Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter E

Prompts and Challenges

Barn and Truck
Nelson NV
June 3, 2017

 

(For this week’s Fun Foto Challenge your word does not have to start with the letter e but needs to have two e’s in the topic (needle, elephant, geese, peek, jeep, eye, etc.)

Horace Walpole, the English author, is credited with coining the term “serendipity”, an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. Never mind that my entire life has been lived with (in?) serendipity, or that one of my favorite wordpress blogs is Marilyn Armstrong’s Serendipity!

I explained a long, long time ago that Lynn and I usually take a weekend drive with no particular direction in mind and, most times, will discover a most serendipitous place. We call this “being spont”, short for spontaneous. Anyway, we discovered Nelson NV just before Thanksgiving around 2011. We were looking for a place to take visiting relatives for the day. And what could be better in Nevada, The Silver State, than a tour of an old gold mine? So, we knew where we were going, but not what we would find. Since that day, Nelson has become my go-to spot for photos. There’s just so much there and the owners are always adding to their recreation of a once thriving mining town. Tons of ancient, rusting vehicles as well as old metal signs, buildings, gas pumps, and more.

Serendipity!

 

 

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Share Your World – July 10, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Nelson NV
June 3, 2017

How do you like to spend a rainy day? Getting wet. Lynn will kill me for this but when we were first “dating”, we were sitting outside on the backyard covered patio at my house. It was around 9 at night and it started to rain. Lynn walked into the back yard, took off her clothes, and started to dance in the rain. Well, what was I to do? I couldn’t just sit there and watch. So, I did the same. To this day, she denies it happened. Since we’ve been married five years now, I’m starting to believe it never happened, either. It has certainly never been repeated.

List at least five favorite treats. (They do not have to be sugary). Dancing! Rain! Repeat!

Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests? Well, the further out of town they are, the better. But if they do venture in, we usually end up at Nelson, an old mostly abandoned, mining town about an hour outside of Las Vegas. The mine is open for tours and  the owners have done their best to repopulate the surrounding area with old barns and homes and rusty old vehicles from other desert sites.

You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with? Since Cee stole my answer, I’d have to say Sophia Loren. That is if Lynn isn’t with me.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m grateful that the fourth of July is over. The fireworks freaked the dog out. For almost a week, she seemed as if she was suffering from PTSD. Shaking, couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep. The dog is usually just annoying but last week I almost felt bad for her. A temporary moment of weakness on my part.

Share Your World – July 10, 2017

Saddle Up!

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Nelson NV
June 3, 2017

Every time I go to Nelson NV, I find something new to shoot. I swear the time before last, this array of saddles didn’t exist. And when I saw it, I thought of my friend Janet, whom I’ve never met. Can you be friends with someone you’ve never met? Well, if you can’t, then I believe there wouldn’t be any WordPress, or Facebook. Heck, if I was on Twitter, I could be friends with the President of the United States. So, Janet, for better or worse, I call you my friend!

I could have taken a photo of a dozen or so horses for you- knowing how much you love horses. But anybody can find horses to take a picture of. I got you the saddles instead.

Anyway, there are no horses in Nelson.

The Daily Prompt: Wheel

Prompts and Challenges

Nelson NV
June 3, 2017

Blessed is he who talks in circles, for he shall become a big wheel.
Frank Dane

Sound familiar? Now, I’m not here to get all political on you. There are big wheels in either political party here in the U. S. as well as abroad and around the world. I mean, there are people in my own office who are big wheels- in their own minds. They talk in circles until they get to where they want to go. Sometimes they have no idea where they are going but just like the sound of their own voice. My wife will be the first to admit (well, sometimes she is the second to admit) she talks in circles. But more often than not, she’ll make a full stop, look both ways, then ask what she was saying.

I wish politicians would be just as honest.

 

Share Your World – June 6, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Nelson NV
June 3, 2017

What’s your strongest sense? A constant sense of confusion follows wherever I am. Indoors or out, home, office, and all points in between. The only time I am free of such befuddlement (I love that word) is when I am asleep. Though I must admit, the dreams I remember make very little sense.

Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best? (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey) Funny, but, in my youth I had a company that sold animation artwork on the second hand market to collectors and my nickname was Doc- probably because no one thought it a good idea to call me Dopey. It does not instill any degree of trust. But I do think any of those names would suit me.

If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would that be? I do prefer my present age, only because the real alternative would then be death. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not afraid of death. I just do not prefer it. As Benjamin Franklin has stated, “Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” Or take this, from Woody Allen. “I’m not afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

List of Jobs You Think You Might Enjoy: Even if you aren’t thinking about a career change, it can be fun to think of other jobs you might enjoy.  [Remember:  This is SYW where even your dreams can become reality.] Be careful what you wish for. Retirement is looking damn good right now on this Monday morning full of problems. But, let’s just see that list for fun: nature photographer, writer. That’s it. Both solitary professions.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Saturday I went out to Nelson NV, about the millionth time I’ve been out there, but I was alone and didn’t want to stray too far from home in 104 degree temperature. I’ve heard that the Springs Preserve here in Las Vegas has recreated a 1905 boomtown that I want to get out to next week.

