Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tales of the Strange

Photo courtesy the Smithsonian

This photo doesn't look like much. As an archaeologist I understand its profound meaning. I'm used to walking the earth looking for abnormalities, things not made by nature, but by humans manipulating their environment for their survival, livelihood, and entertainment. My eye is trained to catch patterns that don't usually occur naturally, I can spot a (likely) human shaped stone from all the other random naturally shaped ones that scatter the ground as I walk.

This photo is from 1978 and was taken from the air as a plane traversed Siberia with a geological expedition in the vast remote wilderness. They were looking for a place to land. Those lines look like a fingerprint to me. Those patterns stood out to the pilots who were astounded to see what looked like human agriculture. In the middle of nowhere, Siberia. What they found was pretty amazing, and to me pretty sad. To me the younger children in the story were raised practically feral and suffered Stockholm Syndrome. I plan to get the book Lost in the Taiga by Vasily Peskov.

Dirty MINI

We had some fun in the snow today. MINI needs a bath.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mini Me!

Here is a photo of the car similar to what I'm getting this weekend. I'm moving on and it is FUN! We never found the people that hit my Subaru, but Karma is a bitch. MINI Squee!

Monday, January 21, 2013



Please check out the link. My car got wrecked last night. I'd appreciate it if you'd share. Thanks a bunch.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Inversion Walkabout

we are now in my second least favorite season Boise has. number 1 is wildfire season that happens in late summer. my second least favorite is inversion season that happens in winter. it is continually smoggy with clear skies above that look grey from all the particulate stuck in the bubble that has settled over town.  the highs never get above freezing and the lows dip to the single digits. nonetheless, our little family bundled up for a walk on the green belt.

Sadie was on to something here. She dug and dug for some varmint. Yep that's what we call little animals here.

 These are rare mustache hair formations.
Snow with a hoar frost
the river had some thin ice with some neat frost balls on it
more frost formations on snow
Usually the geese are pooping all over creation, but they still look great in flight
Splash at the white water park (with real white water)
this mister froze when Sadie saw him, he was eyeing a lady duck that already had a companion.
more smelly geese, they do look much better in formation  than by the hundreds on the ground.
Nice Boise creek at wintertime. 
happy dog and my mister on a nice family outing
 we stayed nice and warm and had a nice outing. all were shot with the new Sigma lens.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Happy Friday!

The icicles are really growing 
The ones hanging off the lights are near dangerous

I took the new Sigma out for a few more shots. For what I'll be doing it'll be a great lens for me. These were some quick shots near sunset. I actually ventured out the doorway for these. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013


Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 lens, second shot out of the box. Nothing worth writing home about but more photos with this lens will follow. Now Emily and I need to take our new cameras out for a stroll one of these days the weather cooperates. I was tired from hot yoga class so I shot from inside the doorway.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Garden Aglow

We braved the cold again today, this time in 19 degree Fahrenheit cold to visit the Idaho Botanical Garden.

New Years Day

Taken at the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center in Boise