Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Deep Thoughts...

My photo editor doesn't seem to be working you get two random photos. One is the softball field at sunrise--I wish I could convey to you the swarms of mosquitos that filled this scene.

Second shot is a speaker/intercom that had the residue of a birds nest, I thought it was pretty cool and would have made an even cooler shot if the birds had still been occupying the space.

In my own ADHD way these shots made me take my random thought path to "Deep Thoughts" by Jack Handey. I remember Tom and I watching those years ago with my Brother and Sister in Law and laughing ourselves silly. So, just a little flashback...
--It's sad that a family can be torn apart by something as simple as a pack of wild dogs.

--I hope if dogs ever take over the world, and they chose a king, they don't just go by size, because I bet there are some Chihuahuas with some good ideas.

--When you go in for a job interview, I think a good thing to ask is if they ever press charges.

--Probably the earliest flyswatters were nothing more than some sort of striking surface attached to the end of a long stick.

--Whenever I see an old lady slip and fall on a wet sidewalk, my first instinct is to laugh. But then I think, what if I was an ant, and she fell on me. Then it wouldn't seem quite so funny.

--I think somebody should come up with a way to breed a very large shrimp. That way, you could ride him, then after you camped at night, you could eat him. How about it, science?

--People think it would be fun to be a bird because you could fly. But they forget the negative side, which is the preening.

Still funny stuff.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Oh those silly fun loving Catholics....I like the second shot but the sun was playing havoc, so the other one with the tree branches actually ends up with better coloring.

Monday, September 28, 2009

What is that???

Take a guess and then scroll down......

The leg of this lizard/ gecko on Emma's playpen. I'm innundated with gecko's this year. My cat is pretty happy but the dog is freaked out. I'm not enjoying the things at all. They are this icky clear/ pinkish color. Why can't they be cool colors at least so they would be fun to photograph? The sticky pads on the feet were kind of cool looking anyways.

I got nothing guys. I need some inspiration here. Take a big amazing trip to Alaska and Canada and the mundane day to day things come up short. I guess I better challenge myself to step up and get back into the swing of things.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Some people need a leash....

Went to the dog park again tonight. It was pretty croweded. We barely could find a parking spot. These are the things I saw there...

He's barefoot...ugh...

I did mention it was a doggie park there right??

Just call the small running child "bait". Half the dogs thought she was a toy and wanted to play.

This woman was disgusted when she thought this dog would lick her. She is sitting down...In the doggie park she is sitting down. Let me repeat, sitting down in the doggie park--that's just as bad as barefoot boy.

I just posted this last one for the fun of it. This fellow was odd looking but well behaved for a human.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


Small Airplane drags plane/glider into sky (if you zoom close enough in my photo you can see the rope that connects the two .) Then it lets go and glider is on it's own.

I won't be doing that.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pokemon really was dumb....

*+*+*+I ran across this, enjoy!*+*+*+

The Financial Crisis, as Explained to My Fourteen-Year-Old Sister
by Kevin Nguyen on October 1, 2008

Economist Kevin Nguyen explains the country’s economic woes to his younger sister, using Pokémon as an analogy. Seriously.

The following is an actual conversation I had with my younger sister, Olivia. She likes to draw, play World of Warcraft, and now, she’s the only fourteen-year-old girl who understands the U.S. economic crisis.

Kevin: Have you been following the news?

Olivia: Yeah, I don’t really get it.

Kevin: Imagine that I let you borrow $50, but in exchange for my generosity, you promise to pay me back the $50 with an extra $10 in interest. To make sure you pay me back, I take your Charizard Pokémon card as collateral.

Olivia: Kevin, I don’t play Pokémon anymore.

Kevin: I’m getting to that. Let’s say that the Charizard is worth $50, so in case you decide to not return my money, at least I’ll have something that’s worth what I loaned out.

Olivia: Okay.

Kevin: But one day, people realize that Pokémon is stupid and everyone decides that the cards are overvalued. That’s right—everybody turned twelve on the same day! Now your Charizard is only worth, say, $25.

Olivia: Uh-huh.

Kevin: At the same time, you’re having trouble paying back the $60 you owe me. So what would you rather do: try and pay me back the $60 or just default and give me your $25 Charizard?

Olivia: I’d give you the Charizard.

