Friday Flashback #049 …

2018 saw the passing of both Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the co-creators of Spider-Man. The hero is one of the most recognizable and popular in the world, and a lot of that comes from Lee and Ditko’s original 40 or so Spidey stories (38 issues of Amazing Spider-Man, plus Amazing Fantasy #15 and 2 Annuals), which built the world of Peter Parker and his friends and family. Everything else is derivative, done by other talents, sometimes well, and sometimes well … not so well. This shot is from the Marvel Universe of Super Heroes exhibit at MoPOP in Seattle. I like to think that’s Stan silhouetted in the window on the left, and John Romita and Steve Ditko on the right (not that Romita and Ditko every worked together). The exhibit itself is amazing and runs until March 3, so hurry if you want to see it!

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Friday Flashback #048 …

This is my favorite part of London, on the South Bank, with the Millennium Bridge connecting the area around St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Bankside area of the city, across the Thames. This is normally where I stay (right around the corner from the bridge) and it’s such a vibrant part of an amazingly vibrant city. I truly believe London is the capitol of the world, in many different ways: art, culture, music, and the most metropolitan and diverse of all cities.

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Friday Flashback #047 …

I take the ferry from Coronado to San Diego 4 days a week, back and forth. It’s an amazing way to commute (and includes about a half-hour walk each way, so I get some exercise in, too). On days when I get the smaller of the two ferry boats, the Silvergate (pictured here), it’s even more special. The Silvergate has outdoor seating that puts you right on the water. It’s a quick 15-minute trip from the Broadway Pier to the Ferry Landing Place in Coronado (only 5 minutes if you go from behind the San Diego Convention Center, where the Silvergate is usually docked), but it’s like the Great Escape for me every day.

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Friday Flashback #046 …

The beach at Brighton in England was a revelation to me. While I knew of the existence of “pebble” beaches, I had never been on one before, so walking on this every-shifting pile of small rocks was a weird sensation, to say the least. The photo above shows the beach itself, facing the English Channel, and the insert shows the incredibly voluminous assortment of pebbles and stones that make up the shoreline. Some of them were so fascinating and beautiful, I had to bring them home … but just a few. Purely for science purposes, I assure you.

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Friday Flashback #045 …

Sometimes you go looking for the sunset … sometimes the sunset finds you. That was the happy case this time when I went for a walk at dusk in December and ended up behind the Hotel del Coronado. The sun set off a brilliant display of colors over the course of just a few moments, and I was lucky enough to capture some of it.

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Friday Flashback #044 …

This majestic shot of the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern Museum in London is one of my personal faves from my September/October 3-week sojourn to the UK in 2018. The Tate is a bit high-falutin’ for my taste (but I love their gift shops!), and it’s certainly an amazing structure and a great reusage of an old power plant. Regardless of how I feel about it, I do visit every time I go to London.

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Friday Flashback #043 …

We ease into the New Year with this lovely shot of my backyard, facing due east. I’m very lucky to have this as my view every day, and almost every day, that view is stunning. But sometimes, it’s incredible. This was one of those days, as the sun started to set and two random walkers came strolling up the path with San Diego Bay and the city as their backdrop.

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