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Archive for September, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

Where else would I look for a photo for “saturated” other than my India album.  Virtually every picture I took there could be used for this challenge – of people, of places, wildlife, whatever!  I did a quick scan of those photos and chose this one that I hadn’t posted before.  This is a scene I captured along the Ganges River in the city of Varanasi.  As you may know, this is considered a very holy place in the Hindu religion and every day features religious activities attended by thousands upon thousands of pilgrims.  This holy man was sitting in front of a mural depicting some of the primary gods among the hundreds of million deities in the Hindu religion.

Holy man, Holy living color

Holy man, Holy art….in living color

Playing Peek a Boo with a Moose

The first day we arrived in Homer, Alaska my wife and I went for a short hike in a nearby park to see if we could find a moose in the swampland.  After about an hour, I heard some branches crackle to my right and turned to get this view of a Moose.  I quickly scanned the area to see if there were any calves around but I didn’t see any.  I called to my wife who was behind me on the trail and told her she was about to get a visitor.  A few seconds later the moose calmly walked by her and proceeded toward the swamp.  It was a nice way to begin the wildlife part of our trip and it turned out to one of only a few moose that we saw during our trip.  It was an unexpectedly close encounter in a densely wooded area but one that stayed calm and quiet as we all went our own way…..

Not sure who was more surprised....

Not sure who was more surprised….

Weekly Photo Challenge – From Lines to Patterns

Here’s a couple from our trip to Europe last year…..  The first is a typical reflection picture.  In my mind, this one is interesting just because the actual lines on the top of the scene are very straight and consistent.  The lines in the water are a direct reflection of the perfect lines but introduce the ripples to change their nature – just a little.

Lines - Straight and Wavy

Lines – Straight and Wavy

Churches are always a wonderful place to photograph patterns in the architecture – the columns, windows, and arches are fantastic.  This photo includes those repeating elements but also introduces a silhouette pattern in the foreground.

Patterns - in detail and silhouette

Patterns – in detail and silhouette


Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

I spend so much time outside that this was indeed a challenge.  I decided to go back to some of my photos from the Riviera las year as I remembered a few shots that I thought conveyed the idea of inside.  In the end, I chose this one.  Although it is obviously taken from the outside, I think the real interest of the photo is what/who is on the inside and what that looks like.  To me, this is an enticing photo – wondering what is going on “inside”.



Bear Cub – Wassup?

We had some great opportunities for close encounters with a couple of bear cubs at Silver Salmon Creek, Alaska.  This was actually taken during one of our first “sessions” with the Momma bear and cubs.  This little guy wandered up very close to us (much closer than her mom) as he was grazing and then looked up and almost looked surprised that we were that close.  I really liked the grass hanging out of its mouth – kinda makes it really look like a country bear cub.

Fuzzy surprise

Fuzzy surprise

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV

Once again this challenge relates to some of my recent posts – of Puffins in Alaska.  I have to admit this photo is not only an unusual POV – it is actually a mistake!  I was trying to get a sea-level view of a tufted puffin take off run where they skip across the water before flying.  Everything went fine except that with the boat rocking and the inaccuracies of the photographer (me), the focus point ended up being on one of the “hop” splashes instead of the bird.  On the positive side, as soon as I downloaded this photo, I really like the effect of the focused splash with the bird ghosted going away from the camera.  Since this Challenge is part of the ongoing Photography 101 series, the other camera settings that contribute to this shot were a fast shutter speed to freeze the action (1/1000 sec) and a relatively wide aperture for a narrow depth of field (f 5.6).  I hope you enjoy my mistake!



Homer (Alaska) Harbor and Kachemak Bay

Just thought I’d post a photo from the beautiful little harbor on the Homer “spit”.  On nice days like this one, the harbor always provides some spectacular landscapes.  This photo features the totally still water of the harbor reflecting a picteresque cloud cover in the morning.

Homer Harbor reflections

Homer Harbor reflections

We were most privileged to share this wonderful morning with our friends Jay and Adele who live in Homer in the summers and were nice enough to  take us out on their boat for a tour of the bay .

Kachemak Bay glory

Kachemak Bay glory

Alaska – Horned Puffin this time

Yesterday was tufted puffins – today the horned variety.  Named after the small “horns” that can be seen coming vertically off the eyelid.  These puffins can also be distinguished from their tufted relatives by the yellow based/red tipped beak.  They are also pelagic birds that are commonly seen on the ocean surface or diving for fish – they actually are built for “flying” underwater to be able to catch their prey.  I caught this one starting its take-off “roll” skipping across the waves as our boat went by…..

Aquatic Aeronaut

Aquatic Aeronaut

Alaska – Puffins!

During last years’ trip to Alaska we went on a couple of excursions hoping to get decent pictures of the colorful Puffins – the small black and white torpedo shaped birds with the colorful beaks and the expressive eyes.  At the end of the trip we had seen a few puffins but failed to get any compelling photos.  This year we saw many more puffins (both horned and tufted) and I was able to capture what I think are some pretty fair photos.  I’ll just use today’s post to introduce you to the tufted Puffins.

Tufted Puffin shaking off the rain

Tufted Puffin shaking off the rain

This is a tufted puffin – easily identified by the yellow tufts of feathers running down its neck.  The orange beak and feet make the puffins very identifiable even when passing by low over the water at high speeds.  This puffin was at a little island called “gull rock” which is a rookery for many types of marine birds including the puffins.  While the puffins spend most of their lives at sea (they are pelagic), they breed on the islands and produce a single egg.  After hatching, the fledglings leave the nest in about 40-50 days.