Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

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I was In the vicinity Of Gulfport, Miss. about 18 months after hurricane Katrina hit. Gulfport was a town that my wife and I had  spent several three or four days trips at a time coming and going across the United States. We were very fond of the town,so we wanted to see how bad the storm had damaged it. Being a photographer – I took many pictures of the devastation.  This is really Abandonment to the extreme.

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Hurricane Katrina on August 29,2005 leaving 238 people dead, 67 missing in the
Gulf coast of Mississippi and billions of dollars in damages.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

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This probably is as close as I’ll get of doing a Selfie.   I don’t use a camera phone so I wouldn’t be doing a selfie . I just happen to have this one that I took of myself last year.it just looked good in the car window at the time.

I do have a few others that someone else took of me with my granddaughter. This probably one of my favorites.

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Here I am carving a turkey that I finished BBQ.This was Thanksgiving dinner with my mother-in –law and my wife at Ventura,California. I was a lot younger back then and Life was good. Nancy and I would good down to this place 2 to 3 weekends a month. People would ask were are you going this weekend and we would tell them to our beach front property.

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I can’t find too many picture of me because I’m usually the one taking the pictures. Or I don’t like them.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

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I’m back – took a couple of weeks off and did nothing. Sat around, watched TV and got fat. I have to admit it all didn’t happen in two weeks.  It just snuck up on me. I think the holidays had something to do with it.  Hopefully the weather will stop raining and the weather will start warming up so we can get outside a little more.

Here are my pictures of those beautiful Carousel Horses I’m really crazy about   I would go to Santa Monica several time a year and walk the pier and often stop to watch the carousel. One time a group that I had belonged  to had a big birthday party (private party) at the carousel. It was a blast got to ride the horses and be a kid again.

These are a couple of pictures I took of them.They had just been refurbished and beautified shortly before these pictures were taken.

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You are probably wondering what this is. The challenge for this week was an object, if I showed the whole picture it would be a thing. So I’m going to show you a brilliant Yellow object that I took a picture of.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

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If you lived in New Port Oregon you would get to see this every day. That would cheer me up for sure.  The weather is ideal, at least in the summer time, I’ve never been there in the winter.

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Can you just imagine looking out at the Pacific Ocean sitting at your kitchen table with a cup of coffee while your waking up.

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How about walking along the beach in San Diego and watching the sun – set fire to the evening sky.while the warm breeze blows across your face. This is what it would look like.

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If none of the other pictures enticed you maybe you would rather sit on the beach with family or friends around a camp fire and roast marshmallows. Watching the sun go down.

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I have to say I have done all of the above except the second one. I did sit on a bench over looking that same place drinking a cup of coffee.  Enjoy life it is to short.

Travel With Intent–Look Up And Down Challenge–Week One

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When my wife and I got our first motor home, we would spent just about three weekend a month down by the ocean. My wife would work four days a week and ten hours a day 4/10’s. I would take the motor home down to the beach  on Thursday morning and park it, then come back home. When she would get off of work we would loads up the dogs and us ,plus what ever else we needed – head for the beach. We would stay until Sunday afternoon then head for home ,which was only 45 miles away. We would do that almost three out of four week ends a month.  We would love to watch the dolphins putting on a show for us or everyone else that was watching. The pelicans always fascinated me because they would always fly in formation. I would wonder how they came to the decision to who would lead the flock. The sea gulls would fly back and forth depending if someone was feeding them. They weren’t as much fun to watch as the pelicans or the dolphins. A couple of times we would saw a whale come by but he would be so far out that mainly all we could see was him spouting water. I don’t blame him, I spit that salty water out too.

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I just loaded the parrot in for the look down part of this challenge and because he’s sharp in all of his grandeur.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

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Today I’m just going to post photos that I feel  fits the theme of Golden Light. I hope the photos speak for themselves. I also believe my header is part of the Golden Light.

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Living the Dream:”How Do You Relax”

Twenty years now I’ve been retired and living the dream, almost, it took a couple of years to learn how to slow my a— down.  I’m a type A personality, all the years I’d worked I go 90 to nothing in 2.3 seconds. I go like a bat out of hell, then I’d crash. Nothing ever came easy for  me so it seemed like I was always stressed. Then one day it hit me and I said to myself, “you need to learn how to relax.” Well when you are like me that doesn’t come easy for a type A personality. I started changing my habits,trying to learn – How to relax.

We bought our first motor home in 1994, now  we’re in our fourth. We’ve been riding around the USA in our motor homes, visiting a lot of different states, cities, towns,,rivers, lakes,national parks and stayed at parks in the mountains and on the beaches of two oceans,also a gulf.  We have made many many friends all around the country. That was our dream and we have been living it for at least 16 years of the 20 years that I’ve been retired. This is our present motor home.

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The motor home is only part of our dream, when driving down the road it is like sitting in your living room and the scenery is changing.   Those two bright spots in this picture, maybe a UFO. I don’t know?  I knew one day those Martians’ would catch up with me. Ha-ha

When we get to were we are going we kick back and relax. We sit outside in the mornings and drink our coffee around the fire pit, and take in the beauty of this gorgeous  lake.

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Even our dog likes to travel, of course he has to check all the scents of other canines. .

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I would like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

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Going through my library of photos, I finally stumbled on what I wanted to post for the weeks challenge. There are a few of them that I like and really don’t want to eliminate any of them. What the heck I’ll post several photos!

These are a series of photos that I took one evening on the Coronado Beach in CoronadoDSC_0502 copy,Ca. We were out with friends for dinner there. After dinner we all decided to stroll along the beach area. I just happened to have my camera with me, of course I most generally do. Had a good dinner and an enjoyable evening.

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DSC_0512 copy   There you have my contribution for this weeks challenge silhouette.