Monday, August 29, 2016

Shoot Eleven - "More from the VAE"

South Africa! And, that's where Jim, Milt, Michelle, Elaine, Peyton, Mike Di, and Joani thought as well!

"Hood Ornament"

I am finding it more and more difficult to shoot the classic cars parked on the fairgrounds. It may be that it has been parked too close to another one so I don't have the room or the angle for what I want to show. Or, unless I get there early, there are others with cameras or with kids in tow inspecting the vehicles up close.

Either case, I have had to rethink my strategies. I have begun to focus on the car-tifacts (items on the cars such as the hood ornaments, the chrome, the tail lights, etc.) There is such a wealth of opportunities here and you don't have to worry about distractions.

If interested in "Car-tifacts," check out my website  (
where there is a folder of some of my favorites.  

Where in the World?

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

Guadeloupe, Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion are also recognized as a part of this country.

In 2012, its mainland population of was just under 63 million (62,814,233). Another 2.8 million (2,816,459) are split between Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte and Reunion.

Eight countries border it!

Its native language is the second most studied language in the world after English.

It is the most visited country in the world, with over 80 million visitors every year – proudly sporting the most visited art museum in the world.

Its most famous man-made structure was built as the entrance point for the 1889 World Fair. It is one of the most visited monuments in the world.

Interesting Thought. . .

Light travels faster than sound. 
This is why some people appear bright 
until you hear them speak!
                                - Unknown

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, 

would they call it Fed UP?


Are Lipton Tea employees allowed coffee breaks?

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, C├ęsar 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?