In Retrospect: Santa Barbara

Gallery

Pier
Santa Barbara CA
October 25, 2015

I’m not so sure this pier was actually in Santa Barbara, but it was in with all my other Santa Barbara photos and shot on the same day so it must be. If anybody knows differently, please let me know.

We had visited family in California and, on our way back home, planned on visiting Santa Barbara and spending the night. We have a habit of choosing inexpensive motels to stay in as we don’t spend much time in them, merely to sleep. The family insisted on paying for a room for us and we accepted after hours of back-and-forth, only because it was Lynn’s birthday.

Sunset
Santa Barbara CA
October 25, 2015

The Fess Parker Doubletree made us feel like we had died and gone to heaven. OK, maybe that’s a bit of hyperbole. But it’s a beautiful hotel right across the road from the beach, with a beautiful sunrise view over the water. I didn’t take any photos of the place since you can visit their site and read all about it if you have a mind to. And if you have the money, I’d definitely recommend the place. 

Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara CA
October 25, 2015

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.

 

Advertisements

Share Your World – October 23, 2017

Gallery, Prompts and Challenges

Hair Of The Dog
San Juan Capistrano CA
September 9, 2017

Was school easy or difficult for you? How so? School was easy. And because it was, I never really excelled at anything. I hardly studied and coasted through with a solid “B” average.Interestingly enough, my sister was just the opposite and dropped out of high school when she was a Junior. On my first day at that same high school, I was called into the principal’s office. He asked if I was related to Marie and when I confessed, he said he would keep an eye on me and at the first sign of trouble, deal with me as he had with my sister. I never saw him again.

List some of your favorite types of animals. By now, people must know I am not fond of pet photos. That is not to say that I don’t like pets. I grew up with dogs and had several cats later in life. I also wouldn’t mind owning a horse, though my riding days would seem to be numbered.

What is your favorite large city you have been to? What is the one thing you remember most? Funny, but my first response was “It has to be New York”. Excuse me? What? I have always openly proclaimed San Francisco as my favorite city! But when Cee asks, I speak without thinking? I went to San Francisco State College and lived in the city for 7 years. I fell in love with Betty during Freshmen Orientation and we dated exclusively from day one. We used to take the M bus from the school into the city, then walk aimlessly, maybe see a movie. But, our favorite date was buying a loaf of sourdough bread and some cheese and hike on up to Coit Tower, sit on the wall overlooking the bay, and eat our dinner. I don’t remember what we used to drink in those early years as neither of us was old enough for wine. I’ve been back several times since and it still remains my favorite city.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. So many things this week, but the one that stands out the most is the family member who is 21 and just got married. She never took a camera class in her life. But nobody ever told her she couldn’t and so started her own photography business when she was 19. This month, she has quit working behind a desk because she is making much more money shooting weddings. I hate her! 🙂

Share Your World – October 23, 2017

In Retrospect: Oatman AZ

Gallery

Jackass Junction
Oatman AZ
May 16, 2015

We first discovered Oatman AZ when a loud, obnoxious, nosey neighbor asked where we were off to one weekend in 2012. We told him about our habit of driving around aimlessly until we found whatever we didn’t know we were looking for. He gave us directions to Oatman and, from that day onward, we could not get rid of him. He and his wife became friends with whom we would share wine, snacks, and the occasional outdoor fire. He remained loud and at times obnoxious. But he was a well-meaning guy. Of course, his wife was long-suffering, constantly rolling her eyes in annoyance.

Gold City Hotel
Oatman AZ
May 16, 2015

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.

 

Share Your World – October 16, 2017

Gallery

Minneapolis Skyline
October 13, 2017

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? If you read the news lately, every country has its own peculiar problems; either political or social or economic or financial. We just seem to have them all at the same time right now. So my response would be not a country, but the country. Somewhere far away from civilization, but close enough for the essentials. Maybe live off the grid, out of a camper that I have yet to buy.

