Monday, October 29, 2012

01 - Arches National Park

Arches National Park
   We awoke in Moab and started the trip off with breakfast at the Love Muffin.  Service was incredibly fast and the food was delicious.  Highly recommended.  Then, after a swing by the consignment shop for Halloween ideas, we took the quick drive North to Arches National Park.
Driving around Arches National Park

  Arches really was amazing, and I'm not quite sure if this was my first time there.  I vaguely remember driving through the area in our giant van when I was young, but what I REALLY remember was playing hacky sack and surfing on my Uncle's battery guzzling Lynx...
Approaching Double Arch
  We eased in to the trip by pretty much staying in the car the whole day as we soaked up the late afternoon sunshine on one of the prettiest roads in America.   One stop we did make was at the short hike out to Double Arch.
Beneath Double Arch
From Under Double Arch
   I was really intent on practicing with the telephoto, but with exception of these couple pictures, it pretty much stayed confined to the camera bag until our last day in Zion.  I love this lens.  Thanks Kurt!
Arches National Park
Delicate Arch
  Our last stop was at the famous Delicate Arch.  The rangers should call the exterminator.  Their land is covered with ants...

Place of Refuge

The Zion Narrows
  We had an amazing trip out to Zion National Park in October and I am just now finishing up offloading all of the pictures.  We did three stellar hikes and I will be uploading selections of each, as well as lots of night photography of the Utah Red Rock Canyon over the next couple of weeks!

Rappelling down the Subway

Ascending to Angel's Landing

Thursday, October 18, 2012


  Excellent video of the Space Shuttle move from LAX to the California Science Center.  Wish I could have been there to see it.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

No Horizon Anymore - Tralier

Keith Reimink, the one guy who spent as much time shooting video as I did taking still photographs has had his documentary of our year at the South Pole accepted in a film festival.  The trailer can be viewed above.  Please vote for it if you can.  We had a viewing of the preliminary version before the exodus from Antarctica at opening and it was quite amazing.  I don't know if there was ever a time I went to the computer lab to edit on the Mac Pro's that I didn't see Keith or his pile of external hard drives cranking away at scenes.

Keith and his thermal camera box 
Shredding lead guitar for April the Leukemic Cat

Francis and Keith cooking up Midwinter dinner

Monday, October 1, 2012

VENUS 2012

  I finally finished my long overdue video of Venus 2012.  I spent the first half of the year photographing the Evening Star during brilliant conjunctions with Jupiter, the Moon, the Pleiades, and then the Transit of Venus.  I had meant to continue through the summer and fall as Venus moved to the other side of the Sun, but I'm really not a morning person.  I've also moved on to bigger projects with my new telescope, which is much improved after I discovered, and clean out, a spider web in front of the secondary mirror.