Photographic Inspiration – Tales by Light

The video below is for a new television series, Tales by Light, which is intended to showcase photography and videography.

Below is the first paragraph from an article on PetaPixel describing this series:

“Want an incredible dose of photographic inspiration? Check out this newly-released 2-minute trailer for the new TV series Tales by Light, a new TV series that follows 5 top photographers as they take their cameras to the ends of the Earth — photographers who have an unquenchable desire to capture and share the wonders of this world with the rest of us.”

Read more about the series at the PetaPixel website – click here

Tales by Light Official Trailer HD from Untitled Film Works on Vimeo.

STATUS QUOtes — 20150526

“Every child begins the world again….” — Henry David Thoreau

“There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.” — Michel de Montaigne

“If you are looking for a friend who is faultless, you will be friendless.” — Rumi

“The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.” — Salvador Dali

Madagascar Palm (Pachypodium lamerei)

When we first moved to Phoenix more than six years ago, all of our northeastern gardening experience was rendered moot. What we knew did not fit to the Sonoran Desert environment. We needed to be re-educated regarding desert gardening.

I quickly enrolled in the Maricopa County Master Gardener program. Until then, however, I needed to have some plants to care for. After having so many gardens and plants to nurture in New Jersey, it was in my DNA.

One of the first plants we obtained was a Madagascar Palm (Pachypodium lamerei) which technically is not a palm tree at all. This is how it looked during its growing season shortly after I first purchased it:

Madagascar Palm First Purchased

One thing about the Madagascar Palm, which I didn’t know, was that during the desert winter, it drops all of its leaves and can easily be mistaken for dead. This is how it looks once the cold weather has set in:

Madagascar Palm Without Leaves

Those stickers keep the pesky critters at bay!

When we first purchased the plant it was between seven and eight inches high. It was a small plant and it was in a relatively, i.e. 4 to 6-inch, clay pot.

This is how our plant looked this spring (nearly six feet tall):

Madagascar Palm Spring 2015

Until this year our palm had only leaves which dropped during the winter and then reappeared each succeeding growing season. This year, however, there was a surprise in store:

Madagascar Palm Spring 2015 with Flowers

There was a cluster of flower buds. They are very pretty white flowers with a yellow center. I am not sure where they go from here (what kind of seed pod, etc.). The flowers last more than one day which is nice. What kind of fruit they will yield or if they will be pollinated at all is yet to be determined.

The flower pictures are not the best because the ladder I used to take them was not set on a stable surface and it was a bit tricky. I think you will still be able to appreciate the plant even with these less-than-perfect shots.

Madagascar Palm Spring 2015 with Flowers

Read more about the Madagascar Palm here and here.

STATUS QUOtes — 20150525

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” — Vince Lombardi

“But he who dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.” — Anne Bronte

“We lose ourselves in the thing we love. We find ourselves there too.” — Kristin Martz

“Woke up this morning with a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read.” — Raymond Carver

Calendars for Printing One Day-At-A-Time

NOTE – Full disclosure – Today is the first time I used this resource and I haven’t fully explored it, but it looks very useful.

If you need a yearly or monthly calendar for 2016, let’s say, this website provides some nice options. I tried to get a calendar for 2030 and it seemed to work. The program allows the user to select the reference nation so that some of the holidays will appear accurate (as far as I can tell).

If you want a quick and easy 2016 yearly calendar that I created using the above site, click the link below:

2016 Yearly Calendar (United States)

STATUS QUOtes — 20150523

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” — George Orwell

“Never forget where you came from you may have to go back someday.” — Unknown

“The dream is not what you see in your sleep; the dream is the thing that doesn’t let you sleep.” — via Ryan Seacrest

“Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom.” — Terry Pratchett

Pickleball – Recent Rule Revisions Wheelchair Pickleball

Rule Additions: April 24, 2015


Section 16 – Wheelchair Rules

  • 16. A. Basic Play. The wheelchair is considered part of the player’s body and all applicable rules that apply to a player’s body will apply to the wheelchair except in non-volley zone as listed below. All applicable rules which apply to standing players apply to those in a wheelchair except as listed below.

  • 16. B. Two Bounce Rule. The wheelchair pickleball player is allowed two bounces of the ball on his or her side of the net. The second bounce can be anywhere inside or outside of the court boundaries.

  • 16. C. Service.
  • 16.C.1. Server shall be in stationary position, and then allowed one push before striking ball.
  • 16.C.2. At the time the server strikes the ball, the server shall not touch with any wheel: any baselines, sidelines, center lines or the extended center or sidelines.

  • 16.D. Non-Volley Zone (NVZ). (two bounce rule applies)
  • 16.D.1. When a wheelchair player strikes a ball in the NVZ, on a volley, it is a fault only if the larger- rear wheels contact NVZ.
  • 16.D.2. Upon exiting the NVZ, after striking a bounced ball, the player’s larger-rear wheels must return to outside the NVZ boundaries (so no rear wheel contact is made in the NVZ) before hitting a volley, or it is a fault.

  • 16.E. Wheelchair/Standing Pickleball.
  • 16.E.1. When a wheelchair pickleball player is playing with or against a standing person in singles or doubles, the rules of pickleball for standing players shall apply to all standing players while the wheelchair pickleball rules shall apply to all wheelchair players.

  • 16. F. Singles Wheelchair Pickleball.
  • 16.F.1. Singles play with one or both players in a wheelchair shall be played on half court. The server and the receiver shall serve, receive and play the entire point from their respective service and receiving court.

Get a complete PDF version of the rules by clicking on the link below:


Photoshop As a Drawing Tool

Can Photoshop be used as an overall Artshop?

Did you ever think that you could use Photoshop as an artist’s drawing program? And the good news is, you don’t have to start from scratch! This is an interesting video demonstrating how Bert Monroy uses Photoshop and Google Maps to create drawings of urban scenes. Could this open your mind to more creative ventures?

STATUS QUOtes — 20150522

“They were there to be loved unconditionally, like trees in the winter.” — Anne Lamott

“Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.” — E. B. White

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” — John Steinbeck

“It gets late early out here.” — Yogi Berra