Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Field of Dreams Morning

It's September baseball and time for a sunrise shot as it rises above the farmhouse at the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, IA.

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Field of Dreams 04
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Bell and Smith Intersection Pano 02

Here is a wider pano of the intersection of Bell and Smith streets in Houston, TX that I took about a year and a half ago or so.

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Bell and Smith Intersection Pano
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

More Rodeo Pics

I haven't posted anything for quite a while, over a month now!  Not sure why.  I guess not having much new content is partially to blame. That should change later this month.

In the meantime, I thought since it has been a while I would post a few pics from the Stockyards Rodeo that Eileen and I went to a year and a half ago.  It's a fun place if you've never been and I think there's always a rodeo there just about every weekend.

One other thing, Eileen and I recently dropped off Facebook due to this article on the Wall St Journal.
It's basically about how Facebook and the banks may share information about users and it kind of scared us.  We may come back, but definitely won't post as much information about ourselves as we did in the past.  Plus, some people on FB are just nuts when it comes to politics.  You know who you are. :-P

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Breakaway Roper 01

Calf Roping

Breakaway Roper 02
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Pacific Green Sea Turtle 02

This is another angle of the turtle we saw at Ho'okipa Beach near Paia on the island of Maui in Hawaii.

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Green Sea Turtle 02
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Rocks and Waves 03

Here is another shot from Kamaole Beach Park II in Kihei, Maui, HI.

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Rocks and Waves 03
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Friday, July 20, 2018

Cole and Fulmer

Here are the two starting pitchers for the Detroit Tigers v Houston Astros game we went to on July 14th, 2018.  Gerrit Cole started for the Astros and Michael Fulmer for the Tigers.  Cole got the better of Fulmer as the Astros won by a score of 9-1.  Fulmer gave up 7 earned runs and partially blamed the home plate umpire for 10 missed strike calls.  Oh well, can't win 'em all, Michael!

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Gerrit Cole

Michael Fulmer
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Houston in BW

Eileen and I went to Houston last week to see the Tigers play the Astros.  Seeing a baseball game in Houston has sort of become an annual thing for us now.  Plus, this was another way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary!  Wow!  Hard to believe!  How time flies!  I guess that's what happens when you are married to the best woman in the world!

Anyway, we stayed at the Hilton Americas which is about 6 blocks from Minute Maid Park where the Astros play.  We got a room with an excellent view of downtown and I got this shot as the sun was going down after we got back from the game.

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Downtown Houston in BW
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Albert Twain

This is a picture I took back in 2010 while visiting New Orleans.  Jackson Square is a fun place to people watch and that's where I saw this gentleman.  I don't know his name but to me he looks like either Albert Einstein or Mark Twain.  I think he leans more towards Mark Twain.  His hair doesn't see to be as wild as Einstein's...

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Albert Twain
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Charley Young Beach Thru Trees

This is a shot I took while Eileen and I were were taking in the sights of the different beaches in Kihei on Maui.  This is a view of Charley Young Beach as we approached from the north.

I share photos on this blog from my Flickr account.  When you login to Flickr, it will take you to the "Explore" page.  This is where Flickr's algorithms pick so-called "interesting" photos that have been uploaded by other account holders and presents them to everyone for more hits and such.  One of the things that makes me roll my eyes once in a while are the titles people give their photos.  Can we just title it what it is?  If it is a picture of a walkway in black and white (I'm making this up but it's not unrealistic), can we call it "Walkway in black and white" or title it with the location instead of, "Yearning for a life with less milieu" or something stupid like that?  Jeez, come on, man... ;-)  OK, maybe that's what helps get images into "Explore"..  Maybe I should try that...  On second thought, nah....

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Charley Young Beach Thru Trees
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Palm Sunset

I'm going back to our trip to Hawaii from a few months back..  This is a shot from the pool at our vacation rental on the big island.  It sort of reminds me of an album cover from a 1970s-era easy-listening band, doesn't it?

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Palm Sunset
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Capitol Thru the Trees

Just going thru some ancient photos and found this one...  I took it from the area in front of the  Supreme Court building in Washington DC.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Landing at Austin-Bergstrom

So a couple weeks back when I went to the NLand Surf Park, I also drove down Highway 71 back towards Austin and stopped at the Family Viewing Area at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.  It's place where you can watch planes takeoff and land.  This is an American Airlines Airbus A319 - I think - right at touchdown in front of the control tower.

