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An Update

Friday, April 13th, 2007

I hope everyone is having a great Easter! I have been on Easter Break for about a week now, and let me tell you, I have needed the break. Even though I love my job, a break is always nice! Of course, nature hasn’t been too cooperative, and the weather has been unseasonably cold. Last year at this time, Jennifer, Jonathan, and I were out taking photos on 60 degree days. This year I am cooped up inside with the flu. I had a fever of 100 for the last few days. I have been monitoring it carefully, but not treating it necessarily. Our cells can withstand temperatures this high, but pathogens and cancer cells have a hard time surviving in such high temperatures (one theory is that tumors have such complex blood vessel networks that they just can’t cool themselves off quickly enough).

Jennifer and I’s marriage plans are moving along, not as quickly as she would like I suspect.

On the Yahoo Music Engine, I am listening to a lot of Townes Van Zandt. He is a folk/country singer from the 1970s-1990s, who is probably most well-known for writing “Pancho and Lefty,” a country hit for Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. The ones I have been listening to now include some of the lesser known ones, like “The Velvet Voices” and “Like a Summer Thursday.”

Here is a photo from last spring, certainly not from this cold spring. When I see photos like this, knowing the background behind the photo, I can almost “feel” the heat and sunshine.

Green Hill in Spring


Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Autumn is finally here. Here are a few photo reminders.

Fall Scene
This photo is taken on a fairly high hill, from a cemetery actually.

Fall Tree This is one of the reddest trees I saw, and its background is one of the bluest skies I have seen. I also was sure to position the quilt of color in the lower right hand corner.

Fall Fence Scene This is a fence at a local state park. I like it because you can clearly appreciate that this is a fall scene from the multi-colored leaves in the background.

A Good Weekend

Monday, September 11th, 2006

I had a great weekend; what can I say? Jennifer came to visit me, and we did all kinds of things. We went out to eat on Friday, and on Saturday went to the Our Lady of Consolation Shrine in the afternoon. Then we went to Saturday evening Mass, followed by watching my school’s high school football team. We left that at half-time because it was raining. We got a bite to eat a Mexican restaurant called “Mi Jalapeno.” It was great! In fact we ate there the next night too.

On Sunday we went to the nearest state park, which is about 20 minutes away. They have a beach area there where I took the photos below. Now it is back to old grind of course, but a good weekend always makes the week go better.

The photos below are of Jennifer, her feet, and two friends walking on the beach (I have no idea who they are).

Jennifer on the beach

Jennifer washing off her shoes

Strangers walking on the beach

An Autumn Evening and Night

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Autumn has to be my favorite season. We have All Saints Day, All Souls Day, Halloween,  and Thanksgiving that fall within Autumn. Advent begins in the Autumn as well. Plus, where I live, the leaves start turning colors, the weather gets crisp, and the air just seems to smell differently. I took a few photos yesterday and the day before, specifically trying to capture some of the uniqueness of the Fall on film (well… in digital memory!).

Moving Clouds

This is one I took at night with a nearly full moon illuminating the sky. I had to set the shutter speed to around 8 seconds to get the same color/light that I saw with my own eyes. I had to set up a tripod to accomplish this. Afterwards, I kept asking myself why the clouds were blurry. Then it hit me: it is because the clouds were moving, quite quickly, and within the 8 seconds the shutter was open, the clouds had moved. Nonetheless, it is a neat effect. I only wish I had captured more of the home and water tower below.

Sunset Over Trees

This is an autumn evening scene I took. I didn’t have to use a long shutter speed because it was evening and there was some natural light. I had to adjust the speed a tad because the auto-mode was coming out too dark.

Well, as you can tell, we have been having some very beautiful autumn nights and evenings. I have been saying for about a month now that I am ready for Fall. Now I guess it is here!

Clicking on the images will result in a bigger image with better quality.

Playing Around and Look What Happened!

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

I was playing around with the camera’s macro features, and I took a photo of a crucifix that I got at a dollar store. It turned out to be pretty nice.

Yes, behind Jesus is a scandisk adapter and a pack of Trident. Hey, like I said, it was initially a test shot. Ok, maybe there is a message here. Jesus takes on all of our burdens, even those of ordinary, modern life. The crucifix at my desk is simply positioned among modern things. Jesus bears common burdens, and he bears modern burdens. Thank God.

Some More Photos

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

I recently have started an Online Photo Collection. I hope to regularly add photos to it. It is a creative outlet of sorts. Here are the two photos I have up now. The first is one of my cats outside. The other is another cat of mine inside. I am using a Kodak X7590 Digital Camera for these two photos. Let me tell you, taking photos of cats is work. They either turn the opposite way you want or walk towards you too quickly.


Oh What A Beautiful Morning

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

Scene_1 This is what I see when I go to work many mornings. Soon it will be too dark to see such a beautiful scene. I took this with the school’s digital camera, a 3MP Sony camera. I took it while moving, through glass, so it turned out pretty nice considering the conditions.

Scene2 This photo was taken under the same situation with the same camera. It is scenes like this that make me glad I live in a fairly rural area.

A Few Photos…

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

Flagsubduedsmall I took this when walking with Jennifer tonight, trying to capture the blue night sky behind the flag. I think I had to disable the flash.

This is a photo of a local store that Jennifer took on night mode. I did it in Sepia tone to give it that old effect…Playing with the new camera is fun!