Archive for January, 2015

Two years ago my wife and I attended a wedding in the Palo Alto, California area. During a bit of downtime we took a trip over to the “7 Mile Drive,” a road that runs along the Pacific Ocean that is famous for its scenic beauty. One of the well-known scenic places along the route is called “The Lone Cypress,” which is called the most photographed tree in the world. I dutifully photographed the tree along with dozens of other people around me — trying to think of some unique angle or view but realizing that it was unlikely that any of my shots were going to be very special.  One the way back to the car, I spotted this piece of driftwood, which absolutely no one was looking at. I thought it was quite interesting but didn’t have much time to photograph it since we needed to head back to the wedding. I thought this would be an interesting addition to this week’s challenge and I hope you agree,

 

Driftwood - 7 Mile Drive

This is a photo of my father-in-law with our dog Cookie resting on his chest.  He lived at home as a hospice patient and this photo was taken two days before he died. I think that it conveys the serenity that he had in his mind and heart during his final days.

Dad Bibow and Cookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This photo is for the Weekly Photo Challenge – Serenity.

Serenity

This is my entry for this weeks “Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Weather.”The Thunderstorm shown is in North Dakota.

Thunderstorm on the Great Plains - September 13, 2014

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to provide a photo of something new.

Photos of a baby are the prototypical answer to any request for a representation of “new.” My family has been fortunate enough to have several children born recently and not surprisingly I have been taking more than a few pictures of them. I initially resisted using a photo of a baby for this challenge for fear of being trite. However, in thinking about a photo of mine that demonstrates “Possibility. Opportunity. Potential.” (as mentioned in the challenge), I realized that one of my pictures did that in a way that wasn’t just the typical cute baby photo. This photo is of my recently passed father-in-law and one of his great-grandchildren. As my father-in-law holds his great-grandchild’s hand and looks intently at his happy face, I see him looking into the past and future. His loving 91-year-old eyes and small smile show that he is content both with his life and with the promise of the child and of potential he embodies.

The Great Grandhild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New

The topic for this week’s Black & White Challenge is “Shoes or Feet.” Happily I am not forced to decide which is more preferable since, while you obviously need one before the other, both the shoe and the foot have their advantages and shortcomings (beyond their obvious utility). By way of a very brief example, while feet are wonderful wouldn’t it be nice if they had the added ability to grasp and manipulate objects. Just think, students could type their term papers while eating dinner! And if we are to think of shortcomings and advantages of footwear, the high heel leaps to mind immediately. Of course broadly speaking the male view of shoes is dramatically different from the female view.  Few men, relatively speaking, are willing to put up with even a small amount of discomfort when it comes to footwear.  On the other hand, women seem to be willing to trade a fair amount of pain for the opportunity to increase their appeal by slipping into a pair of what in another context might readily be seen as instruments of torture.  This isn’t every woman of course, but it appears true for at least a substantial minority of women — those who are willing to subject themselves to what I as a guy think of as excruciating pain simply to wear a pair of shoes that not only jams their feet into wildly unnatural positions but may also require the balance of a Wallenda simply to stay upright let alone walk.

But I digress, my photo is of shoes and feet and a dog nestled quite comfortably between them. If you look carefully, you might believe that this dog prefers feet to shoes given how he rests on top of the unclad foot. With another dog your guess could be right but since I know this dog reasonably well I can state without equivocation that he (it is a he) will happily curl up against any foot whether it be the foot we were born with or the foot as attired whether it be in canvas, leather, synthetics or otherwise (it may have something to do with the smell:-).

Cee's Balack and White Callenge (shoes and feet)