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Hotel Des Invalides lends backdrop for hot day (612 views)
Card 25, City Walk: Paris
(2007) Esplanade Des Invalides, Paris, France, E.U.

Photo posted Thursday, May 17, 2007

© 2007 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons License

Not visable from this shot is the roadway on the left that travels down the middle of the esplanade. That roadway is a very busy one. Consequently, despite the pastoral look of these grassy areas, those areas were quite noisy with the sounds of traffic.

Dispite the traffic, the grassy areas were full of people that day because of the clear skies and hot tempertures. Some people toyed with socker balls while most others lounged on the grass.

In this regard the French are much like people everywhere. Nice weather draws nearly everyone into the great outdoors. Where the French excell, however, is by the beautiful trappings with which they surround those who venture out.

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(138 of 220) Danny and Donny were brothers who liked to play pretend war games in the fields behind the hotel. Their mother worked the front desk in the hotel, and let them play after school when the weather was
by Bryan Costales
(139 of 220) In his middle years, Rod Scales Private Eye made it a point to document the town in which he worked. He carefully crisscrossed San Francisco, taking photographs of every building, front and back. He
by Bryan Costales
(140 of 220) Rod Scales had heard that the lower end of Belgrave Avenue in San Francisco was considered by some to be a little slice of heaven. Rod reached the top of Stanyan street almost totally out of breath
by Bryan Costales
(141 of 220) Jenny Strems worked in reception at a recording studio on the south end of Dublin. Traffic in town was always so bad that she never drove. Instead she liked to stay in shape by walking. That gave her
by Bryan Costales
(142 of 220) Rod Scales sat in a comfortable sofa, part of a set all covered in the same green fabric with a clear plastic outer cover. He sipped a cup of overly sweetened iced, Lipton tea from a tall thin
Dog Eared Books (751 views)
by Bryan Costales
(143 of 220) Dave Doubleten had lead a remarkably dull and uneventful life. He had never traveled, never flown, and never met anyone interesting. Instead of living his life, Dave lived vicariously by reading
by Bryan Costales
(144 of 220) Laughing Hubb, the clown, threw a party for all his so-called friends. Mostly the gang he called friends were customers who hired him to perform. Other than that smallish group, he'd never made
by Bryan Costales
(145 of 220) French writer Jules Verne wrote the novel Around the World in Eighty Days wherein a part of the trip was by hot air balloon after the unfortunate loss of hydrogen. To a child spinning around on a
by Bryan Costales
(146 of 220) Helen Doboul had been alarmed all morning. She awoke to find her husband and baby gone. The telephone would not answer no matter who she called. The streets were deserted. Helen broke down and wept.
by Bryan Costales
(147 of 220) "Look," whispered Nick into Al's ear. "Up there. Under the bridge. Do you see it?" Al removed his sunglasses and put them on his hat. It was hot that morning, walking in the creaked. His feet hurt
by Terry Costales
(148 of 220) The walled castle at Carcassonne, called the Cité, lies about two kilometers from the canal at the south east end of Carcassonne. After wrestling lines upstream through single, double, and
Corn cooks (522 views)
by Bryan Costales
(149 of 220) Jack Hill lived at the foot of Bernal Hill in San Francisco. He and his wife Jill threw an informal barbecue every first Sunday of every month except December. It was their way to give back to all
by Bryan Costales
(150 of 220) "Where did I come from?" asked little Debby. "We found you," her dad said. He rummaged through a pile of photographs and pulled out one showing Debby's older sister behind a metal elephant. "Here,
by Bryan Costales
(151 of 220) The esplanade at the foot of Sather Tower, also called the Campanile, provides a romantic setting. But, lurking behind the folks depicted here, lies a Sather Tower filled with bones. Four floors
by Bryan Costales
(152 of 220) The point of view from which a story is told determines how the reader interprets it. In the Stan Freeberg audio play "United States Of America" Columbus discovered Indians on the beach.
by Bryan Costales
(153 of 220) When Edgar Waggons moved from Wyoming to Berkeley, he hauled with him his carefully restored Model-T Ford. He parked the Model-T in his garage in North Berkeley and there left it. Unlike Wyoming,
by Bryan Costales
(154 of 220) A summer home overlooking the sea, the advertisement had read. In sunny Ireland. John Flags, born and raised in Key West, always felt his real home was in Ireland. A bit of the Blarny Stone was in
by Bryan Costales
(155 of 220) A bubble has a short lifetime. Shorter than insects and, in fact, shorter than most things other than some sub-atomic particles. A bubble's life begins when a soap film gathers around a chunk of air.
