Sharing moments in time…

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  • The shot
  • Lady of Shadow
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  • Maybe its time to have my toes done.....
  • Serengeti Dreaming
  • Danger Descending
  • Wind beneath my wings
  • Fall & Flowers
  • Medevil Refraction

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular


I’m a little late getting to this week’s challenge so I’ll post three different photos to illustrate angularity.  The first is a close-up of a rooftop in Heidelberg, Germany.  I liked the different angles of the rooftop dormers when added to the perspective angularity of the roof itself as it sloped away from my viewpoint.  I also liked the contrast between the angular black dormers and the puffy dark clouds that were building.

Rooftop perspectives

Rooftop perspectives

The second photo is a reflection of an old gothic building in the decidedly modern windows of a bank.  The combination of angles and curves caught my eye during an early morning walk (in Wurzburg I think).

Angularity reflects curves

Angularity reflects curves

The last photo is from Prague on a rainy night.  The photo captures the angles and architecture of the fortress on the hill, the angles and lights of the Charles Bridge, and the foreground of angled pier posts and supports.  There is also another, less apparent angle where there is a water break and falls in the river.  It was a beautiful night and I was glad to be able to catch this image.

The Angles of a Praha evening

The Angles of a Praha evening

Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement – $ 74,880/36 year Surprise!!!


I actually wrote this post a few weeks back (when it happened) but am glad I saved it for this challenge.

“Go for it” my partner said after seeing  his tee shot fading to the right but in good position.  I figured it for about a 250 yard shot to the green at the steeply uphill 12th hole at Mt Woodson golf course in Poway, California. I’ve played this hole dozens of times but have seldom tried to drive the green.  Today was a perfect opportunity - the GPS was reading about 225 yards and there was no wind at all.  I hadn’t been playing particularly well but I knew if I took a good swing I could reach the green and give us an advantage over our opponents.  I tried to remind myself to swing smooth and then just gave it a cut.  It was one of those rare (for me anyway) swings where the ball just “clicks” off the club face and you have the wonderful sensation of watching it soar high, with just a gentle 10 yard bend to the left toward the flagstick so far away.

The shot

The shot

As we watched, we all knew it was a pretty shot but then we heard a “clang” from 225 yards away as the ball struck the flagpole.  We had no idea where the ball ended up but we were all charged up that it was such a fun shot.  As my partner and I reached the green, the other twosome had walked up the hill to see where the ball ended up.  I heard them say that there was no balls on the green, and when I got up there, none of us saw any ballmarks around the flag.   They finally looked in the hole and yelled “I don’t believe it” and I realized that 36 years of frustration had come to an end – I had finally made my elusive hole in one – on a par 4 no less!!!  A hole in one and what is known as an Albatross all in one swing of the club.  I’ve gotten close to an ace several times over the years but not so much recently.  What a great feeling – the rest of the round is kind of a fog – maybe the result of buying a few rounds of beer for the clubhouse after the round.

The Result....

The Result….

Oh yeah – I almost immediately tried to figure out how much I had spent to get to that moment.  I started playing golf 36 years ago at the age of 28.  I guess that I have averaged about 1 round a week for all those years – sometimes more, sometimes less.  I also figured that with equipment thrown in, the average round was probably around $40.  That makes an estimate of $74,880 – the cost of a lower model Porsche – and worth every penny……

 

Minimalist #2 – Shadows


I haven’t posted since last week’s challenge but I thought I’d add another photo to that theme.  This fits the description with a desaturated photo and lots of black space in the almost monochromatic photo.  I took this while in Europe.  I was passing from a sunny courtyard through a large portal into another square – I saw this young lady having her photo taken (with a flash) but I thought the natural lighting was better from my vantage point.  I liked the dramatic shadows and the light only highlighting her outline.

Lady of Shadow

Lady of Shadow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist


I don’t take too many minimalist photos but I found one that almost fits the bill.  I liked this one enough to have it printed and displayed in our outdoor living room as the colors kind of mirror the colors of the “room”.  This was taken with a telephoto lens during our recent trip to Europe.  These two ladies were peering out a window high above the main square in Heidelberg, Germany.  They both had kind of thoughtful expressions on their faces (or maybe they were just bored).  I think the minimalist nature of the photo draws you to those expressions and makes you wonder what was really going on inside those minds……

_DSC5898

A penny for your thoughts….

Shadow Feet….


I hadn’t taken my camera out since we returned from Yellowstone so I thought I’d go to a local lake and see if I could find anything unusual flying around,  As it turns out, almost nothing was flying so I just sat there and enjoyed the morning.  After a while, this egret walked up through the water.  The light was behind him and the lake was still….and I noticed that in his shadow you could see his feet underwater while the rest of the water was opaque.  I thought it was a cool effect so I took a couple of shots like this one.

Maybe its time to have my toes done.....

Maybe its time to have my toes done…..

Serengeti Dreaming


Oh no!! Another Kitty photo?  Ran across this one when I was going through my Serengeti images and I thought I should do something with it as I don’t recall seeing many photos of Cheetahs in this position.  This female spent hours with us one afternoon (causing us to miss lunch!) including a stroll or two on top of our vehicle.  This was a little “time out” see took in the grass before she caught the scent of a male cheetah heading our way.

Serengeti Dreaming

Serengeti Snooze

This is also kind of a neat shot to illustrate the fact that the cheetah is the only big cat that can’t retract their claws.  They are out all the time to act as “spikes” when the cheetah makes a charge at its prey.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent


This challenge was easy as I was already working on an image that fits the subject.  I just purchased and received a 24″ monitor and a graphic tablet to use for editing photos – I think I was starting to go blind doing all my editing on my small, portable Macbook Air.  I had chosen a photo of a leopard from Tanzania for my first edits using the new equipment.  Luckily, it happened to be a Leopard descending from a tree so it will also works for this challenge.  I hope you enjoy!

Danger Descending

Danger Descending

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art


I’m not sure that this is really a great fit for this week’s challenge but I decided to use it as I thought it might make a good album cover.  I also chose it as it was attempt to take a photo and make it more like a work of art.  I took this photo in Yellowstone Park a few weeks back.  This Osprey was sitting at the very top of a tree and decided to take off – nicely into the sun.  I caught a nice sequence of photos but this is my favorite because of the wing positions, the claws, and the eyes of the great bird.  It certainly conveys to me what it might be like to be able to fly…..I fine theme for an album.

Wind beneath my wings

Wind beneath my wings

Fall Figure


I thought I’d post this quick interpretation of an iPhone photo I took near the beach yesterday.  OBTW – I think the new iPhone 6 camera is a nice improvement over previous versions.  We stopped from our tuesday walk for our normal morning beverage break and I noticed this “little girl” adorning one of the trees in the courtyard.  I liked the look of the shadows and the colors so I took a quick snapshot.  This morning, I was playing around with some other photos and thought I’d see what I could do with this one – hope you enjoy this fine fall morning…wherever you are….

Fall & Flowers

Fall & Flowers

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction #2


I did a quick scan of other photos from our European trip and found a photo I like better for this challenge.  This is a window in a local restaurant in Heidelberg, Germany.  The reflections are of the towers across the main bridge in the Medieval part of the town.  The tower that provides the gateway to the bridge is the main subject of the reflections which are bent differently due to the variation and imperfections in the different window panes….

Medevil Refraction

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