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Well, it’s the second day of my retirement and I’m not bored yet. Yesterday was spent recuperating from our trip to Park City UT. How did I recuperate? By working on photos all day and not once taking a step outside. Today was an excursion to a local farm to pick up some vegetables and fresh eggs. Lunch out, and now back in front of the computer. I wanted to wrap up the year by sharing with you the worse received posts of mine. Yeah, the worst. Anyone can do the best of the year but you should know me by now. So, first, the least amount of likes all year goes to:

SEVEN DAY PHOTO CHALLENGE, DAY 3

So, day 3:

Amargosa Opera House Death Valley CA March 1, 2014

I had 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.”

OK, so there you have it, the least liked post of mine from all of 2017. And now the least commented upon goes to:

SEVEN DAY PHOTO CHALLENGE, DAY 3

Yup, the least amount of likes and the least number of comments.

Boy, you people are cruel.

 

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Cee’s Share Your World – December 11, 2017

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Share Your World – December 11, 2017 – Repeat of Last Week

Calico Ghost Town
December 2, 2017

The undiscovered places that are interesting to me are these places that contain bits of our disappearing history, like a ghost town. ~~ Ransom Riggs

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing? Laundry. I hated laundry so much that the top drawer of my dresser was full of underwear- about a month’s supply. Same for my socks in the second drawer. Since Lynn has come into my life, we have been able to whittle those numbers down through attrition.

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? Just last night. In bed. But at three weeks shy of my 70th birthday, I’ve had to learn how to show passion in more tempered pursuits. Lynn doesn’t seem to mind.

How many times have you moved in the last ten years? My office has moved 4 times in the past 4 years. I guess my home has, too. And another move seems in the offing for next year. I will be retiring at the end of this month and we will be traveling as much as we can. The house is as good as sold and I received my passport last week.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Lynn always inspires me, though this week she had to take second fiddle to my new laptop. I had been using this old one for work, as well as for my processing, and it was moving slower and slower- just like me. So it had to be replaced. I hope the same fate does not befall me too soon.

Calico Ghost Town
December 02, 2017

The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset. ~~ Catherine Opie

I am sure not many have taken notice of my absence for the past two weeks. That is certainly understandable. I have stopped by to say I am not sure how long this will continue or whether or not I will come back. A lot has been going on in my life and in the world, and I find I can not muster the enthusiasm for WordPress that I used to have. Hopefully, by the new year I will have a better idea of what I intend to do besides travel and take photos. Please know that I appreciate those of you who have followed me over these past 5 or 6 years and that I miss those of you I have been able to connect with through comments and replies.

 

 

In Retrospect: Nipton CA

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THIS JUST IN: In August 2017, Nipton was in the process of being purchased by American Green Inc., a maker of cannabis products, for $5 million USD with plans to turn the town into a cannabis tourism destination. The CEO of American Green Inc hopes to make this into the first “Pot Town, USA”.

Nipton is a small, relatively isolated, town in the Mojave National Preserve. The hotel looks more like a motel, though I have yet to see any travelers sitting on the porch and even fewer cars parked in the gravel parking lot.

If I were to ever stay the night, you’d find me settin’ on the porch of an evening after dinner, just enjoying the quiet, staring at the stars in the dark night sky. Or maybe I’d stay out back in one of their unique cabin tents. Complete with air conditioning.

And the local trading post has all the supplies one might need. Spam, mini hot dogs in a can, marshmallows, chips, ice, beer, wine. Though the only trading I’ve ever seen at the trading post is goods for cash, I’m almost positive something could be arranged as they seem a friendly lot.

And I think I’ve finally figured out who this lonely man stepping over the railroad tracks might be. Catch sight of the top of the long haul truck behind him in the lower left of the photo? He’s a trucker.

Or a possible specter; a visible disembodied spirit:  a ghost, or something that haunts or perturbs the mind, a phantasm!.

All photos were taken in Nipton CA, part of the Mojave National Preserve , on February 28, 2015 and newly processed in 2017.

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.

 

In Retrospect: Santa Barbara

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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.

 

Share Your World – October 23, 2017

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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: Furnace Creek CA

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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

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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.”
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Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 6

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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.”
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Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 5

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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.”
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In Retrospect: Amargosa CA

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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