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Shadows and Reflections


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Obviously, I got a bit carried away again, but I did cull out some.  After you’ve looked at these photos, don’t miss Cee’s Shadows and Reflections in the link below.

For CBWC, Shadows and Reflections, don’t miss Cee’s photos HERE.

Composed Shapes

Cee’s challenge for this week is Geometry in Photography.  Here are my thoughts on the matter:

Click on photos to enlarge and read the extensive commentary under each photo.  Oh c’mon–do it.  I took a lot of time and effort to dissect these photos as Cee requested. If you read my comments, you can point out what I missed in your own comment below! (If you can’t read the commentary under each photo, I’ve copied the commentaries below.)


Here is the commentary for photos if you can’t read it above:

  1. I pulled off the road in heavy traffic to get this shot. I loved the soft shape of the clouds sliced through by the telephone lines. The triangular shapes of the sign, the intersection of the lines and the wooden crossbars, the insulators and the top of the Norfolk Island pine are in contrast to the square shapes of the building in the background.
  2. I love this detail cropped from a larger view of my friend Carol’s studio. The round end of the paper towel roll ties in colorwise with the square/rectangular blank canvasses and the jumble of paintbrushes furnish triangular Vee shapes. The straight sides of the bottles contrast with the rumpled “O’ shapes of the inside-out rubber gloves. Order juxtapositioned with disorder makes for an artistic whole.
  1. These straw hats stored on-edge behind the grillwork of Carol’s house are one of my favorite images. The round shapes of the hats and curliques, the rectangular divisions on the grilll and the zigzag/triangular weave of the hats create busy detail in what is otherwise a simple scene.
  1. Round balloons, square box, plaid blouse, the triangle of the girl’s legs and sidewalk edge, long rectangles of the tree trunks, round wheels, zigzag of the stacked chairs. Shapes abound in this picture made more intriguing by the revealing details of the girl’s attire and stance.
  1. The triangles of their perky ears and pointed noses accented by the shadowed patterns and the trapezoid shape of the exercise machine in the background, the circular screws and platform on the machine echoed by the round studs on the collar of the dog, the commanding stance of the white dog with the black dog in a near bowing position––all intriguing details in this shot.
  1. Mexican Train offers an excellent opportunity to play with shapes. The round shape of the “station” is echoed by dots on the dominoes. The train tracks formed by the rectangular dominoes form semi-straight lines–all in all, a collage of rectangles and circles.
  1. I hesitated to include this shot of a Pemex station, but couldn’t resist the repeated patterns and shapes–squares, rectangles, T shapes––and the one round manhole cover. I also love the positions of the attendants next to the gas pumps at the rear of the photo. The clouds are the only soft thing in the photo.

To see Cee’s Geometric Photos, go HERE.

“Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 19 – “Gap”

“Gap-toothed she was and sure to please!”  (One of my favorite lines from The Canterbury Tales! He is describing the bawdy wife of Bath.)

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Signs of Life: Smoke Signals (Under the Volcano)

Signs of Life: Smoke Signals (Under the Volcano)

Kids, don’t do this at home, but the rush of life lately has caused me to break some general rules of sane behavior.  Let me preface my confession by saying the past three weeks have been crazy as I’ve been trying to balance life with construction projects, art exhibitions, doggie problems and packing to leave for two months at the beach.  As a result, I’ve missed several of Cee’s photo prompts–which I try to never do.

So, jump ahead to yesterday (which sounds like an oxymoron, and I guess it is.)  I finally have the car loaded to the ceiling with art supplies, kitchen gadgets, groceries, clothes and boxes of retablos for an art walk I’m participating in at the beach.  My house and canines are left in the accomplished hands of Maggie, my house sitter.  True, I forgot to fill up the car, check fluids  and check on why the “maintenance” light has been on for the past month, but at least the guy at the first Pemex station I come upon notices that all of my tires are 10 lbs. under the prescribed pressure and has filled my power steering fluid up to the prescribed level–even though the warning on my car says to use only Honda power steering fluid.  Where outside of Guadalajara would I find Honda power steering fluid?  It’s probably just like that warning to only use genuine HP laser cartridges in my color printer (at $100 a pop times four as compared to the $10 generic ones).  At any rate, I’m off and thinking about prompts missed when I suddenly catch my first sight of Colima volcano!!!

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That’s it…that little breast-shaped mountain to the left of the far right tree on the horizon.

I do pull off the road whenever I can, but also start snapping shots through the windshield as I drive.

