Waywayanda Evening Sky_6288

Waywayanda Evening Sky_6288

The night my old computer bit the dust, I was out shooting the sunset at Waywayanda State Park, I’ve been waiting for a chance to get this shot posted, so here it is! This is at the main parking lot, and was such a wondrous sight to behold in person. To GOD be the GLORY! Have a wonderful week ahead!

Posted by smack53 on 2017-05-28 01:09:56

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Creating A Romantic Evening For Your Lady Love

Creating A Romantic Evening For Your Lady Love
There is never a wrong time to enjoy a romantic evening with your lady love or hope-to-be love. It’s certainly called for on special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays but to be even more romantic and memorable a romantic evening planned for no reason at all will have your lady swooning. Many men think that this requires taking a lady to a fancy, expensive restaurant or show to impress her. The truth is that the most romantic evening ever for most women is one shared in the intimacy of home. It’s an evening that is planned and produced by her lover’s own hands that shows effort and caring.

A romantic dinner for two with soft, flickering candlelight and beautiful, romantic love songs playing in the background is a certain winner every time. The evening can be simple or elaborate as long as it has these basic essentials. Even a chili dog and chips dinner can be the perfect choice for romance if it evokes special memories and is served with flair on the best china by candlelight. Creativity is much more important than cost! Never be afraid to be a little bit silly as good-natured laughter is ideal for relaxation and intimacy.

An aura of sensuality is easily created with soft, ambient lighting. Turn off the bright lights and choose instead smaller lamps and indirect lighting. Fragrance is an important addition with earthy candles scented with vanilla, spicy, or woody scents. Choose sensual foods that can be touched and eaten with the hands as appetizers. A small cheese and fruit tray, shrimp with cocktail or remoulade sauce for dipping, stuffed mushrooms, or similar make a great start especially when served with a lovely glass of wine.

If you enjoy cooking, treat your love to a proven recipe you’ve prepared before. A special evening isn’t the best time to experiment with something new that may not turn out to be as good as it sounded. It’s best to choose something that can be prepared in advance with a minimal amount of last-minute attention required that can be better spent on her. If you aren’t the best cook, it is absolutely fine to bring in a meal from a favorite restaurant as long as you serve it on your best dishes.

Plan your music background in advance and burn a CD or two with a well-mixed selection of soft rocks songs and romantic love songs. Combine instrumentals with vocals to keep it interesting and keep the volume at a level so that conversation is always at the forefront. Focus your conversation on her interests, finding as much common ground as possible to intersect with your own for a fabulously romantic evening together.

McGaha Music creates various compositions in various music genres, from soft rock songs, contemporary love songs, to romantic love songs. (http://www.mcgahamusic.com)

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“was a good life”!

"Was a good life, now it is all but over", a senior resident of Georgia Belle Independant Living facilities, Tallahassee, Florida, setting outside to look at the
setting sun.
She told me, when I walked up to her, that she stepped out to see what was going on outside of the building. She actually *was* out there to look at the sunset!
I did not ask her what she was thinking about.

Here at georgia belle Independant living facilities, there are about 160 residents. Often the ambulance comes at night, and everyone sort of just knows that one day soon it will come for them!
Some just sit an Wait for the undertakerbus to pick them up, eventually, but others have the philosophy of
…."Life is Good till the very last Drop"!

An Apt metaphor for someone who is nearly 80, to watch the sun set to the West, "was a good life, still *is* a good life, and even the setting sun is setting in a nice way, after all some sundowns go down hard with 38 degrees and drizzle and 20 mph winds! Today the temperature might be over 80 degrees, in this sub-tropical locale, around the 12th of November, a perfect sunset.

I know a lady here who is a 80+ year old grandmother, and a couple of years ago, one of her grandkids gave to her a Super Nintendo System [SNES] console. I had heard about her, I finally last month met her. Yes she plays only RPGs, rpgs like legend of Mana, the final fantasy series, etc.etc; some of the best role playing games ever made.
[she was a computer programmer in her youth!]


–Another morning, months later, I made a small Discovery in the trash bin, a discovery that goes with this photo.

