A Photo a Week Challenge: Waterfront

Big thanks to Nancy Merrill Photography for administering this challenge. I have a few entries that I hope you enjoy.

Let’s start in New Caledonia with a scenic picture:IMG_2588 (2)

Next we go to Seattle with a picture the waterfront taken from a cruise ship:

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Next is Ketchican, Alaska:

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Now some beach waterfront from Grand Turk:

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The Virgin Islands:

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The Snake River in Grand Teton National Park:

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We will end the tour in Yellowstone National Park:

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Narrow Old World Alleys

There are many Narrow alleyways in most European cities. Here is an example of walking down an alley to our next destination in Malaga, Spain.

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Now in the new world (think Puerto Rico) the alleys/roads are not quite so narrow, but two cars would still have difficulty passing each other:

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2016 Week 30

With this Norwegian Spruce tree in New Jersey, I was going for one effect and got another when the flash went off, completely masking the background. Somehow, I couldn’t toss the photo. The curve of the branch tailing off into the background had an odd appeal to me.

Sometimes mistakes can yield surprising results.

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Thanks go to Cee Neuner for running this challenge.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Large Subjects

I have two images for Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge.  One is ancient and one is modern.

The first picture is of the Roman Theater in Cartegena, Spain. I have a detailed post about this city at Rebuilding Through the Ages. The original photo was taken in color. I used the picture editing APP in Windows 10 to filter out the color, crop to just the theater, and adjust the contrast, brightness and shadows.

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My second photo was taken in Seattle on July 22, 2006. The Space Needle was the first thing I thought of when I read the challenge. I used the same editing software to change this photo to black and white, but no cropping was needed. I did darken the edges to add some drama to the background sky.

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Flower of the Day – July 28, 2016

Here is a series of pictures  from different perspectives:

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Our neighbor has a white Crape Myrtle that I thought might be instructive on the variety of colors that this flowering tree can provide:

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Finally, I spotted a visitor while taking these pictures:

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Summer is bountiful in North Carolina.



 

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Depleted Uranium

For my friends and family in Western Australia, here is a chapter from Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance which highlights the Unstoppable nature of depleted uranium shells. The situation was grave for humanity. A black pyramid had landed just of of North Island and was disgorging a plankton killing sludge into the ocean currents. The Aussies, as expected, were not waiting for help for outsiders. They were tackling the problem immediately and with great force.

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Chapter 116 – Australia Takes the Lead

The destroyer HMAS Perth had been in position for the last twenty-four hours along with its sister ship, the HMAS Anzac, at a distance of ten nautical miles west of North Island. The HMAS Darwin was on station at nine nautical miles off the island between the alien pyramid and the two destroyers.

Just two hours before, the depleted uranium shells had been delivered to the two destroyers by helicopter. Each ship had just four shells, but each ship would be able to make four direct hits, because the shells were self-guided. The shells had been placed in the autoloader, and then the crew had cleared the area. There was no sense in taking any chances with radiation poisoning just in case the ship survived the attack.

All of the men aboard had volunteered for this mission. Men with families had been excused even if they volunteered, so the average age of the crew was lower than normal. The captain of the Perth, Marcus White, made up for this, as he was the most experienced captain in the Australian Navy.

“Okay, gentlemen,” Captain White, said, “Commence firing!”

The rounds were timed to be fired at three-second intervals, a much slower rate than the guns could handle but timed so that all of the shells would be in the air before the first shell struck its target. With the two destroyers a nautical mile apart, north to south, the shells would approach the target from slightly different angles but hopefully close enough to confuse any defenses built into the pyramid.

Captain White had his binoculars trained on the pyramid during the firing sequence to judge any response. What he saw was the retraction of a section at the pyramid’s tip, exposing some kind of device. Immediately after opening, the device began emitting laser bursts at the incoming shells.

“Good luck trying to stop depleted uranium with a laser,” he said almost to himself as he watched eight direct hits on the side of the black pyramid. The explosions were pyrotechnic in nature, and the hot debris falling from the side of the pyramid ignited the awful slick that the pyramid had been disgorging for the past several days.

“Well done, gentlemen,” Captain White said. “Now, let’s see how the cruise missile fares after we so artfully knocked on their door!”

What the Captain had missed during the short duration of the shelling was the burst of laser light heading in the opposite direction from his ships. The pyramid’s defenses had picked up the track of the cruise missile and shot it down just as it cleared the Australian coast. The laser fire fried all of the missile’s sensors, and the missile went into auto-destruct mode.

“Damn,” Captain White exclaimed a minute later when it was obvious that the missile was not going to detonate over the pyramid. “Get me Fleet Base West on the horn.”

“We have Admiral Westcott on the line, sir,” Lieutenant Jeremiah Smith said a few seconds later.

“Give me a sit rep,” Westcott said as soon as White got on the line.

“We had eight direct hits with the DU shells,” White reported. “The only visible response from the pyramid was an attempt to shoot down our incoming shells with laser fire. Right now, we have visible damage on the western side of the pyramid, and the slick around the pyramid is on fire. There was no, I repeat, no secondary explosion indicating that the tactical nuke reached its destination.”

“The cruise missile was shot down by laser fire just as it passed over the coastline,” Admiral Westcott said. “Your orders are to commence firing standard shells at the pyramid as rapidly as you can to try to multiply the damage inflicted by the DU shells.”

“Yes sir.” Captain White handed the mike back to Smith. “Get me the Anzac. Commander Blaine, get a crew back to the six-inch gun and commence firing our standard shells at that damn pyramid as fast as the gun can handle. We’re not bringing any shells back to port if I can help it.”



 

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Thursday Doors – July 28, 2016

Let’s go back to ancient Greece for today’s Thursday Doors sponsored by Norm 2.0 .

The one and only image today is of the door which leads to the gate which leads to the Acropolis at the top of the hill in Athens, Greece. This picture was taken in May of 2001.

This doorway, which is known as the Beulé Gate, or west gate, was built in the third century AD (around 267 AD) to defend access to the Acropolis. If you look though the opening in the picture, you can see up to the Propylaea, the monumental gateway to the Acropolis, which was built around 450 BC.

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If I were to stand in this doorway, my head would only be about a third of the way from the door sill to the lintel.

I will save pictures from the Acropolis for a later post.



 

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Hot Golf

A hot summer’s day, there’s danger outside,

Oppressive and thick, and nowhere to hide,

You try to stay cool, you drink quite a lot,

Wrap a towel ’round your neck with a cold water spot.

You’ve played fifteen holes, your score’s not too bad,

You’ve three holes to go, but the sun is so mad,

That it burns at your skin and makes you feel dizzy.

Can you play ’til the end? Can you not throw a tizzy?

You’ve lost all your strength, you’re drives come up short,

Your chips get much longer. Is this really a sport?

It’s supposed to be fun, with your friends on the links,

But this is just torture. Hot golf really stinks.



 

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Cee’s Which Way Challenge – July 27, 2016

This is the first time I have seen Cee’s “Which Way” Challenge. This gave me a chance to go through my recent archives to see if I had any photos that might apply. Here is what I found.

You are in Málaga, Spain. It has been raining for most of the morning and suddenly the sky turns blue, your umbrella comes down and you are ready to explore. Which way to you go? Do you go left or do you go right?

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