Monday, October 16, 2017

Oct 16 Thai Temple II



Bangkok - where else with a Thai Temple featured??? Well, was not so easy except for Elaine, Milt, and Joani. Mike was a few miles away but he tried. . .



"Thai Temple Steeple"



During its construction I bumped into the Raynham Fire Chief who was somewhat bewildered as he looked at the 180-foot tall spire. He was certain that he had nothing in his fire-fighting arsenal to cope with any emergencies at that height!

The sixty million dollar facility houses monks, two meditation rooms, a museum/library, and several multi-purpose rooms.

On this day I could not enter the Temple as it was closed. Since it is only a twenty-minute drive from my house, I planned to come back another day (and, I did).


Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

this is one city in the world that has undergone an extraordinary transformation in recent decades. For this reason 20% of the world’s total cranes are now operating here in various constructions. the highest mosque, the highest restaurant, highest outdoor observation and highest nightclub.

has laid claim to the biggest mall, tallest hotel, second largest man-made marina, and the world’s largest aquarium

home to the only seven star hotel in the whole world, the Burj Al Arab,

another prominent but unique feature in this city is the Palm Jumeirah Isle that consists of resorts that are off-coast.


this city is considered one of the safest cities on earth.

A Word to the Wise. . .

The truly rich are those 
who enjoy what they have.      
                                                     ~ Yiddish 

Murphy's Laws. . .

Axiom of the Pipe:


A pipe gives a wise man time to think 
and a fool something to stick in his mouth.



It's Cartoon Time. . .


Monday, October 9, 2017

Oct 9 Thai Temple I




Phnom Penh - way to go, Peyton, Elaine, Mike, Joani, and Michelle!



"Thai Temple, Raynham"




You are NOT going to believe this but the LARGEST Thai Temple outside of Thailand is in Raynham, MA! Yes, bedroom community, Raynham! And, it's sitting in the midst of residential neighborhood at that.

I have driven by this church as it was in the construction stage. I waited patiently for its completion. On this day I was able to walk the perimeter and shoot away.

An attempt to enter the Temple was killed when I found out the entire facility is shuttered during the lunch break!

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

the Grand Palace, which is arguably the most popular sightseeing attraction in the city.

over four hundred Buddhist temples in the city, so it is not unusual to see monks wearing saffron-colored robes when they are out gathering morning alms.

Considered to be the food capital of Asia, if not the world.


Helpful hint: This city is called the “Venice of the East” because the Chao Phraya River, which runs through the city, is connected by several canals. Tourists can travel around the city by cruising the river, taking the underground subway or the elevated sky-train.


A Word to the Wise. . .

Nothing is impossible to the willing mind.      
                      ~ Books of the Han Dynasty

Murphy's Laws. . .

Cannon's Cogent Comment:

The leak in the roof 
is never in the same location as the drip. . .

It's Cartoon Time. . .


Monday, October 2, 2017

Oct 2 Foliage and Diane



Jakarta, did you get it? Well, Peyton, Joani, Mike, Tony, Elaine, and Michelle did!



"Foliage Shoot with Diane"




Fellow photographer, Diane had helped to judge a competition at my club. Because of her location, I pick her up on competition night and then drop her home the next day.

On this occasion I had asked her to pack her camera. After the traditional morning breakfast, we headed over to the Ames properties in Easton.

Foliage was peak, so we just meandered around the acreage to find proof positive about the colors.

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

    Founded in the year 1434

Previously known as “Pearl of Asia”, it is regarded to be one of Indochina’s most beautiful of the French-constructed cities in the 1920s

one of the most historical structures from the early days of the city is called the Wat Phnom, which was built in the year 1373.


key tourist sites are: the Royal Palace with Silver Pagoda, which dates back to the mid 1880’s; the National Museum, which was built during the French colonial period in the late 1880’s


A Word to the Wise. . .

Life is what you make it.
                                      
                                                              ~ Grandma Moses 

Murphy's Laws. . .

