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Posts tagged “sunset

(Extra)ordinary: Weekly Photo Challenge

(Extra)ordinary  “Things or settings we might overlook at first glance. Whether in a new or familiar place, I try to keep my eyes open — to look for beauty or interestingness where I least expect it.” Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Not an ordinary puddle.

After a week of constant rain, the sun came out just before sunset.


With the ripple. A passerby hit the water.


IMG_2464The water is still.

Did I mention I left my camera in the apartment?  Shot with the iPhone camera.

IMG_2467A different puddle.




Rest Stop in Ohio- I had to pull in and get out and photograph


Sunday Night.  Along Route 70 Eastbound. The sunset.

It was the end of a beautiful day.


Ohio sunsetEven using the real camera cannot capture the beauty of the sunset. The pair of cars helps give perspective.  When you don’t live where it’s flat, you really notice the sky and the immensity.

Elusive Light, How it Changes Everything

New York City- Christopher Street at Greenwich Street

Formerly the Federal Archives Building  built in 1899-  for the history click here



A Man and his Dog, Long Island Selfie-Stick Girls, a Food Line and Sunset on Hudson

A man and his dog. Central Park  Sunday. He was calling and waving to his family. Before the Greek Parade on Fifth.


man and dog

Is this a Basenji? no, says Dog Expert Juilia. Thanks   She sent this pic of an Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound

selfie stick girls

I asked these girls if they would pose with their selfie stick so I could show my high school students in photography class next week.  Later I asked where they were from….. Long Island!


Food line on Sixth Avenue with reflection in the fountain some birds are using as a bird bath


Silhouettes of another man and his dog at sunset – New Jersey across the Hudson River

Peaceful, Calm, Untroubled- all sound good to me

Serenity – continued.  Finding photos to go with this week’s theme has been satisfying. Thanks for looking at today’s gallery of images that feel peaceful in a variety of ways.

Top Commenter Shares Link about the Serenity Prayer

If you follow the blog, you’ve seen Stef’s smiling gravatar and you’ve read her thoughtful comments.

She’s the author of Three Daily Delights blog.

This week’s theme is SERENITY and after looking at the gallery of photographs, Stef was prompted  to add this link in the comments yesterday. Although I’d heard and seen the prayer many times over the years, I learned a lot about the Serenity Prayer from reading it, I thought it was good to share. I always liked the line about the ‘wisdom to know the difference” Here is the link to the article 5 Timeless Truths From The Serenity Prayer That Offer Wisdom In The Modern Age 

And the article is correct about almost everyone knowing the beginning of the prayer, but not the second part so much-

“Whether or not you believe in God or an afterlife, and whether or not the prayer’s ending — a vision of being “supremely happy with Him forever in the next” — appeals to you or not, there’s something universal in the prayer’s quiet celebration of understanding our own potential, our own limits, and our capacity for transcendence.”

Thanks Stef for sharing.

St. George Island Sunset on the Bay Side by Guest Blogger Rob

This week I’m staying with friends at St. George Island Florida.  It’s very beautiful here.

I’m shooting family photos, watching the sunrise, enjoying the ocean. Having a nice vacation.

Some family members and I’ve had  good photography conversations and thanks to my friend’s BIL, Rob, I’ve learned about Floridian landscape photographers (Clyde Butcher) whom I’d not known before.

I’ve been told of a good location to shoot the sunrise and  shown the sea turtle nests marked by PVC pipe on the pristine beaches.

Rob lost some Hawaiian sunset photos on a hard drive, and I can relate to that experience, how it feels to lose precious files. He even had the green flash in one of his Hawaiian photographs and it can’t be retrieved.  Lost!

Tonight after a delicious spinach manicotti supper, Rob asked if it would be all right and could he try my Canon camera (he uses a Nikon) to shoot the sunset on the Bay Side. He knew a good spot to go. The time was just right.

I agreed. He wasn’t familiar with the camera’s settings but he does know the island .  I’d shot the sunrise this morning and was going to pass on the sunset  I’ve been reading tips on how to shoot at the beach with the water and sand, the sun. Tonight I was yawning and just tired out!

Here are the results of his experimenting with my Canon 50D with the 18-200 lens.  I told him, next trip we’ll try some filters and see how the sun looks.

Niece Erin, (maker of the manicotti) was the one who said Rob could be guest blogger.  I was able to catch him as they were pulling out of the drive.

Later my friend and I took the card and reader  down to the other end of the island for him to select the one he liked best.  Hard to choose. So I’ve decided to show the series os sunset photographs Rob took this Monday evening July 7, 2014.  Thanks for being guest blogger, Rob.

Which shot do you like the best?




That is cloud, not vegetation on the sun.




And this last one is one I liked a lot.




St. Mary of the Mount- Grandview Avenue- Pittsburgh PA

When we were walking around the Three Rivers Arts Festival, I looked up and saw this church on the top of Mount Washington.

The lighting really stands out.

Here are several views to give the perspective.  St. Mary of the Mount

St. Mary's on the Mount





cSt. Mary's on the Mount 3





St. Mary's on the Mount 5




St. Mary's on the Mount 4



Last Sliver of Sun

Before I drove up the mountain, I went to one of my favorite spots on West Carson Street.  This is what made me decide to head up to Mt. Washington to catch the incline in the snow as the sun set.


city skyline

Pool Party Evening Light









The setting sun and the lights coming up from the pool made an interesting contrast of color and light.  The photograph has limitations in illustrating the mood.





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