by Bryan Costales
(156 of 220) When Nora first saw the house, she was amazed at how long and tall it was. It ran downhill at least a block and a half, and was staircased and spooky in its look. Nora examined again the slip of
by Bryan Costales
(157 of 220) It was a hot summer in Capps Campground. Jackie was sweating plain and simple. Too hot. Jackie was thirty that afternoon and bored so she walked to the old bridge and looked at the names carved into
by Bryan Costales
(158 of 220) A big, bold basketball married a pretty little soccer ball. Over the years the couple had three children. The football was the oldest and already on his way to a sports scholarship at Cal. A
by Bryan Costales
(159 of 220) While docked in Le Somail, we worried as the weather clouded and began to rain. We cut our photo outing short to escape, and from the safety of the boat shot ducks and folks also escaping the
by Bryan Costales
(160 of 220) Grandma leaned back in her rocker and smiled warmly. All her grandkids, me included, had been called to her because she "was getting on in years," and wanted to depart her wisdom to us. "Today," she
by Bryan Costales
(161 of 220) Rod Scales Private Eye visited the zoo on a rare sunny morning in San Francisco. He paused on the steps of the conference building and marveled at the fine tile fresco that depicted children at peace
by Bryan Costales
(162 of 220) People see all sorts of things in clouds. Imagine lying on your back on a blanket spread over newly mowed grass, hands behind your head watching fluffy clouds. "A bus," you announce, then chuckle.
by Bryan Costales
(163 of 220) Little Billy Moonsky crawled around the locked gate through a gap so small an adult could never follow. He slid over the edge to a gap below the ice floor. There he hid from his mean brother. Under
by Bryan Costales
(164 of 220) Little Sammy Sandstrum looked out the window at the rain. "Mommy," he called. "Will the rain keep Santa away?" His mother walked into the small front from the kitchen. She wore a flour dusted apron
by Bryan Costales
(165 of 220) Imagine what it would be like. You come home one evening after a hard day's work. You go to your back door to see why your dog did not greet you. You find the pet door gone. Outside, in its original
by Bryan Costales
(166 of 220) Tina Glassom spent every weekend (when her parents allowed) and most school days (when the tide was out) to look for treasure. She had once found an old book in the back of their basement tucked
by Bryan Costales
(167 of 220) Juai B'Neust skated that night because the next morning the weather folk predicted a dust storm. The dust storms on Mars were huge and could last a week or longer. After the water wars on Earth in
by Bryan Costales
(168 of 220) Rod Scales, Private Eye, had no one with whom to celebrate seasonal holidays. He had never married, and his few remaining friends were, as he said, "Damned old stick in the muds." To a significant
by Bryan Costales
(169 of 220) Young girls are given dolls with which to play and fantasize. Young boys too can be given dolls, but those dolls are usually called action figures or play cars. No matter what kind of doll a child
by Bryan Costales
(170 of 220) Originally, this photo was taken with the idea that it would appear under the "streetlights" category. Later, when processing, discarding, and categorizing images, it was clear that the
Place to water dog (606 views)
by Bryan Costales
(171 of 220) From this picture it is clear that the English know how to give water to a dog. As any sane person knows, you just fill a bowl with cool tap water and man's-best-friend will lap it
by Bryan Costales
(172 of 220) In the old days of film and optical printing there were few ways to fix a marred photograph. Burning, dodging, and cropping were were the techniques available and were limited to rather crude
by Bryan Costales
(173 of 220) Gary the Gull failed to see things as they really were. A philosopher might wonder if such a failing might prove his undoing. Gary, however, was capable of no such pretense. Gary began that day
by Bryan Costales
(174 of 220) Joshua Bean was night guard at the zoo. He liked to eat "lunch" by the carousel because it seemed open and peaceful there. On the night of his first full moon there, he noticed a glow from the
by Bryan Costales
(175 of 220) Rod Scales Private Eye was in hot pursuit of a toy napper. He ducked under a tree branch and swerved left to avoid an amazingly large pile of dog poo. Rod was not in that great shape to begin with
by Bryan Costales
(176 of 220) If you wish to see a country, nothing beats a trip by train. Dora Blixen always traveled by train. So it was no surprise when, one day out of the blue, she decided to ditch work and travel to Galway
by Bryan Costales
(177 of 220) I remember my brother peddling down the sidewalk that afternoon. Someone took our picture and just a few months later a man called. He wanted my brother to appear in an advertisement. The day after
