Beautiful Barstow California

Not every place in California is beautiful. However even the Mohave Desert that runs between Pasadena and Las Vegas has some beautiful and unusual spots. Barstow however is not one of them.

It lies about halfway between the two cities and a lot of people stop there for gas, food, and Alien Beef Jerky. It is a town famous for UFO sightings.

Around town you will notice drawings of aliens and strange men drawn on deserted buildings. There are many of them. This is an abandoned gas station on the outskirts of town. In my opinion, it’s best to drive through Barstow and stop at Peggy Sue’s Diner.

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Barstow CA

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Our Pittsburgh Garden– White Iris

White flowers are the hardest to photograph. Iris especially are difficult because they reflect so much light but are thin enough to also refract a fair amount of light and light therefore transmits through the leaves.

To compensate for this, you must use a tripod so that you can use a low ISO setting and achieve enough depth of field to capture the transmitted light as well as the reflected light. During editing in post production it will be necessary to reduce the highlights by at least one and a half f-stops to be able to see the texture of the bloom in the white area.

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White Iris

Smithsonian Candidate #1…African Butterfly

I am thinking of entering the Smithsonian Photo Contest even though I have zero chance of winning. I say that not to denigrate my ability as a photographer, but each category already has over 50,000 entries. Sure a lot of them are crap but some, well follow the link above and see for yourself. Also you can only submit work from 1/1/2016 until the present and all works with people must have a model release.

If you are familiar with any of my work (e.g. Moment and Souls) you probably realize I don’t have a lot of model releases.

Fortunately I do have some images that may qualify in other categories and will be publishing some here to see if you feel they quality. Please comment and let me know your thoughts. This is an African Butterly photographed at The Tucson Botanical Garden.

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African Butterfly

Nancy Reagan

I never really paid any attention to Nancy Reagan while she was in The White House. All I thought I knew about her was that she was an empty headed actress that was in Donovan’s Brain, a movie I liked back in the day. Not too much was expected from FLOTUS back then, we all knew nobody could be better than Eleanore Roosevelt after all.

I gained some respect for her after the White House and the way she took care of her husband who had progressed far in to dementia. I saw this on Air Force One in the Reagan Library. Maybe she was also a decent First Lady after all?

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Aboard Air Force One

Peggy Sue’s Diner

Peggy Sue’s Diner is located on the I-15 Freeway at the Ghost Town Rd exit near Barstow California. Conveniently located to provide breakfast or lunch if you are traveling from Southern California to or from Las Vegas. It is really good food, character waitresses in Pink 50’s dresses and the service is brisk. Worth the stop for hokey decorations, fun service and really good food.

Oh did I Mention the dinosaurs?

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Peggy Sue’s Diner

Dino

King Kong?

Fun City

When you come to Las Vegas and stay in one of the huge casino/hotels you never really have to leave. They have restaurants, bars, spas, pools and of course gambling. If you stay in Vegas longer than three days, a mistake in my eyes, you can just take the Monorail to another mega hotel casino for different choices . No need to walk the Strip.

If you walk the strip though you will have a different view. Street hustlers, drug addicts, runaway teens, gawkers and whores are in abundance. So are legal pot stores, souvenir stores and wedding chapels just a block off the strip and remnants of the old days. However, I wager Fun City was never really fun.

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Fun City

Sin City

Las Vegas is like a tacky pleasure for people who don’t live there. We go there occasionally and do things we don’t normally do. You can stay in a plush resort, take a monorail to another plush resort. Eat amazing food at unbelievably high prices or graze on a cheap buffet and risk salmonella. You can gamble, drink, shop and dine without ever leaving the air conditioning of the hotels along the monorail.

However if you take off your blinders and walk around the strip you will see the other side. Expensive legal pot, illegal drugs, drunk and homeless people ,heroin addicts, prostitutes, run down buildings, hustlers and the hustled. Best to stay inside in the comfort of the one armed bandits.

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Sin City

Sin City

Sin City