Friday, August 29, 2014

Colorado Rockies: Old Mines

Here's a panoramic view of some abandoned mines near Creede, Colorado. Creede is in the Sangre De Cristo range of the Rockies in southwest Colorado, near the headwaters of the Rio Grande. My grandfather grew up in Creede and worked in mines like this (maybe this one?) a hundred years ago, before he went off to World War I.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Colorado Rockies: South Boulder Creek

This is a view of South Boulder Creek, cascading down from the mountains, just southeast of Pinecliffe, Colorado. As you can see, the train tracks follow the creek as the best way across the mountains.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Colorado Rockies: Back Range

This week I've chosen to post some photos of the Colorado Rockies, of which I have many, many, many. This is view of part of what's called the back range, taken from Pinecliffe Mountain. Pinecliffe Mountain is in the front range, about mid way between Denver and Boulder. This photo was shot on film in the 1990s.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Autumn Colors

This may not be a picture of the autumns colors you had in mind. That said, this view of Arches National Park shows how beautiful that part of the country can be in mid-October.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer Clouds

This is an infrared view of the countryside, with one of my favorite lines of trees.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Summer Storm

A summer thunderstorm rolls in over the fields and windmills of East-Central Illinois.

Friday, August 15, 2014

People in Japan: At the Train Station

As a final post of photos of people in Japan this week, here is a picture of school kids waiting for a train at Kyoto Station. I like the contrast between the kids in their uniforms and the geisha on the billboard.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

People in Japan: The "V" Sign

As in much of Asia, people in Japan habitually flash the "V" sign when they are posing for a picture. I don't know why, and no one else seems to know either. It's just a thing people do. As I am unaccustomed to taking pictures of strangers, I was pleased at how most people in Japan seemed to enjoy being photographed.

Above, some school girls in Sendai. Below is a bar hostess in Koriyama... at a school for disabled children in Koriyama...

...a farm family in their farmhouse...

...a couple in a passing car in Kyoto...

...and some kids in a small hot springs town in northern Japan.

Monday, August 11, 2014

People in Japan: Street Performers

This week I'll be posting pictures of people in Japan. I don't normally take photos of people, but there was something compelling about the everyday vistas of activity in the cities of Japan.

Today it's street performers. Both of the photos posted here are from Ueno Park in Tokyo, where people gather on the weekend to relax. Above are a pair of performers doing what I assume was comedy. If you liked them you could put some money in their rice cooker.

Below is a one-man band performer named Masahiro Tatematsu. He has bicycled all over the world with his portable musical kit, playing wherever he stopped. He was quite good. I bought his CD, which was musical impressions of his bicycle ride across Australia.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Mist Week: The Mountains

When you think of mountains and mist, you probably think of the Great Smoky Mountains. This is a view within Great Smoky Mountains National Park, that shows exactly why they got their name.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mist Week: Countryside

This shot is from far western North Dakota on a misty June morning. I like how the dirt road bumps its way across the horizon.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Mist Week: The Ocean

I'll be featuring photos involving mist this week. We start out in Newport, Oregon, once again. This is an early morning view of the beach at Newport. This is mid-July, so the temperature was way up around 47 degrees Fahrenheit at the time.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Yaquina Head Light

The Yaquina Head Light sits just north of Newport, Oregon, and used to warn ships of the dangerous rocks just below it. Now it is the main attraction in the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area maintained by the US Bureau of Land Management. It's well worth a visit if you are in the Newport area.