Well, I had a small discovery yesterday
at my senior residence!
I left in the 8 AM morning by the back door near the trash container, as I had trash to throw out and when i looked in the trash bin door, I saw a box someone had pitched out just earlier. The box was full of empty meds bottles and mostly bottles pertaining to laxatives. Behind this box was a emema-giving device, tossed by the same person. I gave a "detective" glance at all of this to try to feel what the sufferings were of this person: i suspected having a bowel movement took this person hours each and every day, had to, or else "fecal empactation" might occur, a terrible problem in some elderly people!
Later that afternoon, at the Store on the second floor, i saw a small "yard sale" sign on a door across from the store. I knocked on the door and several relatives came to the door and they let me in. The apartment was nearly empty, i was told that the lady who lived here, in terrible health, was now being moved to the Nursing Home, where she could get better care.
I then noted a box of kitchen cooking tools, all rusted and dirty, she probably lived here for years, and cooked a lot, but as her health went down, she cooked less and less, and could not even clean up. Next to this box was yet another box of laxative stuff: now I knew she was the lady who had her relatives pitch out the trash, earlier! As I left, i heard one of the relatives talk about being sure to get all of her geneology books together.

Thus then "it hit me"! here was a lady who moved into Georgia Belle, a lady who had many many interests and talants. She probably did geneology searches on her whole family. A person
of Intelligence and Feelings!
But now years later she is a medical case, her body
might be almost useless, one of these people who if you asked how she was, "this morning", it would take her an hour to reply as she has *SO* many body-ill conditions to report!

My father was like that, the year I lived with my aunt, his sister, he had about 10 strokes and five heart attacks, and in the Home, he was dementia-tated to about a 8 year old child! If one were to meet him there in the Home, for the first time, one might never know he was a blacksmith and a man who once talked four hours non stop and the 10 people who listened did not say one word and when he had to go, one man turned to speak out, and spoke for all of them, "its too bad Dudley had to go, I wanted more"! A STORYTELLER. indian legends, mines, coal, geology, politics, etc.
But you would not know, there, at the Home, then, about Dudley’s amazing life!

MORAL of this post?: One can never judge a summer by the weakly warm last day of October! One cannot judge a river by its low water level in the drought year!
Take this lady who is watching her sunset go down. She might have also had, in her own way, an amazingly creative life, but now her sun sets. The late october sun cannot anymore warm the tomato plants in the New England garden, tis all you can do to keep the nightly frosts from killing the plants outright as you cover then each and every night, the tomatoes are now in "maintanence mode-only", and that "maintanence" takes up the whole day, fills it. You might not know that this tomato plant bore a tomato that won the state fair first prize, in August, several months before!! Next week, probably, the artic blast will cover this plant in 6 inches of snow at 15 degrees, to grave and worms and bone-dust we each all Go some day!

the River of one’s life is measured by
the High flood levels, *not* the drought levels in the dry years!

that tomato plant will be Measured by that prize-winning Tomato!

*not* by how many hours it takes to have a bowel movement, with emema-bag and ten laxative pills at the ready, when she is 87 years old!

—it takes Work, though, to live Good till the very last drop! Mostly it is "attitude", having an ideal that life is Interesting. Thus you then can "rewrite your past" by forgiving the hurts and the negativities that are behind you, then get to know that the Tombstone is but a door, then live like you are *already* on the other side of it, here on earth!

Yes life, whether at age 20: "there is Life beyond your cell phone peer group" to, at age 82, "there is more to life than an enema bag"; takes a bit of action on your part.

One has to become a part of the "life support team", the people around you that make it possible for you to live.
–whether the teachers, bus drivers, car repair people, tech support, if you are 20,
–or the doctors, janitors, clergy, if you are 80!


Posted by freestone on 2006-02-17 19:03:08

Tagged: , florida , sunset , sundown , old age , seniors , retirement , retirees , retired , retire , people , oldpeople , old , evening , elderly , dying , elder , die , death , city , aging , aged , age , tallahassee , weather , story

A World Away…

A World Away...

