Sunday, 21 May 2017

Eleven Years and Still at It in St. Paul, Minnesota

What can we say about Kate?  Since May 30, 2006, retired English teacher (and retired flight attendant!!!) Kate Mura has been sharing love notes to her home in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She began with a "Welcome" sign from the school from which she had retired after teaching for 26 years.  And, she put into words the thought that many of use have eventually arrived at, namely, that by taking photographs she was learning how to see more clearly.

Over the years, we have said goodbye to a long-time furry walking companion and cheered as Wild Wendy recently entered her life.  Kate shares weekly images of women in her world, shares walks around her neighborhood, lets us celebrate family anniversaries with her and invites us to attend art exhibitions and cultural events.  Congratulations, Kate, for eleven excellent years of Visual St. Paul.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

"Nature" is the City Daily Photo Monthly Theme for June 1

This stunning marsh lies in the Low Country of the Carolinas.  I stopped on the drive south from New England to admire the view.  Lovely as this particular segment of the marsh is, I could equally well have captured other segments on hundreds of miles of heavenly natural views.

There are so many wonderful ways to show off the glories of nature in a photograph.  Animals?  Trees?  Rocks?  Water?  Vistas and close-ups?  On June 1, the monthly theme for City Daily Photo bloggers is "Nature."  What will you show?

Monday, 1 May 2017

A Decade of Blogging for Chateaubriant Daily Photo in May

Chateaubriant Daily Photo began on May 15, 2007.  It will celebrate its 10th anniversary in two weeks.  Bergson's blog was born after a radio show in which he heard Eric Tenin from Paris Daily Photo talk about the concept.  Bergson had always done photography and his job was in technology -- like Eric -- so he decided to start his own daily photo blog from his town of Chateaubriant.

Chateabriant is in western France,  in Brittany, about 350 km (220 miles) southwest of Paris.  The town has 12,000 inhabitants and the metro area about double that.  It is known for a chateau, a medieval fair and cattle, with metal and plastics manufacturing being newer additions.

The blog has allowed Bergson to get to know a lot of people on the internet, to travel through the photos, and to meet in person some bloggers who have became friends.  Bergson loves hiking and he also does Nordic walking.  He always has his camera with him to take pictures.  Chateaubriant Daily Photo features the things Bergson loves, like the countryside, religious monuments and wild plants.  The blog only rarely shows people, because Bergson always asks permission to post.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Eleven Years on April 8 for Gerald England's Hyde (UK) Blogs

On April 8, 2006, Gerald England introduced us to Hyde, a small town in Cheshire, England, near Manchester.  Hyde Daily Photo ran from 2006 - 201; Hyde Daily Photo Volume 2 ran from 2011 - 2015, and Gerald's current Hyde photoblog, Hyde Xtra since then.  Plus Stockport Daily Photo.  Plus a poetry blog.  Plus Twitter.  Plus Facebook.  Plus . . . Plus . . . You get the idea.

Beyond his active photography and blogging, Gerald has done yeoman service for the City Daily Photo community by creating and periodically updating Around the World With Daily Photoblogs Old and New, a compendium of the many blogs that make up the daily photo blog community.

In recent months, Gerald has been preoccupied with family health issues and his camera is getting less of a workout.  No doubt Gerald will be hitting the highways and byways of Hyde again once weather is better and his family concerns stabilize.  Meanwhile, visit one of his blogs to express your appreciation.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Let's Eat! A Tasty Theme for May!

Everyone takes photographs of food these days.  Right?  Well, here is your chance to use one of your food photos on City Daily Photo's monthly theme day.  For May1:  "Let's eat!"

Or, try a different approach.  Maybe a robin and a worm.  A calf on an udder.  A baby and its bottle.  I won't spoil your surprise by giving more examples.  Let's see what you come up with.

This glorious luncheon spread was put together by a guide for the guests on a hiking trip through the Tuscan countryside.  It was as delicious as it looks.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Photos from Haninge Began Eleven Years Ago, on April 1, 2006

That old tree!  How many of us eagerly await the next photo of this Swedish Whitebeam?  It is a very old tree in a rural area in east central Sweden.  Steffe, the photographer who began Photos from Haninge on April 1, 2006, showed his 500th image of that old tree on February 15 of this year.

Steffe lives in Tungelsta, a subdivision of the city of Haninge, Sweden.  Steffe visits a favorite coffee shop and shows us the people who pass though.  He rides his bicycle around the city and countryside, photographing events, scenes, people and buildings, always with sharp focus and an artistic eye.  Thanks, Steffe, for introducing us to your community over the last eleven years.  We await more.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A Birthday Cake with Ten Candles for St Louis Daily Photo on March 22

Bob Crowe fits a daily photography blog -- St. Louis Daily Photo -- into a rich life full of family, travel and a very busy legal career representing Social Security claimants.  And, he has been doing so continuously for ten years.  Without a break.  Though Bob often reminds us that he is a loyal son of New York City, his affection for his adopted city on the Mississippi River ("the Lou") shines through.

Bob began on March 22, 2007, with a black and white photograph of St. Louis' famous arch.  (He began under the pseudonym of strangetastes, but we will let him explain that one.)  Over many stretches of time he has treated us to a series of Thursday Arch images, but even a creative and hard-working photographer like Bob runs out of new arch treatments after a while, so the arch goes on hiatus until the spirit moves him again.  In recent years Bob has often featured his ever-so-cute granddaughters Madeleine (Madeleine Monday) and Audrey (Audrey Anyday).

The photography is always stellar.  Rants creep into the blog occasionally.  And sometimes the press of work keeps Bob and his camera off the street, so he dips into one of the deepest and highest quality photo archives of anyone on City Daily Photo.  Congratulations, Bob.  Keep it up!

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