September 10, 2020

Half of my photos from my 1991 bicycle tour from Boston to Kansas City

In the course of scanning my old slides I came across some of the slides I shot on my solo bicycle ride from Boston to Kansas City in 1991. I found a loose leaf notebook containing pages 8 through 16 of my slides from that trip (20 slides per page). Pages 1 through 7 are somewhere, but I just haven't come across them yet. These pages cover the span from the Indiana/Ohio border to Kansas City, and include photos from around the Kansas City area. You can see all that I have here. They're not in strictly chronological order, but they tend to go from west to east generally. Below are a few samples:

Powerlines (6)

County Courthouse (1)
Pretty obviously a county courthouse
, but I have not been able to identify the specific location. It's likely to be in Indiana or Illinois. If you know, tell me!

Mike's Pizza - Royal Center, Indiana
Mike's Pizza in Royal Center, Indiana
, where I had a great lunch.

Central Park - Henry, Illinois
Central Park torpedo in Henry, Illinois
. The most recent Google streetview shows that it is still there.

Henry, Illinois (2)
Also in Henry, Illinois, but I can't find it on streetview now

2nd Street, Clinton, Iowa
2nd Street in Clinton, Iowa
, where I lived for three years.

River City Bike Shop - Clinton, Iowa
The bike shop in Clinton where I bought my first 10-speed.

Crossing the Mississippi
Crossing the Mississippi from Illinois to Iowa

Weathered Barn

Myself & Cannondale (1)

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site (BW)

Cannondale & Tractors

E.E. Warren Opera House - Greenfield, Iowa
Greenfirled, Iowa

Iowa Highway (3)

Willard the Pig at Villisca, Iowa
Although this seems to have been very popular in Villisca over a few decades, I can't find it in current streetviews.

West-to-East Cyclist Crossing Missouri River
Crossing the Missouri River from Missouri to Nebraska I ran into my first other long distance cyclist, heading east

Entering Kansas from Nebraska
Entering Kansas from Nebraska

Missouri River (2)
The Missouri River

Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri
The Liberty Memorial in Kansas City

Hypermart Checkout
Checkout lines at the Walmart Hypermart in Kansas City
. This was a Walmart experimental store before there were any Super Walmarts. It was, at the time, the biggest store of any kind I had ever seen and was at least as big as any Super Walmart today.

The Scout - Kansas City
"The Scout," a sculpture by Cyrus E. Dallin
who also sculpted the Paul Revere statue on the Paul Revere Mall in Boston.

Willow Campsite
I also traveled to the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in southern Missouri
. This was our Boy Scout summer camp location.

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July 26, 2020

More Photos

Tip O'Neill Building (1A)
Tip O'Neill Federal Building behind the elevated Green Line, May 1985.

The John Hancock Buildings - Boston
The John Hancocks in Boston, April 1986.


Back Bay Boston
Back Bay Boston, June 1986.

Marshal Field's Clock
Marshall Field's clock in Chicago, September 1987, Kodachrome.

Wrigley Building - Tribune Tower
Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Chicago, September 1987, Kodachrome.

Flower in Kauai
On Kauai, November 1986, Kodachrome.

Merchandise Mart at Night
Merchandise Mart, Chicago, September 1987.

Flower on Kauai (3)
On Kauai, November 1986, Kodachrome.

Concord, Massachusetts
In Concord, Massachusetts, November 1984.

Decorative Outdoor Lamp
Somewhere in Boston, March 1985.

Golden Gate Bridge (6)
Ektachrome, June 1985.

World Trade Center Shadows - 1985
World Trade Center shadows, September 1985.

Calder Stegosaurus
Calder's "Stegosaurus" at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford in the 1980s.

Old John Hancock - Boston
John Hancock, Boston, May 1986.

Pilgrim Monument - Provincetown
Provincetown Pilgrim Monument, June 1986.

Yucca brevifolia in Joshua Tree National Park (10)
Ilford SFX 200 film, June 2020.

Chase Bank - Desert Hot Springs
Desert Hot Springs, Kodak TMax ASA400 film, June 2020.

Copa - Palm Springs (20)
Palm Springs, Kodak TMax ASA400 film, June 2020.

Sushi Bella (28)
Desert Hot Springs, Kodak TMax ASA400 film, June 2020.

