Saturday, July 26, 2014

Take the Water...

Late afternoon sun, reflecting off of Cold Creek, Cold Creek Canyon.  Just a few miles outside Golden Colorado.  Not far from Thursday's post (in time or space).

Title is from the Poco song:  Blue Water
Yes I remember when it turned the bend in a natural way
It seems there was a time in my mind
When it caught the light of day
I want to see it talkin' back to the sun
I need to feel it wild and on the run

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cold Creek Canyon #8635

Only about 10 miles outside of Golden Colorado, along Grand Highway Of The Republic Highway (Rt. 6).  Larger version, and location at Panoramio

Sunday, July 20, 2014

White Water

Another from Clear Creek Canyon, Colorado.  I spent 2 days exploring this area, after the work day.  And while I saw lots of folk hauling kayaks around, it wasn't until late second day that I actually saw anybody on the river.  It was getting late, and not so bright...  So this was 1/80th sec.  and the kayaker came out blurred.

But I like the overall feel, so I experimented with Photoshop to see what I could come up with.

What do y'all think?

Private Stephen

Just a little something I saw, driving along Rt. 6 west of Golden, CO.  Pretty sure this is near where Rt. 6 joins I-70 (Exist 244), but I turned around here and went back the same way I came.

UPDATE:  Digging around w/ Google Maps, Google Earth and Streetview, I found the location:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

St. Mary's Cross

Another from late June's Mission Trip to Joplin, MO.  this is the Cross from St. Mary's Church.   Everything excetp th cross was destroyed in the tornado, and it (the Cross) has been preserved as a memorial.

Another image of this cross was posted over at Happenstance...

Friday, July 18, 2014

Colorado Sunset

Discerning readers will have deduced that I've been in Colorado the past few days.  On business (of course), but I was able to manage a few photos on the side.  Below is last night's sunset:
This is a short walk from my hotel, looking towards Golden, with South Table Mountain on the near left. This was taken about 200 yards from the image posted Tuesday.  Tweaked on my iPad on the flight home.  A little bit of #photoshopexpress and a touch of #snapseed.  Nice way to pass some time on the flight!

There's a version of this one on Instagram, too.  I rather like that square version...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Me And My Mountains, We'll Be Right Here.... Colorado.

Clear Creek Canyon Park, just west of Golden, Colorado.  Late afternoon, rain moving in....
iPhone photo, tweaked with snapseed.

The title is from a Stephen Stills song.  Actually written by Rick Roberts, but I first knew the Stills version.  Roberts wrote and released when he was with Flying Burrito Brothers.  Which was before he (Rick Roberts) founded Firefall.  Who will be performing at The Wildey this fall.  Without Rick Roberts, though.  Got it?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Discarded carts

Wandering around Wheat Ridge Colorado, and I came across this cache of discarded shopping carts.

It was oddly not particularly near anything....  off in a little "cove".  For some reason it made me think of old movies where hunters would talk about Elephant Graveyards, from old movie lore.

Sometimes that's just how my brain works...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014


Pleasant Ridge Park, lunchtime wanderings.  Last Monday (7/7). Shot on iPhone, post-processing #photoshopexpress.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

In The Spotlight...

(not LPL)

My son took this one, but with my camera...  Last week, he was at a music camp (Camp Electric) in Nashville, and they had concerts every evening.  There's several decent photos.  I rather liked this one (after some tweaking)....

Pop Music - July 1974

July 1974: Chris Evert and Jimmy Conners win Wembledon

Looking at American Top 40 charts for July, 1974... 40 years ago this month: What songs made their Top 40 debut? What was new and trending? Well, there were 20 songs entering the Top 40 during July (4 weeks). Here they are, ranked by eventual peak:

  • (You're) Having My Baby  - Paul Anka - 1
  • Rock Me Gently  - Andy Kim - 1
  • Feel Like Makin' Love  - Roberta Flack - 1
  • The Night Chicago Died  - Paper Lace - 1
  • Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me  - Elton John - 2
  • Tell Me Something Good  - Rufus - 3
  • I'm Leaving It All Up To You  - Donny Osmond - 4
  • Please Come To Boston  - Dave Loggins - 5
  • Call On Me  - Chicago - 6
  • Wildwood Weed  - Jim Stafford - 7
  • Hang On In There Baby  - Johnny Bristol - 8
  • You And Me Against The World  - Helen Reddy - 9
  • Keep On Smilin'  - Wet Willie - 10
  • Shinin' On  - Grand Funk Railroad - 11
  • Rub It In  - Billy "Crash" Craddock - 16
  • Sure As I'm Sittin' Here  - Three Dog Night - 16
  • Machine Gun  - Commodores - 22
  • This Heart  - Gene Redding - 24
  • Fish Ain't Bitin'  - Lamont Dozier - 26
  • Ballero  - War - 33
I was actually able to find all but one of of these songs on Spotify. And added to a playlist. Right now it includes through September 1974, and 164 of the 175 songs which entered the Top 40 in the 1st 9 months of 1974. I'm pretty impressed that they have almost 94% of these songs...

Check it out:

Friday, July 11, 2014

This is from a couple of months ago, tweaked today using #photoshopexpress that I just downloaded to my iPad.  A little spot not far from St. Ellen Mine Park.  Crossposted to instagram. 

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

New Year's Resolution - Update #5

Half The Way There.........

We reached the 1/2 point of 2014 on 7/2, I'm late with my accountability update...  Trying to keep those goals S.M.A.R.T. And in the spirit of accountability, I’ll publish my progress… SO, what did I resolve?

