Hmmm.  It’s rule of thirds…. I think.  Having fun too again with Lightroom.  Straightened out the water line.  I took this image while on a catamaran in the Caribbean and the original was completely irregular.  These are my favorite pictures to take.  Sailing adventures.  I don’t sail well though on a mono-hull like pictured.  I like the cats!  The picture may also be a bit on the grainy side with more noise than I like because this was taken with my first digital camera; an old Minolta several years ago.  This must be in the Nether Antilles near St. Martin or St. Barts.

Weekly Photo Challenge Rule of Thirds
Weekly Photo Challenge
Rule of Thirds

Weekly Photo Challenge – Rule of Thirds. See What everyone else is up to.

Emilio Pasquale's image edited by KCinAZ
Emilio Pasquale’s image edited by KCinAZ


Thanks Emilio for sharing with us such a fantastic image of vintage trucks for us to work on.  I just bought a new book, my first on Lightroom and actually read through it as I edited the picture.  Mostly in Lightroom I stepped through the right-side panels and tried out a few different settings which enhance the color, hue and saturation plus a few others.  Hopefully not overdone.  Next, the image was cropped and straightened a slight bit.  In Photoshop I used the band-aid to remove the rope/hose from the right side and to take a few spots out of the yellow truck window.  Lastly, in Photoshop the patch tool was used to remove a couple of rocks and the piece of wood.  This was a fun learning image for me and can’t wait to see how everyone else approached it.  Thanks, Stacy, for all your hard work to get this off the ground.  I really enjoyed working on Emilio’s image.  Stop by Emilio’s site to see more of what he has done. I owe him a big thanks.  I’m actually going to use my rendition at our cabin called IronWorks.

There were many different renditions of the image.  Stop by Stacy’s Visual Venturing and take a peak.


The Rush of Humanity:


We are like ants streaming forth from the proverbial piles
searching for the known, unknown, youth and droll.
We take to the streets and beaches reaching for miles
following patterns in an ant-like rush to reach our goal.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge – Humanity

One of my first trips to Europe was exploring Switzerland with two of my best friends, R&M. They are Swiss born and took us to several fantastic locations, one being the Bernese Alps. This picture was taken from the summit as we were waiting for another cablecar to take our trip back down from the overlook to the village below .  We were very lucky that it was a clearer than normal day and the Schilthorn Eiger peak was quite visible.  I think it’s Eiger from looking at other images.  Let me know if I need corrected. 🙂

It was a clearer than usual day for viewing Eiger.
Schilthorn Adventure in the Bernese Alps
Schilthorn Adventure in the Bernese Alps

A little information about the Schilthorn from Google Wikipedia; “The Schilthorn is a 2,970 metre high summit of the Bernese Alps, overlooking the valley of Lauterbrunnen in the Swiss canton of Bern. It is the highest mountain in the range lying north of the Sefinenfurgge Pass.”

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I’ve a love and fascination for trolleys and street cars even if they do chug along at a slow pace.  When on a street car, windows open, you can see more and enjoy more of the surroundings.  Plus, you still have the opportunity to snap a few pictures, especially if the pace is leisure.  This means though that I’m usually on vacation and not in a hurry to get somewhere.  One would image that those who are using the trolley to get to work and back would find the pace annoying.

Today, I’m sharing two images; one from a trip to Tucson Arizona in the hippy district from several years back and another from my most recent trip to New Orleans.  While in Tucson I didn’t take a ride on the trolley because we were already in the area of choice.  But, in New Orleans, the four sisters wanted to go from the French Market over to the Garden District and by street car it was a breeze.  In New Orleans you can go from one quaint district to the other at a mere cost of $3 per day.

I’ve also learned that in New Orleans they call them street cars.  I didn’t realize there was a difference and thought the terms were interchangeable.  Now for a little research to see what this fun transport is called in different cities.  According to the National Capital Trolley Museum, here is a definition just for grins.

The term “trolley” refers to an electric vehicle that operates over fixed rails usually imbedded in pavement. The trolley itself is a small device, usually a wheel or slider, which touches the overhead wire to carry the flow of electricity from the wire to the electric motors. It’s this device that gives the vehicle its name. A streetcar is another term which can be used interchangeably to describe the same vehicle; in some countries, the word “tram” is used instead.

