Coral

Coral

Lexington, Kentucky

I rank aluminum awnings right up there with pay phones as being highly endangered and often photogenic, though I rarely get shots of them worth using.  For this trip, I ended up with 2 shots of awnings, the other one seems to defy a good simplifying crop but this one seems to lay out fine.  I like the 1960s-1970s look of the building.  I had a late-uncle, whom I barely remember, that installed aluminum awnings and siding in the early 1960s and some of his work is still standing and in good shape.  This awning is a bit different, being some sort of mini-slats that I like much better.  Did some yard work today and then visited bike shops, finding a helmet to fit my fat head but striking out on a road bike.  Someday, you will see shots from the road, I kid you not.  Snow might be flying, the cows might be coming home.  Here\’s a quote about cycling but aptly applies to photography as well, it seems to never get easier as you just find more problems with your subjects and images as you develop your eyes with your experience.

"It never gets easier,
you just go faster."

Rule #10,  The Rules
Keeper of the Cog
(atributed to Greg Lemans)

Brough to you by the number 6

Brough to you by the number 6

Lexington, Kentucky

Took advantage of the weather today and picked our first green beans of the year, plus a small load of tomatoes that made 8 pints of pizza sauce and about that many quarts of frozen tomatoes.

The corn that I had planted in April, when I posted this photo, is all harvested and should get cut down this week to get ready for a crop of fall greens.  It was a great year and hardly took any effort at all.

As someone said this weekend, when was the last time you had green grass in August here in Kentucky?  Since I worked in the garden today (Monday), it’s appropriate to mention that it is Wendell Berry’s birthday.

“Do unto those downstream as you would
have those upstream do unto you.”

Wendell Berry

 

Donation Box

Donation Box

Lexington, Kentucky

Quite an interesting and inventive donation box, I’m surprised that more places haven’t thought of it.  I shot this one too tight, should have given it some space to breathe at the bottom but still thought it is an interesting subject.

 

I never had to choose a subject-
my subject rather chose me.”

Ernest Hemingway

 

 

Building Number 20

Building Number 20

Lexington, Kentucky

This was probably the most interesting building of the whole day, problem is I didn’t realize this until reviewing my shots after arriving home.  I just love the old detail and patterns here, if you look on the far right edge of the frame you can see what we left behind unphotographed.  Nice old locks, windows, and ironwork.

Listening today to an old CD by Warren Zevon, the last one that he recorded when he was sick with cancer.  Now a good quote that we can identify with on most days.

“My memory is not even what most
people’s is, much less what it oughta
be for a discussion like this.”

Warren Zevon

 

601

601

Lexington, Kentucky

I was able to add a few shots to the “numbers” collection.  Having run out of photo ideas awhile ago, I figured the old cliche of shooting numbers is a never-fail idea since they are all around us.   With this one, I had in mind a black and white dark photo even at the time of shooting it but today I felt like a bit of color and so re-introduced some selective color back into the shot.

Today’s reading included the ongoing Hemingway short stories as well as an interesting New York Times article on the Stephen King family and all the authors that it includes.  I nearly always am more interested in the people and what makes them tick rather than their actions, so it was a pretty good read.

“I am the literary equivalent
of a Big Mac and fries.”

Stephen King

 

Tony at Studio 300

Tony at Studio 300

Lexington, Kentucky

We met several interesting folks on our photography outing, one was Tony Davis who turns used bourbon barrels into functional items such as cutting boards that are beautiful works of art as well.  Here is an article on Studio 300.

What worries you, masters you.

John Locke

 

the signs at The Village Idiot

the signs at The Village Idiot

The Village Idiot (Restaurant & Pub)
Lexington, Kentucky

I took a day trip with a couple of friends in search of photographs, art, bourbon history, and my never-ending quest for odd places to eat.  Our evening meal found us landing at a quirky named place called The Village Idiot.  As it turns out, the owners of this pub/restaurant also own Pazzo’s Pizza Pub where we have landed a good many times on similar picture-taking safaris, once with about 1/4 of the Ohio Valley Camera Club.  The Village Idiot is much different than the college-oriented Pazzos and I think we’ll have to make another trip to fine-tune our ordering skills to their menu.  We chose sandwiches rather than a proper dinner and  were surprised with unexpected eclectic twists on some common items like a BLT and hamburger.   We had a great time there.  Here is the newspaper article on the pub and here is the Urbanspoon page (81% thumbs up rating with 300 votes, as of today).  After looking at that page, I think it would benefit a diner to read the reviews before ordering.