Andrew's Canoeing Postulate:

No matter which direction you start, 
it's always against the wind coming back.
(and, not just canoeing)



It's Cartoon Time. . .


Monday, September 25, 2017

Sept 25 Mt Auburn Cemetery II



Chi-town. . . Too easy for Michelle, Peyton, Elaine, Jim, Tony, Milt, Joani, Doris, and Mike!



"Not Sharing This! "



The photo gods were with me on this day. Still walking about the Mt. Auburn Cemetery with my new and hardly used Fujifilm mirrorless camera.

I noticed several groups of people sporting binoculars - birders! Mt. Auburn attracts two-legged as well as four-legged wildlife! Just as we passed this nature group someone asked about a large bird resting behind a headstone. The birders immediately identified it as a red-tail hawk. They noticed something in its talons - a small squirrel!

As we approached, it took off carrying its lunch with it. I quickly fired off numerous shots - none of which came out as the winged hunter was flying faster than the camera was registering. It did take refuge in a nearby tree. Slowly and quietly we approached the outdoor diner. All I had on my camera was the 18m to 55mm kit lens but I shot just the same.

I was quite happy with the results!


Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

home to the Immanuel Church - a baroque style church built around 17th century. The church is also equipped with a 400 year old organ which attracts a lot of tourists.

Istana Merdeka -  the Presidential Palace. It is neoclassical in structure as it is built around 17th century.

Jalan Pekojan Old Houses are houses built in 18th century as a response to the growing community of merchants.

lots of theme and amusement parks here. The most visited are Dunia Fantasi, Atlantis Water Adventure, Taman Ompian Jaya Ancol and Sea World

Because of its rich history, there are many museums built within the city. Some of the museums are as follows: the
City History Museum, Fine Art and Ceramic Museum, Wayang Museum, Bank Mandiri Museum, Each of these museums has different kinds of artifacts to present as evidenced on their names.

Kelapa Gading District is the city’s shopping district. It is located in northern part of the city.

A Word to the Wise. . .


"If you don't design your own life plan, 
chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. 
And guess what they have planned for you? 

Not much." 
                                                 ~ Jim Rohn

Murphy's Laws. . .

Gunter's First Law of Air Travel:


When you are served a meal aboard an aircraft, 
the aircraft will encounter turbulence.


It's Cartoon Time. . .


Monday, September 18, 2017

Sept 18 Mt Auburn Cemetery I



Berlin - way to go fellow blog followers!! Milt, Elaine, Jim, Joani, Mike, Michelle, and Peyton all came through with the correct answer!!!



"Bio-Chem Couple"




When another opportunity to get some experience with my new mirrorless camera arose, I jumped at it. Jeff has a Fujifilm mirrorless and had extensive knowledge of its ability and workings. 

I snapped at everything that crossed my path. By the lake we noticed outstanding foliage colors reflecting on it. An added bonus was this couple taking it all in. We did approach them about our intention to add them into our colorful fall image.

Turns out they are both professors - he at Harvard and she from MIT! So much smarts sitting there!

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

first permanent settler — and businessman — was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, an African-American from what is now Haiti, in 1779.

world's first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Company, was built in 1885.

The "Historic Route 66" begins here at Grant Park on Adams Street

Lincoln Park Zoo one of only three major free zoos in the country, is one of the country's oldest zoos with an estimated annual attendance of 3.5 million.

Home to the second oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.
 (extra credit if you know the oldest!)


Walt Disney was born here in 1901. He studied drawing at McKinley High School and the Institute of Fine Arts.

A Word to the Wise. . .

"Anyone who stops learning is old, 
whether at twenty or eighty. 
Anyone who keeps learning stays young. 
The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."  
                                                         ~ Henry Ford    

Murphy's Laws. . .


Rule of Accuracy:

When working toward the solution of a problem, 
it always helps if you know the answer.

Corollary: 

Provided, of course, 
that you know there is a problem.


It's Cartoon Time. . .