Valley Of Fire State Park
August 20, 2017
7:13 PM (pst)
What color do you feel most comfortable wearing? I guess blue would be my most comfortable color, as you’ll usually find me wearing blue jeans. Unless you find me in bed, in which case you don’t want to find me! Anyway, for the previous 10 years I have been a good corporate team member, wearing dress slacks, rarely corduroy. But in the last two or three years I finally woke up singing “I Gotta Be Me” and started wearing my favorite jeans to work. No one ever made a comment so that’s all I wear now. The wedding we went to last month, I wore my jeans and a dark sport coat. No tie. And if I have anything to say about it, I will be buried in my jeans, too.
What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie) For the last 3 years we have been dog sitting a Chihuahua. Anyone who has been following this blog even intermittently, should know I detest the beast. She is needy and is treated like a person. She is always underfoot and she yaps. Lynn knows that my upbringing has been no feeding the dog scraps from the table but would rather irritate me than the dog. So, if we were ever to get another dog, firstly it would be a rescue dog. And secondly, I would have to get rid of Lynn.
List at least five favorite flowers or plants. Flowers and plants are not my bailiwick (love that word) but we have a Ruellia and a Golden Dew Drop in our back yard, both of which I get great enjoyment from. Then there are pine trees and oak. At least five? OK. Weeping Willow.
What inspired you this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. See that photo up there? My first attempt at astrophotography with the X-T1 and the remote app on my phone. OK, it was more like a month ago but it has really inspired me to get out and play with more nighttime shoots. Unfortunately, the heat is still prohibitive, peaking in the late afternoon and dissipating slowly until the following morning when it starts climbing all over again. The photo is not sharp, but I will get better. I hope!
Cee’s Share Your World – September 4, 2017
Cee calls this series Alphabet with a Twist. This week is Letter B and the topic needs to be colors that start with the Letter B. For example, colors like beige, brown, burgundy, blonde, blue, burnt sienna, berry, etc.
So, here we have a baby pink sunset at the beach. The blond babes have all left hours ago, along with their bronzed boyfriends. No one was frolicking in the buff, the nude beach is several miles north. No cameras allowed. No Beach Blanket Bingo!
La Jolla CA
August 4, 2017
Welcome to Goldfield
May 15, 2016
The purpose of Friday’s “In Retrospect” was to feature older photos from my archives that I had not previously posted. The question, then, is “how old is old?” These images are only a year and a few months old. But I had fun reworking them and hope you enjoy seeing them- one or two you might have seen before. But these are all newly processed. And all were taken during our second (or maybe it was our third) trip north to Goldfield Nevada.
May 15, 2016
Why do I call the above Sunset Boulevard? Because that’s the film in which Norma Desmond says “Alright, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up” and this looks just like one of the characters from Disney’s (Pixar’s) “Cars” waiting for their close-up. Look at that anthropomorphic face!
OK, so the first two shots I left the sky alone. But then I got crazy, I admit it.
May 15, 2016
The sky I added is subtle here. Just because. No real thought behind it. I just tried different clouds and decided this worked best with the deep rust of the car.
This next one I went a little crazy but love the way it turned out.
Sinking Like A Sunset
May 15, 2016
OK, this last one isn’t clouds at all. It’s a texture that I found but I think it works beautifully!
Riders On The Storm
May 15, 2016
“For this week’s photo challenge, share a picture that symbolizes transitions, change, and the passing of time.”
Golden Valley AZ
December 11, 2016
“How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.”
I am such a phony. But not intentionally. I complained to The Girl That Dreams Awake that I couldn’t join in her challenge this week because I have no photos with empty space. Then I look in my photos from this weekend- this weekend, mind you- and find this shot.
Roy’s At Sunset
April 22, 2017
I do like the way it came out. The place was teeming with photographers and I was looking for a different angle when I noticed the long shadow caused by the Roy’s sign. I stood in the shadow and bracketed my shots. The moment I raised my camera, another photographer came up next to me and shot from the same angle. I’d love to see what he came up with.
Lots of work in Lightroom to get anything readable on the sign.
So, welcome back “Girl”!
Canon EOS Rebel T2i
f/8 @ 1/160 sec ISO 100
September 11, 2011
The second in my retrospective posts, this was taken over 5 years ago in Mojave National Preserve just off Ivanpah and Morning Star Mine Roads. One of my wife’s favorite photos
Zion National Park UT
January 2, 2017
Would you prefer to receive a unicycle, bicycle, tricycle or motorcycle? You mean for free? Is that a kid’s tricycle? In that case I’d get the motorcycle, sell it, and get four unicycles, two bikes, one trike, and take the family out to dinner with the money left over. Little known fact: I used to have a motorcycle. But after two accidents- neither of which was my fault- I no longer harbor the urge to ride.
What is one thing you’d like to accomplish this year? Finish my novel. The one I’m reading!
