Colorful Succulent Closeup

41 shot stacked cactus

I created a closeup photo of this colorful succulent* and wanted to share the details of how I was able to get the entire top in focus. The answer was to combine a set of multiple, stacked, photographs, where each image was focused on a different part of the cactus. The source images are created … Read more

Big Changes for All the Pages

All the Pages: 2014 - 2019

It’s not uncommon for me to make changes to All the Pages (are my days).  Some are behind the scenes changes (such as two years the site ran on Drupal before moving back to WordPress) and some are more visually oriented. I try to note the biggest changes here, if for no other reason than to … Read more

Arches National Park in Winter

North Window

I had the opportunity to spend a sunny afternoon at the Arches National Park recently while traveling to visit family out west. I focused on the Windows Arches, near the south end of the park and opted to take a photo of the Delicate Arch from the viewpoint instead of taking the time to hike … Read more

D750 Holiday (test) Shots

Christmas Star, Fractalized

I haven’t had a chance to get out in the field with my new camera, but have taken a few indoor shots. The two middle pictures were taken with a portable light box attached to my flash. It did soften the light, but is pretty flimsy and I’m not sure I care for it much. … Read more

Nikon D750 First Light

Smoky

And so it came to pass; after 39 years of using only Canon (D)SLR cameras I’ve gone over to the black and gold. Yes, I got my first Nikon DSLR this week. A Christmas/birthday present, received early so I can learn to use it properly before an upcoming trip. tl;dr: switched from Canon to Nikon … Read more

Bison, a Wooden Puzzle

Bison Puzzle Box

Last month I assembled the Agate puzzle from Nervous Systems, an intricately cut wooden puzzle. Turns out that there is more than one company that creates wooden jigsaw puzzles! This month I’m taking a look at one of the many amazing puzzles from the Liberty Puzzle Company, Boulder, CO. This particular puzzle is based on … Read more

Geode Puzzle by Nervous Systems

Geode Puzzle - Finished!

I recently completed the most unusual jigsaw puzzle I’ve ever assembled. It’s called the Geode Puzzle and is made by Nervous Systems. The puzzle is made of laser cut birch plywood, cut in a dense, maze-like cut pattern. The pieces are very high quality and included a number of unusual shapes, including some nested pieces! … Read more

America

Bald Eagle

Today is likely the most significant election of my life. As I’ve mostly steered away from politics on this site, I’ll leave it at that. I’m still working on (avoiding, actually) the almost 2000 pictures I took last week when we went to Missouri to see Elton John in St. Louis. Outside of Kirksville we … Read more

High Waters at Kanopolis

Above Kanopolis Spillway Looking East

After days of rain, followed by snow, the water level Kanopolis Lake is getting quite high. They are releasing a record amount of water which makes for a thunderous scene at the spillway. This is the most water I’ve ever seen rushing from the dam! Here are some photos taken around the lake as well … Read more

Painting with Fountain Pen Ink

Sunset Palms

Both as a distraction from current events and as a new creative venture, I used fountain pen ink to create a few different watercolor paintings a couple of days ago. The ink is much stronger than watercolor paints, and since I mostly use permanent inks, that means most of them are staining. I also noticed, … Read more