Taking picutres of fireworks is suprisingly easy. I promise a full post on the HOW TO for both fireworks and lightning in the coming weeks but for now a few quick pointers to get started. Just a few simple steps to get you moving. 1. You have to have a tripod or something stable to [...]
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It has just simply stopped raining. My buddy John Fleck reports that water supplies are the worst ever seen: With the preliminary April 1 runoff forecast numbers in hand, this is “the worst year ever” on the Rio Grande, according to Phil King, New Mexico State University professor and the water management adviser to the [...]
The very first thing that comes to my mind when I think “cemetery” is a polka. My favorite polka actually. Specifically Tom Waits “Cemetery Polka“. The second thing I think of is a night I jumped a fence in eastern France with a Moroccan archaeologist, a Spanish archaeologist and a French kid who said “Ya. [...]
Editor’s Note: Brutal rule by an oligarchy is never as far off as we might think. It is something that has happened far too often throughout history and it is a danger the supposedly democratized “Western world” is dangerously close to falling back into at the moment. Too few people hold too much power and [...]
Joannes Benedictus van Heutsz was one bad dude. As Military Governor of the Aceh Province in what was then known as the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), van Heutsz set out to crush the twenty-five year old rebellion against the brutal Dutch rule. He was wildly successful. Of course it is estimated that some 70,000 [...]
The kids and I were out in a foot of fresh powdery snow most of yesterday. We were up in the Arroyo Hondo valley north of Taos New Mexico on the north edge of the Colombine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area. We built a snow tunnel, followed animal tracks and built a little fire to warm up on [...]
As far as we know, glass blowing was invented by the Phoenicians somewhere along the Lebanese coast a little more than 2000 years ago. I’ll be honest – in my opinion, it has to be older than that. You can imagine some ancient seamen, hungry, preparing a meal on stones over a fire, noticing that [...]
When I bought my Nikon D3000 nearly three years ago, I had no idea what HDR (High Dynamic Range imaging) was. And yet, I was seeing these images out there on the web (many from photographers I know personally) and in some magazines that were very frustrating to me. Even with all my years of experience [...]
Museums in London are famous. From the British Museum to the Tate. From the National Gallery to Madame Tussauds. London museums have everything you want – and more. It seems that a return to Finland is in store late next summer. On the way, I’ll be making a stopover in London – one of those [...]
One of the things I like most about the Colorado State Fair – and all county and state fairs of the United States for that matter – are the interesting and unusual people you meet. I mean, really. Who in the hell actually runs away and joins the circus? Well, these people did. And in case you [...]
The intrepid Pietro della Valle reported a large and sophisticated and rapid ferris wheel at the Ramadan Festival in Constantinople in 1615. It was the beginning of his Pilgrimage to India. The ferris wheel Peter Mundy stumbled upon in Philippopolis was: “…like a Craine wheele att Customhowse Key and turned in that Manner, whereon Children sitt on little seats hunge round about in severall [...]
Dystopian Taos at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Some might get upset at my characterization of the mass of ad hoc vendors on the west edge of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge as “dystopian” but there is surely something Mad Max-ish about the whole scene. “Circus” would not be a reach. I mean no [...]
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- On The River Arno – Florence – My Shot of the Day, September 28, 2013 September 28, 2013
- “No. No. You May Not Have an Americano” – My Shot of the Day – October 5, 2013 October 5, 2013
- Larciano Castello – My Shot of the Day – October 9, 2013 October 9, 2013
- Taos Mountain, New Mexico – My Shot of the Day – November 23, 2013 November 23, 2013
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