Look Back

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Fuji X-T1 1/350 sec at f/13, ISO 200 200mm (XF 55-200mm F/.5-4.8 R LM OIS)

Fuji X-T1
1/350 sec at f/13, ISO 200
200mm (XF 55-200mm F/.5-4.8 R LM OIS)

My little blue eyed blue jean girl
We took that Chevy for a whirl
I look back and I still see
The way you looked at me

Rascal Flatts

Please visit Monochromia for a black and white version of this image.

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CEE’S ODD BALL PHOTO CHALLENGE: 2016 WEEK 23

Prompts and Challenges
The International Car Forest of the Last Church   Goldfield NV

The International Car Forest of the Last Church  
Goldfield NV

Cee says : “Odd Ball Photos are those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category.  We’ve all taken them and like them, because we just can’t hit delete and get rid of them.  If you have any of those type of photos, this challenge is for you.”

Check out Cee’s site for other oddball photos from other oddballs!

🙂

Oversize Color Load

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Oversize Load

Oversize Load

Our plan was to stop at Zion on our way up to Lehi Utah and hike Angel’s Landing. But it was windy, rainy, and the sound of thunder echoed down the canyon walls. So we improvised and stretched our 5 hour drive to well over 12 hours by taking numerous exits off the I 15 and exploring. The above was one of the first places we found in Parowan UT, just north of Zion and Brian Head. What attracted me to this scene were the colors. Lynn no longer thinks I’m nuts but reserves her opinion until she sees the finished product.

She likes it! I hope you do, too. And please take a look at the black and white version on Monochromia.

The Underground

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Goldfield NV

Goldfield NV

Yeah, I know what you were thinking. You were hoping, maybe, this post would have something to say about the upcoming presidential election and how an underground railroad to Canada has been initiated. Or an underground movement to get Jon Stewart elected President has been formed. Actually, I believe there really is an underground railroad to Canada, but it’s very much above ground. You can even take a plane- one that flies very high above ground- if you can’t stand to be the laughing stock of the world a second longer. And there really is a movement to elect Jon Stewart President afoot. But, alas, this is to be a very tame and apolitical post about the London Underground tube canopies (I don’t know what else to call them) that we found in Goldfield NV a few months ago. That’s my post. This photo. And if anyone can add anything to this most interesting incongruous placement of London Underground tube canopies in Goldfield Nevada, please just jump right in.

Killing Me Softly

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Barn and shackMy wife is trying to kill me! I swear it’s true. I’ll explain later in the week- probably Wednesday or Thursday because we have been away for 4 days and there’s a lot I have to catch up with at work.

This is one of the first photos I took on our trip. We were driving from North Las Vegas, where we live, to Capitol Reef State Park in Utah to meet up with one of Lynn’s sisters and brother-in-law. I have no idea where we were, what town we were near. Somewhere in Southern Utah. I’ll ask Lynn. Maybe she remembers.

This is a JPEG edited in HDR Efex Pro 2 with the Nik collection.

Oh, and for all you mothers out there,

HAPPY BELATED MOTHER’S DAY!

Hope it was good for you.

Raison d’etre

Prompts and Challenges
Caliente Station

Caliente Station

I love raisons. My wife hates them. She says there’s just too much concentrated sugar in all dried fruit. Maybe that’s why I like them? But having said that, I know we’re not talking about dried fruit but rather what makes us do what we do.

In her Daily Post for this challenge, Krita writes that “Raison d’être is a French term, meaning ‘the reason or justification for existence.'” But why should I have to justify my existence. Cogito ergo sum as Rene Descartes proposed, and that should be enough for anyone. Yet, all my life I’ve had to justify my existence. We all do. It’s not enough to sit in a corner and think, then expect to receive any kind of adulation or remuneration for doing so. OK, unless your name is Rene Descartes.

Mine is Emilio Pasquale. And my raison d’etre- besides trying to keep my wife happy all night and day- is taking photos and maybe, one day, creating a piece of art that someone else, besides my wife, will want to hang in their home.

Addendum

After I posted, I realized what I said was not entirely true. Photography fills that creative need for me. I feel at peace when I’m out with my camera. Hunger, pain, or any of the bodily functions that normally rule my daily existence are of no concern when I have that camera to my eye. I can only relate it to how a hunter must feel when he or she is on the scent of something exciting. Yet I do not destroy.

I preserve!

Faux Graffiti

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DSCF5607-Edit-2Yes, I’m in a lousy mood today. Just some news that at any other time wouldn’t bother me as much. I feel like I’m in a slump emotionally and have no real desire to do much of anything. Hopefully this will not last long as we have house guests coming for the weekend (Lynn got back from China yesterday morning)and we will be celebrating our 4th anniversary this week. Trying to get tickets for Cirque de Soleil’s Love. It’s a great show. We’ve seen it twice already and they just revised it.

Anyway, I wandered out to the Las Vegas strip one day last week and found this faux graffiti at The Linq Hotel and Casino. That’s where the High Roller is and I call this faux graffiti because there is no way anyone could have done this uninvited. The strip is open 24 hours a day and there are always a couple of security people stationed here. But, even if it’s corporately sanctioned, it made me smile. So I posted it hoping that would get rid of my funk. But now that I look at it again, it’s not really helping.

Oh well, maybe it will bring a smile to your face.