Wordy Wednesday #430: It’s All About ‘Patina’
Feb22

Wordy Wednesday #430: It’s All About ‘Patina’

A patina is a coating of various chemical compounds, such as oxides or carbonates, that are formed on the surface of metal or other material. Usually this is simply caused to exposure to weather and time. The word itself comes from the Latin word meaning “shallow dish.” Under natural weathering, patina in old cars takes many years to develop with those in damp climates developing patina layers faster than ones in dry areas. Material...

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Wordy Wednesday #428: “Mannequins in ABQ”
Feb08

Wordy Wednesday #428: “Mannequins in ABQ”

You know how it is: You drive by something and say “I’ve gotta make a photograph if that” but never somehow get around to it. When I was in Albuquerque Mary and I drove past this clothing store and Mary said, “you gotta take a picture of that,” so when we drove by later in the day, the store was closed and the Mannequins had been taken inside. But I persevered, so the next time we were in the Nob Hill area, we made a detour and the...

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Wordy Wednesday 427: The 427 Cobra
Feb01

Wordy Wednesday 427: The 427 Cobra

“I thought it was stupid to have a 1918 taxicab engine in what Europeans like to call a performance car when a little American V-8 could do the job better.”—Carroll Shelby Is their a more iconic number in the automotive world than 427? Especially when combined with the words Shelby Cobra? These cars are million dollar collectibles now with one model—the first Congra built—selling for $13.75 million dollars and it...

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Wordy Wednesday # 426, “Wagon in Golden, CO”
Jan25

Wordy Wednesday # 426, “Wagon in Golden, CO”

“Go west, young man.”— Horace Greeley I’m not sure how young I was but in 1981 I took Horace Greeley’s advice and moved to Colorado. When I first moved  here, I was impressed not just by the Rocky Mountains but also by several of the towns and cities that surround Denver. One was the charming town of Castle Rock in Douglas County—not that far from Dairy Hill— that was founded in 1874. The other was Golden. It...

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Wordless Wednesday #243: “Willie Wonka in Las Vegas”
Jan04

Wordless Wednesday #243: “Willie Wonka in Las Vegas”

“There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.”—Willy Wonka “Pure Imagination” is one of my favorite songs and is from the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. It was written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley specifically for the movie and was sung by Gene Wilder. The intro of the song, which also is the musical code for...

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Wordy Wednesday #242 “Ferris Wheel at Night”
Dec28

Wordy Wednesday #242 “Ferris Wheel at Night”

The original Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. as a landmark for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The term Ferris Wheel is used generically for all such structures, which are now the most common type of carnival ride at state fairs in the US such as this one photographed in a Denver suburb. This particular Ferris wheel was photographed at night using the Phase One...

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Wordy Wednesday #239: There’s No Place Like Home
Dec14

Wordy Wednesday #239: There’s No Place Like Home

“Things ain’t what they used to be and probably never was.”—Will Rogers I made the above photograph on January 1, 1976 shortly after I bought my first Hasselblad, a chrome-bodied 500CM with black 80mm T* lens. Just to make us all feel bad, I paid $667 for the whole package, including a A12 back. The image was shot on Ektachrome 120 film that was scanned back when Kodak offered it’s wonderful (I still miss it) Photo CD...

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