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Hermann Park Abstracts

Hermann Abstract 2

Hermann Abstract 2

Photographed at the reflecting pool in Houston’s Hermann park.  The water is less  than two feet deep.


Places Without Locations

Crossed Wires

Crossed Wires

Many photos are of recognizable places, like the Manhattan skyline. None of these landscapes are of instantly identifiable locations. The two aerials were photographed somewhere between Houston and LA, but I can’t tell you even what state is pictured. Remaining images are from Kauai, but without the Hawaii tag, nobody would ever know. [A fellow blogger who is also a pilot identified "Farmland II". See the comments.]


High Seas at Hanalei Bay

Two Boys, Full Speed

Two Boys, Full Speed

On my last full day on Kauai I went up to Hanalei Bay to see the high seas.  Someone tried to go surfing.  Paramedics took him away in an ambulance.  Locals say it is possible to get swept off the dock by a rouge wave.


Mahaulepu Trail and Other Delights

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

These were photographed on the Mahaulepu Trail, at various beaches or in the hills behind Kapaa.  I did eat every bite of the delicious Ronald Burger at Joe’s on the Green in Poipu.


Around Kauai

Beach Cafe

Beach Cafe

These were photographed around the hotel, in Kapaa or in the hills behind the town.


Wiamea Canyon

A Cloud Filled Canyon

A Cloud Filled Canyon

Here are a few views on the way up and from the top of Wiamea Canyon. I was a bit disappointed when the clouds came rolling in, but managed to make the best of it.


The Way to Hanalei

Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay was featured in the movie The Descendants.  It is the location of some of the most expensive beach homes in the world.


Kuilau Trail and Other Delights

Watching the Sunrise

Watching the Sunrise

The Kuilau Trail is one of the easier ones on Kauai and offers stunning views of the area surrounding the Blue Hole.

 


Kapaa, Hawaii

Forever Young

Forever Young

Kapaa is a town in what is called the central area of Kauai.  It is about 5 minutes from the airport.


Aerials in Black and White

Farmland

Farmland

Taken on my Way to LA, over Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California in the vast Southwest of the USA.


New Year’s Eve at a Hotel

Hallway Dark Spot

Hallway Dark Spot

I went to a big New Year’s eve party at a local hotel.  They had a nice buffet, a Salsa band, and the deal included a room.  At midnight all of the electronic keys stopped working.  Apparently, they knew this was going to happen because they had new keys waiting at the desk for hundreds of guests.  Those keys did not work and someone had to let everyone in with a hard master key.  The hotel gave us a $75 credit, and will remain nameless.  I am still there…


The Storm Ended Just Before Sunset

A Wish For Aspens II

A Wish For Aspens II

Yesterday it rained right up until sunset when the sun appeared, blessing the land with perfect golden light. There were fresh puddles at the curb and leaves were turning colorful.


Austin, Within Town Lake

A Tower

A Tower

As I walked around Town Lake I began to gaze into it, and this is what I saw.


Abstracts at the Curb

Clouds, Interrupted

Clouds, Interrupted

It has been raining a lot in Houston. I have been playing in the puddles.


The Brookfield Zoo

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

Some of these photo don’t look like they were made at a zoo, and most are about water.  What do expect from me?  The final 5 photos were shot at the Chicago Botanical Gardens the next day.  Both the Tree of Life and Lilly Pads were nominated for an award at Nikongear forum, but did not win.

 


Underworlds at the Curb

The Abode of Dr K

The Abode of Dr K

Rain water collects at the curb in front of my house. Light reflects off these pools and strange things happen.

 


Unnatural Nature

Hungry Fish

Hungry Fish

This series of abstract and semi abstract photographs was harvested from my archives.  None have been published before.  I have manipulated the colors in all. Hungry Fish won picture of the week at the highly competitive Nikongear forum.

 


Abstracts

Puddle 1-6-09

Puddle 1-6-09

Although these photos were captured in 2009 and 2010, none have been previously published and they did not take on their present form until last night.


La Jolla Rookery

Seals and Surf

Seals and Surf

At the shore of the tony Southland town of La Jolla is a seal rookery.  It is inhabited by barking seals, seabirds and a few squirrels.  The place stinks to high heaven with the pungent aroma of rotten fish.  This makes the rookery controversial with local residents.  At night I could smell it while walking past the outdoor dining area of a few restuarants.


Reflections and Moon Rocks

Botanical Building

Botanical Building

You can go to the shore and watch waves continuously changing the view.  Come back in a hundred years and the rocks will look about the same.  Over time water erodes rocks into beautiful patterns.  At first glance the colors are drab, but with a little magic they can be brilliant.  Another characteristic of water is that it reflects, but slight ripples cause interesting distortions.

Things can be anything you want them to be.  The captions I give photos are often how they first strike me.  Some of the rocks resemble a view from an aircraft or a satellite even though they were taken on the ground.  The reflections make me imagine a place where matter and antimatter meet.

The first 4 photographs were made at the reflecting pond for the Balboa Park Botanical Building in San Diego.  The park houses many museums and the weather in San Diego is always perfect.  The remainder are from Ocean Beach in San Diego.


Malmo

Malmohus

Malmohus

Viewers may recognize that several prior water reflection photographs were of this excellent museum.  The collection is varied including natural history, design and fine arts.  No matter what I do, water is everywhere.


Watery Strangeness

Malmohus Castle

Malmohus Castle

We all love water.  Watch children scream with delight when you take them to the beach or a pool.  Our bodies are 70% water.  Without water life would not be possible.  When one spends over 2 weeks on the Baltic Sea, or its ports which are criss crossed by inlets, ponds and canals, the impact of water on one’s vision is undeniable.

Blogger and photographer Malin H. made me aware of this quote:  It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.”  (Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook)

This series includes photographs from, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and on the High Seas.


The Way to Oslo

Opposite the Sunset

Opposite the Sunset

These landscapes were captured from a large cruise ship while approaching and leaving Oslo, Norway,


South of Kona

Place of Refuge 2

Place of Refuge 2

South of Kona there are a series of nearby beaches.  Place of Refuge is a Pu’uhonua o National Historic Park and it is adjacent to Two Steps Beach, a popular snorkeling and scuba diving spot.  Further down the road is Hookena Beach Park where I photographed some locals and their boats.


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