a pile of pretty pictures torn edges, too bright, soft focus, a shaky hand, a wrong setting and a sun flare ghost, a breath held, a smile and heart whisper.
and i swim through their memories the glossy reminders a story a thought a tear and a laugh a pile of pretty pictures tell a story that only i hear
so take another pretty picture to remember to forget to tell a story that only you hear
because a pile of pretty pictures is a lifetime of dreams a journey of ideas and forgotten notes carefully pressed behind cellophane stacked neatly in a wooden box stored carelessly in forgotten notebooks curated in hands now frail with forgotten want.
the river runs through it
Los Angeles, California, United States
Kristen captures Los Angeles with a Nikon D800 using a Nikkor 24-70mm/2.8; Nikkor 50mm/1.4 and a 28mm/2.8.
1. Los Angeles and San Francisco become 2.5 inches closer every year because they are on opposite sides of the San Andreas Fault.
2. Los Angeles full name is ‘El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula’, Spanish for ‘The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of the river of Porziuncola’
3. Los Angeles has the largest system of roadways in the United States.
4. Despite its paradise-like image, L.A. supports more of a desert climate. The annual rainfall is about 380mm.
5. L.A. has 6 area codes - 213, 310, 323, 424, 626, 818 - more than any other American city. And four of them are palindromes!
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Darlene captures Edmonton with a Canon 5D Mark II using a Canon 85mm/1.2; Canon 70-200mm/2.8; Canon 17-40mm/f4.0 and a Canon 50mm/f4.0.
1. Edmonton's River Valley is the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America. There is over 97 kilometres (61 miles) of biking, hiking, skiing, walking and snow-shoeing trails.
2. On the summer solstice, Edmonton has 17 hours and 3 minutes of daylight but on the winter solstice, Edmonton only has 7 hours and 27 minutes of daylight.
3. The lowest overall temperature ever recorded in Edmonton was −49.4 °C (−56.9 °F), on January 19 and 21, 1886. The highest temperature recorded within the City of Edmonton was 34.9 °C(94.8 °F), on June 26, 2002.
4. There are no rats in Edmonton, or in Alberta. This is due to the rat patrol program that has existed for five decades and is committed to keeping this a rat free population. Mosquitoes are another matter.
5. The world's first waste-to-biofuels plant opened in Edmonton. Recycling and garbage management is taken seriously and Edmonton is on the leading edge of innovation in this area.