Friday, July 31, 2009

Mint juice

Let's see, if I put a mint in water and I have my ballet dress on, lift my left foot, close my right eye and count to 3 will it taste like Altoids?
f3.5~~1/50~~ISO200~~28mm natural lihgt coming from kitchen window that faces west in the late afternoon.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pack'em up

Lighting the patio deck for dinner. It’s our last supper before we make our trek back to reality. Work is calling and I will be back for the school year starting on Monday. The little lady and daughter do not start for another month. Here is our last dinner before we pack up in the morning. It has been a quick, very memorable summer, one I will not soon forget. Here’s to you Mom.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

106 degrees

The heat of the summer. What a better way to cool off. The heat was unbearable and had the cabin sealed up tight today. 103 is what I heard was the official high in seattle. Our temp read 106


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

In 200 words

Sun, finally Summer has hit the Northwest. Arguably, after the worst 6-8 months the Seattle area has seen in forever we get a heat wave. I am out of touch with news of any kind to make an official statement, but my guess is the Seattle area hit triple digits and is expected to do so again tomorrow and Thursday. I was on the beach and it hit 97 where I was reading, splashing, wading, and relaxing with my wife and daughter. We all ran for cover however, when the real heat hit. These umbrella’s were put to good use today. Not an inch of shade was wasted with these bumbershoots as people poured out of the water when it got real hot. Our beach loses water, completely, for 12 hours on most days. Today the gods were with us and it was a stick tide. It only went out about 200 yards or so. We could splash pretty much all day. A much needed tide on a day like this. Us NW’ers like to complain about the rain and we seem to complain even more when it’s hot, we just can’t be pleased in these parts of the world.


f8~~1/160~~ISO100~~135mm Tamron 28-135

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Eric and I played with his ab800 and his speed lights. Here I have a shot of eric and the sun as my 2nd light source.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Island Time

Doesn't everyone need one of these from Hawaii? It cost us just under a million for this and we will enjoy for life...We are back from Hawaii and we heard Seattle was having a heat wave. If you call 62 and cloudy a heat wave? But we will take it as it is suppose to be 90's in a few days. (picture was some Photoshop fun) Image of surfer was taken on Wed. Clock was taken at 9:32 pm PST on Thursday in my family room.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Trolling for ono

This was just too funny. A guy and his son spending time together on a boat of sorts.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Hanalei Bay

Under the pier after a hot day on the beach. I great place to cool off and get a good prespective shot to boot.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Adventure Walk

My daughter calls this her morning adventure walk
We are off to see new things in the neighborhood.
f1.4~~ISO100~~1/320~~pentax 50mm prime (5.6 might work better the next time as I have front legs mostly in focus at f1.4)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Chair

Went to dinner and an art walk in Hanapepe. This chair has to have fit some famous people in it's day. Perhaps people that have gotten to the end of the walk after a long day at the beach, sightseeing, or just doing the tourist thing and needing a seat. I know it was calling my name.
f4~~1/3~~ISO800~~45mm with Ink outlines filter applied in PS

Thursday, July 16, 2009

da da da da-- da da-- da da da da da

Best I could do for the theme song Hawaii 5-0.
f2.8~~1/2506~~ISO 100~~75mm cropped for your enjoyment.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Kipu Falls

A hidden secret in Kauai, Hawaii. Kipu falls is a very secluded part of Kauai. As you can see my wife is line for her turn to jump, on the far left. A great way to spend the day.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Church

I would walk my daughter in front of a painting of this church as a 'younger' child. After her bath I would carry her into the bedroom and tell her she would be married in this church one day. The painting is hung at the top of the stairs. This shot is of a slighty different point of view. If you look closely you can see her practicing walking down the isle for the big day in the vary very very far future.
f2.8~~1/500~~ISO100~~75mm manual focus

Monday, July 13, 2009


From a different point of view.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Water Lillies

A beautiful Catus Garden here in Poipu and I was able to get out at that "golden hour" and get this shot.

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Highway

The Road to Poipu is our favorite stretch of highway in all of the United States. Paradise is a short distance away from this short stint of a road. Kauai, Ha.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


A great experience!!!! We went to the poipu mall and a hula show broke out.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Lose the Gringos

I decided to go on my first real adventure out of the USA. I flew into south Padre Island, TX Upon arriving I went to the first Texas Saloon I could find. I know what I was looking for and I knew this was the place to find it. I was gonna get me a pony. I asked the saloon keeper where I might find a seller and he said "your in luck, Bubba Blade is having his daily whiskey in the corner of the establishment as we speak" I approached Mr. Blade carefully as in these parts the customers are still allowed to where holsters. Bubba had one strapped on each side and I did not want to startle him so I made a loud jester to the bartender as I walked to Blade's corner of the Saloon. He saw me coming and as I approached I introduced myself and got right down to business. I said I was looking for a Horse to take across the border. Blade had many Mustangs for sale but all were out of my price range. He did however have a small Texas Pony that he would let go for what he called "a song", and the price was right. We did our business and he handed me a pony named fudge. I went straight to the crabbing docks to see if I could get a lift to Mexico. The only trick was I needed room for Fudge on the vessel as well. Riding up and down the dock on my new pony I was able to communicate with a Mexican named lefty that was heading back to his homeland. I could tell he was impressed with my Spanish and he seemed to lowered his guard a bit. He mentioned that no gringos were allowed on his boat but after I introduced myself he realized I was Mexican as well. I was able to latch a ride on his crab boat that was hauling, of all things, a barge full of mango's. His destination Isla Mujeres Mx. That was perfect, as there was plenty of room for me and my new friend. This is the last bit of land before heading south. Off on an adventure.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Woke up in the mile high city

Thunder and lightening delayed my plane and missed my connection. Spent the night in Denver.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Barn

I played in this barn when I was a kid, not many times did we play here but FOND times. I remembered times my uncle John would watch us climb the hay bails. Now there is no such thing as hay bails. We would find scary armadilos behind the hay bails my my brave uncles would come out and take them away....they were so much John Waynes in my mind. Unlcle John passed away just before my mom, months if I remenber corectly....3 now have passsed before my grandma, who we saw today in Coalgate, about 3 hours southeast of Oklahoma City. Grandma seems so witty today at 96, I see her reaching 100.

Friday, July 3, 2009

54 year old ring

And those young folks thought silver was their idea. Extention tubes used for the macro.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Not sure what this flower is called and will edit the title when I find out but it is huge. It thrives in this Oklahoma heat as we have seen 100 now since I have been here. No signs of cooling and my dad says the plant shoudl be full of these 6 inch flowers by the 4th of July. My mom loved these flowers.
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