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Bugs Bunny, Warner Bros. Cartoons

That Left Turn in Albuquerque

Something is burrowing through the desert when a creature pops up through a hole in the dirt. A grey rabbit stands, brushing himself off and looking at his surroundings. Realizing he’s not where he should be, he checks his map and says aloud with mild irritation: I knew I should’ve taken that left turn at Albuquerque.

That Bugs Bunny statement is a long-recurring theme and gag in a number of Warner Brothers cartoons. But seriously, that is one very specific geographical reference. What does Bugs mean by “that left turn?” Is it a real thing?

After the 1937 realignment of highway US route-66, Central Avenue became the east-west “Mother Road” through the city of Albuquerque. Driving west on Central Avenue towards the city’s Old Town district, the road bends slightly right and northwest to run parallel with the Rio Grande river. The road eventually comes up to a junction, and drivers are faced with choices at the intersection of what are now Central Avenue and Rio Grande Boulevard.

•   Turn right, and drivers are headed away from US-66 and north towards Santa Fe.
•   Stay left, and drivers continue west on US-66 towards Arizona and the highway’s west terminus in Los Angeles, California.

John Deeth wrote about this in August 2011 and thanks to the interwebs, that’s how we came to visit and photograph this ordinary looking intersection in Albuquerque during our journey through the American Southwest.

And in the picture below? We stayed left.

Central Ave, US 66, US Route 66, Rio Grande Blvd, Old Town, Albuquerque, NM, USA, fotoeins.com

Westbound on Central Avenue (US-66) at Rio Grande Boulevard: Albuquerque, NM – 7 Oct 2018.

I made the street picture above on 7 October 2018. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-cDo.

Nebelhorn, winter, skiing, Allgaeu, Allgaeuer Alps, Alps, Oberstdorf, Swabia, Schwaben, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: winter activity on Nebelhorn (Bayern 100)

Above the Bavarian mountain town of Oberstdorf among the Allgäu Alps is Nebelhorn mountain. Skiing, snowboarding, hang gliding are available on the mountain summit (2224 metres / 7297 feet), as well as additional snow runs near the cable car’s two intermediary stations.

The view shown faces southwest with the “flat slanted ridge” structure called Hoher Ifen in the background at centre. Oberstdorf is prominent as the southern most town in Germany, is host to a large ski jump and European championship-grade skating facilities, and is also home to various German athletes who have participated at recent Winter Olympic Games.

November 2018 is the 100th anniversary for the declaration of Bavaria as “free state” (Freistaat). I made the picture above on 5 March 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/640-sec, f/22, ISO500, and 24-mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-aMk.


Magical light, sorcerers’ delight (LAPC)

Above/featured: Cross of the Third Millennium in Coquimbo: from La Serena, Chile – 7 May 2011 (450D).

Time has been kind, and I’ve been lucky to witness many displays of light and colour, and how both have combined to produce a visual brand of magic, by day and at night, at altitude and at sea-level. Sometimes it’s easy to catch the magic, but at other times, I’m forced onto active watch to get those special moments. That might well be work towards photographic sorcery.

I made all photos below between 2007 and 2018 with the following: A510 for the Canon Powershot A510, 450D for Canon 450D, C6D for Canon 6D, and X70 for Fujifilm X70. For LAPC no. 19 on 10 November 2018, this post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-8ov.

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AlpspiX viewing platform, Alpspitze, Garmisch-Classic, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: AlpspiX above, Loisach below (Bayern 100)

After the Alpspitzbahn gondola ride up top, there’s a curious X-shaped viewing platform that appears to hover over the rock face. Those who don’t like heights should be warned: you can see through the metal lattice of the viewing platform and down down down to the rocks below. But the view is in fact pretty good: visitor above is pointing northwest to the Loisach river valley with Grainau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and Wank at lower-left, centre-right, and upper-right, respectively.

November 2018 is the 100th anniversary for the declaration of Bavaria as “free state” (Freistaat). I made the picture above on 8 March 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/640-sec, f/16, ISO1000, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-buR.

Very Large Array, VLA, Plains of San Augustin, Socorro, New Mexico, USA, fotoeins.com

Fuji X70: from Vienna to New Mexico

Instead of merely talking or whining about a desire to carry something lighter for day-to-day photography situations, I decided to do something about it a couple of weeks before my month-long visit to Austria in May 2018.

I looked online for a mirrorless compact camera, but I didn’t need the latest or a top-line model. I preferred an older model with a lot of online reviews and user comments, and I decided on a compromise among three criteria: cost, weight and size, and image quality.

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