Bridge Sentinel Eagle, Philadelphia

Photo by M. Douglas Wray
Bridge Sentinel Eagle - Philadelphia by M. Douglas Wray
I was 20-something, Pentax K1000 in hand, walking down a street in Philly near Union Station when I found this fellow and his mates on the bridge end pylons. Magnificent art deco renditions. Such heroic scale.

Unseen Homeland

This is from Marilyn’s friend Kris via her friend Karen and thence her friend Paula to me. I confess I have been remiss in posting this. Each time I looked at the pictures the pain came back – so I filed the message away ‘for another day.’ That day has come, it’s time to say goodbye to my dear wife.

You never got to see Ireland or Scotland as we’d hoped, so I’m hoping your spririt got to see this lovely place. I’m missing you terribly just now hon – and so are your friends.

Here’s the photos and words from her friend Kris:



This is where I spread Marilyn’s ashes.  Will you pass them along for me?


Overlooking Edinburgh was taken from the end of Loch Dunsapie where I spread her ashes.  This looks over the city and on to the Firth of Forth.  At the other end, the road circles around to Arthur’s Seat.  Oh, this Loch is in the Queen’s Park, adjacent to Hollyrood Palace.  It’s full of birds and Swans.


The Swan’s nest is again taken from the spot where I spread the ashes but looking across the Loch.

Google map

Green Tortoise – Day 1

greentortoiseWhat a lovely, funky place!

The room is small but well-appointed, right down to a somewhat-battered but quite serviceable box-fan (that was oh-so-welcome since I sleep with a fan at home). The shared bathroom(s) are nicely done, also small but numerous and plenty of hot water… ahhh. These tired old bones appreciated that. Will have to try out the sauna upstairs (roof??? more later).

Only rub: wireless access on top floor wasn’t working. Desk person suggested it might be fixed today. Hope is a good thing. Meanwhile, I’m writing from the refectory (my word, not theirs) and enjoying the pleasant (and surprisingly quiet)(hangovers?) atmosphere.

Well, off to gird these loins and go forth. DJ’s busy today so I’m on my own in a strange city.

I cannot express  my eagerness.


Cavalcade of Lights fireworks on City Hall at Nathan Phillips Square by The Circus Orange Pyro Team.
Cavalcade of Lights fireworks on City Hall at Nathan Phillips Square by The Circus Orange Pyro Team.

If you haven’t discovered Daily Dose of Imagery do yourself a treat and add it to your feeds list.

This man takes the best photos. His archive is to lose a day of your life (at least) and be inspired greatly.

Go. Enjoy.


Berenson panarama

A panarama shot by my pal Mark Berenson – he shot single frames and I assembled it in Adobe Photoshop. The thumbnail opens a scaled-down version. If you want the full effect, download the PDF and you can zoom way up. Enjoy!

Panarama (pdf, 1.1Mb)

Judicial Storm

Judicial Storm

The upcoming elections will no doubt be cause for much societal turmoil – regardless of the outcome. Visiting Denver on a cloudy day recently, I was struck by this image and how the Capitol building looked much like a castle before a seige.