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Old School Photo Hack & Storm Walker

My Muse for 25-Years

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Cindy, just as lovely as she was 25-years ago -- Asticou Inn, Maine (June 2015)iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Cindy, just as lovely as she was 25-years ago — Asticou Inn, Maine (June 2015)
iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

I’m an incredibly lucky guy.  Twenty-five years ago, this lovely woman cast her lot with mine and it’s been the best thing that’s ever happened to me.  To celebrate the occasion, we traveled to Acadia National Park this past weekend and spent a few days there… hiking, sightseeing, critter-watching, playing in the rain, taking photographs, and sampling their culinary delights.  It was a glorious anniversary gift to one another and one I’ll always remember.

Inspiration for L.L. Bean

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Mitchell Cove -- Mt. Desert Island, Maine (June 2015) iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Mitchell Cove — Mt. Desert Island, Maine (June 2015)
iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Ruling the Roost

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Beautiful fowl -- Southern Pennsylvania (March 2006)Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Beautiful fowl — Southern Pennsylvania (March 2006)
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Pinecone Study

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Pinecone in the sunrise -- Southwestern Colorado (June 2007)Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm

Pinecone in the sunrise — Southwestern Colorado (June 2007)
Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm

Winter’s Coming

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Lockkeeper's house at Edwards Ferry -- Central Maryland (February 2006)Canon 20D + 16-35/2.8L

Lockkeeper’s house at Edwards Ferry — Central Maryland (February 2006)
Canon 20D + 16-35/2.8L

Inside the Nave

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National Cathedral -- Washington, DC (November 2004)Canon 20D + 16-35/2.8L

National Cathedral — Washington, DC (November 2004)
Canon 20D + 16-35/2.8L

Dawn on the Finger Lakes

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One of the ferries that ply the Finger Lakes -- Central New York (June 2005)Canon 20D + 16-35/2.8L

One of the ferries that ply the Finger Lakes — Central New York (June 2005)
Canon 20D + 16-35/2.8L

Speed Sled

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Lockheed SR-71 at the Udvar-Hazy Center-- Chantilly, Virginia (November 2004)Canon 20D + 16-35/2.8L

Lockheed SR-71 at the Udvar-Hazy Center– Chantilly, Virginia (November 2004)
Canon 20D + 16-35/2.8L

Video Link: Art of the Storm

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Little Miss

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Nala sunning herself on our piano -- Central Maryland (March 2005)Canon 20D + 85/1.2L

Nala sunning herself on our piano — Central Maryland (March 2005)
Canon 20D + 85/1.2L

This was taken a year after we brought Nala home for the first time; she’s six-years old in this image and a full-on sour puss.  She was a legitimate rescue, and so mean and angry that they essentially gave us money to take her home, because she had been in the shelter for eighteen-months and we were the only ones that had ever shown any interest in her.

And now?  She’s the sweetest kitty we could hope for, though it was a long time coming.  She’s sixteen this year and demands a warm lap to rest her weary bones upon every night, but she purrs at the slightest opportunity.  We’ll miss her terribly when the Sandman finally comes for her, something we feel will probably occur in the next year or so.

Here Comes the Sun

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Enjoying the crisp air -- Washington, DC (April 2015)Leica M7 + Kodak Ektar 100 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Enjoying the crisp air — Washington, DC (April 2015)
Leica M7 + Kodak Ektar 100 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

In the Pre-Dawn at Great Falls

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Timed exposure of the falls -- Great Falls, Maryland (September 2004)Canon 10D + 16-35/2.8L

Timed exposure of the falls — Great Falls, Maryland (September 2004)
Canon 10D + 16-35/2.8L

Weather Moving In

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The mountains generating their own weather -- Southwestern Colorado (July 2004)Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

The mountains generating their own weather — Southwestern Colorado (July 2004)
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Alpine Purple

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Up above 10,000 feet -- Southwestern Colorado (July 2004)Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Up above 10,000 feet — Southwestern Colorado (July 2004)
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

I Sing the Body Electric

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Tracks... real or fake? -- Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (September 2014)Zeiss Ikon ZM film + Voigtländer Ultron 35/1.2 ASPH II

Tracks… real or fake? — Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (September 2014)
Zeiss Ikon ZM film + Voigtländer Ultron 35/1.2 ASPH II

These are supposed to be bear tracks, but we’re a bit suspicious. Why?  Because we’ve seen a number of brown bear and grizzly tracks up close and personal over the years and they looked very different from these.

Once while we were visiting Glacier National Park back in the mid-1990’s, we had a mama grizzly — with cubs — come chuffing and grumping through our campsite in the middle of the night, starting us awake with her foraging noises and leaving us paralyzed in stark terror.  Much later after sun-up, we discovered she had left long claw marks in the roof of our pickup truck as we cowered just a few feet away in our flimsy tent (feeling like we were delectable human tacos on the verge of being discovered), and she and her babies had wandered around our camping area leaving all sorts of tracks. Continue Reading →

All Seven

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Full-spectrum color at the US Botanic Garden -- Washington, DC (March 2009)Leica D-LUX 4 + 24-60mm

Full-spectrum color at the US Botanic Garden — Washington, DC (March 2009)
Leica D-LUX 4 + 24-60mm

Arid Beauty

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Growing out of solid rock -- Western Wyoming (September 2014)Zeiss Ikon ZM film + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

Growing out of solid rock — Western Wyoming (September 2014)
Zeiss Ikon ZM film + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

Tollkeeper

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Fat chipmunk looking for handouts -- Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (September 2014)Sony NEX-5N + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

Fat chipmunk looking for handouts — Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (September 2014)
Sony NEX-5N + Voigtländer Heliar 12/5.6 ASPH II

Tightening Up Security for Comments

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As a supporter of free speech I hate to do this, but I’ve noticed more and more in-bound comments being made here on my site that are either determined spamming efforts or attempts at trying to provoke a response of some sort.  Additionally, I read a surprising EU court decision that stated websites are liable for users’ comments, which you can read the details of here.  Akismet has already filtered out almost 200 thousand of the most obvious spam comments as of this writing, but the spammers are getting ever more sophisticated.

Based upon these events, I’m tightening up the security for leaving comments here; you now have to login to WordPress, Twitter, or Facebook before submitting comments.  Sorry, but that’s the way it has to be.

Thunderheads Rage

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Thunderheads stacking up at sunset -- Southwestern Montana (September 2014) Sony NEX-5N + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH

Thunderheads stacking up at sunset — Southwestern Montana (September 2014)
Sony NEX-5N + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH

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