Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Colors that start with the Letter B

Prompts and Challenges

Cee calls this series Alphabet with a TwistThis week is Letter B and the topic needs to be colors that start with the Letter B.  For example, colors like beige, brown, burgundy, blonde, blue, burnt sienna, berry, etc.

So, here we have a baby pink sunset at the beach. The blond babes have all left hours ago, along with their bronzed boyfriends. No one was frolicking in the buff, the nude beach is several miles north. No cameras allowed. No Beach Blanket Bingo!

La Jolla CA
August 4, 2017

 

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Share Your World – August 28, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Cee’s Share Your World

Garces Hwy State Route 155
Moody CA
August 27, 2017

 

What would constitute a “perfect” day for you? Any day I wake up is perfect. I don’t think there can be any comparison. I mean, I love sleeping. Don’t get me wrong. Man, some of my dreams are just…, well…, maybe best left for another post. Where was I? Oh, yeah, waking up…, next to Lynn. What could be better? For me, at least. For you, it might be waking up next to someone else. Or maybe you like waking up alone. Or you might say World Peace. Ending hunger. Rescuing animals, children. All very noble endeavors, any one of which I would gladly work towards. But it’s all gotta start with waking up first.

Complete this sentence: My favorite place in the whole world….. Getting lost in a good book or movie transports you and no real place can compare. Except maybe Sedona AZ. Or Monument Valley.

Who was your best friend in elementary school (prior to age 12)? I have very few memories prior to age 12. So I don’t remember who my best friend was. Probably Mark Zook, who lived across the street. I remember always being over at his house. And one time I remember going somewhere with his mother and sister and him but I don’t remember where. Maybe the beach.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. Truth be told, this past week was very inspiration free. Lynn has been inspired to paint the house and get it listed for sale. She is an inspiration to watch! But that’s about it!

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In Retrospect: Mono Lake CA

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Natural Tufa Deposits
Mono Lake CA
June 24, 2012

These photos have been in my archives, unused, until today. Just over 5 years from the day they were shot. I love what I have been able to do with them and have no qualms about admitting to using every trick in my limited bag to make them look good. Or, at least, presentable.

Natural Tufa Deposits
Mono Lake CA
June 24, 2012

“The tufa is a variety of limestone formed when carbonate minerals precipitate out of ambient temperature water. Geothermally heated hot springs sometimes produce similar (but less porous) carbonate deposits known as travertine. Tufa is sometimes referred to as (meteogene) travertine. It should not be confused with hot spring (thermogene) travertine. However, Mono Lake’s tufa is thermogene. Tufa, which is calcareous, should not be confused with tuff, a porous volcanic rock with a similar etymology that is sometimes also called ‘tufa’.”

And if I understood what I just said, I would have explained it in English. But I basically copied that information from Wikipedia.

Lynn and I had been married a little over one month when we decided to spend 5 days camping in Yellowstone Park with her sister and brother-in-law. On our way home, we stopped at Mono Lake because I had seen photos online and wanted to see the tufa in person, so to speak. We had not slept well. We had been cold, uncomfortable, and neither of us had showered in 5 days. We were not in good moods – either separate or collectively. We did not appreciate the tufa then.

We do now.

Natural Tufa Deposit
Mono Lake CA
June 24, 2012

 

In Retrospect is an ongoing series of older photos from my archives, newly processed. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoy revisiting the memories.

Emilio’s Share My World – August 21, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Valley Of Fire State Park
Overton NV
August 20, 2017

OK, now, no one get excited. I am not taking over Cee’s Share Your World. In fact, I first asked her permission and she graciously agreed. Seems she’s having too much fun on her break this week to wonder what I’m actually up to. But I just miss her, I guess. I haven’t joined in SYW the last two weeks and so here’s my version for today. Cee also said I could ask anyone who wants to, to join in. So, if you want to, link in the comments below. Here we go!

Have you ever been pulled over by a cop?  Just out of college, my roommate and I decided to try to furnish our apartment with a dumpster dive. We drove into Beverly Hills and, within 10 minutes, were stopped by police asking what we were up to. We were subsequently arrested and charged with suspicion of burglary. Spent the night in jail. When we reported to court to find out when our trial date would be, we were told there was no such charge as suspicion of burglary. I think those cops just wanted to scare the crap out of us – which they did. Now, all these years later, when I see a cop, I think he’s looking for me.

What have you always wanted?  Did you get it?  Be careful what you wish for. When I was 15 1/2, I got my learner’s permit. In California at that time, you could drive a motorcycle with just a learner’s. Don’t know how my parents ever agreed to that but I got my first Honda motorcycle at that tender young age. Then my second when I went away to college. One day, a car ran a stop sign and I narrowly avoided an accident. I didn’t avoid  a sudden meeting with the pavement, though and had my first knee operation when I was 22. My second knee operation happened about 3 years later when I drove into a gas station and slid out from a combination of water and oil on the ground. Since then, no more motorcycles.

