Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Photos of My Niece Grace!

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

By popular demand, here are photos of Jonathan and Carmel’s baby Grace! I took these right before I returned home from visiting Jonathan and his family. I will take some more this weekend.

Baby Grace 1

Baby Grace 2

Also, I should note that Jonathan, Carmel, Jennifer, and I have started a new blog, Life in Your Years, to explore some of our interests like health, finance, and home life. Per Christum will still be going strong, and I will still post some personal stuff here from time to time like I still do.

Some Spring Photos

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Spring is here, which means I have been busy taking Spring photos. I have posted a few below.

Below are some blossoms from a tree at my apartment:

Spring Blossom One

Below are some more blossoms from the same tree:

More Spring Blossoms

The photo below was taken a little before the trees started changing, at a golf course near my brother’s house.

Golf Course in Spring

Usually around this time, Dandelions start appearing in yards, and my neighbor’s is no exception:

Spring Yard

Finally, below is from the courtyard of my apartment complex. I have lived in some bad complexes in the past (come on, did the neighbors on *both* sides really have to blare their rap music at 11:00 PM???), but this one is great.

Spring Way

Some Fall Photos

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Here are some fresh photos for the Autumn. I took these when Jennifer, Jonathan, Carmel, and I (and other family) went out to buy some pumpkins this past weekend, which also happened to be the weekend of “the Pumpkin Show,” the biggest pumpkin related festival around. Yes, we went to it, and I think I had enough pumpkin products to last me for awhile! We also got some nice walking in, although this year I was disappointed that the excellent country-rock band Bucktown Kickback wasn’t there, since they were at last year’s show.

Orange and White Pumpkins

This is a shot of a lot of the pumpkins that were for sale. There are three white ones in the midst of the orange ones.

The Fall

This is at the farm with the pumpkin patch.

Pumpkin and Bindweed

Bindweed(?) in front of a pumpkin.

Autumn Leaves

The yellow leaves of autumn leaves with a few green summer holdovers.

Me and a Pumpkin

Yours truly with a pumpkin (after playing around with the photo on Picasa)

An (Almost Fall) Update

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

This post will be a collection of random thoughts and some odds-n-ends, so please bear with me. I haven’t had much time to blog lately. My duties at school have increased as I take on the role of athletic faculty rep (kind of like an assistant Athletic director, only not so). Oh, and did I mention I am getting married on September 29? I am getting very excited about this.

The weather is getting quite a bit cooler, especially in the evenings. I just bought some pumpkin spice coffee at Wal-Mart, and a few Tim Horton’s restaurants have pumpkin spice flavoring…life is good!

I was reading the other day that from October 1-April 15, in regions north of Raleigh, North Carolina, the sun’s energy is not powerful enough to cause our skin to produce Vitamin D. This means that we cannot make this important vitamin (associated with lower rates of cancer and MS) for 5.5 months! I have gotten some good sun this summer (using sun block appropriately too), but I even worry about my stores of this fat soluble chemical. This means right after my wedding I am starting to take about 400 IU/day, building up to about 1000 IU/day during the heart of winter (still less than the 20,000 IU or so your body makes during one brief sun exposure).

Oil prices have hit an all-time high, which means that many Americans, who want their cake (SUVs and lots of driving) and to eat it too (cheap energy prices) will be bi***ing and moaning about high gas prices, while simultaneously doing nothing about it. Of course, some good news is that a study recently showed that as gas prices rise, people get a little thinner. Imagine that…recovering the ancient art of walking.

I also have been playing around with The GIMP, an open source imaging editing software that I have had on my computer for about a year now, but finally began exploring. The images here were taken by me, but modified using GIMP.

Cat with Blue Eyes

Yellow Fall Flowers

The End of Summer and My Real Age

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Hill View

The summer is coming to an end, well, at least for those of us in education (teachers, students, and so forth). I must say I have had a great summer. I did a lot of fun and meaningful things, and also got a lot done for my upcoming wedding (although Jennifer has done a lot more than I). My main emphases now are finishing wedding preparations, starting school, and losing some weight for the wedding. I joined the YMCA where I work (I am now a member in two places), and have been out running the hills a lot at the local state park and my old high school (represented by the photos).

