New York New York Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas NV
October 15, 2016
List some of your favorites types of teas. My favorite type of tea? That would be coffee. I’ve never met a tea I liked. Really. We, as a nation, are mainly coffee drinkers. We take our coffee in 12 oz. heavy ceramic mugs. We do not, as a rule drink tea in china cups with matching saucers. OK, I know Cee does because she told me. On her site this morning in answer to this question. The rest of us drink coffee. Sometimes even with a shot of whiskey in it. Wakes you right up in the morning!
If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?
OK, that was easy. But you have to watch where you put the comma. It’s not “slow children, at play”. It’s “slow, children at play”!
What are a couple of things people could do for you on a really bad day that would really help you? Just listen and make appropriate facial expressions. No talking. No suggestions as to what you would do. Not even when I’m done.
Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would you do? I’ll tell you, ever since The Karate Kid, I wanted to be Ralph Macchio so I could beat the crap out of anybody who offended me. I know part of your training would probably include never fighting in anger or revenge. And nowadays you’d probably get shot because everybody seems to own a gun. But One can dream!
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 was a shocking week all around and proves the adage that you never know how much time you have so live life to the fullest. A member of Lynn’s extended family was mountain biking, fell, and severed two vertebrae. He never regained consciousness and they took him off life support last Saturday. We are in Los Angeles now for his funeral tomorrow. Next week we are headed to San Diego for a wedding in which the entire family of the bride seems to be opposed to the groom. Now that should be interesting!
Cee’s Share Your World
The above is in response to Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge. Please go take a look. Then go take a look at the launch of my alternative blog In Retrospect which should be online by tomorrow morning.
What Stays In Vegas
Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge (COB) is all about 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.
There is never a theme to this challenge, so what is an odd ball is all up for you to discover and photograph.
Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves. ~~ Julia Morgan
Yes, 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.
Better late than never, I always say. Actually, I only say that when I’m late. Procrastination and me are frequent companions. But I finally thought I’d give the “best of…” a try. Not that anybody really cares what I think are my best images of 2015. But it gave my ego quite a boost just to go back and look at some of these again. So here goes…
I began the year with a series of Las Vegas Strip properties. I have still to do nighttime shots but maybe all that neon and glitter is passe. So, early morning light on this first one.
About 8:30 am on a Sunday morning looking north from the Mandalay Bay. Love the overhead light pole directing your eye.
Detail of the New York New York Hotel and Casino with added sunlight flare.
Out in the middle of nowhere, taking shots down the tracks when this pedestrian appeared. The image still needs work but one of my favorites.
Attempted to convert this image to black and white but stopped here. Love the varied textures besides the colors. And that stomach ain’t bad, either.
A mostly retirement community about an hour out from Las Vegas called Chloride AZ. I only wanted the little gas station when this person and pet walked into the shot.
The Brunswick Hotel on Route 66 in Kingman AZ. The route traverses almost 2,800 miles between Chicago IL and Santa Monica CA.
Another Route 66 image, this time taken in Seligman AZ, on my second drive out that way.
Taken in 2012 but not posted till this past year. The image was overexposed and boring until my processing skills improved. (And no smartass comments.)
The Hamm’s water tower in Nelson NV with real golden hour lighting (though I did add the clouds)!
A trestle in Overton NV. We were out for a Sunday drive, just being spontaneous (we call it being “spont” because we’re lazy)!
These last two were taken in Kanosh UT, courtesy of my wife who told me to pull off the highway when there was a sudden clearing in the storm we were driving through, just before golden hour.
So, there you have it. Hope you stuck around to the end and enjoyed my walk down my own personal memory lane.
OK, for all of you “ESL” students, tautologous can also mean wordy or talky, which is why I did not post this on Wordless Wednesday as I have something to say! I’m not sure whether or not I ever posted the above photo this past year, shooting South on the Las Vegas Strip one fine Sunday morning. So, if you remember it, then just pretend I titled this post “The Best Of 2015. OK?
February 7, 2015
Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1/125 sec at f/5.0 ISO 100
25mm (EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS)
This image is hot even in black & white. Please check it out at Monochromia.
PBR Rockbar & Grill
Las Vegas Strip
September 19, 2015
I’m really not sure how Cee does it. She has a challenge for almost every day of the week. She has Odd Ball on Sunday, Share Your World on Monday, Fun Foto on Tuesday, Compose Yourself Wednesday, Black and White Thursday, and I’m not really sure which day Which Way.
I think she sleeps in on Saturday!
Las Vegas Blvd
September 19, 2015
1/4000 sec at f/1.4 ISO200
From Planet Hollywwod, looking SW towards City Center.
For a b & w version, please visit Monochromia.