Tag Archives: 2016

A Year In Photos, 2016: Inanimates

Many photos I took last year didn’t make it to the blog for various reasons; so, to complete the picture (pun intended), here are a good many to fill the gap a little.

Unfortunately, none of these were taken with the newer camera (higher resolution, better color accuracy), and many of them are the opposite of extraordinary. …Maybe, you’ll want to get something to eat or drink…

[Kashi Oatmeal Dark Chocolate, high back-exposure]
Oatmeal cookies that taste like brownies?  Yes, please.  (Kashi since updated the box design.) (Jan 11, 2016 4:14 p.m.)
Either way, have a seat.

Bench "Donated by USM Recycles, Earth Day 1991" (May 7 3:10 p.m.)
Bench, with inscription “Donated by USM Recycles, Earth Day 1991”. (May 7 3:10 p.m.)

The answer is yes, if you’ve wondered if I’d captured more of the USM Portland building… a.k.a., the Albert Brenner Glickman Family Library.

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There used to be images of library family/staff faces in this spot, wanting people to read. (Lobby.) (Sep 13 2:08 p.m.)
Art design from the inside. (Sep 13 2:09 p.m.)
Art design from the inside. (Lobby.) (Sep 13 2:09 p.m.)

Continue reading A Year In Photos, 2016: Inanimates

That time of year.

(Dec 25 5:57 a.m.)
Ignore the stove pipe. (Dec 25 5:57 a.m.)

Christmas here was okay.  Some good food, some remarkable gifts, including jewelry (not for me, haha), but otherwise understated.  It’s been hard getting my mind working lately… And then the Breaking Bad marathon started, so it’s not hard to guess what’s been on the TV lately.  (Until this morning, when the finale aired.)

The was finally tree set up Saturday.

Tree closeup
(Dec 24 8:28 p.m.)

The lights on the small, plastic tree this year are LED, white and battery operated.  And we’re talking a battery box with screws… Continue reading That time of year.

Tongue-tied

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(Nov 22 3:03 p.m.)

I’ve wanted to get a post in, on what’s been going on with me, or on the start of Winter, etc.  But it hasn’t come together.  What I have written doesn’t meet my truth standards… I don’t know what I want, and my brain is just not working.  I’ve been holding my tongue until I literally put a tooth mark in it.  And I’ve gone back to the software; because that’s what I’m better at— a writer first in code.

I can manage a small update though.  It snowed twice since I last wrote here.  I shoveled both times.  My mother shoveled first, and I completed the job. Continue reading Tongue-tied

Fall update

(Nov 22 2:44 p.m.)
What was left of the leaves in November at Deering Oaks, compared to the many colors of October. (Nov 22 2:44 p.m.)

At this point, the trees are practically bare (not counting the white stuff).  But leading up to Thanksgiving (U.S.), there were still some reds on the trees.

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Purplish shadows in the parking lot. (Nov 22 2:20 p.m.)

The snow that appeared November 21 cleared enough by the next day; as you can see in the above pictures, it’s hard to tell that it snowed at all.

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Smoke in the center. (Nov 22 2:26 p.m.)

It was still cold enough that the large quartz heaters were set up outside the Tiqa Café.  Not only that, but the people there were burning something.  (I could smell it, and see a thin layer of smoke coming up in the center of the ‘seating area.’) Continue reading Fall update

Final leaves of fall

(Nov 20 4:01 p.m.)
(Nov 20 4:01 p.m.)

It’s now the last month for the season.  Most of the leaves have hit ground, and what remain of them are brown.  The only greens I can see now are of moss and pines.

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(Nov 20 4:00 p.m.)

Notably, I still see some crisp, brown leaves…

(Nov 15 3:38 p.m.)
(Nov 15 3:38 p.m.)

…that remind me of those leaves I saw back in April Continue reading Final leaves of fall

The leaves, they are a-changin’

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Portland. (Oct 17 4:08 p.m.)

As suspected, the leaves have already changed color in Deering Oaks park.

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Scarborough. (Oct 17 12:59 p.m.)

All over the state (and country), of course.  Approaching one month into the season, plenty of pine cones are still up (or were), as you can see:

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Deering Oaks park. (Oct 17 4:10 p.m.)
(Oct 17 4:23 p.m.)
(Oct 17 4:23 p.m.)

And the berries…

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(Oct 17 4:23 p.m.)
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Crescent Beach park. (Oct 20 2:31 p.m.)

Yeah, some have begun to shrivel up… Continue reading The leaves, they are a-changin’

A Portland visit (Part II)

(Sep 27 11:39 a.m.)
Ship model. (Sep 27 11:39 a.m.)

In late September, my aunt and her boyfriend visited Portland; they met up with me and my mother, and we went directly to the Titanic Artifact Exhibit.  For Part I, click here.

