Posted in Abstract, Close-Up & Macro, Colors, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

Distraction + Abstraction = Fascination

The more (and closer) you look, the shinier it gets.

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By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination. —Christopher Columbus

Posted in Architecture, Buildings / Structures, Photography, Road Trips, Weekly Photo Challenge

The Bridge Of Time

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By happenstance, I scanned this Kodachrome of the Golden Gate Bridge this morning—it’s one of a handful of slides that remind me of a brief trip south from Oregon, in May of 1972.

I don’t recall where I stood to take the shot (along the famous piers, most likely), but I do remember that I snapped it because of the sailboat. Perfect timing, in just the right place.

Other memories are provoked by the picture, too, but they’re fading, almost lost. Mental images are like that. That’s OK, though—sometimes it’s better to cross a bridge without looking back. Because…

Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge.
—Don Henley

Posted in Architecture, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

Yesterday Today

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Stonehenge was built possibly by the Minoans. It presents one of man’s first attempts to order his view of the outside world. —Stephen Gardiner

Las Vegas is the expression, in glitter and concrete, of America’s brittle and mutating id. —John Burdett

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Things change all the time, so why do people make such a philosophical to-do that things are constantly in transition? —Twyla Tharp

Posted in Americana, Close-Up & Macro, Colors, Flowers, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

STUDGATE

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Sorry, no scandal here—not yet, anyway—merely the well-worn tailgate of a Studebaker pickup, found at a garden nursery where it enjoys a second life as Found Art.

For flat objects like this, orienting the camera to guarantee sharp details across-the-board is fairly straightforward… when you focus carefully. Most subjects aren’t flat, of course, and present different choices. This time of year, flowers are my favorites; their abstract, whimsical qualities invite selective focus, as these roses did yesterday evening.

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You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. —Mark Twain