Photos taken in RAW format with my Canon Rebel T2i 4

Just under two months ago, I purchased my first “real” camera… a Canon Rebel T2i. Oh, how I love this camera! I have always been passionate about photography and finally decided to make the move and invest in something more than a “point and shoot” auto-focus pocket-style camera. I am so glad I did… no regrets here. When looking back at my childhood, I have to laugh… whenever my mother would take the camera film in to be developed, I would always get in trouble. You see, when she picked up the photos, the entire roll would typically be pictures of our dogs and cats – which were my favorite subjects when I would sneak the camera out of the cupboard. More…

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Dia de los Muertos Marigold Parade | Albuquerque NM Nov. 6, 2011 Vol. 2 2

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Here are photos from the Albuquerque NM Marigold Parade held on November 6, 2011.  This is part two of a two part set of pictures. These are the photos taken from the parade. For pre-parade prep pictures (try saying that five times fast), please click here.

For the FULL set of photos, also presented in full size and full resolution, please click here to go to my photo site, Motley Photos. More…

Dia de los Muertos Marigold Parade | Albuquerque NM Nov. 6, 2011 Vol. 1 Reply

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Here are photos from the Albuquerque NM Marigold Parade held on November 6, 2011.  This is part one of a two part set of pictures. These photos were taken before the official start of the parade.

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Photos: It’s a Zombie Apocalypse! Why ARE zombies so popular? 19

Why are zombies such the rage?  Because zombie apocalypse is a perfect example of total escapism – no government, authority, regulations, basic societial responsibilities and expectations, all disappearing into thin air over a short period of time. If you are one of the few that survived, survival, which is your most basic and ingrained instinct, becomes your sole object. Survival. Simple, yet a powerful instinct, a total escape from the ubiquitously mundane lifestyle of modern society. Dangerous predators(zombies), guns, violence, all the things that stimulate your periphery nervous system on the most primitive levels, suddenly become part of the reality. It’s a sublte fantasy world marked with blood and adrenaline.

In a world ruled by the dead… we are forced to start living.

Various photos of zombie costumes and make-up!  Have a Happy Halloween, and be careful of things that go “bump” in the night…..

More photos available on Facebook Motley News & Photos.

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Photos from the 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm Reply

October 20th, 2011, will be the twenty year anniversary of the Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm of 1991.  The fire has also been called the Oakland hills firestorm, the East Bay Hills Fire, and the Tunnel Fire (because of its origin above the west portal of the Caldecott Tunnel) in Oakland. The fire ultimately killed 25 people and injured 150 others. The 1,520 acres (6.2 km²) destroyed included 3,354 single-family dwellings and 437 apartment and condominium units. The economic loss has been estimated at $1.5 billion. More…

Special Shapes Day at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Oct 7 2011 Reply

Sadly, this was not a good day for the Special Shapes. Besides being cold, it was wet. The weather was not in the favor of the pilots as it had rained all night, and was drizzling into the wee morning hours. Eventually, the rain let up for about an hour, and a few of the Special Shapes and teardrops tethered on static line for the spectators to view. I dressed in many layers, but my fingertips were frozen and numb. It was difficult to use the camera, but I did manage a few nice shots. Weather is to improve over this coming weekend as the Fiesta comes to a close for 2011. More…

More dramatic photos from Occupy Wall Street NY | Occupy Wall Streets spreads to San Francisco 3

As the Occupy Wall Street demonstration enters its 12thday in New York City – and as progressive activists protest in cities across the country – Bay Area residents are preparing for a mass mobilization on the streets of San Francisco tomorrow afternoon (Thurs/29), targeting financial institutions and other entities that they blame for the economic plight of the average American.

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Photo of heartbroken father, Robert Peraza, at the 9/11 Memorial Reply

Robert Peraza, who lost his son Robert David Peraza, pauses at his son’s name at the North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial during tenth anniversary ceremonies at the site of the World Trade Center.

