Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tunnel Vision

I like the light patterns on the wall. I'm not a %100 sure but I think they are reflections.
Follow me through the tunnel to 2011!

I took this shot it Jersey City. Do you see the twins with the cell phones at the end of the tunnel? It's actually just one guy but doubled him for fun. :)

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Postcards From New York City


For some reason I never send postcards but this is two versions of a photo of New York City that I took last night. A sort of post trip, blog-double-postcard?
Other than a little cold weather, large crowds and a bomb scare NYC was great! It was the first time we went there during the Christmas season.
Now it's time to sleep. See you tomorrow!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Shop until Your Legs Fall Off?

I was bored while waiting for a flight at the Brussels airport. I wish I would have tried a few more shots or at least waited a second or two before I took this one. The neon sign reflected on the floor is timely but the poor man's legs are cut off. Maybe he's in the process of spending an arm and a leg? :) Personally I'm not much of a shopper but I hear there are quite a few out there.

Have a great weekend and I hope you enjoy Weekend Reflections.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Down and Out in Paris

For me Paris is a fun and wonderful city but that's not the case for everyone. This couple was trying to warm themselves by the steam coming up from the Metro across the street from the Louvre. It might have seemed more cozy and comfortable if it wasn't raining. I hope they found a place to stay before the really cold weather came.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Factory of the Dead

During my recent trip to Paris I was fortunate enough to meet and spend the day taking pictures and talking with my photo blogging friend Owen. Owen as I mentioned before is from Pennsylvania but now lives near Paris. He also happens to have a really cool blog. I took this ominous shot in Père Lachaise cemetery. It reminds me of an old factory but Owen informed me that this is the crematorium, hence my title. The rain had just started when I took this picture and I remember thinking that dark clouds just might enhance the dramatic look of the building.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) at Night

This beautiful wooden bridge in Lucerne Switzerland was built in the 14Th century.The church on the right is the 17Th century Jesuit Church.
This is my post for Weekend Reflections and Sunday Bridges.

My previous photo was a hand held shot but this one took 10 seconds. Night time and long exposures are very new to me so If anyone has advice or tips I'm all ears.

Thanks and have a great weekend!.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Playing in a Paris Fountain

This fountain is not far from where we stay. I've walked by it several times on several trips but this time the red and blue lights caught my attention. Paris is magical at night.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Le Promeneur Solitaire

EExcept for a an ocasional nun I always seem to have the whole area behind St-Gervais-et-St-Protais Church to myself. This day was no exception until this fancy guy strolled by. It's called Rue Des Barres and there is a wonderful half-timbered building on the corner.

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Little Slice of Paris

Look what I spotted in a gutter in Le Marais.

This is my reflection for Weekend Reflections.
Do you have a reflection that you would like to share?
Do you want to see more reflections from people all over the world? If so just click the Weekend Reflections link and have fun!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Rue Montpensier at Night

This is the view looking to the right just outside of our apartment door in Paris. If we go out of the other door we are in the Palais Royal courtyard. The crowds come and go from the Palais Royal Theatre deep into the night. I'm glad that I always travel with ear plugs. Other than a little noise this is a wonderful place to stay.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Photo from Pont Alexandre III

I was on Pont Alexandre III in Paris when I took this photo. The bridge in the distance is Pont des Invalides. This is my Sunday Bridges post.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bruges Reflections


I was lucky to get this shot because we were literally running to catch the train back to Brussels. It was at the end of a cloudy day in Bruges Belgium and the sun decided to pop out just before it set. I guess it's because of the lighting but this reminds me of a painting.

This is my Weekend Reflections entry.

Monday, November 22, 2010

4 Boats and 4 Ducks on Lake Lucerne

There were lots of weather changes on our trip. There was light fog when I took this shot.
Our hotel in Lucerne had wonderful views and it was right on the lake. Normally there were swans all around but this time the ducks had the place to themselves.

