All posts by John B Tefertiller

A Light At The End of The Tunnel

And it isn't a train!

This tunnel is located on US Route 16A near Mount Rushmore. In fact, even though this photo wouldn't prove it, you can see Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln out of that bright portal.

The highway is narrow, but not as narrow as the tunnel. Many people never make their way to this spot because tour buses are wider than the tunnel! Our little group of four had a private guide for the day, so we got to see it.

This is for the #joinindaily theme curated by +Johnny Wills, open to anybody who wants to add their photo related to the daily themes that he posts..

 

Find It Where You Can!

Reflections In Water.

An archive photo shot, but not used, for the #2012project52 group theme, and now repurposed for another theme, which today is "reflections in water."

I was running late on my weekly 2012Projec52 entry so options were naturally limited. This was hurriedly captured in the car park outside of work. (It says something about where I worked, no? I think that pothole is still there!)

Anyway, thanks to +Johnny Wills who curates the #joinindaily theme. It's a fun, casual theme that you can toss your photos into when and if you want to. Now that's my kind of theme!

 

St. Joseph

Park 'n Pray

This little shrine is literally in a small car park adjacent to the Mission San Jose in Fremont, California. It's in good condition except for needing a bit of clean up and for the fountain to be working. No idea if it is something of recent origin or has a historical significance. (I didn't get out of my car to read the plaque!)

Photo from 2012

For #joinindaily by +Johnny Wills. Today's theme "statues"

 

Just Down The Street

And around the corner.

On a one day visit to Windsor Castle in April 2006, we wandered around town a bit. Windsor, being an old town, has an abundance of stone and brick structures that can give the feel of a quaint village next door to where the queen lives. Although, just behind me and to the right is a very busy tourist business district.

This photo is a good example of telephoto compression. I was actually back at the intersection of Castle Hill and St. Alban's Street and zoomed in on the scene. St. Alban's is relatively straight with only a slight curve, but the telephoto effect magnified the curve and compressed the distance of objects in view. The brick building is about a block distant, the church another half block, and the stone towers behind are another half block beyond the church.

I vaguely remember taking the picture, but I discovered the compression effects when I tried to approximate the scene in Google street view. It took me a while to figure out where I must have been standing!

#Travel #England #Windsor #WindsorCastle #village

 

The Path To Happiness

Or to the other side of the village.

May 2007 – After having spent the afternoon touring the Battle Abbey ruins and fields, we headed back to the train station. There wouldn't be any trains because of weekend rail works, but there was a bus to take us back up to Wadhurst where we would get on a train back to London.

Across and a few yards down the road there was a gate that we stopped at for a few minutes. It was the kind of view that you could stand and gaze at for a long time. So many shades of green! And that path! It wold be tempting, and apparently allowable, to stride down the trail to see what's at the other end. But we had to get back to the station.

#Travel #England #BattleAbbey #Battle #Landscape

 

Ready To Hit The Slopes!

St. Anton, Austria – February 2008

I spent a week in St. Anton with a bunch of skiers. I don't ski. And I was sick at the start of the trip. But I got better as the days went by, and by Wednesday managed to ride the gondola up the mountain where I had lunch with friends.

This is a composite picture made from two or three frames that were not originally intended for the purpose. It took a lot of bending and warping in Photoshop to match up the major features to get this result. I'm satisfied- just don't look too closely!

#Travel #Austria #StAnton #Snow #Ski #Mountains #PhotoshopCC #Composite

 

Mercury

It was a dark and stormy . . . day.

April 2006, Oxford University. We experienced everything from sunny spring weather to rain, hail and snow as our tour bus made its way from stop to stop. It was cold and damp at Oxford. We got led around from room to room, space to space.

I was not in much of a photographic mood, but I did manage a handful shots that weren't terrible. A few were terrible and won't likely be seen in public. This one is on the edge. The pedestal is cut off at the bottom, and there isn't enough head room. And the original was dark and noisy. If anything, it proves how good I've gotten at Photoshop rescues.

#Travel #England #Oxford #Mercury #Fountain

 

Warwick Castle

April 2006

Of the stops on our day-long bus tour, this was the longest and, possibly, most interesting. The castle has an interesting history all around, but its recent history is almost as fascinating as the ancient bit.

It seems that the owner got into some difficulty over gambling debts and had to sell. The castle is now owned by Madame Tussaud's, of wax figure fame, which itself is owned by an entertainment conglomerate. In all fairness, there are only a handful of wax figures placed in suitably educational spots.

It is well worth the afternoon, or perhaps a full day visit. Even though it was April, it was also a school holiday week and the place was teeming with families and kids. The abundant educational exhibits and live demonstrations provided plenty of things to see and do. I highly recommend a visit.

#Travel #England #Warwick #Castle