Robert Peraza lost his son on 9/11 after he was trapped on the 104th floor of the North Tower, just above the gaping hole left in the building by the impact of American Airlines flight 11.

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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Special Shapes Felix the Cat

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – My photos from Special Shapes day 1

Since I only live 5 minutes from the Balloon Fiesta Park – well, during the fiesta, it’s more like 45 minutes and I am less than 5 miles (it’s just a part of this event, get up early, take some coffee and a lot of patience) -  I am fortunate to see balloons flying all the time, and occasionally hitch a ride.  Here are my photos from the Special Shapes in 2010.  Sadly, the winds were just a bit too much last year on the day I went so they were unable to fly.  Special Shape balloons, having much more square footage, are considerably more risky to fly on gusty days.  Even though they did not fly, I completely and thoroughly enjoyed myself.   The pilots still inflate the balloons and it is like being a child again in an imaginary Wonderland as you wander around and under all the special shapes and teardrop balloons.  A true photographers nirvana, as well.

Here is to fair weather and calm winds this year!  Fiesta kicks off this year on Friday, Sept. 30th and runs until Sunday, Oct. 9th.  I will be there with camera in hand, so check back for this years pictures.

The Balloonist’s Prayer:

May the winds welcome you with softness.
May the sun bless you with its warm hands.
May you fly so high and so well that God joins you in laughter
And sets you gently back into the loving arms of Mother Earth.
  ~ Author Unknown

And here is “Clocks” by Coldplay for your listening enjoyment while viewing the slideshow… :)

Or you may listen to the Fifth Dimension “Up, Up and Away in my Beautiful Balloon”

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Phenomenal photos from Astronomy Picture of the Day site 1

Here are some incredible pictures from Astronomy Picture of the Day website.  All sources and links provided.

Roll Cloud Over Wisconsin
Image Credit: 
Pierre cbWikipedia

Explanation: What kind of cloud is this? A type of arcus cloud called a roll cloud. These rare long clouds may form near advancing cold fronts. In particular, a downdraft from an advancing storm front can cause moist warm air to rise, cool below its dew point, and so form a cloud. When this happens uniformly along an extended front, a roll cloud may form. Roll clouds may actually have air circulating along the long horizontal axis of the cloud. A roll cloud is not thought to be able to morph into atornado. Unlike a similar shelf cloud, a roll cloud is completely detached from their parent cumulonimbus cloud. Pictured above, a roll cloud extends far into the distance as a storm approached in 2007 in Racine, Wisconsin, USA.

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A Pileus Iridescent Cloud Over Ethiopia 

Image Credit & Copyright: Esther Havens (Light the World)

Explanation: Yes, but how many dark clouds have a multicolored lining? Pictured, behind this darker cloud, is a pileus iridescent cloud, a group of water droplets that have a uniformly similar size and so together diffract different colors of sunlight by different amounts. The above image was taken just after the picturesque sight was noticed by chance by a photographer in Ethiopia. A more detailed picture of the same cloud shows not only many colors, but unusual dark and wavy bands whose origins are thought related to wave disturbances in the cloud.

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Aurora Over Greenland 

Image Credit: CopyrightJuan Carlos Casado (TWAN)

Explanation: This aurora arched from horizon to horizon. During the current Shelios expedition to observe and learn about the northern lights, the sky last weekend did not disappoint. After sunset and some careful photographic planning, the above image was taken from the expedition’s Qaleraliq campsite in southern Greenland. Visible straight through the center of the aurora, found with a careful eye, is the Big Dipper and the surrounding constellation of the Big Bear (Ursa Major). The brightest orb on the far right is the Moon, while Jupiter can be seen even further to the right. The Shelios expedition is scheduled to last until the end of August and include live broadcasts of ongoing auroras.

