Archive for the ‘Golden’ Category

I got to boogie.

i love the nightlife

Happy New Year 2015!

The State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois.

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I am really really pleased with this picture. Actually, I have maybe six (ten?) that I took of this exchange. In the first instance, I have desaturated the colors and cropped out some of the reflections, leaving the silhouettes holding the stage on their own.

In this second version, you can see more of what I was really seeing–the warmth of the lights as they repeat themselves down the length of the wing.


I doubt I am the only one who travels a circuitous path to getting the pictures I’m most happy with. Here in the capitol building, I was taking some pretty standard…dare I say, cliché?…shots of stained glass, old wood: the usual. Then I noticed how incredibly shiny (SQUIRREL!) the floor was and started playing with the reflections off its highly polished surface,  following the interplay of light and patterns…and that led me to these two guys. By the time I saw them silhouetted at the end of the hall…yowza!

 I expect that if I had seen them first, I might have been oblivious to my good fortune.

 CR 510 passes through the Huron Mountains in Marquette County, Michigan. Today’s post features the original CR 510 Bridge spanning the Dead River.  The bridge opened in 1921 and closed to traffic in 2010. Friend Karen scouted this location ahead of time and I am most grateful.


Holy Zow! I drove to Marquette this week and the drive was exhilarating.  Fall color, which has pretty much pooped-out by an hour north of Green Bay, rebounded again as I entered the Huron Mountain range. As the road became increasingly more hilly and I was making the up/down climb into Marquette,  trees ramped up their drama until I found myself flying through a full-tilt carnival of colors and began to wonder if I’d somehow sailed right into a “Yes! Michigan!” calendar.


Enjoy a shot of pure full-on autumnal glory and I will give you some background history on the bridge in my next post.

brd2It goes without saying that I’ll have to climb under there, right?

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Door #5 in a series of 12 offerings.

There is an abandoned farm around the corner from where I live and I have photographed its exteriors countless times. I’ve always gone by myself and am careful to stand only in the driveway/road area of the farm, held there by my fears of abandoned wells, feral mud swallows and hidden tiger pits.  (Do the math: if I’m alone, who’s going to send Lassie to find Timmy when I’m at the bottom of said well?)

A few days ago, my friend, Marjorie, and I decided to walk over, maybe take a few pictures, but mostly just get out for a little walk before sunset.

I’m snapping away when I hear “Patricia! You must come see this!”

And I see Marjorie slipping through this opening into the barn.

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These shots are from the interior of the barn. I took particular care not to adjust color, saturation or anything that could change the rich quality of light that surrounded us. And whatever I was able to capture, I really have not done it justice.


 The intense golden light outdoors had come in out of the cold and washed the wooden interior of the barn in an incredibly warm glow.

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Sunset here is around 4:15, so these shots were taken at 3:30 or later.


You can see in this next picture just how low the sun is.


We skirted the edges near the doorways and completely avoided the hay, standing only on bare concrete or rock. (Marjorie and I are Total Rebels, not Total Fools.)

Next time: Wait! There’s more!

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Late fall. Next stop: winter.

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