Category Archives: Photography

Downtown LA (my photography collection)

Downtown LA

Downtown LA

cotton balls sky (my photography collection)

cotton balls sky

cotton balls sky

avenue of the stars (my photography collection)

avenue of the stars

avenue of the stars

Peace of cake (Emergence 2) (my art collection)

Peace of cake (Emergence 2)

Peace of cake (Emergence 2) (no real cakes were used in the making of this piece of art/click to enlarge in new window/FasrStoneViewer-FotoSketcher were invoked in the creative process…blame them!)

This pressed: Cake to celebrate the success of the atomic testing program, 1946 — Historical Pics

Seattle’s Space Needle

The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washin...

The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washington. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Deutsch: Space Needle, Seattle, May 1997

Deutsch: Space Needle, Seattle, May 1997 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seattle’s Space Needle

At 605 feet (184 m) tall, the Space Needle is the most recognizable landmark in Seattle, Washington. The tower was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and now boasts a rotating restaurant, a gift shop, and an observation deck, which afford views of the Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, and Elliott Bay. The tower can withstand winds of up to 200 mph (322 km/h) and earthquakes up to 9.1 in magnitude. It also has 25 lightning rods. What two design concepts inspired the structure’s unique architecture? More… Discuss

English: The Space Needle in Seattle, Washingt...

English: The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

this pressed for your spider photo collection: 5 Spooky Spider Myths Busted : Discovery News

Spiders: they creep, they leap, they haunt the nightmares of arachnophobic humans. But a lot of the fear surrounding spiders is based on myths, not facts, according to the experts who study these eight-legged creatures.

Did you know, for example, that the venom of most tarantulas would hardly make adult humans flinch, let alone kill them? And all those stories you’ve heard about spiders laying eggs inside an open wound are the stuff of urban legend, not reality.

via 5 Spooky Spider Myths Busted : Discovery News.

this presssed for your bat week experience: National Bat Week Pictures: Just in Time for Halloween!

Mexican free-tailed bats fleeing a bat-cave preserve.

Bats on the Wing Photograph by Joel Sartore with Cole Sartore, National Geographic Creative

Bats on the Wing

Photograph by Joel Sartore with Cole Sartore, National Geographic Creative

Bats have long been associated with vampires, witches, and Halloween. But their bad reputation looks more like a trick than a treat.

Bats matter in a big way in countless ecosystems around the world. In truth, the only thing scary about bats is the rate at which they’re disappearing.

Bats are a wildly diverse order of mammals, with more than 1,300 species worldwide. About one out of every five mammal species is a bat.

Despite the way they’re often depicted in movies and television, only three species of bats feed exclusively on blood. Most species—around 70 percent—dine on insects, making them invaluable partners in human agriculture by removing crop pests. The rest eat nectar and fruit and serve as some of the best pollinators and seed dispersers on the planet.

via National Bat Week Pictures: Just in Time for Halloween!.

The “shadow” of a Hiroshima victim, permanently etched into stone steps, after the 1945 atomic bomb: you can tell that it was a elderly human being by the use of the cane in his right hand.

The "shadow" of a Hiroshima victim, permanently etched into stone steps, after the 1945 atomic bomb: you can tell that it was a elderly human being by the use of the cane in his right hand.

The “shadow” of a Hiroshima victim, permanently etched into stone steps, after the 1945 atomic bomb: you can tell that it was a elderly human being by the use of the cane in his right hand. (Click to enlarge in new window)

this pressed for your right to know: BBC News – Ebola: When health workers’ duty to treat is trumped

Doctors preparing to treat Ebola patients Medical staff must wear protective suits whenever they treat Ebola patients

The president of the World Bank has urged thousands of health workers to volunteer in the battle against Ebola, invoking their duty under their oath to help patients. But is there such an obligation? Medical ethicist Dr Daniel Sokol says we should expect some healthcare staff to refuse to go to work, wherever Ebola patients are being treated.

In all major Ebola outbreaks, medical staff have fled health centres, leaving dying patients behind. This one is no exception.

Seeing colleagues succumb to the disease, many doctors, nurses and laboratory technicians have failed to turn up to work, putting even greater pressure on those who remain.

If several cases of Ebola emerged in the UK, it would be naive to assume that no healthcare worker would refuse to work.

In 2003, I worked as an intern in clinical ethics at a hospital in Toronto. That was the city most affected by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) outside Asia, with about 250 people infected.

Of those, about half were health workers. Posters lined the walls of the hospital, hailing the staff as heroes.

via BBC News – Ebola: When health workers’ duty to treat is trumped.

