Saturday, August 29, 2009

Looking Ahead

The photo that goes with today's post is not really that great of a photo, artistically speaking.  I didn't take it to post or to enter any contests.  I took it for my wife so she'd have something to look at to incorporate into one of her paintings.  However, I'm posting it because of it's imagery for my current situation.  As I approach this new adventure of making something of this blog I see a black hole with a very precarious structure up above that just might cave in on me.  And yet, I'm excited and anxious to get into that hole and start routing around and see what I find.  I'm hoping to find some of you who feel like you'd like to go in with me.

Oh by the way, at least for the next little while, the blog posts will be more sparse as I work on other aspects to prepare and build. But hang in there, I have every hope and expectation that it will be worth it.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Whew! That Was a Close Call

I was sitting at work this afternoon, and I was on a late shift so I didn't get off until 10:00 p.m., when I suddenly remembered that I forgot to publish a post today. I would hate to disappoint my . . . fan. I was talking to a good friend of mine who also really enjoys photography the other day (some of the photos you have seen here were taken on photo excursions that we have gone on) about all the photos we take and what we do with them. He has no outlet at all. I have this blog. I've just got to figure out how to pick up the traffic level. So, here is today's photo. You've seen a photo of this place before, but it was in color. Sometimes Black and White gets all of the distraction out of the way and shows you what you're really looking at. I think this may be prettier in monochrome than in color. What do you think?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Grab My Button

I don't know if it's still a phrase that is used often, but I used to hear something to the effect "Boy she really knows how to push his buttons". Usually it meant that one person knew the other person's sensitive issues or what got them upset or mad. Teenagers usually know how to push all their parents' buttons. Well I'm going to give you a button of mine that I would love to have you push anytime you like. Do you have a blog or website where you can post links? Grab my button and put it on your site.

Here is the code you need to put my button on your blog:

<center><a href=""><img src=""/></a></center>

If you've never done this before, here are the easy instructions for adding it to your blogger or "Blogspot" blog.

1. Copy the script inside the box above by highlighting it and while holding down the Ctrl key press and release the C (for Copy) key.

2. Sign in to your blog.

3. In the upper right corner click "Customize".

4. Click on the box that says "Add a Gadget" at the top of the column on the right or the left.

5. A new "Add a Gadget" window will open with a list of gadgets. Find the one that says "HTML/JavaScript". Note - you may have to scroll down to find it. Click on either the title or the "+" sign on the right side of the box.

6. If you want to add a title in the title box go ahead and type that in there. (Probably something like "My Absolute #1 Favorite Blog" or whatever)

7. Click inside the "Content" box below the "Title Box" and paste the script you copied above by holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the V (for - oops, I don't know why V, it doesn't seem to stand for anything) Key.

8. Click on the "Save" box in the lower right corner.

9. This should take you back to the "Navbar" and there should be a new box that says either HTML/JavaScript or whatever you titled the box you just created.

10. By placing your mouse pointer in the box it will change to 4 arrows pointing out. If you click and hold your left mouse button you can now move that box to wherever you want it. Release the mouse button when you have it where you want it.

11. Go back up to the top of your page and click on "Save".

12. Click on "View Blog" to go back to your blog to make sure everything came up the way you expected.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Once Upon a Time

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this old car. It looks to me like one that was built very shortly after the end of World War II. When you look at it where does your mind go? What do you see. How do you feel? Please post your comment on the blog.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

There's a Photographer in there Somewhere

I got my first real camera when I was a young teenager. We owned and lived in an apartment house. One of our upstairs renters was named Bob and he lived there with his wife, Billie (I'm not sure if I spelled Billie right) I don't think I've ever met another woman named Billie, but I'm sure they are out there somewhere. Anyway, Bob was a student earning his way through school working at a local drug store, similar to the current Walgreens stores, and as such he had an employee discount. He gave me the chance to buy my first camera which my memory tells me was an Argus, for about $12. That got me started in photography. I loved that camera, and I really wish I still had some of the photos I took with it. I'd be very hard pressed to list the cameras I've owned since then. I bought my first 35mm SLR while in the Army in Vietnam, it was a Petri brand and a pretty good camera. I didn't have it very long though and moved up to the Pentax. Over the years I've had a couple Mamiya brand cameras, one was a C220 twin lens reflex and the other was the RB67 SLR both of those use 120 and 220 film. That is much larger than 35mm and hence a much better quality image. Well the list goes on and on. I owned a couple photo studios where I did thousands of portraits and dozens and dozens of weddings. I'm an extremely visual person and when I see something beautiful I like to capture it and share it. I've found it is easier to capture a beautiful thing or scene or person than it is to share it. The photo I've included today was taken many years ago. I don't know where and I don't know when. But to me it is still a very pretty landscape image. Hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Moving On

