I spy : Case I

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I spy with a digital eye, this city

(Hint : If you really zoom in, you can probably read some name off the buildings :)) 

 

So every so often, I will post a pic with the accompanying line:

I spy with a digital eye “……………..”.

If you are interested, take a guess, a wild guess, an informed guess or may be you have a sure shot answer. Leave it in the comments.  The following week, I will post the answer along with any tidbits about the picture that I can remember.

If you are right, well I do not have any prizes or raffles to give away, but you can take pride in investigative work well done, or in your impeccable observation or both! 🙂

If you have a similar picture of your own, post it on your blog and link it to this post, and we can start a “spy ring” or a “spy chain” 🙂

THE “I SPY” IDEA : I was browsing through my pictures folder on a snowy winter weekend with a friend, when she started asking me about some of the pictures like what were they or where were they taken! I asked her to take a guess before I gave her an answer. I realized I have a bunch of such pics where a second look, a closer look, a little bit of googling can mean a revelation. 🙂 Also I love games and puzzles. And so the idea for this series of photographs which I call  “I Spy” came into being. (similar to the popular kids’ game – I spy.) 

P.S. Turns out there is a podcast about surveillance concerns and spying by smart assistants like google, Alexa etc…under the name “I Spy with my digital eye”. It is similar but not in the same spirit as this little game of mine, but  Rant to self: Sigh! When will I come with an idea/ tagline that has not already been thought of…..some day in the near future hopefully!

 

 

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This past year : Springfield on tap (Feb. 2017)

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Recently, an article on the internet told me I belong to a group called “Supertasters” – people who find beer unbearably bitter and so do not enjoy it. (Well there are other things that make one a super taster too, but this one surely stuck.)

So as the designated driver for my friends headed to a “beer fest” – Springfield on tap, I had to find ways to keep myself entertained – so I carried my camera along. This was my first time at such an event, so I did not know what to expect really, except a drunk crowd. But it was a lot more fun than I expected. First, many thought I was there to cover the event as an official photographer of sorts ( because lets be real here, who carries a DSLR and a zoom lens to a beer fest :)), which helped a lot with getting people to pose for pics. Secondly, after a few beers, everyone was super happy and friendly, which made interactions all the more fun and sometimes outright hilarious.

My friends got VIP tickets (means a couple more freebies, and you get in at 12:30pm instead of 2:00pm, so you avoid some of the lines and get to taste the good beers before they are gone), and they thought the additional hour and a half was worth it. I got the DD ticket which was 10$, which I thought was totally worth it too – I did end up having a lot of fun. You can find more information on this year’s event here (Feb 3rd 2018) :

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Besides a good collection of local beers , there was live music and many games to play and plenty of spots to snap quick selfies or crazy group pics. And if you feel particularly artsy after gulping down a few glasses, there is also a chalkboard, where people a lot of people did let there inner artists out (rather blatantly at times :)). I added to the mess too – drew this New England Patriots logo and was thrilled to see later that someone thought I did a “good job” :). Oh and the patriots did end up getting “ONE MORE”!

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I am sorry, I do not really have any information on the type of beers here, because hey I was not there for the beer. But I hope the link to their site above, gives you an idea. Here are a few of the many shots I took at the event.

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Behind the scenes 🙂

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Those pretzel necklaces are a good idea 🙂 Just saying

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Thank you for posing! You guys were awesome 🙂

 

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Live Music!

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The crazy chalk board 🙂

What I thought would be a long and boring day, driving a few drunk people to and from Springfield, actually turned out to be a lot of fun. (I thoroughly enjoyed myself even minus the beer).

This is the third year for the event and its in the first week of February, when there is not much to do outside in the cold in New England anyway. So if you are looking for something fun to do in the area, this may be something you can consider. (It is somewhat expensive I have to admit, but then you don’t go to a beer fest everyday or do you? 😉 )

Just FYI!  On the site, it reads: “Seize the hopportunity to try 130+ craft beers in one day at the 3rd annual Springfield on Tap! We’ll be serving up good times and great craft beer and we want YOU to join us. Tip back unlimited samples or hop it up to the VIP level for an additional sampling shenanigans. Sip the day away while enjoying live music entertainment and food from local vendors.”

 

Weekly Photo Challenge : Weathered

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Remains of S.S. Atlantas, the second concrete ship constructed for the World War I Emergency Fleet (at a time when steel was scarce). It was a functional ship (who would have thought – a concrete ship :)) until 1926, when a storm ran it aground near Sunset Beach @ Cape May, NJ. Since then, rain, sun, wind and water have taken a toll on the ship. The pictures above are what remains of the ship that once criss crossed the Atlantic. 

The cormorants seem to have made it their home for now and will probably stick around until the ship is completely gone. Check out the photos on this link too see the gradual decay of the ship from when it first hit ground to the present day. 

Here’s what the sign reads :

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In response to the weekly photo challenge : weathered

P.S. Sunset beach in Cape May is also famous for Cape May diamonds, did you know?