Lifeguard Station

Lifeguard Station Early morning. Except for a few dedicated walkers on the shoreline, I had the beach to myself while I waited for the sun to break through the clouds. The sunrise was a non-event, too much cloud cover, but as it got lighter the day looked promising. My patience was rewarded when a few … Continue reading Lifeguard Station

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Foggy Morning

There is little known about this photo; i.e. where or why it was taken.  Perhaps it was the irony of an open sunflower on a foggy day. While cleaning out my 2012 folder, purging  un-starred photos to make more storage space on my computer, I randomly opened this one.  The overcast scene was typical of the last … Continue reading Foggy Morning

Nebraska Landscape

I needed a landscape for the theme of a photo contest.  One of the contest rules was the photo had to be taken after May, 2016.  I have plenty of sunsets, seascapes and landmarks, but no landscapes of exotic places. What's wrong with Verdigre, Nebraska!?   A farming community of Czech heritage in the northeast … Continue reading Nebraska Landscape

Sand Hills Safari

I just returned from a photo-safari of rural Nebraska; I called it my Sand Hills Safari because most of it focused on the western half of the state. Before I retired, my job took me to the western-most parts of Kansas and I called these trips a "tumble weed tour".   I was surprised to find … Continue reading Sand Hills Safari

Crail, Scotland

Crail is a small fishing village on the east coast of Scotland, just down the road a few miles from St. Andrews. I was drawn to the area by stories of a picturesque stone harbor that shelters the fishing boats from the roaring winds off the North Sea, but found this scene first.  Maybe it … Continue reading Crail, Scotland

Fall Colors

I just returned from four days in Park City, UT:  lots of mountain landscape photos with golden aspens sprinkled here and there amongst the pine trees.  Very pretty. But, my pictures aren't ready yet so you'll have to settle for this beautiful scene from Vermont, taken last fall near Manchester, VT.  Not only were the … Continue reading Fall Colors

Cattle Crossing?

In the Must-See-To-Believe department, I came across this cattle crossing sign in southern Utah, somewhere along UT-24 east of Capitol Reef National Park.  The road was on top of a narrow mesa, and the edge of the mesa kept getting closer to each side of the road as I continued east.  At some point, I … Continue reading Cattle Crossing?

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef is a little known National Park in southern Utah on Utah's scenic highway 12, just a pleasant drive northeast of Bryce Canyon.  The paved  scenic drive is only 8 miles long taking you through endless rock formations of red sandstone.  Even though the cliffs rise over 1,000' above the road, after the first … Continue reading Capitol Reef National Park

Columbia River Gorge

This is my second serious attempt at HDR.  See definition of HDR and my first attempt here. I like this one a lot better.  While it looks a bit over saturated, that's exactly the feel I had when I was in the bottom of this gorge ... saturated.  I also like the way the HDR … Continue reading Columbia River Gorge

Granville, NY

This is my first serious attempt at High Dynamic Range ("HDR") photography, where three or more shots of the same scene/image are taken at various exposures to collect detail in shadows, highlights and everything in between.  Its a method used to capture a scene on paper that looks the way you saw it in person. … Continue reading Granville, NY

First Snow

The first snow of the year came yesterday.   Ugggh.  Geez, do we really need four seasons to make the calendar complete?  The first snow wasn't just a preview either, not a dusting, not a warning of things to come.   No, it was the whole enchilada, 4-6" of wet, heavy snow for the first … Continue reading First Snow

Vermont Harvest

Scratch another one off my Bucket List, the fall colors of New England.  I found that catching the turning leaves at their peak can be a crap shoot, and a day or two either way can make a big difference.   Even in the same day, you can go from no fall colors to peak … Continue reading Vermont Harvest

Canon fire

I've often wondered how my super-sophisticated, high-tech Canon DSLR would fare against the cannons used in the Civil War.  At 8.5 frames per second, my Canon could easily "outshoot" the lumbering 2,000 lb  single-shot artillery pieces used at Gettysburg.  But the battlefield is so massive, approximately 3 x 5 miles, I wasn't sure I'd have enough "ammuniton".  If … Continue reading Canon fire

Old and New

This scene really got my attention.  First of all, just the barn itself on a stone foundation, still standing tall.   A new paint job will do wonders, but the old gal is so sturdy-looking, the windows are still square, no sagging or leaning of the main frame.   The windows look like they have cardboard covering them from … Continue reading Old and New

Burn Baby, Burn!

Prairie Burn Earlier this week I had the opportunity to document the controlled burning of 35 acres of native grasses and wild flowers.  What was once left to Mother Nature, with lightning strikes and wildfires, today's prairies are nurtured with periodic, carefully-planned and controlled burns.       Native grasses can grow over six feet tall.  … Continue reading Burn Baby, Burn!

Creepy Memories

Japanese Gardens Do you remember what movie scenes or make-believe stories scared the hell out of you as a kid, but now, as an adult you think of them as nothing but "kids' stories"?   For me, it was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Seems kind of silly now, but the "Mirror, mirror on the wall" … Continue reading Creepy Memories

Old Farm, New Windmill

This scene made me think of my grandparent's farm in western Nebraska.  Windmills were a common sight back then, but they were the type seen below: a lattice structure about twenty feet tall, and a tail or weather vane to catch the wind and rotate the large wheel so the wheel's blades would catch the wind … Continue reading Old Farm, New Windmill