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Archive for October, 2012

Quick Update – Marathon Weekend

So it has been a little while since my last Daily Photograph, but I will get some great photos up soon.  I have been quite busy with a number of things, most especially training for my first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon this Sunday, October 28th.  I am running as part of ZERO’s Dash for Dad Endurance Team, raising awareness of prostate cancer in honor of my father-in-law Tom.  Find out more about my fundraising efforts, or about prostate cancer in general, by clicking here: https://zerocancer.org/races/raise?form_id=MjQ2

I’ll be sure to provide an update afterwards to let you know how the 26.2 miles went…as long as the hurricane/nor’easter storm doesn’t blow me away!

Photo #1431 – 10.15.12

Ocean Blues

This is basically just a photo of swirling water…not all that interesting, but it sure captures some nice blue hues.  This was taken looking straight down from the back of a cruise ship down in the Caribbean, where the ship’s propulsion was creating great amounts of sea foam across the surface of the ocean.  The foam was constantly changing, and I liked contrast of dark blues with white patterns laid throughout.

Photo #1430 – 10.14.12

Lots O’ Boulders

Have you ever asked yourself, “I wonder what 16.5 acres of large boulders looks like?”  I’m guessing no…but if you have, then here is your answer!  This huge boulder field is located in Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania, and it is a really interesting place to explore.  I was there with fellow graduate students on a geology field trip (a few of them are carefully navigating boulders on the left), since the field represents a neat geologic mystery where the exact mechanism for how all these boulders got where they are is not entirely understood.

Photo #1429 – 10.13.12

Main Street, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

When you think “capital city”, a scene like this is probably not what you think of.  I’m not necessarily implying that Whitehorse, the capital city of the Yukon Territory, is not a bustling city…because it is certainly a busy place compared to much of the surrounding small towns and endless wilderness!  But this stretch of Main Street is a great example of the down-to-earth character of the Yukon, and it had a number of great shops like a delicious bakery/coffee place (Baked) and cool book store (Mac’s Fireweed Books).  In fact, there were a bunch of great eateries and little shops all over the city that made it a cool place for a stroll about town.

Photo #1428 – 10.12.12

Leaf Play, 1986

What is it about large accumulations of dead leaves in autumn that makes playing around in them so thrilling for kids?  I’m not sure, but I would say it is just plain fun…speaking from plenty of experience, of course.  At about 2.5 years old in this photo, I was probably enjoying leaf piles for the first time, while my brother and sister were likely seasoned veterans at this point.  I don’t remember this, but I would like to imagine they showed me some classic leaf-playing techniques, like burying your sibling, tunneling through the pile, jumping out of a pile to surprise someone, and throwing a sibling into a leaf pile.  Whatever they showed me, I’m sure we had a fun time together!

Photo #1427 – 10.11.12

Purple and White Macro

Here’s a flower close-up with a bit of an in-focus/out-of-focus mixture and a nice purple and white color scheme.  I often forget just how cool flowers like this can look when you zoom in real close!

Photo #1426 – 10.10.12

Summer Sunset in New York

What’s not to love about a summer sunset, especially when you get to enjoy one on a lil’ camping trip?  The sun sank behind some clouds a bit above the actual horizon on this August evening, but it still created a great sunset sky over the rolling hills in this area of New York.

Photo #1425 – 10.09.12

Old Guy, Robot, Raggedy Ann: Halloween 1986

Continuing with a few older Halloween photos (to get in the October spirit), here is a shot from 1986 taken a few days before Halloween at a birthday party.  Michael went with the cigar-smokin’, black-clothes-wearin’ old man, Kristin turned into a redheaded Raggedy Ann (previously made and worn by our mom {photo #1424}), and I was a tired Halloween robot…well, I was probably a rambunctious Halloween robot earlier in the day, but it must have been getting close to my bedtime…

For any Mets fans, this photo was taken the same night as Game 6 of the World Series, which the Mets won in dramatic fashion before winning the title over the Red Sox a couple nights later, their last championship title to date (I noticed the “Mets” headline on the newspaper and made the connection…).

Photo #1424 – 10.08.12

Raggedy Ann Mom

It’s Raggedy Ann!…or rather, my mom pretending to be Raggedy Ann on Halloween many years ago.  Who would have thought she could pull off being a redhead??

It also looks like her dog was a little confused by this mysterious character in striped stockings.

Photo #1423 – 10.07.12

Beautiful Butterfly and Magnificent Magician

Check out the awesome costumes my sister and brother are showing off on this halloween night in 1985!  Kristin is sporting a lovely butterfly costume with see-through wings and antennae, and Michael has been transformed into a moustachioed magician, complete with glitter-water wand, top hat, and cape.

I’m not sure why I’m in the photo…I had not been turned into a farmer quite yet, but I guess my mom still made me stand in the photo.

Photo #1422 – 10.06.12

Happy 40th Anniversary, Mom & Dad!!

Wow, 40 years…that’s pretty unbelievable!  It was back in October of 1972 that my mom and dad got hitched, and they are still laughing and smiling together as much as ever.

This photo was taken a few years ago while on vacation up in Vermont, although it was enhanced by my brother Michael to help celebrate their 40th anniversary.  Happy 40th Anniversary!!

Photo #1421 – 10.05.12

The View Inside a Snowpit

The majority of the time I spent in the Yukon Territory during graduate school was spent digging snowpits and taking measurements of things such as snow density at various levels within the snowpack.  This photo shows the inside of a snowpit we dug in British Columbia one day and features a bunch of holes where one of the measuring tools we used was inserted.

I always wondered what people must have thought if they happened upon one of these snowpits…

Photo #1420 – 10.04.12

Pinkish-Purple Clouds

What’s not to love about a colorful sunset??  This photo was taken on Independence Day a few years ago while camping up in New York.  The sun had dipped down behind the distant hill in an orange blaze, and as it sank away even further, some thin layers of clouds were painted red and pink and purple by the setting sun’s rays.

Photo #1419 – 10.03.12

Adirondacks Winding Road – Etsy Print

Scenic, winding roads out in the middle of nowhere are always a nice treat.  That was definitely the case on this drive through a portion of Adirondack Park east of Lake George.  The October foliage contrasted well with the mix of evergreens, and this particular location had a great atmosphere about it.

***Check out this print on my J. Apgar Photo Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/listing/103395803/adirondacks-winding-road-8×10-fine-art), and remember that I’m offering 15% off prints to Daily Photograph followers (just enter code ‘DAILYPHOTO12’ when making a purchase).  Also, be sure to visit my shop’s front page (www.etsy.com/shop/japgarphoto) and check out some of my other available prints!  Thanks for your support!***

Photo #1418 – 10.02.12

Yankee Stadium on a Sunny September Day

It’s been a couple years since Heather and I enjoyed a late summer game at the new Yankee Stadium, but we would like to get back soon.  It would be especially nice to catch a game where the Yankees actually win…which is definitely not what they were doing against the Toronto Blue Jays in this photo.

Photo #1417 – 10.01.12

Backlit by the Rising Sun

What’s not to love about a sunny start to the day??