Saturday, May 31, 2008

Summer's Coming

I walked around Nob Hill this morning with one of my old cameras. When I got home, I looked at the pictures and could see that the Southwest Summer is nearly upon us.

I was reminded of some fine words about the subject by Geoffrey Chaucer:

When the month of May was almost past, and I had roamed all the summer's day over the green meadow of which I have told you to gaze upon the fresh daisy, and when the sun out of the south drew towards the west, and the flower was closed and gone to sleep, for darkness of the night which she feared, I sped me full swiftly home to mine house; and in a little shady bower that I have, newly embanked with fresh-cut turves, I bade folk lay my couch, and flowers to be strewn thereon, for joy of the new summer. When I had laid me down and closed my eyes, I fell asleep within an hour.

The rest of the photo set is posted in a thread at the nelsonfoto forum where there are some details of using 35mm in the medium format Dolly.

If you just want to view the photos, they can be displayed as a slide show at Photobucket.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Unexplained Phenomenon

I hadn't been out of the house all day, so I decided to take a walk around the block. As I neared the corner of 11th and Mountain, I was passed by this yellow truck traveling north. I turned around to get a better look as it pulled to the curb. The driver exited and walked toward the Mexican bakery on the corner. She had long, graying hair pulled back, and she looked like someone who had traveled a lot of miles.

I snapped a few pictures of the truck and its precariously perched passengers from different angles. As I got around to the driver's side, she returned clutching a bottle of Pepsi.

"That's quite a truck", I said.

"Yes, it is", she said in a not particularly friendly tone.

As she got into the driver's seat and started to close the door, her large set of keys fell to the ground. "Hey", she said, "would you get those keys for me?"

"Sure thing", I replied bending over to retrieve them. A glimmer of a thought passed briefly through my mind about my vulnerability to getting my head whacked by a truck door.

But, no, she just thanked me and drove off.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Roof Cat Clan

Sunday, May 18, 2008

24th Annual Albuquerque Museum/New Mexico Council of Car Clubs Automobile Show

One of the nice things about the place we live now is how close it is to interesting places and events on a regular basis. This morning, I walked over to the Art Museum to photograph the car show.

Some more of the photos can be found in a thread at

Canon A650 IS

Thursday, May 15, 2008

11th & Mountain

The neigborhood around the Golden Crown Bakery, like all of downtown Albuquerque, is undergoing rapid change.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Morning at the Zoo

Pentax Spotmatic Super-Takumar f2.8/135mm + 3X extender

Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Botanical Gardens in Albuquerque's Biopark is just a short distance away. We got there this morning a half hour before the 9:00 AM opening, so spent some time visiting the pond behind the aquarium. Always new things to see in the Conservatory. The Percherons had a busy morning.

Kodak Reflex II

Monday, May 05, 2008

Mesa Prieta

On a recent Friday morning
I walked about a mile along the escarpment at the southern end of the Petroglyph National Monument which is known as Mesa Prieta. In addition to the many fine petroglyphs, I saw a covey of scaled quail.