6:45 AM: Griffith Park, LA., The Observatory and the Moon

 

Continuing a theme from my last post, once again we have the last quarter moon hanging above a fairly well known landmark –  the Griffith Observatory and Science Center overlooking Los Angeles. It was day two of a family vacation with a somewhat newer SLR film camera, early in the morning of November 11th, 1987.   

As usual, click on the image for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M 🙂

Perspectives: A Jersey View of the Always Dynamic Big Apple!

This post contains ten images from “President’s Day” last week, underscoring the dynamics of a magnificently changing Manhattan skyline, driven by decades long, mind-blowing construction.  

dsc_0361 dsc_0370-version-2 dsc_0417 dsc_0477 dsc_0343 dsc_0380 dsc_0383 dsc_0502 dsc_0500 dsc_0442  As Robert Plant once sang: “Ohh, …it makes me wonder…”

Thanks for viewing. Click on or “finger stretch” for a closer look –  and comments are certainly welcome. M 🙂

Christmas: Just Around the Corner and Thru the Door

 

dsc_0100

Of late, things just don’t seem to have been as …nice as they may have been around this otherwise beautiful planet.  But despite the real, or perceived onslaught of often sobering news, we hope for some positive reflection and prospects for all humans of good will, – and yeah, similarly inclined dogs and cats and others, as well… especially during this and all traditional, thankful holiday seasons. 

M (and JHSTDKSJLA and SP 🙂  – our family)

Featured image credited to Disney World Gingerbread House, Grand Floridian Hotel

A Great Cosmic Clock – Perseid Meteor Shower

 

The Perseid meteor shower occurs around August 12th every year.          EVERY YEAR.

DSC_0863 - Version 5

Above, a so so “capture” from the NJ Pinelands of a Perseid meteor last year  (8/13/15 – 18mm ISO 4000, 15″, f/4, enlarged)

 This morning, while watching for and seeing a few impressive Perseid meteors, I tried thinking of the first time I ever saw a meteor. My memory brought me back to a family vacation in Barnegat Light, New Jersey – a rental property near the beach with a flat roof accessible by outside stairs.  Years later, while scanning old B&W pictures, I failed to establish an accurate date for that particulal week, but at 4:30 AM this morning, out there in the night,  I recalled as a young boy being “scared” at the frequent fast moving streaks in the dark sky during that vacation. Dad was introducing my brother and me to ‘meteors.’ 

I pondered that memory and  the timely annual recurrence of meteor showers… and  realized (as an aside,) that I finally had an accurate date frame for that early Jersey Shore vacation! All in all pretty insignificant, but…how neat!

1953.07.00 128 Curt, in Barnegat Light, date appro

Above, Dad on the roof –  town of Barnegat Light, NJ.

Below, my older brother and me on the beach, with Barnegat Lighthouse beyond.

1953.07.00 134 Barnegat Light Summer Vacation - Version 2

 

As usual, comments and inquiries are welcomed. Thanks for viewing. M 🙂

ARUBA… We’ll get there fast, than we’ll take it slow…

About three weeks ago Jeanne and I and some friends took a brief break to this tropical island, a mere 18 miles off the Venezuela (S.A) coast.  

Short on time?… just view the twelve images, and CLICK ON for higher resolution.

Greeted by these MONSTERS at the resort, whom we quickly grew fond of, the iguanas proved friendly, interesting, and to be all over the place.

DSC_0048 - Version 2

DSC_0049

.

The “Occidental Grand Aruba Resort” featured, among many other amenities, its swim-up pool bar. 

DSC_0164

.

Steps away was the beachfront with thatched-roof covered lounges, and tiki bar. I see a pattern here!  

DSC_0022 - Version 2

.

The soft, sandy beach proved to be a pleasure to walk along, and the leeward shore of the southern Caribbean Sea beckoned as a calm, iridescent water playground.

 DSC_0026 - Version 2 

  

DSC_0035

Above, the California Lighthouse was visible from the beach, looking picturesque enough for me to include it as a photo-op visit for the following day. 

DSC_0133

But what the short cab ride brought me to was anything but picturesque. In fact, this day, scaffolding was being erected for a long-term restoration project of the admittedly neglected beacon built in 1915 and named for a steamer wrecked off the point 24 years earlier. Note: there was no scaffolding in the previous day’s image!

With camera in hand, my obvious dis-satisfaction apparently proved humorous to the (mockingly) waving workmen, as I hastily retreated to my cab.  On the way back, I did manage to get a glimpse (not the kind the Beach Boys were likely implying in their ode to Kokomo,) of the arid, primitive north-east shore of Aruba, seen in the featured image on top of this post.

DSC_0137

To ease the disappointment of the lighthouse fiasco, we caught this pretty view of the setting sun behind the beach front tiki hut, back at our resort. (Click for closer look)

DSC_0008

.

The night-life in this tropical oasis stretches among the numerous resorts, offering great food, tropical drinks, and soft warm breezes on what would normally be a cold December night back home.DSC_0178 - Version 2

DSC_0184

.

Aruba is located a little less than 2000 miles (3200 km) south of New Jersey, as seen at the lower left in this Google Maps image.

Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 6.28.17 PM

.

Thanks for viewing, and  comments are always welcome. M 🙂

Holy Man Shoos Huge Gull – On The Isle of Capri, Italy

This post contains seven images, and two maps. 

Exploring by boat off the south-west coast of Capri, Italy 2011, we sighted this territorial confrontation.

3-26-11     Italy, day 2, Sorrento and Capri (132)
“Sciò via” (“Shoo,  Away”)

Continuing around the island brought views of rocky shorelines and local boating heritage.

3-26-11     Italy, day 2, Sorrento and Capri (152)

3-26-11     Italy, day 2, Sorrento and Capri (221)
When the sun shines, the island’s coast offers stunning water clarity and colors

Below: Returning from our short excursion to Capri, broken clouds enhanced this nice view of Sorrento and its stunning seaside cliffs.  

3-26-11     Italy, day 2, Sorrento and Capri (242)

Below: Not far, on the next day’s bus tour along the Amalfi Coast, was Positano, typical for this region, it being built over centuries on the steep slopes above the sea.

3-27-11     Italy, Day 3, Amalfi Coast (12)

Below: As seen from off-shore –  a view of a few Italians relaxing on a beach along the Almafi Coast.

3-27-11     Italy, Day 3, Amalfi Coast (110)_edited-1

 

Below: As seen from on-shore, a view of a few (thousand) Jersey Girls (and guys) relaxing on the beach along the New Jersey Coast (?!?)

00.1968.08.481      EV, 08----68    Seaside H, Manasquan, Rockerfeller Plz, Emp 652
Seaside Heights, New Jersey, August 1968!    ‘Music Radio W-A-B-C…Ding’
Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 9.25.44 AM
Capri is located just left of the Sorrentine Peninsula but not indicated on this map.

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 1.48.14 PM

Thanks for viewing…

and comments are always welcome. M 🙂