Archive for the month 'January, 2008'

before the massacre

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desperate times

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Little kitty, here, dismembered his red mousy toy. So it was off to the pet store to find a red (aren’t cats supposed to be color blind?), real fur, mousy that rattled, or else. I had turned into the dog owner in the movie Best In Show that had to have the Busy Bee. The pet store owner thought I was nuts.



frozen

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As I am attracted to all things clear, this frozen grate on the grounds of the Saint Francis Cathedral in New Mexico captured my attention.



natural filter

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Photographing while inside of a moving car does not particularly yield good photographs. Undaunted, I clicked away, using the condensation on my passenger window as a filter.



it happened

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I went to Wal-Mart for the first time ever and Nazar captured the moment perfectly.



spin cycle

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This is probably one of the pics that I shot literally from my hip. I love how there is tension around the bottom of the photo. Technically its bad to ‘see’ any sign of the photographer in a shot but what the heck. All the things that are wrong seem right to me in this image.



respectfully creepy

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This statue outside the Saint Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, NM had an eerie light around it. Other religious icons in and around the church also had an air of creepiness. Is it intentional or is it just how I see it?



lure of the west

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Yikes. I never intended to go so long without a blog post. Apologies. Maybe it had something to do with being completely transfixed by the New Mexico scenery over the past few days…



en route

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After a long day of travels our group has all convened in Taos, N.M.



the white place

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In keeping with my southwest theme, this is a pic from an excursion to Plaza Blanca, or as Georgia O’Keeffe dubbed it, “the White Place.” A little off the beaten path, the sandstone cliffs and bleached rock formations feel otherworldly. Over exposing the shot emphasizes its natural brightness (I meant to do that icon wink the white place .



snow-capped cactus

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I have winter on the brain. This photo, courtesy of guest photographer Rob Ploger, was taken last year after a rare snowfall in Tucson.



sacked

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After a rousing game of touch football on Saturday this is how I felt on Sunday.



new mexican state of mind

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This coming week we’re off to Taos, NM to do a little skiing. I hope this old bag-o-bones is up to the task. I took this pic over a year ago in Taos and I’m very much looking forward to photographing under the amazing light of New Mexico again.



super-sized

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I think Paul is a lot taller than I thought.



frozen

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Last weekend, Paul and I escaped the city — destination, historic Tarrytown. We stayed at the site of the oldest american conference center — Tarrytown House Estate. We had views of the Hudson and were greeted by this lonely statue at the base of our hotel building.



blessing america

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diner

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This was taken with my new camera, a Canon PowerShot G9. While it doesn’t quite take the pictures that my workhorse SLR can, it has a ton of handy features, but mostly it gives my shoulders and back a break because of it’s small size and portability. Thank goodness.



beige

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oceanic ogling

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I arrived at Coney Island about an hour before the polar bears did their thing. The rain had just stopped and I saw the opportunity for some gorgeous scenic shots by the water. In my rain boots, I trudged down to the water and did my thing with the camera.



stylish polar bear

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This lovely lady is inhaling a few last drags of her cigarette before disrobing and taking the plunge. I love how you can kind of see the bleak ocean reflected in her sunglasses and the touch of smoke emanating from her lips.



random polar bear before the big dip

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heading for shore

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For the first day of 2008 I was determined to go watch the polar bears at Coney Island. They are a lively bunch who run into the ocean, supposedly for their health. Needless to say, with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees, I saw a lot of pink skin.