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Hollywood Holly, originally from Florida strums away on the streets of Hollywood California. Very difficult way to be notice. Good luck!
On Sunday I finally got my wish for snow. However, it came with a dangerous winter storm with below zero temps. Texas is NEVER this cold. Early morning our electricity went off in our all-electric house. It quickly got very cold. We huddled by the fireplace in a dark house with all the curtains and blinds closed, the cats were freezing too.
After a cold miserable night, on Mon we were running out of firewood and none to be had anywhere because hundreds of thousands in North Texas were without power, and more all across the state. We packed up cats, snacks, & warmest clothes and took our chances on the frozen roads to go to Cat Dad’s office where the power was still on. It was warm, but no beds. We slept on sleeping bags on the floor and in a recliner.
Finally on Wed eve after over 61 hours without power it came back so we returned to a very cold house (39F). We are happy to be home, but now a problem with the city water & we must boil water + many grocery shelves are empty.
This is a behind-the-scenes shot from "Dummyhead," an indie film we recently shot in South Portland, Maine this past November, during COVID. We followed strict safety protocols for actors and crew and kept it short and sweet (well, sweet if you like 5-minute horror films:) We shot the film on a Black Magic camera and this is the cinematographer setting up the camera while one of the actors and the director have a chat about the upcoming action.
This photo is from the trail named the Alfred J Lima Quequechan River Rail Trail. (I call it the "Q-Trail")
The trail is on the bed of former railroad tracks along the Quequechan River. The river name is a Native American word for "Falling Water" or "Leaping Waters" in Wampanoag, the tribe that once settled in the region.
In its original form, the river once had eight waterfalls as it traveled to Mount Hope Bay. But during the 1800s the river was dammed for the textile industry which, sadly, is now piped underground to the bay.
The waterfalls are gone but the slow moving river along the trail is one of my favorite places to walk and bicycle. If one looks closely, there is an abundant of wildlife during different seasons - which you probably have seen at Aminus3.
In 2018 the Q-Trail was selected as one of five finalists for the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Open Space Award!
Durga Puja is the biggest festival of the year for Bengali Hindus. Even here in the USA, we gather to worship the mother Goddess every year. This year, however, the festivities are scaled down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we are staying at home. So I did this series of photos (this and the previous two) dressing up my two-year-old daughter in a traditional Bengali sari. The Fall leaves outside was an added bonus.
I seldom photograph other people's art, but I was fascinated with this sculpture by Ledelle Moe on the grounds of the N.C. Museum of Art. It was a hip down rendition of a nude figure; there was rebar & heavy mesh fencing structure visible through crudely applied concrete. There were gaps visible every here and there where you could see into and sometimes all the way through. I walked all the way around, and there were several "do not climb" signs, but no mention of the title or artist, so I had to do some online research. The cement, of course, was very neutral, so B&W was an easy choice
Last Tuesday was amazing, I went for a 10 mile hike, then to Tahoe to go take pictures. I Had a map and couldn't decide where I wanted to go, So I kinda moved my finger up and down a map of the East side of Lake Tahoe and decided on Chimney Beach. By the time that I got there I was exhausted from the hike and still had about a mile hike down to the beach. I pretty much limped the whole way to the Beach.
The trail ran along Marlette Creek, and when I finally emerged out of the river my jaw dropped. I had never seen a place this amazing. The trees, the granite, the river, the lake, the sand. I just couldn't believe that a place like this existed. Just an amazing place.
When I got here I ran like a kid in a candy from one place to another trying to find the perfect composition for when the light started changing.
Smoke in California is so thick that it was dark at my house a full hour before official sunset last night - still can't see the sun this morning and it has been up for 45 minutes. Very apocalyptic looking. This is a setting sun captured at 1200mm (Sony 200mm-600mm + 2x converter). When nature creates art - go capture it!
SpaceX launched the company’s 100th orbital mission since 2006.
It is the:
• 92nd launch of a Falcon 9
• 15th SpaceX launch in 2020
• 80th SpaceX launch from Florida
• 18th booster landing at Cape Canaveral
This was taken through a cloudy terrarium glass. The back was another cloudy glass through which a chain-link partition was darkly visible. The lizard was tonally similar to the skull with just a few color markings on the jaw and top of his head. So I decided to replace the ugly background with a sky and convert to black and white.
Dougie showing off his new booties. They are suppose protect him from the Covid-19 thing.
This abandoned barn rests next to a nature preserve and made for an interesting subject. I went by often, waiting for certain lighting and weather. This made for a nice spot, if not for the barn but for the birds and wildlife on the nearby preserve.
