It may not be the shot of the year but it is one of my favorites. I like the blue tone and fog over the Rocky Mountains. The airplane is above the mountains (thankfully) but not so much so that I could get a more sideshot than something from above. Lucky to get a window seat on an early morning flight out of LA. Hopefully, more decent shots in 2016.
As an Apple shareholder (through Mutual Funds) I am happy to report that this Naperville Apple store is always busy, even late after Christmas. Interesting story about these stores. No one at Apple, except Steve Jobs, thought they would work. Computers were purchased at big box outlets with parking near by. Not in retail stores. Jobs fought for high foot traffic areas. Stores like this were his vision and designed them with a clean look down to the last detail.
It's just a snapshot but it looked like a Norman Rockwell moment to me, so I edited it that way. One thing about a big extended family, there are lots of kids, grandkids and great grandkids around. Makes for a loud, long but fun Christmas Eve.
It is fun and difficult to try to narrow down your shots to a "Best of" when you have taken 5667 saved photos for the year (so far). I got the list down to 578, which is far too many. Hard to knock off shots you like to keep shots you love. Anyway, the next two weeks, I will look for shots I didn't post but I still like here at the end of the year. This shot is so inappropriate it is New Orleans to me.
I guess all these Star Wars costumes will eventually come to Chicago if the Star Wars Museum comes to the lakefront. I would vote to keep the parkland and pass on the museum, but while in Seattle, Michael and I did go to see the display.
About an hour out of Asheville is the DuPont Forest and a wonderful set of hills and waterfalls for the Little River to flow over. Since there had been recent rains, these Triple Falls gave a beautiful view.
The tree on the side of our house is always the last one to lose its leaves. That puts it in danger as the weight of this week's early winter storm put a lot of heavy snow on the limbs. Makes for a pretty picture, however. Snowing before Thanksgiving? Shouldn't be allowed.
I wasn't trying to make art here so this isn't an award winning shot (not many are....). However, I did discover what B and H stands for. If you are into photography, B and H in New York is the mecca for photographers. You have to go there just one and see this amazing store. Unfortunately, B and H stands for Broke and Hungry which is how I feel after I shop here!!!
In Putnam Connecticut last week and came across an old Montgomery Ward building. While it has been turned into more of an antique boutique the original building and sign has been maintained. Smart move, for the downtown area, I think.
As the world continues to morn the attacks in Paris, I looked through my Paris shots from our 2006 trip and was just reminded how beautiful the city looks. These apartments always fascinated me with their interior courtyards which I could just see from the Eiffel Tower. Must be amazing to see from the inside.
In NYC yesterday and caught (or more correctly, got caught by) the Veteran's Day parade. Had to quickly grab my camera to just catch a behind the car view of the famous kiss from VE Day. Great to honor the vets but I will tell you it really, really messes with the traffic in downtown Manhattan.
I missed most of the fall colors but I finally got out to the Lisle Arboretum to take a few shots of what was left. It was like going for leftovers after a big family meal. It is a great treat to have this area near our home to visit.
Rincon Beach State Park is a surfer's paradise, although not on the day we drove by. North of Ventura and south of Santa Barbara just off the 101, this is a place where surfers have to visit on a trip to California and locals ask each other how the surf is doing on any given day. This young surfer to-be wants to go out next.
The colors were almost gone but a slow exposure handheld shot brought them out, plus some of the wind from the Santa Ana's whipping the sand and the volleyball nets around. Nice when you don't have to move from your hotel room to get the shot.
Was in Santa Barbara this past week and from the parking lot of one of our meetings got a great view of a nearby mountain top on fire. Luckily the fire was mostly contained by then and despite the high winds pretty much under control by the end of the day.