Roman Bus Stop

Roman Bus Stop

Just a random moment while I was exiting Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza. The color of the wall, the afternoon shadows, and the nonchalant fellow just seemed to work perfectly together. A larger version is viewable here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: To Build Or Not To Build

To Build Or, Not To Build

That’s not a hard question at all. I’ve mentioned my love of LEGOs before, but I haven’t really taken any photos of them. Considering this week’s challenge calls for something awesome among the mundane, these little bricks were perfect. Yes, that’s a Hamlet-themed figure, my favorite of the bunch (except maybe the Goth Girl. She’s adorable). Yes, that is also the LEGO Leaning Tower of Pisa in the background; I get one of the Architecture sets every year for Christmas. It’s a fun, geeky way to inspire more traveling and building.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pistol Shot Glass

The Pistol Shot Glass

This week’s challenge calls for something close up, and I remembered taking this photo of a glass pistol during the tequila factory tour in Mexico. All the little imperfections in the cork and the light reflected in the barrel look pretty neat at this angle. Since today is apparently National Tequila Day, I thought it’d be worth posting. Talk about putting the shot in shot glass!

Tequila Tasting

Tequila Tasting

I should preface this by saying that I don’t drink; I’m a water, tea, and milk kind of guy, so I went around taking photos while everyone else was taking shots. This was taken at El Baston del Rey, a tequila factory that was part of a city tour in Puerto Vallarta. But since today is apparently National Tequila Day, I thought I’d post it.

Lime And Lemon

Lime And Lemon

Just a brief glimpse of an evening Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta…Large version available here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Way, Or: Kohala Cows

Kohala Cows

This week’s challenge is all about photos you’ve taken along the way to your destination. I immediately thought of Highway 250 on Hawaii’s Big Island. Most people don’t associate cows and farmland with Hawaii’s tropical paradise, so Kohala’s highlands seem so wonderfully strange.

Walk The Line

Walk The Line

Nothing like a Sunday stroll…on a flower stalk. Large version available here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Springtime Visitor

Springtime Visitor

This week’s challenge is all about stuff being enveloped. It reminded me of the bees currently visiting my front yard; they buzz amongst the flowers, digging deep for the pollen within. It’s easy to imagine the little critters being wrapped up in the petals of a huge flower. Large version available here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rusty Nail

Rusty Nail

This week’s challenge is all about forces of nature, so I thought I’d focus on something common, but overlooked: Oxidation. Rust forms when iron comes into contact with things like water and oxygen, and even more so with salt water. This chemical reaction happens everywhere, perhaps most famously with the Statue of Liberty; it was made of copper, but years of ocean weather gave its surface a blue/green patina. If you want something a little more local, try finding an old nail…like this one on my back porch. Large version available here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate, Or: Wine Glass Reflections

Wine Glass Reflections

This week’s challenge calls for something intricate, and I immediately thought of this wall at the Exploratorium.This is part of the “Simply Smashing” exhibit by Rebecca Cummins: A 20-foot wall of about 900 glasses, all filled with water to create optical effects with the reflections. Large version available here. Another angle can be seen here.