We continue our adventure with Snapshot Saturday. I share some of my best photos I’ve taken with my Canon Rebel T7i camera. And you all like the posts and maybe comment how much you like the photos. Or offer to buy many prints of them and I become rich and famous. But I digress. To view more photos I’ve taken over the years, visit the Photography Page. If you have questions, feel free to comment or send me a message through the Contact Page.
This photo is from downtown Tucson, AZ. One of the storefronts had a broken window. This was a couple months before the riots that happened in downtown Tucson. It may have been cause from an accident or vandals, who knows? I used the grayscale setting on the camera and the standard 18mm-55mm lens that came with the camera at purchase. The cracks gave a really nice effect with the reflection in the window. This was a few days before quarantine officially started.
Welcome to another Snapshot Saturday. I have many photos to feature on these Saturdays and these are just the ones I think are the best. There are so many more photos beyond that which are still good. But I don’t think they’re as amazing as the ones I’m featuring first. Also, over the next year, I’m sure I’ll take many more photos and have even more to add to my best shots. It’s a fun relaxing hobby. Don’t forget to visit the Photography Page to see more of my photos.
This photos is a set of palm trees in Tucson, AZ on the campus of The University of Arizona. As you can see, I used the grayscale feature on my Canon Rebel T7i camera. I used the standard 18mm-55mm lens that came with the camera at purchase. It was a nice relaxing day just before quarantine started in 2020. It would be another couple days before all my scheduled work would be canceled until early May. Good times. This is one of my favorite shots because of the repetition of the palm trees. It’s as if they were planted to be viewed from this angle.
The modern Halloween we are all familiar with is a combination of celebrations for the Gaelic Festival Samhain and the Catholic celebrations of All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day. Samhain marked the end of the harvest and end of Summer and the beginning of the “darker half” of the year. It was believed that the boundaries between this world and the Otherworld were more easily crossed on this day. This meant the spirits or faeries could travel to our world. It was also believed that spirits of lost relatives would visit, and feasts were had in their remembrance.
Part of the festival involved people going door to door in costumes or disguises reciting versus in exchange for food. The disguises were intended to either appear as spirits or hide from spirits who crossed over to this world. Bonfires, rituals, and games were a big part of the festival as well. Neopagans and Wiccans now celebrate Samhain as a religious holiday. Samhain is part of the annual cycle of seasonal festivals called The Wheel of the Year. It is seen as a festival of darkness which is balanced at the opposite point of the wheel by the festival of Beltane, which is celebrated as a festival of light and fertility on May 1.
Here in Tucson, AZ we have the annual All Soul’s Procession celebrating the family members people have lost. However you celebrate; whether it’s remembering you lost family members, posing as a spirit and collecting offering from others, or enjoying a bonfire with friends, stay safe and have a blessed Samhain.