Sharing moments in time…

  • Serene and Scenic
  • A quick quest captured
  • la-jolla-1-of-3
  • Woman on the Edge
  • Cold Kittiwakes
  • frame
  • The Boss!
  • Canyon Fever
  • a Cherry of a night....


Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O

It took me a long time to get to the last photo challenge but here is my interpretation of H2O – in 3 physical states.  I took this photo early on our trip to Svalbard, Norway.  This area was one of the first glaciers we came across after our first night on the good boat Polaris.  It was a gloomy morning until the sun started to burn off some of the clouds and the mist near the glacier.  I caught this scene just as the fog (gaseous H2O) was lifting over the Glaciers (solid) and the Fjord (liquid).  It was quite a spectacular sight – the photo does not do it justice but it was a great first morning on our Arctic journey…..

Serene and Scenic

Serene and Scenic


A simple political question…..

I don’t often write political commentary or opinion on this blog but this campaign season has compelled me to at least ask one simple question.  If you were hiring one of the two candidates to be an executive for your own company (or other organization), who would you hire?  As a former senior executive within the Department of the Navy who made many of those type of decisions in over 30 years of government service – I think it is appropriate to put our (the voters) decision in that context.

Would you hire the candidate who comes with an extensive knowledge of all aspects of your business and has been successful at all levels (despite difficult challenges and environments) or would you hire an “outsider” with no applicable experience or track record and a questionable (at best) and undocumented record in their own business?

Would you hire the candidate who has done extensive research on the issues currently facing your company and who can describe their strategy and approach to those issues or, would you hire the candidate who overly simplifies the issues leading to impractical or ineffective strategies, brags about successes not related to the issues, and  who cannot even understand your detailed questions about your specific issues?

Would you hire the candidate who has worked with your company’s leadership to solve difficult problems and who understands the different issues of your entire customer base, or would you hire the candidate who is critical and disparaging towards your company without understanding your work environment or the vast diversity of your customer base both domestically and across the globe?

Would you hire the candidate who shows respect for all people or the candidate who sees diversity as an impediment?

Would you hire the candidate who may not be the most likeable but can perform the duties of the position, or would you hire the candidate who brags about successes (without proof of those successes) who is likely to alienate both your workers and your customers?

Would you hire the candidate whose extensive open record contains many accomplishments but also a few highly public mistakes or would you hire the candidate who has taken all possible steps to keep his or her record a complete secret (even from those he intends to serve -the voters)?

Would you hire the candidate who is likely to continue the success of your company with steady if not spectacular results or would you hire the candidate who brags of instantaneous and miraculous results with no substantiation of approach and who may present a dangerous threat to your company due to conflicts with your long established company values and morality?

In the face of adversity, would you hire the candidate who could express understanding, compassion, and a measured way forward or would you hire the candidate who is likely to be angered, threatened,  and/or take such a situation as a personal affront?

Would you hire the candidate that is likely to hire key personnel (eg. Supreme Court Justices) who have a proven history of dedication to the values of your company, customers, and other constituents or, would you hire the candidate who would blindly listen to supporters of a minority of your interested parties independent of likely issues/impacts to be addressed?

Would you hire the candidate whose experiences demonstrate support for your workers wellbeing or would you hire the candidate with a history of sacrificing his commitments to his workers in favour of his own personal balance sheet/reputation?

Would you hire the candidate who has significant experience in making life or death decisions when necessary or would you hire the candidate who puts everything, including human life and decency in profit and loss terms?

Would you hire the candidate who is cautious in describing sensitive issues which might affect your company and/or its competitors or would you hire the candidate who praises your competitors while berating your own company and its leadership?

Would you hire a candidate who could be a source of inspiration to others or would you hire the candidate who is just as likely to be a curiosity  or embarrassment to your company and customers?

Would you hire the candidate who sifts through differing opinions and complex position papers in order to make an informed decision or one whose opinion is primarily influenced by a Twitter feed?

Would you hire the candidate who has actually achieved results for the disadvantaged in your company or customer base or will you choose the candidate who has had little life experience with the concept of disadvantage and looks upon those in that condition as either undeserving or flawed?

While these considerations might sound slanted (they are), they are the kinds of things that every executive weighs when making important personnel decisions.  We collectively are about to make such a decision.  I hope that you will consider this “checklist” of  evaluation factors or, even better, make one of your own before you take the next and most important action – to VOTE!






Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

When thinking about photo opportunities I often think about what the most challenging aspect of a shot may be.  That was especially on my mind yesterday as I was trying out a new camera (the Fuji XT-2) in the challenging environment of the USMC airshow at Miramar in San Diego.  The contributing factors were that this camera has a brand new (improved?) autofocusing system, I hadn’t had the chance to practice with it much,  and I would be trying to capture very quickly moving aircraft.  I especially thought about one of the most difficult shots that I knew I would encounter (based on being at this airshow before).  The Navy’s aviation demonstration team, the Blue Angels, would be performing and one of their featured demonstrations is for their two solo aircraft to approach each other from  opposite ends of the runway and pass VERY close together at midfield – with a closing speed of over 800 mph!.  As you might guess, that situation stresses the camera, the autofocus system and the photographer – that was my quest.  Long story short, I waited for the moment of that maneuver and prepared for the shot.  As the aircraft approached the centre of the show, each flying at over 400mph, I tracked one aircraft and tried to guess the moment they would pass.  I fired off a quick sequence of shots but I didn’t know whether I had caught both aircraft as I had to quickly prepare for the next pass of “the Blues”.  I didn’t actually look at my photos until I got home and did a quick review of my photos.  I was greatly relieved to find this shot (the one that I had imagined in my mind) in the collection.  My small quest had been a success……!

A quick quest captured

A quick quest captured


Discover Challenge: Here and Now

I went on the Daily Post looking for the photo challenge but there didn’t appear to be one – instead it featured a challenge for “here and now”.  Since I had just returned from La Jolla Cove where I was trying out a new camera I thought I’d post some photos of that particular here and now (from a couple of hours ago).   I went to the cove with the intention of catching birds in flight but there wasn’t much going on so I just took what interested me.  Here are some of the here and now photos ….that I took…..then.


The sun was out at first but there wasn’t much moving  so I walked over to where the sea lions normally bask by the water and found this little guy enjoying the sun and the surf.



When the sun was still low in the sky  there were numerous cormorants nesting in a tree above the cove.  I managed to catch this silhouette of one of them coming in to its perch.



The light got pretty flat after a while and there still wasn’t much flying so I caught this shot of the cormorants also enjoying the crashing surf.  As here and nows go, this was a pretty nice one.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge

If you’ve ever been to the Grand Canyon you probably know that many people get vertigo if they get too close to the edge – it can be a very disconcerting feeling.  I’ve been there with several folks who couldn’t get within 20 feet of the edge.  It never really bothered me too much and it definitely didn’t effect this young lady who perched herself on a small pinnacle on one of the trails into the canyon.  It was a hazy hot day with muted colors so I liked the effect better in B&W – hope you enjoy…..

Woman on the Edge

Woman on the Edge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror

We had plenty of opportunities for this “mirror” challenge while in the Arctic region of Svalbard, Norway.  I chose to use this photo from a glacier bay that was being fed by 5 different glaciers.  The bay contained uncountable chunks of ice floating around – ranging from small icebergs that had calved off the glaciers to much smaller pieces of ice that the glacier had ejected.  This “mini-berg” had been inhabited by many kittiwakes who were preening themselves in the mirror-like reflections in the bay.   A beautiful late afternoon Arctic scene….

Cold Kittiwakes

Cold Kittiwakes


Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame

This week’s challenge is to find a unique “frame” within a photo that focuses on the subject.  I chose this photo which was taken on a main road near the Chambal wildlife preserve in India very early on a foggy morning.  This tractor was coming toward us within a natural tunnel formed by the trees lining the road on both sides.  The effect looked exactly like a frame around the tractor and the enormous load it was hauling…frame

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fun

One of the things we always look for while travelling is the amazing street art which always seems to reflect great senses of humour.  It is also great fun when you run across a seeming interaction between the art and the real life that is going on around it.  This was a scene we stumbled across while roaming the streets of Bergen, Norway.  To me it looked like the young lady on the wall was not only supervising the workers below but actually controlling them with her joystick…….Fun!

The Boss!

The Boss!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Narrow

What better way to meet this week’s challenge than with a place actually called “the Narrows”.  This is a very popular hike within the Zion National Park in Utah.  The hike is actually in the water of a slot canyon that cuts through the incredible geography of the area.  At one point in the hike, where the canyon walls close in to only a few yards across, it is an incredible sight – especially in the morning light.  I took this photo of my wife Dee and our friend Sarah standing in the Narrows a few years back.  Hope you enjoy the scene as much as we did during our perfect hike.

Canyon Fever

Canyon Fever

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cherry on Top

Sorry for the delay in posting for this challenge – I’m still busy going through all my images from our trip to Svalbard and Norway.  After ten days cruising the Arctic on a small boat taking wildlife and scenic photos, we returned to “mainland” Norway and did a car trip through some incredibly beautiful towns and scenery.  We spent our last night in the incredible town of Alesund – a beautiful harbor town with an art nouveau theme.  At just before midnight, I wandered out in town as it looked like there might be a nice sunset (one of the things that we missed in Svalbard as the sun never really went down).  I took this photo over the classic ships in the harbor and the small lighthouse at the end of the pier – a beautiful view and a great way to complete our trip.

a Cherry of a night....

a Cherry of a night….