Monday, April 30, 2007

Misters


See those spraying thingies, they're misters. When they came along, people flocked to the desert cause they make it cooler.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Ant Dance


I didn't have to leave my Palm Springs home for this one.

I thought it might be fun for you daily photo guys (and gals) to describe what's happening here in the comments section.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Tiki Spa and other small business that Come and Go


I'm really pissed off today. They closed the only camera shop in Palm Springs, the Camera Exchange. It closed, so I hear, a couple of months ago. Staples is the only place in town where you can get Epson 2200 ink, and they don't have matte black. Shoot, baby, it's back to Internet shopping for me.

Things in this life come and go, but sometimes all of the creative independence that comes with a small business brings about color and identity and much of that is going, going gone.

The pic here is another creative business, the Old Tiki Spa in Palm Springs. It's gone too.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Palm Springs Abomination?


Whadda ya think of this water feature on the north end of our "strip."

Mommy Who?


Sure, she visited Palm Springs, who wouldn't, especially after winning an Academy Award. Could she have been the subject of "Mommie Dearest?"

In her movies she also:

1. said, "there's a name for you ladies, not used in high society, outside of the kennel."
2. regretted slapping her daughter and thought it might be better to chop off her hand instead.
3. served Baby Jane Hudson a cooked rat after telling her that there were rats in the cellar.
4. worked at a jewelry counter in a big department store.
5. had a husband who gambled all of her money away.

If I've gotten anything wrong here, please let me know. If you know some more about her, please share...
...and who the heck is she?

FYI: This is a picture of a picture in the Plaza Theater. You can thank the Palm Springs Historical Society for keeping it all these years so everyone could see it.

Monday, April 23, 2007

S t r e t c h--Your Imagination


S t r e t c h your imagination of your daily photo--take a picture of the food you eat at a local restaurant.

I actually had to write and submit images for a food review I did at the local Mexican restaurant.

Food was good, but in the picture here it looks a bit greasy. I'm in denial about grease, I pretend it isn't there and if it isn't real or not, I won't get fat.

Sloppy thinking on my part, especially when I look down at my stomach.

Lucky I don't eat bacon covered shrimp every night of the week. If I did, I might find myself eating dinner at the Desert Regional Hospital in a few years.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

The World's Oldest Working Showgirl


Yep, that's right, daily photo fans.

I'm the first daily photo site to present the world's oldest showgirl, and she ain't no bag-a-bones limping around the stage in a body that only remembers yesterday. Her body moves in the moment, as graceful and energetic as a woman a quarter her age (she's 83).

She's a member of the Palm Springs Follies, a not-to-miss show if you ever come down the desert way. Yes, the show's a little over the top, a bit corny, but you'll have your eyes glued on the dancers wishing you could move like that at any age.

She has to be one of the most remarkable older woman in the U.S.A. She's Dorothy Kloss and to talk to her (I did on Friday) is an unbelievable event that left me with a spirit for life that in all my future days will never leave me.

I can't wait to be 83!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Gotta Dance



Attended the fabulous Palm Springs Follies today. Can't come here without seeing that show, class acts by the over-55 set.

Pictured here are a pair of dancers from Argentina who used cracking ropes that they spinned around the stage at rapid fire speed. Near the end of their act the strobe lights came on for a thrilling psychedelic finale.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

It's a wonderful night for a raindance



This is our downtown.

It's d r y here.

I haven't seen rain for more than a year. No kidding.

Every time it has rained here, I've been out of town to a place where there was no rain during that time also.

At this very minute (okay, the next minute) I'm doing a rain dance.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Monday, April 16, 2007

Palm Springs Water Feature



This is a water feature downtown. I left the shutter open on my camera a tad longer than it should have been to make the flowing water look really cool.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Sordid Lives


is Palm Springs non-ending hit. For the past few years both the movie and the play has made its rounds in some venue or another.

In this picture, the play comes once again to the marque of the Palm Canyon Theater.
Sordid as it is, it still draws a full house. http://www2.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif

Friday, April 13, 2007

A Day Without Immigrants


Here's a guy who works hard for a living. Palm Springs is a funny place. In fact the whole Coachella Valley is mute about immigration, at least to my recollection.

We've got a slew of gardeners here who reseed (we have two types of grasses, and one requires scalping the surface to put rye seeds in to grow during winter); mow, clip, plant and all the rest.

I say kudos to them, cause without them our Valley would look like so many other places in the United States--unkempt. We're lucky here cause of these people,

Heck if I care if they're from Mexico. I like Mexico. I think a lot of the anti-immigrant talk is of the racist persuasion.

Gee, that's awfully political for a daily photo blog.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Minimalism Explained


'm going to take a walk from minimalist architecture to minimalist art. Check out the photo here, it's minimalist. In real life it's minimalist architecture. As a photograph it's minimalist art (photography). I've cornered this building to show the upper floors of a building covered with a vertical-blind-like stucture that's built to cover the glass underneath.

This isn't just a decorative element. Here in Palm Springs, temps can rise to 120 degrees F in summer, so the design element here is functional in that it reduces the heat coming into the building.

Now on to the art part. Look long enough at this picture and it starts to elude you optically. That, really, is the objective with this shot. At first it appears simple, even boring, but look at it long enough and you see it even after you turn away.

Minimalism originated in the 50s and 60s and can--

1. create an object of interest
2. use repititive patterns
3. be hard-edged
4. delineate space
5. lacks emotion

Minimalist architecture is easily photograhed with any lens, but to give a photo focus, a telephoto lens is best because you can pick one or two elements of the structure (whether it be a sculptural element or an edifice).