Monday, December 11, 2017

Dec 11th Scarecrow Challenge



Melbourne as Elaine, Michelle, Milt, Mike, and Peyton knew. Joani was about a half a hemisphere away! Welcome first time responder, Ed.



"Kenwood Tire Display"



For the past four years the Lions Club of West Bridgewater has been conducting a scarecrow competition. At first only businesses were involved in the prizes but then private residences joined in.

This one from the Kenwood Tire Company was my personal favorite - not sure how it fared against some stiff competition. Mega-points for creativity and great use of the company's main source of revenue - tires!



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 fourth most populous metropolitan area in its country.

this city's prominence arose from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries.

is home to the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation

The integrated circuit computer chip (which became the microchip) was invented in 1958

with the roof enclosed, the entire Statue of Liberty could fit into the city’s pro football stadium.

the largest permanent model train exhibit in the country is on display in the lobby of the city’s Children's Medical Center.

Highland Park Village Shopping Center, developed in 1931 has the distinction of being the first planned shopping center in America.

The first convenience store, 7-eleven, got its start here and the corporation is headquartered there today.



A Word to the Wise. . .

"One head cannot hold all wisdom."      
                                              ~ Maasai

Murphy's Laws. . .

Hartley's First Law:


The probability of someone watching you 
is proportional to the stupidity of your action.



It's Cartoon Time. . .


Monday, December 4, 2017

Dec 4th WB Museum



Mardid - well Milt, Mike, Tony, Peyton and Pete checked in!



"Traffic Signals of the Past"




Somebody had the vision to take a 1915 fire barn and convert it into a town museum. 

After several months of clearing out the clutter of the past and sprucing up the interior and exterior of the building, the West Bridgewater Museum emerged!

Located behind the town hall, the eighteen hundred sq. ft. structure houses an 1942 Chevy fire truck (on loan from Chief Len Hunt), memorabilia from former restaurants, town departments, and a very encompassing milk bottle collection - about 38 in total.

The private stash of WB milk bottles represented the many (I counted about fourteen) diary farms that called West Bridgewater home. 

I am not sure of the hours of operation for the museum at this time.



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? 

Federation Square and the New Quay provide you with a welcome break from the bustle of this city

take in the scenery as you ply the Great Ocean Road. This is a two hundred mile route that takes you through the country’s beautiful coastline.

as the cultural capital of the country, it is home to a number of cultural institutions - from film and feature film to television, impressionist art, and dance, this city is proud to be a cultural birthing place.

This city is the sporting capital of the country and home to the largest sports stadium in the country, also considered to be the world’s largest cricket ground.


there are three major international sporting events are held in here every year: one in tennis, another for horse racing, and the third Formula One’s Grand Prix.

A Word to the Wise. . .

Life is a journey, 
not a destination!     
                                ~ Cliff Nichols 

Murphy's Laws. . .

Goodman's Law of Value:


The more an item costs, 
the farther you have to send it for repairs.



It's Cartoon Time. . .


Monday, November 27, 2017

Shoot Thirty-one - Plymouth Revisited



Istanbul or Constantinople. . . Heard from Elaine, Milt, Joani, Jim, Mike, and Peyton.



"Plymouth Pier ala Fuji"


I returned to Plymouth for another night shoot. This time I decided to bring along ONLY my Fuji XT-2!!! I know i was taking a huge risk by relying on a camera that was not very user-friendly toward me.

i was thoroughly pleased with the images. I particularly liked this shot of the pier. I think it was the sharpness in the detail and the starburst off the pier's railings.



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? 

Palacio Real  - one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city is known not just for its magnificent collections of weapons and artistic works, but also because of the fact that it is an architectural wonder.

Yet another popular place is the Plaza Mayor has been venue to numerous bullfights, markets, orchestra performances, and executions as well.

Tourists must visit the Golden Museum Triangle. The first point of this triangle is the Museo Del Prado. Said to have the best collection of classical art in the city some of the artists whose works you can see here include Goya, Caravaggio, Van Dyck, and El Greco.

The second point of this triangle is Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Center. It is famous for its collections of Picasso’s works,

The third point of this museum triangle is the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art. This museum is home to the works of Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Goya, and Degas.


While here, do enjoy the flamenco. A wonderful form of dance, flamenco tablaos are available all over the city.


Murphy's Laws. . . 

Law of Future Results:


Nothing ever comes out as planned.


A Word to the Wise. . .

The more things change, 
the more they stay the same.      
                                          ~ Alphonse Karr 


It's Cartoon Time. . .





Monday, November 20, 2017

Nov 27 White factory ruins



Manila as Peyton, Michelle, Milt, Jim, Tony, Joani, Mike, and Elaine figured out!



"White Factory Ruins"



This was the bonus location - White Factory ruins!

The entire structure was open - walls were down in several places; the roof was a thing of the past; and, the stream that flowed below it - dry!

Lots of great angles to pick from. You did have to be careful with your footing as most of the stones from the walls were loose. 



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? 

it has natural harbor known as the Golden Horn.

Most of its historic sites are located in the Old City known as Sultanahmet. One of the most important structures is the Hagia Sophia. An example of the early Byzantine architecture, the Hagia Sophia is the largest structure in the Old City area.

Before the Seville Cathedral of Spain was completed, the Hagia Sophia was the largest cathedral in the world.

another structure is the Galata Tower, built by the Geonoese in the year 1348. They christened it Christea Turris or the Tower of the Christ.

Grand Bazaar, if not for shopping, then just to get its feel. The bazaar is said to have 4400 shops lined along the walkways.

Clincher: it has been called Byzantium and Constantinople

A Word to the Wise. . .

You can never plan the future. . .
 by the past.      
                                                    ~ Edmund Burke 

Murphy's Laws. . .

Zymurgy's Law of Volunteer Labor:


People are always available for work. . .
 in the past tense.



It's Cartoon Time. . .


Monday, November 13, 2017

Nov 13 Sawmill Scenic



Tokyo - well done Elaine, Joani, Jim, Mike, Peyton, and Tony.


"Sawmill Scenic"




Shoot Thirty!! 
About fifteen photo buffs took the opportunity to get out and shoot The Sawmill - a nineteen acre reclaimed former industrial lumber yard in Acushnet. There is a half-mile trail around part of the property.

It was not the best time of the year for landscape photography. Here I did like the clouds and their interaction with the ground cover.

However, someone did mention a bonus location just down the street - see you 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? 

there are secret tunnels underneath the city. They run under the Makati City and the Global City in Taguig and go 3.5 meters deep underground.

construction of the tunnel started in 1900. At the beginning it served to help transport food, medicine and other military supplies. During World War II it served as a hiding spot for Japanese officials.

Restaurant called “Hobbit House is entirely staffed by “little people!”

was originally named Ginto, which means the Land of the Gold.

Zoo and Botanical Garden receives millions of visitors every year and is home to more than 800 animals from nearly 100 species.

the early rulers were called “panginuan” or “panginoon” or lords in English and is the birthplace of Andres Bonifacio, Joseph Estrada, Manuel Villar, Dolphy and Gatpuno Antonio Villegas.

two of the oldest universities in the city which are still operating are Colegio San Juan De Letran and University of Santo Tomas.




A Word to the Wise. . .

"There are three constants in life...
change, choice and principles."  
               ~ Stephen Covey



Murphy's Laws. . .

Law of Slide Presentation:

In any slide presentation, at least one slide 
will be upside down or backwards, 
or both!    


It's Cartoon Time. . .