Friday, November 25, 2011

Austin Skyline and Contest


In a few days I will be announcing details to give away an Apple Airport Express!  Anyone out there in need of one?

Austin Skyline

Last Tuesday, my good friend and co-worker Van Sutherland and I ventured out to one the of the better places in Austin to get a good shot of the skyline.  This was from a part of Zilker Park called "Lou Neff Point".  As you can see, one can get an awesome view.  As we were shooting, lots of other people with point and shoot cameras and smartphones were shooting from the same vantage.  I hope their shots didn't come out as good as ours because that would mean I don't really need this big-ass camera.  Actually, that might be a good thing! They can get pretty heavy after a while! ;-)  Anyway, Van and I shot here before a couple of years ago and we thought it was a good time to do it again.  Last time the skyline was still changing a bit.  Now, it's pretty much done for a little while.  There are more hotels slated to be built so it will change again soon.  When that happens, it will be time for new shots!  

That's about it.  Check out Van's site to see his shot as well!  I think it's better than this one!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, my most recent posts have been from our latest trip to the east coast and the shots here are no exception.  The bonus is that they really coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday which is here!  It's a theme I've tried to stick with until the holiday passes.  When Christmas comes, I'm not sure what I'll do because I don't have anything for then.  But, I digress... Anyway, these three shots are from Plymouth, MA and they have to do with the Pilgrims.  The first shot below is of a recreation of the Mayflower called the "Mayflower II" and is an accurate representation of the original ship.  Hard to believe that a roughly 150 passengers or so sailed on this vessel for about 2 months to get here.  Can you imagine the smell?  And, the second shot is of the actual Plymouth Rock!  It's now about the size of an average desk that you would use today, maybe a little smaller.  However, our tour guide Leo (seen in the last shot overlooking "the Rock") told us that it's probably about half the size of what it was back in the day.  Leo was great by the way.  He's dressed in the almost typical Pilgrim attire there.  He said that the Pilgrims didn't wear the hats with the buckles on them and all that other stuff.  What he wore for this shot was typical back in the day, except for the shoes, I think. ;-)  I don't think they had bottled water either.

I guess that's about it.  I hope everyone that visits this blog, all one of you - hehe - have a great Thanksgiving holiday!  Be thankful for what you have and for the many blessings received.  That's what it's really all about.

Thanks for dropping by.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mayflower Gun

Plymouth MA has a museum where an almost exact replica of the Mayflower sits.  It's called the Mayflower II and it "was built in Devon, England and crossed the Atlantic in 1957." It's supposed to be a very accurate remake of the ship that brought the first settlers from Europe to America.  In the back of the ship rests this gun ready to fire on any pirates or other ne'erdowells while sailing the seas.

I tried to make it look a little old with a sort of bleach bypass look.  I hope it worked.

Enjoy the shot and thanks for dropping by!

Wampanoag Kitchen

At least that's what I'm calling it... a Wampanoag Kitchen.  The Wampanoag are the Indians that the first settlers met when they arrived at Plymouth, MA.  The Plimouth Plantation has a Wampanoag camp set up so you can see how they lived back at that time.  This is a shot of what I call their "kitchen".  I'm not sure that's what they called it, but this is the spot where the Wampanoag made and cooked food.  They skinned animals here, cooked over a fire and made other things.  For instance, in the foreground on the left you can see a wooden stick popping out of what looks like a tree trunk.  This is where they made cornmeal.  And, in the pot over the fire, they were cooking bean soup.  It actually looked pretty good when we were there.  I think everyone ate well back in the day and with Thanksgiving coming up, I'm sure all now will eat well!  At least that's what we hope!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

William Brewster

Now that Thanksgiving is only a week away, I thought I would post couple of shots in the next few days that pertained to the very first Thanksgiving feast.

This shot is from the Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth, MA.  Yes, I did spell the first Plimouth correctly.  Not sure why the spelling is different, but that's the way it is.  Anyway, Plimouth Plantation - where I also took this shot - has a replica of the first settlement of the Pilgrims after they arrived at Plymouth Rock along with a replica of a Wampanoag Indian settlement - the Indians that the Pilgrims had the first Thanksgiving meal with.  It's a fascinating place if you ever get there.  The Pilgrim portion has people dressed in period costume and act and speak as they did back in the 1620s.  Some even play a few of the key figures from those that arrived on the Mayflower.

