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!

Share Your World – 2016 Week 42

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Amargosa Opera House Amargosa CA February 13, 2016

Amargosa Opera House
Amargosa CA
February 13, 2016

If you wanted to de-clutter where you live, what room / space would you start with?  (And why, if you’re feel like admitting to it.) There are several rooms/ spaces I would like to de-clutter. You can’t find anything in our pantry because Lynn has all kinds of seeds in 5 gallon buckets for sprouting (anyone lost at this point can ask for clarification). Also, our two car garage can only fit one car because of all the stuff we are storing for family, including empty boxes. Who would store empty boxes?

If you want to remember something important, how do you do it (sticky note on the fridge, string around your finger, etc.), and does it work? I usually tell Lynn to remind me. Does it work? Let’s put it this way; Lynn’s memory is only slightly worse than mine.

If you could create a one room retreat just for yourself, what would be the most important sense to emphasize:  sight (bright natural light, dim light, etc.), hearing (silence, music, fountain, etc.), smell (candles, incense, etc), touch (wood, stone, soft fabrics, etc.), or taste (herbal tea, fresh fruit, etc.)? When we moved in March, I was able to create my retreat and I love it- though it’s nothing like what I had imagined. What I wanted was a den with dark walls, preferably wood. I got beige paint. I also wanted a leather couch but, since we are both vegetarians, I opted for a naugahyde chair. No animals were harmed in the making of this chair, though two fully grown naugas gave up their hydes gratefully as it was quite warm for March. And since my photos are all around the house, I have old, vintage ads and artwork on the walls. This is where I do most of my Lightroom work and listen to classical music.

If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask? My mother’s parents and grandparents all died before I was even born. There is no one left of her family, but I just recently learned that her side were all Russian Jews. I would love to find out more. And then I could have a Jewish name. Or Russian. Myron Ginsberg. Or Alexey Dostoyevski. How great would that be?

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week was rather quiet. We saw the film Snowden. This coming week is Lynn’s birthday so I am surprising her with a mini vacation. Details to follow afterwards- and photos, too, I hope.

Now, get yourself on over to Cee’s Share Your World to share your world!

(And, as always, the photo above has nothing to do with this post except that this post is mine. And so is the photo!

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52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE:WEEK 9 – PATTERNS!

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Nipton CA October 1, 2016

Nipton CA
October 1, 2016

It should be obvious by the title of this post that the theme for this week’s 52 week challenge is ‘patterns’. It’s amazing to me how much these monster machines remind me of dinosaurs. Well, not really dinosaurs, but mastodons. Don’t ask me to explain it.

Please go visit The Girl That Dreams Awake‘s post for links to more patterns.

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – August 3, 2016

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Barstow CA

Barstow CA

My wife doesn’t understand me. I mean, don’t get me wrong. She’s a wonderful woman. Salt of the earth. (By the way. What does that mean? Salt of the earth. Anybody know?) But we’ve been to Barstow twice now. One hundred fifty eight miles southwest of here. I don’t remember if I got any shots of anything that first time. But the second time, we found this trestle that stretches over a vacant railroad yard and I got this one shot that I like. Now, I want to go back and maybe shoot from a different angle or a different time of day. But she says we saw everything there is to see in Barstow. What? Excuse me? I guess I’m just going to have to sneak off one morning and go back down there by myself. Problem is, she’s my navigator. Without her, I’m afraid I wouldn’t know which way to go.

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(The above image is part of Cee’s Which Way challenge. Please go visit to check out the rules (pretty simple) and the talent (pretty awesome).

And Another Thing…

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Cabin Door

Cabin Door

I want to thank everyone who visited and commented on my previous post Fuji RAW VS JPEG. The back and forth was exciting and fun. And it made me realize, finally, that maybe we don’t really need RAW anymore with Fuji’s great strides in image quality and in-camera processing. I say maybe because, though I plan on continuing to shoot in RAW, I will mostly be using it as a backup until the time I feel I don’t need it anymore. If that time ever comes. So, that doesn’t help with the storage question. But it’s not like I have hundreds of thousands of files right now. There are only about 5,000. (I just filled up my first terabyte external hard drive.)

But here’s something that wasn’t even mentioned in that earlier post. With the image above- and most of my other images- there is no noise, no chromatic aberration, and no additional sharpening was needed. True, it was shot in bright sun. But with my Canon (granted I only used the kit lense) I always had to adjust for those. And with the Fuji, the noise is minimal when I shoot in low light and is easy to compensate for with little or no artifacts.

So I’m one happy camper.

🙂

A Simple Life

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Shoshone CA

Shoshone CA

I was on my own last Saturday and took off for Death Valley to see the last of the super bloom desert flowers. Problem is, I left the house with only half a tank of gas. Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, I started to get a bit worried as I watched the gas needle slowly dip towards empty. No other cars and no cell service. I reached the town of Tecopa, NV and stopped in front of a local micro brewery where a woman was unlocking the storefront. She directed me to Shoshone, where the gas would be close to $5.00 a gallon “because it’s in California, but only about 5 miles away. Or you could go to Pahrump where it will be a little over $2, but that’s about 30 miles away,” she said. So I stopped at Shoshone and found this rather uninspiring view that somehow inspired me. Directly across the street from the gas station. Nothing special here- in keeping with the mood of the scene; a straight on shot in JPG that I added a slight paint effect to. You can see the effect in the bushes in mid frame as well as in some of the mountains.

And I never made it to Death Valley.

I will be on my own, again, next week but have learned my lesson. A full tank of gas and lots of water. Maybe I’ll stop at Death Valley Brewery again!

Joe, Laurie, Patti, Stacey, and any other thirsty beer drinkers among you, I’ll be there waiting!

Cee’s SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2016 WEEK 11

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Another week, another Share Your World!

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order? I have one sibling. An older sister I never got along with as we were growing up. She thought she was my mother and could tell me what to do. She still thinks she’s my mother but Lynn doesn’t like the competition. On the other hand, Lynne is the oldest of 9 children. I don’t think her parents had a tv!

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger? I’m very comfortable with the way Lynn drives but, before her, I always had to drive. Now, a lot of times she’ll do the driving so I can look for photo ops along the way.

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own? I would like to think that we would light the candles. Or just go to bed early. We have three flashlights but none of them have batteries- which is pretty self defeating. We have about five candles. Five hundred!

List at least five of your favorite types of animals?  (any animal to domestic to wild to marine life). Well, I always wanted a dog until I met Lynn. Wait, that came out wrong. I wanted a dog but we inherited her sister’s chihuahua and I can’t stand the dog. Very needy. And Lynn thinks the dog is human and feeds her food from her plate. Then there’s horses- which we both love. Salmon when they’re swimming upstream are fascinating. How many do I have left? I think that’s about it.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Lynn has been able to get the house into order in one week while I’m still struggling over where to put everything in my den. So I guess I’m grateful that Lynn was able to accomplish so much in such a short time and I’m thankful I have the weekend to try to get my part of the house in order!

The photo above is from a spontaneous Sunday outing last year. I have not been able to get out to shoot in the last two weeks. I miss it!

Now, go visit Cee’s Photography for other challenges every day of the week. Submissions are open to everybody of all ethnicities, political, and religious affiliations!