There's kind of a weird story to go along with this photo... At the time I took this photo, there was a guy in a red Dodge Dakota pickup truck about 100 feet away from me just blasting his horn and revving his engine when the plane touched down.  I looked over at him and he had his hand out the window making all sorts of signs like the finger, the hang-loose sign, etc.  It seemed those were in my direction or the direction of the three other people that were there watching planes as well.  Not sure what he was going on about, I started walking over to him thinking maybe I'm breaking some sort of protocol by taking pictures of incoming planes and he knew something I didn't.  As I got closer to him, he drove away from me...  He then came into the area where I parked and where a father and his young son parked their pickup.  He pulled up on the curb just behind the father's truck and sat there.  He revved his engine a couple of times..  The other person there besides the father and son duo was a nice gentleman named Solomon who was originally from Nigeria.  Very nice man, but he also became concerned about the weirdo in the red pickup.  So he went over to the father and son to tell them this might not be a good situation.  As he went over to talk to them, the guy in the red truck left.  At that point, I thought it prudent to leave and so did Solomon.  As we drove out to get back on 71, red truck boy was sitting in the left lane sort of pointing in a crazy direction, like not quite perpendicular to the road and maybe slightly off to the side.  It was strange..  Then he turned around and started following us, but he was quite a ways back.  As I got back on to Highway 71, I wanted to head west back towards Austin, but since it is a divided highway, one must go east, turn around, then head west.  I did so, but as I was going west, I saw red pickup boy one last time appearing to be broke down on the eastbound side of 71.  He was out of his truck and like putting his head on the bed of the truck and other weird things.  That's the last I saw of this guy.  Isn't that a weird story?  I think he must've been on drugs or drinking or something while driving a piece of crap.  That's the only thing that makes sense to me...

One of the bad things about trying to photograph the planes is that you must shoot through a chain link fence.  I opened up the aperture as much as I could on my lens, but you can still kind of see the blurred X's of the fence in the image.  Oh well, I still like it.

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American Touches Down
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Moon Over Cosmo and Bellagio

With the NHL Playoffs going on, I just had to post this shot I took a couple of years ago as a tribute to the LV Golden Knights.

You see, Las Vegas holds a special place in my heart.  First and foremost, Eileen and I got married there.  We got married at the Imperial Palace on July 11th, 1993.  It was awesome and the best thing to happen to me!  Secondly, my first duty station in the US Air Force was very near Vegas; only about 45 miles NW of Vegas at a little base called Indian Springs Auxilary Airfield.  So as you can see, I have a little bit of a connection there.

Now, Las Vegas has a National Hockey League expansion team called the Las Vegas Golden Knights.  They are a scrappy bunch and fun to watch.  This is their first year and they actually made the playoffs!  Not only have they made the playoffs, but as of this writing they are one win from going to the Stanley Cup Finals.  Being from Michigan originally, I am a Detroit Red Wings fan and this is the first year that the Wings haven't made the playoffs in like 21 years.  With the Wings out, I find myself rooting for the Golden Knights in a big way!  Not only because they are an expansion team in Vegas, but they beat the San Jose Sharks in the last round.  I won't say why I am happy about that because it's rather stupid and personal, but I'm happy nonetheless.  Plus, the Knights have these over-the-top pre-game ceremonies that are just so "Vegas".  They are gaudy and cheesey and cool.  How can you not like them?!

Lastly, with the horrible and god-awful shit that happened last October, I think Vegas deserves something spectacularly awesome and I'm hoping the Knights could be that special something.  If they win the Stanley Cup, that would just be the best thing ever!

All that being said, here is a shot I took one early morning while we were visiting Las Vegas a couple of years ago. I went out early on one of the last mornings we were there and got this shot.  No one was out except the weirdos and the drunks.  Otherwise it was quite deserted.  If you do the same thing, make sure you have a tripod in case you need to clock someone over the head because they are drunk and want to know when the fountains shoot off or because you hear them talking about "ni**ers" on their phone in a weird foreign accent..  Just kidding!  Well not really, that actually happened except I didn't clock anyone, thank goodness.  In other words, be careful!  Not sure I would do that again. OK, Vegas isn't perfect, but what city is?