It once had a weary titled weathervane I photographed. Then after a windy storm, the weathervance collapsed. Also, parts of the barn tin siding became bent and in areas blown off.
However, with each passing visit, the barn was ever so slowly disappearing. If not for the storms beating against, it was ever so slowly being salvaged for its metal and timbers inside. At the time of this writing, it is no more with only the silos still standing. I'm sure the silos will come down soon as well. Hopefully, I will be able to capture some of it.
In this place, it is the end of farming era.
I needed to get out of the house so I took a drive to Middletown and Boonsboro, MD. Boonsboro was founded by George Boone, a cousin of Daniel Boone, and was originally named "Margaretsville" after his wife. Boonsboro was a key town during the Civil War. Two battles were fought in its borders. The town was also used to keep wounded soldiers after the Battle of Antietam in September 1862.
STatue of Jack Benny recently outfitted with a face mask. This STatue is located in downtown Waukegan, Illinois (his hometown). He STares across the STreet toward the Genesee Theatre which is shuttered due to the COVID pandemic.
This mask is homemade. You can't waste a much-needed mask on an inanimate object. It's a PSA without saying a word.
Happy Silly Tuesday!
Being in semi-isolation due to the pandemic, I've been doing A LOT of digging into my archived photos. I decided to tackle photos taken in Sedona, Arizona back in May of 2013, almost eight years ago. I thought of trying many photos in B&W as I haven't posted many of my site. We had taken a tour with Pink Jeep during the late afternoon/early evening hours one day. During our descent from our high point when overlooking the Mogollon Rim, I took literally hundreds of bracketed photos with multiple exposures knowing that there may be moments when we would be looking toward the sun.
Before processing these 3 bracketed photos, I didn't have any high hopes for what would materialize. But the sunburst really materialized nicely without dominating the image. And I believe the sunburst being off-center works well.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 19th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network on February 15, 2021. The mission is designated Starlink V1.0-L19. Note that Starlink 17 is still scheduled for later this week.
I just felt like a B/W version. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
Whilst walking my dogs one evening in a local park, I decided to have a look at the lake where I do not usually take the dog's. I arrived at the lake and noticed the great sky color and the reflections on the calm water but the problem was my camera was in my car about half a mile away from the lake. I rushed back to the car put my dogs into the car and ran back to the lake. After arriving back at the lake the sky color was just superb and I was really pleased to capture this great scene.
A guard tower in the Eastern Sierra? What is this about? The answer gives us a look into one of the darker chapters of American history. This is Manzanar National Historic Site located between Lone Pine and Independence, California, USA. During World War II, Americans of Japanese ancestry and Japanese who were denied citizenship by federal law were interned here and in nine other camps across the country. This was facilitated by President Franklin D Roosevelt signing Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. The order authorized the US military to exclude and detain US citizens and resident aliens. In practice this applied to individual German and Italian aliens and all persons of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast.
I've known about this violation of Constitutional rights for decades but only recently learned of this historic site. I had to see it and see if it has any relevance to current events. I think it's important that we learn from our past instead of repeating it.
What? by Steve Rice
Favourite spot of mine, The Boardwalk at Sammamish Lake in beautiful Marymoor Park, Redmond, Washington.
This spot is a wonderful respite for anyone who just wants to be alone With ones own thoughts and dreams... ( most of the time anyway
The ever-changing facades of the Aqua Building. Depending on how close (or far) you are standing to the building, the facade either "opens up" with more glass exposure, or closes with less glass exposure. In this view, the building swells up with expanded balconies. How nice it would be to get a few photos from these balconies.
Went out shooting this evening with friends Mike Hall and Rene Rodriguez. Captured the August Red Moon rising over one of the Three Sisters Peaks located in the Diablo Range in San Benito County, California. My scouting trip the evening before paid off! Being out on an evening like this with friends and this beauty made me feel like things are getting close to going back to normal. Hang in there everyone!
Made an attempt to capture the Perseid meteor shower. Not a great success. I set up the camera on a tripod with an intervalometer so it would take photos continuously and went to sleep. We were up at our son's cabin in the Catskills. There was distant lightning and then clouds rolled in and it poured. Fortunately our son was awake and pulled in the camera before it was totally drowned.
On a certain road there is a frog lawn ornament sitting on a fence post. There is no yard nearby, nor a house. It is a single fence post by the side of the road with a ornamental frog on it. I don't know why, but I found it amusing and I would smile.
The pictured frog is not the original frog, for other frogs have sat upon this post. The changing of the frogs was through unfortunate means.