In Washington D.C., the term used was two words: “street car”. “Streetcar” is the term preferred by dictionaries and most transit systems.



Then to help a little more, here is information from San Francisco about their street car and cable cars.  They appear to call theirs streetcars, too.


Streetcar, Cable Car: What’s the difference?

To a transit enthusiast, this may seem like a silly question, but what exactly are the basic differences between streetcars (also called trolleys or trams) and cable cars?

Cable cars

Cable cars run on steel rails with a slot between the tracks where an underground cable runs at a continuous nine miles per hour.

David Dugan photo.

The cable runs from a central powerhouse, from huge winding wheels, as the cable cars themselves are completely mechanical and have no means of independent locomotion (no motors).

In order to move forward, the underground cable is grabbed by a grip on the cable car that works like a pair of pliers.

Originally, the powerhouse used steam power to run the cables beneath the streets, but as electricity became more commonplace, steam engines gave way to electric motors (hydroelectric power) which wind the huge wheels that spin the cable to this very day.

Cable cars were invented in 1873 by Andrew Hallidie to climb the hills of San Francisco. Many cities once had cable cars, but today, San Francisco’s Powell-Mason, Powell-Hyde, and California Street lines are the only ones left in the world. The Powell Street cable lines and the F-line form an ‘iron triangle’ of historic transit service between Downtown San Francisco and Fisherman’s Wharf.

Cable cars are often misidentified as ‘trolleys’, but that term refers specifically to the trolley pole used by streetcars to get power from an overhead wire (hence streetcars are often called trolleys, correctly). Cable cars use no overhead wire, and have no trolley poles. Cable cars can be most easily identified by their open end sections with running boards where riders can stand outside of the car, as seen in the picture above.

And don’t be fooled by the number of replica cable cars that can be seen driving around the city on rubber tires (even though some of them were converted from retired authentic cable cars). The real San Francisco cable cars run only on steel rails, and only on the California Street, Powell-Mason, and Powell-Hyde lines.

Streetcars (trolleys/trams)

Streetcars also run on steel rails, but with no slot between the tracks, and no underground cable. Unlike the mechanical cable cars, streetcars are propelled by onboard electric motors and require a trolley pole to draw power from an overhead wire.

Rick Laubscher photo.

Far faster than any earlier form of urban transportation, the streetcar quickly eclipsed cable cars and horsecars as America’s choice for transit in the first half of the 20th century. With 100,000 vehicles and 45,000 miles of track in the US by 1918, the streetcar helped trigger rapid urban growth and created the nation’s first true suburbs.

San Francisco has the world’s most diverse collection of streetcars in regular transit service, and many are quite unique and different looking. This makes streetcars more difficult to classify by sight than the cable cars, which are all very similar in appearance. But, there’s a simple test to distinguish streetcars from cable cars:

If it runs on steel rails with a trolley pole connected to an overhead wire above, it’s a streetcar.

If it runs on steel rails with an open slot between them, and no overhead wires, it’s a cable car.

(And just to confuse things further, San Francisco is also one of the few American cities that operates trolley coaches, which look like regular buses, but are completely electric and have twin poles on the roof of the bus that draw power from double overhead wires. So, if it connects to a pair of overhead wires but has rubber tires like a bus, it’s a trolley coach. Market Street Railway has helped Muni preserve four historic trolley coaches dating from the 1940s and 1950s, though they are not currently used in service.)

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On the Move in New Orleans
On the Move in New Orleans

One of the most popular modes of transportation for young people in New Orleans is bicycle especially with this type of spring weather. New Orleans is one city that seems to be always on the move. People are out and about from early morning to well, early morning. It’s a happening fun action packed city to visit and a great pick for me for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Another view of street life on the Island of Crete in Greece. Pedestrians share the walkway with bicycles, motor-bikes and the like.

This bus slowly maneuvered the passage along the Needles Highway in South Dakota and with breath-taking awe didn’t get stuck!  This area is famous for rock climbing on granite needle-like peak formations along the highway.   I count myself lucky to often be in the right place at the right time and this was no exception.  You may even notice that there are people standing on the granite ledges above the bus to the left and directly above.


I was lucky enough to be on the ground on the approach.  Then mostly, bold enough to weave my way through several other onlookers and picture takers to get to the front and take this shot.  I don’t think the driver had more than an inch or two to spare on either side of the bus.