After we got our “Boarding Passes” (with the names and short bios of real-life passengers of the Titanic) we had the opportunity to ask the captain of the ship (a trained actor, seen in this blurry photo) questions.  I don’t remember much of what he said— the visit being over two weeks ago, with my memory these days.  But he seemed to know quite a bit, and had a few things to say before the little Q&A.

(Sep 27 11:43 a.m.)
(Sep 27 11:43 a.m.)

Finally visiting the online sites for the exhibit (during the writing of this post), I saw clear differences in the setup from what’s seen in the events calendar.  Previously, smaller objects were displayed on a wall.  At the Portland Science Center, they were all in floor display cases.  (And yes, there are security measures; bumping a case too hard may set off an alarm.)

(Sep 27 11:43 a.m.)
Security device in top-left of image. (Sep 27 11:43 a.m.)
(Sep 27 11:49 a.m.)
Pixelated blow-up of the Daily Adviser (April 1912).  “Complete Service of the Associated Press.” (Sep 27 11:49 a.m.)

The people in charge of the ship were so confident it wouldn’t sink, it left port without binoculars for the lookouts… Binoculars: just one of the elements that could have saved the Titanic.

(Sep 27 11:43 a.m.)
Porthole. (Sep 27 11:43 a.m.)

The energy required for such a large ship, heh, well… the Titanic “consumed one pound of coal for every foot traveled.”

(Sep 27 11:30 a.m.)
Coal. (Sep 27 11:30 a.m.)

The first-class environment on the ship was, of course, much better than third-class.  Even the tile décor was different.  But, apparently, standards were raised overall.  (Still not great against today’s if you end up hearing the basics being listed as features.)

(Sep 27 11:28 a.m.)
(Sep 27 11:28 a.m.)

The exhibit also features two passenger rooms.

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(Sep 27 11:29 a.m.)

The beds were small, partly due to the fact that people back then were shorter— poorer nutrition and all.

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Recovered sheet music (Sep 27 11:40 a.m.)

Toward the end of the Exhibition, you had the complete lists of passengers, divvied up by class, and split into saved and lost.

(Sep 27 11:55 a.m.)
(Sep 27 11:55 a.m.)

My mother and I swapped Boarding Passes prior to entering the exhibition, so let’s see if Mr René Aimé Lievens, a third-class passenger… no, he did not make it.  Most of the third-class passengers didn’t make it.  Not only did the captain go down with the ship, but the band too.

Before we left the building, a green screen photo was taken; the whole four of us would be placed in front of a Titanic-themed background.  (Classy stairs, was it?) …Since I’m not bothering to ask anyone’s permission— and because I’m not photogenic— that image is not going up here.

(Sep 27 12:33 p.m.)
Never saw such blue/indigo flowers before.  (Even bluer than this picture.) (Sep 27 12:33 p.m.)

We got a bit lost from that point on.  I basically knew the way back to the garage, but didn’t speak up.  There was more walking than necessary… But I did get a few more interesting shots in the process. 🙂

(Sep 27 12:25 p.m.)
The women bought a map around the corner immediately to the right of here. (Sep 27 12:25 p.m.)

…Eventually, I saw aunt J. and her BF holding hands…

(Sep 27 12:17 p.m.)
(Sep 27 12:17 p.m.)

For 1 o’clock lunch, we went to Applebee’s.  I went for something basic, and had the four-cheese macaroni with honey-spice chicken and bacon… with bacon sauce.  Much bacon in the menu.  Others had: fish & chips; salmon and rice; and french fries.  On one TV: tennis.  And… the visiting lovebirds kissed.

(Sep 27 1:13 p.m.)
Flowers outside of the Applebee’s (prior to entering). (Sep 27 1:13 p.m.)

The last item was giving aunt J. her belated birthday cake; slices were served at the Maine Mall food court.  The visiting couple showed us some photos via handheld devices, beginning with a cute dog, and I got to know a little more about the boyfriend and his past. …In the end, he and I shook hands, exchanged numbers, and the visiting two were on their merry way back to the cruise ship.

Overall, it was a nice time and an easy learning experience.  I was tired, of course, but it was good.  And soon after getting home, I fell asleep.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this little trip down recent memory lane.  I still have quite a few shots left over from that day, and will work them in later.  Until then…

(Sep 27 12:02 p.m.)
Don’t forget the gift shop! 🙂 (Sep 27 12:02 p.m.)

A Portland visit, featuring the Titanic Artifact Exhibit (Part I)

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(Sep 27 10:10 a.m.)

It was the last Tuesday of September, and my aunt had a stop in Portland.  She was on a cruise with her boyfriend.  My part in the picture, however, might not have happened. Continue reading A Portland visit, featuring the Titanic Artifact Exhibit (Part I)