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Travel Theme: Tilted

The wind swept rims of the Grand Canyon have a tendency to bend and shape the landscape around it.  The juniper tree in the image “No. 2” above is no exception. Below, a passing sand storm through Tonapah, Nevada disturbs a couple enjoying their McDonalds sundaes and causes the umbrella shades to tilt. See here for … Continue reading

The Conductor

This is a Little Pied Cormorant.  I found it swimming around the waterfront this morning.  It then jumped up onto the pontoon, quickly conducted the Messiah by Handel, did a little jig and then flew off (“hallelujah!”).

Cheeky Little Monkeys

Pygmy marmosets are the world smallest monkeys and are native to the Amazon Basin and rain-forests of South America.  An adult pygmy marmoset wouldn’t be any bigger than a small ball of wool. Here are images of mother (above) and child (below) peering through their enclosure to the Wellington Zoo Cafe (I bought a coffee … Continue reading

Hard Night Out

I found this seal snoozing on Seatoun Beach this morning.  It had obviously needed a place to crash for the night.  Wouldn’t it be funny if it was sleeping on a park bench.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

Nostalgia describes a certain affinity to memorable moments of the past.  Taste, smell, touch, sounds and imagery are triggers that are powerful enough to transport you back to those happy and idyllic times.  For me those happy times are a collection of childhood memories, my formative years and even recent events. For example the smell of … Continue reading

A Word A Week Photography Challenge: Distant

The Boardwalk and the Boardwalk Part 2 are two images I took over consecutive nights from the same spot but facing in opposite directions (if that make sense). Both images are taken in Oriental Bay, Wellington, New Zealand.  The aim was to use the boardwalk to guide the eye to subjects in the distance. To … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

This is Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles on the 4th of July, 2012.   Tonights game against the Cincinnati Reds doubled as Military Appreciation Night.  I was told that Dodgers fans are fickle but they turned up in full force and sang heartily to ‘Take me out to the ball game’.  The Dodgers beat the Reds … Continue reading

Travel Theme: Sculptures

“Forever Marilyn” is a 26 foot tall, 34,300 pound sculpture. Marilyn Monroe’s connection to Palm Springs spans three decades. She was a regular visitor from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. In 1949, at age 22, she was “discovered” at Charlie Farrell’s Racquet Club by William Morris talent agent Johnny Hyde. It was at … Continue reading

Day Trip to Long Beach

Long Beach is a one hour train ride from Union Station, Los Angeles.  When I think of Long Beach I remember ice cream from Cold Stone and the warm sun beating down on me.  However there’s more to Long Beach than ice cream.  Here are a few images that take me back.