What was one of the highlights of 2016 for you? That it’s over! I was really getting annoyed by the ever growing list of who died in 2016. Now we can get on to a more important list; like who dies in 2017.
Would you prefer to fly a kite or fly in a hot air balloon? I love hot air balloons- as long as I’m on the ground watching them. You will never get me up in one. I also said that when I first saw an airplane, that I would never fly in one, so take that with a grain of Celtic sea salt!
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Lynn and I both fell asleep on the couch by 9 pm on New Year’s Eve as we attempted to watch Cleopatra. We had no idea it was a 4 hour movie. That has nothing to do with what I am grateful for from last week, I just needed a moment to think. I can tell you I am grateful that I have a friend who loves purchasing new cameras and is always offering me his duplicate lenses for drastically reduced prices. And I won’t tell you his name or his prices might go up in the future. I just bought a Fujinon 10-24 lens (see the photo above) and I love it. Thanks, Joe! Oops, no, his name’s not Joe. It’s… Marvin. Marvin Goldblatz. But we call him Marv for short. Sometimes Goldy! Looking forward to next week? Taking more photos. (I’m so predictable.)
And I’m grateful that Cee of Cee’s Photography came up with such a fun challenge and posts a new one each Monday. I always look forward to having fun with my answers. Hope you have fun reading them, too.
Mojave National Preserve
November 19, 2016
This week Cee is having a special theme for Share Your World. It is Thanksgiving in the USA and she thought we could do a grateful list for this week.
What are you grateful for in regard to:
- Your home life? I am grateful I have a home. So many people do not and we see them on street corners every day asking for a handout or pushing all their personal belongings down the street in a shopping cart.
- Your family? I am grateful I have been given a second chance to have a family. I destroyed my family through divorce 17 years ago and was feeling pretty low and depressed for quite a while.
- Your blogging community? I’ve “met” a lot of great people who support and encourage me in my hobby.
- Your city or immediate area in which you live? I always looked down upon Las Vegas as a place to live. But circumstances brought me here 17 years ago and I’ve learned to appreciate the abundance of things to do. Some are even free!
- The regional area in which you live? We are so close to so many different areas in which to savor the outdoors. The great Southwest. I have boots. Next is a cowboy hat. Then a jeep or truck and my conversion will be complete.
- The country where you live? I’m not too excited about the direction our president-elect seems to be taking us with the people he is choosing to surround himself with. But we are in a democracy in which we are able to protest- and I certainly will be doing so.
- You? It’s taken me a long time to grow up- I believe that is a problem for most men. I finally have, for the most part. But don’t ask my wife for corroboration. She’s a bit feisty that way.
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week we took a day trip to Cima, in the middle of the Mojave National Preserve, which is about an hour and a half from where we live. We have been out there several times and there isn’t really anything there that we haven’t seen before. Still, I was able to get so many photos that I am still working on them this week.
Please go visit Cee’s Share Your World and share thanksgiving wishes with her. And to those of you who have taken the time to read through, Happy Thanksgiving (and please stay safe and sane through, what has to be the most asinine corporate decision of all time, the creation of Black Friday, which now starts on Thursday.)
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.
“My new house is going to have wall-to-wall awards!”
~~ Patsy Cline
OK, as most of you know, we are moving this weekend. Well, some of you know, right? Joe? Laura?
Anyway, we are moving this weekend so this post has been pre-scheduled. I’m not really here right now. Some might argue I’m not all here at the best of times but that’s another topic. So, I’m not here right now. I’m at our old house patching holes in walls and cleaning the muck that always seems to find a home in bathroom showers. At least, that’s where I am if everything goes to plan. And “the little woman” is off doing what she’s best at doing, ordering men around! She is at the new house telling the movers where everything goes. But do me a favor. Do not repeat that I called her “the little woman”. Ever! It’s not because that is so demeaning to women, which it is, but that she hates being short. Little. Every morning she stretches her arms above her head, I grab them, and pull in hopes that we can make her taller. Actually I sort of like the height she’s at. Just under 5′ 5″, which we heard is the delineation between a short and a tall woman. But where was I? Oh, yes, the move.
I’ve been trying to keep this blog going by posting when I’m at work. When I get home at night, we have dinner, then pack more stuff. It’s unbelievable how much “stuff” one accumulates in a lifetime- or in our case, in the last 4 years together. Before that, I had my stuff and she had hers. Now we have ours. So we are trying to rid ourselves of duplicates and things we never use anymore, like the slow cooker and hair dryer I used to own. And how come its mostly my stuff we are ridding ourselves of? I don’t get it.
But that Patsy Cline quote up there? Right under that photo of mine? That’s what I plan to have in our new home. Wall to wall awards. In my den- yes, I get a den this time. Except my awards will be wall to wall photos. My photos.
All professionally matted and framed. Except for the ones on canvas. Or on metal!