Monday, August 26, 2013

Five shots, five colors--the #CTC13 contest...

For tonight, some discipline in being photographically concise--choosing just five scenes from this summer's travels...I was going through the France-and-Spain-photos on my iPhone, and then I read about the "Capture the Color" travel-photo-blogging contest...and I thought this would be a good exercise in visual-summarizing: five photos, five colors...
...and to limit myself, ONLY photos from my iPhone.

(This posting, incidentally, 
is a copy of my 'official entry
for the blog, 
not this 'snapseeded' one...)

For complete information on this contest, go here:

...and as part of the process, each blogger nominates five fellow bloggers to participate; so here goes:

Robert Koehler--


When flying over the Grand Canyon, ALWAYS get a window seat...
a summer storm off in the distance, from my Tucson-Salt Lake City flight back in June,
the first leg of my flight to Paris

The Château de Chenonceau,
spanning the River Cher

For one glorious evening and morning,
this was 'our Paris'--the view from our hotel room
in Montmartre

it's a cliché, but...when driving by a field of sunflowers
in the South of France, you just have to stop and get a roadside picture;
a 'painterly' view of Castelnau-sur-Gupie, between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers

The World comes to Paris...
on the Quai Anatole France, on the Left Bank of the Seine,
a walkable world-map


Not part of  'the five,'
but this one soap-shop window-front scene 
from Barcelona could sum it all up:

Monday, August 19, 2013

a 'painterly' scene along the Dordogne...

An evening scene from several weeks ago:

...sunset light along the Dordogne River in the SW of France, 
the old bastide ('fortified town') of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande...

This week, I'm honored to have this photo featured on iART Chronicles--one of the images chosen for "Painterly Mobile Art Monday." 

While in France, I began experimenting more with "painterly" effects in mobile photography editing...If you're curious, this flickr group shows what other mobile photographers are doing with this...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

this summer's scenic runs: Georgia, France, Spain...and back to Arizona

With the new school-year starting less than a week after our return from Europe, there hasn't been time yet to go back and finish organizing/editing the hundreds of photos on my iPhone...Each day, two or three get done in the afternoon...

As a starting point, then, for posting some of those scenes here: some of this summer's scenic runs...A while back I got one of those hand-strappy-water-bottles for running, and conveniently enough, the ID zipper pocket on the side just fits my iPhone:
(from yesterday morning in Saguaro Nat'l Park)
So, when I'm not doing my routine neighborhood-morning-run, 
my iPhone often comes with me... it did along the trail between the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal, when I was in Georgia back in June:
...Spanish-moss...19th-c. architecture...and lots of water...

In Paris, on my first morning back in 11 years,
along the Canal St.-Martin:

(some thought-provoking street-art...)
the Cité des Sciences, Europe's biggest science museum, in the Parc de la Villette

Staying with some friends on Paris' southwestern edge,
trails in the hilly forest above St.-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse:

Down to the South of France--
running along the Canal du Midi, near Toulouse:

a Carpe-Diem-emblazoned-barge-with-a-bike--gotta love it...

And then down to Barcelona:

--along the waterfront of the Olympic Village, Frank Gehry's "Peix" (fish) sculpture

ahh, the Mediterranean...

And then, Madrid:

--starting point, in the Plaza Santa Ana, 
in front of our hotel and Hemingway's old haunt:

A statue of Federico García Lorca, in front of the Teatro Español
jogging past Goya, presiding over the entrance to The Prado
....the Parque del Buen Retiro
...the Palacio de Cristal, originally built in the 19th-c. to house
flora and fauna from the Philippines...
black swans!
across from the entrance to the Park, part of the Prado,
housed in what was once the Ballroom of the Buen Retiro Palace
storefront: Velázquez' Infanta, with a 'free the Canary Islands' slogan...
a freaky mural, while jogging back up the hill to the Plaza

Back to Tucson and the Sonoran Desert...

This evening, I went for a quick run in the hills around Sabino Canyon...
...enjoying some of the water that the monsoon has brought...
...and hoping to time it right for sunset:

Back home.

Now--back to work, too.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

...back from Europe...anyone going to be in Vermont?

I've been back in Arizona for about a week-and-a-half now...And back to work, as the school-year here began this past week...I took about a thousand photos with my iPhone while in France and Spain from late June through last week; stay tuned...

But for this first post-trip post, a question for you readers--will anyone be in Vermont now through September first? The Vermont Center for Photography is hosting a juried exhibition, and I'm honored to have two images included!

So, should you find yourself in the area, check it out, and you'll see these images of mine:

"Nighthawks for Dumplings, Bukchon, Seoul"

"When he awoke, the dinosaur was still there."

(scenes from France and Spain...coming soon...)