Archive | June 2012

Dinner With The Roscoes


Join us as we enjoy an elegant dinner with one of the founding families for the Greater Victoria area on Vancouver Island today. The Ross Bay Villa is one of the original homes in the city that nearly had a date with a demolition crew. TLC The Land Conservancy of BC came in to save this historic place and has spent more than 10 years in the active restoration and renewal process. The results are absolutely breathtaking. Today’s post finds us taking a detailed look at the Dining Room, which is furnished and decorated in antiques that are either originals or are period correct.

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Drink Beer


Shot at Winter Island Salem, Ma.

Tea At The Villa


Our recent project working with TLC The Land Conservancy of BC has resulted in our ability to photograph the lovingly restored interior of Ross Bay Villa. This gorgeous old character home was saved from demolition by TLC who has since spent over 10 years working with their team of dedicated volunteers to restore this storied home. Today’s post finds us taking a close look at the completed Drawing Room.

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Feeling small


My first abandoned house of this day.  The brush and trees are so overgrown, it makes this two story home seem like a play thing.

The Silence Is Broken


As we continue to explore the wonderful Vette to Victoria 2012 weekend we attended recently, today’s post takes a close look at the Show ‘N Shine that occurred on Saturday. It was a beautiful day and we were very lucky to have a chance to attend and participate both as attendees and as club photographers. It was a real delight to see all these wonderful Corvettes in such a great setting and to meet folks from all over North America.

Please visit our blog “The Silence Is Broken” to see all 10 new HDR images and to read the story behind them.

Chicago Train Yards


Recently I was in Chicago visiting a near and dear friend. I knew Chicago was a great city, and couldn’t wait to explore with my camera. One thing that was an absolute must, was getting to the Willis Tower. 103 floors, 1300 feet above the ground. I made sure that I arrived for sunset and stayed into the night. Chicago at night is beautiful. I was intrigued by the views. The straight lines of the city grid. The sparkling lights, the deep blacks. I caught this photo of the train yards. I stood there, thinking of the history of Chicago, and how much the yards have played key roles in the industrial/meatpacking/prohibition era history of the city. 

This was taken as a 7 frame exposure. Processed with Photomatix 4.2 and Color Efex Pro.

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Homeless in America


This photo was taken 03/19/2011 in downtown Tampa FL.  The temperature then was about the same as today’s, in my part of Washington State, 53°F. 

I chose to post this picture today because of an incident which took place just outside my backyard this morning. 

You see I share an alley with a few local businesses and homeowners.  One such business is a main street accountant.  Behind his non occupied business home is a detached carport, with two covered sides.

This morning I heard him screech his tires when entering the carport, then shifting aggressively into reverse to park outside his carport.  Once he exited his Lexus, in the course of 20 seconds he shouted at the sleeping man, in the corner under a blanket, with at least 10 “f” bombs.

I later checked the sleeping spot, there was no urine or trash.  I am not saying the homeless person was in the right, I’m only pointing out the severe lack of compassion of the owner for what seemingly was only an inconvenience to him.

There are over 8 million people in our country one paycheck away from being in the streets, yet we forget our blessings and look upon these people as less than human.

About a year ago, the city of Saint Petersburg FL put into place a city ordinance prohibiting any type of soliciting on city streets.  Most likely prompted by several of the wealthy residents not wanting to look at someone dirty outside their car.  The side affect of this ordinance was no newspaper sales, no muscular dystrophy collections, no recognized charity could ask for donations.  All under the guise of public safety.  It wasn’t long before Tampa enacted something similar.

Why do we have the compassion to pull over to help an injured dog, yet berate and devalue a fellow human being?  Is it we make assumptions that we know all homeless are less than us? Nobody can know for certain what any other person’s life’s challenges have been, yet we still judge. 

Shame on this owner, he easily could have told the man, “It’s time to get up and move along.”. 

I apologize for the rant, through God’s graces I’ve never been homeless, although I seem to recall, Jesus was.

Mark 12:30-31 – And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.