Go Vegas and go Golden Knights!  :-)

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Moon Over the Cosmo and the Bellagio
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Surfer Dude and Chic

Yesterday I went over to an inland surf park just outside of Austin called of all things, Nland Surf Park!  Yes, there's no "I" at the beginning of the work Nland...  Anyway, it's a cool little place where they have set up this giant wave pool.  It has this pier that runs down the middle and some sort of mechanical plow thing underneath the pier travels back and forth from one end of the pool to the other and creates about a 3-6 foot wave that you can surf on.  I went out on the pier to get some pics of the surfers.  The experienced surfers stayed closer to the pier because that's where the wave is the biggest and then the students/beginners stayed a little further out where the wave isn't very big.

This guy here was one of the experienced ones and he was pretty good.  The lady here on the other hand was just a beginner and I think her goal was to be out there and look pretty.  Ah, that's sexist isn't it?  Well she was, but she at least was trying to learn how to surf...

One other thing about this place is that they have their own brewery.  I must say the Off Leash IPA is excellent!

As far as the picture goes, the water at this park had a yellowy brown color to it, so I took these into Photoshop and worked some Hue-Saturation-Luminance (HSL) trickery to get the water to look somewhat aqua-tourquoisey.  What do you think?

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Surfer01
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SurferGirl
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Microbus Stickers

Jerome, AZ is a cool little hippie town on the side of a mountain not too far from Flagstaff.  It used to be a mining town back in the late 1800s early 1900s.  The town boomed in the days around WWI and then fell during the great depression.  The population went to its lowest in the 1950s with maybe 100 residents.  Then in the 1960s and 70s, a new turn toward tourism started with art galleries, restaurants and other things to help its recovery.  Some say that the hippies found this place and made it into what it is now.  It does have that eclectic hippie vibe for sure!  It's a interesting place to visit.  As Eileen and I strolled the streets, we found this old VW Microbus with a bunch of bumper stickers all over it.  Owned by a hippie perhaps?  You make the call..

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VW Bumper Stickers
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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Magnolia Gas Station 03

This is the last shot from the 1940s era Magnolia Gas Station in Jarrell, TX. I liked this angle a lot! But, now that the owner has turned it into a gunstore of some type, it was hard to get a shot without the word “guns” showing up. Not that I’m against guns or anything like that (I own one), I just wanted to keep the old gas station vibe going on. So, the sign that says “gas for sale” really said “guns for sale”, but I did a little Photoshop magic to keep it less confusing. :-)

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Magnolia Gas Station 03
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Friday, May 4, 2018

Magnolia Gas Station 02

Here is the front of the old Magnolia gas station in Jarrell, TX.  I actually remember those old Coke machines where you had to pull the bottle out.  This looks like a pretty modern one of those even if it is probably at least 40-45 years old...

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Magnolia Gas Station 02
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Magnolia Gas Station In Jarrell, TX

So I got the day off from work today and with that valuable time, I decided to head up to Jarrell to get a few pics of this gas station.  The Georgetown View ad magazine that residents of Georgetown get in the mail every month had an article about a guy who shoots places like this in Texas and he had some shots of this gas station.  I kept it in the back of my mind for a day like today.  Wish I could remember his name.  Oh well. 

This place was an old Magnolia gas station that was built in the 1940s.  Whenever it stopped selling gasoline, it became - among other things - a sign store and an ice cream shop.  Right now it is some kind of gun store.  I'm glad the owners kept it looking like the old gas station though.  Still has the old pumps out front!

It was kind of yucky weather-wise so I tried to make it a little more moody to reflect the crappy day. 

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Mognolia Gas Station
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Upper Antelope Canyon 02

Going back to Page, AZ for this shot taken inside Upper Antelope Canyon.

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Upper Antelope Canyon 02
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Stars Over Captain Cook

Our last full night on the big island had very clear skies.  The stars really came out because there was not much light pollution to obscure them.  I took these shots in the backyard of the VRBO where we stayed and they are really my first attempt at “shooting” stars at night.  The one with the coconut trees in it shows what light painting with a dim LED flashlight can do.  I shined the flashlight on the trees and the house while taking the shot.  I did not do any light painting in the other picture with just the house.

