photography

Living on the Edge

Ok, so…yeah.  Those ant-sized things are people.  Not just one or two, but several.  Idiots, knuckleheads, thrill-seekers, whatever you want to call them – those people may as well have a martini in one hand and a come-hither look on their faces because they are FLIRTING with Death. “Guard rails” (and I use the term […]

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The WONDERful Grand Canyon

We just got back from family vacation and I have to wonder why the Grand Canyon isn’t listed as one of the “wonders of the world”.  Seriously.  My first thought was, “I wonder what the people who first saw it thought?”  The thing that struck me was that there is no preamble.  You can’t see […]

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Why I Love Photography

I see things better from behind the lens of a camera.  I notice more details, I judge the contrast of light and dark more accurately, and generally I feel more “in the moment” than I do as a casual observer.  Taking photos makes me feel like I am thoughtfully in wonder, and that is a […]

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PNW Part 6 (Lake Quinault)

This part of the Olympic National Park was so…quaint.  Everything about it reminded me of “the olden days”.  It isn’t a stretch of the imagination to think of President Roosevelt (FDR) visiting the Lake Quinault Lodge and being so taken with the area that nine months later he signed a bill creating the Olympic National […]

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PNW Part 4 (Seattle Underground)

***Thank you, Bill Speidel, for featuring this blog post on your Facebook wall and mentioning it on Twitter!*** Pioneer Square is the area of Seattle where the original settlers built their businesses and homes, and the Seattle Underground Tour literally takes you underground to give you glimpse of life in Seattle’s early days. Seattle’s original […]

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PNW Part 3 (Pike’s Market)

Of course we went to Pike’s Market!  Sure, it’s touristy but it is also very functional.  Our local friends shop there regularly – Hello, The Freshest of the Fresh seafood, flowers, veggies!!  (But they know to get there early to beat the crowds. We didn’t make the effort and it was wall-to-wall bodies inside.) Where […]

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PNW Part 1(Seattle)

Of course we went to dinner at the Space Needle an hour after we landed.  No rest for the weary (or the jet-lagged)!  I know you’ve seen many mucho pictures of it before, but I am including mine here because CAN YOU BELIEVE THERE WAS NOT A CLOUD IN THE SKY?!  We had beautiful weather […]

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I Can’t Wait…

I just have to put one little picture up before I really get into reliving the week.  🙂 This picture was taken from our outdoor patio at the hotel where we stayed (at the south end of Lake Union) To say the least, Seattle exceeded my expectations…

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Banding

Unfortunately this is not the “good” kind of banding – like to going to a music concert 🙂 but rather, the “bad” kind of banding, which is a bothersome artifact that can ruin a perfectly good picture. While editing the photos from my trip, I came across two pictures with very pronounced “concentric rings” in […]

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A Fond Memory

Having had my memory jogged by Paris by Cellphone’s post today, I wanted to share a special memory from my travels.  On my first trip to Paris, Tour Saint Jacques was the first thing I remember seeing in the distance and saying to myself, “I want to find that”. (I hadn’t made it to the […]

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Summer is Here!

…which means I have travel on the brain.  My upcoming vacation can’t come soon enough, so I am thinking about one I took last year.  I’m not sure if I will make it abroad again this year, so I am reminiscing about last year’s trip to Spain.  The thrill of being in a foreign country […]

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Move Along

  “Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.”  ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Beautiful (Old?) WIndow

I usually find more visual interest in old things.  It’s no secret that I {heart} decay. To be truthful, I don’t know how old these windows are.  I was drawn in by the lines and the colors, and since I was in downtown Grapevine, I just assumed they were as old as the area claims […]

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