Category Archives: Social Commentary

Como Doors

We made our annual trip over Boreas Pass. At the south end of the Pass is the town of Como. There are inhabited and restored buildings, such a the Train Station:

But I think many of the abandoned buildings are more interesting:

And them there are the somewhat restored and used buildings:

See More Pictures of Como and the Boreas Pass RailRoad here. Also a lot more doors!

Through the Glass: Prisms

Three weeks post surgery and now with the corrective prism in my left lens:

Still trying to get used to seeng quasi-stereo vision. I was told that it might take until December to finally resolve my vision problems.

I think either way I’m going to have a permanent disability to deal with.

Through the Glass: Eye Surgery and More………

I’ve been living like this for more than a year. I was told that 3rd Cranial Nerve damage was always allowed a year to see how much it might recover. Monday (August 24th) was my surgery day………….

The next two images show how much progress I had made. Here my eye closed without the glasses. Imagine wondering around for a year with your eye closed….no depth perception, for example:

Waiting the year (and having the Botox treatment) did make my left eye and eyelid a bit stronger. Before the surgery I could keep my eye open, but didn’t because the eyes were not aligned………

Since the eyes were not aligned it caused double vision. Below, my immediate post op photo:

The wound continued to drain overnight, ;eaving my eyelids stuck together by morning. I had to use several hot, wet face cloths to soak my eye (instructions say NO RUBBING), Finally the eye was open:

I will still need still need special glasses to restore near normal vision, but for now I have a ‘sweet spot’ in my current glasses that allow me to see stereo vision. Each day my vision and the coordination between my eyes is better,

Now moving on to the MORE…….That more being further complications from the original tumor. Or rather, complications from the Radiation Treatments. I had very high levels of radiation with the Proton Beam, resulting in Necrosis defined as:

The brain tissue necrosis is a delayed effect of radiation therapy and can occur several years after the radiation treatment, but it usually occurs within the first 1 to 2 years.[1]Jul 8, 2020

This Necrosis results in cysts growing in the Cranial Space and surrounding tissue. They started growing sometime after my 6 month check up, appearing in my May exam. The follow-up is every 8 weeks. I have that 8 week check in last week. Some cysts are smaller, some unchanged, and a few new ones have appear (but they are very small). So another MRI at the end of October and we’ll see where we are……

Domino’s Door: For the Hood

I was inspired by the Business Doors submitted a few weeks ago.  But I also Loved the Domino’s sign about calling in you order, and having the pizza placed on you hood…..

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Retrospective: The Doors of Ft Lupton

There are many ‘Forts” in Colorado.  But none of them were military outposts.  Instead, these were fortified trading posts for Indigenous Peoples and early Trappers.

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Fort Lupton has been completely reconstructed on a site adjacent to the original location.  It was established in 1836 by Lancaster Lupton, a former soldier and West Point Graduate. Click on the link above for the details of the Founding of the Fort.   He had passed through the area with the Dodge-Leavenworth Expedition in 1834.

Trading Gate, interior, the Natives were kept in this smaller area and never allowed into the main Fort.

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The Watch Tower Interior & Exterior:

Private Dwelling Door:

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Check out the History of Ft Collins, Ft Morgan, Bent’s Fort and there are more Forts, some even were military…………

My Lomo Purple Scanning Adventure

AGH, what a fiasco.  I had this interesting image and wanted to make a print to go over my fire place mantle:

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You’ve seen this one before.  But, over time with the proofs from the drum scan changed my tastes after they showed me a different option, and I wanted to move in a different direction:

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But the Print Specialist didn’t want to work on it anymore.  My husband suggested that my order wasn’t important enough (i.e. not enough income) to make it worth their while.  I worked on the Drum scan myself a bit, but wasn’t making easy progress:

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You can see I have quite a bit to do before it looks like the professionally done image. Then I read this Scanning Article on EMULSIVE and decided to do a little experiment of my own. I mostly learned that drum scanning a 35 mm negative is a waste of time…….So I tried a hi-resolution (6500 dpi) scan with my Epson Perfection V700.

And Mike’s Camera Store in Boulder, Colorado, was willing to work with me.  Then the lockdown happened and although my order had been placed, I had to await the re-opening to get it.  Now placed over my Mantle:

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And a smaller version in my Office, which I may end up giving away……..Both wall portraits were taken with my Mamiya-7 on a tripod using Portra 400 film.

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Mike’s now has me as a permanent customer for color printing……..

Frugal Film Project: May 2020

The Wise Old Owl speaks for the Alley Art Amazin’ mural project in my Hometown, Lafayette, Colorado.  I started capturing these images for the Frugal Film Project and for my own interests in my Hometown’s support of the Arts.

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Coming soon will be a discussion of the Wise Old Owl.  Turns out I have photographed this mural with 4 different color films.  And they all look different.

Below, sharing a few more murals.  I may make a Murals Page on my blog…….

 

Second Floor Door Mystery

I never did figure out exactly how this Door was used.  Found it in an alley during a night  time Denver Workshop……

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Any ideas how this door was used?

Juneteenth 2020

My husband was picking up packages at our PostNet shop.  A women had these signes printed to pass out to friends, family, and whoever she might meet.  He asked her for one and it it now in our front yard:

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And a Flower to Honor all who have died recently at the hand’s of the Police……..RIP:

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Learn More About Juneteenth Here.…….