Friday, March 17, 2017

How Many More?


Just a bit of graffiti, along the Heritage Bike Trail...  This was one of my shots for this week's world wide minute, but not the one I used for that...

The text is not clipped, thoe three words were all that was there.  Leaving us all to wonder, how many more what?  Of course, ever the music geek, it led me right into Led Zeppelin's "How Many More Times"....

Thursday, March 16, 2017

World Wide Minute - 3/15/2017

So there's this thing...  World Wide Minute.  On 3/15/2017, ant 5:47pm local time, you take a photo.  And post it to their facebook group.  I think this is the 4th year, and I've participated in the last 3 (after discovering it at 365project)

Kind of interesting, each photo has been black and white...



Worldwide Minute 2016








Worldwide Minute 2015









I don't think any of these is exactly stunning, but given that I'm usually on my evening communte at 5:47pm, I think that's just how it will be.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Top Hits - March 1967

Continuing the series:

What were the top songs of the month in March 1967 (50 years ago)?  Well, looking at Billboard's Hot 100, ranking by peak position during the month, with ties settled by average position over the 5 weeks of the month....  and presenting the top 40:

Song  -  Artist  -  Peak
  • Love Is Here And Now You're Gone  -  The Supremes  -  1
  • Ruby Tuesday  -  The Rolling Stones  -  1
  • Happy Together  -  The Turtles  -  1
  • Penny Lane  -  The Beatles  -  1
  • Dedicated ToThe One I Love  -  The Mamas & The Papas  -  2
  • Baby I Need Your Lovin'  -  Johnny Rivers  -  3
  • Kind Of A Drag  -  The Buckinghams  -  3
  • There's A Kind Of Hush  -  Herman's Hermits  -  4
  • Georgy Girl  -  The Seekers  -  5
  • Sock It To Me-Baby!  -  Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels  -  6
  • Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye  -  The Casinos  -  6
  • The Beat Goes On  -  Sonny & Cher  -  6
  • For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey What's That Sound)  -  The Buffalo Springfield  -  7
  • Gimme Some Lovin'  -  The Spencer Davis Group  -  7
  • My Cup Runneth Over  -  Ed Ames  -  8
  • I'm A Believer  -  The Monkees  -  10
  • Strawberry Fields Forever  -  The Beatles  -  11
  • Mercy, Mercy, Mercy  -  Cannonball Adderley  -  11
  • (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet  -  Blues Magoos  -  12
  • The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game  -  The Marvelettes  -  13
  • I Think We're Alone Now  -  Tommy James And The Shondells  -  13
  • It Takes Two  -  Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston  -  14
  • The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)  -  Harpers Bizarre  -  14
  • Darling Be Home Soon  -  The Lovin' Spoonful  -  15
  • The Return Of The Red Baron  -  The Royal Guardsmen  -  15
  • Pretty Ballerina  -  The Left Banke  -  15
  • California Nights  -  Lesley Gore  -  16
  • Go Where You Wanna Go  -  The 5th Dimension  -  16
  • I've BeenLonely Too Long  -  The Young Rascals  -  17
  • I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)  -  The Electric Prunes  -  17
  • Bernadette  -  Four Tops  -  18
  • You Got To Me  -  Neil Diamond  -  18
  • Epistle To Dippy  -  Donovan  -  19
  • This Is My Song  -  Petula Clark  -  19
  • I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)  -  Aretha Franklin  -  20
  • Let's Fall In Love  -  Peaches & Herb  -  21
  • Ups And Downs  -  Paul Revere & The Raiders  -  22
  • Niki Hoeky  -  P.J. Proby  -  23
  • Jimmy Mack  -  Martha & The Vandellas  -  24
  • 98.6  -  Keith  -  25
So, I have 7 of the Top 10, but only 19 of the Top 40....  Looks like I need to go to Amazon!

Monday, March 06, 2017

Tiered

Just a little something, seen at Glen Caron's Greenspace North.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Bag It...

Sometimes I think our era will be remembered for the scourge that is plastic bags...  Remember when it was "paper or plastic"?  Now it seems to be plastic or "bring your own".  And it certainly seems that one can't go far without seeing discarded plastic bags laying around.

I saw this one flapping in the wind in a nearby corn field.  That's far from uncommon here, where suburbia bumps up against farmland.  

As Linus once said:  "I love mankind, it's PEOPLE I can't stand".

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Randomness #9674

So...  We're still having washing machine issues (waiting on a part), so we're still making excursions to the laundromat at Monclair Shopping Center.  Which gives me a little time to wander around the area and nab a few photos. 



Last week, I came across this space being renovated... Seems that it used to be a dentist's office. Now on the way to be something else. BIT.... There's a couple of big red signs taped to the doors announcing a "work Stoppage". Apparently they got crosswise with the building inspector or something. Anyway, I thougt it was interesting, with the blue wall and all.

