Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Nightlife Of Mark Twain

I have been trying to improve on my night shots. Up until recently I haven't taken very many. They always come out looking like the day or just don't come out period. It was Big Thunder Mountain's Peak all lit up in the distance that caught my eye, The Mark Twain Riverboat just skidded to a stop to be in the picture.

View on black or I'll turn off the lights



Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Queen Of Hearts Awakes With A Smile

I must of told that lady a thousand times if she kept making that face I was gonna smack her on the back and it would stick that way. I did. It did.

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Our Daily Challenge: Stuck


Friday, April 27, 2012

To Infinity And A Blond

To Infinity And A Blond by hbmike2000
To Infinity And A Blond, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

With Prince Phillip defending the Lego Store in Downtown Disney from the Evil Maleficent, Buzz and Woody decide to get help. Holding tightly to his friend, Buzz kick starts his rocket. With flames shooting out his rear they begin to lift off and Buzz hollars, To Infinty And ... Hey Woody, check out that blond over to your left. Three seconds later they splatted into the facade of the Monorail Station.

View on black or I'll have Buzz and Woody chase you down the street like a Moving Van.

Our Daily Challenge: Fast

More Photos of Maleficent and Prince Phillip at the Lego Store in Downtown Disney Anaheim

The Front

Buzz & Woody Different angle

Genie From Aladdin

I Think We're Gonna Need A Bigger Umbrella

Well now, for all you people that have said 'When Elephants fly' at one point or another in your life, it's time to pay up.

I'm waiting.

View on black or I won't share my umbrella when they fly over



Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Tranquil Moment

The Tranquil Moment by hbmike2000
The Tranquil Moment, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

It was a long day and I stopped to rest and admire my surrounding beauty. The Monorail whispering over head, the water rippling below, the low hum of a submarine slinking by filled my sences with joy. Out in the middle of the water, a bouy with three fake birds and real bird poo on it bobbed up and down to the small waves created by the submarines as they passed. All was at one.

With the sound of a bell, the birds clacked and clicked, heads turning and beaks moving. A very loud voice began to come from them, 'MINE, MINE, MINE' drowning out all other sounds. Still everything was at one. Atleast until 20 minutes later when my spouse stopped in front of me unexpectedly and mumbled something about if I said 'Mine, Mine, Mine' one more time that ... well, lets just say I would be able to sing soprano.

The rest of the day I sang, 'Yours, Yours, Yours, in a deep, manly voice. (it's all about compromise)

View on black or I will send the fake birds over to your place.

100 Pictures: #17 Landscape


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

hbmike2000's photostream

I Will Huff And Puff And Blow Your Camera Shop Down!Seat Smaller Guests Away From Vehicle OpeningsMark Twain, I'm Taking Your Picture And Thats ThatKing Arthur Once Said To MeGrizzly River Run Gets A DetourGreat Moments With Mr. Lincoln's Animatronic Ghost
Aunt Flo Opens A DinerI Just Wanted A Shot Of The Bee!It's A Small WarWhat Do You Mean This Is The Eureka Gold & Timber CoDoes Anyone Know Where The Yellow Shuttle Stop Is?Happy Easter From Your Future Holiday Dinner
My Daily Photo RoutinePardon Me, Do You Have A Napkin To Put Under The Leg?Never Throw Your Shoe At A Tiki FenceHanging Lamps With HubertFather of Mine:  Star Wars Deleted SceneThe Ships Of The Rivers Of America:  Part II
The Ships Of The Rivers Of America:  Part IGhost Hunters Disneyland:  They're Real And They're RudeWelcome To The JungleHang On Minnie!  Hang On!The Creamsicle MonorailIn The Shadows Lurked Danger And It Was Wearing Mickey Ears

I Will Huff And Puff And Blow Your Camera Shop Down!

All my photos have been coming out horrible so I knew right away it had to be the camera (what else could it be) and so I had to take it in to get repaired. I found this Camera Shop in the phone book and it sounded pretty reputable. I grabbed my camera, hopped into my convertible buggy and sped down the highway all excited about getting the broken piece of equipment fixed finally so I could take good pictures. Crashing to a stop and smoothing what was left of my hair, I arrived.

I opened the door to my convertible buggy, rolled out like a drunk person, stood up and entered the building. I was greeted by three pigs and I should of known then something was wrong but my excitement over getting the camera fixed over came all rationality. I asked how long it would take to fix the camera, they said three years. I said, you have an hour. They said ... (it's not really printable here). I walked out the door, tripped, rolled into the gutter, banged my head on my buggy and passed out for an hour.

With the hour up, I picked myself up and strutted back into the Camera Shop where the three little pigs were waiting for me with my camera in hand. When I inquired how much I owed them, they said Five Million dollars. I gave them a dollar. They ... (still, not really printable here). I exited the shop, raised my camera up and took my first photo. It's worse now than it was before! Everything I shoot looks cartoonish now!

