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Monday, February 25, 2013

Belting, Powder, Hose, Rope, Blocks, Pitch, Tar, &c.

Sacramento, California ~ April 6, 2008

This branch of the San Francisco Cordage Agency is actually in Old Town Sacramento. I don't see any slick slogans, just list what you have, because people probably need it.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

From a Cafe

New York ~ May 6, 2009

It's funny, I thought the obvious thing with this photo would be to crop out the odd pieces on the sides and bottom, but it killed the photo. Leaving them in made it less perfect, but more balanced or more interesting, or more something. This was an amazing day in NYC, with perfect spring weather and a long birthday walk from downtown up to Central Park.

Today I'm taking part in Weekend Reflections by James.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sometimes Even Ships Have Signs

Astoria, Oregon ~ January 27, 2012 

The NYK Line's Neptune Leader passes downtown Astoria, giving people like me with a moderate zoom lens a good view of the pilot boat in action.

Today I'm taking part in Signs, Signs. Hop on over!

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Friday, February 8, 2013


Italy ~ April 17, 2004

This was a surprise. I hadn't expected to see a ship's hull poking its nose over the rooftops like an eager dog as we continued our coastal drive from Rome to Naples.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Terracina's Temple of Jupiter

Terracina, Italy ~ April 17, 2004

The highway from Rome to Naples hits the beach at Terracina, which has its own roadside attraction in this huge rock cliff with the Roman Temple of Jupiter on top. I'm not sure we knew you could go up there, but I learned later that you can walk through it.

Here is a fuzzy, rainy close-up taken from the same spot as the first photo.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

This Place is a . . . What?

Somewhere between Rome and Naples ~ April 17, 2004

If you guessed it was a resort hotel in Cairo, you would be thinking along the same lines as I was, and we would both be wrong. It's a bank - at least the downstairs is. I loved seeing the occasional "came-out-of-nowhere" building, which usually also seemed to be sitting in the middle of nowhere, as well.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

All Roads . . .

Leaving Rome ~ April 17, 2004

If all roads lead to Rome, then all roads also lead away from Rome. It seemed there were endless ways to get out of the city, and they were all confusing and jam-packed with traffic. I think I finally took this photo once we had cleared the madness and there was only one direction available. Time to breathe.

It's just a highway, and a dreary, rain-soaked one at that - or was it dreary? I realized that the trees looked different than I was used to at home. The buildings and even the cars looked different. The gas stations looked different. Everything looked different. This wasn't just another highway. This was Italy, and we were on an adventure.

Here's what I mean about "all roads." I'm not sure which one we were on, but we were going approximately south.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

A Walk in the Park

Rome ~ April 17, 2004

Leaving Rome, we walked under dripping clouds past magnificent flowering trees and the pale blue Fontana del Peschiera in the Villa Borghese on the way to pick up our rental car. After a memorable few days and many sights seen, we were heading down the coast. My photos between here and Naples were, unfortunately, mainly of the drive-by type. But there were several interesting sights, and I'll try to post them over the next few days.

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