This will be my Watery Wednesday entry.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Louvre Reflections

Here's another photo that I took with my pocket camera. It's really easy to use at night and I don't worry so much about it getting wet when it rains. This particular night was cold and windy but the rain stopped long enough for me to get some nice shots.
You may notice more night photos here because I recently decided to try it and now I find it almost addicting. It's really enjoyable to experiment and learn new things about photography.

This is my post for Weekend Reflections. If you would like to post a reflection or see other reflections just follow the link.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Little Romance in Père Lachaise Cemetery

I guess they don't call it French kissing for nothing. I'm always amazed by the amount of kissing that goes on in Paris. I'm also amazed by the amount of smoking but that's another story.

I met up with my blogger friend Owen for a day of picture taking in and around Père Lachaise Cemetery. Owen is originally from Pennsylvania but now he's a French citizen and lives just North of Paris and I bet he didn't even notice this scene. :) We spent hours taking pictures and we had a wonderful time. Then we had dinner at restaurant called Le Relais de l'Entrecôte. I liked it so much that I ended up going two more times with Vicki.

Owen has an amazing blog called MAGIC LANTERN SHOW.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

An Old Street in an Old Town

This is a street in Lucerne Switzerland's old town. I took the shot with my new little Canon powershot s95 camera. This was my first trip to Switzerland and I fell in love with it's charming beauty. Vicki had been a few times as a child but she fell in love too.
We stayed in a wonderful hotel called the Lucerne Grand Hotel National. It's a grand old hotel in a great location right on the lake, but we chose a "city view room" on the 5th floor with a view of the cathedral. We had a great stay and we enjoyed lots of good food.
I sure hope that I'm blessed with another visit someday.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Following the Leader in Paris

Hello to all of my blogger friends! It was a wonderful vacation but it's great to be home. I have lots of photos to go through and post. I took pictures all over Paris France, Brussels and Bruges Belgium and Lucerne and Zurich Switzerland. It may take a little while to update my header photo and get back into my normal blogging routine because I'm trying to get a few other things done around here too. I can't wait to post my photos and catch up on your your blogs so it probably won't be too long. :)

I was walking on the Allée des Cygnes on the Isle de Grenelle in Paris when I took this picture. It looked to me like the statue of liberty is walking and the lady and her dogs were following.
Well maybe the lady and two out of the three dogs. What do you think?


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween from Europe!

I'll be on vacation until November 19th-ish. This post was pre scheduled.

I was very surprised to see this guy in Prague of all places last November. I'm in Europe again but not in Prague this time.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Into The Eye of the Storm

I'm on vacation and this is a pre-scheduled post. I'll should be back to my regular blogging in mid to late November.
I took this photo at Laguna Beach California in between major storms. It rained almost every day during my last visit home. In fact the storms were some of the worst that I can remember.
As you probably noticed I was playing around with textures before I left. Photo editing can be fun but I try not to get carried away with it. :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Balboa Pier During a Storm

Brave fishermen weathering the storm at the end of the pier.


Looking at the pier as large rain drops fall.
This is a pre-scheduled post I'll be back to normal blogging in mid to late November.
I took these photos during the terrible storms in Southern California last January. I took the bottom shot when there was a short break in the storm but by the time I took the top one a couple of minutes later the wind was blowing about 50 mph and the rain was starting to pour. Plus the waves were almost crashing onto the pier. Not a great place for a camera. Thankfully I parked my car close by. :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Transition Time

This is the Huntington Beach Pier in Orange County California as day turns to night. Walking around this area at sunset is one of the things that I miss most about home.
I had a great time exploring and experimenting with black and white over the last several months but from now on I'll be posting more color photos.
I'm going to Europe next week and I'll be there for a few weeks taking lots of pictures so I'm changing the theme of this blog from "mostly black and white" to mostly photos of Europe. The photos will be a mix of color and black and white. Hopefully I'll be able to make a few posts while I'm there.
Until I return in mid to late November this will be my final post that's not pre-scheduled.
I pre-scheduled the Weekend Reflections meme on my other blog so have fun and stay tuned. :)
This is my Skywatch Friday entry.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

An Old Bake Oven

I've noticed these interesting domed brick structures sticking out of some of the very old buildings in this part of the country. I guessed that they were some type of oven and I was right. One of these days I'll try to find more information about them. If you look closely you will see that the bricks on the ground change at the little gate on the right. That's where I stood to take the photos for my October 7TH post "The Space Between Two Buildings".