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Captain Cook Stars 02


Stars Over Captain Cook 01
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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Rocks and Waves 02

This is another shot taken as the sun was going down at Kamaole Beach Park II in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii.

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Rocks and Waves 02
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Friday, March 2, 2018

Pacific Green Sea Turtle

We were doing a little shopping in Paia on Maui when we got a hot tip from someone that there were sea turtles at Ho'okipa Beach just two miles away.  We had to check it out!  Sure enough, two of them were crawling up.  A crowd of people gathered and took their own pictures and when it got too crowded, we left.

There are sorts of rules for keeping your distance from these guys, but there were no signs at this beach regarding said rules like at other beaches in HI.

To get this shot, I just crouched down through the gathering throng and zoomed in.  I didn't want to get super close, so the tele-lens helped.

One lady that was there said that just a couple days prior there were so many on the beach that you couldn't tell the rocks from the turtles!

A photographer that took our anniversary pictures said that the reason the turtles come up on the beach is to warm up from being in the water at up to three weeks at a time, and to lay eggs of course.

Apparently they are called "green sea turtles" due to the color of the fat content underneath the shell.

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Greene Sea Turtle
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Haleakala Shadow

The first morning after we arrived in Maui, Eileen and I got into the Jeep Wrangler and drove up to the top of Haleakala mountain.  From there we were supposed to see a great sunrise.  We got up around 2:30am to beat traffic and got there around 4am.  The sun wasn't due to be up for two hours.  I hoped that there would be some great nighttime starlight shots to get, but those hopes got dashed.  It was actually very cloudy at the top, the wind was blowing about 40mph and it was about 35 degrees F.  It was cold!  So, we just stayed in the Jeep and slept until just before sunrise.  However, the sun never broke through the clouds.  We ended up driving down the mountain until we got thru the cloud deck and pulled over to a scenic outlook.  That's where I got this shot.

You can see the shadow of Haleakala cast over the rest of the island!  Also, it was during a blue moon and you can see the moon adds a nice little accent to the image!  It was a great view, but still wish we could have seen the sun from the very top!

Kihei - the city we stayed in - is along the coastline in the lower left portion of the shot.

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More about Haleakala from Wikipedia
Haleakalā (/ˌhɑːlˌɑːkəˈlɑː/; Hawaiian: [ˈhɐlɛˈjɐkəˈlaː]), or the East Maui Volcano, is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian Island of Maui. The western 25% of the island is formed by another volcano, Mauna Kahalawai, also referred to as the West Maui Mountains.
The tallest peak of Haleakalā ("house of the sun"), at 10,023 feet (3,055 m), is Puʻu ʻUlaʻula (Red Hill). From the summit one looks down into a massive depression some 11.25 km (7 mi) across, 3.2 km (2 mi) wide, and nearly 800 m (2,600 ft) deep. The surrounding walls are steep and the interior mostly barren-looking with a scattering of volcanic cones.

Haleakala Shadow
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Inside the Painted Church

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Inside the Painted Church

Just a couple miles away from the place where we stayed in Captain Cook is the St Benedict's Catholic Church, aka "The Painted Church".  The image here is an 11-shot panorama.

The images painted on the walls and the ceilings depict life and death as well as scenes from the Bible.  The altar and the left side depict life.  The right side and the rear of the church depict death. If you look at the palm fronds in the ceiling arches, you can see that the ones that point to the front are green (alive with life), while the ones that point to the back are brown (dying or dead).  The priest who founded the church used these paintings as a way to explain the bible to those who could not read. 