Some other images from these excursionas ar:
 

Friday, March 03, 2017

Old Building #9554

Yep, I do like old, decaying buildings...  Abandoned chunks of days gone by...  testaments to the impermanence of man.  blah, blah, blah.

This is a fascinating building in O'Fallon, IL, not far from work.  There's a little bike trail stub headed east from St. Ellen Mine Park, which runs about 1/2 mile and dead-ends at Hartman Road.  This old building is about 50 yds before the road, but the building isn't easily visible to folk driving by...

As seen in Google-maps:


The top shot is actually the west facing wall, which I presume is the back (since it faces away from the nearest road.  Below is more of an overview, showing the "front" and north side:




I spent some time a while back trying to find something out about this building (just some internet searching).  But no luck.  I wish there was some way (shy of trespassing) to see (and photograph) the inside...


Thursday, March 02, 2017

Cold and Lonesome


Every once in a while one has to go fully into the world of effects.  This is one of those images....

This one is actually from mid January, not sure why it didn't get posted here at the time.  Here it is at 365project.  But, better late than never.  I was really pleased with t he way this turned out, pretty close to exactly what I was thinking when I pressed the shutter release.  That doesn't seem to happen all that frequently with highly manipulated images (for me at least).

Maybe I should get a print of this one....



Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Water's Edge


This is an iPhone photo, tweaked on my iPad...   Just a samll slice of life, something noticed in one of the small ponds at St. Ellen Mine Park.

Maybe a little subtle, but I rather like it...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Continuing the series, running late for February:

What were the top songs of the month in February 1987 (30 years ago)?  Well, looking at Billboard's Hot 100, ranking by peak position during the month, with ties settled by average position over the 5 weeks of the month....  and presenting the top 40:

              Song  -  Artist  -  Peak

  1. Livin' On APrayer  -  Bon Jovi  -  1
  2. Open Your Heart  -  Madonna  -  1
  3. Keep Your Hands To Yourself  -  The Georgia Satellites  -  2
  4. Jacob s Ladder  -  Huey Lewis  -  2
  5. At This Moment  -  Billy Vera  -  2
  6. Will You Still Love Me?  -  Chicago  -  3
  7. Change Of Heart  -  Cyndi Lauper  -  3
  8. Touch Me (I Want Your Body)  -  Samantha Fox  -  4
  9. You Got It All  -  The Jets  -  5
  10. Somewhere Out There (From "An American Tail")  -  Linda Ronstadt  -  6
  11. Land Of Confusion  -  Genesis  -  6
  12. Ballerina Girl  -  Lionel Richie  -  7
  13. Respect Yourself  -  Bruce Willis  -  7
  14. (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)  -  Beastie Boys  -  8
  15. Someday  -  Glass Tiger  -  8
  16. Love You Down  -  Ready For The World  -  9
  17. Big Time  -  Peter Gabriel  -  9
  18. We're Ready  -  Boston  -  9
  19. C est La Vie  -  Robbie Nevil  -  11
  20. MandolinRain  -  Bruce Hornsby  -  12
  21. Nobody s Fool  -  Cinderella  -  13
  22. Shake You Down  -  Gregory Abbott  -  13
  23. I ll Be Alright Without You  -  Journey  -  14
  24. Stop To Love  -  Luther Vandross  -  15
  25. Let s Wait Awhile  -  Janet Jackson  -  15
  26. Control  -  Janet Jackson  -  16
  27. I Wanna Go Back  -  Eddie Money  -  17
  28. Brand New Lover  -  Dead Or Alive  -  20
  29. This Is The Time  -  Billy Joel  -  20
  30. Talk To Me  -  Chico DeBarge  -  21
  31. Nothing s Gonna Stop Us Now  -  Starship  -  21
  32. Lean On Me  -  Club Nouveau  -  22
  33. Come Go With Me  -  Expose  -  23
  34. Can t Help Falling In Love  -  Corey Hart  -  24
  35. Stay The Night  -  Benjamin Orr  -  24
  36. Facts Of Love  -  Jeff Lorber  -  27
  37. Tonight,Tonight, Tonight  -  Genesis  -  27
  38. Candy  -  Cameo  -  28
  39. Jimmy Lee  -  Aretha Franklin  -  28
  40. Victory  -  Kool  -  29
Aside, the Bostn video is from the show we saw in 2016 (but not mine)...


Monday, February 27, 2017

Get The Point?


Another little thing for a 365project challenge.  It is called "Flash Of Red";  during February, folk are challeneged to shoot b&w, except for 2/14 when they add a flash of red.  Obviously, I'll all down with the month of b&w, but wasn't sure about the flash of red part...