What is your perfect pizza?  My perfect pizza is the one I’m eating. I don’t think I’ve ever had a pizza I didn’t like, including Domino’s or Pizza Hut when times were tough. But my tastes are a bit more upscale nowadays. We have a favorite place, Settebello’s, which is authentic Neapolitan pizza. A very thin crust. You can only put a maximum of 3 toppings on it or it will fall apart. We usually get kalamata olives on our margherita  pizza.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. See that photo up there. Well, last weekend we went out to Mojave National Preserve to catch the Pleiades meteor Shower. I wanted to attempt some astrophotography but realized I didn’t know my Fuji camera well enough. So all week I read up on the settings, downloaded the Fuji remote to my iPhone, got my tripod, and then went to Valley of Fire State Park (about an hour north of the strip). This is the 4th shot I took last night before dark. The white strip, in the upper left to center, is a plane coming in for a landing at McCarran Airport. The yellow in the lower right is the glow from the lights of the strip.

OK, so that wasn’t so scary, was it Cee? I hope whoever reads this enjoys it. And if they don’t, I’d definitely like to hear some constructive criticism.

In Retrospect: Laughlin NV

Prompts and Challenges

Riverside Hotel and Casino
Laughlin NV
March 31, 2012
5:03 pm

Laughlin is another gambling town in Nevada on the Colorado River, about 2 hours southeast of Las Vegas. The area where the casinos are is not even as long as half a Las Vegas city block. We pass the outskirts of Laughlin (and its sister city on the opposite shore, Bullhead City AZ) whenever we head to Kingman. For us, there is no other reason to go as we don’t gamble.

Riverside Hotel and Casino
Laughlin NV
March 31, 2012
6:30 pm

At the time of this shoot, Lynn and I were not yet married. She was in Illinois, acting as caregiver during her mother’s final days. Bored, I hopped into the car one afternoon and drove out to practice night shooting. I didn’t think these shots were very good at the time so they languished in my archives till just last night, when I decided to try some lightroom editing on them. Truth be told, I used On1 to add clouds, Lightroom for cropping and color correcting, and Topaz for additional toning and sharpness. I kinda like what I came up with.

Riverside Hotel and Casino
Laughlin NV
March 31, 2012
7:11 pm

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter A

Prompts and Challenges

Cee’s new challenge is what she calls Alphabet with a Twist and it will run for 26 weeks (presumably due to the fact that there are 26 letters in the English alphabet).

“This week”, Cee directs, “is Letter A – Needs to start with the letters Ap.  For example some words you can use are apple, apron, applaud, ape, appendage, appliance, etc.  You can always use adjectives and adverbs with a specific topic just make sure you give us the word that fits the requirements of this challenge”.

Did I ever mention that I am not very good at following directions? Maybe that’s why I never buy anything from IKEA. The last time I put together one of their desks, it came together looking like a bookshelf! But I digress. So, anyway, here’s my submission to this first week’s challenge. “The letter A – needs to start with ap”!

Chow
By King Ruck 2015
August 12, 2017

A puppy. Get it? Ap? (Did I mention I’m not good at taking directions?) My apologies to anyone who thinks perhaps I stepped over the line to actually cheating. But Cee also said “Use your imagination for this theme.  The thing is to have a lot of fun with this challenge.”

And that’s all I’m doing, having a lot of fun!

(King Ruck is a former graffiti artist who has made a smooth transition to tattooing. He went from bombing and painting on walls and building his reputation as a respected graffiti artist, to owning two of the premiere tattoo shops in Las Vegas. The nickname “King” was given to him by his mentors because of the dues he paid as a graffiti artist and “Ruck,” which is short for Ruckus, was the main name he used while getting up on walls. King Ruck is known for his fine lines, smooth grays and attention to detail but really enjoys the bold lines and bright colors as well and jumps at every chance he gets to do so. – from Spike TV’s Tattoo Masters website)

Look… Up In The Sky…

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Ferguson’s Spells Fun
Las Vegas NV
August 12, 2017

Yeah, I know. You were expecting images of the Perseids meteor shower from the past weekend. Well, so was I. I researched all day Saturday on what settings to use on my camera and even downloaded the app for the Fuji remote. Lynn had spent the day out at Lake Mead on a boat. At 8:30 pm she called me and said to pick her up around 10 and we’d head out to Mojave National Preserve- far enough away from Las Vegas that light pollution would not be a major concern. But by the time we got out there, the moon was already up and you couldn’t even see the Milky Way.

