The grand old pine tree at the center of Wingfield Park, appears to be dying. Once a source of shade from the midday sun, today is looking rather gaunt in it’s appearance. There doesn’t appear to be any new pine needle growth on any of the branches. It’ll be a sad day if and when this grand old tree succumbs to the mighty chainsaw and will forever change the look of the park.
Normally, when I hear a mentally disturbed person having a meltdown ahead on my daily walks, or even seeing a group of men ahead walking in my direction, I will cross the street to ensure my safety. In the case of this individual, who was loudly making his displeasure known with the world at large, crossing the street was not an option, as the sidewalk was closed due to ongoing construction. So my only options were to detour 3 blocks to get around him, or continue on and take my chances with the unpredictability of this person and become the subject of his ire, verbally or even physically. I chose the latter and soldiered on, only to realize my worst fears, becoming the subject of his verbal attacks as I walked by. His verbal attack was so mean and nasty, any other person would probably have resorted to a physical response. I, on the other hand, resorted to my weapon of choice; my camera. A weapon that some find more threatening than a life ending gun. This was his reaction to my weapon of choice. Which, in the end, was effective. He stopped his rant and more importantly, stopped his verbal attack on me…
Funny how a camera lens will bring out the shyness in someone
The annual Street Vibrations Spring Rally, was in full swing today. There were only a few motorcycles lining the streets along the Sands Casino property on this hot Summer day. But there were the usual vendors, musical entertainment, food and booze to keep visitors entertained. This is a three day event that takes place in several locations, including Virginia City.
I don’t normally use Photoshop to process my images, but because it’s part of my subscription, I decided to go on a discovery mission and discovered a filter that enhances lines in images and gives them the perception of depth, like in an oil painting with brush strokes. It works so well with flowers, I went crazy and reprocessed some of my recent flower images
…relaxing on the riverbank, in the shade, creating one of his masterpieces.
Love the color combinations from some of the flowers in the hanging baskets along the river and the bokeh spheres from the sun’s rays bouncing off the water in the first image
…this past year are the art exhibits in the lobby of City Hall. Every month they showcase an artist’s work for an entire month for all to see. Now that the ground floor of City Hall is open again, the exhibits are back as well
The sign company that takes care of our famous landmark, was busy performing maintenance today. There are 2076 bulbs that need replacing whenever there is a color themed celebration. The arch has been pink, red, blue, green and the standard clear white
…held their first in-person council meeting in over a year. An event I expected to be more of a celebration. Instead, it was somewhat subdued. No cake, noise makers or funny hats. I guess I had high expectations. There were maybe 15 people in the gallery at the beginning for Public Comment. Most of them were there to complain about the homeless situation. At one point there were just three of us in the gallery.
Because of the increase in the number of homeless in our area, the city and county governments have been spending a lot of taxpayer funds lately on the issue in an attempt to relieve the homeless situation. But, like anything in government, you can’t please everyone. And there are some unhappy people
Outside of City Hall there was a protest. With the opening of a new Homeless Shelter, local law enforcement are out sweeping homeless camps along the river in an attempt to encourage them to seek help at the new facility. It isn’t going well…
…a clever homeless person used to convince someone to donate to them. This sign was left in the bushes and definitely caught my attention for it’s uniqueness…
This person has obviously never seen the prostitutes roaming 4th Street after dark