Mammoth Snow Trip with the Family!

December 27th, 2012 by Matt

Mammoth Snow Trip!

This is the first White Christmas we’ve had in awhile, and it was awesome! We had blizzard conditions for the first two days, so there was plenty of “play in the snow fun” to be had!

I’m also displaying a test of Picasa Web Album’s “Embed Slideshow” feature. (If you’re looked at a nice blank box, you’re using an iPhone or iPad. Sorry! Here’s a link to the images.) Basically, you can easily set up Flash slideshows from the photo albums you’ve uploaded to your Google account. Pretty nice! There are multiple size options for the shows (This is the 600 x 400 pixel size) and you can even have it display the captions you’ve set up in your albums, as I’ve done here. (I do wish you could change the basic background color to something other than black, though. Having a white background would really blend into most websites better. It would also be cool to be able to adjust the font attributes, too.)

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Snow Day on the Sunrise Hwy in San Diego!!

March 26th, 2012 by Matt
Snow Day!

Happy Son and Dad

Talk about weird (and fun!) weather! These photos were taken on March 18th on the Sunrise Highway just off of Hwy 8 in San Diego!

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Hope Garden

March 8th, 2010 by Matt

The Hope Garden

The Hope Garden…Beautiful!

What a beautiful website and a great cause. The Hope Garden is an inspirational website focussing on people with cancer, their families, and friends. In this beautiful Flash–based “garden”, you can “plant” a beautiful flower with an inspirational message for a loved one that is battling this implacable disease. Visitors can also browse through the garden and read messages left by others. What a beautiful, thoughtful, and well–executed website. Kudos, Paul!

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Mikey and Char-Char In Stroller

February 15th, 2010 by Matt
Mikey and Charlotte in Stroller

Toothy Grin

Mikey and Charlotte in Stroller

Sweet Faces!

Mikey and Charlotte in Stroller

Serene and Satisfied

I love this set of photos! Mikey (my son) and Char–Char (my niece) decided to sit in a stroller together. Mikey has different smiles in each photo, while Char–Char is serene and seems at peace with the world. Never mind they just finished chasing each other around Grandpa’s back yard! At the time of this photo, Mikey is 3 years, 7 months old, Char–Char is 1 year 6 months.

This photo was taken with my trusty Canon EOS 5D at 1/125 sec, F4, ISO 200, with my old Canon 28–105mm lens at 53mm. (Isn’t EXIF info great? I would never write this stuff down!) I also used fill flash using, in my opinion, the best flash attachment you can buy, the Lightsphere II – Clear, by Gary Fong. This clear bounce attachment takes all the worry and fuss away from lighting your subject and produces fantastic, flattering, well–lit people photos. Try one, you won’t use anything else!

The Lightsphere can be used for many other types of photography, too. Take a look at this series on the Thanksgiving Cactus using it.

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Photographic Proof of Global Warming

February 1st, 2010 by Matt

In 2006, I read a disturbing article in the January/February issue of Sierra magazine entitled “Climate Chaos Has Arrived,” by Bill McKibben. In it, the author reports on various examples showing that global warming is indeed a fact: a scientific revelation in September 2006 that reported satellite images showing that the polar icecap is now 20% thinner than historical averages, the increasing frequency and severity of weather–based disasters, and most convincing, historical before and after photographic evidence of the melting of our largest glaciers. Take a look at these photos and say they aren’t a little scary, I dare you!

Grinell Glacier, Glacier National Park, 1911

Grinell Glacier, Glacier National Park, 1911

Grinell Glacier, Glacier National Park, 2000

Grinell Glacier, Glacier N. P., 2000

Pasterze Glacier, Austria, 1875

Pasterze Glacier, Austria, 1875

Pasterze Glacier, Austria, 2004

Pasterze Glacier, Austria, 2004

Rhone Glacier, Switzerland, 1859

Rhone Glacier, Switzerland, 1859

Rhone Glacier, Switzerland, 2001

Rhone Glacier, Switzerland, 2001

Portage Glacier, Alaska, 1950

Portage Glacier, Alaska, 1950

Portage Glacier, Alaska, 2001

Portage Glacier, Alaska, 2001

Showing these “before” and “after” photos side by side really drives the point home! This is scary stuff! Environmental photographer Gary Braasch has made a career of photographing many of the world’s ecosystems, especially in the areas of climatic change and biodiversity. Thanks to people like him, the truth is becoming clearer and clearer. Dramatic photos such as these shots of the melting glaciers provide all the proof I need that the climate is indeed getting warmer! For more on this topic, please take a look at worldviewofglobalwarming.org.

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