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The Fairy of Eagle Nebula 

Image Credit: The Hubble Heritage Team, (STScI/AURA), ESANASA

Explanation: The dust sculptures of the Eagle Nebula are evaporating. As powerful starlight whittles away these cool cosmic mountains, the statuesque pillars that remain might be imagined as mythical beasts. Pictured above is one of several striking dust pillars of the Eagle Nebula that might be described as a gigantic alien fairy. This fairy, however, is ten light years tall and spews radiation much hotter than common fire. The greater Eagle Nebula, M16, is actually a giant evaporating shell of gas anddust inside of which is a growing cavity filled with a spectacular stellar nursery currently forming an open cluster of stars. The above image in scientifically re-assigned colors was released in 2005 as part of the fifteenth anniversary celebration of thelaunch of the Hubble Space Telescope.

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A Sun Pillar Over Ontario 

Image Credit & Copyright: Rick Stankiewicz (Peterborough Astronomical Association)

Explanation: What is that on the horizon? No, it’s not an alien starship battling distant Earthlings, but rather a sun pillar. When driving across Ontario, Canada in early June, the photographer was surprised to encounter such an “eerie and beautiful” vista, and immediately took pictures. When the atmosphere is cold, ice sometimes forms flat six-sided crystals as it falls from high-level clouds. Air resistance then causes these crystals to lie nearly flat much of the time as they flutter to the ground. If viewed toward a rising or setting Sun, these flat crystals will reflect sunlight and create an unusual column of light — a sun pillar as seen above. Such columns of light are not uncommon to see, and a retrospective of past APODs that have featured picturesque sun pillars can be found here.

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Homeless man with one eye

Faces of the homeless “Bone Disease” Reply

I met this kindly gentleman while walking around Seattle taking some footage of the night life at Pike Place Market one evening while in town on business.  We struck up a wonderful, intriguing conversation which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Initially he approached me asking for a cigarette – which I happily surrendered – than simply began talking.  During his approach, I noticed his gait was one of pain as he was obviously dependent upon the cane he used.

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Photo journey of the labyrinths of Belgium’s underground abandoned crypts 1

Treading deep underground, Sven Fennema explores the realm of the dead – a place where people were buried long ago. The labyrinthine tunnels of an old, abandoned crypt lie before him, full of mementos, grave plates, and the traces left by those who loved and came to pay their respects to the deceased.

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Hurricane Irene beach front homes Nags Head NC

Update and photos on Hurricane Irene from North Carolina Reply

[Update 8:43 p.m.] A ninth person has died as a result of Hurricane Irene, officials said.  A man in Chesterfield County, Virginia, died after a tree fell on his home, emergency officials said.

[Update 8:39 p.m.] The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for metropolitan New York. A tornado watch indicates that conditions are favorable for a tornado to form, according to the National Weather Service. No tornado has yet developed or been reported.

[Update 8:35 p.m.] Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston announces suspension of Sunday services due to Hurricane Irene.

[Update 8:32 p.m.] The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is now closed, the Maryland Transportation Authority said on its website.  The bridge will be off-limits until high winds subside, the agency said.

[Update 8:21 p.m.]  The Maryland Transit Administration said it was halting all subway and bus services at 9 p.m. Saturday – with light rail transport ending three hours earlier. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel has been closed until further notice, the state’s Emergency Management Agency reported.

[Update 8:00 p.m.] The National Hurricane Center on Saturday warned residents living in tall structures in the path of Hurricane Irene that the wind hitting upper floors will be stronger than those in most storms.

Above from CNN
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7.05pm ET: Time for a summary of the day’s news as Hurricane Irene carved its way up the United States’ Atlantic coast, Saturday:

• At least five fatalities have now been attributed to the storm. Three of these deaths were caused, directly or indirectly, by trees felled by high winds. In Florida, a surfer was killed while attempting to take advantage of the hurricane-powered waves.

• Approximately 1 million Americans – in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and DC – are without electricity. The mayor of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania has warned citizens that outages could last for days, even weeks. As Irene heads north, that number is likely to grow.

