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May
17

Reflections in the harbor are distorted by the fluid nature of the water, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liquid

Harbor sea water is a thick viscous substance that does strange things with reflections and shadows.

Liquid

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May
10

Utopia varies, depending on point of view, drawing by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utopia

A sailor’s utopia might look something like this.

May
09

Maine lighthouse on a summer evening, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Place in the World

Perhaps my place in the world, is somewhere along either coast. This is not where I’m at now, but it might be a good place for me.

Place in the World

May
03

This blue elephant was captured on film at South of the Border, SC  photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unlikely

Pink elephants may be common encounters (especially for alcoholics), but when is the last time you saw a blue elephant.

Unlikely

Apr
25

The lines on this chair are caused by shadows, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lines

The lines in this photograph make the picture. Moral of the story – do not ignore lines when making a photograph.
Lines

 

 

Apr
18

Nice Hats – this store window on the Mediterranean coast of France proudly displays its wares, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prolific

France is a prolific producer of lady’s hats.

Prolific

Apr
11

Shiprock on the Navajo Reservation is a sacred place, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacred Places

Shiprock, which can appear like a ship out on the sea, is a sacred place to the Navajo Nation. According to legend, the summit is haunted by past spirits, but the surrounding land is held sacred and valued as a spiritual place.

Awakening

Apr
04

You are never so down and out that you can’t get up again and fight. photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile

No matter what the adversity, a smile can work wonders.

Smile

Mar
28

Portland Head Light at sunrise during winter time, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rise/Set

The day begins late during winter, especially if you live in the northern latitudes. On a positive note colors can be more intense, as the day begins.

Rise/Set

Mar
22

Twins can occur anywhere, photo and drawing by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twins

Once upon a time there were a pair of twin giraffes named Ted and Jed. Only problem was that Jed was not sure if he was really Jed; and Ted was not at all positive if he was really Ted. For it was very possible that Ted was really Jed and Jed was really Ted.

Mar
21

Casco Bay in Maine is definitely one of my favorite places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Place

Casco Bay near Portland, Maine is definitely one of my favorite places. I’d love to be there right after the Nor’easter hits, so I could go snowshoeing in some of the hills that surround the bay. No better time to be outdoors, as far as I am concerned.

Casco Bay is not the wildest body of water along the Maine Coast. In fact, it is probably one of the most developed. This shot of the Spring Point Light shows that technology can be photogenic as well.

Favorite Place

Mar
14

Sailing along the Coast of Maine in the summertime is one place that I’d rather be. photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d Rather Be…..

I’d rather be sailing along the coast of Maine or in Casco Bay near Portland, as this picture portrays. But please oh please don’t send me there now, for there is a big snowy Nor’easter blowing in from the Maritimes. Late summer is the time to be cruising up and down the rocky coastline.

I’d Rather Be…

Mar
07

Bicycles parked in front of a Copenhagen statue sent the author’s mind wondering and helped create this very short story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Story

Once upon a time in the ancient kingdom of Gdansk, there lived a very affable priest that not could get very many of the local residents to attend church on Sunday. “Too much remembering of the ancient Gods,” he would often say to his brethren of the cloth, who often as not would dismiss his complaints, as a sign of inexperience.

Finally, the young priest wrote to his superiors, who like his cohorts, could not come up with a solution to the persistent problem.

Eventually, the priest solved the problem himself by offering to bless the bicycles of the parishioners before they entered the holy space. T o commemorate the ingenuity of the young priest, modern day residents of the royal kingdom often leave bicycles at the foot of his statue to pay homage to his deeds.

Story

Mar
01

From the Jupiter Cave, manipulated photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of This World

What would it look like if your spaceship broke down and you were stuck in a cave on the planet, Jupiter. Maybe something like this.

Out of This World

Feb
21

A Face in the Crowd, photo by author, shot in Point-du-Pere, Quebec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faces in the Crowd

My well-schooled picture of a face in a crowd.

A Face in the Crowd

P.S. Last week I accidentally posted my “Sweet” picture over at my other blog, Yeyeright. Here is the link in case you want to check it out.

Feb
07

The Bald Eagle loves eating fish and so this majestic bird is usually found near a body of water, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Guide

The Animas River flows through Durango, CO from its source in the San Juan Mtns on its way to the Colorado River. The river is very clean, as it supports many different kinds of birds, including various ducks, herons, mergansers, eagles and even a water dipper. There is a fish hatchery near the center of town, which may explain why this eagle is perched in the middle of the river, waiting. On occasion, fly fisherman can be seen in the river.

Tour Guide

Jan
31

I love the fall colors and hate to see them fade away, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beloved

Autumn is oh so colorful, but like long lost friends, passes by before you know it.

