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A POINT with a View

January 26th, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you all and I trust you had a fabulous weekend.

This past week I spent a large majority of my time organizing my photo files, cataloging and securing them to a collective group of external hard drives. With the advent of digital photography, it has become imperative to secure the digital files in a library and folder system that allows me to find them for future use. The day of the film negative envelope is long gone.

While looking through images from one of my recent trips to San Diego, I came across a folder of images I had shot while touring Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and Point Loma Lighthouse National Park. Both of these attractions sit atop a hill that overlooks the entrance to San Diego bay and offers a spectacular view of the city and the Pacific Ocean. The lighthouse was originally commissioned in 1855 and then moved to its current location overlooking the bay in 1891 due to a serious flaw. At 422 feet above sea level, fog and clouds often obscured the beacon from being able to alert approaching ships and vessels.

On my chosen day to visit, the clouds were playing peak-a-boo with the sun and as historically advertised hindering any sighting of the city or the ocean. As luck would have it, just as I was about to give up for the day, a beam of sun light broke through the clouds and began to illuminate the property pushing the cloud coverage aside. I must say it was well worth the wait.

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From the elevated point you can look to the coast of the Mexican state of Baja California. 15 miles south of San Diego and 8 miles from the Mexican coast sits a group of four islands. The Coronado Islands, which are under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Tijuana, are uninhabited and currently serve as a Mexican wildlife refugee. On a clear day they are visible from Point Loma and on this day as the fog and clouds cleared I was able to get a brief glimpse of the top of one the islands. The sightseeing boat added the perfect compliment to the picturesque setting.

ENJOY a California moment and a breath of fresh air!!!!!

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Best Regards …………. dK

Working on the Railroad

January 19th, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you all and my thoughtful wishes on Martin Luther King Day. I hope that after a week of January winter weather you were able to get out over the weekend and enjoy the warmth and the sunshine! The biggest challenge for me, going forward, is knowing that we still have 8th months of waiting for College football to start.

January is generally a fairly slow month for me so I spend a fair amount of time putting the previous year behind me and getting things in place for the upcoming year. I spend a good amount of time congratulating clients on surviving the holidays and offer conciliatory compliments for having to be back at work. I am not sure it does any good. With the weather the way it was with the cold and rain it was an easy choice to spend time indoors.

I realized by the end of the week I was getting “Cabin Fever” ! I decided to do a little road trippin around the area to see what I could find to point my cameras at and dust off the cob webs – both on the cameras and on me. One of my “go to” road trips is heading east on 72 towards Scottsboro. I always seem to find something that catches my eye. Just south of Scottsboro around Paint Rock there is an old railroad river bridge that always grabs my attention. Generally my timing is not always the best for photography but I think on this trip I was a little closer to the magic hour.

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As I looked at the bridge I felt a real tinge for my fine art and realized that it would be best if it were presented in black and white. With the baron nature of winter and the age of the bridge it was the perfect translation. As luck would have it, a horn sounded announcing an on coming train. I made haste to the train tracks hoping I may be able to capture the train at the most opportune moment. Luckily for me it was far enough off away to give me ample time to do so. Have Camera, Will Travel!!!!! Enjoy!!!!

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Best Regards,
dK

 

Miss-Adventures of 2014

January 12th, 2015

Happy New Year and welcome to the frozen tundra of North Alabama. We are two weeks into the New Year and my one disappointment is that tonight’s’ inaugural College Football Championship game is lacking the most important element, a team from the SEC. The good news is, the opening kickoff for the 2015 season is September 5, less then 9 months away!

I could think of no better way for me to start the New Year then to take a retrospective look back at my miss-adventures of 2014. It was a year of trials and tribulations but when I think back, nothing puts a bigger smile on my face then all the experiences and all the time-shared with friends.