Joshua Tree NP - Covington Flats with Moonrise (12)
Covington Flats, Kodak TMax ASA400 film, June 2020.

Joshua Tree NP - Covington Flats (06)
Covington Flats, Kodak TMax ASA400 film, June 2020.

Cafe Interior (02)
June 1986.

Mural (01)
San Francisco Bay Area, June 1985.

AIDS Quilt in Washington DC (1)
The AIDS Quilt on display in Washington, 1987.

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July 10, 2020

New Slide Scans

I've recently begun scanning slides again. Here are some of them.

Still Life
Still life, 1986.

Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges
Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, 1985.

Ice cream on the veranda - Kauai 1986
Friends on Kauai, 1986, Kodachrome.

Cambridge - Harvard Yard
Cambridge, Massachusetts, including a bit of Harvard Yard, late 1980s.

Sailboat in Hawaii
Kauai, 1986, Kodachrome.

Autumn Leaves (1)
Autumn leaves, 1986, Kodachrome.

East-West Tollway
Illinois East-West Tollway, 1980s.

Succulent, 1986.

Architectural Detail (1)
Architectural detail, probably in Boston, 1980s.

Fire Hydrant
Fire hydrant, 1985.

Bill Shepardson (1)
Bill Shepardson in San Francisco, June 1985.

Tom Boll (1)
Tom Boll, 1985.

Boston - Polaroid PolaChrome Instant Slide Film
Boston, 1980s, on Polaroid PolaChrome instant slide film.

Sweeney Mfg. Co. Brooklyn - Polaroid PolaPan Instant Slide Film
Brooklyn on the East River, 1980s, Polaroid PolaPan instant slide film.

Tanglewood (1)
Tanglewood, 1983, Agfachrome.
The woman is using an Olympus XA camera which is the first 35mm camera I bought, but I shot this photo with a Pentax K1000.

Palace of Fine Arts (2)
San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, 1985.

A-L Larsen
South Boston, 1980s, Ektachrome.

Seen in Hawaii, 1986, Ektachrome.

South End Boston
South End Boston, 1987, Kodachrome.

Michigan Avenue
Michigan Avenue Chicago, 1987, Kodachrome.

You can see more of my slide scans by clicking here.

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May 31, 2020

Some Recent Photos (on film)

Mustang (0001)

Gas Blvd Dispensary (0028)
The city's newest marijuana dispensary.

11360 Palm Drive (0026)
On Palm Drive at 5th.

5th Street Trailer Park (0024)
The trailer park on 5th Street.

Swimming Pool (0010)

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April 13, 2020

A few more infrared shots

Heavy Equipment (0636)

Pipes (0634)

Heavy Equipment (0631)

Las Palmas Mexican Cuisine (0648)

Lantana (0628)

Junk Car (0657)

Christian Center (0646)

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April 1, 2020

Photos from around town

Not Social Distancing (2927)
Not observing social distancing in Desert Hot Springs

Mailbox (2912)

Lantana (2903)

IVTHC (2847)

Empty Skatepark (2967)

Bougainvillea (2929

Bougainvillea (2869)
The bougainvillea growing along the south side of Las Palmas restaurant

11522 Palm Drive (2850)
New dispensary at 11522 Palm Drive (4th Street)

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February 16, 2020

Some More IR Photos

Big Horn Sheep Sculpture (0615)

Cactus (0591)

El Paseo, Palm Desert (0582)
El Paseo in Palm Desert
. I shot this from my hip without even looking.

Bus Stop Shelter (0595)

Speed Limit 25 (0555)
In Desert Hot Springs

Welcome to Desert Hot Springs (0561)

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February 7, 2020

UC Riverside Botanic Gardens

Last weekend I went and explored a little bit of the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens (map). Somehow I had never heard of these gardens until just a few weeks ago. Here are a few of the photos. The complete collection of photos is here.

UCR Botanic Gardens (0010)

UCR Botanic Gardens (0009)

UCR Botanic Gardens (0005)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2941)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2937)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2936)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2938)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2931A)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2928)

UCR Botanic Gardens - Datura (2924A)

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January 16, 2020

No Spectators - in Oakland

Oakland Museum of California (5562)

No Spectators at Oakland Museum of California (1)
Shot with film on my Lomography camera

Truth is Beauty replica (5577)
"Truth is Beauty" replica.

