CFF – Bicycles, Tricycles, Motorcycles, Wagons

CFF – Bicycles, Tricycles, Motorcycles, Wagons

cffcIt has been quite a while since I participated in one of Cee’s Photo Challenges but today is the day I get back into my photography groove.  This week’s challenge is bicycles, tricycles, motorcycles, and wagons.  I did a deep dive in my archives and didn’t come up with much, so maybe between now and the next challenge (Tuesday) I will see if I can add a few more. 

This one has been used before but in black and white. I much prefer the color. A bit fuzzy because it was taken behind glass. Not to mention the several glasses of tequila I had before taking it. 

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Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding. Shot at Discover Mexico Park, Cozumel

My excursion to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally a few years ago provided me with more photographs of motorcycles than I will ever need. I couldn’t decide on a singe cycle, so I used a group photo.

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Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding. Shot at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Sturgis, SD.

I’m not sure I would like traveling far in one of these wagons 

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Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding. Shot at Silver Dollar City, Branson MO

These old-school bicycles caught my eye. The bright yellow didn’t hurt.

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Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding


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Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding



CB&W Photo Challenge – Bikes of all Kinds

CB&W Photo Challenge – Bikes of all Kinds

Almost too late for this Cee’s Black and White Challenge for March 15th, but not quite 🙂 Here are my entries for the theme ‘Bikes of Any Kind’. I hope you enjoy these. Let me know if you do.

Bicycle Art (Victoria British Columbia)

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From Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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Photo Credit Susan Spaulding


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Not the best photo but I have always liked it (very colorful when not B/W)

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Pedi-cab in Victoria BC

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Imitation in Photography

Imitation in Photography

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to be more forgiving, starting with myself. Here is my first opportunity. Each week, Lost in Translation creates a photography challenge based on a theme. I thought this week’s theme was Imitation but apparently that was a theme from September! Since I went to all the work of putting this post together (and sort of like it, if I say so myself), I decided to post it, even if I can’t link it back to the original. BTW, if you are interested in this weeks challenge (which ends tomorrow) visit Thursday’s Special photography challenge.

Imitation – A thing intended to simulate or copy something else

In deference to the old saying, imitation is not just flattery. Imitation takes many forms, from the foods we eat to the clothes we wear (or don’t wear). Imitation is found in art, movies, even nature.  Isn’t it ironic that the medium of this challenge is the photograph, which is nothing more than an imitation of the real subject?

Below are my contributions to the photo theme ‘Imitation’

To imitate is to pretend. In the photo below, a beautiful woman poses for photographs wearing tight jeans and a vest. But she is only pretending to wear clothes; in reality she is wearing nothing but body art. Photo taken at the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Sturgis, South Dakota 


Film often imitates life and life imitates film. The photo below of King Kong climbing a skyscraper was taken in Branson Missouri. Here, a replica of King Kong imitates the movie King Kong, which is an imitation of …not sure I really want to find out

King Kong climbing skyscraper Branson Missouri

Nature is the great imitator (sorry Charlie Chaplin) and uses camouflage to blend into with their surroundings. In this photo, a small insect mimics the green leaves of a plant, barely seen unless you look closely


Is this a woman imitating a fish, or a fish imitating a woman?  Taken at Mermaid’s Gardens in Skagway, Alaska


Finally, imitation finds its way into our life through art as few of us can afford originals. my last photo is a replica of Van Gogh’s 3 Sunflowers in a Vase. This massive painting can be found in Goodland Kansas and was part of the Big Easel project 


I hope you enjoyed by interpretation of ‘Imitation’. Feel free to let me know what you think.

Unless otherwise indicated, all photographs and texts on this blog are copyrighted by me, Susan Spaulding and may not be used without permission..







Sturgis (Friday Fictioneers)

Sturgis (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT© Jan Wayne Fields

We arrived a day early, only to find our campsite was not available.

“There are a couple of spots near the highway,” the owner told us.

That or nothing, and nothing stretched for a hundred miles.

We pitched our tents near an old billboard. Hundreds of other tents, packed like sardines in a can, littered the grassy pasture we called home. We were all here for the same thing.

As my mind quieted, I noticed the incessant roar of Harley’s racing down the road. No sleep for me tonight, but that didn’t matter.

This was Sturgis.


This story was inspired by Rochelle Wisoff-Field’s Friday Fictioneer’s a weekly challenge to write a complete story in 100 words or less based on a photo prompt. Thanks to Jan Wayne Fields for providing the photo, Lights of Sturgis.  The photo reminded me of my own Sturgis experience. I was there for the 75th anniversary in 2015 when over 750,000 bikers and friends descended on the small South Dakota town and the surrounding Black Hills. Below is a photo of my home that week (it was really next to a billboard and the Interstate), an a glimpse of down-town Sturgis during the rally.


My Sturgis Home
photo credit: Susan Spaulding
Sturgis 2015
Photo credit: Susan Spaulding
Welcome to Sturgis (Day 2)

Welcome to Sturgis (Day 2)

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Last summer I knocked an item off my bucket list by attended the 75th annual Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.  Mind you, I am not a rider. My husband’s best friend, however, wanted to go one last time, so we tagged along in our Ford F150 pickup truck, with camping gear in the back. This picture tells the whole story. During the first few weeks of August, bikers from all over the world converged on this little town, with a normal population of just over 6,000. By the time it was over, the official count swelled to over 750,000.

I took this picture at the top of a tower, looking down the main street.