My past year was filled with photography and travel. Highlights included a return visit to one of my favorite photography spots, Maine, plus a ten day adventure in Cancun, Mexico shooting for Royal Resorts. Most of my friends reference I was gone more than I was here and looking at the schedule I would have to agree. I assessed my September to December schedule and I think I was home for a total of 4 weeks. The rest of the time was spent in hotels, airline seats, putting miles on my vehicle and couch surfing with friends. The year was filled with renewing friendships, as well as, the loss of friends. Both provide me a moment of pause to reflect on the year, and what the future may have to hold.

As I looked back through all of the 2014 blogs, I sit in amazement at the sites and experiences they represent. Each blog is a reflection of what I was involved in and provides me with fond memories of that moment in time. I thank you all for continuing to share that journey with me and I know at least three of you have expressed how much you look forward to the Monday morning blog and a good cup of coffee. My one hope and wish is that I while I travel new and wonderful paths you will continue to find some value and relevance for this Monday morning oasis.

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Once Again – Best Regards …..
Happy New Years!!!!
dK

Some Like It Hot

January 5th, 2015

Happy New Year to you, 2015 has officially arrived. I found myself ringing in the New Year with dear friends in the freezing tundra of southern California and San Diego. I think it was colder here then back East. Over the years this trip has become a tradition, finding my way to southern California for the New Year after having spent the Christmas holidays with family in Phoenix. The tradition started in 2000 when I came west to celebrate my retirement from NASA and the end of the world with the New Millennium taking place.

I spent the majority of my time with friends on Coronado Island watching football and doing all we could to ring in the New Year. I must say I was extremely disappointed in the result of most of the football games, especially with Alabama losing to Ohio State but I did not allow that to dampen my spirit for welcoming 2015. With the beauty of the holiday in full bloom, we were able to take in the sights of the island including the majestic Hotel Del. Part of our adventures included a private historical tour of the hotel which proved to be absolutely fascinating. One of the most awe-inspiring areas was the Crown Room where dinners and meetings have been held of majestic proportions. The room is captivating with its wood ceiling and its three “crown” chandeliers. One could only imagine the tales that have been told there.

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The Del opened it doors in 1888 and became a popular get away. By the 1920’s the hotel had become a playground for the rich, the beautiful and the famous. There possibly is no greater treasure on the west coast then the “HOTEL DEL” and no greater establishment that maintains so many secrets.

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It is always a pleasure to visit the island at this time of the year with its vast array of decorations and the Hotel Del pulls out all the stops. The holiday bling is fitting of an establishment with this character and storied history. I was fortunate enough to steal away to spend some time capturing the holiday beauty of this historic lady! ENJOY!!!!

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Best Regards …..Happy New Year!!!!
~ dennis keim ~

Arizona Glow

December 29th, 2014

Ho Ho Ho ! I hope your Christmas was a special time spent with family and friends and that Santa. Whether you were naughty or nice I hope Santa was very generous to you. With the presents unwrapped and the food consumed, we now set our sights on the celebration of our coming New Year.

I was fortunate enough to get to spend Christmas with my father, my sister and her family in Mesa, Arizona. My initital time is spent shopping for all my neices and nephews and the rest of the time I spend eating to sustain my shopping stamina. My doctor is never too happy when I travel.

The second part of the Arizona holiday tradition is to get out and capture the beauty of the area and take in the fresh air. Both are plentiful. As in most cases a beautiful sunset is never far from the horizon. And is my luck, I picked one of the more perfect nights to go sunset hunting.

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As we near the celebration of the New Year nothing says it more than color and bling. I was fortunate enough to come across a minor celebration of color while touring the Meza Park and realized this was a pre-color head tilt to the celebration that I would enjoy with friends as I travel to San Diego for the New Year. It spoke volumes and I was again excited to know that that I would once again welcome in the new year with best friends in California Happy New Years Eve and I wish you well for 2015!

ENJOY!!

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I hope you have enjoyed Season # 5 of my Miss-Adventures. I know I have enjoyed sharing my travels and exploits with you! Word is the blog has been picked up for a 6th season.

Best Regards …..
Happy New Years!!!!
~dK~