That Dreams Awake for the word challenge.

Share Your World – May 15, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

How many languages do you speak? I was an English major in high school with a minor in foreign languages so I used to speak English, French, and Spanish. Nowadays, I even have trouble with English.

What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating? I usually have two books going at the same time but, when I mentioned this to a doctor, he suggested I suffered from ADD. Imagine what he would say about my viewing habits! So, right now I am reading only one book: The Winter Fortress by Neal Bascombe. It  is non-fiction about “The Epic Mission To Sabotage Hitler’s Atom Bomb”. As for what I’m watching? It varies each night depending on my mood, but all from Netflix, they are Fauda, Jiro Dreams Of Sushi, Shetland, 13 Reasons Why, The Assassin. Listening to: R. Carlos Nakai. Eating? Nothing right now, but my favorite is Italian. We’re going for pizza tonight if anyone wants to join us.

What was the last photo you took with your phone? I rarely take photos with my phone. But one evening in Zion National Park, on our way to dinner, we spotted a family of 8, also having dinner, on the front lawn of the Lodge where we were staying. I couldn’t fit them all into a single photo, though, but here’s a shot of the youngest.

Zion Park Lodge
May 8, 2017

What is your favorite time of day? Breakfast, lunch, or dinner time. Dialogue between my wife and I last week driving back home from Canyonlands:

Lynn: I know you’re going to be hungry so where would you like to eat?

Me: Well, at least I have my priorities.

Lynn: I thought photography was your priority. 

Me: Well, that’s number 1. Followed by wine and food, not necessarily in that order. And then you. So, you’re in the top 5.

Lynn: What about water? Air? Housing?

Me: OK, but then you’re moving down the list. At least you’re still in the top 10.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m grateful that Lynn understands me well enough to accept that photography, wine and food come before her. I was only joking about the air, water, and housing. Looking forward to traveling to California for a piano recital of our friends’ kids.

Thanks, as always, to Cee for the fun she gives us every week.

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In Retrospect: Fremont Street

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The occasion was a political demonstration called Occupy Wall Street way back on October 15, 2011. Anybody remember the good old days when we took to the streets to protest?

Did it do us one damn bit of good?

Will it this time?

For What It’s Worth

Buffalo Springfield

Lyrics by Stephen Stills