Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Wild Blue Yonder

“Oh! `darkly, deeply, beautifully blue', / As someone somewhere sings about the sky.”
Lord Byron 1788-1824

Window seat heaven.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Auto Shrine

"The car has become a secular sanctuary for the individual,
his shrine to the self, his mobile Walden Pond."
Edward McDonagh

They don't make them like they used to.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Edge of America

“Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.”
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton 1803-1873

A windless day on the California coast

Friday, September 24, 2010

A Very Long Trip

“Living on earth may be expensive, but it includes an annual free trip around the sun.”

So we are always traveling-even when we are standing still.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Really Useful Shop

“Every man serves a useful purpose. A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor”
Laurence J. Peter 1919-1990

Too bad this shop in England is closing for “refit”. It's probably more useful when it's open. Really.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Dog Time

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.”
Albert Einstein 1879-1955

This is a 20 second time exposure of the California coast after sundown. The rocks are steady, the ocean is a blur and to the right you can see a double image of a dog watching the surf. The dog stared at the ocean for about ten seconds, ran to the second position and stared for a few moments more.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Lack of Transparency

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in.”
Alan Alda quotes 1936-

This window is not very functional but the colors grabbed me.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wearing Hats

"A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected."
Carl Sandberg 1868-1967

And it’s always good to have a spare.
This is my neighbor’s hat rack. This shot took me two days to get. The first day I noticed how the late afternoon sun skimmed across the hats and statue but I didn’t have a camera. The light only lasted for a few minutes so I came back the following day at exactly the same time with my picture machine.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

An Artist

“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.”
Charles Horton Cooley 1864-1929

This is the Castlerigg Stone Circle in Cumbria England near Keswick. The circle was built between 2500 and 1300 BC during the Neolitic and the Bronze Ages. It is one of the best preserved stone circles in Britain.

There is a man sitting against a stone in the middle of the picture who I thought was meditating but he was not. He was sketching the scene behind me in his sketchbook. Or maybe he got a quick sketch of a photographer taking a picture of an artist sketching a photographer. Infinity.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Visual Art

"How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudiced. I am a visual art."
Kermit the Frog

Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing double.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Good Dog

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.

Chanting helps though.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.”
Robert Orben 1927-

I’m unplugging for a couple of weeks. Off to the Big Island.
I’ll repost some golden oldies until I return. Hugs and kisses.

Monday, September 6, 2010

More than a Face

“A mask tells us more than a face.”
Oscar Wilde 1854-1900

Are lies more revealing than truths?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Window and Walls

“Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk.”
Edward Weston 1886-1958

Shoot first. Ask questions later.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Jump Shot

“To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.”
Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790

There was a sign that said “Do not ring the bells” but there were just too many opportunities for this young boy. And he was successful.