Friday, December 30, 2011

Car"cass" VIII - Headfirst

Smart Car is now a dumb car after landing on its I see why these cars have roll bars, maybe smart after all....and at least now it is right side up.
Carcass VIII - Dumb Car

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dubai Mall Part I - The Waterfall

More photos of Dubai, with even more sure to follow, many from the Dubai Mall and the surrounding attractions. We ate breakfast one morning at Granny's Waffles next to the waterfall.
The Waterfall - Dubai Mall, UAE

The Waterfall Divers - Dubai Mall, UAE


Monday, December 26, 2011

Dubai, UAE

Visited Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for a few days with Carl before Christmas. Both of us really enjoyed the Dubai Mall and the associated sights, which is sort of surprising if you know us. I'll post more photos at some point. We got home in time on Christmas Eve to put up and decorate the tree, make a nice dinner etc.
The Flight "Home" In Time For Christmas

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sana'a, Yemen

Sana'a, is unlike the cities in the Gulf region on so many levels. First, it is old...real old, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world (Old Town Sana'a earns a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List), a world away from Kuwait City, Dubai etc. It is also much poorer. And most of all, the people are easily the friendliest in the region, if not the friendliest people in the world. I recently finished...well mostly finished, going through photos I've taken there and added them to the SLIDESHOW menu on the right side of the page. None of the photos are captioned yet, and I still have a few that I'll eventually add, but that may be a while. Below is a small sampling, the complete slideshow can be seen HERE.

Boys in the Hood - Sana'a, Yemen

Neighborhood Dealers (Khat) - Sana'a, Yemen

Sana'a, Yemen

Garlic in the Market - Sana'a, Yemen

Old Wall - Sana'a, Yemen

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Car"cass" VII - Death Race 2011

I can't afford the expensive actors so people are poaching my brand. I'm trying to defend it as much as possible, Arabic sub-titles, and the best actor I can afford, a Corvette. I even had a stunt man sans seat-belt go up and over the airbag...
Carcass VII - Death Race 2011

Carcass VII - With Arabic Subtitles

Carcass VII - Starring "Corvette"

Carcass VII - Featuring "Toyota" In a Supporting Role

Carcass VII - Incredible Death Stunts

Sunday, December 04, 2011

You Know You're Old...

When whole countries are younger than you are...
Happy 40th Birthday United Arab Emirates

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Taken with my 70-200 2.8L lens and a 25mm extension tube this morning when the sunlight was pouring into the apartment. In retrospect, I should have messed around a bit with the lensbaby too.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Afternoon Walk

Took my walk today during the day. I usually go at night, but it was such a nice day and I have a lot of yesterday's turkey and trimmings to walk off. As is normal on nice weekend days this time of year, there were thousands of families chilling and grilling out along the waterfront. Here are a couple of the photos I took.
Kuwait Towers - Kuwait

A little "wayside" mosque I frequently pass by along the water.
Crescent Moon - Kuwait

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Car"cass VI - Funeral Procession

Filmed on location in Abu Dhabi...Six vehicles were hurt in the filming of this award winning feature
Carcass VI - Abu Dhabi

That'll be $8.25...

What a deal! with the exchange rate that is only...$8.25
16 oz Sour Cream

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Forgetting Stuff

I'm not sure I actually ever knew though...
On a trip to Baku, Azerbaijan 5 years or so ago, I took a number of photos of sculptures and things that caught my eye around town. For the most part all these years later I have no idea who or what they are. I learned my lesson on some later trips. In Sofia and Zagreb, for instance, I wrote things down at night in the hotel room. I'm not sure I had a good enough guide book or other information handy in Baku. It was still the early days of my digital camera too.

One of Many Looking Down Upon Those Passing By - Baku, Azerbaijan

Some Guy & A Sculpture of Struggle - Baku, Azerbaijan

Another Guy, Probably Important - Baku, Azerbaijan

He was Important Too - Baku, Azerbaijan

Hah! I know one, Haydar Aliyev, according to wikipedia, the 3rd President of Azerbaijan

Heydər Əlirza oğlu Əliyev - Baku, Azerbaijan

Friday, September 30, 2011

Chicago Reflections

From exactly four years ago, when we spent a couple days in Chicago with Ryan after his graduation from Navy Boot Camp.

Downtown Chicago Reflections - 2007

Downtown Chicago Reflections - 2007

Downtown Chicago Reflections - 2007

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Frog Blog II

The first photo is just another view of the frog in my first frog blog post. It is a good illustration of the ton of difference in the look of water & reflections that can be made by changing the angle just a little bit. The second photo is another frog I saw along our walk.

Frog - Cincinnati Nature Center, Milford

Frog - Cincinnati Nature Center, Milford

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cincinnati Geometry

Took these on the way and at the Red's game a couple weeks back. I like clear, dark blue skies.

Great American Tower - Cincinnati

Great American Ball Park - Cincinnati

Saturday, September 10, 2011

"Car"cass V - Remnants On The Cutting Room Floor

Yes, it was a banner weekend for the "Car"cass brand...

