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The view of Emerald Bay is visible from the road. Van Sickle Park is right behind the Marriott. The socks are manufactured by Sock it to Me, a company owned by a young woman I met on my last trip to Kauai, early in 2014. Number 8 is typical of the older cabins around Tahoe. If you visit Lake Tahoe when school is out, expect to see a lot of children.
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Heavenly is the main ski area at Lake Tahoe. In summer the trails are strewn with rocks and logs. Tons of snow must fall before the slopes are open. A gondola runs from right next to the Marriott to the 9,150 foot level and a chair lift adds about another 1,000 feet. Further small elevation gains are possible with a short hike.
To reach lake Angora follow a complex set of directions from South Lake Tahoe. The final turn is not marked and the first 100 yards of that road looks impassable. Along the way signs warn the parking lot may be full. You will need $7 in cash or a check to place in an envelope for parking. Follow that with a short hike up the hill and you reach Lane Angora.
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Genoa is the oldest settlement in Nevada boasting the oldest saloon and oldest home, the pink house. It seems the saloon is so old that it has lost its original name. The bloody Marys are supposed to be famous. The guys on Harleys started in Reno and would circle Lake Tahoe before returning to Reno that evening.
I have visited the crater previously, but this was the first time I hiked down into it any real distance. It might be a mile, but that takes one to an overlook providing a different perspective than what is viewed from the rim. My thanks to the girls for their volunteer modeling job. They were photographed before the hike. Remember, in only 90 minutes you can drive from the beach to the summit at 10,000 feet (3,000 Meters).
Art Houston is a coordinated series of gallery openings in the hottest part of the year. These photos were taken at, outside of, or near the galleries.
For the last few days I have been at a convention in Boston. Rather than go to the canned programs I have been wandering around the streets with my camera. Yesterday the tail end of hurricane Andrew blew through here and it rained for hours.
This post takes its title from a show at Diverse Works, a Houston non-profit that supports visual arts. Diverse Works specializes in installations, and this multiple artist show was no exception.
Many of those who follow my photography have an interest in black and white conversions of digital images. The native output of a digital camera is color, enabled by a Bayer filter built into the sensor. What is interesting about black and white conversions is the photographer is able to change the color response of the image after the fact by manipulating color channels prior to mapping those colors to greyscale tones. With film the usual method of accomplishing this task was with colored filters or using film with a different color response. It’s beginning to break down, but there is resistance in the fine art world to digital black and white.
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The Houston Heights is a neighborhood with its own commercial district located on 19th street. The merchants there stage several events each year to generate traffic. Last night they had Jazz bands and a few offered free wine at their businesses. Food trucks were parked nearby. After about 6:30 PM our wickedly hot summer weather becomes tolerably hot, but it doesn’t matter because everyone is used to it.
One of the most interesting things you can do in Dubrovnik is to walk the wall around Old Town. They charge a steep $20 to go up there and there is no shortage of takers. It takes about 1.5 hours to complete the circle while enjoying great views of the area. The Kayaks were photographed from just outside of Old Town. The final five photos were taken at locations away from Old Town, several were from my hotel balcony.
I was in Dubrovnik for 4 nights and had a lot of time to take photographs there. When I wasn’t looking out over the Adriatic from my hotel room, I was walking around looking for street scenes. My style of travel is to take things slowly. You will never find me in the 9 countries in 14 days mode. Every time I see an interesting wall the doors and windows remind me of the colored rectangles in a Mondrian painting. The tights the two girls are wearing are typical. They are too thin to be called stretch pants.
Dubrovnik is situated on hills that meet the Adriatic Sea. It is famous for its large Old Town. While the area is ancient, most of the roofs were replaced in the 1990’s after the war which erupted over the break up of Yugoslavia. Because it is a popular cruise port, Old Town is jammed with tourists and people hawking short boat tours. A beer will set you back $6, the most expensive in Croatia. As usual, I give you the not usual in photography. I even let a monochrome shot slip in this time.
Perhaps what I do with travel photography is an illusion. I feel I have to throw in a few of the more typical shots just to prove I was there. The entrance to Old Town appears deserted when it was not. The harbor area is the best place to just hang out with tour boat traffic for entertainment in addition to people watching. Of course there was water so I grabbed some abstracts.
This is the first of several posts from Dubrovnik. Stay tuned.
Here is the first batch of people watching photos from Ljubljana that I promised earlier. As usual, I try to keep things as un touristy as possible. On Fridays except for the winter local restaurants set up a food court to offer their food. A few of these are from that event.
A few photos from Houston as spring melts away into summer.
Photographed at the Japanese garden in Houston’s Hermann park.
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.
Photos of people, places and things in my home town.
Photographed at the reflecting pool in Houston’s Hermann park. The water is less than two feet deep.
Afterglow was exhibited at Sicardi Gallery. Gilbert Hsaio’s show was at Gallery Sonja Roesch. I bought a venison sausage sandwich from the chef outside of Hardy and Nance Street Studios and went inside to find a girl taking pictures with her mobile phone held high.
Art in the Park is series of large scale outdoor installations in Houston’s beautiful Hermann Park.
These were photographed on lower Westheimer and along Dowling Street in the Third Ward.
These were photographed at various Houston locations, but mostly along Dowling Street in the Third Ward.
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.
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.]