This particular person was playing the part of William Brewster who was a main figure of the Separatist Church back in Europe.  The Separatists were persecuted and so they left on the Mayflower to setup their own colony, basically, and escape the persecution.  He was one of the leaders of the group when they arrived at Plymouth.

Here is William basically sitting at his dining/kitchen table in his residence.  This gentleman played the part quite well with a good English accent, saying things like the year 1621 as "sixteen hundred one and twenty" instead of saying "sixteen hundred twenty one" or "sixteen twenty one".  Pretty fun!  The houses everyone stayed in here were basically one room shacks for the most part.  Some had two rooms, but those were for two families.  They had fireplaces, sometimes just on the floor as seen here. There was also a bed in the room to sleep on.  That was it.  Nothing else to it.  I can only imagine what it must've been like in the winters there, but at least this place gave you some idea.  Very interesting.

I hope you enjoy the shot and thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bok Tower

Here are a couple of shots I took on a trip to Florida back in April.  I think the story about the subject of the pictures is more interesting than the shots so I wanted to pass it along.  Bok Tower is a tower created by a man named Edward Bok who immigrated to the US with basically nothing and went on to become a well-known publisher starting the Ladies Home Journal.  He had many other successful endeavors, but I think that's his most famous.  He decided to build this tower as a thank you to the country that gave him such opportunity.  The tower is located on the highest point in Florida - which is not saying much since Fl is pretty flat - outside of the Orlando area at a place called Lake Wales.  It's a very picturesque place for those with better skills than me, hehe.  Hey, I was there in the middle of the day, what can I say?  Anyway, the following about Edward Bok is from

"Edward William Bok (1863-1930), American editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, was born in Den Helder, Netherlands, on October 9, 1863. He came to the United States at the age of six. Educated in the Brooklyn Public Schools, he became an office boy with the Western Union Telegraph Company in 1876.

Continuing his education at a night school, he began working for Henry Holt and Company, publishers, in 1882. Two years later he became associated with Charles Scribner’s Sons, publishers, eventually becoming advertising manager. He was the editor of The Brooklyn Magazine from 1884 to 1887. In 1886, he founded The Bok Syndicate Press, which led to the offer of the editorship of The Ladies’ Home Journal in 1889.

Under his management, The Ladies’ Home Journal became one of the most successful and influential publications in America and the first magazine in the world to have one million subscribers. Bok was a champion of social causes, a pioneer in the field of public sex education, prenatal education and childcare, and an environmental activist in public health and the saving of Niagara Falls.

Bok also had a great influence on American architecture. He was a leader of the Arts and Crafts movement at the turn of the century and was the first to call Victorian parlors “living rooms.” Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. was one of the new architects Bok promoted by making his house plans available to the public in the Journal.

After 30 years as editor he retired in 1919. A year later he published The Americanization of Edward Bok, which won the Gold Medal of the Academy of Political and Social Science and the Joseph Pulitzer Prize for best autobiography."

You can also read more about the tower here:

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Veterans Day

I thought this shot might be appropriate for Veterans Day this year.  This is the eternal flame that stands in front of the Tomb Of the Unknown Revolutionary Soldier in Washington Square Park in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  The park is located just behind Independence Hall.  The tomb has a statue of George Washington and this flame.  Basically there are hundreds of unknown dead from the Revolutionary War buried there.  Very interesting place and a place I didn't even know existed until we visited Independence Hall.  If you ever get there, try to make a stop and check it out.

And, with Veterans Day, take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices our veterans make for our freedom, especially nowadays because the wars we are engaged in are the longest lasting ones the US has ever been in.  That has to take a toll on our vets and their families  If you see a veteran, say thanks for a job well done.  Plus, it doesn't have to be on Veterans Day, you can thank them anytime and I think they will appreciate it!

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoy the photo!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Another Nantucket Galleries Shot

This shot is sort of a companion to my other galleries post taken during our recent east coast trip.  I think I like this one a little bit better.  I like how this one turned out where you can actually see a little bit inside of the closest shop.  Too bad there isn't something more interesting going on in there. ;-)  If you click on the picture, you should get a bigger version.  Thanks for dropping by!

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