It is the third one I can remember. The first frog was taken from the post - just gone. No sign or evidence of what happen to it. I can only speculate that someone may have taken it.
When another frog took its place, that frog did not last long. It appeared someone had broke it. The broken frog sat there for a little while. How sad I thought, a half broken frog on the fence post.
The now named, "Fogland Frog" sits upon the post with friends and perhaps, when people drive by, they can smile once more.
Fogland Frog by Andy
As many people know, the California National Guard has been called in to quell violence and create some stability in these turbulent times.
I am a avid street photographer, and came upon these 5 guardsmen standing around a military humvee. As I walked the same sidewalk that they were standing by, an African-American young man came by with a skateboard. One of the guardsmen, called out, "do some tricks" and he did.
I captured that good enough, and then the unexpected happen. One of the guardsmen, asked if he could try flipping the surfboard. Well, what do you know. He did it. Well he did it three times. This was the most representative of all three shots. What a nice surprise to a day of shooting protest, and other things. Don't kill the messenger here, I just take the photos. The guardmans later ask, if he could have a copy, and I said of course. We are all human. AF~
A young boy peers out the window as I take the image. It was a cool day in downtown San Diego Ca. The streets were not busy with tourist, so I would imagine this is one way to view it all, at once. I focus the lighting to be sure he is seen, as it shows his wonderment. Not seen is his Mother with another younger child on the tour bus. Thx. AF~
The Mary D. Hume was an old cedar freighter and whaling vessel from the late 19th century. She once went on a legendary 29 month Arctic voyage in the Beaufort Sea which netted more than $400,000 worth of Baleen whales. And then another 6 year whaling voyage before being refitted as a tug boat in Alaska. After a brief stint as a halibut fishing boat which resulted in a financial loss, the Hume sailed back to Gold Beach Oregon, not far from the place she was originally built. All told, this ship holds the record as the longest active service commercial vessel on the Pacific coast.
Ending 2020 and chilling in Bonelli park in LA
I have always been a huge fan of using long glass when needed for landscape. This was a 800mm lens used to capture this rising crescent moon in Yosemite at twilight. Hope all of you are having a fantastic day! Please continue to stay safe!
Spotted at the Blackwell Forest Preserve on Butterfield Road in Warrenville, Illinois, autumn is reflected off of Silver Lake. This is a scenic area with nine miles of trails, picnic pavilions/shelters, fishing and boat rentals, archery ranges, camping, snow tubing and more. This was our first visit here and we were totally surprised by the autumn colors and scenery we saw.
While hiking around in Dead Horse Canyon, Utah, late one evening we saw a photographer working with a bride and groom. They are going to have beautiful wedding photos even though there was haze and smoke from the far away fires in the western states.
The Chapel on the Rock is a functioning Catholic chapel in Allenspark, Colorado. The chapel is located on the grounds of the Saint Malo Retreat, Conference, and Spiritual Center of the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver.
So Beri, our grandson Bradley and I were out watching what we think is actually the sun setting into the smoke-filled skies of Central California when... a little alien whispered in my ear to look up! Well, we are only 280 miles north of Hollywood... You never know... Could they be filming ET2???
I think this image needs to go viral - what about you? Darnedest thing I've ever seen at sunset. I'm still scratching my head.
BTW - Sun captured with Sony a7RIV, Sony 200mm-600mm @600mm, Sony 2x converter, APS-C mode for a total reach of 1800mm. ET??? Phone Home!!!
There are 2,100 permanent plantings plus seasonal ones that change. Not bad for a building well over 100 years old.
It's claimed that this building is the most photographed spot in San Diego.
So I am always looking for the unusual, something we all see but you don’t really look at it- so the drift wood just made it happen, talk about almost perfect timing
Still In Love by Dan
This skateborder happen by these California Guardsmen. They greeted each other. The skateborder did some board tricks and that brought the Soldiers and the him to friendly terms. They spoke briefly and the "handshake" is the result of their brief meeting. Just after the hand shake, one of the Soldiers also did some skateboard tricks. See my previous daily image. "Solider on Board. You can see in the background, several spectators looking on, happy and surprise. Location: Pershing Square, in Downtown, Los Angeles. Ca. AF~
SpaceX Starlink 7 launch. A view from the backyard. Lots of clouds but still pretty.
I used to photograph pro sports full-time for a living and landscape photography was my "hobby." Wow how times have changed. My good buddy Brad Shirakawa sent me this image from Candlestick Park in 1997 of me covering a game between the Dallas Cowboys and SF 49ers. Please don't ask me the score
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