by Bryan Costales
(178 of 220) Donna Gillio was a 4th grade teacher. She was driving herself to work that morning in 1952, because her husband was at home with the flu. It was a chilly morning in Concord, California, with a light
by Bryan Costales
(179 of 220) When Mitch Doogle died, his wife got it into her head to ship his clothes to their son. She boxed them in brown boxes and shipped them UPS. She checked the web site like Mitch had taught her and was
by Bryan Costales
(180 of 220) Mary Mich-Yang enjoyed the rare warmth of the afternoon. The seawall overlooked the Pacific Ocean, a vast body of water that extended from the sea wall to the horizon. She leaned over and looked at
by Bryan Costales
(181 of 220) "What time is it?" Nancy asked her sister. "Mrful Shoffy," Vicky answered from well tucked into her sleeping bag. Nancy shook her sister gently. "It's light out." Vicky's head poked out and sleepy
by Bryan Costales
(182 of 220) Lance Lewis looked at the address and examined the contest rules once again. Sponsored by Jack's Tires, the goal was to find the one house in San Francisco whose address exactly matched its number of
by Bryan Costales
(183 of 220) All performers love the sound of applause. When many people clap with the same timing that is called clapping to the song. Applause is the the sound of many people clapping asynchronously. But why
by Bryan Costales
(184 of 220) Two old wooden clothes pins liked to hang out in the shade all day. They talked about the old days. "I recall that sunny afternoon in the back yard. A fresh sheet, I tell you, the softest most white
by Terry Costales
(185 of 220) Bullets in the Fog © 2007 Bryan Costales Alan Dexter and Phil Morris were half brothers with a common mother. Alan was older and taller, but not the wiser of the two. When they had left for
by Bryan Costales
(186 of 220) Stunt riders await a turn to ride stunts Stunt bicycle riders are a very strange breed. They always seem too large for the tiny bikes they ride. yet that is the point. With small bicycles many
by Bryan Costales
(187 of 220) The Jeremiah O'Brien is one of a class of liberty ships built during World War II. The federal government moved into Sausalito, raped the land, and entered the ship building business in the
by Bryan Costales
(188 of 220) One means to owning a park is to just purchase some parklike land, like that in the picture, and use it yourself. By excluding the public you have created a private park. If you were to do this in
by Bryan Costales
(189 of 220) Jeffrey hated painting that garage door. At his father's insistence, he painted it every spring, each year applying a bright blue coat over a freshly sanded surface. It was hard work, and usually
by Bryan Costales
(190 of 220) While on a walk back from the Aquarium on a rainy afternoon, we stumbled across these plastic stars stuck in the top of a stump. We puzzled over them for several minutes but could not guess what they
by Bryan Costales
(191 of 220) Della Diablure was born a giant. By the time she was fifteen she was already the tallest person in her school. At eighteen she was seven feet tall and invited to join the basketball team. This broke
by Bryan Costales
(192 of 220) Rod Scales Private Eye disembarked the train in Galway, Ireland, and immediately went in search of a taxi. He walked out the main door and saw an imposing line of buses. A ramp-like sidewalk lead
by Bryan Costales
(193 of 220) Andy Tipps liked to kick things. Ever since he was a boy, he found sport in tagging his booted toe to someone's behind. As a teenager he liked to toss a quarter on the ground and when another kid
The rose garden (522 views)
by Terry Costales
(194 of 220) The glowing rose by Bryan Costales There was once a rose garden, and like all rose gardens the roses therein bloomed only after the rains abated. It was in this rose garden that an odd rose was
by Bryan Costales
(195 of 220) The roots that line the Canal Du Midi can be very attractive, yet serve an important purpose. By tangling with the roots of neighboring trees, they form a strongly woven mesh that holds the shore
by Bryan Costales
(196 of 220) Two bland mailboxes rested on a post. They remained mostly quiet, but would occasionally discuss the plight of their owners. One was owned by an poet who worked at home. The other was owned by a
by Bryan Costales
(197 of 220) Freida was a woman who thought herself the most ugly woman in the world. She was bald except for hairy warts covering her head. Her face was pocked, and black hair grew from odd places. She slumped
by Bryan Costales
(198 of 220) When Rod Scales was a young boy, his uncle Kevin Lynch would visit whenever the circus stopped in Miami. Kevin had been a problem as a young teen and hidden one day from the police. When he ducked
by Bryan Costales
