Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Shadows

This week, Tina Schell challenges us to think about shadows as a subject for our photos. She shares several examples where the shadow of an object surely is the subject of the image. The subjects she chose to share are great examples that stand alone as a focal point. You can view those images here. Looking through my own gallery of images, I could see that I had zero examples where I focused upon the shadow of an object as the subject of my photo. As a result, in my usual fashion, I’m going to twist the challenge to fit my library. Continue reading

Colorado State Capitol Building – The Mile High Capitol

Denver, Colorado.

On a cold but beautiful mid-November day, Lynn and I found ourselves with fellow photographer, Fred Mast, on the commuter rail headed for downtown Denver. In an upcoming Travel Tuesday, we’ll feature more views of the downtown area and the 16th Street Mall. Today’s Travel Tuesday, however, features a visit to the State Capitol Building, Colorado’s seat of government. The photo above features a view of the building that sits almost exactly one mile above sea level. An official marker placed on the 13th step indicates the exact one-mile point. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 10 February 2019

Seattle, Washington.

It’s been half a decade since we went cruising on the inside passage to Alaska’s port cities. It was August 24, 2013 when the Norwegian Pearl left the dock at Seattle and headed north for our Alaskan adventure. In less than 60 days, we will again be on an NCL ship, this time headed south from Los Angeles toward the Panama Canal. Continue reading

S&T’s Soda Shoppe – Celebrating a Century of Soda Shoppes in Pittsboro

Pittsboro, North Carolina.

In two trips to my son’s home in Pittsboro, he’s made sure we stopped at S & T’s while we were in town. It’s for good reason. The restaurant is part ice cream parlor, part lunch counter and part historical museum. The goal, as envisioned by Gene Oldham who purchased the building in 1996, was to recreate a soda shoppe as it might have existed in the first half of the 20th century. I think he succeeded admirably. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 3 February 2019

Buckeye, Arizona.

In early January, our hiking club’s weekly hike found us on a steady uphill from the nearby neighborhood known as Verrado through open desert and over a couple of ridges into Skyline Park. This popular park is only a few years old, but it has become very busy especially on winter weekends. In fact, as this is being written, I am only a couple of hours from heading to Skyline Park for a Saturday morning hike. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Unexpected

Waddell, Arizona.

Yes, that’s a field of roses… almost as far as the eye can see… In Arizona… In the Sonoran Desert. Who’da thunk?!? This week, Ann-Christine asks us to show the unexpected. What’s more unexpected than a field of roses in a desert? OK, maybe a lot of things. She writes in part, “Did something totally unexpected happen today? Did you meet someone unexpected at the grocery store, or did you find something in an unexpected place …or, maybe You are up to something unexpected?” You can read her entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Sarah P Duke Gardens – Delighting Visitors since 1939

Durham, North Carolina.

In the early 1930’s, the love of horticulture brought the gardens named after the widow of one of the founders of Duke University to fruition. The gardens first came to life in 1935, but in 1939, the public gardens were reopened in their new location. It was a bit tricky to find using our GPS and we found ourselves going into parking areas that were for Duke University employees only before we came upon the correct turnoff. I don’t know if the issue was specifically with our Garmin GPS or if it’s just plain hard to find. In any case, the hassle was worth it. The gardens provide a great place to spend some quality time enjoying nature. Continue reading