Monday, August 20, 2012

Thinking

Here's Finn thinking. With his overactive synapses and seizure like EEG readings, it makes you wonder what he is really thinking and feeling. He's a good boy though, and I don't think anyone will be able to understand what he's going through.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Country Cafe

If you've been on Morgan's Commercial Street, you've probably seen this sign. It's one of Morgan's iconic images. Quite a few years ago, I remember taking a friend that wasn't from Morgan around the town. We went along this street and checked out the stores, we went to the local bowling alley and even bowled a few rounds. I'm pretty sure we were the only ones in the building. Then... Well, I guess that is all there is to do. Joking aside, I love this town and the memories I have there.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Waiting

Lincoln was waiting patiently for the start of the Blue Angels' air show. He wasn't disappointed when it finally started. The pilots flying the planes were truly incredible. It was a fun show to be at, and I think Lincoln even puts his stamp of approval on it too.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Silhouette

This is a beautiful picture of a sunset at Delicate Arch.  It would have been better if it was a silhouette of the actual arch, but the sun sets in the west and I can't do much about that.  It was a beautiful night.  Speaking of pictures, check out these milestone pictures of space photography.   No pun intended, but they are out of this world.  The amount of human progress and ingenuity to get to the point of capturing these photographs is truly amazing.  I know that waxing astronomical isn't the most popular thing to do on this blog, but I'm seriously worried about you all's eyesight if you don't think that the picture in this post is absolutely amazing.  Sorry to link to it again, I know that you can just scroll down two posts.  I love it, though.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Girl With Her Grandma

This is my mom and one of her granddaughters.  I think it is a touching picture.  Really, I asked Erin to smile; but you know her, she didn't.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Three of Saturn's Moons

Obviously this isn't my picture, but it's one I came across looking at the Cassini Mission images.  It shows the enormity of Saturn.  In this picture, the craft is about twice the distance from Saturn than our moon is from earth.  The two moons you can see are smaller moons of Saturn, but I love how they just float there by their huge planet.   You can check out more pictures here.  You can see a third moon of Saturn on the far left side of the picture just above the ring.  It's so small that it's just a pixel.  It's humbling to look at pictures like this.  I love it.

Beach Family

This is my sister's beautiful family at the beach.  I've never done beach pictures and our first attempt ended with everyone squinting because the sun was too bright.  The sky was overcast and the wind was blowing, but over all I think the pictures turned out well.  It's easy when you have good looking subjects.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Leading

This is a cute picture of Erin leading Lincoln down the beach.  I thought it was cute.  Erin is so independent/stubborn that it makes me laugh.  There is nothing that she can't do.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Corona Arch

This is a picture of Corona Arch down in Moab.  It's outside Arches National Park, but still quite the arch to visit.  I love the colors and warmth of this photograph, and believe me, it was warm there.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Cutie

Make do, or do without.  If you haven't looked at photography equipment lately, don't worry it's still expensive.  I haven't bought any new photography items in over two years.  Really, I'm trying to master the items that I have.  It's a long road and really don't think I'll get there anytime soon.  I love taking pictures, though, whether it's people or things.  I wish I was better and could do it more.  Maybe if I did it more I would be better.  Hmm, interesting how that works.

This is Brielle.  She's a cutie.  What else did you expect, though?

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Wave

I'm beginning to realize that there are many places in Utah that I haven't been, let alone known that they existed.  For example, near Kanab and by the Arizona border there is a beautiful hike that ends at this area about the size of a football field with these wavy formations.  In fact it's called The Wave.  It's honestly one of the prettiest places I've been to.  It's well worth getting a permit and hiking it.  I want to go back.
To put it in perspective, here is my roommate walking up part of the formation.  I wish I had a wider angle lens to take some pictures there.