What color would you like your bedroom to be? My bedroom is not my bedroom. It is our bedroom! And when you’re married, the man has little control over what color our bedroom should be. Right now, Lynn is painting the entire interior of our house white, because she read on Facebook or somewhere that it is the best color if you are listing your property for sale. Never mind that I have been a Realtor for 15 years. I know nothing. So white it shall be.

What makes you Happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy. Lynn actually does make me happy. And frustrated as hell, sometimes. But that’s life. Or marriage. It’s not all wine and roses, you know. Quite a bit of wine, though! As far as a list? Lynn, photography, new sights, a good movie, classical music, a good book, my son. Not necessarily in that order.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. I took a week off and visited my son, who lives in Minnesota. What a beautiful place. I had no idea. And what a beautiful son. He is happy, has lifelong and new friends who love him, has a great sense of humor, and enjoys his work. He took me to places where I could shoot and he loved the image above from the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. I think it still needs more work, possibly a different approach.

Share Your World – October 16, 2017

In Retrospect: Furnace Creek CA

Gallery

Mining Wagon
Furnace Creek CA
March 1, 2014

Furnace Creek is appropriately named, as it holds the record for the highest ever recorded temperature in the United States, as well as one of the highest ever worldwide, reaching 134 °F (57 °C) on July 10, 1913. It is 190 feet below sea level. Badwater, just down the road, holds the distinction of being the lowest elevation in the United States at 280 feet below sea level.

Rear View Mining Wagon
Furnace Creek CA
March 1, 2014

There are so many ghost towns in Death Valley due to the mining of precious metals that began in 1849. But it wasn’t only gold and silver that drew the people here. Borax is still mined and is still used in any number of products, a mineral so common that it is used in cleaning and beauty products as well as enamel glazes.

Vintage Steam Engine
Furnace Creek CA
March 1, 2014

Furnace Creek has become a favorite stop for tourists as it boasts a general store, motel, diner and bar, and golf course and is a short distance from Badwater, Dante’s View, Artist’s Drive, and Zabriskie Point. And lots of ghost towns for me!

Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 7

Gallery, Prompts and Challenges

Finally, day 7:

Furnace Creek Train
Death Valley CA
March 1, 2014

I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”
acrylic prints for sale

Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 6

Gallery, Prompts and Challenges

Day 6:

Kelso Visitor Center
Kelso CA
February 28, 2015

I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”
wood prints for sale

 

 

Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 5

Gallery, Prompts and Challenges

Day 5:

Nipton Motel
Nipton CA
February 28, 2015

I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”
canvas art prints for sale

 

 

Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 4

Gallery, Prompts and Challenges

Day 4:

Artifice Urban Lounge
Las Vegas NV
September 21, 2017

I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”
posters for sale

In Retrospect: Amargosa CA

Gallery

Amargosa Opera House
Death Valley CA
March 1, 2014

As is our habit, we took a drive that day, not knowing where we might actually end up. It was not a particularly warm day, so we headed towards Death Valley. We ended up in Amargosa Valley at Death Valley Junction. The Amargosa Opera House is a historic building located in Death Valley Junction near Death Valley National Park. Resident artist Marta Becket staged dance and mime shows there from the late 1960s until her final show in February 2012.

Amargosa Hotel
Death Valley CA
March 1, 2014

The theater was constructed in 1923–25 by the Pacific Coast Borax Company. The U-shaped complex of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture style adobe buildings included company offices, employees’ headquarters, a dormitory and a 23-room hotel with a dining room, lobby and store.

Amargosa Diner
Death Valley CA
March 1, 2014

At the northeast end of the complex was a recreation hall used as a community center for dances, church services, movies, funerals and town meetings.

Amargosa Hotel
Death Valley CA
March 1, 2014

The Death Valley Junction Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by the nonprofit established by Becket for the preservation of the property.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia