Saturday, April 05, 2014

Round Robin: Fancy Dress (both kinds)

For the Round Robin Challenge: Dress Up, I asked to see "Any kind of costume ..., any dress, tux and tails, doll clothes, anything worn by anything or anyone as long as it's out of the ordinary." Although I'm feeling pretty wiped out tonight with a bad allergy attack that's gone on for the last 15 hours or so, I can supply examples in several of those categories.

My immediate inspiration was the idea of cosplay - fans making and wearing costumes that represent characters and creatures from their favorite books, movies, tv shows and comics. Over the years I've taken more than a few photos of fans in costume at Gallifrey One, the annual Doctor Who convention in Los Angeles. It's been several years since I made it to Gally, but I recently managed to buy a ticket to the 2015 convention in the 75 minute window before it was sold out. So let's celebrate that victory with memories of costumes past. I'll try to avoid reruns from past postings:


 From 2010: A Clockwork Droid threatens Reinette, 
a.k.a. Madame de Pompadour.


From 2011: Amy Pond in her Kiss-o-gram police uniform, 
with Rory Williams, the Last Centurion.

The last time I saw people in cosplay as Doctor Who characters was last year, at Disneyland of all places.

The Tenth Doctor, Captain Jack Harkness, 
and the Eleventh Doctor, Disneyland, May 2013.

In the U.K., "fancy dress" means a masquerade costume. Here in the U.S., it tends to have a more literal meaning.

A young woman poses for photos at Gates Pass, September 2013.


This one is a rerun: a wedding party at Reid Park, 2009. 
That green dress looks like something Tinker Bell would wear. Love it!

But let's go back to Disneyland for a moment. Come to think of it, Disneyland is full of fancy dress, and fancy dresses!

Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, Disneyland, May 2012.

I have many more, but that's enough for tonight. Let's so see what all the Robins came up with for this Challenge!


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1:54 AM MST

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If it's still the weekend, it's not too late to play along yourself! Go for it, I say!

Karen

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Round Robin: Green and Growing

As usual, when I posted the topic for this week's Round Robin Challenge: Being Green, I had vague but ambitious ideas for what I personally was going to post. No St. Patrick's decor for me, no random green objects. No, I was going to show you that the desert can be green! At least, that's what I think I was thinking!

The desert near Biosphere 2, outside Oracle, Arizona.

But March is not the greenest time of year for Arizona, and my drive with Dad up to Oracle, Arizona last weekend was not the greenest area to drive through. Besides, my iPhone ran out of storage and my Canon was acting up, and the sun was in my eyes. No, really, it was. I got almost no decent shots that day, certainly nothing especially green.

 Gates Pass, March 8th, with an impatient motorcyclist speeding away.

I did a little better the week before that, photographing Gates Pass while driving it - which is not the safest thing in the world to do!

So, anyway, tonight I was looking around for something green indoors, and I happened to notice our little jungle of indoor plants against a midcentury modern pair of matching curtains. That would have to do, I thought. 


But in case that wasn't good enough, I added my dragon bank that I've had since 1970, and a teal clock.


Still, my photo archives can usually be counted on to give me what I want. Here is a shot taken at Saguaro National Park East on June 1, 2013.


And another one taken at the bird feeders in Madera Canyon on June 8, 2013. The big black bird is a wild turkey.


Is that green enough? If not, I'll try to do better after it rains.

Karen

Now let's see all the green things!

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Saturday, March 08, 2014

Round Robin: Hot As Sun

For the Round Robin Challenge: Hot Stuff, I asked to see something hot - by any definition of the word. I think I had vague plans to photograph something involving chili peppers, but as busy as I've been these last two weeks, and given that I don't eat hot peppers and John didn't happen to bring any into the house recently, it didn't happen. So I'm going to have to reach into my archives for appropriate images!

Fortunately, I don't seem to have posted some rather spectacular photos I took four years ago of one of the hottest things going - the sun! I was trying to photograph airplanes flying over our neighborhood during an air show, but the sun turned out to be the real star of the day.



Much longer ago, back in May 2007, I got anther nice shot of the sun that I appear not to have posted:


That'll do, Sun.

Now let's see what Hot Stuff the other Robins found!

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Carly - Posted!
Ellipsis
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Karen

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Round Robin: 91 Candles

For the Round Robin Challenge: In the Dark,I asked to see pictures taken under dark conditions. If you follow me on Facebook, you may know that this has not been a great week for me to do anything as carefree as taking pictures for a meme. My Dad collapsed in church last Sunday and was just moved from the hospital to a rehab facility on Thursday night. (He's going to be fine.) Meanwhile I've had a cold that was bad enough that I thought  at first it was flu. And I STILL had to work!

But Friday the 21st was my Dad's 91st birthday. I bought a square cake slice from Safeway, had them write "Happy Birthday Dad!" on it and took it over to the rehab place, along with appropriate candles and a lighter. But I forgot to photograph it!

No matter. The room wasn't that dark, anyway.

But I still have the candles and the lighter, so tonight I went out for camera batteries and something else to stick the candles in. Here you go:


Archivally, I also have numerous attempts at photographing candlelit Easter Vigil services at St. Michael's in years past. Here are some of those from 2013:







I'll try again this year! Meanwhile, let's see what other Robins found "In the Dark!"

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Karen

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Round Robin: Look Out! Behind You!

For the Round Robin Challenge: Rear View, Carly asked us to "Take a photo of something behind you." That's kind of tricky to do!

For example, I've been trying for years to get a decent photo of a sunset as I drive away from it. Rear view mirror shots never seem to work out, but the driver's side mirror will occasionally do the trick. My most successful one ever came during a rest stop at Picacho Peak, Arizona, on a drive back from Phoenix in May, 2006:


To get that shot, I drove a little way down a dirt access road until I could get Picacho Peak framed in my mirror. I rarely have the combination of time, patience, and luck (being in the right place at the right time) to pull off something like that. Here's a recent effort, taken while actually driving:


Yes, it had been raining.

Another time we look behind us is when we're in line, to see how much longer it's gotten since we arrived, in hopes that we'll feel better about being as far forward as we are. Here's the line behind me at Cars Land in Disney's California Adventure in May 2013, even before I reached the entrance to the official line for Radiator Springs Racers. It was totally worth the long wait.


I did try to get a mirror shot of my dad behind me at the barber shop last weekend, but it didn't work out. So I'll close with two shots I took at AIDSWalk in October 2012. Behind me was my friend John Rinnander, among others. Jon here is the old dude with the mustache and the brown hat. He died of cancer in 2013.



"A little voice in my head said, 'Don't look back; you can never look back.'" -- Don Henley.

Now let's see what other Robins saw in their rear view!

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Mande
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Karen

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Round Robin: Snow and Other White Stuff

For the Round Robin Challenge: The White Stuff, I asked to see photos of anything white. My inspiration was a trip up Mount Lemmon a couple of weeks ago, for the purpose of visiting snow. I'll show you the best of my photos from that day - unfortunately taking from a moving car using an iPhone - but let's start with a few other examples!


A year ago I photographed a different kind of white stuff: ice coating a tree outside St. Michael's.


Monsoon clouds, July 2013. Clouds are never really just white, are they?

I grew up outside Syracuse, NY, where there is lots of snow and ice - not necessarily at Christmas, but frequently from October to April. When I got married, I moved to Columbus, Ohio, which is a lot like Syracuse. When John came into a little bit of money in 1986, we drove around the country looking for someplace it wasn't winter. Tucson is where we ended up. It only snows in the city once every two or three years, and never stays on the ground more than a few hours, or overnight at most. And if it gets to be winter, and one finds oneself missing snow, it's just an hour's drive away - up Mount Lemmon!



Okay, it's not quite that easy. There's no snow on the mountain without a storm to drop it there, and when that happens they block access to the mountain (except to local residents) until the roads are clear again. A few weeks ago, the conditions were right. I had seen snow on the mountain from afar, and the road had been blocked. But time had passed, and the road was open again. So I drove Dad up to see it. And it turned out, I was far from the only person with this bright idea!  One stretch of Mount Lemmon Highway was lined with the cars of other people, who had all come to "visit" the snow!


We didn't check out the right hand fork at the very top of the mountain, site of the southernmost ski resort in the continental U.S. It didn't matter. Several miles below that, around the next bend from all the cars, was a winter wonderland of sorts. It wasn't exactly Vail, but it wasn't bad! People were flocking to the spot to play in the snow. What I especially like about this particular picture is the dusting of "white stuff" on the jackets of some of the snow bunnies!


Rounded patches of white stuff on the road testified to the throwing of numerous snowballs.


Some people had climbed the hillside, probably with the intention of sliding down again.

And I particularly enjoyed seeing this couple. "Look, honey! I made a snowball! Do you want me to throw it?"

Karen

Now let's see what "White Stuff" the other Robins saw!

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Round Robin Challenge: Looking Ahead

For this week's Round Robin Challenge: Looking Forward , I asked to see photos looking forward, preferably metaphorically as well as visually. The topic reminds me of that old Johnny Nash song:


I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright Sun-shiny day.

Wouldn't that be nice!
But the problem is, we usually can't see the road ahead very well. It may be full of twists and turns, so that the view is intermittent at best...



..and the drive may be steep and hazardous.




Sometimes the signs are frankly confusing, and it looks as though no progress can be made at all.


The path may be narrow, and lead straight into the weeds.


It may lead somewhere dark and dreary...


...and, of course, into life, a little rain must fall.


Even if the musical cue is The Who, and I can see for miles and miles...



...it comes to a vanishing point. I still can't see the destination.

I have a choice to make, and I can't see the road ahead very well at all. That is, I can see the road I'm on, but it's kind of harsh and rock-strewn, and not much fun at all. Is there an intersection up ahead? Dare I turn off? Would the new road be any better?


Karen

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