Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I am the one who came up with the theme "Finished" and now I am stuck trying to come up with a post and a header. What was I thinking.

At the time I was finished with a lot of work and was on the spot. I forgot it was my turn.

So I started thinking what might be finished.

I remembered crossing Hoover Dam and watching the construction of the bridge that now takes the pressure of traffic off the road there. (It once took us three hours to travel about twenty miles to cross from Arizona into Nevada.) Once the bridge was finished, we crossed the bridge and there was no place to stop for a picture.

So I thought again.

On another trip to the Southwest, we cheered on our son-in-law as he finished his Ironman race.

Here are some pictures from that day.

After a 2+ mile swim, the Ironman competitors bike 112 miles.

The bike segment is followed by a marathon run--26.1 miles.

It's a long day.

Wheelchair athletes also compete.

Here's Greg nearing the finish of his marathon run.

I wonder what the others finished this week on their headers. I will have to go take a look from the links in my sidebar when I finish posting myself. You can find them there, too.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I promised another shadow.

Taken with my phone when we attended Mass at Holy Apostles in Meridian Idaho while visiting our daughter.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Quite some time ago we had the theme of shadows and I posted a picture of our church-cat--Shadow. Here he is again not letting the secretary work.

I've spent quite a bit of time at the church the last couple of weeks as we were gearing up for the start of our Religious Education program. We have 460 kids enrolled in classes, and keeping track of the kids, the parents*, the volunteers**, the supplies***, the curriculum materials**** the classrooms*****, and not forgetting Who it's all about *can be overwhelming. It will settle down next week when everyone has found themselves in the right class, the right day, the right routine.
           * Parent information and orientation meetings--five sessions
           ** Three are going on a pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi next week.
                One moved back to Mexico without my realizing it.
           ***Did you ever try to get 200 pencils sharpened at once?
           **** The bilingual Kindergarten materials came all in Spanish.
           *****Still one more room to shampoo after this week's classes are over.
           *Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Errrrr. Hmmmmm. I didn't get out with my camera looking for shadows this week.

I did come home last night and found this:

Which is not a shadow, though I suppose that the reason we can see the craters is because of their shadows.

It reminded me, though, that if I looked back in my files a few months--now when was that? a quick Google search found me the dates of eclipses this year and led me to my April files where I found these:

Which I pieced together for this:

Let me make two observations. The full moon image at the top was taken with my new camera, which has a 50X optical zoom lens. The old Camera took the eclipse pictures--I thought at one time that 20X optical was amazing. Can't wait for the next eclipse to see if I can get even better images. It had better be clear on October 8 (lunar) and 23 (solar).

The pattern of the craters has rotated about 45º since April.

What shadows have my headbanger colleagues found? Their links are on my sidebar.

I have another shadow picture that I will post later this week if I remember to get it off my phone. It would not have worked for a header, as the proportions are wrong, but it, well, just wait and see what you think.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

One from Many--E Pluribus Unum

Christine said that we did not have to look at the theme in a patriotic way. Her definition of its origin is that  many nationalities make up our one nation. I think rather that it is that many states make up one nation. Although either of these patriotic interpretations would explain its presence on the Great Seal of the United States, Wikipedia traces its origin to an early publication, wherein articles from many sources were collected into one magazine.

Well, I suppose my interpretation is patriotic, as the samples I happened to have convenient images of are quilts made for the American Hero Quilts project and thus with the patriotic colors of red, white, and blue and their destination being their presentation to some of our wounded warriors, well, what can I say....?

 The obvious connection of the quilts to the theme is that many pieces make up one quilt. That stretches further in that with the exception of the piece below which I did on my own, the many pieces came from many quilters.

And so, e pluribus piecus, Unum quiltum.

OOOooooooo! There is nothing like a good pun, and that was nothing like a good pun.

From what many will my compadres create one? Check my sidebar links to see.

Hey guys! I made it. (Internet was not cooperating and it was iffy.)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Movie Title

Stewart sent us the theme "photo to portray a movie" a couple of weeks ahead so we could think about it. Not being a big movie goer, I was pretty much stumped. The other headbangers offered me some thoughts based on the sorts of images they know I have in my computer files. Cold Mountain. On the Beach. They were okay. I could have used those.

Once I got a handle on the theme I thought of some marmot pictures I have that would make a good "Groundhog Day" title. Some bird pictures (some of them taken the same day as my seagull from last week) that would be "The Birds". Wharf pictures could be "On the Waterfront."

Then we went to the lake to spend a few days with our son's family on vacation, and when we arrived, guess what the kids were watching...

Stuart Little.

So I present to you my thought process.

 Four years ago we spent a lovely day exploring Lincoln, UK with Stewart and his lovely wife Julie.  We had dueling cameras at the cathedral, we walked a street called "Steep". You can imagine what that meant. We had a meal at a typical pub. We walked along the canal. (More dueling cameras.)

Across from the cathedral I caught Stewart peeking out of this doorway.
A bit of editing and -- bye bye Stewart.
A little work with Stewart removed...
Then shrunk and pasted back in, and voila...
Stewart Little.
You can see what films my friends found to illustrate by clicking their links in my sidebar.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Header Challenge--Birds

If I stroll back through my photo archives I am sure I can find a goodly number of bird photos.

There are the Camp Robbers at Mt. Rainier (actually Gray Jays and Clark's Nuthatchers) who will beg and steal any food you leave unattended even for a second (as the strip of bacon when I turned to the stove to cook the eggs)

or even if you don't.

Here are some other birds of some note.

Great Blue Heron

Chaffinch--taken in Scotland

Some more large birds--the Sandhill Cranes

We spent a couple of days with the kids at the lake this week, and the birds we spent time with were the ducks.

But on the way at a rest stop this sign made me laugh.

I laughed because it reminded me of these gulls when we camped at Sun Lakes a couple of years ago.

 They were quite determined.

  A collage suggested itself for the header image.
I am sure that my header colleagues found some great birds for their entries this week. You can find their posts through the links in my sidebar. The theme was suggested by Craver VII.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Color to Black and White

When I worked at the local newspaper, people would sometimes bring in information with snapshots to go with it. Color snapshots. Black and white newspaper. I learned to gently tell people why one shot would work and another would not.


Our challenge this week is to take a color shot and turn it to black and white.


All these shots are from the last week and take with my new Canon Powershot SX50 HS.

We spent a couple of days at Mt. Rainier and a couple of days in Seattle.

There is not much color to start with in this White River crossing.

The cloudy color of the water comes from the glacial flour--bits of rock ground down by the Emmons Glacier which feeds it.

Reflection of the blue sky enhances the river surface.

The yellow monkey flowers are lost in the black and white version, so I cut them off. The texture of the water carries over.

Looking east from the Silver Forest trail, the layers of the mountain ridges provide a contrast...
(I really did take this picture last week, despite the fact that it looks like my template's stock background.)

...that renders nicely in black and white. I am channeling Ansel Adams.

We made a quick exit while the Mariners were putting the final touches on their win over the Chicago White Sox.

We made it to our bus and did not have to wait another hour. But again the original is not much different.

How many planes in this shot at the Museum of Flight?
Another with not much more color in the colored version.

For my header I am going back to the mountain. Wonderful in color or black and white.


Visit my header challenge friends--we call ourselves the Headbangers. You will find their links in my sidebar.