Black Dome Mountain, Catskill Forest Preserve, NY
This photo shows why this mountain is named ‘Black Dome Mountain’…the transition from deciduous to coniferous trees is pretty distinct, and with the leaves quickly changing color below this transition, the dark conifers on the summit really stand out. This mountain is the third tallest peak in the Catskills (see this photo to see it with its neighbors), and while I didn’t get a chance to climb it last autumn, I did get to the top of Blackhead Mountain (I was descending from the summit when I came upon this excellent view).
Noah sure has some bright blue eyes! And he definitely isn’t camera shy.
Mashed Potato Volcano
You know you’ve got a problem on your hands when corn lava starts spewing from a mashed potato volcano onto the fried chicken lands down below…Luckily, the disaster above was cleaned up in a matter of minutes. Mmmmm, mmm, good.
Anyone that says, “Don’t play with your food!” is not very fun.
Look! It’s Mister Softee!! He plays a great jingle while driving his ice cream truck around New York City, the Jersey shore, and many, many other places. What’s not to love about him…his head is a big vanilla ice cream cone! So next time you hear the Mister Softee jingle (not to be confused with the Good Humor ice cream trucks or other impostors), go grab some ice cream!
“The creamiest, dreamiest soft ice cream, You get from Mister Softee. For a refreshing delight supreme, Look for Mister Softee.”
Christmas Tree Ablaze
If you think we were burning a Christmas tree just to see how big of a fire we could get out of it, you would be utterly wrong. Actually, no…you’d be exactly right. This is in Ken K.’s backyard, and I believe that very dried out tree was from the year before (this bonfire was in late October). It only took a couple seconds for the whole tree to ignite…and for Ken to try to jump over the burning tree. Most of us, including John, Ken P., and Lindsay, kept our distance.
Only YOU can prevent forest fires.
This may not quite look like an airplane taking off, but that’s just what it was. I was on a back road in Pennsylvania near my college trying to take some long exposure night photos, and I set up a shot here. I wanted to get the speed limit sign with streaks of stars behind (if you look really closely, you see some short diagonal star trails). So I opened the shutter, flashed the sign to make it show up, and then noticed a plane was taking off. I wasn’t quite sure how it would come out, but when I developed the film and made some prints in the darkroom a few days later, I thought it came out pretty well!
Although, I think the plane was going faster than 25mph…
Heather and I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas!!!
Dad and his Toys at Christmas
So my dad has always had more toys than any of us. The inner kid in him is always spotting some toy that he’d like to have. Here he is from a couple years ago with a tap dancing Penguin from that ‘Happy Feet’ movie. When he took it out of the package later that day, I think he enjoyed it just as much as little Hannah!
I wonder what kind of fun toy he’ll get this year??
Is this Koosh lonely? Are the other Kooshes talking about them in their little ‘Koosh Klique’? Maybe this Koosh smells. Or maybe he did something special and is proudly standing apart from the misfit Kooshes.
The world may never know…but I think he’s lonely.
Beaver Buzz – Dam Good
This is my promotional shot of the best energy drink around. Canadian Beaver Buzz…it’s Dam Good. Not necessarily the best thing to drink on a long hike in the snow, but it did taste dam good for an energy drink. Plus, it was fun staging a little promotional shot during our lunch break. The real reason we had these energy drinks in the first place was because of a fun trip to the Real Canadian Superstore that I took with my Yukon fieldwork partner in 2006, Shannon.
The REAL Canadian Superstore (photo from Ken K.)
This was the huge grocery store in Whitehorse, and it was one of my favorite places in the city. There were all kinds of great food products there…they’ll have to be in a future Daily Photograph. As we were stocking up for our last week of fieldwork, we saw the Beaver Buzz and knew we had to get them for the cans alone.
Unfortunately, we never did find the fake Canadian Superstore…