I really like the blending of images and words together in this
I've had an online presence now for a while, as this represents
my sixth year of journaling and remembering.
The images from today are from a lake that is quite near to my
house and one whose images have appeared here and on my website
from time to time.
Actually it's the website that prompts this entry but first let
me grab my new birthday present (Manfrotto wilderness tripod) and
let's head out to the lake.
I think there might be a decent sunset.
Almost no one ever reads anything that I write here on my website.
Sure I get some visits, but I can tell from the site stats which
pages are seen the most, and which don't ever show up on the lists.
But that's ok. I've been thinking of doing a bit of house cleaning
here though, because I think I'll have bit more free time on my
hands these days.
I've got some ideas for new galleries, for sunsets, lighthouses,
birds and stuff like that.
I've been taking sunset images since I got my first roll of
color film. I love to see how the sky changes from view to view,
lens to lens and as the light drifts out of the evening sky.
That's called a sun pillar up there - the shaft of light that
rises up into the twilight.
Ok, so I lied.
I get more that a few visits to my website.
In fact, so far in the last 6 months I've had over 20,000 unique
visits that have produced over 550,000 "hits" on the site.
What I find really kind of cool, is how frequently the site is
found on the first page of either Google, or Yahoo and other search
And that got me thinking.
Sometime during the second week of July I had to deal with turning
in my car and leasing another one. Although I knew better, I went
to a dealership and ended up having one of the worst 2 hour "car
buying" encounters of my life.
As I fumed I thought to myself that I ought to write about that
place, especially since there is appears to be some power to the
pen, especially with over a million hits a year.
The clincher to this thought came on our trip to Sedona. My son-in-law
told us about a "must experience" diner for our breakfast
And so we went.
And I took along the camera and figured I'd write and shoot and
write the kind of thing you might find in a travel magazine.
I'm here to tell ya that I left that diner completely inspired.
They couldn't get anything right.
Not one thing.
The coffee was lousy, the pancakes were burned, the omelet was
rubber, the biscuit was dry and the hash browns were old and burnt
So it's getting written about in a whole new review section that
I'm going to create and call Take it or Leave It.
I'm not quite sure how I'll rate the places I visit, but one thing
is for sure, you'll get my votes for the best, and the worst.
I'm not quite ready to start that portion of the site, but I've
got the thinking cap on and if I see a good idea, I just might take
it and use it.