Naturally, I wasn't going to do some valentine-y hearts and romance thing...  nothing wrong with that, just not my style.  The above is what I came up with.  I dunno, I kind of like it.  even though it is sort of forced, and besides the selective color also includes a bit of the somewhat cliche Dutch Tilt

I ended up doing a couple of other "flash of red" shots in the subsequent days, included herre for your viewing pleasure.  Click for larger versions.:



Sunday, February 26, 2017

Top 40 Hits - February 1977

Continuing the series, running late for February:

What were the top songs of the month in February 1977 (40 years ago)?  Well, looking at Billboard's Hot 100, ranking by peak position during the month, with ties settled by average position over the 5 weeks of the month....  and presenting the top 40:

           Song  -  Artist  -  Peak (Feb)
  1. New Kid InTown  -  Eagles  -  1
  2. Torn Between Two Lovers  -  Mary Macgregor  -  1
  3. Blinded By The Light  -  Manfred Mann's Earth Band  -  1
  4. Evergreen (Love Theme From A Star Is Born)  -  Barbra Streisand  -  2
  5. Car Wash  -  Rose Royce  -  2
  6. Dazz  -  Brick  -  3
  7. Fly Like An Eagle  -  Steve Miller  -  4
  8. I Like Dreamin'  -  Kenny Nolan  -  5
  9. Hot Line  -  The Sylvers  -  5
  10. Enjoy Yourself  -  The Jacksons  -  6
  11. I Wish  -  Stevie Wonder  -  8
  12. Night Moves  -  Bob Seger  -  8
  13. Lost Without Your Love  -  Bread  -  9
  14. Dancing Queen  -  ABBA  -  9
  15. Weekend In New England  -  Barry Manilow  -  10
  16. Walk This Way  -  Aerosmith  -  10
  17. Year Of TheCat  -  Al Stewart  -  11
  18. Go Your Own Way  -  Fleetwood Mac  -  14
  19. Hard Luck Woman  -  Kiss  -  15
  20. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing  -  Leo Sayer  -  15
  21. Boogie Child  -  Bee Gees  -  16
  22. Somebody To Love  -  Queen  -  16
  23. Don't Leave Me This Way  -  Thelma Houston  -  17
  24. Jeans On  -  David Dundas  -  17
  25. Rich Girl  -  Daryl Hall John Oates  -  18
  26. The ThingsWe Do For Love  -  10cc  -  19
  27. Carry On Wayward Son  -  Kansas  -  21
  28. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing  -  Donny & Marie Osmond  -  21
  29. Save It For A Rainy Day  -  Stephen Bishop  -  22
  30. You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)  -  Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.  -  23
  31. Long Time  -  Boston  -  24
  32. After The Lovin'  -  Engelbert Humperdinck  -  24
  33. Living Next Door To Alice  -  Smokie  -  25
  34. Maybe I'm Amazed  -  Wings  -  26
  35. Don't Give Up On Us  -  David Soul  -  27
  36. Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow  -  Tom Jones  -  28
  37. Saturday Nite  -  Earth, Wind & Fire  -  29
  38. Crackerbox Palace  -  George Harrison  -  30
  39. Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)  -  Rod Stewart  -  30
  40. Stand Tall  -  Burton Cummings  -  31

Aside:  the linked youtube videos for "Year Of The Cat" and "Foreplay / Long Time" are from shows I attended in 2016.  Not my videis, though.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Horsenettle?

I'm no bottanist, but some internet digging convinces me this is horse-nettle. And apparently it is rather poisonous. I though these berries were pretty cool, though.

I generally hate my attempts at macro / close-up, I think I'm just not patient enough.  But this turned out ok.  Enough dof to have the subject in focus, but decent blur on the background.  Still, the tops of the stems could be crisper...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Brussels Ferry


From last monthm (January 2017), this is the Brussels Ferry that crosses the Illinois River just north of Grafton, Illinois.  From an eagle watching excursion which inexplicably didn't make it onto the blog.  I'll have to rectify that.
 
I've  lived in this area for 27+ years, but have never taken this ferry.  My wife did long ago, taking the girls peach picking in Calhoun County, IL.    Maybe this spring we'll have to make an excursion.  Just not for Peaches!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Paint It Black

I was looking over my recent posts, and realized that there aren't many (new) photos...  I'm not off to a good start on 2017.  But it isn't that I'm not shooting, just not been good about posting.  I'll try to kick it up, get it back to where it ought to be.  Sorry for my fade.....

So here we go:

This was posted over at 365project way back on January 11th.  Just a little something I saw during lunch time wanderings (In Belleville, IL).  Titled (obviously) from the Rolling Stones song.
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"I see a red door and I want it painted black, No colours anymore, I want them to turn black"
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I entered this in one of the challenges they run over there...  a challenge to come up with photos inspired by song titles.  Kind of cool, this one won the round!  Besides the glory, the reward is to host the next round (which I did).

Meanwhile, there's a very cool version of "Paint It Black" on the soundtrack from the HBO series.  Check it out here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iZ9JRVmJ5o


The various challenges are one of the things I like about 365project.