Here is the cathedral looking directly:
Here is the cathedral looking directly:
I have a challenge for my followers. For today’s entry in Jennifer Nicole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge I have a picture of my sister and brother-in-law. This was my brother-in-law’s 80th birthday party. It was also my mother’s 80th birthday party. Wrap your head around those facts and see if you can come up with how that is possible.
Here is my sister Marie and her husband Bob:
Here is my mother Shirley and my step father Bill:
Both pictures were taken in the middle of September in 2005. Unfortunately, none of the four are still with us 11+ years later.
Birds in flight, especially when they are gliding on the wind currents, are very graceful. For today’s challenge, I went back to our trip to the Gannet colony in at Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand to select the most graceful shot of these beautiful birds in flight.
The Earth as we know it is billions of years old. The mountains and oceans embody the true spirit of Resilient.
This is a photo of the southern Spanish coast right next to Gibraltar. Take in the blue water, the blue sky with beautiful white clouds, and the green mountains tinted blue with distance.
Humanity is hardly a blip on the radar compared to our celestial home.
From the observation platform near the top of the Rock of Gibraltar, you can see the coastline and mountains in distant Morocco. The tanker ship can give you an idea of how far you can see from this height.
Thanks, as always, to Jennifer Nicole Wells for sponsoring this weekly challenge. Follow the link to her blog to see other entries.
My entry for this week’s OWPC: Depth is a shot from the top of “The Rock”, that being The Rock of Gibraltar. The shot is looking north, across the airstrip and into southern Spain. the coastline appears to go on forever. I think the clouds add to this feeling.
Thanks go to Jennifer Nichole Wells for hosting this weekly challenge that stretches our photography knowledge with thoughtful topics and great participants. You can follow her blog by following this link.
Jennifer Nicole Wells runs a weekly One Word Photo Challenge (OWPC) and this weeks challenge word is “Cow”. I call this picture “Black Angus and Guinea Hens”.
The photo was taken at my brother and sister-in-law’s ranch in Texas. Notice that three out of four Black Angus cows are smart enough to get into the shade with the hot Texas sun beating down on the field.
How many hundreds of Edges can you find in these photos? They are all natural edges, and some of them are very sharp. I wouldn’t recommend trying to climb these.
Both pictures are from Cabo San Lucas in February of 2006.
So, we have a Dell desktop computer with a large non-touch screen running Microsoft Windows. You can see the large monitor in the background. In the foreground you can see my Microsoft Surface tablet computer that I take with me when I travel so that I can continue to work on my novels and also to download/edit my travel photos. To the right is my Apple iPad II that is already years old but still working admirably. Finally, on the left, you can see my Apple iPhone 6.
All four devices get daily workouts. All four devices are on automatic update for both their operating systems and their apps. Hopefully, I can stay current with what is going on in the world and the blog-o-sphere (if that is a real word).
My first computer experience was in 1966 at New York University at their uptown campus. 25 high school students were invited to spend the summer at NYU to learn about and experiment with the campus IBM 360 computer. This was the year that the The Trofgs hit “Wild Thing” was so popular over the summer. It seemed appropriate for our group. After learning the FORTRAN computer language and how to enter our punch card programs into the computer, we were given free reign each evening when the university was not using the machine. We had a great summer.
My next computer experience occurred in 1969 at the University of Rochester when I took a course on Computer Compiling Techniques. Again, I enjoyed the experience, but did not pursue a career in the field. After all, I was studying for a degree in Astrophysics.
After graduating college, I went into the elevator business. The company I was working for was using their own computer controllers to maximize the efficiency of their elevator operations in large skyscrapers around the country, but I was only selling them, not working on them. This phase of my life lasted only three years. I was getting bored with sales and wanted to do more with my life. So, I started an MBA program at Boston University during the evenings. While there, I had the opportunity to take a battery of job interest tests. Guess what? Every result showed that I should be in the computer business as a computer software designer. Why fight city hall?
I sent out my resume to 16 of the top national computer firms and hoped for the best. I got one positive response and it was from Electronic Data Systems. The company was started and run by Ross Perot (of Presidential Independent Candidate fame in 1992). There I learned to program IBM mainframe computers in both COBOL and IBM Assembler languages. I then moved to Plano, Texas and maintained several of the computer systems used to run their client’s Medicare programs.
With one more intermediate job after EDS, I became an independent computer consultant for the next 24 years. I had contracts with many large companies. Most of the contracts were developing software to run their medical claims processing systems.
At one point, I became a computer re-seller with AST Research. I would sell and set up computer networks at small businesses. I would set up their backup procedures, hand hold them when necessary, and replace any equipment that got outdated or broke down.
I may honestly say that I was a computer software/hardware expert for most of my life. There are hundreds of stories I could tell about my escapades. However, I will limit myself to just one story. I met my wife Alice while consulting at Paid Prescriptions in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.
Now it is 23 years since we got married and I have retired from the industry. I don’t stay current with mainframe computers anymore, but I do use my computers every day for writing, blogging, gathering news, connecting with friends on Facebook and email, and playing a few games.
My next purchase will probably be an Apple Mac desktop that I can use for post processing of my photographs. We will just have to wait and see.
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Here is a new weekly challenge for me: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Curves from the blog Dutch goes the Photo!
I selected a flower with curved petals that have additional curves on the edges of those petals and curved stamens in the center. The background is also filled with curved plant leaves that are out of focus, but enhance the picture.