The Watering Hole; Friday June 10 2016; A Look Back

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks going through old boxes filled with old photographs, looking for old prints worth digitizing. Found a bunch of 8×10 Cibachromes that I developed myself in my own (tee-tiny) darkroom all those many years ago, and believe it or not, they served to make the moment a lot more enjoyable — not so much for the memories, even though they were, indeed, remindful of that younger world in I (we) once lived. I guess what really caught my attention was that, first, there was no hint of Trump anywhere in either the photos or the memories, mainly because back in the 1970’s I’d never even HEARD of the bastard! Wow, speak of a delightful era!

Anyway, I found about fifteen that were worth digitizing — scenes from various 1970’s destinations including Minnesota, Colorado, Arizona, California, and Hawaii — and thought maybe a handful were worth a wider look. So go ahead, close the door on current politics and wander, instead, backward some forty or so years to that other era — not the era of Tricky Dick, the Nam, and Gerry Ford, but those more peaceful spots that were, back then, far more accessible and less traveled than they are today.

Enjoy the soliloquy.

Colt, MN, Heselton,ca 1975 - 350pxl▲Very Young Colt; Faribault, Minnesota; circa 1973▲

 1975 Yucca McDowell MtnsYuccas in full bloom; Arizona, circa 1975

 Ocotillo Blossom ca 1972 350 pix▲Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) flower; Arizona, 1972▲

La Jolla Sunset ca 1978▲Sunset, La Jolla California; circa 1974▲

1978 field of flowers, Haleaka, Maui▲Wildflowers on Mt. Haleakala, Maui; 1978▲

Flower 004▲Bird of Paradise, Kauai, 1978▲

And finally, this:

▼Rocky Mountain Crocus on Mt. Evans, Colorado, 1971▼

Rocky Mtn Flower

So there you have it, the 1970’s revisited. Hard to believe some of that stuff is ‘already’ more than forty years old, esp. when each one seems like it was captured maybe yesterday — last week at the most — all via those old-fashioned cameras that even required a roll of film in ’em before you could make them work.

In any case, they did their job quite well, and even now at this late date, the flashbacks offered can be fun and very peaceful . . .

. . . unless they should happen to remind one of the crap that’s prominent in today’s world (see below).


How could a Ki’i from Hawaii’s Pu’uhonua o Honaunau — photographed in 1978 — possibly remind anyone of Trump in 2016?

Must be the hair; the hands are way too big.

Sigh. Guess it’s back to the future. Again.


18 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday June 10 2016; A Look Back

  1. 35 mm film is making a comeback for many art photographers.
    It still has certain qualities that cannot be obtained with digital cameras.
    Let’s see… what drawer did I put my 1959 Leica my dad gave me?

    • Each and all of the above are digitized copies of 8×10 Cibachrome (high gloss) prints, made from the original 35mm Kodachrome transparencies. There was indeed something subtly special about Kodachrome — not so much with Ektachrome, and not at all with Kodacolor (negatives, not transparencies). Ektachrome in larger formats (over the years I used both 120/220 and 4×5) was very nice, and most profession landscape photographers used it almost exclusively. Digital has a great many advantages overall, but it’s true enough that so far at least, it’s never surpassed either Kodachrome or large format Ektachrome. And while it’s also true that inkjet color printers have come a long way, there’s still nothing like Cibachrome for hard copy prints. Cibachrome colors are archival, they will never fade with time. Unlike Kodacolor prints which have a short half-life when exposed to ambient light. So far inkjet prints seem to hold their colors, but none of mine are older than ten years, so the archival verdict’s not yet in.

      One good thing about digitizing — it takes a whole lot less storage space! A thumb drive rather that boxes and cabinets!

  2. The latest from Michael the Savage Weiner:

    “Think of your most radical, crazy professor,” Savage said. “Think of the nuttiest, the most stupid professor you’ve ever had, totally locked into the left-wing shibboleths of the time, and you learn to listen to it in order to just get through the course. Now take that professor, put the professor into the presidency, give him all the power in the world and let that professor take all the power it can because of a supine Congress and a nonexistent press, and now you know what’s going on in America. We have an out-of-control, lunatic, left-wing college teacher running the country.”

    “That’s why we need the antidote,” he continued. “The antidote to this toxic snake poison is Donald Trump. Trump is the antidote to the Hussein snake poison.”

  3. Wonderful photos, frugal. I’ll have to add them to my wallpaper gallery at work. I have two fairly large monitors, in theory to facilitate my actual work, but I usually leave one uncluttered so that I get some quick escape from the hard-to-read order screens, etc. It helps to ease my eyes and mind.

    • Thanks Jane. I think I know what you mean about the easing of eyes and mind, works for me too. Funny how the lack of any hint of human presence or intrusion almost instantly brings on the sensations of peace and harmony. Why is that, I wonder?

    • Hey, he’s wearing his Mets cap! Hmm…not sure whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

      BTW, in case anyone’s wondering, Weiner’s tweet was part of the “delete your account” tweets above.

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