Monday, August 22, 2016

Shoot Eleven - "Custom Job!"

Merry Ol' England! Let's see, we had Jim, Milt, Peyton (all the way from NC now), Elaine, Joani, Michelle, and Mike Di. coming up with the correct country!

"Custom Job"

For the past thirty-one years (give or take one or two years) I have been driving to Stowe, VT to enjoy a week of timeshare on the Von Trapp properties. More often than not our arrival coincides with the annual VAE (Vermont Auto Enthusiasts) Car Show. Upwards of eight hundred vehicles have gathered here. I particularly like to drive through town and see the classics parked at some of the motels, restaurants and even at the local church for Mass! On Saturday afternoon around 3PM, Mountain Road is closed for the Parade of the Classics! A few years ago I discovered a spot where the background is not a distraction and the vehicles pass at warp speed of five miles per hour! Actually, when I am standing there with my tripod, a vast majority of the drivers STOP and pose!

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be? 

In 2011 its population was around 52 million.

This country has three (3) has three capital cities, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Pretoria as well as eleven official languages, including Zulu, Afrikaans, Xhosa and English!

This country has the largest economy of any African country.

Its coastline stretches over 2500 kilometres (1553 miles) in length.

The first human heart transplant was performed in a Cape Town hospital in 1967.

Cave paintings have been found here that date to around 75,000 years ago.

The most popular sports are football (soccer), rugby and cricket.

Interesting Thought. . .

Average is the best of the worst and 
the worst of the best. 
~ Unknown.

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?

Monday, August 15, 2016

Shoot Ten - "First Light on Lotus"

New Zealand. . . Kiwi responders were Michelle, Elaine, Jim, Joani, Mike Di. and Jeff the W.

"First Light on Lotus!

I did make a second visit to the Paradise Gardens site and met up with two photo-mates from Stony Brook. We were also part of a larger contingent from a Boston camera club. Unfortunately, they would not be considered nature photographers as they were lighting smoke tablets on the actual petals to get a certain effect. They didn't seem bothered by the fact that they were burning the leaves!

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be? (a gimme this week!!!)

The population of this country in 2011 was around 53 million.

Famous home-grown scientists include Charles DarwinMichael Faraday, Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking among many others. 

Just a few influential authors but perhaps the most well known is William Shakespeare, who wrote classics such as Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Hamlet.

Football (soccer) is the most popular sport but others such as cricket and rugby have large followings.

The Summer Olympic Games have been held here 3 times, in 1908, 1948 and 2012.

Interesting Thought. . .

The best way to make your dreams come true is
to wake up. 

~ Muhammad Ali.

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

If it's true that we are here to help others, 
then what exactly are the others here for?
and this one,

Why do croutons come in airtight packages? 

Aren't they just stale bread to begin with?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Shoot Ten - "Lotus Time!"

Well, there will be no crying over Argentina for Michelle, Mike, Di., Joani, Doris, Jim, Elaine, and Milt!!

"This Bud's for You!

For the past five years I have been visiting a local garden spot to shoot the blooming lotus flowers. Recently there have been groups of other photographers showing up as well - my little secret is out! A drive by the establishment last week showed cones and huge construction equipment blocking the driveway with a "Closed" sign. The flowers will continue to flourish but the grounds and boardwalks may make future trips here nearly impossible and unsafe. So enjoy this bud. . .

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be?

In 1893 it became the first country in the world to give all women the right to vote.

"The Lord of the Rings" movies were filmed here.

Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people of Aotearoa, the Maori name for here.

Motorists here drive on the left-hand side of the road.

Rugby is its most popular spectator sport but a variety of sports such as football (soccer), cricket, netball, golf and others are popular among participants.

Its inhabitants are nicknamed  ‘Kiwis’ 

Interesting Thought. . .

Tell me and I forget. 
Teach me and I remember. 
Involve me and I learn. 
                               ~ Benjamin Franklin.

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

What hair color do they put on 
the driver's licenses of bald men?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Shoot Nine

Portugal was the location and chiming in were Joani, Jim, Milt, Mike Di., Michelle, Peyton, Elaine, and returning to the mix, Tony M!

