Monday, January 30, 2017

Breathe in, Breathe out, Repeat, Play again....

This is near Maxwell, New Mexico.

I'm not sure how many miles south of Raton, New Mexico this is, but I always stop here and admire the view and usually take a few snapshots.

There's a conveniently placed crossover (overpass) to stand on and just watch traffic below on I-25.

It's peaceful watching travelers and truckers on their way north and south.

I'm also a bit curious as to where all the dirt and rocks went that they carved away to make the cut through this hill?

A bit farther south and this is the view west out the car window going 75mph.  Nothing but grassland, antelope and windmills out here. It's still peaceful to just watch as the land goes by.

Olympus Infinity 3.5 with Fuji Superia 400 colour film.

A good combo for this.

Friday, January 27, 2017

This Time Last Week

That sounds like a title for a book....

This Time Last week I was on a train headed to Colorado Springs.

Right now I should be reading and writing, or cleaning house, or splitting firewood, but here I sit scanning photos from "this time last week".

This is a view out the observation car.  We had assigned seats, but if you've ever ridden a train, you know they have these cars that have windows all around for panorama views of the scenery passing by.  I love it! 

To just sit and watch tumbleweeds, antelope, trees, mountains, cows, and fence-lines glide past like a John Ford movie with no sound except the slight clickety-clack of the rails.

Our first stop after leaving Albuquerque was at the Lamy Station.  It's a small charming spot just southeast of Santa Fe.

I shot these through the observation car window with a little Olympus Infinity camera given to me by a friend.  The camera is quite nice and fits in a pocket easily and is totally automatic. No worries about settings, just turn off the flash and concentrate on framing, composition and fun!

I used hand rolled Delta 100 film.  It's a nice combo.

The auto focus worked well as long as I was close enough to the window that the IR beam didn't focus on the window itself, which you can see happened in the shot below and made the old church a blur.

I'll continue with a few more shots of the trip in a day or two...but in the meantime I really need to go outside and split firewood....until then, have a great weekend and don't work too hard.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hanging in There

Some photographers feel they need to travel far and wide to find the perfect place to make photos.

For me, it's just down my driveway and down the hill from where I live.

I've been watching this tree slowly fall over the past few months, barely clinging onto a small clump of dirt with all the might it can.

The highway crew will probably come trim it away or it is going to just toppled over into the road sometime this winter.  I'm rooting for it to hang on as long as possible, but wanted to have a photo of it before it's gone.  Which leads me to something I'm going to try to be more diligent about in 2017....

If I see something I want a photo of, I'm going to do it then!  I'm not going to tell myself it will be there later, or next week, or I'll come back..NO.  Do it now.  Get the photo because it might not be there later.  Or the light will change, or the tree will fall over, or whatever.  Something will change and it won't be like it was when you wanted it in the first place.

Don't wait.

Photo made with an Olympus Infinity 3.5.

It was given to me by a friend that had found it at a thrift store! 

Bulk rolled Delta 100.  I love this little camera, it fits in a pocket and never complains!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Just like you, I'm kinda tired of all the political talk, and just want to chill and look at photos, talk about art, and cook soul warming food.

I'm not sticking my head in the sand and ignoring what's going on in the world---I just need a place of refuge where it's warm and fuzzy.

We get enough muddy mind talk elsewhere, so this won't be one of those places.

For starters I'm going to share a recipe that I made a week ago and it was a big hit in our house.

It's called an Apple Sharlotka, or maybe known as a Russian Apple Cake and it is divine!

It's a relatively easy recipe and will have your house smelling wondrous!

This all started when an ad showed up on my Facebook feed that said if you wanted to be a formidable baker, you should bake one cake each month.  I took that challenge to heart and the Apple Sharlotka was my first venture.

Sorry I don't have a photo of it, but the recipe I used is Here:

Apple Sharlotka

The cake is best served warm and will not last long!  It's good for any time of day.

Sometimes Pancakes, but mostly brownies

It occurred to me today that I had not shared a recipe in a while. Today I fix that! I love a good brownie.  Actually, I adore a good b...