Sharing moments in time…

  • Fall & Flowers
  • Medevil Refraction
  • Flying saucers on the roof......
  • Dreamy Dance
  • Autumn sounds of Sexy
  • Who can resist?
  • Nice day to be a horse.....
  • Nice way to end the day
  • Confident Hunter
  • a passing moment ...or a lasting memory?


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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

Had to think about this challenge before I remembered that I had taken this photo of…..Space Invaders?  Actually just a bunch of water droplets on a roof window of our river cruise ship.  If you looked very closely at the droplets they are an upside down (and bent) image of the surrounding landscape.  I just thought that it was an interesting pattern after a rain shower so I snapped this shot.

Flying saucers on the roof......

Flying saucers on the roof……

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

I was out and about yesterday and didn’t get a chance to look at this week’s challenge.  When I saw it this morning, it just so happens I was “playing” with an image that I think might fit the description.  I made my reservations earlier this week to return to the Bosque Del Apache in New Mexico for the annual migration gathering of thousands of snow geese and sandhill cranes.  I decided to go back and look at some of my images from two years ago to see how I might interpret them differently now.  This image was nice but it was kind of cluttered with lots of detail in the background distracting from the Cranes and the patterns in the water.  I decided to simplify the photo into a more painterly type image and see what that might look like.  As it turns out, this version of the image brings me back to a quiet, graceful and dreamy place….. hope it does for you also.

Dreamy Dance

Dreamy Dance

Autumn Sounds in the Tetons

For our last day in the Tetons, we planned on getting up very early in the morning and proceed to a well known photographic viewpoint at OxBow Bend.  We got up well before the lazy sun and went out to watch the morning spectacle.  When we arrived at “the Bend” we joined the other photographers in the dark.  Almost immediately, we began to hear the loud bugling of the Elk through the morning mist.  It was both eery and beautiful and it seemed to be coming from all directions – some close and some more distant.  A lovely song to accompany our morning coffee.  As it turned out, the part of mother nature’s staff in charge of sunrises was still asleep and the scene we anticipated never materialized (clouds and wind)…. :-( .  We were disappointed but the sound of the Elk calls more than made up for it and is something we will always remember.

A little later that morning, as we drove through Yellowstone National Park we spotted a huge male Elk wandering across a shallow pond.  I jammed on the brakes at the next pull off and we walked quickly back to catch a photo of this majestic animal.  When we reached him (at a respectful distance), he was out of the pond but he was bugling frequently as he searched for a mate.  It was a thrill to put a real face to the calls that we had heard in the dark earlier that morning.  It was a perfect autumn scene – even more so for the sounds rather than just the sights we photographers are always seeking.

Autumn sounds of Sexy

Autumn sounds of Sexy

Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

I always look for interesting signs while in unusual places.  This one caught my eye in Varanasi, India – along the banks of the Ganges River.  How can you not buy tea or rent a boat from this proprietor?  After all, he guarantees “No Problem”!

Who can resist?

Who can resist?

Monday Mountains

Thought I’d post this shot from our return trip home from Grand Teton/Yellowstone last week.  We went through Grand Teton National Park at mid-day so the light wasn’t at its best.  That being said, the Teton peaks were visible and had some interesting cloud clover, there was still some good color in the valley trees, and there were horses along the fence line.  I thought it all made for a very nice scene.  Hope you enjoy also!

Nice day to be a horse.....

Nice day to be a horse…..

Teton Calm

We’re off on the road again and arrived in Jackson, Wy on Sunday.  It wasn’t a very pretty day but as night approached, it became very still and quiet.  We had made our way to a beaver pond but it was too late and too dark to photograph animals so we just enjoyed the scene and took a few long exposure shots of the mountains and the fall foliage reflected in the ponds…..

Nice way to end the day

Nice way to end the day

OBTW – the Beaver’s den is shown in the foreground of the photo.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

I haven’t posted many wildlife photos lately so I’ll use this opportunity to highlight an animal that depends on its endurance to thrive – the African Hyena.  Hyenas are not the fastest, strongest, or  stealthiest predator out there  – but they are one of the most successful.  During our trip to Africa this winter, we got to watch these under-rated hunters in action on several occasions.

Confident Hunter

Confident Hunter

The first Hyena we saw was in Uganda – it walked right by our vehicle in the early morning and was not at all concerned with our presence.  We then watched it and several of its friends try to corner a group of Kob.  This photo shows one of the Hyenas in hot pursuit of the herd.  While we did not witness the end game of this encounter it was obvious that the Hyenas were just wearing down the Antelopes until they could get a shot at a weak one.

Danger closing in....

Danger closing in….

When we got to Tanzania, we saw an entirely different tactic, a single Hyena going after a small family group of gazelles.  It locked in on one of the babies, and despite the best efforts of the parents to protect it, just waited until the young one tired out and finally made its kill.

Endurance wins out

Endurance wins out

I’ll spare you the graphic final moment of the encounter – you get the point.

I’ll end with one last interesting Hyena photo.  On our last morning in Tanzania, a group of six Hyena surrounded our vehicle and wouldn’t leave – they circled the car and examined us all very closely.  I took this photo out of our top hatch so that you can see how close they were and the attention they were giving us.

Endurance - Is he trying to wait us out?

Endurance – Is he trying to wait us out?

When we finally drove off – they ran after the truck for quite some time…..not sure what we would have done if they followed us to the airport…..


Morning Ride in Rotenburg – another “Humanity” moment

I submitted an earlier entry for this week’s photo challenge but I thought I’d post this one also.  This was taken in the medieval town of Rotenburg Germany – a charming little town with a wall surrounding the entire city.  It has been restored to its glory years and is a great place to visit.  We were sitting in an outdoor cafe having a local brew and I took a few pics of people passing by.  I really liked this one for some reason – its not a great photo but I thought it caught an interesting moment between mother and daughter.  Mom’s face tells you that she was concentrating on maneuvering the bike on the cobblestone streets while her daughter was just enjoying the ride and her surroundings.  A moment that will pass un-noticed by them but one I can enjoy and remember through this photo.

a passing moment ...or a lasting memory?

a passing moment …or a lasting memory?


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