I am taking a few diet supplements. Do I believe they are going to help me lose weight? Probably not. However, I got some that normally retail for 29.95 at the dollar store for, well, a dollar. I can use the extra calcium and potassium, and the grape and green tea extracts are generally beneficial. One thing that got me thinking a little more about my health is Real Age. It’s a site that tells you your “real” age, based on your habits. It is based solidly in science, and even takes into account risky activities (like speeding and using a cell phone while driving). I ended up with a real age of 19.5, which makes me about 10 years younger than I really am, and frankly, I want to keep it that way. I do not think of myself as too materialistic, but I admit that I have seen too many older individuals lose their health, and in the process, the ability to enjoy life to its fullest.

As I mentioned above, one of my favorite forms of exercise is running outside. I can barely run inside (I don’t like treadmills, and can’t really get excited about indoor tracks, so I usually use an elliptical machine inside). I don’t know why, but I always tend to crave getting out and running under the hot sun (I do use sunblock). I think that part of it is that I get to enjoy nature and the changing seasons, and I like having some time by myself just to relax. I usually just take my time driving over, going about 40 mph on the back roads, listening to some music. The smells and sounds change with the seasons and each time period is special in its own way. Right now, the last flowers of the summer are blooming, and yellows and purples are starting to dominate, and soon the snakeroot’s white blooms will overwhelm the forest. I am seeing the last I read somewhere that simply exercising outside (even walking or hiking) is just as effective as depression meds for mild depression. I know that around January and February, I am intensely craving the sunshine, and sometimes I look up at the grey sky dome and get a little depressed. This may explain why city life is always depressing for me. Not that I didn’t manage to cope when I lived in big cities, but I missed the ability to drive for about 5 minutes and get away to a secluded rural area, to enjoy nature and the sunshine.

fence row

Ohio Summer Bonding

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Today a few of us went out target shooting, and yesterday we went to a park nearby, chances to enjoy the hot, Ohio summer. And yes, Ohio is very hot right now. Photo one is a break in the trees near the creek. The second is a photo of a big pine tree. The third photo is probably what most of rural Ohio looks like this year: covered with corn. The fourth photo is a target stand, showing our inaccuracy! The fifth is a view from atop a hill at a park we went to. The sixth is a photo of a duck pond. Jennifer took that one.

Break in the Trees

Big Pine Tree

Row of Corn

Target Stand

View From Above

Duck Pond

Memories of July 4

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Yesterday Jennifer and a few friends went to see some July 4th fireworks. I haven’t been to July 4th fireworks for a long time, and I really enjoyed it. Here are a few photos from the event. The last one is of some kids playing with sparklers. It is blurry because I had to put the shutter speed on a slow setting, but for some reason the sparkler came out very crisp, creating a nice looking photo.

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

Sparklers on July 4

Summer!

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

I used to be a “fall guy,” i.e. holding the fall season in the highest regard. I still regard the autumn highly…I mean, who wouldn’t? The fall has Halloween, Thanksgiving, All Saints, All Souls, Apple cider, changing leaves, football season, etc. However, I think the reason I liked it a lot was because the long and arduous high school football season was finally over. Once I got in high school, I never really had a full summer because of football two-a-days, football camp, weight lifting, etc, so for me, the time after the season ended was when I had a high degree of freedom. Now, I am becoming much more of a “summer guy,” enjoying running, golf, hiking, cook-outs, etc. I think it is most accurate to say I love all four seasons, which is why I like the Midwest so much, but I am coming to finally enjoy the summer in the same way the Beach Boys sung about.

Summer Hill

Boom!

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Sometime this winter, dad, Jonathan, and I went out target shooting (yeah, manly time). Unfortunately a container of expired light yogurt was our victim. One of us managed to snap this photo right as the the container exploded. You can see the explosion of cultured milk in the second photo if you look close.

yogurt gun target

Yogurt Being Shot

Update

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Here is a quick update about what I am up to

– I am finishing up school. Overall it was a great first year. I really enjoy my job, location, and friends here. Sadly, my interest in getting a PhD is eroding, unless of course some school gets an online one up. I am in the middle of a post-Master’s certificate in religious education though, which I think is practical for what I need.

– I went golfing last week for the first time in over 10 years. Last time was in 1994, and I did really poorly. Now I have my own clubs. I really enjoyed it.

– I have been running about everyday, getting ready for a 5k coming up in June. I have lost about 8 pounds in the process.

– On my Yahoo Music Engine: Bright Eyes, Rick Nelson, Bobby Darin, Badfinger, Jay and the Americans and Townes Van Zandt.

– The wedding is coming up on September 29!

– The weather is warm, and I am getting a tan! It is so nice to be out in the sun after that cold snap in winter. The photo below is a spring sunset photo I took last week.

Spring Sunset Through the Trees