Kevin: Exactly. Who wouldn’t? Now, the bank—I mean me—has lost $25 when I expected to make $10. What’s the lesson here?

Olivia: Pokémon is dumb.

Kevin: True, but keep going.

Olivia: That Pokémon cards might be worth less later than they are now?

Kevin: Close. You just can’t rely on them appreciating in value forever. There’s one other good lesson in this analogy.

Olivia: That you shouldn’t lend me money?

Kevin: A-ha, exactly right! You’re fourteen and have no source of income. What would convince me to lend you money if I’m not sure you can pay it back?

Olivia: Because you could’ve taken my $50 Charizard. So you could have either made $10 or gotten something worth what you gave me. If people didn’t realize Pokémon was dumb, then there was no way for you to lose anything.

Kevin: Now, instead of a loan of $50, imagine that it’s hundreds of thousands of dollars; then instead of a Pokémon card, it’s your house. The U.S.’s prosperity was built on the idea that real estate/Pokémon would never go down. Multiply this wishful thinking by thousands of people in America and you can see the scale of our problem.
Since you couldn’t pay me back, I can’t pay my bills and I can’t loan out any more money. Our country is dependent on the ability to borrow money.

Olivia: That doesn’t make any sense. If I borrow money from you, I’m going to spend it.

Kevin: Well, the idea is that you’ll spend it in a way that will make you more money in the future—like college or starting a business.

Olivia: Oh, okay. I have a question for you: did you use the Pokémon example because you think I’m a nerd?

Kevin: I just wanted to make it easy for you to understand.

Olivia: Fine. But stop telling people I play World of Warcraft. I’m totally over that.

Kevin: Don’t worry, Olivia. I used to be into way nerdier things. Have you heard of Magic: The Gathering?

Olivia: What the hell is that?

Shooting Children....

I guess it's technically Children Shooting...whatever. Sea Cadet's had their gun quals. Nothing really inspired me on this one, except the one of the cadet with the M4. It probably is the casing, but I'll tell myself I caught the bullet in this shot just to please myself.

We have one miniature cadet, all the rest are growing up. This little one is fierce though, and handles the tall people quite well.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Victoria's Secret..

Actually Victoria Canada didn't hold any secrets, she laid it all on the streets. We were only there for a couple hours and just went downtown to shop around a bit. We were actually in port at night so there wasn't a lot of natural light and I didn't shoot a lot. There were a ton of street performers, and a lot of shops and some yummy white wine gelato to top the night off.

Of course walking down the street and seeing Darth Vader and his violin was a total surprise to us.

And this my friends, was the end of Tom's and my trip. If you ever considered an Alaskan Cruise the answer is "YES".

And a final note to my best friend Tom. Happy Anniversary Babes--our trip has got a lot more miles to go, and I'm looking forward to every turn with you.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Catchin Crabs in Ketchikan

We got off the ship and it was pouring rain. We were literally soaked by the time we got off the pier onto our tour bus which took us to a fishing lodge or actually it was a crabbing lodge huh? We hoped a boat and zipped around a bit and learned about crab pots and um---stuff. I'll say my ADHD was kickin around pretty good at this point however and I had a tough time caring about the crabs. Also met some cool folks on the boat from our hometown in Fredericksburg and had to jabber jaw with them for a while.

Our tour guide was a recent college grad from Fort Worth Texas. How bout that?? Really sweet girl who spent the season up in Alaska and intends on spending the upcoming season running tours in Hawaii. What a great way to spend the first couple years after graduation.

After the boat we went to the lodge and enjoyed some fresh crab and beer. (I should mention it was about 9:30 or 10:00 am at this point) Tom enjoyed the crab immensely. It really was the best we had had in years. No seasoning at all, just simply cooked to perfection! The beer was called Amber and apparently it is starting to gain a good reputation, I wouldn't know but hey it was OK. Did I mention 9:30 am??

The mini quilt was in the lodge, I really wanted to steal this. It made me think of my favorite ladies. The lodge owner (who is a woman) runs and owns the place made it. They all have the same bad jokes up there. For every woman there's 4 men...the odds are good but the goods are odd---and you probably need all 4 men to make one set of teeth.

The day was so bleak I tried just to get some "artsy" shots of the leave in a more silhouette form..not so good.

