sights of life from a passerby

DSLR

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Needled snow desktop

“Have you entered the treasury of snow?”

Wishing for snow … maybe if I envision it … snow will fall and I will enter its treasury … “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” I live just below the snowline, too low to ever shovel but high enough to reach snow in 30 minutes. Several years back, I captured this close-up of the Ponderosa Pine 20 feet from my deck after a rare snowfall at our home. Seeing it on my desktop always makes me winter happy.

Share Your Desktop

Tuesday Twice — January 19, 2015


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Architecture … Basically

Wrapped in scaffolding, before the final facade, framing the architectural interest for Sacramento.

Was the architect playing tic-tac-toe while designing this Seattle skyscraper?

San Francisco arches create a portal to the sky.

Lens-Artists #173 — Interesting Architecture

Heavy, chiseled columns dress up an outdoor shopping mall (originally posted in December 2012).

Tuesday Twice — December 14, 2012


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Fall into Winter

“He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes.”

The week before, the trail was clear, and the aspen leaves blocked the sky overhead. What a change a bomb cyclone has made. This day, the snow was 8 to 12 inches deep, and golden leaves dotted the crystalline carpet.

Lens-Artists Challenge #172: A Day of My Week


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Pane Rain

or water color

Silent Sunday

Sunday Stills — Indoor/Outdoor Decor


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‘to Memorial

Thursday Doors


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Seed’s Eye View of Blue

and of the sky over the neighborhood meadow. From this perspective, the grass is as tall as the cottonwood tree.

Weekend Sky #46

Sunday Stills — October sans pink


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Falling Water Water Everywhere

Big falls … “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls” Burney Falls

Resting falls … “‘Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters’”

Little falls … “He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.” Fordyce Falls Creek

Water Water Everywhere #94


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Red Sun Mourning

“Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.” Red sun rising … the bright sun red burned out to white as the camera tried to see through thick smoke from 4 wildfires. Normally, the Sierra Mountain ridge, about 60 miles away, stands sharply visible below the eastern sky. This morning’s smoke from those wildfires hid the ridge. Above is the unedited original. Below are Elements 14 (Photoshop) edits.

First, on the left, I matched the photo’s sun to the red sun my eyes had seen. Selecting and filling the selection was easy peasy. Oh yes, I cropped the top and bottom edges.

Then, on the right, I applied the haze removal tool.

The left is the same version as the above right. But now, on this right is a solarized iteration of the version with the burned out sun.

Which version do you prefer?

The Squirrel Chase One-two-three Photo Processing Challenge–August 2021


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Silent, stark, blue

Silent Sunday

Weekend Sky

(Sunday)Monday Windows


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Looking down on myself … last chance

Before Heading Out — Last DSLR

Looking down on our barbecue … hoping

The owl who came to dinner — Last cell

Brian’s Last on the Card — July 2021

Six Word Saturday — July 31, 2021


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Vacant seat

Do not disturb the invisible occupant.

Pull Up a Seat — 2021 Week 31 — July 30


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Fisheye view of the lift in the sky

When you can’t ski down … pull up a seat! Summer at Northstar

Pull Up a Seat – 2021 Week 30 – July 23


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By the light of the golden sunrise

Pull up a seat on the beach at Lake Tahoe.

Pull up a Seat — Week 28 July 9

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #155 — On the water


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Found Fenced Flowers — A to Z

Azalea or rhododendron? “Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come …”

Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge

Six Word Saturday


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Texture in the Way of Life

Texture on the hiking trail

Texture of light and brick in Sacramento

CFFC — Texture

Which Way Photo Challenge

And what about the elastic texture of time? It flies smoothly when having fun, yet drags roughly when dutifully dogging work.

I’ve not had time to capture or create an image to express this taffy-pull challenge of returning to work, that necessary reality tugging time from photography. And, therein lies the rub of my existential Which Way Photo Challenge: take time to make a living or make time to take a photo.

All hail the end of the COVID-battical!


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Two Shades of Bright — Squared

Looking into the window of a lighting shop in Sacramento.

Early sun landing on the airport hangar rooftops in Truckee, as seen through the window.

Carol’s Cheerful Selfie Challenge

Becky’s Squares — BrightSquare

Monday Window


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Church, Cross, Christ?

“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”: “‘… my disciple must … take up their cross and follow me …’ ‘… learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’”


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The Last Photos of March 2021

Last full moon waning — last on the DSLR

Last trail trekked — last on the cell camera

Bushboy’s Last Photo Challenge — March

Just One Person From Around the World — ThatTravelLadyInHerShoes


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Colors of Rust and Decay

All out of gas

not that it matters when you break down on the trail

Oh, scrap!

CFFC — Rusty or Decayed


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Silver Branches

“make artistic designs for work in … silver”

Color Your World: Silver


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Still Life Redux

Denim by candlelight with some light reading companions

Challenge Your Camera #11.2: Still Life Revisited


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Wood … Window … Wall … Stilled Life

Texture and spots … lines and dots … brown and dirty … ghostly Bodie, CA.

Monday Windows — March 15

Challenge Your Camera #11: Still Life


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Redux in Black and White

Initially posted in color in April 2014, I just converted the above image into a black and white pencil sketch.

First posted in September 2012 in black and white, this Yosemite view has long been one of my favorites.

Previously in de-saturated color in December 2012, the lines and texture seem to pop better in black and white.

Sundays Stills: Black and White Challenge


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Sunday Stills: Part 2 (shoulda been 1)

After seeing real rainy pics, I began playing, or should I sing, “Dancing in the rain!”?

Sunday Stills — March 7