Sharing moments in time…

  • Varanasi Yellows
  • Reflections after the rain
  • Formation flying at its best!
  • Twinkle stars on the Charles Bridge
  • Probably tastes like fish.....
  • Rooftop perspectives
  • The shot
  • Lady of Shadow
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  • Maybe its time to have my toes done.....

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Yellow.”  Whenever I see one of the these Challenges that are color related, I almost always turn to my photos from India.  I found the colors there to be extraordinary everywhere you looked.  I can always find a photo which highlights any color selection imaginable – so a yellow themed photo was easy to find.  This photo was taken in the early morning as the crowds were assembling on the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi.  Everyone was headed for their morning prayers and baths in the sacred river.  These ladies caught my eye as we passed by because of their stunning yellow saris.

Varanasi Yellows

Varanasi Yellows

Morning Walk – with an iPhone


Took a walk down at the beach between rain storms this morning.  I decided not to take a camera but I had my iPhone with me.  As usual, I saw some things that I thought would be decent pictures so I took them with my phone.  After looking at them on the computer and doing a little processing, here are my beach pics for the morning.

Reflections after the rain

Reflections after the rain

The first was pretty simple, just a photo highlighting the lamp posts reflected in the puddles of the boardwalk.  I simplified the details a little and I think it shows a nice impromptu scene at a pretty much deserted beach….

The second is just a quick pic of a bright orange bicycle against the backdrop of the boardwalk and the pacific beach pier.  I used a little HDR processing to bring up the details then toned down the saturation to come up with the final kinda post-cardish picture.  Hope you enjoy – it was a nice walk that unintentionally ended up with some photos…..

Beach Bike

Beach Bike

White-out!!


No – not a snow storm.  This is a photo of the 30-40,000 snow geese taking off together at the Bosque Del Apache in New Mexico.  While the sight is amazing in itself (the entire sky is blotted out just after dawn), the sound is just as impressive.  The beating of the wings and the honking sound immediately like a jet engine roar!  A great way to spend a morning.  The other things that strike you are that there is no warning to the launch, you can’t see any collisions, and when you look back at the pond after the launch there is not a single snow goose still on the ground – Just a bunch (again in the thousands) of sandhill cranes standing around with a dazed look wondering what just happened.

Formation flying at its best!

Formation flying at its best!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle – the Charles Bridge of Prague on a rainy night


Here’s my post for this weeks challenge, Twinkle.  While stars twinkle, so do the lights on the Charles Bridge in Prague.  We were out on this dreary, rainy night but there weren’t many other people.  That gave us the opportunity to catch this twinkling scene including the reflections off the cobblestone surface of the bridge.

Twinkle stars on the Charles Bridge

Twinkle stars on the Charles Bridge

San Diego Turkey


I didn’t really have anything appropriate for thanksgiving – the only turkeys we have around here are out in the hills and you have to be lucky to see them.  I figured our pelicans were the closest thing we have locally to celebrate so here is my portrait of some “San Diego Turkeys” that I took yesterday….

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Probably tastes like fish.....

Probably tastes like fish…..

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…..

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