Monday, September 1, 2014

Kansas Fireworks


Been waiting all summer long to get the free time to go out and do this and tonight was the night!!!



6 shot composite.

Aloha!





It's for sale!

 
If you've ever wanted a monstrous house by the ocean then here's your chance. The yacht club is for sale. It looked like a very nice building, right on the beach with it's own pool and smack dab in the middle of the hurricane zone. You better buy it now because when the next hurricane comes through it probably won't be there anymore.
 
Sounds like a good investment, huh?

Otters


I found this mother Otter and not so small baby Otter down on the docks this afternoon and was able to get a few nice pictures of them before they got shy and swam away.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A few skies



 
We had some really nice clouds almost every day we were in Alabama this trip. Of course they came with thunderstorms almost every day too.

Butterfly on Chamomile Flowers


I'm pretty sure I posted a similar picture of this kind of butterfly about this same time last year... I took this picture with my cell phone and except for re-sizing for the internet this picture is as shot. I must say I'm impressed with how good of picture one can get these days with some of the newer phones!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Another unknown flower...


An interesting flower I took a picture of several months ago. Kind of looks like fireworks! Still haven't figured out what kind of plant it is but will be watching to see if it gets berries or seeds or whatever.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Signs

 
And here I was all ready to jump over the gaping holes in the boardwalk just to go for a swim!
 
I found several of these piers that were damaged all in one spot. It seems that after the last big storm the county thought it would be cheaper just to block them off than repair them. Did I mention the barricades I had to step over to get this photo??

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The non "artsy" version

 
Just because Paul was curious. This is the color version of the photo I posted yesterday before I monkeyed with it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Taking Ron advice!


Kalalau Trail






One of the highlights on my previous trip to Kauai is taking 2 miles hike in this Kalalau trail.  This is the America's 10 most dangerous hikes.  The Hike: Pictures of the dramatic and lush Na Pali Coast stir hikers' wanderlust, but the Kalalau Trail hugging this dramatic coastline also triggers something far less romantic: terror. "People have a hard time with some of the dropoffs," says Kathy Valier, a Kauai resident who's written guidebooks on hiking the island. "The trail bed is narrow and crumbly, and I've talked with many people who have either fallen off the trail or seen it happen." The footing is twice as treacherous after the island's abundant rainfall turns the track into a greasy slip 'n slide–not amusing when you're edging along a 300-foot cliff that spills straight into a rocky surf. But despite such dangers, tons of locals and visitors continue to make the 11-mile (one way) pilgrimage to Kalalau, one of the world's most paradisical beaches.

The picture below are from other website.  This area is near the end of the trail that everyone talking about.



Remember when...


Remember when you used to keep a couple extra dimes in your pocket just in case you had to make a phone call when you were away from home? It wasn't that many years ago...

You hardly ever see pay phones any more now that pretty much every one has cell phones.

It never used to bother me talking on a pay phone but now days the thought of putting that receiver close to my mouth and ear much less having to hold the thing that who knows who touched it last really leaves me with a huge icky factor!

Being Artsy

 
This was taken on a beach right on the border between Alabama and Florida
 
I think it was the only stretch of beach that had more than just one or two palm trees on it. You see more pines down that way than palms. Most of the beaches are bare, with no trees at all unless they were intentionally planted by one of the resorts.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Father & Son Time In Kauai


I hope they will do this again someday with their kids, and appreciated how much money I spent on them when we were here!  Also, hopefully they will let me tag along for free.

Piopu Beach.


This is what the tourist will do when they see the sea turtles on the beach.  It's funny when I see a non English spoken tourist totally ignore the lifeguard screaming "stay away from the sea turtles" in the background.

Symmetry


I guess I was a little preoccupied with buildings this trip.

I think I could have just gotten on a sailboat and headed out to sea except for the fact I would have been hanging over the side all of the time!

Monday, August 25, 2014

A little more architecture


A pretty fancy condo complex on the beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Martians have landed

 
I ran across these buildings in Biloxi, MS. They were designed by some famous architect but I don't know who. I just thought they looked a little weird and would make a good photo.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I'm Back!

 
For awhile...  Maybe...
 
That's pretty definitive isn't it???
 
My apologies for being gone so long. Life has been throwing nothing but curve balls at me for awhile including a death on my wife's side of the family and my dad having heart surgery. Add to that an unrelenting work schedule and you have stress levels that are off the charts and zero free time.
 
Thanks to Paul and Q for keeping the blog as active as they can.
 
Because of family matters I may be absent as much as I am here for the next couple of months but I will try to post something when I can.
 
This photo was taken in Gulf Shores Alabama when I was there seeing my dad recently. I was able to get out and take a few photos and we are planning a short get away to Colorado in a couple of weeks just to catch our breath and let the world spin without us for a few days. Hopefully I will get a chance to take some more photos then but I may just sleep the whole time!