• Hundreds of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate coastal and low-lying areas along the eastern seaboard. As many as 1 million people have left the Jersey shore. In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has warned that “we are going to break down doors if we have to” to enforce the evacuation.

• Transport has ground to a virtual halt on the east coast. Some 9,000 flights have been cancelled from affected airports. In New York, all public transport has closed down until Monday.

• Despite Irene losing force, downgraded to category 1, storm surges and heavy rains are creating danger of widespread flooding. In northern New England, Vermont’s governor has declared a state of emergency, with flooding predicted in every river in the state.

With that, Matt Seaton is signing off. Matt Wells continues the service shortly. Good night, Irene.

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Abandoned beach front houses are surrounded by rising water as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head on Saturday, August 27, 2011.
SHAWN ROCCO – SROCCO@NEWSOBSERVER.COM

Abandoned beach front houses are surrounded by rising water as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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A sea bird struggles for life in the leeward side of a dune in Frisco Saturday as Hurricane Irene pounds the coast.
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A rooftop view of flooding damage Saturday, August 27, 2011 in Morehead City. Hurricane Irene, a category 1 storm, is making landfall on the North Carolina coast. TRAVIS LONG- tlong@newsobserver.com
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Jon Harvey checks flooding damage in his garage Saturday, August 27, 2011 in Morehead City. Hurricane Irene, a category 1 storm, is making landfall on the North Carolina coast. TRAVIS LONG- tlong@newsobserver.com
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A sailboat sits high and dry in the Scott Marina as Hurricane force winds from Irene push the water into the Pamlico Sound Saturday morning.
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Ian Crossman, left, Cody Levy and Christian Van Vliet walk out onto a receded Albemarle Sound in Kill Devil Hills on Saturday, August 27, 2011. The sound had moved out due to the high winds of Hurricane Irene.
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Ian Crossman, left, Cody Levy and Christian Van Vliet walk out onto a receded Albemarle Sound in Kill Devil Hills on Saturday, August 27, 2011. The sound had moved out due to the high winds of Hurricane Irene.
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Boats sit in an almost empty channel as Hurricane Irene pushes the water out in to Albemarle Sound in Nags Head on Saturday, August 27, 2011.
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Boats sit high and dry in the Scott Marina as Hurricane force winds from Irene push the water into the Pamlico Sound Saturday morning.
CHUCK LIDDY – CLIDDY@NEWSOBSERVER.COM


A vehicle avoids a downed utility pole on Woodlawn St. as Hurricane Irene hits Greenville, N.C. on Aug. 27, 2011.
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This gas station convenience store in Avon lost it’s canopy as Hurricane Irene arrived Saturday morning.
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Waters lap at the foundation of a house along Calico Creek Saturday, August 27, 2011 in Morehead City. Hurricane Irene, a category 1 storm, is making landfall on the North Carolina coast. TRAVIS LONG- tlong@newsobserver.com
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Smithfield Firefighters inspect the damage to Smithfield House at the intersection of Buffalo and Hospital Roads on Saturday afternoon after winds from Hurricane Irene pushed two trees on the building on Saturday August 27, 2011 in Smithfield, N.C.
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A personal message to Hurricane Irene at the Nags Head Ocean Rescue building on Friday, August 26, 2011.
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A personal message to Hurricane Irene on a Nags Head House on Friday, August 26, 2011.
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All photos from News Observer

London Riots Carpet Right store in Tottenhams main shopping area before during and after

London Riots: Photos of before and after 1

Various pictures showing buildings and business before and after the riots started.

(Below) London Riots Carpet Right store in Tottenham’s main shopping area before, during, and after.

(Below) London Riots Paradise Gems retailer on High St in Tottenham before and after.

(Below) London Riots Pawn Shop on Oakfield Rd in Croydon before and after.

(Below) London Riots Reeves Furniture store in Croydon before and after.

(Below) London Riots Royal Mansions on London Rd in Croydon before and after.