Upper Falls, from what locals call the High Bridge in Letchworth State Park, located in western NY. The 136-year old viaduct, spanning the Genesee River gorge within the confines of the park, will be demolished in the near future; a newer, shorter, modern structure will be erected by the railroad in a different location. The Norfolk Southern Railroad owns this bridge and has asked Letchworth State Park, if they would want to take charge and maintain the structure, since it is such a dominant park icon. Park officials said no. I realize the enormity of the task, but. So sad to destroy yet another historical landmark, reminding us of an illustrious past.
…where even the ordinary becomes extraordinary!! This is an instagram of a wonderful Ghirardelli white chocolate frappé, taken on the latest iPod (not an iPhone), with a filter and specific focus applied. A lot of noise, but I think it looks mighty fine!
Surely you know that there are now lenses to attach to your iPhone to give you incredible photo results…macro lens, panorama lens, various colors of filters…It is all out there! Photojojo is one such online store, offering this innovative photo equipment. Considering the compactness of the iPhone and the upgraded camera in the most recent model, it provides a whole new alternative to lugging heavy photo paraphernalia with you.
The stray, who perchance has come to stay.
A few months ago there suddenly appeared on my back porch two little creatures, whom I immediately fell head-over-heels in love with!! THESE two heart melters!! (I must admit…I am quite smitten…) Strictly a dog lover for forever, these two have softened me a little, to the point where I actually got in my car, drove to the store to purchase the best kitten food I could find, and now put this food out for them! Yes, as you can imagine, I DID get more than I bargained for. It was like a calling card for any and every cat in the vicinity! One such cat, totally black, visits often with sometimes the little calico kitten, tagging along. Could be the father of one or both of these two cuties.
The calico kitten is my favorite of the two (ssh!), yet unnamed, which seems rude. The other kitten I have knighted “Bandit”. (hmm…wonder where THAT came from…) My calico is very apprehensive; have only managed to get in a semi-poke so far. Bandit, though, has even allowed me to stroke his back…as he watches me…filling the food bowl…
I am hoping that as the weather warms, if they continue to return, they will begin to trust me more and more and perhaps allow me a photo shoot of them out there on the porch. For now I have a rather hastily taken photo of them, which I have used as my header for both Society6 and etsy.
I am content to wait.
In the old historical section of Salvador, Brazil, known as Pelourinho.
In the Liguria region of Italy is an amazing series of gorgeous islands known as Cinque Terre, which is on the UNESCO registry as a World Heritage Site.
On October 25, 2011 an incredibly torrential storm led to the even more incredibly horrific flooding of two of those islands, Vernazza and Monterosso, with Vernazza having the more significant damage.
In Vernazza the soil was literally washed off the hillsides, leaving nothing but stone and ravines. Over 100 mudslides followed. All of the soil from higher elevations buried the village below up past the first floors. The residents of Vernazza, who survived this monstrous flood, were all evacuated by sea via the Coast Guard after the first storm subsided, except for military and firemen and rescue workers.
The infrastructure is in the process of being completely rebuilt. That takes time. Lots of it. Just recently on January 16, 2012, the railway, connecting Vernazza to the other four islands, was finally restored. The community is working its hardest, so that tourists may return this summer. Three million of them from all over the world visited Vernazza just last year.
I wish Vernazza all the best as they rebuild their village and their lives…
Just a façade left in Cairu…
I love taking macro shots of flowers, because it always seems to reveal something about flower structure that I could not see without the aid of a camera lens. Here, bleeding hearts from last spring, given a bit of texture and vintage feel. The daisy-like bokeh flowers, top left, are not flowers at all…just the way the camera caught the light.
The interior structure of the “home” in Cairu, Brazil, featured in the previous post. Whenever a building was crumbling, and its structure was revealed, the majority of buildings used this type of building block, which appears to be made of thin clay.
Click on the photo to enlarge it even more for detail.
In the post prior to this I mentioned the seemingly abandoned buildings or “homes” in Brazil that I saw during my trip there. This is yet another example. Although it is a black-and-white image, you can better understand the degree of disrepair.
Again not sure whether this was someone’s home, but a young boy from the village went inside this structure to get his fishing pole and gear, just moments before this photo was taken.
The location is the village of Cairu, on the island of the same name, in Bahia, northeastern Brazil.