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July 27th, 2011 ~ Jim & Tara

Jim and Tara

James Quon & Tara Perry at the Hammer Improv

Just a quick snapshot of a good friend and a member of the Hammer Improv comedy troupe after one of their shows… Had to push Jim into the picture a bit, because he was crushing on Tara a little- there are rumors I can be a bit aggressive.

But it was a great show, a great night, and I’m glad I got this shot together.

FYI, if you are able to catch a @HammerImprov show, you’ll enjoy seeing @Taraperry and the rest- especially if you tend towards the nerd side.

July 25th, 2011 ~ Ferris Wheel

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel

Taking a break by going to the end of the Santa Monica Pier is something I do on occasion- the waves, the feeling of being in the ocean, the occasional big one that buffets the pier… One night, I decided to capture some of the amusement park on the pier, including the world famous Ferris Wheel, (which got a new lighting outfit a few years back). This is the result.

July 22nd, 2011 ~ BSG LA Wide

BSG Concert Downtown LA

Battlestar Galactica Concert in Downtown Los Angeles

This concert was an absolutely incredible affair- putting aside the fact that I am a huge BSG fan, (seriously, drama in a scifi setting- don’t let the name slow you down from trying it), the music is just amazeballs… hearing it live, in a great venue, with grande acoustics- wow. (Seriously, YouTube it- there might be some black market copies of the full concert, but realistically, because that was a no-no, YouTube’s where to see snippets of it)

I had arrived early and grabbed a great spot- seriously, look at it- high, but not too high, center mass- let me see straight onto the stage, got a great sound, and was able to take some amazing shots too- this is the teaser shot, more than anything, but also gives a feel of the concert venue. (Most of the seating was below, directly below, or on the side in front but below frame)

@bearmccreary needs to have more of these…

July 20th, 2011 ~ Arthur Edmund

Arthur M. Anderson Coming

The Arthur M. Anderson sailing in Lake Michigan

Taken in 2004, this shot shows the SS Arthur M. Anderson sailing from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron. This ship was the last to communicate with the Edmund Fitzgerald, a ship that sank in 1975 in a massive winter hurricane, (Lake Superior is no joke). The story was made famous by folk singer Gordon Lightfoot- I think I’ll let him tell the tale…

Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
Music and lyrics ©1976 by Gordon Lightfoot

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they called “Gitche Gumee.”
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
when the skies of November turn gloomy.
With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty,
that good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
when the “Gales of November” came early.

The ship was the pride of the American side
coming back from some mill in Wisconsin.
As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most
with a crew and good captain well seasoned,
concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
when they left fully loaded for Cleveland.
And later that night when the ship’s bell rang,
could it be the north wind they’d been feelin’?

The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
and a wave broke over the railing.
And ev’ry man knew, as the captain did too
’twas the witch of November come stealin’.
The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
when the Gales of November came slashin’.
When afternoon came it was freezin’ rain
in the face of a hurricane west wind.

When suppertime came the old cook came on deck sayin’.

“Fellas, it’s too rough t’feed ya.”
At seven P.M. a main hatchway caved in; he said,
“Fellas, it’s bin good t’know ya!”
The captain wired in he had water comin’ in
and the good ship and crew was in peril.
And later that night when ‘is lights went outta sight
came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Does any one know where the love of God goes
when the waves turn the minutes to hours?
The searchers all say they’d have made Whitefish Bay
if they’d put fifteen more miles behind ‘er.
They might have split up or they might have capsized;
they may have broke deep and took water.
And all that remains is the faces and the names
of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
in the rooms of her ice-water mansion.
Old Michigan steams like a young man’s dreams;
the islands and bays are for sportsmen.
And farther below Lake Ontario
takes in what Lake Erie can send her,
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
with the Gales of November remembered.

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed,
in the “Maritime Sailors’ Cathedral.”
The church bell chimed ’til it rang twenty-nine times
for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they call “Gitche Gumee.”
“Superior,” they said, “never gives up her dead
when the gales of November come early!”

July 18th, 2011 ~ Glorious Gardenia

Glorious Gardenia

Glorious Gardenia

From the same garden at the 13th’s Stone Lantern, this Glorious Gardenia resides in Downtown LA at the Japanese Cultural Center. The top-down angle gives a great view of the petals and a glimpse of the protected center stamen/pistol… The harshness of the flash fades most shadow but does highlight the veins in the petals.

July 16th, 2011 ~ Carmageddon III: Dark Karmageddon of the Moon Hallows

The end of the trilogy…

Carmageddon G

Carmageddon H

Carmageddon I

I hope you liked this presentation of THE CARMAGEDDON TRILOGY.

Though more seriously, while the destructive pictures from the Mulholland Bridges are entertaining, I do really like the final shot of the empty I-405 heading south in the Sepulveda Pass… Feels quite haunting.

July 16th, 2011 ~ Carmageddon II: The Carpocalypse!

Part II of the pictures

Carmageddon D

Carmageddon E

Carmageddon F

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