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On one of our spontaneous day trips when neither of us have a clue where we are going or where we might end up, Lynn and I came upon this rock house named, coincidentally, Rock House, out in the middle of the Mojave National Preserve in California.

Rock House
Mojave National Preserve
July 2, 2017

 

Maybe too easy for The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Textures.

But, whatever works!

 

Rock House
Mojave National Preserve
July 2, 2017

 

If you were wondering how anyone could-or would want to-live in the remote desert that is now Mojave National Preserve, take a walk along the Rock Spring Loop to find some answers.

The Rock House was constructed by Bert Smith in 1929. He came to this area to recover from poison gas exposure suffered during World War I. Doctors told him he didn’t have long to live, but the dry desert air proved so beneficial to Smith’s health that he lived here for 25 more years! The second long-term resident was artist Carl Faber, who lived and worked at the rock house in the 1980s, selling his artwork to passing travelers.

Christina Mills
Park Ranger 

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The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: COLLAGE

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Collage: An assortment, a collection, a hodgepodge. This week, share one — whether found in the wild or assembled yourself.

Jazz
San Francisco CA
August 16, 2007

Bill Weber’s 1987 piece, known as the “Jazz Mural,” can be found above New Sun Hong Kong Restaurant at the corner of Broadway and Columbus Ave in San Francisco CA. Weber’s murals can be found throughout North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Haight and the Castro.

This was shot with a Fujifilm FinePix A330. A pretty simple point and shoot camera that wasn’t even mine. I didn’t own a camera in those days. Had to borrow one. I was on vacation, just walking around the city, when I spotted this. It’s been sitting in my archives until I just recently added the sky and the sort of sepia edges and posted it for your viewing pleasure.

At least, I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

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!

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.

🙂