I ran back to the door of the shop, it was locked. I banged on the cheap fake wood barrier between me and the pigs. Little pigs, little pigs, let me in now I cried! Not by the hair on our chinny chin chins they replied. Odd saying I thought to myself, I don't remember them really having chins. Fine by me then I yelled back, I will huff and puff and blow your camera shop down! And as began to take the deepest breath I could, I tiny toot could be heard and out of the key hole came the worst smelling odor ever. Instead of huffing and puffing, all I could do was choke, gag and cough. I am NEVER going back to this Camera Shop again!

View on black or I will Huff and ... hack hack ... Puff and ... cough cough .. blow your screen down

100 Pictures: #61 Colorful

On a recent visit to Toontown Jail, I was able to pick up a shot of a ghost

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Seat Smaller Guests Away From Vehicle Openings

Do you realize just how hard it is to toss smaller guests out of the vehicle if they are not near an opening. It's much easier to just push and yell 'oops, my bad' when they are near the edge.

View on black. 'Oops, my bad.' (Just practicing incase I have to push you off the Flickr Train)

100 Pictures: #54 Wood


Friday, April 20, 2012

Mark Twain, I'm Taking Your Picture And Thats That

After years of trying to get the shot I WANTED of Mark Twain, I finally succeeded and it wasn't easy. I had to befriend a baby duckling who I sat on my lunch box and when Momma Duck floated by, I pointed at baby duck on my lunch box and mumbled to Momma Duck, you stop that boat somehow. She quacked, nodded and headed out to the middle of the stream. Next, I needed to get a tad bit higher up. A small child with a huge sucker came strolling by, I knocked the sticky sucker onto the ground and when he bent over to get it, I pushed him down on top of it, pressing him firmly into the sucker stuck to the ground. Everything was good. I raised the camera, looked through the view finder ... everyone on the ship was sitting there, hands to their sides. How boring. So when the boat got close to the position I wanted to shoot it at, I yelled at the top of my lungs to the people on the boat, LOOK OUT, THERE IS A DUCK WITH DIARREA FLYING OVER YOUR HEADS! Worked like a charm. The boat came into position, the duck swam in front of it faking a heart attack (smart duck), I stood on the kid stuck to the ground, the passengers were all standing on deck waving their hands above there heads, I pressed down on the shutter button and then ...
The duck got run over by the boat, the kid rolled over knocking me to the ground and some dumb duck flew over me and let loose. But I got the shot.

View on Black, the duck owes me a favor and knows where you live.


For a couple more shots of Mark,

Mark Twain's Rear End

Mark Twain Makes A Pass At Columbia

Thursday, April 19, 2012

King Arthur Once Said To Me


(We were eating dinner)

View on bla ... BUURRRRPPPPPP (pardon me)

Our Daily Challenge BUUURRR ... I mean Bright


You can view the backside of the sword here. Or is this the backside?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Grizzly River Run Gets A Detour

I decided to add some extra excitement to the Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure. I chiseled a new route into the granite at the top of Grizzly Peak to plummet riders down the backside. So far it hasn't worked out well as the rafts keep breaking apart on the rocks as they crash down to the bottom. Just a few kinks to work out but I'll get it ... hopefully soon.

View on Black or be a crash test dummy for my next experiment

100 Pictures: #16 Water

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln's Animatronic Ghost

Ladies and Gentleman, we start our tour of Disneyland at the oldest structure in the park, the Opera House where the ghost of the original Mr Lincoln animatronic still haunts the building today. Guests have heard the old clickety clackety of him roaming the hallways at night just before closing time. Some guests claim to have actually seen the old animatronic Mr Lincoln watching the new animatronic Mr Lincoln during the Great Moments show. One young guest was even touched on the shoulder claiming Lincoln told him to pull up his pants that were hanging halfway down his rear end saying, 'Son, if you don't have a butt, no one wants to see it'. The young guest pulled up his pants and to this day still wears them up to his chest, grandpa style.

View on black or the ghost of Animatronic Mr. Lincoln will pay you a visit

100 Pictures: #23 Old


For an alternative shot and the REAL history of the building.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Aunt Flo Opens A Diner

Aunt Flo Opens A Diner by hbmike2000
Aunt Flo Opens A Diner, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

For years, Aunt Flo would drive down Route 66 once a month in the high desert of California and be greeted by sunshine, warmth and no place to stop to eat. Angry, irritable and somewhat bloated, she would stand by the side of the road and yell at people for no apparent reason until one day after 50 something years Aunt Flo just up and disappeared. This Cafe is being built in honor of Aunt Flo and her monthly visits. Bon Appetit

View on black. CAUSE I SAID SO! (sorry, I don't know what came over me)


Saturday, April 14, 2012

I Just Wanted A Shot Of The Bee!

I am SOOOO glad that the challenge 'Golden Rules' is refering to the rule of thirds and so on and NOT 'Do onto others as ... you know how it goes. I tried to get a shot of this cool looking bumble bee today and this stupid dahlia flower kept swaying in the way and taking my focus off the bee. He's in there somewhere, just part of the bokeh now. After the five billionth attempt at photographing the bee, I gave up and beat the living you know what out the flower. So once again, I am thankful that todays challenge meant rule of third and so on and NOT Do onto others as ... really, you know the rest.