Monday, October 11, 2010

An Old Barn in Mt. Airy New Jersey


This old barn has seen better days. It looks like it's had plenty of use over the years.
This is my entry in the Old Barn meme at Bluff Area Photo. Follow the ink if you like old barns and/or you want to participate.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunlight Shining through

Several of the grave stones in this cemetery have been worn down by the elements over time. However I saw several from the 1800's and maybe even the 1700's. It makes me wonder what Newtown was like back in those days.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Space Between Two Old Buildings


This is two crops of the same photo. It's the brick walking space between two old buildings in Newtown. The building on the left was built in 1733 and the one the right was built in 1782. I don't know when they put the bricks in the middle.
There's a garden at the end of the bricks but it's hard to tell because of the bright sun.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Neuschwanstein Castle

I took this shot from a little wooden frost covered bridge thousands of feet off of the ground. The bridge had way too many people on and to be honest I was scared half to death every time I saw the planks bend. However the views were way to nice to pass up.

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Historic Old House

This house probably dates back to the late 18th or early 19th century. It looks like three buildings stuck together. I wonder if the small section on the right is some type of root cellar.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Munich Fischbrunnen

This fountain is right in front of the
Neues Rathaus(New Town Hall) in Munich Germany.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Looking Up in Little Italy


Or in their case looking down at the Feast of San Gennaro. Mulberry st. between Spring and Prince st.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Où est René?

A French Crocodile lost in Manhattan? Just when I thought I'd seen it all.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Ruins of Walnut Hill Barn

The sign says this barn was built in 1825 and there was an addition in 1849. The sign also says that the barn will be restored. I think this might be the biggest barn that I've seen. There were other ruins scattered around the area that made me imagine what it was like when this was a working farm. I bet it was a beautiful place.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sacrifice and Devotion

This Bronze statue in the Cloisters of the Washington Memorial Chapel was dedicated in 1914 to the grieving mothers of the nation. The chapel and statue are both in Valley Forge Historical Park.
It was just me and the statue when I was there and got the feeling that she wanted some privacy.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Illuminated at Night

I took this shot of the side of Olde St. Andrew's Church from the cemetery that I mentioned in my last Newtown Area Photo post. I love the way the church is lit up. I think the stained glass would look amazing if one night they lowered these outside lights and turned up the ones inside.
This will be my entry for Monochrome Weekend.

Monday, September 6, 2010

"Stay Away From the Light"

It recently dawned on me that I almost never take pictures at night. So last night I went for a walk and brought my camera. This photo is the space between two old buildings in the main street area of Newtown.

It's been almost 30 years since I saw the movie "Poltergeist" but "Stay away from the light" popped into my mind.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Church in Mt. Airy New Jersey





This isn't the greatest picture but I wanted to show the front of the church.




I had to slip in a color version because the sky was so beautiful.



I'm doing the trial version of Photoshop CS5 and this black and white conversion is called "Maximum Black"
We had one day of perfect weather last week so I took a drive. I ended up in Clinton New Jersey but I made a few stops on the way. This church in Mt. Airy New Jersey was here before the USA was a country. The sign says it was founded in 1754. Old buildings like this spark my imagination. I never saw buildings this old when I lived in California but I've seen much older ones in Europe.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Crawling Across a Bridge


I guess if you had vertigo it would be better than walking. :)
This is the same bridge that I took the picture of the American flag from for Weekend Reflections # 48. One of these days I'll cross it and explore the island on the other side.

For more pictures of bridges from all over the world click here for Sunday Bridges.

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Place to Worship

The view of one kneeling before an alter in Saint Patrick's Cathedral NYC.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Walking Around the Museum


The Philadelphia Museum of Art is an amazing building. I like the outside almost as much as the inside.