Killer K

Have you ever had to play some alphabet game where you had to come with words that start with a certain letter?

If so, you probably know that some letters are really challenging. Of course, there are the usual suspects. I’m looking at you, X, Z and Q.

Then there are those letters that you don’t fear because you just know that there are plenty of words that start with them, like S, T and R.

Then there’s K. (more…)

Infrared Images

My digital SLR camera, a Nikon D50, is able to detect infrared light. Using an infrared filter, I can take photographs of that light. Since infrared radiation is put out by heated objects, the resulting images tend to show the trees and grass brightly, but water and the sky is dark.

An IR filter cuts out almost all visible light, so a tripod is needed. In this pair of images, I took two pictures from exactly the same spot, one with the IR filter on, and one without.

Bayview Cemetery, no filter Bayview Cemetery, Infrared
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Hiking Heliotrope

Heliotrope Ridge is one of many beautiful hikes in the North Cascades in Washington.

Edit: [11/10/2015] It had been a long day when I posted this, ergo the minimal text. But even with only a single sentence, I omitted a word when I submitted. Sheesh!

Anyway, I also forgot to mention that I took all of the photos in this post.

Freeware: Five Favorites

Free is good, right? Sometimes, it’s surprisingly good, as I’ve found with the freeware listed below.

By “freeware” I mean software that is free, including open source software. While sometimes the “free” software has limited features or only works for a trial period, other freeware is fully functional with the only cost being an optional donation to the developer to support their work.

Over the years, I’ve found some really nifty utilities that deserve mention. All the software I mention below has had plenty of functionality without having to pay for it. As far as I know, these are all designed to run on Windows computers only.  (more…)

Eclectically Eccentric Encounters

People are creative. People are weird.

While out and about in any of the cities where I’ve lived recently, I’ve encountered quirky or unexpected sights. Sometimes, I have encountered these while a camera was handy. Ergo:

"All your Barbies are belong to us"
The sign: “All your Barbies are belong to us”

When we moved to Ashland, changing cities was more of a novelty than it’s become. Because it was so new, I ended up taking my camera around more than usual. That is partly why there are so many pictures from there. Also, Ashland just seems to have a higher percentage of quirk than other places.

One of the first days I was in Ashland, I came across this mannequin head and immediately formed an impression of the town. (more…)

Diabolically Delightful Dante

A few years ago, we adopted a beautiful sable cat. He was already named Dante, and we liked the name, so we kept it.

I’m not sure why it is, but I associate the name ‘Dante’ with something slightly sinister. It’s probably because of the association with The Divine Comedy combined with another D-name, Damien, from The Omen.)

Or, maybe it’s because our cat is what my mom would have called a schnickelfritz(more…)

Colors of Contrasting Climates

We’ve lived in a spectrum of climates over the last five years. At one extreme, there’s the arid brown of Bend. At the other, there’s the lush green of Bellingham. I think the feel of each climate is reflected in the color palettes of the following photos.

Bend Oregon dry countryBellingham bike trail

Deschutes River, BendBellingham Bay shorline

Each place is beautiful in its own way, and each climate has its advantages. I will miss the dry, hot weather in Bend, but Bellingham is another form of paradise, so I won’t complain.

Book Betrayal

I’ve loved reading since I was a kid. I guess I could say that I have loved books since I was a kid, and that would be true, but…

Shelf of books
33 books, roughly two banker’s boxes, and many pounds

A couple of years ago, I bought a Kindle eBook reader. I was conflicted at the time. There’s a lot to be said for holding an actual book made of paper. It feels different with the heft and texture of the paper. It’s nostalgic, familiar.  (more…)

Abstract on Acid

Back in the 80s, I had a psychedelic poster. It was huge and trippy, and it was filled with so much detail that I could stare at it and find new things for a long time. Of course, it helped to be in a, shall we say, altered state.

Moss Agate BowlAnother time, I had a similar experience with the abstract shapes in a moss agate bowl. By holding it up to a light, I could see all sorts of shapes in the intricate lines of the translucent stone.

Here are some abstract images I’ve made over the years that I find interesting to look at in part because there are so many little details at play.  (more…)