Monday, September 21, 2009


Inadequate is the only word that describes my capacity to photograph this location. The most amazingly pristine place I've ever seen. It was massive, truly enormous. There was something to see in every location that you looked. And it was silent, or maybe it just felt that way. But almost everyone was dumbstruck at this site. This was Tracy's Arm. Even the shot of another ship exiting the Fjord where we were getting ready to enter does not fully explain how huge it all was. (Remeber, the ship is probably about 10-15 stories high and you cannot see even close to the top of any of these mountains.) Just to give you another example, in most situations a ship can only broach land up to a certain point or risk running aground, here however, the ship had the ability to get very very close to land as the land plummeted straight down into the water over 1000 feet deep. Guess there's no wading around here in the summer.

Too much of the glacier had been calving so there was too much ice in the water and we were limited in how close we could get. The ice on top of the water hid the fact that the ice below the water was at least 7 times it's size. The water was an unusual teal color and the ice bergs were blue like Windex cleaner. The icebergs almost seemed to be illuminated from inside at times. In one shot above the wall of the mountain has a whale on it, can you see it?? On my other lovely illustrated shot you can see where the chunk of snow gouged a path down the front of the mountain. I show that as on the photos from yesterday you can see a bunch of locations where the mountain was gouged from snow and ice running down the mountain.
There is one word of advice and caution to be given those intending to visit Alaska for pleasure. If you are old, go by all means. But if you are young, wait. The scenery of Alaska is much grander than anything else of the kind in the world and it is not well to dull one's capacity for enjoyment by seeing the finest first.” ----National Geographic Society President Henry Gannett Member of the 1899 Harriman Expedition to Alaska

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Alaskan Jeep Jamboree..

I guess there were about 15 Jeeps on this jaunt through the mountains. Tom really had fun this day. All of the jeeps came back alive, probably cause I opted not to drive. It was cool to see the old CB radios in these things...that was fun.

I wish we could have stopped every 5 minutes to take photos, but apparently that wasn't what this excursion was about. Really amazingly beautiful area. We drove over an hour each way to get into Canada and the location we covered was virtually uninhabited by people. Once in Canada there was a such a tiny town we stopped in before we got to the area where we went off roading. I'm guessing 100-200 people at most lived in the area of that town.
I look at most of these photos and it makes me think of the 500 peice puzzles we used to try when we were kids.

Just another tease???

OK, another busy day and night. So I'm not going to post a bunch of pics tonight...

About Skagway though, I think they are considered more of a Burrough as they aren't even big enough to be considered a town. There are only about 800 people who live there all the time and about 1600 during tourist season. They actually have close to a million tourists a year. Can you imagine only having 800 people in your town?? These last couple of photos are from us walking around town.
We actually had a Jeep ride at this port. We drove about an hour from Skagway into BC Canada. Tom enjoyed that trip a lot and I'll post the couple pics of that run tomorrow. We saw some beautiful country there and had some fun off roading a bit.

Friday, September 18, 2009


Skagway was a lovely little town , but I have a lovely little girl with me tonight so we'll have to talk more about Skagway tomorrow. This is just a shot in town.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Whales and Tails...

Just a couple shots to finish out Tom's and my day in Juneau. After we left the Mendenhall we went to a dock and hopped on a smaller boat. Trekked around the waterways a bit for some whale watching and saw some seals sunning themselves on a buoy. Just before we left we spotted an eagle in a tree. The sun was behind him so he was mostly a silhouette. We swung the boat around a bit to get better light and noted the female on the limb below him preening her feathers. Those shots aren't as great, but it was very exciting to see.

By this point Tom was engrossed in conversation with the guy manning the boat and wasn't even pretending to take photo's any longer. We did not ride in those kayak's or canoes above--they just happened to be at the dock and I decided to shoot them.

As for the whales, they appeared to be all humpback and we really never spotted any Orca. We did learn however, that all whales have individual tail marking same as humans fingerprints. There is a sight called NOAA where they track all these whales. Apparently you can submit photo's of whale tails and they will send you back information on that specific whale. How fun would that job be?? We did spend most of our whale watching waiting for plumes of mist to come up from the water which indicated a whale was coming up for air and then seeing the hump of the back. Hearing the mumble of all the photographers "oh, I hope we get good tail on this one". I for one believe we all deserve good tail once in a while.