Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dead End Haunt 2017

Click the link below for a short video. This is just the early stages of set up. We should be up and running next Thursday. Happy Haunting!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Backyard Fire

We had some excitement last night. I was just taking note on how it is starting to get dark earlier and earlier. I looked at the clock and it was 8:30 so I made a mental note to plan for outdoor portrait photography times I'll need to start planning. I also heard a lot of sirens, which isn't totally unusual as I live along a north-south thoroughfare between town and the foothills. I settled in with the dogs to watch Sully. At about 9:15 I went to let the dogs out when I saw this:

I can't quite explain the primal flight reaction that came over me. This is over a mile away, basically the beautiful backdrop to our backyard view, but glowing bright orange, and the sirens! It sounded like the whole valleys first responders were driving past my house to get up there. I later found out that that was the truth. All the local city fire departments, the National Guard, and the BLM were there.

I scrambled to get my camera after taking a few initial terrible cell phone shots. Pretty quickly the fire came over the hillside.

That's when I decided to go out front to make sure our fire hydrant was clear in case it was needed. Our street was lined with cars and crowds of people trying to watch the fire over the neighborhood rooftops. I thought to myself I could have charged to let people in my backyard for the best seat in the house. Of course I didn't do that. I'm to stingy with my view and didn't know if any people were under serious threat up there.

 The last photos seem to be when they contained it at about midnight. About an hour later it looked pretty much under control so I decided it was safe to go to bed. I read that they had it mostly out by 3:30 in the morning and are spending the day cleaning up. The amount of traffic going past my house is still pretty heavy.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Summer 2017

It's been in the 100's lately but today we didn't reach 90 degrees. I figured I'd get out the camera and inspect the front gardens. Kyle set me up with drip irrigation for my hanging pots and large urns. This is my first year at successfully growing Amaranth. 
 Our new maple tree is doing well. The old one was diseased and we had to cut it down.
 Bees love the lavender.

 Black Vernon tomato, I got a free packet with the rest of my order from Johnny's this year.
 Mexico midget- these are the first to ripen. We are going to have a ton of tomatoes by the end of the month.
Hardy hibiscus-it's covered in buds.

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Art of Burlesque Took on the Law and Won

Here in Boise we've had a bit of a legal battle over burlesque performances. Apparently the state police decided to go "undercover" to a show a bit over a year ago. They were legally served alcohol (way to go police), and ahem, saw some underboob. Apparently our antiquated law was being violated at this ticketed over 21 engagement that took place behind closed doors. The threat of underboob is real people! The venue was fined quite a bit of money.

Later last year the ACLU, the venue, and the producer of the show beat the snot out of the case and the law has been changed. Underboob isn't going to cause complete anarchy in Idaho. This show was a celebration of the art of burlesque. I was once more privileged to be there to capture the show. If you want to see underboob, don't look here, go to a burlesque show, oddly enough. burlesque isn't a peep show.