Saturday, August 11, 2018

South Africa...in B&W...




Thought I'd play around a bit with my Africa photos in B&W...


Ichabod Crane I presume?


"Huh?  D'you say somethin'?"


Double Trouble...


"I might not be King of the Jungle...
But you can call me Emperor..."


"Dumbo ain't got nothin' on me..."


A two-fer


"If I'm not Queen of the Jungle...
Just call me Princess..."


It's a Family Affair


"Rest assured," said Hercule Poirot.
"I am the best."
Agatha Christie 


"Really...I'm not crying...it's this darned dust in my eye..."



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Thursday, August 2, 2018

A Retrospective...



Sooo...
I've been experimenting with old photos,
new processing!!!




Playing with desaturation of color and some selective coloring...


A pensive moment...using a processing preset...


Remembering Daisy...RIP...
(Kelly's alive and well!)


Playing with grain...vignette...etc...



Playing with crop, shadows and light...



Going spooky!!!



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Checking out Halter Ranch Winery in Paso Robles...



In June, we had the delightful opportunity
to share a few days of fun, frolic, and wine tasting
with good friends...from left to right...
Lee and Diane
Donna and Jim
Su and Gary
and of course...the big guy!!


Great food...great fun...great wine!!!

Our most interesting tour was of the Halter Ranch Winery.
Yeah...well...color was great...really bright...
but somehow Black and White called out to me this time around!!!


The view from the tasting room...


The view as we began our tour...


The Halter Ranch logo...and observation walk for the 
wine making process!


I think you need an engineering degree to work these controls...


There's a lot of wine in these settling tanks!


...and then on to the oak barrels...




Halter Ranch has an extensive underground cave system...
perfect for aging wine...


...and imagining Rod Serling taking us into...


the Twilight Zone!

Do you hear him???



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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Colors of the Border...





"The whole point is to live life and be -
to use all the colors in the crayon box."
RuPaul

A lone cactus on the border between Mexico and California,
at the Tecate crossing.


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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Traveling on the Queen Mary...





"It is better to travel well than to arrive."
Buddha

We travelled well on the Queen Mary while never leaving
Long Beach port!

This is the main shopping area on the Queen.
A few Rotarians resting up before the festivities of the conference.

In case you're not familiar with the story of the Queen Mary,
she was an ocean liner in the Cunnard fleet, and she first set sail in
1936.
She was the most luxurious ship afloat in those days,
with unprecedented luxury and "forward thinking technology".
During her "glamour years" she was known as the grandest
ocean liner ever built, and was a favorite of British Royalty.
Hollywood celebrities and dignitaries also flocked to
sail with her.

In August of 1939 Hitler invaded Poland.  The Queen Mary
was at sail and was ordered to run a zigzag course during
blackout conditions.  Bob Hope was on board at the time,
and reputedly tried to entertain the passengers to keep the
atmosphere light.

During WWII the Queen was known as the "Grey Ghost".
She carried almost 800,000 military personnel.
Adolf Hitler even put a bounty on her...and offered $250,000
and the Iron Cross to any U-Boat Captain that could sink her.
Winston Churchill sailed on her 3 times during WWII,
and even signed the D-Day Declaration while onboard.

She resumed service in 1947.
From 1947 until 1960 she continued to sail the seas
in the luxurious splendor she was known for.

She was retired from ocean travel in 1967 and was sold
to the City of Long Beach, California.
She currently resides in a stationary port in Long Beach Harbour,
and is a hotel and popular attraction.
It's been fifty years since she retired and she's showing her age.
She is currently also in the process of renovation while still remaining open.

Sir Winston's is a fine restaurant and is open to the public.
Tours are offered to share the history of her luxurious life.
And...to share some of the stories of her hauntings!!!

If you visit Southern California, put her on your list of places to visit!


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Friday, May 25, 2018

On Flander's Fields...






In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row by row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.  Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw 
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae, May 1915


In honor of all the fallen in service to our country,
and to those who served gallantly and returned,
and to those who bravely serve our country now...
We honor you.

Thank you for your service.






View from the Queen Mary...





"Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends...
The mind can never break off from the journey."
Pat Conroy


The Long Beach cityscape from the Queen Mary!

Fooling around trying to get a pic of the city lights through the 
porthole...not an easy task!
Between the inside lights reflections on the porthole window...
to trying to get the city lights in focus instead of the porthole!
All hand held...should have been a tripod and long exposure...
and should have done a little focus trickery so that both
the porthole and cityscape was in focus...
ahhh well...
It is what it is!


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