Friday, September 28, 2007

Prague - Cityscape

Another shot of Prague from April, 2005.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

More Prague - Town Hall

This is a shot of the town hall in Prague, with one of the churches in the background. Unfortunately, that's about all the information that I have on this one. If anyone can provide any more details on them, I would be greatly appreciative.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

View From Room - Prague

I was discussing some of my photographs with co-workers yesterday, trying to decide what photos to put up in my new office. Europe definitley became a topic of conversation. So I decided to re-visit some of my photographs from that trip. I thought this would be a nice shot to add. This is the view we had out the window our first night in Prague a few years ago when we stayed at the Hotel at St. John. It was a great room and one I would highly recommend.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Sycamore Inn (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)

Another shot from along Route 66 in Southern California, this one of the Sycamore Inn's sign in Rancho Cucamonga. Nearby is also the Magic Lamp, with another great neon sign, complete with flame coming out the lamp's spout. (I'll have to try to find the photo I have of it again!)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Preservation Lost - Trader Vic's (Beverly Hills, CA)

Today's photo is also available in my book, "Finding the End of the Mother Road: Route 66 in Los Angeles County." It's a shot of Trader Vic's, a long-time icon along Route 66 in Beverly Hills. Unfortunately, due to heavy redevelopment at the Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevard intersection and along each corridor, Trader Vic's is slated for demolition.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Up Down In Out (Chagrin Falls, OH)

This photograph of mine still always intrigues me. Shot in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, I still cannot get past how crystal-clear the reflection in the glass is, and yet how visible the railing on the inside portion of the stairwell is still so clearly visible in front of the inside light. And, with just a hint of it showing, the pine garland with christmas lights and the interior ribbon just provide a hint that it should be snowy and cold outside, but there is no hint of snow, just an overcast sky visible in the upper left. This was a strange mix of a lot of things to me.

Friday, September 14, 2007

This stairwell in Boston inrigued me quite a bit. I think that a fear of heights might make it a bit difficult for me to find my way onto it, though.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

More Verticality

Keeping the vertical theme going is this shot from downtown Ojai, taken about five years ago just after Julie and I met.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Behind Bars (Williamsburg, VA)

Keeping with yesterday's vertical imagery, today's photo comes from Williamsburg, VA.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

More Nature - The Redwoods

A couple of years ago (back in April 2004, to be precise), Julie and I traveled north along the Pacific Coast Highway to Tillamook, Oregon, where we then cut inland to Portland. Along that trip, we went through the Redwoods. Of course, when in the Redwoods, you HAVE to take the gratuitous shot of the trees looking straight up into them. Here's mine.

Monday, September 10, 2007

On the Lincoln

In going through my old photos, I couldn't believe that I hadn't posted this in my blog yet. I love this shot, despite its simplicity and relative flatness. There's something intrinsically interesting in the old "L" being repainted on the leaning telephone pole, with the original Lincoln disappearing into the distance.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Aztec Hotel

The Aztec Hotel is perhaps the crown jewel of Route 66 in Los Angeles County. It is definitely one of the two most-photographed Route 66 structures in LA County and may be the best known. It is also amongst the best known hotels along the entirety of the Mother Road, from Chicago to Santa Monica.

Over the last several years it has undergone some major renovations and restorations. This includes repainting the exterior. Looking at the Aztec today from the outside, its shell would be the same as these two photographs (taken in 2001), but the colors would be vastly different.

Congratulations to Kathie Reece-McNeill, owner of the Aztec, and all of her staff for such a wonderful job of restoration, which is still in process. I encourage everyone traveling the Mother Road to continue their trek into LA County and stop in to see Kathie at the Aztec!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Last Photos From Mendocino Botanical Gardens

Here are the last photos from the Mendocino Botanical Gardens. There were several left for me to post, but after a few days on the road, I felt it only fair that I post all of these at once to make up for the missed days.