Monday, March 2, 2015

Our Little Corner of the World...Hollywood style!!!




Marilyn lives on!!!




Hanging out at Grauman's Chinese Theater with a photography location class...

(I refuse to call it TCL Chinese Theater...to me it will always and forever be
Grauman's Chinese Theater!!!)

Turns out my best shot was a couple of doors down...

at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum!!!

Brought back memories from high school...

a date...

a jeep...

Madame Tussaud's...

the jeep malfunctioning on the freeway going home...

coasting off the freeway...

being picked up by his parents...

finding out he wasn't supposed to drive the jeep on the freeway!!!

Oh well...just a little high school drama!!

(Pretty rowdy, eh???)


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Our Little Corner of the World...SoCal!!!




I'm going to be making some blog changes down the line...

Terrace of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library


Probably eliminating MammothLakesDP.blogspot.com...

and updating Photographic Journey...

or not...

we'll see...


In the meantime...

here's a new pic...

no...it's not my Nikon d700 or my Fuji XT1 (which ran out of battery power at this shoot)...

it's my iPhone!!!

Gotta love the iPhone backup!!!

Have you ever been to a Presidential Library?  We've got a couple within decent 
driving distance.  The Ronald Reagan library is in the Simi Valley...
a fascinating look into the world of a president...
There's an exact replica of the Oval room (decorated as Reagan had it...complete with jelly beans!)
there's an Air Force One that you can walk through...(no pictures past the gate though)
there's a Presidential helicopter that you can also walk through...
there's a large piece of the Berlin wall...
and of course, the usual history of the president in pictures and captions...
an interesting morning, and fun photo shoot with the Tri-Community Location Shoot class!!!



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Friday, October 11, 2013

On to Mallorca, Spain...




On the way to Cuevas del Drach,
our bus drove past the Catedral De Palma De Mallorca...


Not bad for a moving bus, eh?!!!



On the way to the Cuevas...we made a compulsory stop at a jewelry shop
featuring the Mallorca pearls!
I was pretty excited until I realized they're manufactured pearls...
Yep...just call me a jewelry snob!!!
Besides...I'm really not the pearl wearing type...
(except for my beautiful black pearl ring TheChief bought for me
in Princeville, Kauai!!!)


Right next door to the pearl shop was a cheesy souvenir shop...
but the real interest for me was this magnificent tree trunk
out front of the store...


The Cuevas del Drach was absolutely breathtaking...
it is one of the largest underground lakes in the world.

Unfortunately, my photos don't do them justice at all...
we really weren't supposed to take any photos at all...
Surreptitiously...I did the hip raise and click move with no flash of course...
but wasn't all that successful...


Upon entering we walked down a pathway to the center of the cave
to a small amphitheater.
When all were seated, the lights went out and small boats came out
from inside the caves...lit with strings of lights.  
In the second boat was a quartet of musicians playing classical music.
The boats circled around continuously playing...at the end of the concert
there was a light show designed to imitate the sunrise over the lake.
Such a lovely experience... 
So sorry I wasn't able to photograph this...
(even though the site information said photos without flash was allowed...
the Cuevas guides were quite adamant that we cease and desist)


When we got back on the ship, we saw a submarine leaving port!!!


Looking down on the port while preparing to sail...




Sunday, July 28, 2013

More of Ajaccio, Corsica!!!




There was still time left when we finished our tour and got back to the port...
Soooo....
We took a walk around the area!


The island was filled with charming architecture...


...charming little streets...


...and lots of boats!!!




Towards the end of our walk, we found ourselves by the 
Citadelle, Ajaccio de Corsica...


...a beautiful structure that promises protection for the shoreline...
The Citadel dates back to 1492, when the town was founded.
Many historians have indicated that young Napoleon used to go and 
watch the changing of the guard.  It is also said that when Napoleon
was fighting to keep control of France, he never managed to take over the Citadel.
It is also said that after his final failed attempt to take it over, 
he and his family were forced into exile to the island of St. Helena.


A couple of Citadel inmates getting their exercise...


More charming architecture...


...charming streets, and little plazas.


 And finally...back to the port...and back on board!!!




Friday, June 28, 2013

All Aboard!!!



Mariner of the Seas...
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line...
Embarkation point...
Civitivecchia...



Room's good...
there's coffee...
and a balcony....
Now...let's get this show on the road!!!



Nice view...


1st stop....
Ajaccio, Corsica!!!



...an afternoon farmer's market...



A walk along the dock...



Then we took an open air bus tour of the island...
which consisted of a round trip to the end of the island and back!



Once we got to the end of the island we saw these rows and rows of blue bags....
no explanations as to what they were ...or about what they might be protecting...


they were everywhere...


Up close and personal...and I still don't know what it is!!!



Then there was this pier of sorts...
again...no explanation as to it's use...
no boats tied up...
just a great photo op!!!




There was a light house...
on an island across the water...


On the way back to the port...there was this cemetery...


...then back to port!!!



Friday, February 8, 2013

Rome at Night....




What could be more fun than a night tour of Rome???


Our first stop was the Fountain Trevi...
But first there was a bit of a hike to get there...
through narrow streets...
past open air food stands...
and into the courtyard crowd...


The lights took on a magical halo...


Still crowded...the Fountain Trevi...
(with a little help from Lightroom)


On the way back, some of the street vendors were selling
this cool light thingy...


Dean Martin
(Click on the song!)


The one problem with our night tour...
the bus driver drove past the sights at a 30mph clip!!!
Hard to get a good pic of the colosseum by moonlight!!!


We did stop at the Piazza Navona to see the Four Rivers Fountain by Bernini...
Unfortunately...the fountain had no lighting at all...
so no photos of the fountain...
but there was this cool street scene....


I think next time we'll check out Rome at night on our own!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Wandering in Rome...




Thirty+ years ago I had the good fortune to travel 
to Europe on my own...
one of my stops was Rome...where I searched out Bernini's sculpture...
The Ecstasy of Santa Theresa...
When I was in college, I started out as an art major 
(I changed my major a couple of times!)
and was mesmerized by this sculpture in my art history class...
When we were in Rome in the fall, one of my goals was to find this church again...
If you're planning a visit to Rome...be sure to visit 
the Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria.



This sunburst style is a frequent theme in Bernini's altars...


Since when did they start using electric candles???


It's no wonder these churches usually took hundreds of years to complete...
just look at the detail!!!


 When in Rome you have to visit the colosseum...
I think it's a law or something!!!


After the colosseum...a little wine...a little pasta...a little more wine...
(my apologies to TheChief...I didn't mean to cut you in half darlin'!)


Tiffany made friends with MoMo...our fabulous waiter!!!