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Archive for September, 2011

Photo #1050 – 09.30.11

Happy 2nd Birthday, Jada!!

It is no secret that Jada loves to laugh and smile, and she was definitely doing both when this photo was taken a month ago.  Jada is chock full of personality, and she loves to have lengthy conversations with you…although, most of the time, in the end you think, “What did we just talk about??”.

Believe it or not, Jada is 2 years old today!  Happy Birthday, Jada!!

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Photo #1049 – 09.29.11

Andy Goes Crabbing

If you’ve ever seen The Deadliest Catch, you might have some idea how crazy it can be on Alaskan crabbing boats.  This photo was taken by the crew of the Wizard, one of the boats featured on the show, and it shows my buddy Andy in action (he’s in the back of the boat) with his U.S. Coast Guard team.  Back in 2006, he was up in Alaska on the USCG Cutter Jarvis and was assisting the Wizard (and Discovery Channel) crew.  Apparently, the step ladder broke…so in 10-foot, icy cold seas, they all had to jump from one boat to the other.  When Andy sent this photo to me, he mentioned it was probably the most intense thing he’d done in the Coast Guard…yeah, it looks pretty intense to me!

Today is Andy’s birthday, and while he’s more likely to be flying Coast Guard helicopters now than jumping off Alaskan crabbing boats, I’m sure he’s enjoying the day.  Happy Birthday, Andy!


Photo #1048 – 09.28.11

Overlooking Salzburg’s Old Town

Salzburg was a wonderful place to visit and explore, and on one particular expedition by myself and a few fellow students on our high school German class trip, we stumbled upon (or rather, steeply climbed up to…) an outstanding view of the Old Town (Altstadt) section of Salzburg.  This view is from near the Kapuzinerkloster (Capuchin Abbey) on a platform known as Hettweber-Bastei.   Even though this panoramic view captures the Fortress Hohensalzburg and a great amount of excellent baroque-style architecture, it is only a small portion of the sweeping views of the city and surrounding areas afforded at this overlook.

Luckily, we had a chance to come back to this spot at night, and it was awesome to see the buildings, streets, and bridges lit up in the darkness.


Photo #1047 – 09.27.11

First Light on Lake McDonald

I’ve featured a number of Glacier National Park sunrise photos in the past…mainly because I took a bunch of photos over the course of a few days worth of sunrises.  On this morning, I was out at the lakeside just as the sun made its appearance amongst the distant (but not too distant) peaks in the park.  It was a super clear morning with a nice still lake surface, and it was pretty cool watching the beams of light shoot across the lake surface from the craggy mountains.


Photo #1046 – 09.26.11

Woohoo!  Happy Birthday, Kristin!!

Look at this adorable little girl…isn’t she cute?!  This photo of my cool sister Kristin was taken about a week before her first birthday.  Today is Kristin’s birthday, and I hope she has a great birthday!!  Hopefully, today doesn’t involve sitting on any bright orange shag-like carpeting…

Happy Birthday, Kristin!!

Oh, and just for good measure, here’s one of my favorite early photos of the two of us taken soon before her 8th birthday.  Have a great day!


Photo #1045 – 09.25.11

Hot Hot Heat

I don’t know about you, but I can just sense the heat coming from this roaring campfire.  The blinding, over-exposed white in the core of these logs gives a pretty good idea of just how hot this particular fire was on a chilly camping night.


Photo #1044 – 09.24.11

Tatra in Profile

One of the great features of being at the particular guest cabin we stayed at in the Yukon was coming back from a day of fieldwork to some cute, playful dogs that just wanted your attention.  Our hosts had a few cool dogs, and Tatra was the one that wouldn’t leave you alone until you threw a stick…or a snowball.  She was also very photogenic, whether showing off her beautiful eyes to the camera {photo #66}, leaping through the air to catch a snowball {photo #213}, or standing on the frozen river ice with a snowy backdrop of Yukon scenery.