Draw Back Your Bow
Las Vegas NV
August 12, 2017

We parked along the Cima Kelso Road and sat for awhile. We saw nothing save for a lone rabbit and a few field mice. We drove over to the Kelso train station to see if I could get a nice night shot of it. But the building was not really lit up well. So we drove a bit on Kelbaker Road and parked again. And waited. Still nothing. I asked Lynn if she wanted to wait some more or head on home. She didn’t answer.

She had fallen asleep.

Elvis Sl pt Here
Las Vegas NV
August 12, 2017

I got out of the car and found a bush and, while standing there, saw two quick streaks of white light in the sky. When I got back in the car, Lynn was awake and I told her what I had seen. We both got out of the car and stood for about 5 minutes and…, nothing. She didn’t believe me.

Going Up
Las Vegas NV
August 12, 2017

We got home at 3:37 am and fell asleep probably even before falling into bed. Lynn woke up Sunday morning around 6:30 to let the dog out. She let me sleep in.

High Society
Las Vegas NV
August 12, 2017

All images were taken between 5:30 pm and 6:20 pm Saturday afternoon in the Fremont Street area on Las Vegas Blvd. The signs are on loan from the Neon Boneyard, except for the Ferguson’s and Travelers signs, which were found at 1028 and 1120 Fremont Street, respectively. 

Neon Boneyard Visitor’s Center
770 Las Vegas Blvd North
August 12, 2017

The Neon Boneyard Visitor’s Center

Conceived

Prompts and Challenges

OK, so this guy I follow, who uses the name Fandango, is a great writer. Usually funny with a twist. Anyway, he is attempting to start a writing challenge. He says “… I’m calling this prompt ‘Storytime.’ Each week I will ask you to tell a story about a specific topic. You can write about the actual event as it happened in real life, or you can create a fictional telling of that event. It’s your call… In recognition of the fact that I just conceived this prompt: Tell the story about the night (or day) you were conceived.”

And though I wanted to submit a photo, thankfully my parents did not believe in cameras in the bedroom. So, my take….

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I liked this idea, though I am not crazy about visualizing the night I was conceived. I mean, you’re talking about my parents. That’s like bordering on the disgusting. Who wants to visualize their parents actually doing “it”? But I do have a story for you. And every word is true.

I was home from college for the summer. I think I was around 22 at the time, which would have my parents pushing 50.

I had been out to a movie. It’s late, all the lights in the house are out as I tiptoe towards my room in the back of the house. I hear a noise and stop. I can barely make out the voices of my parents. My mom is giggling like a much younger girl. At that point they have been married around 28, 29 years. Anyway, I figure they’re still wide awake so I walk down the hallway towards their bedroom. Their door is open, the lights are out, so I say, “Hi!”

My mom squeals, there’s a bit of rustling, then my dad yells, “The one night I get it up and he walks in!”

As I said, every word is true.

 

In Retrospect: Daniel WY

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US Post Office
Daniel WY
November 10, 2012

We were on our way to Jackson Wyoming where we were to spend a week in a rented log cabin in the woods.  We were traveling on US Route 189, a little used road that begins in Utah and ends in Wyoming. Lynn was driving and we had not seen another car for about an hour when, out of nowhere, a dark SUV came up behind us and flashed its lights. Red, then blue, then red again. Lynn pulled over and I asked how fast she was going. “Over 100”, she answered.

The Highway patrol officer smiled politely at her and asked, “Do you know why I pulled you over?”

“No, Sir,” she smiled back.

He asked for her license and registration. Well, I’m sure you know the routine. It took him less than 5 minutes to write the ticket.

“You might want to slow it down in the future,” he told her.

“It’s just so beautiful out here,” she said.

“Well, why not take your time to enjoy it?”

“Yes, sir.” She looked down at the ticket. He had written it up for 91 mph. “Thank you,” she smiled.

He gave her a strange smile back.

I did not get any shots of the beautiful countryside. It’s impossible to get anything in focus when your wife is speeding down the highway at over 100 mph. But we did stop in Daniel to stretch our legs and switch drivers.

That’s when I took these shots.

Gasoline and Motor Oil
Daniel WY
November 10, 2012

 

 

Second Best

Prompts and Challenges

Underbelly
November 10, 2015

Laura Bloomsbury of eljaygee in pursuit of the photo has come up with Second Best Sundays which, according to her definition, is : an image [you] cannot quite assign to the trash… neither technically well–crafted nor spellbinding, yet still it holds [one’s] attention – a second best shot that deserves more than a second look.

This shot of the back side of the Las Vegas Strip is a seldom seen angle that exemplifies the tawdry underbelly of an industry with its roots in organized crime. It is not a picture postcard image of the city, but it fascinated me that day when the rain had stopped and the sun peeking through the cloud cover shone off the buildings on the strip.