I didn't get much input on my Series of photos but that's okay. I think the common theme is pretty obvious. I appreciated Eric's comments because I thought the same thing. On that same drive where I photographed the cemetery I ran across a wild flower I had never seen before. I call it the Desert Rose, though I doubt that is the official name. I'm including two photos, but they are not the same flower. I wanted to go back and get some more of the original flower just two days later, when on my way back I saw a different one and I photographed it. It's a good thing I did because when I got back to the original one it had wilted and was very unphotogenic. From looking at the straight-on photo you can't tell that the flower is about 6 to 8 inches in length so I included a side view to show you. I don't know if the flower ever opens up or how long the bloom lasts or anything else about it. I only saw a very few of them and the only place I saw them was on or close to the Shivwits Reservation. It is an extremely dry and inhospitable environment, as you can tell by the cemetery photos, yet the flower is beautiful and very soft to the touch. Who would ever think that something like this would sprout out of the dry rocky/sandy soil and actually thrive there?

You may want to click on the first photo to see it full size to see the micro fine hairs on the flower.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Third in the Series - The Excitement Builds

I'll bet you could figure out by the title, in case you haven't been following, that I've had a series, a very short series, of posts. This is the third and maybe the last of this particular series. The object is to figure out the common theme of these photos. Now, if you say that it is a cemetery or in a desert, or that most of the grave markers look home made, that doesn't count. You should be able to figure one other thing out from looking at these photos. I look forward to reading your comments. By the way, in your comments you don't have to just say what the common theme is, I welcome your thoughts on it. The more in depth the better. So let me hear from you.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Second in the Series & What the Heck Was That?

I got on my blog today to get ready for the second in the series and I looked at the date of the last one and today's date and "What the Heck???" I don't know what happened yesterday - I totally missed blogging. Last week will go down as a bad week on the blogging records for me, I missed all those days because I didn't have Internet access and then Sunday because my brain was apparently on sabbatical. Anyway, here is today's post. Remember, we are looking for a theme that is something unusual besides it being a Native American cemetery in the middle of the dry desert with no grass and mostly hand done markers. Read yesterday's post to be reminded.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

First in the Series

Today's post is the first in a series of at least three that will be kind of a test to check your observation powers. As we were on our way to Mesquite, NV we took a bit of a back road so we didn't have to look at just what everybody else was seeing along the Interstate highway. I love to get away from the Interstate when I can. This route took us through the Shivwits Indian Reservation in South Western Utah, about as far as you can possibly get in South Western Utah without being in Nevada or Arizona, less than about 15 miles to either border. I was looking for photo opportunities and had found a few, when I rounded the corner and there was the Shivwits Indian Reservation Cemetery off to the side of the road. I couldn't resist stopping and getting a few photos. So. . . today, tomorrow and the next day will be photos of the cemetery. I saw something kind of unusual, and I want to see if you spot it also. First, though let me tell you that the fact that it is an American Indian Cemetery and that there is no grass and what looks like mostly home made headstones is not what I'm looking for as the common theme. So leave me a comment and see if you can figure out what it is.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Short Post

It's amazing to me that it takes a day or two to recover from a vacation. It was a long drive back yesterday and then of course you have all the cleaning up and the mowing the lawn that has been neglected, etc. etc. Anyway, I'm still tired and my brain isn't back into full function yet, so today's blog is mostly just another beautiful photo of the mountains of Northern Utah. This site is probably about 25 or so miles South West of Evanston, Wyoming. I'm really glad I got these photos to remind me that Northern Utah is as beautiful as Southern Utah, and a lot cooler.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Home Again

Did you notice I was gone? When we got to the hotel we found out that they didn't have free Internet service. You see, the hotel was in Nevada and in Nevada they don't want you up in your room spending time on the internet, they want you downstairs in the Casinos spending money on the "gaming" machines. Anyway, I didn't get the service because I'm too obstinate. And, OBTW, I did not spend even 1 penny in any form of gambling, despite having to walk past all the machines and tables every time we went out of our rooms. So. . . no posts to the blog for the past several days, but I'm back. I did get some photos while on the trip, so I'll be posting some more of them in the future. What did we do on this vacation? Well when we weren't golfing, we were lounging around the pool, mostly in the pool because in southern Nevada in August it is way too hot to just lie around outside, so for the most part, if I wasn't in the pool I was up in my room with the air conditioning cranked up. Oh we ate a lot too. We had a great time golfing, well as great a time as you can have at about 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, the best part of all was spending time with some of our children, their spouses and our awesome grandchildren.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Our Family Reunion

Today was our family reunion. The descendants of my parents. Sadly only four of their children were able to make it, but we had quite a few of their children's children, so it was quite nice. We talked about my Mother because tomorrow would have been her 100th Birthday if she were still alive. Lots of fond memories and a few tears were shared. I'm not a big fan of Family reunions, but I know they perform a vital function. It really is good to see all of them. Some we only see every few years. Some hardly ever. Life is so busy.