This picture is largely based on the last time I ever saw the Twin Towers, which was in January 2000. We had just celebrated the Millennium in Clearwater, Florida, and were flying back to Europe via New York JFK, which we flew to aboard a Delta Airlines Boeing 727. As we made out final approaches to JFK International, I managed to see a view very similar to this, with the skyscrapers of Manhattan sillhouetted against the setting sun. But because I have such little detailed memory of this beautiful moment in my life, I decided to take my lead from this astounding picture below, which is also taken from a Delta Airlines Boeing 727, but only this one is landing at La Guardia:


Yes I know it’s another World Trade Center one, and at this rate I’m going to offend every American follower I have, but there is quite an interesting story to this picture. I actually scribbled this drawing down in 2009 because I was going to make it my masterpiece of masterpieces, and I really wanted to show my Grandma it too. I did the initial drawing and scanned it and was going to make a start on coloring it in, but all kinds of real life distractions pulled me away, such as schoolwork and whatnot. And so for 4 years this sat on my computer in my pictures folder, occasionally with me peering over it but largely forgotten about. At some points I was even tempted to delete it because I felt I would never get round to finishing it.

But last weekend I decided that I was sick and tired of this thing being sat on my computer gathering dust, so I decided to finish it off. However, to my everlasting shame I finished it three years too late for my Grandma to ever see as she sadly passed away in 2010, leaving me with something I had promised myself to complete, but never got round to in time. I hope one day when we meet in a better place I will finally be able to show my Grandma the drawing I devoted to her.

Posted by Rorymacve Part II on 2013-11-21 22:14:50

Tagged: , World Trade Center , Twin Towers , WTC , New York , New York City , NYC , Manhattan , Sunset , Evening , Sky , Delta Airlines , Boeing 727 , La Guardia , Aircraft , Flying , Flight , Landing , Approach , Boeing , Jetliner , Jet , USA , United States of America , Airport

This Empty Northern Hemisphere

This Empty Northern Hemisphere

"Smoke it flies from whisky mouths
Vagabonds walk this suitcase town
Summer left us beckoning
The cottonwoods were all worn out

Night comes fixing on the day
And the universe reigned again
While the wheels roll to find a flickering light

While you were sleeping I was the turning the dials
And I walled up your kingdom with radio wires
And the bells of the choir came in low and rumbling
…aw you should of heard them

Living here in this city on fire, well I’ve been fine
Just dancing drunk above the street
Me the ghost of caroline

And that was me, ya know, calling up above
From the steeples in the church yard

Watch the wheels roll to find another place home

While you were sleeping, you bet that I might
Walk this empty northern hemisphere wide
And the kingdom it came, well it all fell down
It all fell to dust
Watch it all fly down

While you were sleeping I was the turning the dials
…and I walked this empty northern hemisphere wide"

Posted by alexandriabrangwin on 2014-12-29 18:36:04

Tagged: , Alexandria Brangwin , Second Life , 3D , CGI , Computer , Graphics , Virtual , world , Gregory Allan Isakov , This Empty Northern Hemisphere , dark , twilight , evening , reflective , calm , beautiful , moon , stars , ocean , life , killer , whale , forest , snow , srene , black , leather , jacket , pants , updo , woman

Noir Leeds

Noir Leeds

"The word was out. Like a deadly virus released into the City’s corrupt circulatory system: something wicked this way comes.

Trouble had come to me, in big dark swarms. The good and the just, they were like gold dust in this town. I had no illusions. I was not one of them. I was no hero. Just me and the gun, and the crook. My options had decreased to a singular course."
– Max Payne

I was in a monochrome mood when editing this shot and decided to give it a bit of a noir effect! There’s a myriad of fantastic quotes to be found in film-noir cinema of the 1940s which all sit nicely beside photographic depictions of the metropolis at night. The plot of "Max Payne" (a computer game released in 2001) was half a century older than those films when it was released, but the script managed to be a very effective satirical parody of their style. I remember continually laughing at the gritty mysterious monologues when playing it for the first time, and it sometimes comes to mind when Photoshopping images with a dark atmosphere.

Posted by tj.blackwell on 2012-01-11 22:35:50

Tagged: , Leeds , City , Centre , West , Yorkshire , UK , Northern , England , Metropolitan , Urban , Town , 2012 , Night , Evening , Late , Dark