Truth Is Beauty (Replica)

Temple of Reunion (5568)
The Temple, behind the museum
. The Temple and the replica of "Truth is Beauty" can be visited any time the museum is open. You don't need to buy a ticket to the No Spectators exhibit for these two.

No Spectators (5604)

No Spectators (5601)

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January 5, 2020

Some Infrared Photos

Most digital cameras filter out infrared light before it gets to the sensor. The early Canon Powershot G cameras (G1, G2 and G3), however, allowed some through. I used to have a G3 and all I needed to do was put on a deep red filter to take infrared photos. But the G3 was stolen. Some years later I acquired a used G2 to do the same thing, but it was old and had a few burned out pixels. Those are easy to fix in editing if you've only got one photo, but it gets pretty tiresome to fix the same 12 tiny specks on every photo if you've got a lot to edit, so I haven't used it in a long time.

Last month, I acquired a Canon G12 from LifePixel that they converted to shoot infrared. They remove whatever internal infrared filter there is and then install an internal deep red filter. I already had a regular G12, so I was completely familiar with the camera and the two cameras could share some equipment. Here are some of the resulting photos:

Train Passing Through Palm Springs Amtrak Station (0438)
The Amtrak station in Palm Springs

Target (0413)
Target in Cathedral City

District East (0411)
New housing behind the Target

Joshua Tree at Pioneertown Mountains Preserve (0549)
At Pioneertown Mountains Preserve

Cholla at Pioneertown Mountains Preserve (0545)
A cholla at Pioneertown Mountains Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0530)
At Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0522)
At Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0507)
Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0483)
Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0471)
Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0477)
Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0450)
Big Morongo Preserve

Desert Plants (0366)
In Desert Hot Springs

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December 5, 2019

GoPro Hero5 Black, Night Mode

I recently acquired a used GoPro Hero5 Black. I am finding that when the price of a GoPro drops below $150, I feel like I'm getting what I pay for. I wanted to test the night mode, so I headed down to Palm Springs tonight to take a few photos of a friend's pool and then headed over to Village Fest for more photos. All of these photos are handheld. Almost all the photos turned out well, which is the opposite of what I expected. I would say I'm quite pleased with night mode. Here are some of the photos.

Andy's Pool (0039)

Architecture and Design Center (0068)

Lulu California Bistro (0060)

See's Candies (0059)

Starbucks (0051)

La Akua (0050)

Palm Springs Downtown Parking Ramp (0043)

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November 30, 2019

Some Recent Photos

Camron-Stanford House (5607)
The Camron-Stanford House in Oakland on Lake Merritt.

Pleroma foveolatum (5551)
Also in Oakland.

Alameda County Courthouse (5571)
Alameda County Courthouse in Oakland.

Palm Springs Sunset (009A)
In Palm Springs.

Gate & Shadow (010)

Express Carwash (006)

Andy's Pool (011)

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November 18, 2019

Lomography Diana F+

I recently acquired a Lomography Diana F+ "Mr. Pink" camera, a film camera. Here are the results from the first two test rolls.

The camera is cheap and cheaply made, which is supposed to be part of its charm. To my utter amazement and pleasure, the instruction manual is written in excellent, idiomatic American English. The camera also comes with a hardback book (over 300 pages) with stories, anecdotes and sample photos.

It takes 120 film. If I shoot full size, I can get up to 12 exposures on a roll. On my first roll, the color film (Kodak Portra 400), I made a mistake in setting which film image size to shoot at (I can shoot smaller images and fit 16 images on a roll), so the result was overlapping double images, but I edited out the overlaps. The camera has two shutter speeds 1/100 and bulb. It's got three aperture settings: cloudy, partly cloudy and full sun. I can also simply remove the lens and use it as a pinhole camera. It's got zone focusing. I can just rotate the (very loose) lens to 4 meters to infinity, 2 to 4 meters, or 1 to 2 meters. There are no automatic stops when advancing the film, as there are on 35mm film cameras, and nothing prevents double exposure. To advance the film I just keep turning the knob while I keep my eye on the little red window on the back of the camera. When the next number for a frame becomes visible, then I've moved the film far enough. One challenge is that I cannot see the dim number through the little red window in anything less than full sunlight. I will need to have a flashlight with me when I use this camera.

