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Since I have belonged to Active Rain, I  have become used to having a camera with me at all times. Sometimes it may be odd in checking pockets for wallet and watch, I also include still and video.

Over time, this photography habit has allowed me to appreciate my local area, and all the beauty that it holds. Sandy UT and the Salt Lake Valley are alive with photo opportunities. Scenery, people at work, seasonal change, happenstance - all produce likely subjects.  Of course, the holidays and festive lights entice me into recording events well into the evening hours.

snow scene Sandy UT

Saturday morning produced the accompanying photo.  An event that I had not experienced before.

It was 10am after a good snowfall of eight or so incles, (promised 1 -2 inches of slushy accumulation ~ but what would they know?)  The scene near my home, in Sandy UT,was so bleak that in color it interpreted almost in black and white. The only give away is a small red marking on the footpath for maintenance purposes.

Roads and footpath had been cleared. How else would I have been there in my motorized chair on my way, with my puppets, to a Christmas breakfast at my local church.

A passing motorist pulled to the curb to photograph me. After all I was in a red jacket and Santa hat, possibly stuck in a snow drift.  I was to be the only color in his photograph.

For me, photography is my invitation to be out and about in Sandy UT in all weather.


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William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Hi Larry, I think capturing our lives and communities are so very rewarding. Enjoyed seeing your full color black and white photo.
Dec 16, 2012 01:56 PM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Larry, looks chilly and bleak to me sitting in the warmth of Southwest Florida. Nothing stops the show! Enjoy your day!

Dec 16, 2012 08:29 PM #2
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I have had that happen before ... it seems more prominent in digital. No color except for one or two things.

Dec 16, 2012 08:32 PM #3
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

That must have been a "cold" ride for you that morning Larry.  Cool photos though, no pun intended.

Dec 16, 2012 08:37 PM #4
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

You must have been quite the sight on that snowy morning. Our world looks like yours. I guess it's going to be this way until Wednesday. At least that's what my latest forecast says. I know how you feel...AR has me with my camera all the time. I feel lost without it.

Dec 16, 2012 09:24 PM #5
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Very nice "black & white" shot. ;-)

Bet the kids enjoyed the puppet show.

Dec 16, 2012 10:14 PM #6
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

William - certainly so. This morning we have patches of blue sky, a bit of wind, before the next promised falls. Tonight's target ~ the Christmas Lights of Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

Wayne - I could always send you some snow to keep the balance right.  I don't mind sharing.

Richard - I had seen this effect in some Alaska shots. The photographer had black and white with only a tail light showing color. Brings a new meaning to "color temperature".

Roger - with lots of kids and parents waiting, it was the least I could do.  Great experience with lots of rewards.

Debbie - But think of the beauty when the sun comes out.  Every time we get a bit of gloom, the blue of the sky manages to break through.

Than - Cyril the koala and Pux the ground hog were on their best behavior. (I normally make them sleep in different rooms). I love working with kids of all ages who can so easily suspend disbelief and enter my world of fun. I am the narrator for our church Christmas program next Sunday.  Both Cyril and Pux have asked to come - their fans will be there.

Dec 17, 2012 12:42 AM #7
Jim Patton
209-404-0816 - Turlock, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor.

Great photo Larry and it sure does look like a black and white world that morning. 

Dec 17, 2012 08:16 AM #8
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Jim - we have been promised more snow since but so far ~ nothing ~ even with 90% chance.  I guess I can accept color back into my life.

Dec 17, 2012 10:07 PM #9
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Hi Larry.  I have a similar photo where the green street sign is the only color.  We didn't get any snow last year which was a disappointment, but I'm still hopeful that winter will show up this year.  Love the image of you tooling down the highway with your Santa hat on!  I'm sure you and your puppets got a warm welcome!

Dec 18, 2012 07:08 AM #10
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Dianne - it's sure to come. My wheels are all stamped "not for highway use", but they seem to get around. Being stopped by Highway Patrol for driving in clown gear indicates I might be a little eccentric in dress.

Dec 19, 2012 12:36 AM #11
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

A little bit of red always stands out in an otherwise black and white shot. It reminds me of the scene in the movie Schindler's List.

Dec 19, 2012 04:32 AM #12
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Jill - now there's a movie that called for b&w. Luckily we recover quickly from our gloom.

Dec 19, 2012 07:35 AM #13
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