IMG_1427 (1) IMG_1309 (1)No, I’m not focusing by taking my eyes off the road.  I’m glancing up, putting the camera more or less where my eyes are and snapping shot after shot.  I’m holding the camera out the window and shooting.

235 shots in about an hour’s period as I approach the volcano, pass it and OMG!!!  As I look into the rear view mirror, I notice that THE VOLCANO IS ACTUALLY VENTING!

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At the end of the day, after 5 hours of driving, I reach my destination, immediately run into someone I know, find my rental agent out of her office, make a call but no answer.  I sit in the car, air conditioner running.  (Yes, it is hot at the beach) and review my photos in my camera.  Thanks to the Lala truck that drove in front of me for a good distance, I’ll be able to use my photos for both the ABC  prompt and last week’s “Compose Yourself” prompt, but I think I’ll put those pictures in another posting.  I think the venting of a volcano as one drives by is excitement enough for this post, don’t you?

I call Juani from Juani Rentas again and finally get her.  She’ll be here in 5 minutes.  I shift to a parking spot opening up across the street from Casa Gaviotas––my home away from home for the next two months.  I unload the car with the help of Israel, across the street, put my frozen stuff in the fridge, duck over to Daniel’s for a fast tequila toast to the sunset and set off for a music jam night at my friend Carol’s house.  Home at 10:30 to finally have a better look at my volcano shots, and here a few of them are. By the time you see my “Compose Yourself” and “ABC” posts, your trip to here will seem as long as mine has been, perhaps.  Sorry Ann, sorry Audrey–two friends who always advise less is more, but who would I be if I took their advice?  Certainly not me!!!

I’ve shown you what I did this week.  Now, here are my answers to the weekly wrapup questions:

  1. Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets?  Yes.
  2. How many places have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities. Murdo, South Dakota; Laramie, Wyoming; Wollongong, N.S.W., Australia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Huntington Beach, CA; West Los Angeles, CA; Boulder Creek, CA; San Juan Cosala, Jalisco, Mexico.  I guess that is  9 places.
  3. If you given $22 million tax free dollars (any currency), what is the first thing you would do? I’d build a cultural center in the little town I live in–San Juan Cosala.
  4. The Never List: What are things you’ve never done? Or things you know you never will do? I will never bungee jump, mountain climb or eat worms!!!

(My alphabet pictures will be in another post.)

Since my learning style is experiential and this trip has certainly been a experience in excess photography, I’m posting it on the Daily Prompt page as well!

Hugh’s Photo Challenge, Week 8, Xmas Tree Topper Challenge

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This is actually the topper of my friends Joan and Michael’s tree.  I didn’t have one this year as I’m going to Phoenix for Christmas.  Here are some other shots from their tree:



Thursday Doors on Friday

Thursday Doors on Friday

Version 3 IMG_7840 IMG_7841 IMG_7834In a place where square does not rule the day anyway, it was very hard to get a square take on these doors without having the door blocked by the very ugly black street sign.  The more ornate older sign added to the view, but the ugly black one definitely didn’t!!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Churches–Jocotepec Church

The Jocotepec, Jalisco, church is beautifully constructed of irregularly-shaped stone with smaller stones laid into the grout.  The base of each of the huge palm trees in the courtyard is surrounded by a huge metal or clay pot handcrafted by local artisans.  Although I live in the municipality of Jocotepec, my village is actually the smaller pueblo of San Juan Cosala.

Weekly Photo Prompt: Scale

Photo Prompt–Scale: This week, share an image that highlights a size relationship — make us pause and take a second look to understand the scale of the elements in your photo.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge


I love prompts like this that force us to look at our photos in a different way.  I’ve just been waiting to use the first one below, which seems perfect for this challenge.  Thanks, WordPress, for pushing our minds as well as our eyes.


I arrived at a local coffee bar/gallery to find it closed. This didn’t deter two little boys outside or the inside kitten, from communing. Where there is a will, convergence will happen!


The woman, the children and each of the dogs each arrived separately to converge. There were three extra dogs as well, but I liked the composition of this cropping of the photo. The small dog jumping out from behind the umbrella pole is a picture by himself and seems to be gaining the attention of all except the children who are intent in their creative efforts in the sand.


This fish was alive and left upon the sand to die. I couldn’t help but identify with his efforts to draw air. This is the part of fishing that bothers me the most. The children saw little difference between the live fish and the dead one, wanting to touch every surface. When the bigger boy reached to touch the eye, I flinched, but luckily the fish was dead by then. Not my catch. Not my boys. If they were, all would have passed differently.

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For more “Converge” photos, go here: