July 7, 2017

Lighthouses are symbols of hope and guiding light and of great interest to photographers. Granite lighthouses along the coast of Brittany, France, some with wonderful spiral staircases, are very photogenic and interesting as can be seen from the accompanying photographs.

May 4, 2017

    La Corbiere lighthouse, the first concrete lighthouse, can be found above very treacherous waters and rocky terrain at the far southwest point of St. Brelade, Jersey of the Channel Islands. The lighthouse has been operational since 1874 and was automated more recently in 1976.  It used to be an area where crows nested which gave rise to its name. However, crows are gone now and one finds seagulls instead. Like the more famous Mont Saint-Michel, the lighthouse sits strategically on a tidal island which connects to mainland via a causeway.  

The lighthouse is 62 ft high atop steps from the causeway.

The lighthouse is perched on a rocky cliff 120 ft above high tide marks and is only accessible by land via the causeway during low tides.  Its reflections can be seen in water puddles after receding high tide. 

The lighthouse beam is visible up to 18 nautical miles.

The lighthouse is one of the most popular points of interest on Jersey but is...

March 30, 2017

Spring in Washington, DC signifies cherry blossoms and vice versa. Appearance and peak of cherry blossoms is an annual, anxiously awaited event attracting hundreds of thousands tourists. The event dates back to 1912 when the Tokyo mayor donated 3,020 cherry trees of 12 varieties to Washington, DC as a gesture of friendship. Currently, Yoshino (single white blossom) and Kwanzan (clear pink double blossom clusters) remain the most abundant with Kwanzan blooming couple weeks after the Yoshino variety.  Cherry Blossom festival which was started couple decades later now accompanies the tree blooming and has stretched to a two week city wide celebration including parade, Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival, Japanese film festival, kite flying, walks and runs, Japanese plum wine tasting, and fireworks. Some of my favorite images of this nature extravaganza are presented below.

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossom trees

Cherry blossoms at blue hour

Tidal Basin cherry...

February 19, 2017

     Daniel H. Burnham (1846-1912) was a renown architect and urban designer who had left a lasting legacy on Chicago's architecture and worldwide. He, along with some of his contemporaries, was associated with the Chicago School or the Commercial Style architecture. This style is characterized by steel frame with terra cotta facade and large plate glass windows. Many of the remaining buildings designed by him are National Historic Landmarks. Burnham had a central role behind master plans for the development of several cities, including Chicago and Washington DC. He was also instrumental in landing the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago World's Fair)  to Chicago and away from New York City and was the Director of Works for the Exposition. (As a footnote, Burnham's pivotal role in the World's Columbian Exposition is depicted in detail in a non-fiction dramatic bestseller book The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.)  Some of Burnham's...

January 22, 2017

Lighthouses are emotionally engaging and represent beacons of hope and inspirational guiding lights. They are also intriguing subjects for photographers.

December 11, 2016

Photography is all about light, light absorbed and light reflected.  There are times of day that are favored or avoided for outdoor photography without artificial lighting.

November 19, 2016

Eating and photographing New Orleans cuisine including beignets, po' boy, red beans and rice, gumbo, jambalaya, and bread pudding.

November 11, 2016

Autumn is nature's gift for eyes and photographers with diverse hues, saturation, and luminance of colors, further enhanced by the symmetry of reflection.

October 24, 2016

Photography category known as 'urban exploration' (aka urbex or UE) deals with capturing images of abandoned structures and ruins. It's fascinated with the visual appearance of decaying man-made structures and human stories behind them.

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