2015 Independence Day Fireworks

Fireworks happen in the blink of an eye. During that blink the brain registers a brilliant flash of color that is almost instantly washed away by the next event.  The photos, taken with a Canon DSLR 60D captured the detail, the beauty that was too quick for the eye/brain to appreciate. I hope you enjoy these […]

Ring-Ring Almost Cancelled My Copper Wire Telephone Service

Because I’ve more or less quit using my landline phone and gone more or less exclusively to my cellular gizmo, I decided to abandon the copper connection to the world and have my ‘hanging on the wall’ instrument disconnected. No easy decision that. The number in the telephone directory hasn’t changed in 45 years although […]

A Most Remarkable Experience

Have you ever felt like jumping into an aquarium? Well, we didn’t actually jump in. We climbed down a steel ladder. Geoffrey and Phillip, my two sons, and I are certified, card-carrying SCUBA divers. Between the three of us, we’ve dived in Alaska, California, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and Thailand. But this was going to be […]

Camera Carelessness — Those Pesky Little Compartment Doors

Some time back I was wandering through E-Bay thinking about replacing a Point & Shoot pocket camera stolen from me in a burglary. For one particular model I came across a bunch of listings for cameras with a notation that the camera works fine, but the hatch(door) for the battery compartment was broken off but […]

Wandering In The Mojave Desert = El Paso Mountain Trip

In 1934, Walt Bickel wandered up Last Chance Canyon in the El Paso Mountains and found gold. It was placer flakes and dust and for Bickel, just a weekend hobby. A diversion from his workaday world in Los Angeles, 150 or so miles south. He joined the Army in 1942 and left the service in […]

It’s Been a Long, Long Time…

…since I’ve posted here. I wonder if I still know how?

Africa — On Safari — Take a Break at Victoria Falls

Many of you might remember the famous line: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” According to the 1939 movie, “Stanley and Livingstone,” Sir Henry Stanley uttered those words when he met Dr. David Livingstone in Africa. Historians credit officially Livingstone as the first white man to “discover” Victoria Falls while he explored Africa as a missionary for […]


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