Mother Nature is the artist. I just collect the memories…

Night Time

Vietnam War Memorial

I saw the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. when I was, like…10 or 11 years old.  At the time, I wanted to see it at night, but my parents weren’t interested, so I never did.  Now there is a mobile version, and it made a stop in Bishop this weekend as part of our Mule Days Celebration.  So I, of course, had to go see it at night…

Haunting Vision

 

Late Night Visitors

 

Vietnam War Memorial

I’m really glad I went out tonight.  It’s here all weekend, so I might get a chance to see it tomorrow night, too.  That would be cool…

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Landscapes, Lizards, and More Fire

Kevin flies back to Colorado tomorrow.  It’s been an incredible week, but I’ll be sad to see him go.  We’re making plans for him to come visit again in August, and that will be really nice, but…I’m gonna miss him when he leaves…

Yea, it’s really been an incredible week.  I met my son.  Zayne met her brother.  And we really enjoyed each others’ company.  It will definitely be sad to watch him go, but I know he’ll be coming back…

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Some Random Shots

I took some random flower macros, walking around town yesterday morning, paying bills, and killing time before work.  It was a fairly decent day…

English Plantain

Peavine

No idea what this one is. Not wild, however...cultivated in a garden.

No idea. A big, weedy looking plant growing next to my porch.

No idea. Another weed growing near the BBQ grill. Nasty thorns on this one.

Another garden cultivation. Anyone know what it is?

And a shot of my buddy Rocky, smiling at me from the water…

Rocky Turtle

After work, my friend Rich called and asked if I wanted to go out to “The Ears”.  “The Ears” are a group of HUGE satellite dishes, used by researchers and scientists at a variety of universities and institutions to study the night sky.  I don’t know the specifics…

This photo pretty much sucks.  But I can see this 30 meter dish from my front porch.  One of these nights I’m actually going to get a decent shot of one of these beasts…

Big-ass satellite dish...

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Trip to San Francisco

So…anyone that’s been reading knows that I have been in the process of moving.  I have been living in a small, 2 bedroom  apartment with my daughter and a room-mate for the last 4 years.  It wasn’t the best, but we made it work.  Not long ago, my girlfriend asked if I was interested in getting a place together with her, and we jumped at the chance.  So, me, my daughter, my girlfriend, and her daughter al share a really nice 4 bedroom, 2 bath house.  Moving sucks ASS, and I despise the process.  But the results are well worth it.

So…as a little bit of a break, my good friend John and his wife took me to San Francisco for a night.  It still amazes me how easily my stress melts away with a camera in my hand…

Wild Rose growing in my new front yard

Bueatiful Swallowtail Butterfly

This guy threatened to break my camera if I took his picture. I wished him luck with that...

Awaiting the Bite

Alcatraz

The Rock

Alcatraz Guard Tower

Forbes Island

Seagull you fly across the horizon...

Telegraph Hill from The Embarcadero

The Golden Gate in B&W

Crosstown Traffic

It was a really fun, albeit short-lived trip to the Bay.  I had never been there before, so it was a very worthwhile endeavor.

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Reno Overnight

Took a quick trip up to Reno.  Nothing fancy…just an overnight and a trip to Cabela’s.  Didn’t even go walk the strip.  Truth be told, I’m not a big fan of Reno, but at least I was able to get out of town for a night.

Anyhow…We stayed at the Atlantis, and I couldn’t resist…

Atlantis Night

This was actually a really difficult shot to get.  The falls are in the center of a variable roundabout with multiple cars going in all directions on all sides of me…and quite close.  There was also a bazillion pedestrians and several security lights.  It was very difficult finding a good composition that eliminated all of these annoyances…

We also stopped at the Conway Summit Overlook to take a shot of a storm front moving across Mono Basin…

Mono Basin Stormfront

That’s it.  It was a fun trip.  I got a new CO2 pistol, and a couple of new shots.  What more could a guy ask for? 

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Pre-Dawn Photo Shoot

I woke up at around 4:00 this morning, made a pot of coffee, and looked outside.  I had my alarm set for 5:30, because I wanted to catch the sunrise at Klondike Lake.  I went outside with a cuppa Joe, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  But there was a TON of stars, and a really nice, bright waning moon.

So I grabbed my gear and headed out an hour earlier than planned.  I got to Klondike Lake at around 5:30…just about the time I was expecting to roll out of bed.  Boy am I glad I did…

Black Mt. Peak by Moonlight

Pre-dawn glow on the Inyo/White Mountains

Cold dawn at Klondike Lake

It was another gloriously still, but crisp and cold morning.  Perfect for long exposures…AND long underwear…

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Full Moon Landscapes

Took a quick ride out to The River to shoot some landscapes by the light of the HUGE full moon…

Bishop Range

Druid Peaks

The Tree

Upper Owens Valley

It was a really pretty night.  Crisp, but perfectly still.  There wasn’t even a tiny wisp of wind that I could tell, which made for really nice conditions to shoot long exposures.

And evidently this is supposed to be the biggest and brightest full moon of 2010, so…YAY FOR ME!!

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Random Shots…

Well…I had some random shots lying around, and thought I would make yet another in my string of Random Crap…

My friend Kaylee cam into town for a day or two and we had a chance to hang out, and go get coffee…

Kaylee

Jack and His Girls

The Best Medicine

There was a really cool cloud formation over my house the other night…

Really cool cloud

And I finally got a shot of the Christmas lights at Bishop Care Center…

Bishop Care Center

And I didn’t get a chance to get out and shoot today, thanks to a tire on my truck that is ready to blow any minute.  But I couldn’t resist taking a shot from my backyard…

Backyard Vista

Thanks for taking the time to look!!