This first remnant may be the remains of something that happened while we were out of town. It was less than 100 yds up the street from Carcass IV, at the intersection with Gulf Rd. Which coincidentally was the same location as Carcass I and the same location as "It Came from the Deep" on 2:48AM's blog. Which goes to show that they probably drive/sail boats and watercraft as bad as they do cars here.

Carcass Va - Kuwait

Bus stops may not be the best place to hang around. It was seeing a truck wipe out a bus stop on the 30 here a couple months ago that was an impetus for my "Car"cass series. Then again, Gulf Rd probably isn't the best place to hang around, as this was just 200 yds or so down toward Marina Mall from the three others.

Carcass Vb - Kuwait

"Car"cass IV - P is for Perpetrator

I can't believe I didn't see or hear this one at the time. I can literally spit on the "victim" out our living room window. A friend pointed it out to me sitting in a parking lot near our apartment Saturday morning and the carcass was still there for the mug shot in the evening. From the intersection where he took the turn, the perp had less than 100 yds to build up to the speed to do this.

Carcass IV, The Perp - Kuwait

The Victim - Kuwait

"Car"cass III - Dawn of the Dead

I saw this wreck on Gulf Rd right after it happened Wednesday night during my evening walk. A black sedan took out this palm tree. The car must have been totally airborne when it hit, none of the little bushes hedging the median were damaged and there are no tire marks on the grass. So I woke up early the next morning and scurried down there right after sunrise...and the car was gone! Only some broken bits remained.

Carcass III - Kuwait

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Frog Blog

During my visit back to Cincinnati, Shelby and I took a few hours one morning and visited the Cincinnati Nature Center (Rowe Woods) right down the road from us. Here is one of many good photos I got of a frog we saw on the Edge Trail (warning PDF). I got down on my belly on the boardwalk over a section of pond to get a lot of the shots.

Frog - Cincinnati Nature Center, Milford

Monday, August 22, 2011


Haven't done one of these in a while...took this over the weekend and just messed with it in photoshop...I was too lazy to go out this weekend and take photos of some of the truly awesome carcasses I saw.

Stars, Bubbles, Drops ...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

First Political Rant of the Season

As the political season ramps up, it is easier and easier to get me ranting...

It suddenly struck me from 5000 miles away how f(*&^d up everyone is back there...

I'm hearing corporations are people.

I'm left wondering if corporations are people, can they marry?
Apparently they can...but only other corporations, and multiple times at that!

Somehow everything in the U.S. seems stacked in the corporations' favor these days.

Gays still can't marry in most states, and I believe polygamy is outlawed in all 50 states...

Somehow I'm thinking that when the corporations get married they don't pay any more taxes (if they pay any to begin with) due to the marriage penalty...

The United States needs to re-establish The Rule of Law at home before it pushes such ideals abroad...anything else is hypocrisy...but that would begin a whole other rant.

...can corporations go to jail?

or better yet, get the death penalty?
(rare for the big guys but apparently they can, Lehman Bros must have been a minority whose public defender wasn't up to the job while AIG, Goldman Sachs, BoA and Citibank are all lily white with high priced lawyers, looks like maybe a fine here or there for them, but no hard time, much less the ultimate penalty)

Saturday, August 06, 2011

It Is Nice To Feel Loved...

I thought of these after the S&P downgrade of U.S.A.'s credit rating.
Seen along my travels...

Someone Doesn't Like NATO - Split, Croatia

Someone Didn't Like Bush II - Sofia, Bulgaria

Patterns and Abstract

I like patterns and photos of the details of stuff such that you really can't tell much about the a blind man touching an elephant's tusk.

National Palace of Culture (NDK)
Национален дворец на културата - Sofia, Bulgaria

Where I Was....

August 2007....

Beehives Near Lukomir, Bosnia

August 2008....

Water Frozen in Time - Sofia, Bulgaria

Saturday, July 30, 2011

"Car"cass II - The Cremation

I saw this carcass today in a parking lot off Gulf Road near the Kuwait Towers. I'm thinking it was probably there for a couple days, the smell wasn't so bad.

Carcass II - Kuwait
Photo From The "Good Side"

Carcass II - Kuwait
The Not So Good Side

Carcass II - Kuwait
With No Make-Up

Carcass II - Kuwait
Face It, You're a Wreck

Iconic Kuwait

When you see images of Kuwait, the Kuwait Towers are almost always included. They are only about 5 miles down the road from us but we took a little time and went up there today. Otherwise we'd probably "get to it someday" and still never have been when it is time to leave for good. It cost 2KD (about $7.20) to take an elevator to the top ball of the tower with two balls. The lower ball houses a restaurant and cafe, the upper ball houses a 2-level viewing platform and a gift and snack shop. The windows weren't very clean, but with the dust the way it is around here, I didn't find that very surprising.

Kuwait Towers - Kuwait City

Kuwait Towers - Kuwait City

Kuwait Towers - Kuwait City

Kuwait Towers - Kuwait City

Water Park @ Kuwait Towers - Kuwait City

You Can See! - Kuwait City