Beloved

Jan
30

Jan
26

View of Saturn from the Jupiter Cave, photo collage by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The How To for the Jupiter Cave

This manipulated photo just made the cover for the#5 issue of Riggwelter, A British online journal of the arts, so I thought I would take a few minutes and explain how the photo-collage was put together.

Basically, I used two images. One was taken by yours truly on a hiking trail through Bryce National Park and the other was a Cassini spacecraft photo of the planet Saturn. Here they are below.

Saturn from the Cassini spacecraft

Rock opening on a hiking trail in Bryce NP, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From this point I took the trail photo and opened it in Photoshop and then went to the levels Command. Then using the RGB channel I took all the color out of the photo by using the slider. Then I went to the Blue Channel and added some color. That’s where all the blue-purple in the picture came from.

Next I created a new layer and added the Saturn image to it. Without changing the image I pasted it on top of the rocks and with the Arrange Command, I set the Saturn picture as background behind the crack in the sky.

Finally, I added the stars that surround Saturn with a Brush Tool. Notice that the stars are not pure white, but that they have a bluish tint to them.

That’s about it, pretty simple really.

Jan
24

Green arrow in Durango

Red arrow in Las Vegas

Yellow arrow in Salt Lake City

Variations On a Theme

These three arrows offer a variation in color and design elements.

Variations on a Theme

Jan
23

Counting by 5 (Caveman Style)

Jan
17

This is a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silence

The silence is two-fold, here. First and foremost, there is the silence of the dead, who in their deceased state, no longer have a voice of their own.

But also, there is the age-old question does the silence of the living lead to more war. During the Vietnam, this was a popular notion, which has never really been proved or disproved.

Silence

Jan
13

Here’s a Photoshop abstraction inspired by the shape and sound of a guitar, photo and artwork by author

Jan
11

An abstraction using the Letter A, drawing by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using letters as design elements is an idea that has been around for a while. Here, I have taken the letter A and made an abstract design from it.

Jan
10

This lonely outpost of a tree is surrounded by the weathered landscape of the southern Utah desert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weathered

If weathered means standing the passage of time, then this lone pine tree of the Southwest desert definitely passes the test.

Weathered

Jan
04

 

Pirate with a map for buried treasure, drawing by author

Jan
03

Palm trees growing tall in Las Vegas, NV, photo by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Growth

Plant growth is a fascinating thing, as seen in these palm trees that seem to be surviving quite well, despite the harsh Southwestern urban environment.

Growth

Jan
02

Happy New Year 2018

Homer Simpson toasts with a friend

Ski Country Blues

Where I live in southern Colorado, winter has sort of passed us by and temperatures are above normal. So different from the rest of the country, where many are expecting snow in places, where the white stuff is rare. All the ski resorts out here are skiing on the man-made stuff and hoping Mother Nature will send some real winter weather soon before the winter season is gone. Things are expected to change this weekend, but not dramatically.

On a Personal Note

I just had an image of fine get featured on the online cover for a new literary magazine called Riggwelter, which has something to do with sheep. At least, it has a clip art image of an upside down sheep in the lower left corner. You can check out my picture here. It’s called From the Jupiter Cave. 

This pictures marks my online debut into the world of manipulated and manufactured images. Sometime down the line I will be explaining some of these pictures in detail, including why and how I made them. I may do this in conjunction with a Patron site so stay tuned.

P.S. Here’s the official definition of riggwelter that appears on the site of the journal.

riggwelter (verb) – a dialect word from the North of England. a sheep, having fallen onto its back, being unable to right itself is said to be riggweltered (e.g. bloody thing’s riggweltered again).

There you are. Now go out and have a happy and prosperous New Year. That’s an order.

 

Dec
28

 

Despite the song, a partridge in a pear tree is not a common sight at Christmas, drawing by author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas

Merry belated Christmas from Ogden, Utah, where I have just wrapped up my duties as a bell ringer for the local Salvation Army here. It snowed here two days before Christmas, giving the place a magical air especially if you walked downtown to where the all the outdoor lights are.

 

Rediscovering Old Christmas Songs

Recently, while searching the YouTube site, I came across this classic, unheralded Christmas tune by The Band. The song is called Christmas Must Be Tonight and though recorded in 1975, the song did not appear until the album, Islands, was released in 1977. Listen closely to the rich tenor voices of Helm, Manual and Danko. Unfortunately, these three members of the Band have all passed away. Today, only Hudson and Robertson survive.

Dec
20

A Hunk of Gnarled Wood in the Dixie National Forest in Utah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Favorites

This simple snapshot of a gnarled log in southern Utah is definitely one of my favorite pictures of the year. The image was doctored in the Posterize command in Photoshop, which might explain some of the splotches of solid color.

2017 Favorites

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