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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (August 2017): Summer

Summer went by way too fast. We made the most of it, however. Backpacking, kayaking, hiking were all on the menu early on. As summer wound down, we made a quick trip to the islands for an under water adventure.
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We were able to make 10 dives over the week. We saw lots of marine life: nurse sharks, eagle rays, sting rays, moray eels, and turtles, both hawksbills and a couple of big loggerheads like this one. He's about 5 ft from nose to tail.
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But all good things end. John was wrapping up a sunset paddle as the sun sets on his last summer living at home.
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Our flight home wasn't until after lunch, so Will squeezed one more paddle in before loading up for home.
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And just like that, we are back and they are back to school. Will starts his sophomore year and John starts his senior year. Time flies.
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And a bonus pic of the solar eclipse we experienced here. We were in the 75% zone so this was as total as we got. This was through an IR filter.
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Monday, August 07, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (July 2017): Point of View

Crap! I have 11 hours to put together this post. I have been on vacation and away from my computer so let's see if we can get this point of view started!

After fireworks, I noticed the bridge all lit up, since I had my tripod with me I decided to take a bit of a long exposure.
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I was able to help some old friends out on a short film they were producing. We had planned on driving through this old railroad tunnel but a gate has recently gone up. No worries, the UAV provided the Point of View necessary.
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My 12 of 12 this month was all about Point of View, down in this case.
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I got a new GoPro to replace my waterlogged one. Testing it out from the pool.
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And the reason I'm so late and needed the new camera: I've spent the last 10 days on Grand Cayman and under the sea. This is a still taken from a video and then edited some so it's lost some sharpness. Eels are cool! Link to the video is here, the eel shows up around the one minute mark.
Moray eel. #latergram #underthesea

No time for chit chat, I need to get this posted!

Monday, July 03, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (June 2017): Different lens/camera

I haven't used this mirrorless Lumix in quite a while. Lately, the iPhone has been my main camera with my old 5DMkII when I remember to bring a "real" camera. I bought the Lumix in 2014 for our first trip to Philmont Scout Ranch. It is WAY lighter than the 5D. Last time I brought all sorts of solar recharging goodness that never worked right and weighed a ton. This year, I ordered three more batteries, charged all five fully and didn't get through three in the 12 days. My iPhone was still used quite a bit, just more easily accessible but these were all taken with the Lumix. I carried a long lens with me as well and never pulled it out of the bag. I hate when I carry things for 12 days and 60 miles and then never use them. Anyway, here's a selection, you can see all my photos as well as those of my crew mates over at flickr in my Philmont album.

This first one is at the opening chapel. Philmont holds several chapel services every night, they have a separate chapel available for many different religions. This was from the Protestant chapel. The only rain we got for 12 days was during the chapel service. This was just after the rains.
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This was taken at Crater Lake, the Tooth of Time is seen in the background. We came through here in 2014 but didn't get to stay. I was glad we had an overnight here this year. The staff put on an excellent campfire show.
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The first staff camp we visited that I hadn't at least been to before was Black Mountain. Here the boys did blacksmithing and got to shoot black powder rifles. Here is Will at the forge. 
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Here we are at Cimmarroncito Resevoir with Cathedral Rock next to it.
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In 2014, John was just 13 and out of the 8th grade, that is the minimum age for a Philmont trek. He always said he looked terrified in our photos at the top of the Tooth of Time so he wanted a photo that showed more confidence this time. I'd say this does it. You can't get any higher on the Tooth!
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This trip was very special in that both of my boys were able to participate this year. It was also special because it could really be my last trek to Philmont. Crews are 12 people max and I need to make sure other folks have the opportunity to participate. We did around 90 miles last time and stayed primarily at trail camps. The 60-ish miles and more staff camps was a completely different experience and I might have enjoyed it a bit more. I know I liked the part where we did 5-7 mile days instead of 10-12 mile days. 

If you liked these and want more, or didn't like then and want different, head over to a lil hoohaa and check out the rest of the participants. And join us next month, won't you?

Friday, June 02, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (May 2017): Look up

Look up! and May is gone. Look up! and we are almost half way through 2017 already. Look up and see some interesting things.

These guys have mad a complete mess of my patio. They just had their second go around so hopefull they will be flying away soon.
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If you look up, you may see me passing over.
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It's not me, is it you? I looked up and waved.
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Look up and see some interesting cloud patterns.
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Look up 'cause the trees have snakes, y'all!
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And another month is complete. Thanks for looking. I look forward to seeing what June brings.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (April 2017): Color

Color/Colour - That is the theme for April. We were blessed with a good mix of rain and sun this early part of the year so we have some color to share.

This little guy is cute but he/she sure makes a mess. A mud wren or swallow of some kind. Nasty nest in the house and poop everywhere. I'm going to have to figure out a way to keep them away from the house next year.
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Again, the weather has been great but so much has been going on that we haven't had much camping opportunity. The council put on a camporee at a local college and that got some of our newer guys out to at least get a starter course in setting up camp and cooking. The morning started early!
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After a ton of work, I finally got the pool looking good and then my rock guys came back to work on the patio and it's cloudy once again due to rock dust. But at least I have evidence...
Water selfie.

I found these pretty little buttercups out on a walk.
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Hello, Mr. Tree Frog. We have a ton of these guys around the house. Makes for quite the chorus in the evening and through the night. Also gives our hawk a bit of a snack. :o
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (March 2017): Four

I'm late so please excuse my lack of verbosity, I just want to get this submitted. March was a busy month but all of them seem so these days.

March is my mother-in-law's birthday month. She was extremely sick last year at her birthday so we are happy to have her celebrate another.
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The early part of our spring break was spent backpacking. It was supposed to be several days but the rain wouldn't let us get out to the park. Lost Maples SNA is gorgeous, especially in the fall when the leaves change. 
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Four cooks prepping dinner.
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Our back half of spring break took us to Steamboat Springs. Our skiing was well documented as you can tell.
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Finally, March brings out our wildflowers and our Texas favorite, bluebonnets, Lupinus texensis. And also brings our annual bluebonnet photos.
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I'll try to do better in April. Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (February 2017): Love

Love is in the air... in all the photos you see. This month's Photo Blogging Challenge theme was love. I'd love to show you what I have!

I love the time I get to spend with the scouts. They tried hard to catch some trout at a pond in a state park that had been recently stocked. It was just too warm.
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I love that this one is starting to figure out how to fix his own issues. I know nothing about cars, so I'm not much help.
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I love that my wife is great at making sure we have a little something for all the holidays. She can run with a theme!
Early Valentines Cake!

I love the crazy things we do as a family, even though we are missing one in this photo, like running through the streets of Austin for 13.1 or 26.2 miles depending on ones activity level. (hint: the boys took the shorter course)
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And finally, I just love to be outside whenever I can. Especially when the weather is like this!
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So, how about that. 5 photos. It's been a busy month but a good one. Go take a look at a 'lil hoohaa for the other entrys to this month. I think March is year 4! Join us. Visit my flickr stream for a daily dose of me.