Monday, January 16, 2017

Missed Milestone - 362project

I was realizing this morning that I'm into my 3rd year at 365project...  1/5/2017 was the last day of my second year.  Year 2 was...  ... well, different.  I really slacked off on the photo-a-day concept, and "only" posted 321 photos to my main album. And quite a few were "back dated".  But I feel pretty good about it, and expect to continue through 2017.

So, looking back, here's my 10 "Top Rated" photos over the 2+ years.  Click on the text to see the photos:

1)  Old Chain Of Rocks Bridge - March 31, 2015

2)  Road To Nowhere - June 11, 2015

3)  Starin' At The Sky - November 6, 2015

4)  Indiana Covered Bridge Country - July 4, 2016

5)  Love Gets You Twisted - June 23, 2016

6)  Indian Summer - November 4, 2016

7)  Memorial Day Salute - May 25, 2015

8)  Midweek Memories, Cataldo Mission Idaho - posted 9/16/2015, but the photo is older

9)  Leaf #3393 - October 28, 2015

10)  Rainy Day, Lines of Trees - April 20, 2016


"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

An Icy Armegeddon... almost

So, a major ice storm was predicted for the past couple of days.  Starting Friday morning and lasting through today (Sunday).  Media reports were csaying it woud be the worst ice storm in 10 years, but (so far) we've been pretty fortunate here.  Just some pretty frozen drops on the trees.  Not at all like a couple of weeks ago when a glaze on the roads added hours to area commutes.  Not that I'm complaining, Ict roads are no fun.

Meanwhile, this image is frozen drops on pine needles in the back yard.

Here's some more:

Friday, January 06, 2017

A Good Crop, 2016 - My Year In Photos

Ansel Adams said "Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop."
Over the years, I've used this quote as an inspiration to pick my 12 favorites from the previous year. I missed 2016, but you can see 2012, 2013 and 2014 here.

So, looking back at 2016, how's my crop?
Well, here's 12 of my favorites, arranged semi-randomly.  Click on the text to go to the original post (and larger image)

I had to post this one first, as it Won 1st place (Animal Category) at the 2016 Edwardsville Public Library  Photo Contest.  Yee Ha!
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Verdict??  I'd love to hear your thoughts...  But from my standpoint, I'm feeling like it was a pretty good year.  A lot of variety, at least.  This includes inages from my DSLR, my Compact Digital, and my iPhone.  It includes "Straight Out Of Camera" photos, and dramatically manipulated images.  Pictures from local, nearby and afar...   And I had quite a bit of trouble picking only 12.  

New year's resolution for 2017??  MORE PHOTOGRAPY!  Maybe find a few more outlets.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Clearing Storm

Throwback Thursday, looking back at the Better-Photo years.  Many of these may have been posted here before, but probably not recently.  Hope you enjoy:

The hills east of Spokane, WA....  Sometimes misty, grey days can be great for photography...

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 - The Year In (MY) Music

Well, it is that time, when folks look back over the previous year, and reflect.  I figured to chime in.  I'll do something photography related later, but here's a look back from a music perspective:

Live Music:  I went to 3 concerts in 2016.  That's actually more than I have since the 70's and 80's, before "real life" intruded.  Concerts included:

  • Boston / Blue Oyster Cult / Gary Hoey at Family Arena, St. Charles, MO  6/3/2016  more here
  • David Cook / Tyler Boone at The Duck Room (Blueberry Hill), St. Louis, MO 9/24/2016  more here
  • Al Stewart / Gary Wright / The Empty Pockets at The Wildey Theater, Edwardsville IL 11/11/2016  more here
 Recorded Music:  I added 307 songs to my iPod in 2016.  That's just 4 more than 2015, but about 1/3 the yearly average from 2009 through 2014.  But the reality is that my collection is largely transferred to digital, so that's expected.  I did add a good chunk of music (albums and individual songs) from each of the acts seen live (except for Gary Hoey).  And several albums for/from my son (The Fratellis, Oskar Schuster, David Cook)

Other albums purchased (in alphabetical order):
Over a quarter of the new music was "onsie-twosie".  This included the typically random stuff.  Mostly from the 60's though 80's. Interesting, no Classical or Jazz this year.... .... .... nor folk / bluegrass...  hmmmm.  That surprises me.

Playing Music:   I'm still playing (bass) with our Church praise band.  Probably 45 Sundays, more or less.  Usually 4 or 5 songs / week.  We did NOT play any special events this year, though.  And I didn't do anything outside that group.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Fall Colors, Rocks

Throwback Thursday, looking back at the Better-Photo years.  Many of these may have been posted here before, but probably not recently.  Hope you enjoy:

Yep, another from Spokane River Park.  And another that I've always been especially fond of...

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man. "
 - Benjamin Franklin
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Misty Woods

Throwback Thursday, looking back at the Better-Photo years.  Many of these may have been posted here before, but probably not recently.  Hope you enjoy:

Another from Silver Lake Park, Highland IL.  I don't miss much from my days working in Highland, but lunctimes at the park were nice...

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Pick Your Passion

Some folk like to surf.  Some prefer metal detecting.  Yet others choose photography.....  The beach has a little something for everybody.

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I'm SOOOOOO behind.  I'm still trying to process photos from our Thanksgiving trip to Florida.  I guess it hasn't even been a month yet, so I'm still good.  Right?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Fern, Rocks, River

Throwback Thursday, looking back at the Better-Photo years.  Many of these may have been posted here before, but probably not recently.  Hope you enjoy:

Another from Spokane River Park, outside Spokane, WA.  Not from the same trip as the previous post, though.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


"A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else."

- John Burroughs

Wheaton Md, circa 1983

Friday, December 09, 2016

Ol' 55

1955 Chevy wagon, a little worse for were and tear...  Seen on my evening commute.  Lots of effects here, I was going for a timeless, painterly feel...  softening some of the age apparent on the carm, and rendering the surroundings as generic as possible...

The title is from the Tom Waits song, covered notably by The Eagles on their "One Of These Nights" album.


Thursday, December 08, 2016

R.I.P. Greg Lake, 12/07/2016

Well, 2016 is continuing to be a sucky sucky year in music.  I just saw that Greg Lake, bass player for King Crimson and Emerson Lake And Palmer has died (yesterday).  Apparently he's been battling cancer.

From David Bowie to Leon Russell to Keith Emerson to Prince and Glenn Frey...  the list goes on and on (and on).  And other musicians like Mere Haggard and Mose Allison...  Just bad.  I know all of the folk I listened to as a kid are getting old, but it seems like an inordinate number of them have passed in 2016.


Emerson Lake and Palmer are near the top of the list of bands I wish I had seen live.  But by the time I was attending concerts (1976), they were pretty well done.  I don't recall them ever playing anywhere near where I lived...  But their 1974 live album remains a favorite, and I'll be listening to it before this post goes live.

Throwback Thursday - Sunrise Lake Little Grassy

Throwback Thursday, looking back at the Better-Photo years.  Many of these may have been posted here before, but probably not recently.  Hope you enjoy:

Once upon a time, and I don't remember exactly when....  Our church was looking at expanding, and a group of people were selected to be on a discernment committee, to talk over and ponder the issue.  I was asked to be part of that froup, as was my younger daughter.

We met at the Methodist camp at Lake Little Grassy...  and thus, this photo.