Monthly Archives: March 2016

Then and Now

One of my interests is the way things were.  This involves old buildings, old machinery, rusty equipment.  I’ve mentioned this before and showed some of the old machinery images.  I think I also showed some of the old buildings.  I will, at some point, make a book of then and now, about the area the I grew up in, the Oregon coast.  I will show newer images as I build up the files.  I have found that as industry and civilization encroaches on the land,  I am not able to get to the same viewpoint that was used in the original images.  I will try and get as close as I can to that point, but we will see.  Can you guess the dates of the images?



then-now tillamook1 then-now tillamook2 then-now tillamook3 then-now tillamook4

California, San Francisco, Cable Cars

I just got back from California, so this is a bit late.  I do not yet take my computer with me to process images, so that happens when I get home.   We had one day of hard rain, (I had to travel to California to see if their rain was warmer than ours in Oregon), then squeezed a day in between showers for a park/beach walk (that’s the one at Lands End) to get a shot of the bridge and overcast sky.  After the rain cleared away, we took off for the cable cars and some sightseeing.  Lunch in the Ferry Building,  and lots of walking.  We got in line for the cable car, and after a bit of wait in the line, they told us the one on the turntable was broken and there would be a wait for repairs.  We took off on foot (on climb actually)  and headed up to Lombard Street.  Easy to find between breaths, that’s where all of the sightseer’s were at the top of the hill.  After walking back down the hill to catch the California Line cable car, we headed up the hill.  Under power this time, the trip was a bit easier.  The ride on this line is steeper than the others, and a bit longer I believe.  All in all, a lot of fun.  We did manage to stop at the cable car museum to see how things work and get a bit of history.  There is also the infamous Alcatraz Island, maybe next time we will get to tour that.  You need to get advance tickets and we had not prepared for that on this trip.  The house/building on the right edge of the photo I’m told belongs to Danielle Steele.  Nice place, looks almost like a small castle.  I should think it would a very nice place to write books.  We were  also able to fit in a trip through Grace Cathedral,  and journey around the labyrinth.  There is one inside as well.   We did make a stop at Ghiradelli Square.  Can’t proceed without our chocolate!!   A good time was had by all.

Fences -l-l-l-l-l-l-

I have a certain fascination with fences.  I’m not sure why, I had to help build fences on the farm. You would think after my dad’s fences, I would never want to see another one, but here we go. Some fences keep us in, some keep us out.  Some keep us away, some keep us close.  Some we build ourselves, for or against others.  I won’t go into a long mind numbing dialog here, I’m not qualified.  I’m sure I’ve build enough of my own fences to suit most people.  Ans as I am headed towards old and cranky, I will likely build more.  Seems we all do.  I have found big fences, small fences, wire fences, board fences, split rail and barbed wire, as well as mesh and beam style.  Wood, steel, aluminum.  Even cement (lets see, after it is mixed and set it is concrete) fencing, (in the bridge photo). A few are sturdy enough to stop a car, some are very delicate, and will only stop another bug.  Some even have guards or caretakers; the split rail had a ladybug,  the pole beam had a coyote, and the web of course has its spider.  Most have to deal with frost and fog, rain, heat, sun – all of the outdoor conditions that we expect them to.  A few are showing their age, kind of like me.   As for the spider, his only last a few days, the rest are expected to be around for a long time.  We must after all, have our boundaries.


I’m late again this week, but, there are no waterfalls or sunrise images.  That could be good or bad, I suppose, depending on your preferences.  I thought I might try something else.  One, it keeps me thinking;  two, it gives you something else to look at.  The only new part will be that you may have not seen these particular images before.  I chose skylines just as a project a long time ago as one of those ongoing things that you constantly add images to and the file just gets larger and larger.  So, I dug out a few to look at.  Some are old, some are new.  I won’t say which is which, it doesn’t really matter.  Webster says a skyline is usually where the sky touches the horizon and there is usually a city trapped somewhere in between.  Well, I may stretch that a bit, but the city does get trapped between the sky and the ground. I’m sure the horizon is in there somewhere.  I added some artistic touches to a couple of them just for fun.  As I live on the left coast of the states, that is where these images are from.  Portland, Seattle and San Francisco, so some may look familiar if you have been to one place or the other.  Four bridges are visible in the image with the girl on the bicycle.