Buying Healthy Bread | Choosing the Healthiest Bread |via Vegetarian Times

How to Buy Healthy Bread

Kate Hahn loves bread so much that on occasion her boyfriend has kept quiet after buying a loaf just to be sure there would be enough for lunch the next day. It’s a lifelong fondness for Hahn, who grew up baking homemade bread. Now in her 30s and navigating the busy life of a writer in Los Angeles, she’s content to buy it. Whether she brings home rustic rolls or her favorite loaf of sourdough, one thing is certain: “It will be eaten,” she says, laughing. “If there is good bread in the house, it’s usually gone that night.”

Buying Healthy Bread | Choosing the Healthiest Bread | Vegetarian Times.

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October 29, 1875 in History Born:
Marie, queen consort of Ferdinand I of Romania, 1914-27

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Princess Marie of Edinburgh, more commonly known as Marie of Romania (Marie Alexandra Victoria; 29 October 1875 – 18 July 1938),[note 1] was the last Queen consort of Romania as the wife of King Ferdinand I.

Born into the British royal family, she was titled Princess Marie of Edinburgh at birth. Her parents were Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia. Marie’s early years were spent in Kent, Malta and Coburg. After refusing a proposal from her cousin, the future King George V, she was chosen as the future wife of Crown Prince Ferdinand of Romania, the heir apparent of King Carol I, in 1892. Marie was Crown Princess between 1893 and 1914, and became immediately popular with the Romanian people.

Marie visiting a military hospital, 1917


Marie had controlled her weak-willed husband even before his ascension in 1914, prompting a Canadian newspaper to state that “few royal consorts have wielded greater influence than did Queen Marie during the reign of her husband”.[2]

After the outbreak of World War I, Marie urged Ferdinand to ally himself with the Triple Entente and declare war on Germany, which he eventually did in 1916. During the early stages of fighting, Bucharest was occupied by the Central Powers and Marie, Ferdinand and their five children took refuge in Moldavia. There, she and her three daughters acted as nurses in military hospitals, caring for soldiers who were wounded or afflicted by cholera. On 1 December 1918, the province of Transylvania, following Bessarabia and Bukovina, united with the Old Kingdom. Marie, now Queen consort of Greater Romania, attended the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, where she campaigned for international recognition of the enlarged Romania. In 1922, she and Ferdinand were crowned in a specially-built cathedral in the ancient city of Alba Iulia, in an elaborate ceremony which mirrored their status as queen and king of a united state.

1882 portrait by John Everett Millais commissioned by Queen Victoria and exhibited at the Royal Academy.[9]

1882 portrait by John Everett Millais commissioned by Queen Victoria and exhibited at the Royal Academy.[9]

<<< 1882 portrait by John Everett Millais commissioned by Queen Victoria and exhibited at the Royal Academy.[9]

1882 portrait by John Everett Millais commissioned by Queen Victoria and exhibited at the Royal Academy.[9]

1882 portrait by John Everett Millais commissioned by Queen Victoria and exhibited at the Royal Academy.[9]

As queen, she was very popular, both in Romania and abroad. In 1926, Marie and two of her children undertook a diplomatic tour of the United States. They were received enthusiastically by the people and visited several cities before returning to Romania. There, Marie found that Ferdinand was gravely ill and he died a few months later. Now queen dowager, Marie refused to be part of the regency council which reigned over the country under the minority of her grandson, King Michael. In 1930, Marie’s eldest son Carol, who had waived his rights to succession, deposed his son and usurped the throne, becoming King Carol II. He removed Marie from the political scene and strived to crush her popularity. As a result, Marie moved away from Bucharest and spent the rest of her life either in the countryside, or at her home by the Black Sea. In 1937, she became ill with cirrhosis and died the following year.

Following Romania’s transition to a Socialist Republic, the monarchy was excoriated by communist officials. Several biographies of the royal family described Marie either as a drunkard or as a promiscuous woman, referring to her many alleged affairs and to orgies she had supposedly organised before and during the war. In the years preceding the Romanian Revolution of 1989, Marie’s popularity recovered and she was offered as a model of patriotism to the population. Marie is primarily remembered for her work as a nurse, but is also known for her extensive writing, including her critically acclaimed autobiography.

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Marie wearing her regalia. Photograph by George Grantham Bain.
Queen consort of Romania
Reign 10 October 1914 – 20 July 1927
Coronation 15 October 1922
Spouse Ferdinand I, King of Romania
Full name
Marie Alexandra Victoria
House House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (by birth)
House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (by marriage)
Father Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh
Mother Maria Alexandrovna of Russia
Born 29 October 1875
Eastwell Park, Kent, England
Died 18 July 1938 (aged 62)
Pelișor Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Burial 24 July 1938[1]
Curtea de Argeș Cathedral

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This Pressed for your access to “transparency”: What’s in a ‘scoop’? The White House has a strategy for that. — Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 29, 2014

this pressed: Nicola Tesla Portrait — Historical Pics

this pressed: German banknotes being used as wallpaper at the height of Weimar hyperinflation, 1923 — OnThisDay & Facts

this pressed: President Richard Nixon resigns, 1974 by Harry Benson — OnThisDay & Facts

HawaiiLava flow oozes inch by inch toward Pahoa – now just hrs away from closest home. Our report on @NBCNightlyNews — Hallie Jackson

we owls stick together: that’s the way to go! — iryna khrystanchuk

Temporal range: Late Paleocene–Recent

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Little owl (Athene noctua)
Otus jolandae call
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Strigimorphae
Order: Strigiformes
Wagler, 1830
Ogygoptyngidae (fossil)
Palaeoglaucidae (fossil)
Protostrigidae (fossil)
Sophiornithidae (fossil)
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Range of the owl, all species.
Strigidae sensu Sibley & Ahlquist

Men waiting in a line for the possibility of a job during the Great Depression — History In Pictures

Steve McQueen and Peggy Moffitt, 1963| FotoSketcher

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vintage photo effect-Fotosketcher: Steve McQueen and Peggy Moffitt, 1963

Steve McQueen and Peggy Moffitt, 1963

Fast Stone Editor: BW>Sepia>curve adjust>fotosketcher:Vintage Photo effect:

Sectacular results!

Steve McQueen and Peggy Moffitt, 1963 — OnThisDay & Facts

Man selling mummies in Egypt, 1875 — Classic Pics

this pressed: Vaticano at 12h! — Enrica Ciccarelli (@Enricapianist)

this pressed For your “Ou sont les neiges d’antan…” Salvador Dali kisses the hand of Raquel Welch after finishing his famous portrait of her, 1965 — Classic Pics (@classicepics)

This presses: Thanks to my new constituent @iowahawkblog for noting Queen Elizabeth’s WW2 grease monkey background. I’d forgotten.|— Justice Don Willett

Just a thought: “Everyone can look under the hood of a car…few know what to look for!”   —George-B

This pressed: Read Queen Elizabeth’s historic first tweet: (Chris Jackson/AFP/Getty) — msnbc (@msnbc)

October 24, 1861 – The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States is completed. — OnThisDay and Facts

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Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, 1956 photo by Dimitirs Harissiadis.The Benaki Museum Photografic Archive— volkan (@arzawa)

Howard Carter opening the sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun in 1924— Classic Pics (@classicepics)

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, October, 1957 by Lord Snowdon — OnThisDay & Facts

this pressed for your right to know: Photos: ‘Living On A Dollar A Day’ Features Stark Portraits of Humanity|NewsWeek

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Living on a dollar a day seems nearly unfathomable, but roughly one in six people in our world do on a daily basis. For her work Living On A Dollar A Day, photographer Renée C. Byer teamed up with San Francisco nonprofit The Forgotten International and ventured to four continents to capture intimate stills of people affected by extreme poverty.

“For me it’s very important to go behind the scenes and into their home to find pieces of daily life that everyone can relate to,” Byers said in an interview with National Geographic. “So people aren’t seeing a photo that will push them away, but will pull them back into the scene. So they’re not being overwhelmed by the emotion, but they’re able to relate to the emotion. So that they can imagine themselves trying to live this life, and in some way, hopefully, they could help.”


Photos: ‘Living On A Dollar A Day’ Features Stark Portraits of Humanity | newsweek

this pressed: 12 Incredible Photos That Prove Snails Live In A Magical World — Unmotivating

this pressesd: Monomoy Refuge, MA testing latest in birding tracking electronics, called nano-tag— USFWS Refuge System

This pressed: ‘Addie Card, 12 years old, anemic little spinner in North Pownal Cotton Mill, Vermont, 1910′ by Lewis Hine

Voice of America: Day in Photos — October 19, 2014

5 Palestinians take cover from rain inside a makeshift shelter near the ruins of their houses, which witnesses said were destroyed during a seven-week Israeli offensive, in the east of Gaza City. (Click here to access 12 more photos in a new window )






this pressed: BBC News – Iraq approves Australian anti-Islamic State forces

Islamic State has waged a brutal campaign to seize territory, displacing many thousands

Kurds are desperate for help, but Turkey is refusing to renege on its long-standing enmity

“We have reached an agreement for a legal framework and now it will be a matter for our military when our special forces will be deployed,” Ms Bishop said at the end of a two-day trip to Baghdad.

