Desmond Down Under

Gerald Desmond bridge Circa October 1965

Gerald Desmond bridge
Circa October 1965

The Gerald Desmond bridge is slated for demolition with the next two years. Soon to be replaced by a bridge design found in Boston. This iconic and highly used bridge, strangely enough, holds a boatload of memories for anyone in the area who has ever traveled to San Pedro , ports o call or gone on a cruise.

I first became introduced to Desmond on a hot august day, traveling its path to my new home at the ripe age of 18. By the hospitality and expense of the U.S Navy, I became familiar with the roller coaster ride of the Desmond, each time either a sense of relief going into town or dread, going to the base.

My fondest memory was December 22, 1970. Crossing once again as I had so many times before, window down in Jackie’s truck (a good friend at the time), wind in my hair as I dangerously leaned out the window tossing my military hat to the depths below. Well, that’s the way I like to remember it.

Or how about the time Jackie (my good friend remember) and I crossed over to Mc Clouds ring works to pick out her rings for our future wedding. Oh, Desmond, you are a road well traveled and the holder of many memories.

I guess a picture is worth a thousand words.

Desmond Down Under will be for sale along with a few other photos. >

Next months post will explain in more detail.

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In the spirit of Tour de France

there must be one in here for you

there must be one in here for you

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fine tuning the spokes on a wheel

fine tuning the spokes on a wheel

an open door invitation

an open door invitation

bicycle means simplicity and simplicity means happiness

Mehmet Ildian
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Slick bike shops are easy to come by, but every once in a while a shop with a sense of character, history and soul comes your way.
At least at first glance it could seem chaotic, but underneath the illusion of chaos there appears a quiet serenity and simplicity.
All these parts…for one thing…your bike!

A type of synergy vortexing into one place (could also be a new word).

Congressional Cup 2014

SteadyFinal stretch Close callSailing speaks many things.  Adventure, escape, teamwork, skill, relaxation, working with nature and understanding what your given and adjusting to it.

I first experienced it in the Navy.  At seventeen, 286 of us sailed half way around the world and it was the first time that I had been in a place where land was not to be seen. Reliance and teamwork become code for survival and theses pictures are reminders of our need for one another.

Get the Big Picture

Long Beach Skyline

Long Beach Skyline

The Panoramic Skyline is available.

Initially begun in January of 2014, it took some time to put this one together.  Genuine film photography, 10 separate photographs stitched together became 80″ long but had to be cropped a bit.  Photograph is generated by the Hasselblad 500, medium format camera.

This photograph is available in two stunning sizes:

10 1/2″ x  50″ –  $250.00

12″ x 60″ – $280.00

 

 

 

 

BEGINNINGS

What started out as a quick jont to costco for a point and shoot camera for a trip to Europe has turned into a full blown interest in the art and craft of photography. It  is an ongoing process but i am pleased to share of myself and of what i see.  Originally beginning with a digital camea, which i still use, i am also trying out 35mm and a hasselblad 500c medium format film cameras.

What started out as a quick jont to costco for a point and shoot camera for a trip to Europe has turned into a full blown interest in the art and craft of photography. It is an ongoing process but i am pleased to share of myself and of what i see. Originally beginning with a digital camea, which i still use, i am also trying out 35mm and a hasselblad 500c medium format film cameras.