Posts Tagged ‘Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge’

Burning off natural gas at an oil well 1

I’m not sure this is fun, but it is interesting and important.

Fire is energy and typically energy is valuable. As a result, it is odd to think of a blast of fire so hot that you can’t get with 30 feet (9 meters) of it and so loud that it will give you a headache if you are near it for any length of time as a waste product, but that is what a flare of natural gas at an oil well is. Millions of dollars of natural gas are burned off each year in North Dakota  because the latest rush to exploit the state’s oil resources outpaced the infrastructure required to collect and transport the natural gas that often accompanies the oil out of the ground.

In the photo, the natural gas flares are over 100 feet (30+ meters) from the oil wells, which I’m guessing are about 40 feet (12 meters) tall. The flares are highly variable and the only thing I can really say about size is that the one on the left, in particular, was big and hot, and was the most fiery thing I have ever experienced.

Something a little different for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Fire.


Seventeen Mile Drive Trip - 125 - April 20, 2012

This Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge covers a lot of [resisting the pun] territory. Despite that, I could not resist adding fog and the Pacific ocean into the mix. I hope you enjoy my ground, rocks, sand, dirt, path, walk and trail leading toward the Pacific Ocean near 17 Mile Drive in Monterey.

A Shiny DC-3

This nice and shiny plane is the “Esther Mae.” It is a Douglas DC3 that was built in December, 1945 and is the only DC3-3D that is still in flying condition. This photo is from its appearance at the 2010 Experimental Aircraft Association Annual Fly-in.  It is my contribution to this week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shiny.

Patterns 826 - July 11, 2012

As my second post to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Patterns, I wanted to offer a more graceful pattern. Here is a photo from a performance of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, which is akin to the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron.

Patterns 203 - April 08, 2014

Patterns 221 - April 08, 2014

The village where I live has just started work on a major construction project that involved replacing storm sewers, roads and sidewalks. Since I take pictures of pretty much anything that is going on in the neighborhood, and since I have always been drawn to patterns, I had taken these photos just a few days before I saw Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Patterns. I hope you enjoy these grittier than usual patterns that, if the weather holds and the project stays on scheduled, are here today and gone as promptly as possible:).

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smooth objects presented the usual think outside the box challenge for me. How to combine a smooth object with the smooth of the Santana song the subject of which could reasonably characterized as an intoxicating relationship. So what object would be smooth yet intoxicating. Hmm. I could think of quite a few, but I needed a photo to “better suit [the] mood.” All of this thinking got my head spinning and lead naturally enough to some photos of Absinthe being served at Drackenberg’s, the cigar bar near my home. Assuming that Absinthe can be an object (how not? is my thought) and smooth need not refer to a physical surface I was on my way.

Absinthe is not, contrary to common thought, a liqueur since it is not bottled with sugar. It is a licorice-flavored greenish liquid that is typically very high-proof (90 – 148 proof). As a result it is almost always served with water and is often the subject of a ritual involving setting fire to the drink (which serves to reduce the alcohol content).  The photo here is of one of the many ways of mixing Absinthe which involve setting the drink aflame. While there are special Absinthe glasses to be had, any kind of glass will do. For much of the last century Absinthe was banned in countries throughout the world because it was thought to be a hallucinogen. The claims were false and Absinthe bans have largely been repealed. Absinthe is no more or less dangerous than any other alcoholic beverage of a similar proof, which of course means that undiluted high-proof absinthe can be very dangerous indeed.

The photo below shows a brandy snifter containing a flaming dollop of absinthe (absinthe burns with a blue flame).  The flaming liquid and its container are mirrored in the highly polished bar counter giving the flame and its container an eerily smooth look.

Reflection on Absinthe



Clouds above the North Dakota Prairie are my submission for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Color White.

Rural Railroad Crossing - North Dakota