Our guide told us that this was

the sight of the original McDonalds…

…at Pompeii.  🙂




Twenty-first century tourists inspecting what

is left of First century (79A.D.) Pompeii.


A mature age gentleman asking a young lady

the price of of a carriage ride

around Melbourne.


Old and new forms of transport


A ceremony dating back 364 years to 1656,

now conducted with modern instruments and

to a backdrop of modern transportation.

Different generations appreciating

the same music.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   Old-and-New

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:    Old-and-New

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:   Old-and-New

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:    Old-and-New

Book Review-Camino-Winds

Camino Winds

(Camino-Island #2)


John Grisham



Camino Winds is the second of two books (so far) by John Grisham, in the Camino Island series.   It also contains some of the Camino Island characters plus a few additions.  However, author Mercer Mann is not central to this story line. Fortunately Camino Winds has little in common with Camino Island, except for a few carry over characters, which play minor roles, and the setting.

Camino Winds focuses on the aftermath of once in a lifetime Cyclone Leo and a murder which takes place during Leo’s presence on the island.  With the exception of Bruce, lead characters from Camino Island play smaller roles in Camino Winds.   That was a big plus, in my opinion, as it allows the introduction of new characters to take on roles within the community or, in this case, the investigation.

Camino Winds moved along at a good pace which had me reading ‘the next chapter’ into the wee hours of the morning.


I rated

Camino Winds

as a solid read


Camino Winds (Camino Island #2)

Camino Winds

is a solid


star read.

At the time of writing my review,

Goodreads readers have rated

Camino Winds

an average of 3.96 stars

from 9,183 ratings

and 813 reviews

Camino Winds

can be purchased on-line at 

Fishpond, Booktopia and Amazon




I’m staying with straightening horizons this week.

Straight Out Of Camera, followed by…


…an edited version…which is not perfect.

All three images were taken before

Santa brought me a Manfrotto

my tripod 2-3 years ago.



To be honest, I did have

give away with a new camera tripods

which in my opinion are so light that

it wasn’t sturdy enough to risk using

with a new camera.


I have used Picasa 3 to straighten horizons.

The benefit of using Picasa is that it superimposes

a grid over the image while you manually straighten,

which can be difficult if your mouse hand

has a tremor like mine does .

I used Photoshop Elements to check the horizons.

Photoshop still requires a steady hand

The final difficulty with this horizon is that

at this distance the horizon is not at all in focus.

There is also land on each side of the image

which leaves wondering if my ‘eye’ has

been good enough to set a level horizon.