Monday, December 28, 2009

A Happy Bird

This is sort of a happy accident. I was playing around with my shutter speed when I noticed some birds. I turned and took the shot and this is the result. Not a normal looking photo but the bird looks pretty cute.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Where Two or More are Gathered

A winter prayer?

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Tiny Icy Reflections

An icicle melting in the sun

The icicle upside down. Notice how it's barely clinging to the roof as it lets go of it's last drops
In the water drop I can see the reflection of the sky, some trees and the side of a church, but I realize that if I didn't take the pictures I wouldn't know what the reflections where. I took these with my one and only lens(it came with the camera). It's 18-55mm. I'm wondering if there is a type of lens that would be able to capture a clear reflection in a drop of water outside? Maybe I just didn't focus correctly.

The dripping icicle in the pictures fell about 30 seconds after I took them.


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Friday, December 25, 2009

"When I was your age, I had to walk miles in the snow to get to school"

This picture reminds me of a famous tall tale. I wonder if it's still told to children? There are some variations like walking 10 miles each way, uphill in the snow with no shoes etc. Oh and the school was usually on the other side of a river that didn't have a bridge.

I just noticed that my last two posts sort of go together. The old man has fishing poles and the post before it has fish. I also noticed that most people think the old mad in the last post is homeless. I didn't think he was but now I'm wondering.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Art Nouveau in Prague

There are plenty of different styles of art and architecture to enjoy in Prague. This is about a hundred years old.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Something Sighted near "A studio Rubin"

I was walking around Prague the other day when something caught my eye.




I went in for a closer look and even though I found it somewhat disturbing I kept looking at it.
I could almost imagine it opening it's eyes and looking down at me.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Glorious Aura

I was on the Charles Bridge in Prague late in the day and the sun was shinning directly into my camera from this angle. I thought it would be impossible to get a good photo of the statues on this side of the bridge. So I improvised by using the statues to block the sun thus making the sun my ally.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Hazy Winter Crossing

Four swans crossing the Vltava River in Prague.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Men at Work

I found this unusual sculpture in Trenton New Jersey. I'll be a man at play for a few weeks.
Prague, Salzburg, Munich and maybe a few other German cities. I'll bring back lots of pictures.

See you in mid to late December.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Save the Frogs

The writing on the side of the green car with the frog says "Save the frogs around the world" Or something like that. This is one of my favorite reflection photos. The fish are the only things that are not reflections. I took it in front of the Dallas Aquarium almost a year ago.

How many fish do you see? It could be the more you stare the more there'll be. :)

This was taken with my old handy dandy pocket camera.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Puppet Master

Sometimes I look at the big picture to see what I can extract. There is more to this picture but I decided to have some fun and post this cropped version. Please forgive my poor editing skills but the guy on the corner reminds me of a marionette so I gave him some strings.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The United States has seen better Days

This is the S.S. United States. I sits rusting away in Philadelphia. A stark contrast to when it was a luxury liner breaking speed records across the Atlantic in the early 1950's.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bench vs Bench


This week I present two very different benches.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Narrow Bridge



I drove across into New Jersey then I walked back toward Pennsylvania.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

The front of the Kelsey Building

Looking up and into the sun

The side view of the clock



The top of the doorway with the mahogany in the background and the detailed metal gate
Her twin can be seen in the photo below on the left.

The bottom of the doorway
The Kelsey Building was built in 1911, it was designed by one of America's most famous architects, Cass Gilbert.
He modeled the Kelsey Building after the most famous palace of the Florentine Renaissance – the Palazzo Strozzi which was built in Florence, Italy, in 1489. The Kelsey Building now houses administrative offices for Thomas Edison State College.
I really want to go back to Trenton and take more and better pictures of this and other buildings.
Trenton seems like it's not the safest place to wander around though, but it has some really cool buildings. The area where I took these pictures seemed pretty much deserted.



Three Windows and a Pair of Shoes

I'm not sure why this caught my eye but it did. This scene gave me a sort of nostalgic feeling and black and white seemed like the way to go.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Boo!

Trick or treat.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Church and Cemetery Founded in 1766


Since the trees that are reflected in the church windows can barely be seen I added a barn window with a reflected cart full of pumpkins in honor of Halloween.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Looking through the Trees and into the Valley


I had no idea what I would find when I went to Valley Forge for the first time. This felt like a moment of discovery for some reason. The sun was in a really bad position so I'm happy that these pictures are usable. I used the trees to block as much of the sun as possible.
I'm trying to rest my bad back again and I hope to be back in full blogging mode by tomorrow.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Inside of the old Train

I did a post featuring the old New Hope train on my Newtown blog last week. This is a a peek inside one of the cars.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Gloomy Days

VS

Sometimes I like taking pictures when the sky is dark and gloomy. I like those moody shots that almost look black and white. Today I'm posting two such shots. I would love to hear people's opinions about which they like better, the original or the black and white version.
The pictures are of a flock of geese flying south and a statue of Revolutionary War General Anthony Wayne.
I was getting an overdose of color these week so now it's time for Monochrome Weekly, which is hosted by Aileni.
All pictures can be clicked for a larger view.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A Colorful Crossing

Come take a walk with me in Washingtons Crossing Pennsylvania, very near the New Jersey border. A great place for reflections.

What is real and what is a reflection on the water?



I've been told that the area around here was rated in the top ten for the most scenic drives in the world by a Conde Nast writer. Now I can see why.
As I walked along this stream the other day I was overwhelmed by the colorful beauty that was all around me. At some spots the reflections were so vivid that It seemed like I could walk across the water on them. I was blessed to have this place all to myself.

I will post more watery reflections from this day on my Newtown blog next Friday.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Bench with a View

This weeks benches are from Valley Forge Historical Park. Choose your bench then sit back and enjoy the view. The people in the bottom picture chose to sit near Major General Friedrich Wilhelm Baron von Steuben's statue. The bench in the top photo was very simple, but all mine.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Time Machine

When the little clown turns the handle forward the peanuts roast under the hot lamp. If the little clown turns the handle backwards he goes back to a simpler time. An idealistic time that has only existed in classic movies and television.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Three Men and Their Best Friends

On the streets

At a park

On the farm
Spending time together.

"It often happens that a man is more humanely related to a cat or dog than to any human being." -- Henry David Thoreau
"There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money". -- Benjamin Franklin
For myself I would change Ben Franklin's quote from dog to cat, but it's nice seeing people having a good time with their dogs.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mind Controlling Cat

I came across this little lady on one of my walks around Newtown. No words where spoken but it felt like she was willing me to look into her eyes.

Gaze into my eyes..........you are getting very sleepy.........yes that's it..........you will do as I say.