Travel Scan: Arles, Roman Cemetery


Alyscamps is one of the most famous necropolises of the ancient world (founded in the fourth century or earlier). It was referred to by Dante in The Inferno and was Arles’ main burial ground for nearly 1,500 years. According to Wiki, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin chose the Alyscamps as the first site for their expeditions where they painted side by side in 1888.

I’m not a huge fan of cemeteries, but I thought this one was amazing. This photo really takes me back to sun-filled days in Provence, one of my favorite places in the world. The person in the photo is our friend E., and yes, those are sarcophagi on either side of the walkway.


Next week I’ll be preparing for my trip to the Baltic, so I won’t be blogging for about three weeks. I’m very excited about seeing Copenhagen, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm and Lubeck for the first time. Have already started packing and hope I don’t forget anything. It kind of blew my mind to see that St. Petersburg is eleven hours later than San Diego. That is far. Hoping to share some good photos with you when I get back.

Great weekend, everyone!


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Victorian Pastels

I photographed this Victorian home in Cape May three years ago, then added some light and softness to it before uploading to Flickr. It’s still getting quite a few views, so I thought I’d post it here for you, along with another softened view . . . .



The owners did a great job picking the colors, didn’t they? I miss the East Coast when I look at photos like this.

Hope your week’s going well so far. Happy Summer!


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Travel Scan: St. Nicholas Cathedral, Prague


The Church of Saint Nicholas, or Saint Nicholas Cathedral, is a beautiful Baroque church in the Malá Strana part of Prague. It was built between 1704-1755 and is considered one of the most impressive examples of Prague Baroque. Our hotel was within walking distance of this church and I never got tired of looking at it.

What’s really cool is that Mozart played on the church organ which has 4,000 pipes. Mozart’s Mass in C was first performed here shortly after his visit.

If you ever get the chance, visit Prague. It is stunning.

Great weekend, everyone!


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One of my red roses from a different angle.

Right now I’m having some back problems, so can’t sit at the computer very long. Will have to do one photo until this clears up. Some good news, though: the people at Waterlogue retweeted and favorited my “vintage pickup” post and I just sold a large print of my carousel shot. :)

Hope your week’s going well so far….


P.S. Welcome, new subscribers!

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Vintage Pickup in Waterlogue

I photographed this pickup near Taos, New Mexico, with my iPhone4. (You can see another view here.)


Thought it might be fun to run it through the Waterlogue app on my phone. . . .


You can’t really see it here, but there’s a white border that was added by Waterlogue. This was cropped square for Instagram.

Then I tried the same app on my iPad, which has more options:


There’s a lot more detail and it’s not quite so rough, but I think I like both. Which one do you prefer?

Great weekend, everyone!


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Travel Scan: Sunset on the Chiemsee


The Chiemsee is a lake in Southern Bavaria, close to the foothills of the Alps. I lived and worked at a resort there for two years. This was taken near the dock where they kept the sailboats.

Hope your week’s going well so far.


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Shooting with an iPhone 5S

As I mentioned previously, I upgraded to an iPhone 5S. Here are some recent shots taken in different light situations:


Chicken and avocado enchiladas at a restaurant in very poor light. Pretty good detail for an iPhone. . . much better than the iPhone4 I was using before.


A vintage sweater at an antiques emporium with overhead fluorescent lighting. Again, decent detail.

Then we went to the botanical gardens.


I don’t know the name of this yellow flower, but I like it a lot. Dappled shade here, which seems to be a good condition for iPhones.


The always-strange Giant Dutchman’s Pipe vine in full sun.


This was a disappointment. The colors of this agave were so rich, and they looked good on the phone, but not here. Will have to go back with the Nikon soon, if I can. It would have picked up the finer nuances.


This was so true to life I couldn’t believe it. The colors and light looked exactly like this. Again, light shade is the iPhone’s friend.

When I have to shoot in bright sun, there’s so much glare, I can hardly see the display. I basically look for a basic outline and hope for the best. I’m not looking for award-winning photography here, but I do like the challenge of shooting with a phone.


As is often the case, there was a wedding about to take place.


Very happy with the amount of detail in this shot of sea lavender and succulents. I’m lucky enough to have a steady hand, but I still get one of my fingers in the shot from time to time! One of the disadavantages of having long digits.

Finally, my new favorite tree, the Cape Chestnut:


The “pom poms” are nice enough in the distance, but up close they are something else . . . .


Great weekend, everyone!


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On a whim, I bought some apricot-colored roses at the grocery store the other night. Brought them home and stuck them in water, paper and all, because I needed to cook dinner. Afterwards, I noticed the light outside was looking particularly good, so I took the roses out of water and laid them on my weathered blue table.


I like the way the paper wrapping picked up the blue in the table.


The “ribbons” are actually striped leaves. I don’t know the name of the plant, but I love the way it’s woven into the arrangement.


I took off the paper for this one. Not thrilled with the composition, but I wanted to show the entire arrangement.


Honestly, these roses didn’t have a bad angle.


Incidentally, it’s National Rose Month. Happy June too, everyone!


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The Sweet/Salty Mix that is Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach, or O.B., is located northwest of downtown San Diego. It’s where the beach meets up with kitsch, antique emporiums, burger joints and psychedelia. (Who knew that was a word?)


Surfing was introduced to San Diego at Ocean Beach in 1916 when a local lifeguard borrowed a board from Duke Kahanamoku, who’s considered the father of modern surfing.


Hodad’s claims to have the best burgers in the world. We thought they were good, but not the best.



Sushi, tapas anyone?


O.B. was once known as the Haight-Ashbury of San Diego.










Have never seen “book art” before. I added a soft white vignette around this one because there was distracting text behind it. The detail on this piece and the one below is pretty amazing.



Love the graphic design here.


May have to try the cafe on the pier next time. At sunset.

Great weekend, everyone!


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While antiquing recently, I noticed this little yellow house and white porch with quite a bit going on.


I like unusual juxtapositions such as cacti with angels and birdcages with interesting fabric.


Can anyone tell me if the characters are Chinese or Japanese?

A closer look:


Not your everyday birdcage. I’m thinking the birds are happy there.

Hope your week’s going well so far. I just upgraded my iPhone to a 5S, but haven’t had time to take photos with everything going on. Hope to rectify that soon.


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