You may recall that the last decile was "mostly bad"...  I'd like to say I got back on track, but that wouldn't be exactly true.  A super busy 5 weeks, both personally and at work.  But excuses are excuses.  Here's the specifics:

1) More Photography!  UPDATE #5:
Not too bad here.  Blog posting was up a LOTcompared to the same period in 2013.  But still WAY down compared to the previous 4 periods.  But, I was out of town for almost 20% of the period.  And I took almost 300 photos that week.  They're already making their way onto the blogs, Facebook, etc.
Give it a B-

2) More Walking!  UPDATE #5: 
As with last time:  Terrible.  Bad, bad, bad.  I finished the period barely over 1/3 of the same period last year.  BUT,  not only am I way off my target pace, I'm 25% behind last year's actuals.  
Nothing but an F

3) Weight.  UPDATE #4:
I'm actually down a smidge from last period.  But only back to where I was. I've been mostly in a narrow range for about 10 weeks.  So it is not as bad as it could be.  But thats' a rather small consolation.

Sigh....  Gotta keep plugging, find a way.


Yet another from the Joplin trip.  Looks like this room had at least 5 layers of wallpaper....  None look particularly recent...

I'm not sure whwn the house was built, but one clue is an old fire station across the street (now The Joplin Host Lions Club).  According to the internet, that building was built in 1939.  The drain pipe from the toilet and was lead.  It appears lead drain pipes were common before 1925.  Anybody an expert on dating old buildings?

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Light (The Electric Light)

Another detail from the Wall Ave. house in Joplin...  This is the front porch light, not sure if it works or not.  there was some electric in the house, and it looks like the old wire has been replaced with new (yellow) wire.

The title is from the Mike Nesmith song, from Elephant Parts / Infinite Rider On the Big Dogma

Monday, July 07, 2014

Am I now seeking human approval, or God’s approval?

Am I now seeking human approval, or God’s approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ.  Galatians 1:11 (NRSV)
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Just something I read recently, that struck me.  It seemed relevant in light of my recent return from my first Mission Trip.  Thinking about the whole "justified by works and not by faith alone" thing....  The need to serve, but NOT for "human approval", or to "please people"...  And my own struggles with the "pride" trap.

(photo not by me, but of me)
Aise:  every source I looked at says Paul's intent in Galatians 1 is to restate the divine source of the Gospel (ref).  Which I get...  But it still made me think.

Back to your regular programming.....

Kinsella Cabin Revisited

Just a phone picture, from today's ambling at Pleasant Ridge Park.  This is the Kinsella Log Cabin.  I've posted inages of this spot before (here and here), but this is a different feel.  I do wish they'ed do something about the cinderblock step at the entry.  It rathre detracts from the mid-19th century authenticity...  But the boarded up windows don't actly help, either.  This is a neat little cabin, it's a shame it's not better displayed.

Snapped w/ my iPhone, cross-posted to Instagram.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Hole In the Wall

Another detail from the Wall Ave. house in Joplin.  This is after we pulled down the old drywall, and before we put up new.  Not exactly what this hole was for, seems to have connected to a chimney (brick)...  perhaps an original stove?  Anyway, we made the command decision to cover it.

The "before" version can be seen here:

There's a B&W version over at Happenstance, which do you like more?

Oh, and (besides the obvious), the post title refers to a Bela Fleck song...

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Locked In The Abstract

Just a little something.  A detail I noticed while working on the Wall Ave. house in Joplin.  This lock was attached to one of the upstairs doors.  But notice that the hasp is broken, the door-frame part is gone

I found it interesting that this lock was on an interior, second floor door.  And that it apparently failed to do its job somewhere along the way...

This is the house I worked on all week during our recent Mission trip.  And this door led to the room where we did most of our work (besides the bathroom).   I managed to grab several photos of details at the house, which should show up here (or at Happenstance) over time.  Enjoy!

Back To Back

A couple of "back" shots from the recent Joplin Promise trip:

First of, a couple of the adults, modeling the 2014 NBY shirt.  I was trying to capture the spirit of going out into the world to do works....  (just don't tell anybody that this was taken at a rest stop along I-44).  The verse is John 3:16.

Second, my son, at one of the Joplin work sites.The Verse is Luke 1:37.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Joplin Promise

Photo Not By Me!

Posting has been very light lightly, but at this time I have a (pretty) good excuse.  A week ago (6/22 <--> 6/28) I went on a Mission Trip with my son and a group from our church.  My first Mission Trip, and his. We're on the left side of the photo, kneeling.   I'm just now catching up.

We went to Joplin, Missouri, where we worked with Joplin Promise.

It was a pretty awesome week, and I was rather far outside of my comfortable little box.  In a good way.  I did take lots of photos, so expect some (the less snap-shot type) to appear here over the next few days or so.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

July 1974

Continuing the series, (Jan, Feb, Mar ,Apr and June):

July 1974... 40 years ago this month.  For me, the summer between Middle School and High School.  In sports, Baseball's All-Star game was played in Pittsburgh.  I don't remember it, which is a little odd since I lived in Pittsburgh, and was a big baseball fan...  Probably because there were no Pirates position players represented that year.
Anyway....  What was happening in music?

Albums released in June 1974 include:

As for singles, Only 3 songs topped the charts in (the 4 weeks) of July 1974:
  • Rock Your Baby - George McCrae (7/20 & 7/27/74)
  • Rock The Boat - Hues Corporation (7/6/74)
  • Annie's Song - John Denver

Some really good songs made their Top 40 chart debuts:
  • Tell Me Something Good - Rufus (Peaked at #3)
  • Call On Me - Chicago (Peaked at #6)
  • Keep On Smilin' - Wet Willie (Peaked at #10)
  • Shinin' On - Grand Funk Railroad (Peaked at #11)