Mission Carmel

A couple of years ago, Suzanne and I took a trip to Monterrey, CA to celebrate my retirement from the University of Missouri.  One of the stops we made was at Mission Carmel, officially called the San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.  It was founded in 1771 by the Spanish as one of 21 missions opened along the California coast from San Diego to Solano, north of San Francisco.  I found this postcard in an antique shop in Carmel.  Wait, isn’t that a florescent bulb in the light fixture?  I don’t think this is an old card at all.  The next time we are in Carmel, I’m going to ask for my money back.

The Mission at Carmel, CA

The Mission at Carmel, CA

A little behind in my work

I don’t remember jokes.  For some reason, neither the set-ups nor the punchlines stick in my mind for any length of time.  A friend of mine, who has since moved on to that big comedy club in the sky (I’m assuming that’s where he went, though that’s not a given), used to be able to rattle off joke after joke.  I was always in awe of his ability to find just the right combination of funny stories for any occasion.

One of the few jokes I do remember, for some reason, involves the butcher who backed into his meat-grinder and got a little behind in his work.  That’s the way I’ve been feeling for the last few days; my contribution to my “photo-a-day” project has lagged.  Oh, I’ve been shooting; I just haven’t been posting.  Well, today, there are three new photos taken over the last couple of days.

  • I got a shot of Abby, our Old English Sheepdog, in an unusually calm pose.
  • The sun was streaming through the window and caught our Christmas poinsettia in a colorful pose.
  • Last night, about midnight, we had nine deer in our front yard foraging for acorns.  I processed and processed one of the photos to give the scene (of one of the deer feeding alone) a mysterious feel.

All the photos are under the tab 365 at the top.


The Internet has become a (maybe the) major process by which people engage in the economy these days.  Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has been the day on which retailers climb into the black, but Cyber Monday, seems to be gaining in importance.  Doing business over the Internet has advantages for both sellers and consumers (I’m tempted to say that each sector can do business in their pajamas, but that might be stretching a point).

At any rate, I’ve joined the ranks of Internet providers of goods and services.  I now have an e-commerce site on which I am offering my photographs for sale and where I will post photos taken at events, also available for purchase at a nominal fee.  You can find my photos at stclairc.zenfolio.com.  The process for purchasing prints is pretty straightforward, but if you have questions, you can send me an email.  Thanks for your patronage.