Memories & Photographs

From time to time, people of a “certain age” go through their libraries, collections, and other assorted stuff accumulated over the years.  We pretend we are organizing them!

The other day my wife found two old, worn, and weathered photographs in a book acquired several years ago at a library sale. We have no idea as to the identities of the subjects or where and when they were taken.

  • One obviously is of a couple on their wedding day most likely during World War II.
  • The other photo…children on a beach or shore.
  • Are the photos connected? Who were they?


Perhaps someone, somewhere, will recognize the images?? Will this challenge be solved by the application of the rules of Six Degrees of Separation?

At the moment I am thinking of a song by Jim Croce…

“Photographs and Memories”


Photographs and memories
Christmas cards you sent to me
All that I have are these
To remember you

Memories that come at night
Take me to another time
Back to a happier day
When I called you mine

But we sure had a good time
When we started way back when
Morning walks and bedroom talks
Oh, how I loved you then

Summer skies and lullabies
Nights we couldn’t say goodbye
And of all of the things that we knew
Not a dream survived

Photographs and memories
All the love you gave to me
Somehow it just can’t be true
That’s all I’ve left of you

But we sure had a good time
When we started way back when
Morning walks and bedroom talks
Oh, how I loved you then


WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Colors of the Rainbow a.k.a. ROY G. BIV

Colors of the Rainbow a.k.a. ROY G. BIV

Pondering whether or not this challenge would stop me from my goal of a submission each week for 2015

Obviously I cannot submit a B & W print…So I offer a composite image of jelly beans and a poppy

Composite--jelly beans & a poppy

Composite–jelly beans & a poppy

Close up…Macros

Photo opportunites come in many forms and circumstances.  Ordinary items and scenes can take on new meaning if you look at them a bit more carefully.

For example, a community bulletin board…

Community Bulletin Board, Point Reyes Station, CA.

Community Bulletin Board, Point Reyes Station, CA.

Or, consider a sleeping cat…

Cat's Paw

Cat’s Paw

Photos from the street…

“Street Photography” is a style or type of documentary photography “…that features subjects in candid situations within public places such as streets, parks, beaches, malls.”–Wikipedia  Also see What is Street Photography for another view on the subject.

Frequently, street photographers are not “discovered” until well after their demise. See Vivian Maier

Whatever Street Photography may be, I offer five new “street” photos for your amusement. 

Note: Individual photos may be enlarged by clicking on them…

"Nope--Not Open" And when they are open, they simply move the "n" below the "e." Point Reyes Station, CA © Frank Simpson


"The Hitchhiker" Perhaps the glove owner was on a coffee break? Kentucky Street, Petaluma © Frank Simpson

"Vacancy" Is it descriptive or prescriptive? Would it have another meaning if it were a mortuary? Point Reyes Station, CA © Frank Simpson

"Flight of the Phoenix" Western Avenue, Petaluma. The illusion of the crow emerging from the graffiti tag is created by my luck in capturing the crow in flight at just the right moment. © Frank Simpson


"Secret Message" No I am not taking up the task of once again photographing graffiti tags. However,I did like this overall scene. © Frank Simpson




Summertime…Macros in the Garden

No, Macros are not a specialized or exotic plant or some strange plant killing varmit–just close-ups of scenes in our garden, or, if you will…Habitat. There is one photo I want to highlight…

© Frank Simpson
To the “naked eye” the tiny blue bud appears as a speck on the stem of the verbena. Frankly I thought it was a piece of dirt or some tiny mite.  Instead of brushing it off, I got the camera. Click on the photo to enlarge.
The rest of the photos in the slideshow should not require further explanation.  However, if you have questions post them.

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January…In Color & B&W

Some photographers maintain that the true test of the quality of a photo is whether it also holds up in black and white. Others will say that some photos, while they do not hold up in the B&W format, may stand in their own right as color photos.

My only contribution to this discussion is to suggest that B&W photos can sometimes convey a message unique to the medium.  Consider these recent scenes from Petaluma’s Prince Park…

In the alternative, the same photo in B&W does present a different visual tone…

It was a dark and stormy night...”