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May 312012
 

Portland, Oregon is surely a city of bridges.  I spent an evening and morning criss-crossing most of them in the downtown area, the Willamette river flowing lazily northward, underneath.  And the river esplanade is a convenient and scenic path for a walk or bike ride or morning run in the cool of the pacific northwest overcast; waiting, hoping, for the sun to show itself.

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May 292012
 

We were hungry.  In Texas.  Now, what comes to mind?  Barbeque, of course.  At least for folks who don’t live in barbeque country.  I have no idea how Stubb’s compares to anything else, but it was fairly close and I’d had the sauce before.  The guy leaning against the building out front; the old sandy colored rockery and bare tree just oozed with southern character.  In fact, I enjoyed sitting at the bar with a few other characters while waiting for the food as much as anything.  The food was good, but its character and somewhat seedy ambiance, ahhhh…

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May 272012
 

I woke early this morning as I heard some loud commotion on the water.  It’s 1812 and British ships were attempting to find there way up the Ashly River in Charleston, SC.  I could tell the troops were determined not to let that happen, sending round after round of cannon fire toward the defenseless schooners.  It didn’t take long for the British to turn around, realizing their mistake.  Hmmm… I wonder what really happened.

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May 252012
 

We’re well into spring here in California but this shot of Mt. Baker was taken in the cold of winter with a pretty fresh breeze blowing.  At times I had to steady my tripod and wait for a bit of let-up before taking a shot.  It was the kind of day where gloves were needed.  But have you ever tried shooting photos with gloves on?  My hands just kept getting colder and colder.  This shot of 10,780 foot high Mt. Baker was taken in the lowlands in the heart of rural, farming Whatcom County, Washington just a few miles from the Canadian border.

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May 222012
 

Old St. Hilary’s sits atop a hill overlooking Tiburon across the bay from San Francisco.  Built in 1888 it’s one of the precious icon’s of Marin Co.  From this angle you can catch a glimpse of Angel Island, Alcatraz and the skyline of San Francisco.  I’ve posted 2 very different depictions here on 2 different days.  The first is on a day where the air is pretty clear with everything in sharp relief.  The second was taken in the early morning with bright sunlight and a bit of dwindling fog, making for a more muted scene.  Which one do you like best?

 

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May 192012
 

Last summer I was heading up into the eastern Sierras.  I love it there.  Anywhere along highway 395 is spectacular.  Before putting on my pack and hiking up into some elevation I took an afternoon and evening and camped out along the road near Mono Lake.  I’d driven by there many time before but never really explored the area.  Here was my chance.  Before sunset I went over to the south shore of the lake where the larger limestone rock formations, called tufa’s, are and joined many other sunset gazers and photographers to watch the show.  Good fortune placed some nice cloud cover to the east as the sun was setting in the west.  The more the sun set, the richer the cloud color.

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May 162012
 

One of the iconic landmarks in Savannah, this was taken in the morning as it was just starting to get light.  The park lamps have not turned off yet.  It’s already warm and a bit muggy.  It’s so easy to walk around and take in the old mossy ambiance of the south here.  My mother was born in Savannah, though she moved away when fairly young.  Don’t know if it was that connection or not, but I felt quite at home here.  There’s a certain slow, timelessness about it.  Peaceful, porch sittin’ slow.

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May 142012
 

I know it’s not fall right now, but I’ve always liked this photo and I’ve had it neatly tucked away in my “photos to post” folder for quite a while.  Now it grabs me.  I guess photos have a life of their own.  They entertain, inspire, inform, move in and out of one’s life, and then come back again.  There’s a certain individuality about them.  This vineyard is not too far from home, in the Sonoma County wine region of California.  I was driving around the county one day, admiring the fall colors when I spied the worker driving his rig.  I patiently waited for him to get closer to me and for the sun to shoot a few rays into the field.  Man and nature in harmony.

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May 122012
 

There’s nothing like having a splash of color in a city.  San Francisco is already quite a colorful one, but when it’s added to out-of-the-way neighborhoods you know you’re in a great town.  This photo was an afterthought as I was searching for high spots to catch  the larger panoramic view of the city and its environs.  In so many cities; in so many places, there are so many things to see.  It reminds me to keep my eyes open and notice what’s there.  There’s so much beauty in our world.  I like being reminded of that.  The simple and unsensational.  It’s always right in front of me if I slow down and have the eyes to see.

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May 092012
 

Actually, I was patiently waiting for the full moon rising in the east.  Talking to other photographers, I was happily informed that it’s fullness would be rising right over the capital building, which is not always the case.  So, we were setting our tripods up and sharing stories while waiting when I noticed the sun mixing with the wispy clouds to the west, next to the Washington Monument.  I politely excused myself, grabbed my camera and ran back across the street.  Nobody else seemed to care.  Sure don’t know why.

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