Saturday, December 6, 2008

Current Events

Economy in Crisis, a article written by Ty for the school news paper pretty well explains the current state of affairs. Grand Pa who is a well known Bond Fund manager reads the news and gives his thoughts about the news to Ty while we were enjoying Thanks Giving together at his house. The Christmas Holidays are not far away and I have some vacation time to burn, likely will use it between Christmas and New years. Use it or lose it, and I can use a vacation after this year's events.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ellen Kobman's View.

My name is Linda Kobman - Bill. Ellen is my mother. I can't tell you how wonderful it is to be able to share her view with everyone who sees this picture. I've come to take pictures from her bench in various settings, but you have captured the best by far. My mother was a wonderful woman. I could write a book. She fought breast cancer from age 36 to age 51. She fought like hell for my twin sister and me and my dad.
She never complained and anyone who knew her would tell you that she was the most kind-hearted, unselfish person they've ever known. She loved animals and was a nature freak. She volunteered at the Nature Center teaching little kids the wonder of her "favorite place on Earth". Thank you for sharing her vision. It still is her favorite place.

Thank you Linda, it makes capturing the moment worth the effort. She was a good woman.

Monday, November 24, 2008

November Evening 2008 - Eden Park

Watching the sunset in Eden park while waiting for the hot air balloons to set up. Takes them about 1 hour to get all 12 balloons in place and glowing. It was a cold night and is starting out to be a cold winter. Not much of a autumn this year. I am sure it is a fluke or climate change or *gasp nature. Did this one for b. schlake who does some very nice sunrise and sunset works of art.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Winter Prep and Relaxing

Taken last evening as the show was about to begin. This is looking west toward downtown. I liked the lone balloon with the sky and tree line. Was one of many shots before the full balloon glows.

Cleaned out the gutters today and get things on the deck ready for winter. Still a few things to do. Was cold last few days, got into the low 40s today here. Warm enough to get on the roof and prep it and the fore mentioned gutters.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday Night Glow - Balluminaria Balloon Glow

Balluminaria - Eden Park Balloon Glow Cincinnati Ohio. A cold night and the Mirror lake was frozen this year. I think my feet are still frozen. I took both my D200 and used a 18-200mm vr lens on it and put the D300 with the Sigma 10-20 mm and on a tripod. The D200 did well and what picture the D300 took were all excellent. Only problem twice it would not click, no shutter, I tried refocus and miss many good shots. I do not know if it was the cold or the light and camera settings or something else. There was a bit of a brezze and the lake was frozen so the mirror effect was different this time.

Monday, November 17, 2008

When Insults Were Civil, Most Times.

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I
admire." -- Winston Churchill

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries
with great pleasure."- Clarence Darrow

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader
to the dictionary." -- William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't
it." -- Groucho Marx

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying
I approved of it." -- Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but he is intensely disliked by his
friends." -- Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring
a friend... If you have one." George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill... followed by
Churchill's response: "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second, if
there is one."

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."
-- Stephen Bishop

"He is a self-made man and worships his
creator." -- John Bright

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's
nothing trivial." -- Irvin S. Cobb

"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."
-- Samuel Johnson

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."
-- Paul Keating

"He had delusions of adequacy."
-- Walter Kerr

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any
address on it?" -- Mark Twain

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the
stork." -- Mae West

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
-- Oscar Wilde

Lady Astor once remarked to Winston Churchill at a dinner party,
"Winston, if you were my husband, I would poison your
coffee!" Winston replied, "Madam if I were your husband, I would drink

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Group Hug

End of a Short Season of Leaf Photos. The hurricane winds in September took out many of the tree leaves. I did try some pure digital B&W shots this year, wanted to play around a bit. This is one I took on a warm November afternoon evening.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

World Diabetes Day

November 14, 2008 was World Diabetes Day and the project included the 5/3 Building and Tyler Davidson Fountain in Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The idea is to get picture of hundreds of icon buildings and structures all over the world photographed in Blue on that day. I set out last night to capture the building and fountain last night. It was going to be the last warm night of the season as a cold front was approaching. The square was full of Holiday items like the skating rink and the huge Christmas tree. I was hoping the City of Cincinnati was going to put blue lights in the fountain but settled on the glow of blue light off the building behind the fountain. There were no other photographers there last night so I guess this is it for the project. The night was pleasant and I was able to park close so I did not have to walk far with my gear. I sent the pictures along to the project and I hope folks enjoy the end result.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Strolling on the Wooden Walkway

Last week at Lake Powell Crosley, it is always nice when the trees are turning. Most of the leaves are gone now. Winter is coming soon the winds felt cold tonight, a bit more of a chill than it has been up till now. Time to try and relax.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Rowe Woods Rest Stop

Rowe woods is one of my favorite places to walk the trails. It looked in full autumn color last week end. Wind and some rain this week has taken much of that way this week end. I will make another walk in the woods when I get home from the CNE band dinner in the afternoon.

I seldom stop here and sit, unless I have a lot of time on my hands. This is between the east lake shelter house and the wooden walkway on the west side of Powell Crosley Lake in Rowe Woods.