On the Huntington Beach, CA pier.
On the Huntington Beach, CA pier.
I'm not quite sure what they're painting but it's something. Seen at the Whiskey War Fest concert, a small, local, all-day concert.
Guitar players just love their pedal boards.
Alex playing the hammered dulcimer.
I've fallen behind in getting new pictures posted here. I supposed that's due in part to my not being all that thrilled with anything I've shot lately. (The other part is, of course, pure laziness.) This is from a trip to the St. Louis Zoo a couple weeks ago. Our zoo here is really nice, it's free, and this summer they're staying open a bit later than normal every evening. These two guys, at the entrance to the Penguinarium, were just hanging out, completely ignoring the line of people waiting to go in and view their cousins. I love that the one on the left, who sat not more than a couple of feet from me, was sound asleep.
Yep, that's what they're called: shuttlecocks. They're little things you whack back and forth in badminton. I knew they had a name but couldn't for the life of me remember what it was. Google to the rescue, once again. These are some of the most well-known shuttlecocks, standing 12–15 feet or so high, outside the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City.
Outside the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City.
I'd tell you what these are if I had any sort of clue. My knowledge of plants is, unfortunately, just about zero. Shot on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, California.
Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate the holiday. While taking the dog out this morning, I noticed that the Easter bunny had hidden this egg under a shell on a table on my front porch.
Life lately has been mostly work, work, work and, given what I do, that means travel, travel, travel. Most of February and all of March were spent traveling on business. I just returned from spending two weeks in Miami Beach which, on the surface, sounds great: Spring Break! Sun! Fun! However, work being what it was, I never actually set foot on the beach. I mean, it was just...right...there — I was in a beautiful South Beach hotel and I could see the beach from my balcony — but I never had time to go. I think I came home with less of a tan than when I left. But I do have a number of photos to post. Some are great, some are lame. I'll try to get a bunch of them up in a day or so. In the meantime, here's one from outside my hotel tower.
I've been traveling for the better part of the past month and, in my mind, I still think it's the beginning of February — in other words, winter, wimpy though it was this year. So I was extremely surprised when Jeanie stepped out the back door this morning, returning a couple minutes later with a handful of fresh flowers she'd cut from the garden. Flowers? FLOWERS? Shouldn't it still be snowy and icy? I shot this on a new point & shoot camera, the Panasonic DMC-LX5, that I bought last week. I've become a real fan of Panasonic's small cameras — they're well-built, reasonably quick, have excellent image stabilization, and fast Leica lenses. I've wanted the LX5 for a while — it's got a f/2.0 lens and shoots RAW images — but couldn't justify the cost. But the price has dropped recently, rebates have been added, and I had some American Express reward points to put towards it, so it was pretty affordable..
I processed and posted this completely from the iPad: RAW image imported via the Camera Connection Kit adapter, processed with Snapseed, and posted with the Wordpress iPad app.
We stopped in to the Grand Lux Cafe in downtown Chicago for a late dinner. As the crowds had thinned, we were seated in what I'd call the "turret room" — a round room with windows looking out over North Michigan Avenue. This is the fixture and painted ceiling in that room.
I noticed this flaking metal park bench on a walk recently.
For a while, I thought this tree was never going to turn. I went out of town, came back, and — poof! — it's into full fall color.