I think I don't know much about southern Utah because my dad growing up was more into the mountains than the rocks.  He never really liked the desert landscape.  I guess I'm the same way.  I love the pines and mountains.  However, I love southern Utah and the beautiful landscape that it offers.  We traveled back up North on the Cottonwood Canyon Road and then on scenic highway 12.  That road offers breath-taking views and an opportunity to see some of the state that I didn't know existed.  All in all, I loved the trip and am excited to see more of it in the near future.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Frigid Air

That's the Hancock Tower with the two towers on top.  It's not as tall as the Sear's Tower (Willis) but I like it more.  If you look carefully, you can see a little of Lake Michigan on the right of the picture.  The Great Salt Lake really can't been seen in its full size because it's hidden behind by Antelope Island.  So when I saw one of the great lakes for the first time with the idea of a big lake being Salt Lake, I was blown away.  It's big, and it's cold.  The wind was constantly blowing frigid air that felt like it was coming straight from Nunavut.  Chicago is a beautiful city, though.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Sun

The warmer weather is something to smile about.  The only thing that I wish is that I was outside more, but we all have to work, right.  It makes me appreciate the time that I can spend outside hiking, running, playing tennis, or just sitting in the sun.  Now that I think about it, I'm a big fan of the sun.  I'm a little disappointed that I didn't get a picture of the recent solar eclipse because I have seen some impressive photographs out there.  Oh well, next decade.  Until then, enjoy this video.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Cats and Dogs

 Cats and dogs are beautiful animals.  No offense to those out there that cuddle up to their lizards, turtles, or pet birds at night, but I just don't understand having a "pet" that really doesn't interact with you.  Oh boy, what did I say.  I know that you interact with your pet lizard, but you have to admit that it is different to how a cat or dog interacts with his owner.  I went over to some friends the other night that had a pet turtle.  Did it come running to the side of the box when I came into sight like their puppy?  No.  Did it wag it's tail when I touched it?  Maybe, I didn't really pay attention.
Many people love their pets more than anything in their lives.  It's quite an amazing thing.  I love animals. The more I'm around them and interact with them, the more I like them.  Even little zebrafish and mice are extremely beautiful animals.  I think what is amazing is the fact that they are alive.  Anything that is alive and performs functions to keep it that way is fascinating to see.  The sea anemone, chicken, and even bacteria are pretty amazing.

What is also amazing is something that I read about Derek Jeter the other day.  The Yankee shortstop writes in a journal after every game.   Recently, he had his 10,000th at bat and this is what he had to say about it:

Someone told me I took my 10,000th at-bat tonight. Everybody knows I care only about one statistic, the W, but you're always humbled when you realize you've been fortunate enough to stick around to hit a milestone like that. All you can do is go out there every day and try to have as many at-bats as possible. Four, five, six ABs, you take as many as they give you, one game and four-to-six at-bats at a time. Maybe three at-bats, officially, if the guy is wild and you throw a couple of walks in. I'm even OK with a two-AB game if that's what it takes for the team to win. You don't want to get too caught up in the numbers (site).

He cares about the win, but he's also humble that he's been able to stick around that long.  I'm sure he thinks of Murder's Row and all the greats that wore the same jersey before he did and appreciates the opportunity.  At least that is how I see Jeter's thoughts in my own mind, you might have a different opinion.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir

The beauty of the mountains.  I wish that I had a wider lens to capture more of the scene.  It's a beautiful reservoir and it was a beautiful day.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Ferris Wheel

At the time, it was also called the Chicago wheel because that is where it first debuted in 1893 to rival the Eiffel tower in the previous world's fair (Source).  They are picturesque whether during the day with a blue sky behind them or at night with all their lights.  If you want to feel like a kid again, ride one.  If you don't have any around, then go swing on a swingset or, if your stomach can handle it, a merry-go-round.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Smile on His Face

Finn.  He looks so much better than he did in Primary Children's Hospital on our birthdays five or so months ago.  That's when he was started on his new Ketogenic diet--which consist of mainly fats and oils.  He's a little trooper to for eating his own food while everyone else around him eats the normal supper for the evening.  Even last night, while we all ate Cafe Rio, he ate his oily cheese in a little packet that he calls his cheesy snack.

With the brain surgeries, "pokies", hospitalizations, special diets, nauseating medications, and pain that we probably don't understand, it's amazing that he still has a smile on his face.  He does though, and that is a lesson that we can all learn from.  Granted, we told him that there was a milk mustache on his face when we took this picture, that is why he was so happy about it, it was fun to see his smile.  Little Finn is an inspiration to me, as well as his incredible parents who are the most patient and loving parents I have ever seen.  I'm amazed with their family.

