We Bought A Boat

After decades of dreaming and years of other priorities, we have finally purchased a sailboat.  And we're loving it.  It's a learning opportunity, a camping opportunity, a swimming platform, and an efficiency machine that runs on wind.  I am thoroughly enjoying...

2022 New Era?

It's been a while since I checked in with this blog.  A lot has changed.  We're post Pandemic.  Russia is at war in Ukraine.  My parents are divorcing.  Roe vs. Wade is apparently being reversed in the Supreme Court. Our third child is graduating from High School. ...

Blogging Once a Day or Once a Year

It’s been more than a year since I last blogged.  When I started the blogging project I was blogging daily.  Perhaps I need to find a happier medium.  Life updates are in order: we’re coming up on our 21st anniversary, my second born is 18, graduated, and has moved...

A Pandemic and A New Job

Been a while since I checked in here. Idaho is just about done with Phase One of emerging from lockdown due to the pandemic/ scare. I personally think we've over reacted.  Sometimes I quip that we made the mistake of naming and paying attention to the predominant flu...

A New Decade

It's been a while since I posted.  Since last time, I've been to Italy with Claire (my beloved wife) and we've celebrated our 19th year of marriage.  Our 18 year old daughter has moved out, our 4th and 5th kids are both in school for the first time, and we're only...

UI Photog

Lately I've been busy.  One of my regular annual gigs came up with a short turn around time, and I had to take care of that and then the UI (University of Idaho) was able to give me some regular hours again.  So I've been busy over the last few weeks. I was a...

Don’t Wash Your Hair So Much

Ok, I'm going to branch out a bit.  Consider this a bit of a PSA (Public Service Announcement).  When I was growing up I saw my grandpa and my uncle using hair gel.  I believed it was the only way to keep my unruly hair from "poofing" and because of my double cowlick...

Pray About It

We say "I'll pray about it" when we don't want to give an answer.  Isn't that the starkest truth of the matter? If we knew for sure, or if we could win the argument wouldn't we just pursue it?  "I'll pray about it" is a stalling tactic.  Isn't it?  Now actually, I...

Photog Class 8: Personal Vision

In this final installment of the crash course in photography I want to discuss the goal, the end game, what the point of all the efforts in photography really are.  On first review, photography is more or less about making nice or beautiful pictures.  But what makes...

Summer Leaves

Hot muggy weather, thunder and hail, and all the leaves-- even though it's not officially summer, I think we're pretty much there.  I'm wearing shorts, and I took a short snooze earlier on our new deck stairs landing in my zero gravity chair. As I get older I like...

Sunday in Spring

Today was a good day.  We went to church.  The big kids were both volunteering (yeah, they are pretty amazing!), but all I had to do was text them from bed that they should make sure to go with each other, and the case was solved.  The rest of us showed up just before...

Human Habitat

Humans are builders.  Some animals like prairie dogs and beavers build things, and of course, birds build nests. But humans create very sophisticated habitat for themselves.  The urban habitat with skyscrapers and subways is complex at a level that makes the whole...

Ancient and Future Wind

What does it mean that the animation of weather induced air currents has preceded my existence by at least six thousand years, and is very likely to succeed my earthly journey by at least as many millennia?  We think of winds and weather as temporary and changeable,...

Is “Like-Minded Friend” an Oxymoron?

So maybe that title looks like nonsense to you.  Maybe you think "of course, you can have like-minded friends, that's what draws people together, shared values!" And that's right, I can pretty much agree with that statement. So is that the end of the story?  Well, not...

The Difficult That I Do Not Think Is Work

Today on YouTube I was listening to Mark Manson on the Impact Theory vlog with Tom Bilyue.  You can listen to the interview/podcast here although I need to give a language alert.  Mark's book is named "The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F$%*" so swearing comes up a few...

Travel Camera

We're planning a trip, and I'm trying to decide between a few different main camera options.  Here are the options on the table: Take my Sony a7iii and three zoom lenses including my large 70-200 f2.8.  I'm worried that the 70-200 is too big and heavy. Take my Sony...

Photog Class 5: The Moment

A photograph is a visual moment frozen in time. Whether you have captured the sunlight shining through a rolling breaker wave, or a fleeting expression on a mother's face at a wedding there is an enduring and captivating magic in the ability of the camera to freeze...

68 GB

I attended and photographed the the UI commencement for the first time today. I've lived in Moscow, Idaho since 1996 minus 2000-2001 and I have never attended a commencement at UI.  I brought home about 68 GB of photos.  And commensurate with that number I was...

VIPs and Cameras

Definitely one of the perks of being a photographer is that your job takes you to photograph interesting people, and sometimes those people are also VIPs.  Tonight was one of those nights.  I covered the Presidents Commencement Dinner for the University of Idaho and I...

Public Relations and Publicity

I'm watching the Netflix documentary on Donald Trump right now.  The role of Public Relations and Publicity in his whole story is very interesting.  I'm interested in his story as an avatar for what social media and the availability of unlimited distribution has put...

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