Today's photo was taken on the farm where my father grew up. I took this photo at least 30 years ago. After scanning it in to make it digital I ran it through some Photoshop filters to make it look like a painting. It's meant to be peaceful and somewhat serene. Hope your day was great.

If you are a regular follower, don't be surprised if I miss a some days during the next week. We are headed out of town and life will probably be very busy. I'll try to get a couple posts in though.

Friday, August 07, 2009


I posted this photo on a site I belong to where you can sell your work and you also get comments from other photographers and artists. I titled the photo "Reaching Toward Heaven". One of the people who commented said it could be called "How the Mighty Fall". Interesting perspective. Is your glass half full or half empty?

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Quaint Fixer Upper

Are you always honest? As I've gotten older I've realized more and more the value and importance of being honest. Honest in what we say and do. That doesn't mean we have to hurt feelings. When someone needs some love or validation it's important to find ways to give it to them without being dishonest. In business whether you're the buyer or the seller, in personal relationships, in your work relationships, just be honest. Take a hard look at yourself and what you do on a day in and day out basis. I believe that the large majority of people who read this are very honest people, but ask yourself if there is something you could improve on. You may have to dig deep, but if you do it's worth it. The hardest part may be being honest with yourself - both in the areas that need improvement and on admitting that in some areas you really are pretty darn good.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

It Goes Both Ways

The roads we travel go both ways. We decide which way we're going on it, and how fast.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009


It's funny how we look at weeds. In our garden we do everything we can to eliminate weeds. We pull them, we spray Round=Up on them. (I love Round-up.) We want to kill those weeds and keep them from ever coming back. Yet out in the wild weeds are what keeps the hillsides green and add color to the mountains. Sometimes we even get dried up old weeds and put them in flower arrangements. A friend of mine tells me that the milk from milkweed does wonders for bug bites, stinging nettle rash, and all kinds of skin irritations. Some of my most beautiful photos are of weeds. Sometimes we think of people we cross paths with as weeds. They may irritate us, or they have habits, politics, opinions or lifestyles that we just don't care for. Then we get out in the world in our travels or work and we are forced to be among these people-weeds. Often times as we get to know them better we find that inside there is really some good milk, it's just packaged different than what we are used to or what we would like. Each of us is the creator of our own universe. We can change it starting today. Maybe some of the weeds just need to be replanted or moved to a different spot. Having said all that, I do still believe I don't want weeds in my garden and there are still some people I don't want in my personal universe.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Water, Water Everywhere, and Not a Drop to Drink

I don't know where that line came from (the title), a song or a movie or a poem or something. I heard it when I was just a kid and it has always stuck with me. Since I first became a home owner it seems like most of my home problems have been the result of water. Everything from roof leaks to broken pipes, to plugged up toilets. Constantly changing faucets, hooking up dishwashers or refrigerator ice/water. It never seems to end. Literally two or three days ago I was in the room where my furnace and water heater are and I noticed where I had written on the water heater that I had installed it on Jan. 8, 2004, and that it had a 6 year warranty. I said to myself well you've got about 6 or 7 months and you'll need a new water heater. Do you know where this is going? You are right. I've spent almost the entire day changing out the water heater. And it's not done yet. I'm waiting for a friend of mine to bring me something from where he works. I thought I'd use the down time to post to my blog.

Oh yes, about the "Water, water everywhere"; well there's more water on the floor than normal, but, thank Heaven, no damage. In view of last night's and today's events I thought I should post a photo with lots of water in it.

Sunday, August 02, 2009


As I have mentioned before, I have put select family members on an email list to get each post by email. I was thinking of putting a widget or gadget, or whatever it's called, on the blog so people could sign up to get every post by email if they wanted. Notice I said thinking about it. Then days like yesterday came along, it wasn't the first and probably won't be the last, where the post had so many errors in it I'm sure people secretly hoped I had farmed the writing out to India or China where people in their first year of study of the English language are earning money on the side writing your blog for you.

Here's what happens - when I click on "Publish Post" the post goes to my blog and is automatically sent out to all the people on the email subscription list. Then, if I go in and make any edits or changes to the blog it is NOT resent to the email list. Yesterday I went back in and made at least 5 or 6 corrections, so if someone who got the initial email went back in and read the corrected blog they might barely recognize it as the same one. Sooooooo? you ask . . . Why don't you just do it right the first time before you click on "Publish Post"? Darn good question. I'm glad you asked. There just seems to be something about going back and reading it after it's been published that makes the mistakes jump out at me.

I'll tell you what, I'll try harder. But for now I'm not putting an email thingy on the site.

Check out today's photo of Devil's Slide as the sun was coming up over the mountain in the morning.

Just so you know, I went back and fixed about five errors before publishing this the first time. I'll post a comment if I find any more after it is published. And OBTW the spell checker did not red line "thingy" but it did OBTW and Sooooo.

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