Despite a huge effort by the US and its allies, Islamic State militants are continuing to rule over large parts of Iraq and Syria.

In recent weeks, the group has carried out a wave of suicide attacks, and has fended off attacks by Iraq’s armed forces.

Militants are also embroiled in fighting with Kurdish forces in the northern Syrian town of Kobane.

BBC News – Iraq approves Australian anti-Islamic State forces.

this pressed for your right to know: Battle Over Ebola Travel Ban: Health Officials Call It a Big Mistake – NBC

A Washington Post-ABC News Poll said that 67 percent of Americans support restricting entry to the U.S. to travelers who have been in Ebola-affected countries.

Other countries — most recently including Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, and St.Lucia — have already taken steps to ban travelers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone or restrict entry until after a 21-day quarantine. Nigeria, Senegal and Democratic Republic of Congo are also on some of the banned lists.

Battle Over Ebola Travel Ban: Health Officials Call It a Big Mistake – NBC

A French boy introduces himself to Indian soldiers who had just arrived in France to fight, 1914|OnThisDay & Facts

this Tweet embeded for you: Dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989 — Classic Pics

this pressed-for youe right to know: Panic as jet’s cabin walls crack on flight to Dallas|via The Truth

Panic as jet’s cabin walls crack on flight to Dallas

SAN FRANCISCO — A Dallas-bound American Airlines flight that departed from San Francisco International Airport turned back and made an emergency landing after some of the cabin’s wall panels cracked loose, aviation and airlines officials said.
The captain of the Boeing 757 decided to turn around an hour into the flight to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport because of a possible blown air duct, American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said.

Flight 2293 departed from SFO shortly before 1 p.m. Monday and landed without incident about 2:15 p.m. No one on the plane with 184 passengers and six crew members was hurt, he said.

“The captain elected to return to San Francisco and landed the plane safely,” Miller said.

Even though the plane’s problem is related to pressurization, the cabin did not lose pressure and oxygen masks did not deploy, he said.

Flight attendants told passengers the problem was “cosmetic,” a passenger said.

Aviation safety experts agreed with that assessment and said that while it is disconcerting for passengers to see any piece of the plane break, the cabin’s wall panels are not part of the plane’s structure.

“The plastic wall has no meaning to the safety of the plane. They are there so you don’t have to look at the bare walls,” said Robert Ditchey, an aeronautical engineer with four decades of experience.

Wow! One of my Facebook friends James Wilson’s flight had to emergency land! The cabin depressurized!?!? Insane!

Ryan Eversley (@RyanEversley) October 13, 2014

“On the other hand, it’s not normal for this to happen to a side wall,” added Ditchey, a former U.S. Navy pilot. “Someone is going to have to fix this airplane.”

James Wilson, of Kyle, Texas, said he and his fellow passengers knew there was a problem within minutes after takeoff from San Francisco. Wilson, 32, an amateur race car driver returning from a competition in Northern California, said they felt the fuselage violently shake and heard popping noises coming from outside of the plane as it made its initial ascent.

Then they watched in horror and screamed for the flight attendants to come as interior panels on both sides of the aircraft pulled apart from the walls.

“It was the whole Row 14 on all sides, from the floor to the ceiling,” said Wilson, who was seated in the row right behind and felt a change in cabin pressure. “It sounded like it was popping and banging so loud at first I thought stuff was coming out of the overhead compartments.”

Crew members were “pulling the panels apart and looking for daylight behind there,” he said.

They landed safely at SFO and everyone is ok but jeez..

via Panic as jet’s cabin walls crack on flight to Dallas.


Art Talk: Artist Archives at the Amon Carter: A large archive of digitized photography!

Art Talk: Artist Archives at the Amon Carter

rose in shades of gray (my photo collection)

Rose in shades of gray

Rose in shades of gray

white camellia (my photo collection)

white camelia

white camellia – my photo collection (Click to enlarge)

B/W Historic Photos: Mount Vesuvius eruption in the midst of WWII, as captured by American pilots, March 1944 — Classic Pics (@classicepics)

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Photos: More wildlife in the Quad Cities |