Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Frogs and Dogs

Okay, either I have to find more golden retrievers to take pictures of, or I have to find another animals to photograph.  Right now, I work with a lot frogs, but they aren't that photogenic.  However, I saw a little cat the other day at Kim's and realized that I've never really taken any pictures of cats.  I guess I've never really been around any in recent years, I wish I could though.  It's a shame because they are pretty animals.

I've said it before, but man, these dogs are pretty animals.  I wonder what he's thinking and what goes through dog's minds in general everyday.  They are loving, compassionate animals.  By default, I believe, they are good animals; it takes cruelty and negative reinforcement to turn them into mean animals.  Cats, dogs, cows, horses, and all the domesticated animals of the American west are more than just pets, they are companions and friends.  I'm grateful for the animals around me in my life, even the frogs!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hiking

More wildflowers from our Timp hike.  I wish I could have gotten more while we were up there.  It's interesting that I think that now because back then I was was just trying to hustle through the meadow to get to the top.  It's not the only time in life that I didn't appreciate where I was at during a specific moment.  Hiking can sure teach you a lot about life, like enjoy what you're doing, while you're doing it.  Hiking really isn't about the destination because once you get there, you have just as far to hike back to your car.  Life really isn't about what is coming up next for you, but rather, enjoying where you're at, when you're there.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sleeping Baby

Here is little Brielle!  Last week our family got 2 new babies, Kimberly's little girl and Amber's boy in Texas.  They are so cute when they're sleeping.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Timpanogos As a Backdrop

As there are only a few hours until the BYU - Utah game, I thought I would post a picture that I took a couple years ago on BYU's campus.  That is Mt. Timpanogos in the background and the Talmage and Jesse Knight buildings in the foreground.  Coincidentally, my very first class at BYU was a freshman English class in the JKHB (before it was remodeled).  I still remember walking to the basement trying make my way to class that very first day.

With BYU being independent, Utah in the Pac12, and me going to the University of Utah now, things are a little different this year.  Don't get me wrong, I'm still an avid Cougar, but it will be interesting where this rival goes in the next couple years.  I hope that it is as strong as ever, I think it's healthy and makes both schools better.

Looking at this picture makes me miss my time down at BYU.  The education, my friends, and the beautiful scenery like this picture all are sweet memories.  My favorite times were walking to BYU football games with our All-sports pass group, walking out of the testing center after finals, economics with Dr. Kearl, seeing campus after a fresh snow fall, and many, many others.  My time down there has definitely shaped me as a person.  I'm continuing to get shaped here at the U, but in different ways.  A maturity difference, place in life, and other circumstances tend to give me a different perspective on education and life.  The Talmage building has a plaque when you walk in the south entrance that said, "Mathematics will draw the soul towards truth -- Plato".  I might have misquoted it, but that is the general gist of it.  Math and science are intriguing in their very nature.  The fundamental facts of science are either truth, or will eventually guide us toward truth.  Sure science is changing, but look at the things we learn along the way.

With that caveat, I hope the game is a good one today.  I wish I was down in LeVell Edwards Stadium today watching the game.  I love the atmosphere down there.  I loved the football I watched and my good friends and family that I watched it with.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering

It's hard to believe that ten years have passed since the events of September 11, 2001. It feels like it was yesterday just as it feels like it was much, much longer than it really was. Much like all of you, I remember what I was doing, where I was, and who I was with on that day. Our recollection is incredible when there are significant events to solidify memories. For me, that day ten years ago made me see the world in a different light. People-fathers, mothers, family members, and friends- made a trip to work, just like they always did. They probably ate their usual breakfast, said their usual goodbyes, and probably even caught their usual trains on a very, very unusual day. What was left in the wake of the events that day were thousands of lives lost and a broken country wondering where to turn. As it made me more conscious of the important things around me, that day made millions look at the routines of their lives and think about what really matters to them.

On this memorial day, I can't help but think of the things that have transpired throughout the years since 2001. I have to admit that I have forgotten, among the frivolous duties of my life, the thoughts and especially the feelings that I had so long ago. Although it is an absolute tragedy of what happened that day, I can use it for introspection and hopefully a transformation of my life. It can serve as a reminder of the great people in my life that love and support me which mean so much to me. It can serve as a reminder that the things that I see are important now are probably not as important as I deem them to be. And most importantly, it can help people take their eyes off themselves to be able to look outward and upward. It can help us look with faith towards God while helping us lend a hand to those around us that have had a disproportional load placed on their backs. To all those who have been directly and indirectly affected by the events of September 11th, I will not forget.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wild Flowers

This wildflower was found while hiking up Mt. Timpanogos.  It wasn't the only one, there were thousands of them in a meadow before you hike up to the saddle.  It was my first time hiking it, and I'm very glad that I did it.  I'm extremely blessed to have a body working and able to climb a mountain, and the great friends to hike it with.

The temperature and weather were great, except they didn't provide for a very good condition to take pictures of the flowers.  I had a vision (probably from another picture I've seen here or there) of taking a picture of the wildflowers with Timp in the background along with a bright blue sky.  As you can see in the above picture, the flowers are nice and Timp is there, but the blue sky was a grey one that day.  Don't get me wrong, I'd rather have a nice cloudy day for portraits.  However, it would have been better to have the sun out to put dimension on the mountain and flowers, along with a nice blue sky.  I could always photoshop one in, but I'd rather wait until next year.  Just looking at the picture, it looks like someone tore out the sky and it's just the white void behind it now because the sky is so blown out.