Monday, May 30, 2016

For Memorial Day....A Real American Hero

The Colorado State Courts Building is named for Governor Ralph L. Carr.  A real American Hero who refused to allow Japanese Americans in Colorado to be sent to Internment Camps during WWII.

Above: Crane Statue, a Symbol of Peace in one of the Gardens.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Doors Open Denver: More Scenes inside the Courthouse

Light Fixture in the rear entrance Lobby:

Stairway Sculpture:

And below that Sculpture: Map of the Colorado River Drainage System

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Saturdays Online: Mixin' It Up!

You may have noticed the addition of my Twitter Links.  And you Know I'm a participant in the 52 Rolls Project.  Well, I felt the need of a Change-up to keep 52 Rolls moving and fresh.  So here you go, I asked my Twitter followers for advice:

Still mostly Holga.  But when appropriate I will shoot with the other cameras.  Heading into the High Country soon, and the Holga wasn't going to cut it for scenic landscapes:

Truth be told I shot this one with my Minolta x-700.  But I won't tell if you won't!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Doors Open Denver: Scenes Inside the Courthouse

Featuring Doors: Above view from inside the Rotunda looking out.

Above: A long hallway.  Some say it looks like the one from the movie: The Shining

Below: Many of the doors inside the Courthouse were designed to be Sculpture as well as functional.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Doors Open Denver: Views from the Courthouse

 Views of the State Capitol from the Courthouse Grounds and Interior:

We were told that the Courthouse was designed to have views of the Capitol as a reminder of the ties between the Branches of Government.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Doors Open Denver: Courthouse Part III: Inside the State Supreme Court

I can't tell you how surprised we were to be able to photograph inside this Building.  Post 9/11, it's very rare to be able to photograph inside Public Buildings.  For example, two years ago at Doors Open Denver, we were not allowed inside the Federal Court Building with cameras.

We were given a very personalized tour by Chief Justice Nancy Rice, who was very active in the Building Design Process.

Chief Justice Rice:

The Columbine Theme recurs throughout the Building.  Here as the Court Room carpet motif:

The Robe Room:

Rather than simply documenting the Office, I focussed in on the details, lie the Bookcase wood work:

Friday, May 20, 2016

Doors Open Denver: The Court House Part II

The State Appeals court is located on the First Floor:

Below: Inside the Court Room.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Doors Open Denver 2016

The Highlight was our tour of the State Court Building.....If you visited the 52 rolls Project you've seen the exterior.

Now let's go inside:

Denver is very proud of the fact the Martin Luther King, Jr visited the City.  The first thing you see in the outer lobby is this famous quote.

After going through Security you enter the Rotunda:

The Rotunda floor is a mosaic of the State Flower, the Columbine. Above, seen at ground level; and Below, seen from the 5th floor:

And looking up from the ground floor to the Rotunda Skylight:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

52 Rolls: Week 19 Doors Open Denver.....

I have tons of digital indoor images from Doors Open Denver.  Probably should start posting this week. But here is a Holga Selection from the Event:  New State Courthouse, Downtown Denver:

Monday, May 16, 2016

Warning for Medium Format Film Users!

I sent this out on Twitter, but posting here for my Blogger Friends.  For the details, go to John Sexton's May Newsletter:

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Railway Post Office

I've saved my Last Railroad posting as a Dedication to My Father, on his Birthday.  He began his Postal Service Career riding the rails for the Railway Post Office in the 1950's.  He moved to more regular postal work around the time I was born.

My Uncle Charles, however, stayed with the Railway Post Office until it's demise in the Late 1970's.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me!

Yes it's my Birthday, and I'm going out to do some photography while the sun is still shining.......

Another Abstract from the Recent Macro Workshop.

And below, sharing my Birthday Greeting from Google.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Saturdays Online: If you Need a NEW Film Camera, here you go.

As Followers know I have quite an extensive collection of film cameras. Some I bought new (like my Minolta X-700's back i the 1980's).  But lately I've been purchasing lightly used medium format cameras in various Mamiya Formats.

But here's a link for those of you that want to work with film, but must have a new off the shelf camera.  Seemingly only available in Japan, here are Medium Format Film Cameras Still Being Manufactured.

Poor me, I'll have to make do with my used equipment: Mamiya 645, 80mm Macro, Kodak Portra 160.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Specialized Industrial Rail Cars

Oil Carrier for the early Diesel-Electric Engines.

And yes, Coors still has an active rail system to move supplies around the Golden Brewery.  

This wraps up m Colorado Railroad Museum Postings.............But one more will post on a special'll understand why later.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

52 Rolls Week 17:52

Spring Has Sprung, that is, in between the blizzards and smaller snow storms that are typical of Front Range Colorado.  Check out the rest of the roll here at the 52 Rolls Project.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Baldwin Locomotive Works

This particular Engine designed for an Inclined Railroad, Probably Pikes Peak Cog Railway.  No historical listing was available online.