Here is more from Wikipedia: 
Saint Benedict's Catholic Church (also called simply The Painted Church[1]) is a parish of the Roman Catholic Church in Honaunau, Hawaii. It was built between 1899-1902 under the direction of the Belgian Catholic missionary Father John Velghe, who then painted frescoes along the interior ceiling and walls. An untrained folk-artist, Fr. Velghe depicted various biblical scenes, such as Cain's murder of Abel, Jesus refusing the Devil, and the writing on the wall, as well as a vivid illustration of sinners in Hell.[3] While the building itself is small and rectangular, Fr. Velghe painted Gothic vaults above the altar, creating the illusion of a European Gothic cathedral, inspired particularly by Burgos Cathedral.[1] Several other priests learned from Velghe and went on to establish other 'painted churches', including Star of the Sea Painted Church, painted by Father Evarist Gielen.[4]
St. Benedict's continues to be an active Roman Catholic church in the Diocese of Honolulu, vicariate of West Hawaii, holding five masses per week.[5] It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is open to the public for viewing seven days a week.

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Inside Painted Church
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Rocks and Waves

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Rocks and Waves

We stayed on the islands of Maui and Hawaii during our vacation.  Maui was first and our accommodations was a VRBO in Kihei.  One afternoon, Eileen and I went down to Kamaole Beach Park II where I tried to get some ocean sunset pictures.  This is one of those.

It's a combination of three or four different photos masked together.  It was hard to get the waves to crash at the right time in various places in the shot, so I took a bunch of different ones when the waves hit the rocks in different spots and then put together a few of the best ones.

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RocksandWaves
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Captain Cook Sunset 02

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Captain Cook Sunset 02
Here is another view of the pool and the awesome sunset over the ocean as seen from our lanai in Captain Cook, Hawaii.

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Lanai Sunset
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Captain Cook Sunset 01

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Captain Cook Sunset 01

We had a fantastic trip to Hawaii!  This was an early 25th wedding anniversary present to Eileen and myself.  Our anniversary is actually on July 11th, but we wanted to go to Hawaii in February to see the whales and that did not disappoint!  What a great anniversary and here's to 25 more, Eileen!  I love you with all my heart and Happy Valentine's day, too!

Our good friends, Valerie, Ellen and Theresa went along with us and they made the trip a great one as well! We stayed on the islands of Maui and (the big island of) Hawaii.  I think the place we stayed on Hawaii was the best!  This was the view as the sun was setting from the pool below the main house.

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Capt Cook Pool Sunset 01
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Friday, January 26, 2018

Whistler Olympic Rings

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Whistler Olympic Rings

Since the Winter Olympics are coming up, why not post one more Whistler shot... Some of the Winter Olympics were held there in 2010 as Vancouver was the main city for the event.

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Olympic Sign - Whistler
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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

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Peak 2 Peak Gondola

This is the gondola that connects the Whistler Mountain with the Blackcomb Mountain at the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort in - you guessed it - Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.  Great place to ski once you get above the cloud deck and the gondola is a great way to get to see both mountains.  You don't even need to be a skier!

According to their website, It is the longest and highest lift in the world for an unparalleled perspective of British Columbia’s rooftop – from incomparable views of snow covered peaks to riding through the mist of the clouds. The world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola was built for sightseers, skiers and snowboarders alike.

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Peak 2 Peak
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Friday, January 19, 2018

Making a Blanket

I'm going back to Arizona for this post, specifically at the Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona.  Our tour guide stopped here on the way to the Grand Canyon so we could do a little shopping.  Any souvenirs purchased here are non-taxed and all proceeds go to those on the reservation.

This lovely lady here is creating a blanket that will take approximately 6-8 months from start to finish.  It's all done by hand and she said she was commissioned by someone in California to make it.  As you can see, it's probably almost half done.  I asked her how long it would take to complete it and she said about another 3-4 months!  Wow!  She makes it one thread of yarn at a time and she said she comes up with the design off the top of her head! Incredible and beautiful!

I took this shot back in October so I'm guessing she's very close to being done now or already done and starting on another one.  I just wish I would've gotten her name.


Blanket Maker
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tahoe Sunset 05

This is another shot taken from a ski trip a couple of years ago.  It was our view of Lake Tahoe from our accommodations and taken on the last night we were there, I believe.  What a sunset!

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Snowy Sun Valley

This is a two-shot iPhone pano taken from the Upper Canyon run overlooking Ketchum, ID (aka Sun Valley) below.  I really miss skiing this year, but will be doing something just as fun - if not more - very soon!

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Upper Canyon Pano
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Heart of the Canyon

This is another shot taken from inside Upper Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ.

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