Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Super Macro Fest

The battery cover on my camera has been 75% broken for a couple months now, and it hasn't gotten much use. This is a bummer, man. The recent purchases by Celeste and Ryan of new digital cameras inspired me to pick mine back up. As of late I've been bouncing around the idea of a Macro series for a while and today decided to explore the idea. My camera will focus as close as 1.2 inches from the subject, allowing me to reveal a world we are unable to see clearly with the naked eye.

One of the downfalls of point-and-shoot digital cameras versus dSLRs like Maree's is poor depth of field. I'd say that 95% of the p-a-s cameras won't go higher than f8, whereas Maree's Nikon will happily jog up to f22. This makes taking ultra close-up photos tricky.

The most important lesson I learned today...swiffer the subject first! Well, except for Roxy : )

It's the....eye of the tiger

That's adorable


Aragonite, "Sputnik" form

Old Hickory on a new $20

The Bic helps to understand the scale I'm working at.

If I could advance to f22 I could have both subjects in focus. parg.

ach, time for bed...

No system of government will suffice, for we were never intended to be governed.

We seem to forget that we were tribal grazers and hunters for millions of years from the time we abandoned the arboreal lifestyle; operating in small, tight knit groups that solved their problems from within the group, not without. In the blink of an eye, geologically speaking, we have hoisted an incredibly violent, complex, and demanding world onto our minds. It's no wonder there is so much war, inequality, and insanity in today's world. We stand blinded by our technological achievments to the reality that our minds and bodies did not evolve in the present age, nor did they evolve for it. Once we planted that first row of wheat we set down a path that, 16,000 years later, finds man consuming the entire world. One can only guess how long we have artificially been raising the carrying capacity of the Earth, and how long we can sustain it.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Monday, May 22, 2006

News of Note

Ticketmaster to auction off best tickets

- No reason now to camp out at the store for the choice seats. Boo! Article.

Wired Magazine publicizes AT&T's NSA surveillance documents

- Inching towards the Orwellian state with nary a worry 'mongst the proles. Article.

Attorney General Gonzales set to curb journalist's freedom

- Puttin' the fear into the men and women who expose the underbelly of the beast. Article.

Sunday, May 21, 2006



Ryan and I at Brad's 31st birthday party.

The three of us cram in for a festive photo.

I was so focused on framing the picture, I forgot to smile.... : )

This shot is actually from Ryan's camera, a wide angle view of downtown. On a clearer day, Mt Hood would be visible on the horizon on the right.

The US Bancorp bulding on West Burnside St stands tall at a whopping 42 stories!

The Lloyd Center area where I live, as seen from the Pittock Mansion in the west hills. The building at the bottom right with the glass towers is the Convention Center, and the Trailblazers' arena is in the bottom left.

My Japanese Paper Tree, or Edgeworthia papyrifera, is soon to be repotted. The Japanese used to make their money out of the pulp of this tree.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Overlooking I-84 and the Columbia facing east. We found a little traveled spur off Vista Point Trail #419 that took us within shouting distance of a 600 foot drop... breathtaking.

A gorgeous waterfall along the creek. The air was nice and cool near the water, once the trail wound away from it, it would warm up almost instantly.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Wahkeena Creek coursing through a narrow spot.

The sign says it all, except that it is pointing the wrong way.

Rooster Rock, where the Vista House is. There were tons o' moms up there.