Spring Bike Ride 2018 Style

Bike at the River

Spring is already 1/3 complete, but given we had snow the last two Saturdays, this post is actually pretty timely and not late at all. Today marked a number of cycling milestones. My numbers have been down, dramatically so this past winter and so today’s ride was a great confidence builder. I’ve now ridden more … Read more

Sandhill Cranes in Kearney Nebraska

Sandhill Cranes at sunset

In mid-March we took a spur of the moment trip up to Kearney Nebraska to view the migrating Sandhill Cranes. The migration season lasts about 6 weeks and we were there a little bit before the peak. Put another way, around 400,000 of the eventual 600,000 cranes were in the area when we were visiting. … Read more

Grand Canyon Crow

Grand Canyon Crow

In lieu of a “real” blog post I present this photo of a crow overlooking the Colorado River at the far eastern end of the Grand Canyon. Image has been slightly “fractalized*.” *Processed using the Fractalius filter.

2017 Favorite Photos

2017 Favorites: Maroon Bells

In a now annual tradition, I’ve reviewed the photos I took during the previous year and selected my favorites. I shared my 35 favorites from 2017 on Flickr, and my 11 favorites are shown below. Durango – Silverton Narrow Gauge, just inside the New Mexico border south of Colorado. :: ite

KitchenAid Pro 600 Repair

KitchenAid Pro 600

Our KitchenAid Professional 600 mixer stopped working a while back. It made a terrible noise, and the beaters would slip when trying to mix dough. I could actually just grab them and hold them, that’s how bad it was! It turns out we couldn’t find any place that performs repairs on appliances like this. And … Read more

Wild & Free Watercolors

Wild & Free Watercolor Set

I tried out a new set of handmade watercolor paints for the first time today, creating a color chart that demonstrates how each color mixes with the other. Wild & Free, created by DesignsbyRachelBeth and sold via her Etsy store, is a set of 5 handmade, half pan watercolors. The colors include a middle yellow, … Read more

Linocut Palette: Start to Finish

Colorful Covfefe Cups

I’ve just completed cutting and printing my first original linocut design! Previously I’d used images that were licensed for re-use under a Creative Commons license, but I really wanted to do an original design. The simple watercolor palette I chose is a good design for a beginner. It has a bunch of straight (in theory) … Read more

Grand Canyon Hike

Grand Canyon Hike: Mules on the Trail

One of my peak experiences of 2017 was a hike I took in mid-December. I hiked the Bright Angel Trail at the Grand Canyon, where I walked not quite a mile into the canyon, descending 600 feet along the way. Mid-winter and the trail was, not crowded, but by no means empty. This part of … Read more