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Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home

Morning

Every morning I step outside my little shack, stretch my arms, yawn and give thanks that I am still alive.

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A new metal door in Venice, Italy is surrounded by abundant evidence of urban decay, photo by author
A new metal door in Venice, Italy is surrounded by abundant evidence of urban decay, photo by author

Detail

Here, in Venice, the “Devil” is (definitely) in the detail. The new metal door recently installed in the much older building, though a little out of place, appears perfectly functional and looks like it is good operating condition.

What needs to be pointed out here is that Venice, Italy is a city, situated just a few feet above sea level and so those cracks in the wall may be caused by the overwhelming presence of sea water in the immediate vicinity.

Furthermore, Venice may also be a bellwether locale, for the distinct possibility that our sea levels are rising and this phenomena may be causing and will cause problems along some coastlines in the near future.

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Curve

Proof of relativity, photo by author
Proof of relativity, photo by author

A Curved Phenomena 

Here we have a straight telephone pole that has a distinctively curved shadow. There are two possible explanations for the curved shape of the shadow in this photo. One is that the building is moving at a very high rate of speed and thus the curved shadow. The other possibility is the surface of the building is not square, but rounded instead. What is your opinion?
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Pure

The Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine is one of America's most photographed lighthouses
The Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine is one of America’s most photographed lighthouses, photo by author

Pure

The sensory overload at this cherished site on a warm blustery, summer day is almost impossible to describe. One can see from the picture that the visual imprint is terrific. The towering limestone tower set against the rocky coastline of Down East with an active surf is something you just have to experience to fully comprehend and understand.

Then there are the things you can’t see, like the offshore breeze, the warmth of the sun and incredibly delicious smell of the salt air. Ahhhhh, I wish I was there now.

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In Addition

Thanks for the overwhelming response to this week’s photo challenge theme. As a result, I have added some more photos of lighthouses from Maine, plus one from the Gaspe region of Quebec.

The bug light is a tiny lighthouse overlooking the Portland Harbor.
The bug light is a tiny lighthouse overlooking the Portland Harbor.
Further out from the Portland Harbor is the South Portland Lighthouse
Further out from the Portland Harbor is this South Portland Lighthouse, called the breakwater light
Travel up the coast (or  down east as the locals say) and eventually you will come to the Pemaquid Light, which like the Portland Head Light is very much photographed and rendered in paintings
Travel up the coast (or down east as the locals say) and eventually you will come to the Pemaquid Light, which like the Portland Head Light is very much photographed and rendered in paintings
As you travel north along the coast, the lighthouses change shapes. This is the Gaspe Light located at the tip of the Gaspe Penninsula in the Forillon National Park of Canada...a wildly beautiful spot
As you travel north along the coast, the lighthouses change shapes. This is the Gaspe Light located at the tip of the Gaspe Penninsula in the Forillon National Park of Canada…a wildly beautiful spot
A sunset at the Breakwater Light in South Portland
A sunset at the Breakwater Light in South Portland

 

Admiration

The front of the San Francisco de Assis Mission in Ranchos de Taos is less familiar than its anterior counterpart, which was made famous by a Georgia O'Keefe painting
The front of the San Francisco de Asis Mission in Ranchos de Taos is less familiar than its posterior counterpart, which was made famous by a Georgia O’Keefe painting. photo by author

The San Francisco de Asis Mission

The San Francisco de Asis Mission is the formal name for the old Spanish mission that takes most of the space in the central plaza of Ranchos de Taos, a small town in northern New Mexico, which is situated right outside Taos. More commonly, the old church is often referred to as the Ranchos de Taos Mission or simply the Ranchos Church. This is one of the few buildings in the world, where the posterior view is better known than the anterior view. The culprit in this case are several early 20th century artists, such as Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keefe, who made stunning images of the backside, which happens to sit almost adjacent to a major NM state highway. Here is one of the oil paintings of the rear side of the church that Georgia O’Keefe made back in the 30s.

One of several paintings done by Georgia O'keefe in 1929 & 1930 of the Ranchos Church.
One of several paintings done by Georgia O’Keefe in 1929 & 1930 of the Ranchos Church.

Adobe

Adobe is nothing more than mud (with a heavy clay content) mixed with straw. It is common building element used in the third world, but used much less so in a modern industrial society. The ingredients are inexpensive, easy to apply and durable, especially in drier climates. Adobe churches are still found in Northern New Mexico, where every 5 to 7 years, workers gather to apply a new coat of mud and straw to these structures. This old-fashioned type of adobe should not be confused with the numerous cement-coated structures that are painted an earth color in order to resemble a real adobe building. The adobe structures are not limited to churches and can be found all over the region. Original adobe walls are built with mud and straw bricks that are air-dried in the Southwestern desert sun and then covered with a mud and straw stucco mixture. This stucco breaks down after awhile , so it has to be re-applied every six years or so.

My Admiration

My admiration comes in the way that modern builders and craftsmen are able to keep an old building tradition, despite the advances and onslaught of modern civilization.
Admiration

A Writer’s Quickie Guide To New Year Resolutions

Homer Simpson busy at work at the typewriter
Though seldom used today, the typewriter is a perfectly acceptable means of writing.

It Really Doesn’t Matter How You Write

I guess it kind of goes without saying that it doesn’t matter so much as to how you put the words down, just so long as you write. Really, all you need is a pen or pencil and something to write on. Paper products, such as notebooks, napkins, paper towels or actual plain sheets of paper are preferred, but in all honesty, it doesn’t matter what the material is.

Corn writing is not recommended because the writing surface is left exposed to the elements
However, Corn Writing is not recommended because the writing surface is left exposed to the elements, which can lead to a rapid deterioration of your content.

Resolutions Condensed

The following New Year’s resolutions are condensed so that you will have more time to enjoy the New Year’s festivities. You can worry about writing something profound after the First of the Year.

OK, guys and dolls, here they are…..Write better and more often and sober. Try something new, finish it. NETWORK!!! Procrastinate less and read more. And don’t forget that perfectionism is the death of creativity.

There you go; I can’t be much more precise than that. Now go out and party and don’t think about writing until next year.

Happy New Year everybody
Happy New Year everybody