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Ecurie Ecosse

A quick jump back in time with a short article on an event I took part in a few years ago.

I was lucky enough to be invited by a car group I knew to take a scenic drive to raise money for a local charity with my 1972 Jensen Interceptor and visit the Ecurie Ecosse collection which was then owned by Dick Skipworth.

If you are not familiar with Ecurie Ecosse they were a privately run Scottish racing team back in the ’50s and ’60s and the name is still used today (you can read about them here).

We met at the organizer’s beautiful house in Britwell Salome and parked on his lawn until we were ready to go Continue reading “Ecurie Ecosse”

from a long way up

I recently visited Chicago and went up to the 94th floor of the John Hancock building where tourists (like me) can find ‘360 Chicago‘ that allows great views across the city in all directions.  It also has a ride of sort called ‘Tilt’ which has a moving section of glass that when you are standing against it tilts out a few feet as if it were going to fall.  I didn’t do that part of the attraction just checked out the views.

We were there later in the afternoon so the sun was casting long shadows.  I spotted this beach below and liked the angle.  I waited to see if someone walked on so I could get a shot.  I needed to switch to my other lens which isn’t as nice as the others but gives me the longest focal length (effective 300mm) and I was rewarded when this couple wandered into shot and my steady hand didn’t let me down.

Submitting this for the Weekly Photo Challenge Ascend.

from 94 floors up

Neon and beer

I do like a good neon sign and on my recent trip to Wisconsin I saw this Blatz Beer sign.

Cedarburg , Wisconsin

As we have a tenuous link with the beer I decided to take this shot and then a theme appeared for the next few days of our trip Continue reading “Neon and beer”

Liebster Award

It’s Liebster time again so thank you Alba for nominating me, by the way it’s I before E :p

I’m not going to manage 11 others to nominate and really I am just going to give a shout out to some of my favourite blogs (even if they don’t quite meet the Liebster criteria).
So here are a few worthy victims, check them out… Continue reading “Liebster Award”

Chicago & Northwestern Railway Bridge

I visited Chicago just after Thanksgiving and really liked the city. I didn’t get a huge amount of time to photograph but did capture a few images I liked.

I am a sucker of old industrial or engineering artifacts and this bridge was not far from my hotel.

Continue reading “Chicago & Northwestern Railway Bridge”

Seasons greetings

Christmas is fast approaching and we spent the weekend getting the house in order and putting up the decorations.  This is the start of new traditions for me where things I used to do need to be merged with the traditions of my partner.

Last year didn’t count so much as we knew we wouldn’t be home for Christmas and we didn’t get a proper tree.  Now we are in out new home and have a real tree (not very common in this area).

We have spent the year finding nice vintage decorations and even fount a great old cast iron stand for the tree.

All of that has now come together and our house looks perfect for the festive season so we toasted the lighting of the tree (a new tradition I hope).

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Not  quite the perfect picture, a few more bubbles would have been good and my dog took this moment to give me some love so I was fending him off whilst trying to take this in low light 🙂

Merry Christmas!

 

 

Service should resume soon 

Apologies for not posting, I went on vacation and was away from decent network access, now I have been evacuated due to Los Angeles fires and so posting is not easy.

Here’s a couple of pictures I took yesterday; the first is the road up to the city I live in and as you can see there is quite a smoke plume above where I am heading. The second is from the driveway of my house just as we were leaving, there are flames just visible on the hillside.

We are safe though and that is the main thing. 

The virtually empty Grand Avenue shopping mall in Milwauki 

We stepped into this glorious old shopping mall yesterday which was devoid of any stores apart from TJMax (same as TKMax if you are from the UK) and a fruit n veg cart. It’s a shame that this has become just a walkway between the carpark and another mall, hopefully they will be able to turn it around; it did look like some work was in progress.

Only took a few snaps as we were on a mission.

Continue reading “The virtually empty Grand Avenue shopping mall in Milwauki “

Look Mummy, fish!

Visited the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago this weekend, it was very good;this little girl seemed to be enjoying it.

There were a few fishy type things to see as well
Continue reading “Look Mummy, fish!”

Quick Chicago snap 

Loving the windy city…

Taken through the window of our hotel bar 

Chicago here I come

Getting on a plane to Chicago and then on to Wisconsin; hoping to get some decent photography in. 

Postings here may be interrupted. 

Where’s Juliet?

This is another picture from the Burbank Post office, I really like this composition and the way the shadows fall from this balcony.

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The Guardians

I recently had time for a few shots around Burbank city centre and as it was dark I took my tripod to stand my Mamiya C330 on.

This shot was taken outside the Police and Fire department building and is of a large bronze statue which is a tribute to the Fire and Police officers of Burbank.  It is by noted artist Shiela Cavalluzzi and was erected around 1998.

I’ve taken a low angle focussing on the firefighter with the Police officer hidden behind.

 

Shoe repair

I like a little bit of neon every now and again.  This one I shot whilst taking a walk in Burbank.

I am not affiliated with, or being paid by, this business but if you do need shoes (or anything else) repaired in Burbank I can recommend this guy.

Shoe repairers sign

 

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