“Bourbon doesn’t need to be any flavor other
than bourbon-flavored.  There’s a reason
people don’t put ketchup on filet mignon.”

unknown
(from an online comment to an article
about flavored bourbons)

 

at Henry Clay’s Ashland

at Henry Clay\'s Ashland

Henry Clay’s Ashland estate
Lexington, Kentucky

We made a short trip to visit the peony garden at the Henry Clay estate, I think this makes the 3rd year in a row that I tried to photograph it.  I need to look through the shots a bit better but nothing stands out.  It did start raining some and I had the chance to shoot in the formal garden for as long as I wanted with no interruptions and had a great amount of fun, so the trip wasn’t a total loss.  Peonies are some of my favorite flowers and the garden there has very unique ones, they don’t last long and as you know tend to look ragged very quickly.  Here is an unidentified white flower found in the English formal garden there.

“The tiger does not lose sleep
over the opinion of the sheep.”

(unidentified, copied from Facebook)

 

 

Birdhouse

Birdhouse

This was a forgotten photo that was shot at the arboretum in Lexington, Kentucky some time ago. I think I first rejected it because of being dead-center, but on looking at it with fresh eyes I like the background with the circles and color mix.  I think it was shot with the Tamron 180 macro, which (to me) isn’t nearly as good as the 90mm for non macro work but still is a very excellent lens for bugs and such.

 

 It is not necessary to understand things
in order to argue about them.

Caron de Beaumarchais

Sunflower and netting

Sunflower and netting

On Saturday morning, I set out to find 3 things: ribs, peonies, and to revisit this garden spot that I photographed last year. The ribs were a hit, the peonies bloomed early this year and I’ll never get that opportunity back, but on the 3rd stop of the day the garden netting gave up an interesting picture to me. If photography is an artistic expression, then it would be hard to explain what netting does to a floral photograph, but I remember liking it last here (here is the shot). On my screen, it is highly saturated but I left it much as it came from the camera with just a touch of lifted highlights, a gentle contrast curve, then some high pass sharpening.

My last step with photographs is to spot them out, so I zoom to 100% on this and start to spot out the red dots only to find they are bugs. Apparently because of low observational skills, I left some fine macro photographs behind.

Which calls for another road trip soon.

 

At the arboretum

At the arboretum

Drove to the races on Tuesday and found they don’t race on Mondays and Tuesdays, ranks right up to my trip of 2 weeks ago when a particular Ohio park wasn’t where I thought it was. We weren’t the only ones, I think we could have had our own races. Toured the grounds a little bit but the horses had already trained for the day so ended up at the Arboretum where we found the overcast skies gave a nice low contrast day.

 

The letter L

The letter L

Here’s a picture of a swimming pool cover shot with the I-phone. Who would have thought you’d be doing everything with your phone other than actual talking, including photography. Certainly not Kodak or else they might not have filed for Chapter 11 this morning.

 

Sunflower (high key, or more so than usual)

Sunflower (high key, or more so than usual)

The Arboretum
500 Alumni Drive
Lexington, KY

Today I share a link to an old online trip journal that I once had written, plus a few words about this photo. First the journal.

The other day I heard this fascinating account of a fictional story written a long time ago by a friend. He was a college student and afterwards tried to contact the professor to get the story returned but no luck at all. Fast forward 35 years, he walks to his mailbox and there is a package with the story and a note saying his story had traveled with the professor all over Europe as she pursued another career. Fascinating stuff, worthy of a story itself.

It is raining and smells like the beach, not a bad thing at all.

 

Stables

Stables

Kentucky Horse Park
Georgetown, Kentucky

 

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

Zora Neale Hurston,
Their Eyes Were Watching God

 

Rear Steel Racing Plate

Rear Steel Racing Plate

Kentucky Horse Park
Near Lexington, Kentucky

This is a wall display of horseshoes at the Kentucky Horse Park. On the left are shoes for Thoroughbred horses and on the right at shoes for Trotters. It was interesting, sort of like those barbed wire displays.