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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!



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Amazing! I looked through all my photos that I’ve processed, going back to shots from 2009, and realized that I seldom use a shallow depth of field. A failing of mine, I suppose. But dealing in the types of photos I deal in (not that I’m a dealer, or anything) I can explain it away. At least to myself. Anyway, here are 3 such photos.

1/640 sec at f/4.0

1/3 sec at f/4.5

1/4000 sec at f/3.5

Thanks, as always, to The Girl That Dreams Awake for exposing my shortcomings! Go visit and see more, probably better, examples of a short depth of field!


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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”!


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Mt Charleston NV
February 3, 2017

What a world we live in. Last month it was cold enough to snow in the mountains. This Thursday, one month and 2 days later, the prediction is for 80 degrees, followed by 81 on Friday and 82 on Saturday. It looks like, for the next 10 days at least, we will not drop below 80. So, the theme for this week’s 52 week challenge from “The Girl” is “In The Distance”. Most of my photos are taken of objects in the distance. I’m not sure this is a good trait, though I do like this image. I was standing on the outside patio of a restaurant in the mountains when I spotted this cabin. And I just happen to have my camera and zoom lens with me. I could be very happy living in a place like this, though I expect I’d have to live alone. My wife doesn’t take to the snow all that much.

Night Light

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Cool Springs Station Museum December 11, 2016

Cool Springs Station Museum
December 11, 2016

The theme, or photo prompt, for week 24 from The Girl That Dreams Awake is light. Any light but sunlight.

The photo above was lit by the headlights of our car as Lynn stationed herself in the middle of Route 66, blocking traffic both ways.

Good thing there was no traffic.

Thanks to M for the prompt. Now go visit her site to link to other light photos!


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Cold Creek NV January 1, 2017

Cold Creek NV
January 1, 2017

This is how we celebrate the New Year around the Pasquale household. In fact, this is how we celebrate almost every free day around the Pasquale household; getting out of the household and taking pictures. This was one of the first photos I took in the new year, maybe because the night before, New Year’s Eve, we both fell asleep in front of the TV watching the 1963 movie Cleopatra.

Ahh, married life!

So, please go check out The Girl That Dreams Awake for more trees. A forest of trees for this week!

A plethora of trees!



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Glendale NV January 8, 2017

Glendale NV
January 8, 2017

We took a ride yesterday just to get out of the house. Lynn had just had another operation on her foot (the 4th in 7 years) and was going stir crazy. So I packed her and the dog into the car and, with no particular destination, we ended up in Glendale NV, which has it’s own exit off the freeway, one gas station, one permanent home, and several mobile homes. That’s about it. But, of course, I had my camera with me and did find something to shoot! 🙂

The Girl That Dreams Awake has offered the word prompt “nature” this week. I offer this image in return! Such is nature in our part of the woods- or desert, as the case may be.


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For this week’s instalment of the 52 Week Photo Challenge, The Girl That Dreams Awake has chosen ‘Peaceful’ as the prompt.

Mt. Charleston NV November 27, 2016

Mt. Charleston NV
November 27, 2016

I get this feelin’ I may know you
As a lover and a friend
This voice keeps whisperin’ in my other ear
Tells me I may never see you again

I get a peaceful easy feelin’
And I know you won’t let me down
‘Cause I’m already standin’
Yes I’m already standin’
I’m already standin’
On the ground.”

Written by Jack Tempchin • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

There is a beauty, and peacefulness, in the most harsh of desert landscapes.”

Written by Emilio Pasquale

Happy New Year to you all.



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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!