Thanks, Cee, for your challenges each week!

In Retrospect: Nelson NV

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Nelson NV
October 29, 2011

How many times can you post photos taken in the same place? As far as I’m concerned, as many times as you like. And considering that there is so much to see in Nelson, I’ll be posting a lot more. This image was first seen here on September 29, 2014 and, though my intention was to process it anew from scratch, I like this version way too much to alter it.

In Retrospect: Nelson NV

Gallery, Prompts and Challenges

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
f/3.5 at 1/400 sec ISO 100
December 1, 2013

The first time Lynn and I went out to Nelson NV, it was a family affair. About a dozen people all somehow related. It was an overcast day and I was asked to take photos of everyone. Only one little problem. I don’t like taking people pictures. Good thing we had someone there who was good at posing people. She did the talking, I did the shooting. But as soon as the sun broke through the clouds, I wandered away to take pictures of stationery things like old rusty cars and trucks and wooden shacks and barns. They have a lot of them there. The owners travel throughout the southwest, finding original vehicles and structures and transport them back. They have built a ghost town that never really existed. A ghost, ghost town. And Nelson NV has become my own private playground. My favorite place to take photos. Except it’s not private and most days you have to shoot around the other photographers posing brides and grooms for wedding announcements and such. The photo above was taken on our third or fourth trip out there. Since then I’ve been back several more times.

I might even go back out again this weekend.

(Let me explain what In Retrospect is. Or will be. On January 7, 2017 I had the brilliant idea to start a second blog called In Retrospect to highlight some of my older images. That idea was actually not so smart because I found there was no real need for a second blog. It just took additional time and the theme I chose never worked properly. So after one month, I shut it down. I will continue with my bright idea here, and will post every Saturday. The images will be from 2009 through 2015. But no later. For now.)

 

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52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEEK 5 – SUNRISE/SUNSET

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Nelson NV October 29, 2011

Nelson NV
October 29, 2011

My favorite place any time, day or night, for photos is Nelson NV, a ghost town in El Dorado Canyon, less than one and a half hours from the Las Vegas strip. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 37. This shot was taken way back in October 2011 at about 4:30 in the afternoon. It had been an overcast day and we were there with family when the sun broke through and I wandered off on my own. With my camera!

The Girl That Dreams Awake hosts this challenge with a particular prompt each Monday. Please check out her site to see how to join in or to find the links to other contributors.

52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEEK 1 -BLACK AND WHITE

Prompts and Challenges

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So, I just discovered a new challenge hosted by The Girl That Dreams Awake that I couldn’t resist. It is a 52 week photo challenge. Some people may get tired of me always saying I need to cut back on posting. But the posting isn’t the problem. The problem is commenting on all the posts I follow. I keep promising I’ll get better and yet I never do. So here’s my promise. I will get better. I will. But until I do, I hope you enjoy this image that I shot last Friday, August 5th, while playing hooky from work.

Cee’s Share Your World – 2016 Week 32

Prompts and Challenges

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Every week I look forward to Cee’s Share Your World challenge where she asks questions and anyone who would like to can respond. This week is no exception.

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? Does wine count as food? It’s made from grapes so, in my limited world view, I think it qualifies. In which case lots of, cases of, red wine. Of, course, you can’t have wine without pizza. So scratch that. My endless supply of food would be Settebello’s margherita pizza with kalamata olives! And lots of red wine!

What is the worst thing you ate this last recently? OK, I’m guessing you’re asking what is the worst thing I ate recently? Hands down, that would have to be home-made kale chips. Lynn tried, but even she will concede it was an unmitigated disaster. OK, maybe only a failure. I couldn’t even eat one. But her brother-in-law said he liked them- even though no one else could stomach them. So next time she saw him, she gave him more.

You are comfortable doing nothing? For long stretches of time? No, I’m not. I’m not a bundle of ceaseless energy, but I can’t just sit and do nothing. I can’t even lie on the beach to try to get a tan.

List of Jobs You Think You Might Enjoy: Even if you aren’t thinking about a career change, it can be fun to think of other jobs you might enjoy. I was thinking something in the realm of travel photographer. Start with the continental United States first. Then onwards and outwards! 🙂

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week I played hooky from work and went with Lynn and my camera to Nelson NV, about an hour from our home. The photo above is a product of that shoot. It was an epiphany of sorts that I will share with you if you mosey on over to Monochromia to view a black and white version of the same photo. And you must visit Cee’s post this week to see what other’s have submitted to her challenge.