These photos came out a lot better than I expected. Very little light leakage and I guessed the focus range well enough on most of them. The black & white film is T-Max 400.

I have not tried the flash yet, nor the pinhole.

I found one review of the camera from someone who took it to Burning Man. The camera is so leaky, the dust penetrates all parts of it easily, ruining the film for sure, and maybe the camera too.

View across I-10, Coachella Valley

Vehicle at the Patton Museum (1)
At the Patton Museum.

Tank at the Patton Museum (2)

Tank at the Patton Museum (1)

Car at the Patton Museum (2)

Sunnylands (7)
At Sunnylands.

Sunnylands (4)

Flowers (7)

Andy's Pool

The complete set of photos is here.

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September 29, 2019

Burning Man 2019 Photos

My complete set of photos from Burning Man 2019 can be seen here. Below are a few samples.

Dawn and Moonset (2028)
First morning on the playa
, just before sunrise. You can see the moon about to set to the right. Klank is camped in the larger trailer and I'm in the Scamp.

Just Before Sunrise (2033)
Looking the other way, toward what will be Black Rock City.

Just arrived on playa (8826)

Just Before Sunset (0364)

My Shade Structure Stabilization System (5737)
How I stabilized my shade structure.
It worked perfectly. The shade structure stood there for three weeks and wasn't damaged in any way. That sphere is a light, not any part of the stabilization.

Box Office Sign (0385)
Box Office still under construction.

DPW erecting shade structure at Box Office (0379)
DPW (Department of Public Works) putting up the shade structure in front of Box Office.

Fat Man art car (4802)

Chapel of Chimes (3461)
The Chapel of Chimes.

Rocket & Ed Nixon (5500)
Rocket and Frank.

Gardner Pond's Memorial at the Temple Of Direction (0463)

Gardner Pond Memorial at the Temple Of Direction (0480)

Jim and Rocket pumping water (0001)
Jim and Rocket.

Temple Of Direction under construction (0401)
Early in the construction of the Temple of Direction.

3 O'Clock (0421)
The Man viewed along the 3 O'Clock road.

By Thursday Neighbors Were Noticeable (0423)
A week after I got there, some neighbors had begun to move in.

Fomogenesis Camp (0419)
Fomogenesis Camp's shade structure.

Fomogenesis Camp during setup (0440)
Fomogenesis Camp during setup.

Sparkly Segways (0443)
Segways with shiny decorations.

Temple Of Direction (0428)
The Temple of Direction.

The 747 (0414)
The 747 was there for its, presumably, last time
. It's been sold to someone in Las Vegas.

The Elephant (0429)

The Elephant (0435)

Camp Whiskey Galore (0451)
Part of Burner Buddies.

Four-Thirty and J (0452)
Burner Buddies on the corner of 4:30 and J.

Official Map of all the Theme Camps (0487)
An official map showing the locations of all theme camps.
(Full size image here.)

Art Car at Folly (0502)

David & Nancy (3181)
David and his sister Nancy.
David sold his Scamp to me after last year's Burn.

Something's Burning (0513)

Temple Of Direction (0466)
A history of the temples displayed at the Temple of Direction.

Temple Of Direction (0474)
The Temple of Direction.

The Man (2155)
The Man.

The Wedding Party (3199)
Burner Buddies trying to get photos of the wedding party.

The Wedding (3447)
Pan and Flavio renewed their wedding vows in the Chapel of Chimes.
(Here is the album of their wedding photos.)

The Whale (0473)

Biking across the playa (4325)

Some Dust (5064)

Art Car (5390)
An art car.

Camp Walter Bus (2735)
Walter Bus.

Poppy & Friend Prepare For The Naked Pub Crawl (2002)
Poppy and friend waiting for the start of the Naked Pub Crawl.

Bee in Dust (5151)

Art Behind Center Camp (4515)
Some of the art behind Center Camp.

Burning of The Temple of Direction (5429)
The Temple of Direction.

Burning of The Temple of Direction (5461)
During the burning of the Temple of Direction.

The Temple of Direction begins to collapse (5483)
The Temple of Direction starting to collapse.