Even with the everything that might be going on in our lives with work and school and friendships, it's nice to see things in perspective when Finn smiles.  It's similar to seeing a little leukemia patient walking through the hospital with his IV attached and bald head.  No matter my latest test score, or failed experiments, or other stresses, my problems all of the sudden become insignificant compared to those leukemia patients.  By having good health, a great family, and good friends I really don't have anything to complain about, right?

Finally, I love this time of year.  And, regardless of your beliefs, Easter is a holiday that signifies Spring.  I'm not only talking about the season, but new beginnings in our lives.  Seeing the buds on the trees and the grass turning green is a refreshing sign that we don't have to live with a cold, dreary winter the rest of the year.  Similarly, having Jesus rise from the grave shows that the winter of death is not permanent.  It's a message of hope.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Trees by the Reflection Pool

This is another picture from Temple Square.

Monday, April 2, 2012

April's Tulip

This tulip was down on Temple Square.  It's always encouraging to see the signs of spring.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Bright Eyes

This little guy was dressed up for church on Christmas Day.  I bet you didn't know that he could tie a double Winsdor.  I like how his bright blue eyes match his shirt.  He's a good looking young man.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Probably Worth Double

Here's Spee with his stuffed Tabby cat named Toby, or is it his stuffed Toby cat named Tabby?  Either way it's his little friend which he loves.  This picture was taken a few days before Christmas and you can almost see the excitement in his eyes.  With Christmas over and only a few months of cold in front of us, it would be wise for each of use to snuggle up with our Tabby cats, stuffed or the real deal.  
I don't usually include pictures of the man behind the camera, but when I do, I make sure my sister-in-law does a whizbang job.  And she did no less than that here, good job Kristy.  I find a lot of joy in photography.  One of the things that I really like about it, is the ability to document a person, time, event, feeling, or anything else that matters to you for not only yourself or your facebook friends, but your posterity.  I like looking through pictures of my grandpa, who I never met because he died a month before I was born, and wonder what the story is behind the picture.  A picture is worth a thousand words, but the background of the pictures is probably worth double.  I find my self looking back at my own photography and remembering the good times of each pictures.  I remember the good memories of family and friends.  I was just looking back at some pictures from the Utah State Fair a couple of years ago and got quite emotional.  It wasn't because of the butter sculpture or the big yellow slide, but because of the people I was with.

In 1932, a man named Goro Yoshida in Japan had an interest in photography and marveled at the exuberant cost of a camera--nearly a half years wages of a decent man's pay.  Leica and Contax were the main camera companies of the time and were both the pride of Germany.  Mr. Yoshida saved up and bought one of these cameras just to disassemble it to see why it was so expensive.  To his surprise, he didn't find any diamonds or gold that would justify the high price tag, but only brass, aluminum, iron, and rubber.  This made him pretty angry.  From that, he started a little optics laboratory on the third floor of a quaint little apartment complex and within a year released the Kwanon prototype camera--the forerunner of Canon (source).

I share that because many times we can't put a price on photography that impacts us in such an emotional way.  The first thing that goes in a breakup is usually the pictures because it vividly reminds the couple of the good and bad times together.  Good photography is worth a premium price.  Probably not a half years salary like the cameras in Japan in the early 30's, but whether that price is monetary or emotional it will mean a lot to you.

Now, I'm not saying all this because I want you to invest in a pricey package.  I don't have any pricey packages, in fact I don't have any packages at all.  I'm happy if I can take a picture that you hang up in your home or set as a background on your computer or make as your profile picture.  It means a lot, and to you I say thank you.  This blog contains four years of pictures of family, friendships, and events.  I hope it will contain many more years of family and friendships (new and perhaps reformed) and events that not only look nice on screen or print, but contain emotions and feelings of times worth remembering.

Friday, January 6, 2012

It's a Good Thing

As the first post of the new year, I thought it would be appropriate to put a picture of these good looking dogs: Simba and Kali from Dallas.  Even if you're a casual follower of this blog, you'll know that I love the pictures I have of these dogs.  They are happy animals that instill hope of a good year in their eyes.  Do you see that?  They are looking to the right of the picture and see something that we don't.  It's a good thing, I'm sure it is.