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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

BLOG MOVE to http://www.meot.shutterchance.com/

I'm packin' my trash and blowin' this popstand!
I'm off to Shutterchance. It's a better neighborhood with nicer, more attractive neighbors (kidding). Send all best wishes and housewarming gifts to: http://www.meot.shutterchance.com/


Golden Gate Park & BIG NEWS!

I took this picture while attending Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco's Golden Gate park last week.
By the way, I got a new job! A job where I will actually have work to do!
So next Friday I will happily wave goodbye to Hitachi and move on to Palm and I couldn't be happier. I will be back with some of my favorite people from my last job and I will be working for someone who has shown great kindness to me in the past. He also has a killer sense of humor and a great attitude.
Yip, yip, YIPPEE!!! I'm doing my happy dance right now. Be happy that you can't see it. :-0

Blogger SUCKS!

Blogger sucks and will not allow me to upload any pictures. I'll keep trying!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Chain of Craters Road

This is another look at the landscape that is found on Chain of Craters Road.
It is so ghostly and weird and cool; unlike anything else I've ever seen.
If you ever get the chance to visit Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii, do it. And take a couple of days. It's absolutely fascinating.
You could just come with Micki and I when we go, right Micki? :-)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A terrible picture of some very awesome LAVA!

Here's the lava!
I would love suggestions on how I could have pulled this off. I set a tiny aperature and it didn't seem to make much difference whether I did a long or short exposure. They all looked pretty much the same. There was tons of steam which made it look really cool as it reflected the actual lava as it flowed into the ocean but it was really hard to photograph. I usually do pretty good with night shots but this was very difficult. I took about 20 pictures in between being totally awed and yelling out things like, "WOOOOAH!" and "SO COOL!" and "LAVA! REAL LAVA!".
Let me know what you would have done differently please. You never know when you may get a chance to photograph a volcano so we can all hopefully learn something.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Ghost Grass

Another photo from the Iki trail. The ghostly fog and weird lighting were so cool.
Do you want to see a night lava shot even though it isn't technically very good or artistic? And how about the picture of our windshield that was shattered by a big rock 15 minutes after our arrival? That was fun. Thank goodness for safety glass; in which we were covered. I really want to have the time to write more about my trip but I have been buried since my return. The weekend was spent at a way cool free concert put on every year in San Francisco's Golden Gate park. It's called Hardly Strictly Bluegrass http://www.strictlybluegrass.com/ and it's GREAT! Micki, next year you should come out for this one. You'd LOVE it! This rich guy has all of the legends of bluegrass (and assorted others) show up for 3 days of music. The weather was perfect! Especially for SF. It was about 80 degrees. I doubt most bluegrass shows feature organic pot, raw vegan food and 100% recycling but ya gotta love SF! I didn't take my camera this year but last year I took lots of photos. If you're interested, they can be viewed here: http://new.photos.yahoo/puppatina/albums I used it as an opportunity to practice shooting people but I also took lots of pictures of dogs. You have no idea how much I love taking pictures of dogs. I have spared you all that obsession. ;-) Gotta go!

Friday, October 06, 2006

More Kilauea Iki

In 1959, the year before I was born, this was a bubbling cauldron of LAVA.
Isn't that the coolest thing ever????

Thursday, October 05, 2006

More Along the Kilauea Iki Trail

This is another macro I took on the Kilauea Iki trail. http://www.nps.gov/archive/havo/visitor/journal_kilaueaiki.htm
Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes on earth. It was amazing to see it erupting and to hike the surrounding forests. It is truly an amazing place. I was fascinated by the plants as well as the unique landscape and of course the volcano itself.

Sunday, October 01, 2006