Saturday, October 27, 2007

First Reports From New Picturer

The new picturer is a 6.1mp resolution machine. It stores exactly 2,680 exposures to a 4 gigabyte SD disk. Here is one from the Piazza di San Marco in Venezia:

I took lots of pictures of stuff like this:


You lift this ring and tie your boat to it:

It's like this during the day....

...and this during the evening...


At Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 8:46:00 AM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

Ooooooo. Aaahhhh.

This looks promising. That looks like St. Mark, the "lion." Those steps look dangerous. Venice looks beautiful and doomed and fabulous at night. "Tadzio... Tadzio..." Mahler's adagietto comes crying to my heart...

Good gawpographs. Nice.

At Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 11:36:00 AM PDT , Anonymous quilly said...

Seaweed! OC would love that picture!

At Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 11:43:00 AM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

The ring is downside up :P

At Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 3:28:00 PM PDT , Blogger vican100 said...

Oh dear friend...these photos are soooo cool.....I hope you are having the time of your life!!!!! Chow...Viccance XXXXOOOOOOO

At Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 5:09:00 PM PDT , Blogger Lisa S. Oceandreamer said...

Gawpolicious, I just knew, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that your photos would be spectacular and your narrative superb. I await post after post of picturage and verbage so I can live this trip vicariously.
I think I can smell the canal, si?
XX -- XX
kisses on either cheek!

At Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 7:32:00 PM PDT , Blogger Scarlet said...


At Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 5:28:00 AM PDT , Blogger Nessa said...

Wow. Spectacular.

At Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 11:53:00 AM PDT , Blogger Pam Aries said...

Hoty HOOO! Wow, thanks for sharing all these gorgeous photos! I feel like i a mthere! ..Guess what? I am moving to Portland OR.! Yes! WE'll talk!! MY email is pamaries52 at hotmail

At Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 12:37:00 PM PDT , Blogger Sheila said...

Gor-jus Gawpy.
The photos ain't bad either..!
Love the night shot, and can't wait for more posts..!
I dreamed about you the other night. We met in a railway station, and I knew instantly who you were. You said you had just got back from Italy. We talked and laughed, and it was great fun, and then I woke up.
In the dream you were wearing a safari suit, with short pants, and on your head you had a multi coloured silk turban. In the centre of it, above your forehead it had a huge jewel and a peacock feather.
You looked real snazzy..!

At Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 7:33:00 PM PDT , Blogger lime said...

hey that new picturer does a mighty fine job! looks like such a beautiful place to be at night!

At Monday, October 29, 2007 at 1:00:00 PM PDT , Blogger AnnieElf said...

Beautiful. The steps look positively dangerous.

At Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 9:06:00 AM PDT , Blogger Bazza & Wifey said...

Great photos Gawpo, almost as good as some of mine! Looks like you're having a trip to remember, and sharing it with allof us, cheers for that.

At Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 12:39:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SOMEWHERE JOE: Goodness, man. Where DO you come up with that stuff! Your gorgeous brain, Joe, gilds me in gold and renders courage any leone might long to sport.

And thanks for the approval on the gawpographing!

QUILLY: Yes, I knew that. Those mussels and limpets look delicious as well. This seaweed looks exactly like the stuff that the bellies of every Cebidicthys violaceus that I have ever caught is stuffed with. Exactly. Can you confirm with O.C., please. Could it be the same?

SOMEWHERE GIUSEPPE: The ring was oriented thus relative to the water's edge. Must be a palindrome tie-off ring, eh?

VICCANCE: Got into PDX last night at 2030 hours, 24 hours after rising in Rome for the journey. Tired but still dizzy with having been. AWESOME! xoxoxoXO!

LISAOCEANDREAMUH!: B.W.S.O.F. (big, wide smile on face----faccia!) :)!

SCARLET: 'Nuff said because so true. Yes. That!

NESSIE: Spectacular does come from a word we use to say something about seeing. So, yeah. SPECTACULAR!

PAM ARIES: Oh! My! GAWD! Really?! Can't wait. I will e-you soon. Must unpack and figure out how to walk through American gravity again. I still have my Italy legs.

p.s. Karen and I were in a store and to get her attention, guess what I shouted-----HOOTY HOO! She Hooty-Hoo'ed back and we were reconnected. Awesome, huh?