View on Black. If it was your photograph, I would be looking at it on black

Our Daily Challenge: Golden Rules

It's A Small War

It's A Small War by hbmike2000
It's A Small War, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

Upon seeing all the attention Disney California Adventure was getting, a small land called Fantasy located in the Disneyland Park became insanely jealous and declared war on the unsuspecting park. With their largest tiny jet sent into attack, the jet flew straight into Mickey's Funwheel and with a 'tink' the jet smashed into the large wheel that could be heard for atleast TWO condolas over and the war ended.

View on Black or have fantasyland declare war on you too.


Friday, April 13, 2012

What Do You Mean This Is The Eureka Gold & Timber Co

Oops, I've been telling people this was the spinning wheel that turned straw into gold for a rather large Rumplestiltskin. Turns out it is the Eureka Gold & Timber Co founded by Jakob Probst (doesn't he host Survivor now?) at Grizzly Peak. My bad.

(In my defense, it's their own fault for believing a thing I say)

View on black or I'll throw you into the rapids!

100 PIctures: #51 Night

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Does Anyone Know Where The Yellow Shuttle Stop Is?

I learned this week that if a big yellow shuttle heading west stops at this sign and opens there door and you stand there and ask the driver if this is the big yellow shuttle and if it heads west he will smile at you politely and say nope and drive away leaving you standing there all alone in the cold crying.

View on black or I will make you read an even longer sentence.

100 Pictures: #8 Yellow

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter From Your Future Holiday Dinner

Found these guys next to the Matterhorn in Fantasyland Disneyland. Brave little guys running in and out of little kids feets, fearless. The kids were funny. The ducklings would run next to there feet and the kids would be like statues, then when the ducklings waddled back to the grass, the kids were like a bunch of Adults in a Retro Candy Store finding things they haven't seen in 20 years. (What? It was good candy). Anyway, I got some shots of them, waved, said 'Goodbye future Easter Dinner' and every kid in the vicinity began to ball there eyes out. So I explained (lied like crazy) that I was a vegatarian and I was talking to the grass.

View on Black or NO Duck soup for you


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Saturday, April 7, 2012

My Daily Photo Routine

My Daily Photo Routine by hbmike2000
My Daily Photo Routine, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

Take a picture.

Process it.

Upload to Flickr.

Look at picture on Flickr

Make this face.

Repeat next day.

View on Black or that face will burn into your monitor forever

100 Pictures: Oops

Pardon Me, Do You Have A Napkin To Put Under The Leg?

While trying to eat lunch one day at Pacific Wharf, I noticed my soup kept running out of one side of my sourdough bowl. I folded up a napkin and put it under the low side of the bowl and that worked. But then I noticed my bowl kept sliding off the table. I folded up a napkin and put it under the low side legs of the table and that fixed it. But then I noticed my table sliding off the wharf. I folded up a napkin and put it under the low end pilings of the Wharf and that straightened things out. I stood looking at my handywork, smiling. But then the napkin gave out under the pilings, flinging the napkin out from under the table, shooting the napkin out from under my sourdough bowl and THATS when the soup hit the fan!

View on black or I'll pull the folded up napkin out from the low side of your computer monitor.



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Friday, April 6, 2012

Never Throw Your Shoe At A Tiki Fence

I'm telling you, the fence started it. I was just walking by innocently and I may have muttered what an ugly looking dude the fence was but he stuck his tongue at me so I punched him in the nose. Then he said my mother drove a pickle wagon and wore army boots so I reached down to my foot removed my shoe and chucked it at him. The shoe went whoosh, he ducked and snickered, the shoe went splash, he belly laughed, I cried. So I reached down for my other shoe, removed it, threw it at him, it went whoosh ... well, you know how it goes from here ... I cried.

View on black or I will throw my shoe at you when I buy a new pair.

Fenced Friday


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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hanging Lamps With Hubert

Hanging Lamps With Hubert by hbmike2000
Hanging Lamps With Hubert, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

I stood on the rickety ladder for hours while I listened to Hubert grunt directions to me. To the left a smidge, down down down, too much, go back up, little more, now go right. Finally, he said it was perfect. With a sigh of relief I climbed down the ladder, looked up, saw they were crooked by a mile, chopped off his head and stuck it on a pole. So the next time you are at Disneyland, stop by the Tiki Room and say hello to Hubert. Just don't ask him for directions even if he's dying to give them.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Father of Mine: Star Wars Deleted Scene

The last thing Luke Skywalker heard before fainting were the words "Luke, I am your father" coming from Princess Leia's lips and the sound of peeling rubber as R2D2 shot out of the scene like a bat out of hell.

View on black or I will disclose your family secrets too!

Our Daily Challenge: Begins with F

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Ships Of The Rivers Of America: Part II

At 28 feet tall and four decks, the Mark Twain is the tallest train on the water at Disneyland (Don't argue with me, it has a steam engine and runs on tracks). The ship has a top speed of about 400 miles an hour and can whip guests around Tom Sawyer's Island in about 1/2 a second, usually flinging a couple off here and there when it rounds a corner at top speed. At maximum capacity, it can hold about 482 thousand people or 300 people if they don't want it to sink or tip over.

View on black or I'll blast you with steam