Posts tagged: photography

San Diego Sunrise Cityscape from Bayview Park, Coronado, California

By , October 18, 2013 at 12:13 am

San Diego sunrise  from Bayview Park, Coronado California captured October 2013 – See more

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San Diego Sunrise Cityscape from Bayview Park, Coronado, California Panorama

January 2013 Photos – Cold Winter Fun, Rock Tumbling, First Lost Tooth

By , May 24, 2013 at 5:44 pm


January 2013 Photos – Cold Winter Fun, Rock Tumbling, First Lost Tooth

Michael lost his first tooth.  Bowling is a nice winter escape.  We got a rock tumbler for Christmas and have been working on our amethyst from Ontario.  Negative six degree weather but not much snow.

Split Rock Lighthouse, Minneosta Winter Panorama

By , January 1, 2013 at 10:13 am

With winter upon us proper for the first time in two years, a frigid -22° F is what we awake to to start the new year.  Appropriately I needed a winter panorama to round out the fall colors and tropical vistas lately.  This one’s actually from four years back on a trip up to the Lake Superior North Shore in winter to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.  You can see the lighthouse towards the far left watching over the menacing Lake Superior in winter.  Click here for a larger version of the panorama.

Split Rock Lighthouse Panorama

Split Rock Lighthouse, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota Panorama

Whitewater State Park, Minnesota Fall Colors Panorama

By , December 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm

A belated panorama shot from this fall at Whitewater State Park.  Click here for a larger version of the panorama.

Whitewater State Park Fall Colors, Minnesota Panorama

Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort Salt Water Pool Panorama, Akumal, Mexico

By , December 3, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Another shot from a morning sunrise at Grand Palladium Resort at the Salt Water pool.  Click here for a larger version of the panorama.

Grand Palladium Resort Salt Water Pool, Akumal, Mexico Panorama

Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort Beach Panorama, Akumal, Mexico

By , December 3, 2012 at 1:23 am

On the first day of arrival to Grand Palladium Resort we awoke early to catch the sunrise from the southern end of the resort’s beach.  Our lodgings were right around the corner.  For October hurricane season, the weather was  absolutely gorgeous.  Click here for a larger version of the panorama.

Grand Palladium Resort Beach, Akumal, Mexico Panorama

November 2012 Gallery – Literally Lost Tooth, Douglas’s 2nd Birthday, Thanksgiving at Home

By , December 2, 2012 at 11:31 am

November 2012 Photo Gallery – Douglas 2nd Birthday, Thanksgiving at Home

November came and went quickly just as the rest of the year has.  We capitalized on an annual trip up to Minneapolis to present at the local ACP chapter meeting and tried Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine which was some added variety to our joys of entertaining the Rochester ethnic dining scene (nil).   Michael lost his first tooth!  Then (placed in the envelope) literally lost his first tooth (seen in the envelope) and an hour was spent scavenging for it.  After he went to bed and another hour later, the Tooth Fairy finally found it and as a memento  even turned back to him under his pillow.

I spent the last days of commuting to work in Red Car as the kids wave goodbye to me in the early morning.  Our 1991 Honda Civic that we bought off the Wilkinson Center board at BYU for $1800 8 years ago and 50,000 miles later finally had a radiator hose crack and I think the distributor is going out so it’s headed for donation to NPR’s Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program.  In its stead we’ve hybridized, but no not with a Prius, but “Grey Car,” a Camry Hybrid will try to fill the shows of our Red Car legacy.  It won’t be hard though, because as I was considering craiglisting Red Car I inventoried the extent of issues with red car which included: 1. Distributor needs replacing or servicing as it is actively failing, 2. Cracked windshield, 3. A/C broken (never worked), 4. Constantly beeping seatbelt signal, 5. Electrical issues, radio cuts in and out sporadically despite alternator being repaired x2, 6. Right rear passenger lock latch is replaced with a zip tie, 7. Front right bumper side semi detached, 8. License plates zip tied in front, 9. Rear license bolts are rusted attached, 10. Heat shield over catalytic converter fell off (or rather it rusted off), 11. Left passenger door frame has significant rust, 12. Trunk seal is somewhat permeable to rain, as such the trunk can get moist, and 13. Main Relay was replaced (by owner with a Youtube video and a part off of eBay – but hey it worked and saved me $150!).   Rest in peace red car: 2004-2012.

Meanwhile Douglas turned two and had a private “mElmo” birthday party and we even put new batteries into our old Tickle Me Elmo and it was as good as new of a toy to Douglas.  Gotta love these hand me down gifts.  Carolyn made Elmo cupcakes and the kids helped decorate hence explaining the reason why most of the Elmo’s look like they spawned from Chernobyl hot zones.  I made a card for Douglas with the boys highlighting his lovely smile.  I think he liked it.  He got to gorge a whole little carton of blackberries all to himself (not like that was any different than what usually happens to any of the blackberries we ever buy).  Finally Thanksgiving came around and since I was on infectious disease consulting service this month, managed to get home in time to help cook a little feast for the family with our oil-less Turkey Fryer that we won in the Lowe’s Gift-a-thon a few years back.  Carolyn made rolls herself this year and they all made these cute pumpkin table decorations.  We ended the month, the day after Thanksgiving with of course, Christmas decorating.

Tulum Beach, Mexico Panorama

By , October 27, 2012 at 1:49 am

One of the most picturesque beaches of the Riviera Maya in Mexico is that of Tulum the ancient walled city of the Mayans once seen by Cortez.  With the azure Caribbean Sea glistening above the pristine white coral sands this vista was one of the most gorgeous views of our recent vacation.  Click here for a larger version of the panorama.

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Tulum Beach, Quintana Roo, Mexico Panorama

September 2012 – Niagara Cave, Fall Colors at Whitewater State Park

By , October 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

09 – Niagra Cave, Whitewater Fall Colors Photo Gallery

We enjoyed the scenery of southeastern Minnesota at its best this year by taking advantage of the prime fall colors at Whitewater State Park, MN.  Earlier this month we took an excruciating 34 mile / 5 hour bike ride with the entire family from Preston to Niagara Cave near Harmony, MN where we took the family on the tour of the large limestone cave near the Iowa border.  No one mentioned that its actually about five miles away from Harmony all on gravel roads which wasn’t the most pleasant by bike, but finally our mountain bikes came in handy.  Our photos from these trips have been added to our September 2012 Gallery as linked above.  With this leg this completes my full circuit of the Root River and Harmony trails by bike.  We camped one night at Whitewater to celebrate the end of my 20’s and celebrate my 30th birthday on the 30th.  Above is the best birthday present I could ask for, a beautiful day with the beautiful family in the burning fall colors of Minnesota at its finest!

Apocalyptic Weather in Rochester, Minnesota

By , July 20, 2012 at 8:10 am

These are two panoramic shots showing the apocalyptic weather we’ve had recently.  The top shot is a panorama I snapped last week of the large thunderstorm eventually reaching New York that first rolled over us in Minnesota a few days prior  from clear skies to the gates of Voldemort and death eaters  spewing forth from the sky.  I’ve kept the colors true to form and it was pretty eerie.  I was working on my computer to sunny skies when the world went dark in a matter of minutes.  The lower picture was from a few years back catching the back end of a storm system at sunset.

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