Hugo, Colorado

Out on the eastern plains of Colorado there are many small towns.   Hugo is one such town that I go thru often.  It has about 600 residents and is the Lincoln County seat.   They even have a building on the historical list - their swimming pool  which pays Art Deco homage to an ocean liner

Not on any registry is their drag racer on top of a garage

Midnight in Chernobyl

This is the anniversary of the disaster in Chernobyl.  The largest of its kind in history.  I just finished the book and have to say it appears to be the authoritative tome on the matter written for the lay public.  Incompetence, arrogance and the bravery of a few Russian patriots are on display. Highly recommend this book!

A companion book which also just hit the shelves is Death and Decay by David McMillan which is more of a photographic exploration of just that - the death of the towns around ground zero and regrowth, albeit highly radioactive. Gorgeously printed by Steidl.

Couldn’t Help Myself

Previously I spoke about the Contax line of cameras.

I decided that I should get a Contax TvsII.  I have come up with my shooting scheme for Japan - which I am hoping to visit in October. 

Simply put it will be my new Pixel 3 phone camera plus a film camera.  The TvsII is the perfect small portable camera albeit a slow lens on the upper end of the zoom.  It has a flash so you won’t miss anything important.  I think a film camera in Japan is totally appropriate given their undying devotion to the film camera and to film.  I have done this a lot lately - meaning using both film and digital.  I’m anxious to get over there to try it out.

Contax 167

picked up this camera in Ex+ condition for only $69.  The Contax 167 is a marvelous camera combining all the bells and whistles available to Kyocera in Japan AND the use of Zeiss lenses.  Some of these older film cameras have skyrocketed in price while others seem to languish like the 167.  The Contax G2 and its lenses are now hard to touch without dropping serious coin.  Part of it is that the G2 is cute and has been featured in a number of ad campaigns recently. 

Shot on a round trip tour of Fairplay, Hartsel, Wilerson Pass and then home thru Colorado Springs.  The 167 worked flawlessly.  It also has the advantage of using just 4 AAA batteries to power it rather than some esoteric battery.

How WE spent 4:20

4:20 is the abbreviation for a marijuana celebration - here in Colorado it’s legal although not out in the open.  So the thought of going downtown and hanging with a bunch space cadets in dreds is NOT my idea of fun; plus I have my own recipe for relaxation - it’s called Bourbon.

Instead, we headed to the mountains. 

Clouds - Kansas

Just a few cloud pictures taken as soon as they were spotted.  We now have the ability to do this with our smart phones.  The daytime cloud photo was just such a chance spotting.  The sunrise one was taken with a compact camera that had the ability to zoom

Very Large Array

I thought people were making fun of my weight until I found out that VLA is about radio-telescopes!!

Situated just west of Soccoro, New Mexico the VLA is a way to see deeper into outer space

Wednesday Morning Work

I am a morning person - and sometimes it pays to be early - At this time of year, I am able to catch some sunrise photos that others miss.  This was my view this morning going into work.

We are now The Bourbonry

My S.O. says she wants to open a restaurant that serves only entrees that have in part Bourbon as an ingredient.  She has renamed our house The Bourbonry.  So in honor of this “snifter” dream is this entry featuring a 4 grain bourbon from right here in Denver.  AW Laws.

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita

Went to the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale, AZ for a concert put on by Omar Sosa, Seckou Keita and Gustavo Ovalles.  Wonderful Latin Fusion Jazz.  Omar is from Cuba, Seckou from Senegal and Gustavo from Venezuela.  

St Anthony Greek Orthodox Monastery

Located south of Phoenix near Florence, AZ is a wonderful place to visit.  They have strict rules if you want to visit.  Men must wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and shoes with socks.  The women have to wear skirts and long sleeve blouses with scarfs over their hair.  No pictures of the monks are allowed but photos of other parts of the Monastery are allowed.

The monastery follows the coenobitic rule of monastic life: a brotherhood of monks and novices holding all things in common follow a daily schedule of prayer and work under obedience to the abbot, their spiritual father. The monks’ daily program begins at midnight with personal prayer time and spiritual reading, followed by the cycle of morning prayers and the Divine Liturgy. After a light breakfast and a rest period, the monks begin their work day, attending to prayer and their tasks till evening. Tasks include, among others, construction, groundskeeping, vinedressing, gardening, woodworking, publishing, food preparation, and offering hospitality. The day ends with evening Vespers followed by dinner and Compline.”

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