(199 of 220) Young Wayne Mobblie looked forward to Christmas break. He needed sleep and relished the thought of sleeping in each day of the break, except Christmas morning, of course. Wayne was sleep deprived
by Bryan Costales
(200 of 220) After work every day, and still well dressed, Jason Fields would stop at the cafe across from the park and pick up an herbal tea to-go. He would then cut across the park, loitering when the weather
by Bryan Costales
(201 of 220) The mobile phone is becoming the ubiquitous camera. It is almost impossible to travel anywhere these days without finding dozens of people snapping away with cell phone cameras. Fortunately, the
by Bryan Costales
(202 of 220) The Statue of Liberty wears a crown with seven spikes. Those seven spikes are supposed to represent either the seven seas or the seven continents. Americans have never had royalty that they could
by Bryan Costales
(203 of 220) Rod Scales, newly minted Private Eye, was not a penny pincher, but tended to be frugal. After all, he was just starting out his career as a private detective and was eating through his savings at an
by Bryan Costales
(204 of 220) The text message on his mobile phone only said, "In front of the Bryson at 14:00 promptly." Al Flemming arrived early and leaned against the light post out front. He glanced at his watch a few
by Bryan Costales
(205 of 220) All that is left of a car long ago dumped in the bay is its axle. Normally it would remain invisible, but this day's minus tide exposed the rusty axle for a while. On the road to zero footprint
by Bryan Costales
(206 of 220) L'Moe Defoet was born and raised in Brussels. When he was eight years old, his father painted the tops of the stone walk in front of their house with bright colors. "These are marine-grade paints,"
by Dr. William Carter
(207 of 220) An overnight stop in Trebes. Bryan Costales, Wednesday 9 May 2007 Three of us sat on the back of the boat as the sun quietly set. The wind died leaving the water glass still. We shot this same boat
by Terry Costales
(208 of 220) Dog observes photographer I was walking back to the boat and looked down a side street. In the photo you might think it's a doorway but it is actually a window several feet above the street. I saw
by Bryan Costales
(209 of 220) Alan Barkley was 30 years old and waited at the top of the escalator for his mail order wife to arrive. He had dressed in shorts and a T-shirt early that morning so that he could impress her with how
by Bryan Costales
(210 of 220) We all learned when young that retailers will price goods a penny or two under an even dollar so that we will "feel" that an item is cheaper than it really is. Visit any large or discount store and
Googly Eye Cru (628 views)
by Bryan Costales
(211 of 220) The eye stickers called "Googly Eye Cru" can be found all over the world and all over the Internet. Who created them is unknown. The ones shown here are well worn and aged. These two were found on
by Bryan Costales
(212 of 220) The blue Screwheaded people arrived from another planet over five years ago. With only one foot, they hop from place to place, but are always frendly and fun to have around. The never talk, and never
by Bryan Costales
(213 of 220) We all worry about gaps. Some of us worry is about the growing gap between rich and poor. During the Cold War we worried about the Missile Gap and the Bomber Gap. Otherwise normal children will
by Bryan Costales
(214 of 220) Go outside to your front steps, your deck, or your patio. Lie on your back and hang your head back over a step or a rail. Look at the world upside down. Not everyone can do this. Not because they
Locks and locks (630 views)
by Bryan Costales
(215 of 220) A rarely seen 130 lock With scissors you can cut off a lock of hair and use that hair to voodoo another, or scare away the competition. With skill you can lock in a good job and become a
by Bryan Costales
(216 of 220) Frank Hibro was thirty five and walked his dog for miles every day. Frank's dog was a medium sized, mixed breed he'd rescued from the animal shelter. The dog's name was Bowzer, because the dog
by Bryan Costales
(217 of 220) Rod Scales lived briefly just off Cortland Avenue in Bernal Heights. He liked the weather there because that part of San Francisco seemed most often to escape the cold fog. Rod liked to spend
by Bryan Costales
(218 of 220) Male artists such as photographers, painters, poets, and writers tend to dress in colorful clothing. Male businessmen and ordinary workers tend to dress in drab outfits such as grays and
by Bryan Costales
(219 of 220) Sadie Sidewell was a young girl but had a cracker-jack mind for numbers and mysteries. Last Saturday morning, for example, she counted the top-story windows in the building on the U.C. Berkeley
by Dr. William Carter
(220 of 220) Bryan Costales Sunday 2 September 2007 This photo was uploaded on April 27, 2007 for display in this photo blog. We have used this interval of recovery from an overseas trip to catch up with a bit