SHEILA: What a wonderful dream!!! Oh my goodness. That just makes my day, dear, sweet friend. You have no idea. I love how I looked. I want to create it and capture it with my picturer. Just in time for Halloween. Which, by the way, is somewhat celebrated over there. I did not know that, even though the feast of All Hallows falls just prior to that of All Souls. Or is it the other way 'round? Can't remember just now. Sleep dep.

You have blessed me so much with that dream happening. WOW!!!

LIMERS: Got your message that you had just gotten my message so many days after having sent said message. Great to have been able to listen to your voice "illegally" when I finally had time on the plane in J.F.K. well AFTER the flight attendant told us to shut down the cell phones (which is pure stupidity except for perhaps the issue of courtesy to others, having nothing whatsoever to do with disturbing the "sensitive instrumentation" of the cockpit panel---sheesh!). Where was I? Oh yeah----HI, HONEY!

ANNIE FROM TURLOCK: And that is precisely why Gawpo did not try to walk on them. A dangerous beauty, to be sure.

BAZZER ET WIFEY: Well, well----I didn't expect to rank anywhere close. I will more than gladly accept that accolade. You are the picturer KING. And I hail you! (does that mean you'll pick me up at Heathrow, then? Speaking of which, who the heck WAS Heathrow?)

At Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 1:20:00 PM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

Thanks for the primer on the St. Mark - Venice connection. The Rare Adventures and Painfull Peregrinations indeed! Good thing you can't copyright a title. I think I've found one for my memoirs.

I thought you were testing our CSI skills with that ring photo. So funny though, the chair in that boat is just like the one at my local gas station. Globalization!

At Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 3:49:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SOMEWHERE JOE: If only I had invented the plastic chair or the blue tarp.

When I saw that title--and when it was written--I paused enough to read it again and double check the date. Amazing. It's yours. Use it!

At Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 4:06:00 PM PDT , Blogger Sean said...

wow. beautiful stuff.

At Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 4:49:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SEAN: Hey there! Wow. I need to get some Sean time. Real soon. Yeah, the trip was a trip. Back to the basket weave Thursday. You've been in my thoughts lots of late, wondering if you've been affected by any recent developments.

Cheers, Sean!

At Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 9:02:00 AM PDT , Blogger Bazza & Wifey said...

You did ask!
What's In A Name?
The following appeared in the Evening Standard dated Friday December 21, 1973.
"Some air passengers arriving in this country think that Heathrow is named after the Prime Minister (then Edward Heath), as Kennedy Airport is named after President Kennedy. In fact it was named after a man whose estate was on the site. John Heath, cousin of Dr. Benjamin Heath, the Harrow Headmaster who abolished archery at Harrow and brought in cricket and public speaking in its place, was a Judge of Common Please. He died on his land at what is now the airport."
The following appeared in the Letter section of the Evening Standard dated Monday December 31, 1973.
"The statement in Londoner's Diary claiming that Heathrow Airport is named after Judge John Heath is incorrect. Heathrow Airport derives its name from a hamlet called Heath Row, which was obliterated during the construction of the airport. The hamlet of Heath Row was on the western part of Hounslow Heath and lay along a road that ran in a southerly direction from near the Magpies Inn on the bath Road at Sipson in the Parish of Harmondsworth. The name "Heath Row" can be found on maps and documents going back several hundred years, long before Judge Heath was born. Some strange variations in spelling occur, as in the case of Hithero in John Warburton's map of Middlesex dated 1749. It appears as Heath Row in John Rocque's map of Middlesex of 1754.

At Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 10:41:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

BAZZA et WIFEY: I had to ask...

(but glad i did. thx.)

At Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 1:29:00 PM PDT , Blogger julie said...

Those are great pics. Much better than the ones I took in Italy nine years ago. It really is a place all its own.

At Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 5:07:00 PM PDT , Blogger the grumble said...

Not that I would know much about it, but it seems to me that you have a firm grip on the operations of that new picturer of yours already, Mr. Gawpo. Very nice.

At Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 7:33:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

JULIE: Hello there. Nine years ago they didn't have these incredible digitals. My goodness. I can hardly believe my eyes. And this isn't even the good one.

GRUMBLE BUTT: Wow. Thank you, Murrs. You know TONS about it. So that is comforting and reassuring.


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