Monday, September 21, 2009


MTL IF3 2009

This weekend marked the annual IF3 in Montreal. I came here to hang with the Orage crew and watch some was good times!

Two of my favorite people traveled to MTL for IF3 too. Cody Lynge had good times turning my shirts into tall-ts and leaving without saying good bye.

Sven came all the way from Germany in route to South America. It was amazing to spend some time with this goof ball.

Orage team dinner tasted pretty fishy.

NS Awards happened.

The flowers in the farmers market made me smile. Now, I'm pretty ready to get out of the city and off to Florida for the AMG driving academy.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Study of the Sierra Nevada

On Friday I went on a field trip with my History of the Sierra Nevada class. We walked from High Camp at Squaw to Siberia. It was the most active I've been, outside the gym, since March. It felt amazing to be outside and using my legs!

I was quick to take some pictures as we were walking. None of which turned out good enough to represent the view from the top of Squaw, but they will do.

The Palisades are up on the left. I wonder if the top in naturally flat or if someone excavated it.

The moon was still up around noon.

The peak that is in the center is the backside of McConkey's, what used to be Eagle's Nest. The run below the peak is the backside of KT 22.

Lake Tahoe was formed in a process in which a block of crust sinks below all of it's surroundings. It wasn't a lake until about 1 million years ago when a volcanic flow made a natural damn.

Pancake Clouds

Lately I've noticed that while driving, I've come across some amazing scenery. Most of the time I think to myself, I should pull over and take a photo, but lot's of those times I am trying to get somewhere or do something so I just brush it off, all the while the thought is still in the back of my head until the sunset disappears behind the mountains or the clouds take another shape.

So while I was driving the other day in Squaw I looked up and couldn't resist pulling off to the side. I'm sure I looked like a complete goof/tourist with my camera out on the main road beside the meadow, but I don't really care. I figure I often look like this anyways and I hope that people laugh. I laugh at myself all the time.

Ian Ruhter

Going off of my prior post...

I've been pretty excited lately about Ian Ruhter's recent project called Down Town, LA. This image reminds me of James Nachtwey's effort in capturing these critical social issues. Ian's writing about his mission to get this shot describes his fears of posting up on this street in an effort to capture a moment that is representative of times in the U.S.

If you can't see all of the people sleeping on the sidewalk, click the photo to enlarge.

James Nachtwey

Yesterday, in reflecting on the events of September 11, 2009 I came across an essay by Barbara Kingsolver that moved me. The essay is titled Saying Grace and is in her book called Small Wonders. Thus far I've only read two of her essays out of the many in the book. Kingsolver is growing on me...

"We don't own the world, as it turns out. Flight attendants and bankers, mothers and sons were ripped from us as proof, and thousands of families must now spend whole lifetimes reassembling themselves after shattering loss. The rest of us have lowered our flags in grief on their behalf. I believe we could do the same for the 35,600 of the world's children who also died on September 11 from conditions of starvation, and extend our hearts to the fathers and mothers who lost them."

On the same note, I thought this would be an appropriate time to share with you an amazing photographer, James Nachtwey. He has captured images from wars to famine and many other social issues.

"I have been a witness, and these pictures are

my testimony. The events I have recorded should

not be forgotten and must not be repeated."

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Rib Cook Off 2009

Went to the annual Rib Cook Off in Reno a couple of nights ago.

This couple said that I am obviously not from around here when I asked to take a photo of them and their messy shirts. That's right, I'm not from Reno.

"The Superbowl Of Swine"

Jessie P. is excited to eat ribs.

Getting BBQ sauce in her nails.

What's a rib cook off without a clown?

Every BBQ has signs claiming the "best ribs in America" or "best in the world" and I have to say that I was expecting more mouth watering flavors than what I got, but I still fell for every sign.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Squaw Valley

Had a nice morning in the meadow at Squaw. Not a cloud in the sky and temperature is just right. I remember being young and walking as far into the meadow as I could go before my feet got soaked and then I would scale the fence and make my way back to dry land. It smells sometimes in the meadow, but I don't mind. There aren't too many people out there. Today there was a breeze and 2 cars pulled over to take photos from this spot. Sometimes people sit on the bike trail and paint this view. When I come home from trips I get butterflies when I turn the corner and this is what I see, hopefully covered in snow.