The Life in My Years

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Friday Fotos took a week off and is feeling very refreshed. This week FF decided to dig into the archives to come up with a medley of images from the past.

Green Apple Books

In the heart of San Francisco’s bustling, eclectic Clement Street on the city’s western end is Green Apple Books, a venerable, book seller that just celebrated it’s 52nd birthday. No small feat for an independent bookstore in the age of Amazon. Green Apple is a San Francisco institution that has such a celebrated history and is such a rock solid member of the community that I doubt it will every succumb to the Bezos leviathan. Besides it’s longevity and reputation as a destination bookstore it’s history has included some famous customers including regular Robin Williams.

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It’s not hard to find Green Apple Books. Just look for the cool mural over the entrance.

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Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park.

Oxbow Bend is probably one of the most photographed locales in America. I know that because when I arrived there before sunrise to photograph that spot where the Snake River takes a turn in front of majestic Mount Moran I found myself in the company of at least a hundred like minded folk braving the autumn chill.

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Chapel of the Transfiguration – Grand Teton National Park

In a small patch of land marked mostly by scraggly brush sits a small log chapel built in 1925 to serve settlers so they would not have to take a long ride into Jackson for Sunday service. A window behind the pulpit frames the magnificent Grand Teton mountains. The church is also adorned with stained glass windows. The little church still offers Episcopal services during the summer months.

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View of the Grand Teton peaks from the chapel’s rear window

Below, Winter and summer are represented in stained glass.

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No small dogs were injured in the taking of this photo.

The dog park in nearby Martinez has two paddocks, one for the big dogs and one for the squirts. I guess it’s on you if you choose to let your little guy in the big dog yard as the owner of this little one did. This little fellow didn’t get plowed over (or under). The two Gordons (My Lexi in the back and her friend Boots in the foreground) were chasing each other and jetted past the little guy who actually held his own during his afternoon with the big boys and girls. I’ll admit that the photo quality isn’t all that great but it is cute, funny. Terrifying?

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Nevada

I love the State of Nevada. The home of some of the largest herds of wild horses in America it has a wild, untamed, desolate beauty.

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During nearly every visit to Nevada I take an early morning drive to the high desert to view and photograph the mustangs. A different view of the stallion below appeared in an earlier post on this site. He watched me patiently as I circled for different angles. Finally he tired of me and ambled away.

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Above and Below: The rugged beauty outside of the old silver mining town of Virginia City, Nevada

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11 thoughts on “Friday Fotos – Leftovers

  1. Kyung Lee says:

    Grand Teton has been on my bucket list, but seeing your photos is making me want to fulfill the wish sooner than later. Love your photos, Paul. All of them.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Kyung. If I may suggest, include Yellowstone on the same trip. Yellowstone is on the northern border of Grand Teton. I would allow at least a week to do both. And don’t go in summer if you can avoid it.
      Thank you again for visiting.

  2. Loved the photos. Those stained glass windows are a wonderful art form.
    I visited San Francisco earlier this year and visited a lot of bookshops but never managed to get to Green Apple’s main store. I did however call into green apple books on the park…near golden gate park. Love bookshops!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you for the kind words. I recall an earlier post of your in which you’d planned to go to Green Apple. Years ago I was fortunate enough to live about a half hour’s walk from Green Apple.
      I agree on the stained glass. While in Canada I took a number of detail photos of stained glass in the many old churches we visited. I plan on posting those in the near future.
      Thank you for visiting.

      1. I’ve not been to many bookstores that I haven’t liked. I just love to be surrounded by books. Each one contains so much promise. As for stained glass, 3 years ago my wife and I took a 6 month break and backpacked around the UK and Europe. Neither of us is particularly religious but we always seem to gravitate toward churches, abbeys, cathedrals etc and I am always struck by the beauty and craftsmanship of the stained glass. I look forward to viewing the rest of your photos.

  3. That picture of the Tetons from the chapel window, breathtaking Paulie!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words and for visiting my site.

  4. Amy says:

    Beautiful set of photos, Paulie! The Oxbow Bend image is stunningly beautiful, and the Tetons from the chapel window is so very special.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Amy and thank you for visiting. My apologies for the late response. It seems WP delivered your comment to spam where I rescued it.

  5. M.B. Henry says:

    LOVE the sky in those last few photos. Do you use a polarizer? I love mine! 🙂 Also love that Oxbow bend shot! Magical!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much. Yes I have polarizers on my wide angle and my 600mm lenses.

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