Posts tagged “art

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

Up River

Up River

These images are from the the beautiful island of Kauai in the US state of Hawaii.

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The Monster Girls of Reno

Monster Girls Get Smoked

Monster Girls Get Smoked

Up in the high plains of Nevada sits Reno, not far from the shores of beautiful Lake Taho.  On Independence Day weekend Reno hosts the All-American Barbecue Festival in conjunction with the Firecracker 500 off road race. The event has several homage bands, and iss held downtown on Virginia Street just outside the wonderful Silver Legacy hotel. Monster, makers of the energy drink showed up with a bunch of models in costumes that were no more than bikinis with a tiny skirt and vest to cover things up a bit, accompanied by motorcycle boots. In the heat of the afternoon the girls went out on the tarmac while two wild freestyle bikers on 600′s did wheelies and burnouts around them. I can tell you it did not do their beautiful hair any good. Although these girls are models who instinctively pose, I did manage to get a few shots in street candid style.

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Monuments of Rome

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Some of the monumental attractions from Rome, Italy.


Bacardi Girls Storm Reno

Wolf Berry Girls

Wolf Berry Girls

Over the Independence Day weekend Reno hosts the All-American Barbecue Festival and the Firecracker 500 off road race.  Bacardi showed up with a bus load of pretty girls decked out in mini dresses and shorts  to promote their rum.  Girls wearing hoods were promoting Wolfberry flavored rum.  Some of the girls are models, others college students earning money to get through school.  One told me she got three full days of work out of the festival.  Pretty girls giving out free shots of rum is a great combination.


Japan-America Festival and Others

 

Anime Girl

Anime Girl

Some of these were captured at  festival sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Houston and held in Hermann Park.  Much of the entertainment was paid for by the Japanese Consulate here in Houston. The remaining photos are from a small art festival held at Houston’s beautiful Elizabeth Baldwin Park.


Hermann Park Kite Festival

Giant Fish Kite

Giant Fish Kite

This inaugural kite festival was held in conjunction with Hermann Park’s centennial.  The giant fish kite does not fly well on its own, so it was assisted by the more efficient rainbow colored kite behind it.


Haute Wheels 2014

Cooking Demo

Cooking Demo

Start with a big parking lot, add a bunch of award winning food trucks, craft beer, Texas skies and you have Haute Wheels. This year’s festival added a small Via Colori to the mix. It was 86F and humid on this first weekend of Spring.


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.


Art in the Park

Patrick Dougherty 1

Patrick Dougherty 1

Art in the Park is series of large scale outdoor installations in Houston’s beautiful Hermann Park.


Haunted

Airstream Estate

Airstream Estate

These were photographed on lower Westheimer and along Dowling Street in the Third Ward.


March Color

No Drinking on Premisis

No Drinking on Premisis

These were photographed at various Houston locations, but mostly along Dowling Street in the Third Ward.

 


Braes Bayou

Double Helix

Double Helix

In Houston a bayou is a glorified drainage ditch.  I live close to Braes Bayou and often use its hike and bike trail.  Sometimes I take my camera along and shoot while walking or bike riding.


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.]


Houston 0214

Photographer in a Dress

Photographer in a Dress

Just a few photos I grabbed downtown and in Montrose while stuck here in Houston.  I asked a couple if I could take their picture and they immediately started kissing.  It was the day after Valentine’s day.  “Photographer in a Dress” won Picture of the Week at the highly competitive Nikon Gear photo forum.


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.


Rail Assets

UP 9473

UP 9473

Houston is covered with railroad tracks and is a major rail freight hub.


Urban Geometry

House by Mason Park

House by Mason Park

These were shot on Harrisburg Street in the East End, on Elysian, North of downtown Houston and EaDo (East Downtown).


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