"Exit Stage Right!"

Still in July, it's the annual New England Camera Club Council Conference at UMASS, Amherst! Here is the young woman whom I featured last week. This week she is posed for a quick exit and in full color. 

Had another photo-filled weekend this year at UMASS Amherst! 

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be?

By land area it is the 2nd largest country in South America and the 8th largest country in the world.

It shares a land border with 5 countries. 

Its population is over 42 million people (42,610,981) as of July 2013.

Its city of Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world.

The Latin dance and music called the Tango began here.

It has three Nobel Prize recipients in the Sciences, Bernardo Houssay, César Milstein and Luis Leloir.

Cartoonist Quirino Cristiani made and released the world's first two animated feature films in 1917 and 1918.

The national sport is Pato a game played on horseback. It takes aspects from polo and basketball. The word Pato is Spanish for 'duck' as early games used a live duck inside a basket instead of a ball.

Interesting Thought. . .

O Lord, help my words to be gracious and tender today, for tomorrow I may have to eat them. 
~ Unknown.

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, 
doesn't it follow that electricians should be delighted, 
musicians denoted, 
cowboys deranged, 
models deposed, 
tree surgeons debarked, 
and dry cleaners depressed?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Shoot Nine - "NECCC Conference"

Ukraine - well done Milt, Michelle, Mike Di., Elaine, Joani, Jim and first time responder, Tony M.

"All that Jazz!"

Still in July, it's the annual New England Camera Club Council Conference at UMASS, Amherst! I have been a regular attendee for the past ten years. The last few I have packed my camera and shot the models. This energetic young lady was moving all around. I saw her pose similar to this with an earlier photographer and asked her for a similar pose with the red fedora.

I knew this would make a great B&W with just the hat left in full color!

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be?

This country is the westernmost country of the European mainland.

It became the first global maritime power during the 15th & 16th centuries

Its Empire was the longest-lived of the modern European empires and was spread throughout areas that now make up fifty-three different sovereign states. The legacy of this exploration is that its language is today the 6th most spoken first language in the world with over 240 million speakers!

Over the years the empire has slowly been broken up, with Brazil gaining independence after the revolution of 1910 and the African colonies of Angola, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, Timor-Leste, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau in 1974 and 75. Macau was handed over to China in 1999 and East Timor granted sovereignty in 2002.

Its capital city is the oldest city in Western Europe and one of the oldest cities in the world. It was devastated by a major earthquake in 1755. Although the city was rebuilt within a few years, the quake led to the country losing much of its wealth and status.

The Vasco da Gama Bridge, over the Tagus River in the capital city is the largest in Europe at 17.2 km's (10.7 mi).

The cork tree is one of the few native trees still found here. The various uses of the soft, spongy bark of the cork tree has made the country the largest producer of cork products in the world.

Interesting Thought. . .

Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles, 
it takes away today's peace.
 ~ Anonymous.

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

Why does someone believe you 
when you say there are four billion stars in the sky, 
but checks the park bench
 when you say the paint is wet?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Shoot Eight - "Boston Selfie!"

Hungary - well done Elaine, Joani, Milt, and Michelle!

"Boston Selfie"

My wife's best friend, Bobbi, flew in from San Diego for a couple of days in July. After an afternoon in Newport we drove her to our house. Finding something fun to do included taking the ferry from Hingham to Boston. As we were pulling into the waterfront skyline, the high school best buddies posed on the deck for the all-important, "We were in Boston selfie!"
(wife, Cheryl, on left with best friend, Bobbi on right) 

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be?

It has an area of 603,628 km² (233,062 mi²), which makes it the largest country with its entirety within Europe.

It shares land borders with seven countries, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova.

As of 2011, it was the world's third-largest grain exporter and used to be called the breadbasket of the Soviet Union. The country also has large deposits of natural resources including iron, coal, oil, gas, manganese and other metals.

Its currency is called the Hryvnia.

The world's worst nuclear power plant accident, the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster, took place in the now abandoned town of Pripyat.

Interesting Thought. . .

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?