Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Creepy

This week, Ann-Christine asks us to get “creeped out” on any images we might have left over from our recent celebration of Halloween. My first thought was one that this would be a challenge for me as I don’t tend toward the “creepy” in my images. Then I remembered a few places and times that could be considered creepy, especially with a little help from my photo processing tools. The Mystery Castle in Phoenix, Arizona is my opening example. It was a beautiful day with a bright blue sky and fair weather clouds when I focused my lens on this interesting domicile. The story is one of love for a father and his daughter with a sad and intriguing twist. You can read about it here. I took one of the images of the house and gave it a black and white photo treatment with the emphasis on low-key under exposure. Continue reading

Natuwa – Wildlife Rescue in Costa Rica

Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica.

On our first visit to Costa Rica in 2013 after crossing the Panama Canal, our first stop was Puntarenas. Back then, we opted for a jungle cruise and train ride. We had so much fun on the jungle cruise, we elected to do it again. Fortunately for us, that excursion was sold out by the time we went to reserve our excursions for the trip. It was indeed fortunate as we elected instead to visit Natuwa. We would have missed a visit to a fascinating place. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 10 November 2019

Baltimore, Maryland.

Just down the street from the hotel where I was busy with the 2019 Civil Air Patrol National Conference in Baltimore in August, a large monument stands in the center of a round-about. The monument is a reminder of yet another atrocity committed during World War II. The Katyń Massacre occurred in 1940. Originally blamed on the Germans, some 22,000 Polish prisoners of war, civilians and military personnel were executed. As it turned out, it wasn’t the Nazis, Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Monochrome

In my youth, I learned darkroom skills using chemical processing for both black and white and color printing. I was a “color snob” always wanting color in my images and on my TVs. Now that I’ve gained some life experience, I’ve discovered that the absence of color is often an artistic statement about texture and mood. This week, Patti Moed suggested that we can share monochrome images, sepia images, single color images and images that feature a spot of color in a black-and-white world. Continue reading

Garden of the Gods – 2019 style

Colorado Springs, Colorado.

This year’s family reunion brought us to Colorado. Regular readers of my Travel Tuesday posts will note that previous posts included stops in Nebraska on our way to Colorado. Our reunions are planned for three days to allow family members to spend time exploring the area where the reunion is being held. In 2012, Lynn and I visited Garden of the Guards on our way home from Arizona. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 3 November 2019

Drayton, North Dakota.

Last week I shared an aerial image captured in mid-October of flooded areas of the James River near Oakes, North Dakota. This week’s cellpic features a view from the parking area of the Alexander Henry Rest Area along I-29 between Grand Forks and the Canadian border. The Park River flows underneath bridges built on Interstate-29. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Seeing Double

This week, Tina Schell asks us to see double. She writes, “Double trouble, double-time, two’s company, take two ….  the world is filled with references to twosomes. This week, let’s double our pleasure and focus on things that come in twos.” You can read Tina’s entire challenge post here. Her challenge brought back the memory of a cruise in the Eastern Caribbean. It was getting close to time to being back on the ship after our visit to the British Island of Grand Turk. Our Carnival Magic ship was docked next to the Azura, a cruiser from the P&O Line. The P&O lineage of the Azura goes back to 1837 but today P&O is part of the Carnival corporate umbrella. Continue reading