Archive for February 2011

NY City Over Presidents’ Day Weekend! Thursday Feb 17   Leave a comment

Bill met me at the airport Thursday night.  We dropped  off my luggage and headed to Penn Station.  The weather was beautiful –  I didn’t wear a coat or jacket and the streets were quiet. After meeting the ‘guys’ Bill and I headed for Times Square.  Knowing  that it would not be necessary to have a tripod or powerful flash – The Lights, The Lights – made photographing the area at night a breeze.    Above is Bill and I on the JumboTron in Times Square.  After our Times Square we headed to Tick Tock Dinner to have coffee with  the ‘guys’ and dinner for me.  Thanks Phil, Mat and Tommy it was a great meal along with even better company.  It was a great way  to start my mini-vacation in your great city!

Give my regards to Broadway, Mary Mary, It’s  a grand old flag a high flying flag….George M. Cohan Standing in Times Square http://timessquare.com/New_York_City/Times_Square_NYC/George_M._Cohan_Still_Stands_in_Times_Square/

I thought this gentleman was a statue. Was quickly corrected that this guy has been hanging out at Penn Station – the homeless in NY are allowed to spend the night in Penn Station because of the severe weather this winter.  Sad, very sad that gold paint is a layer of protection.

Posted February 27, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

Eagle Watching Feb 6, 2011   Leave a comment

 

Decided to take a drive north to try to see some Eagles.  Eagles winter over in mid-Missouri and Illinois along thee Mississippi River.  A few years ago we made the trip to Pere Marquette, this year we decided to take a trip to Clarksville, MO to see what we could see.

Our first stop was at Lock and Dam 25 at Winfield near the Eagle Rest Area  http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/rivers/04Dam25.pdf  We noticed a loan eagle eating something near the water’s edge.  We have decided to visit this and other areas near here when the weather is nicer.  We will also visit Clarksville during Eagle weekend to learn more about the yearly migration to this area.

 

We stopped in Clarksville looking for lunch.  Gorgeous furniture and fiber arts at Bent Tree Furniture so many nice things and the baskets!  http://www.grm.net/~jnwhitt/

Next stop was Massiglia Fine Arts.  We really enjoyed talking to Kevin and I ended up bringing home “Roses II”  Check out his work http://www.massiglia.com/massiglia%20black%20and%20white%20photos.htm

Last stop in town was Trish’s Treasures – Art Glass: Handblown Glass, Glass Jewelry, Fused glass and Stained Glass..  We  also discovered that they have glass blowing demonstrations at this location every other weekend.  Trish’s website is under construction and it’s best to call to confirm that it’s a demonstration weekend (573) 242-3353

It was suggested that we try “Village of the Blue Rose” for lunch.  GREAT Food and a GREAT View!  We will be returning here to eat on our next visit.  They also have a couple of feeders so I enjoyed snapping a few pictures of the birds visiting.  “The Village of the Blue Rose is a non-profit Christian community where adults with developmental disabilities live, learn and work in a loving  environment… The Village of the blue rose accepts no government funding and depends solely on the generosity and philanthropy of the community as well as the entrepreneurial efforts of its own business endeavors.”  http://www.villagebluerose.org/Default.html

It was a Five Star Day!!!

Posted February 13, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

Flower Still Life in Black and White   Leave a comment

Black and White  after a bit of fiddling

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Posted February 13, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

One Day of the Condor 12/30/2010   Leave a comment

Last day in California our last stop along Big Sur was at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Pfeiffer_Burns_State_Park Clean restrooms, clean park., docent and park rangers available to answer questions and many, many picture perfect locations that includes spectacular views of Big Sur Coast, the water fall, a key hole and many native plants and animals.  To our surprise we saw seven condors circling high over the ridges.  Living in the midwest and having Eagles winter over nearby, I didn’t completely grasp the importance of this bird sighting.  After a bit of research, I’ve discovered that others made it possible for me to be able to take these pictures.  Hope you enjoy the photos and the links on condors: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Condor

http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/condors.html

http://cacondorconservation.org/did-you-see-a-california-condor-let-us-know/

I have obviously enlarged one of the above birds to the point of being blurry but I wanted to show the white patches on the understide of their wings and tail

NEXT:  Eagles along the Mississippi

Posted February 6, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

Unexpected Snow 20110205   Leave a comment

 

Flower Still Life

We had planned to Eagle Watch today but woke to  ‘chance of flurries’ that was 2.25 inches by 8 AM.  Decided to take pictures at home.  Saw this challenge on Digital Photography School http://www.digital-photography-school.com/  Flowers Still Life

Posted February 5, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Photography