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September 6, 2019

Putting Up A Shade Structure

Erecting A Burning Man Shade Structure In The Wind. This was the Dr. Bronner's camp.

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The Flying Whale at Burning Man 2019

The Flying Whale at Burning Man 2019

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August 6, 2019

Los Angeles City Hall

Last month I went on an L.A. Conservancy tour of L.A. City Hall.

L.A. City Hall (5284)
Base of a floor lamp.

L.A. City Hall (5311)

L.A. City Hall (5315)

L.A. City Hall (5287)

L.A. City Hall (5296)

Union Station as seen from L.A. City Hall (5326)
Union Station seen from the observation deck on top of L.A. City Hall.

The complete set of photos can be seen here.

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August 3, 2019

Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride Photos for 2019

I rode only the afternoon loop on this year's World Naked Bike Ride in Los Angeles. I had three GoPros, each shooting one photo every five seconds during the ride. Two of the cameras faced rearward and on forward. The complete collection of photos is here. There's an icon for a slideshow near the upper right corner of that page. I tried to sync the clocks on the three cameras, but they don't allow you to set the seconds, so they're out of sync with each other over a spread of a minute or so. The route changed some this year, partly due to construction on the LA River bike path, so if you enjoy looking at these photos for what's in the background, you'll see some different scenery in this year's photos.

What follows are a few of the photos:
LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (135736)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (140806)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (141116)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (171447)
I'm pretty sure these two were not together, but while we waited for a traffic light they seemed to mirror each others body language unconsciously.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (172612)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (145111)
There were a lot of motorcycle cops along on the ride.
They were tremendously helpful and had to stop at least a couple of drivers who thought they could just drive right into us, as if we would magically disappear out of their way.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (145532)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (152131)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (141156A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (152337)
A naked bystander
. Not part of the ride at all, but an observer from the side of the road. I guess we inspired him. Too bad he didn't have a bike!

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (144942)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (143711)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (143036A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (142630)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (142426A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (172227A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (172732A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (153842)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (154147)
We entered the LA River bike path at the point where we exited in previous years.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (161952)
A stop along the LA River bike path

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (162327A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (163037A)
And we exited the bike path via a little dirt path.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (163456)
The first time I rode the LAWNBR we went past this church and they called the cops.
This is the first time we've ridden by it again. No problems this time.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (164027)
And then we re-entered the LA River bike path.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (165032A)
We went through this rotary twice, for a total of 360°.

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (165322)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (153452)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (153603)
This guy was back with his sign - this year, no typos!

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (153737)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (142134)

LA World Naked Bike Ride 2019 (172703)

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July 4, 2019

Fireworks in Desert Hot Springs

July 4 2019, Desert Hot Springs.

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April 24, 2019

Desert Water Agency Tour

I went on the Desert Water Agency tour of their facilities at Snow Creek, Whitewater and the Mission Creek recharge ponds. Took some photos. Below are most of them.

Snow on Mt San Jacinto (5073)
Snow on Mt San Jacinto

Snow Creek Weir (5083)
The weir on Snow Creek where Snow Creek water feeds into the DWA water system

Snow Creek (5075)
The weir on Snow Creek

Flood Damage at Snow Creek (5069)
Flood damaged road at Snow Creek
. The car on the other side is staying there until the road is repaired.

MWD Colorado River Aqueduct Water Being Dumped Into The Whitewater River (5087)
Water from the Colorado River Aqueduct flowing to the Whitewater River
after having been given a spin in the hydroelectric facility there.

Confluence of Whitewater River and Colorado River Aqueduct water (5090)
Whitewater River on the left; water from the Colorado River Aqueduct on the right
. We're facing downstream.

Whitewater Hydroelectric (5093)
The hydroelectric generator at Whitewater

Whitewater Hydroelectric (5096)
In the hydroelectric facility at Whitewater

Whitewater Hydroelectric (5099)

Whitewater Viewed From Snow Creek (5066)
Whitewater viewed from Snow Creek

Mission Creek Recharge Basin & Mt San Jacinto (5108)
A recharge basin at Mission Creek
. Mt. San Jacinto in the background.

Mission Creek Recharge Basin (2003)

Mission Creek Recharge Basin (2004)
A pair of recharge basins at Mission Creek

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