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couple weeks ago I was lucky enough to trade the heat and humidity of Nebraska for the northern cool of Alaska’s Denali National Park and its southern coast. My friend Ally and I spent four nights camping and hiking in the shadow of Mt. McKinley before sea kayaking, ice climbing and cruising around Resurrection Bay near Seward.

First, we camped at Denali’s Wonder Lake, where between rounds of dousing ourselves with bug spray, we …


… hiked in the fog.


… sat by ponds.


… were bandits.


… watched the clouds.


… waited for the mountain to come out.


… and took pictures of it when it did.


… and took more pictures.


… and even more pictures.


… well, you get the idea.


… met Matt and Chelsea who lent us their cooking gear after ours was stolen, and who were awesome all around.


… saw bears (from a bus).


… and dall sheep.


… and caribou.

After camping, we made our way to sunny Talkeetna for a night where we …


… drank here.


… then here.


… then here.


… then here.


… then here.


… and with these people.


… we also had breakfast here.

Next, we rode a bus south to Seward, where we …


… cruised around Resurrection Bay looking at glaciers and wildlife and saw …


… humpback whales.


… sea otters.


… stellar sea lions.


… Holgate Glacier.


… and drank margaritas made of centuries-old glacier ice.


The next day, Ally and I braved the cold and wind and took a 45-minute water taxi ride across the bay to Kayaker’s Cove, where we. . .


… stayed here.


… cooked and ate by lamplight.


… and kayaked around for a day.

A couple days later, back in Seward, we …


… hiked up to Exit Glacier and …


… ice climbed out of a half dozen crevasses.


… and then hiked back down.

That night we road this train back to Anchorage and flew home the next day.

For a more pictures of the trip, Ally’s got some here and I’ve posted all of mine on Flickr, here.

Or, check out the slideshow:


his winter, when there was too much snow and slush and ice on the ground to ride to work (which is to say, every single day for three full months), I walked to the office most of the time. On the commute, I appreciated all the custom signage and old painted ads on the warehouses of the Old Market. And now that it’s warmed up a little, I spent an afternoon this weekend photographing as many of them as I could find, a hundred in all. Click the photo above for a slideshow. I also combined them into a poster collage. And I tossed a set up on Flickr.


I made some lino-cut postcards last week.


Oh, the joys of living near the ‘hood. This appeared on my back steps last week. At least C-Lo is courteous.

There’s a stoplight outside my bedroom.

With thanks to Alyssa for the photo.

week and a half ago, I found myself caught in a sudden Midwest-style rainstorm. I was reading in the grass of the Portland State campus and felt the temperature suddenly drop ten degrees, saw clouds roll in and felt a cool wind pick up out of the stillness. The moment the first sprinkle of rain hit my book, I packed it up and headed for the reguge of the campus’ Millar Library. I’ve always found it to be the most interesting building on campus with its hemi-cylindrical facade of windows wrapping half-way around a beech tree. And the moment I climbed its covered steps, the downpour started.

While I was killing time inside the library, I started to get the idea to make a picture of the tree from every single one of the windows on the face of the building: 210 in total, 42 on each of five floors. The catch is that the windows are lined with study carrel and group work tables, and they’re popular places for students to work on campus.

So, I arrived in the morning as the building opened the following Monday and Tuesday — on the first days of classes of the summer session — and was able to shoot all pictures I wanted.

I’ve posted them in a panoramic view of sorts here, where each thumbnail can be enlarged. I also strung the photos together into an irregular time lapse video, below.


lyssa and I spent last week traveling around western Ireland and Edinburgh, Scotland. Our week of R&R led up to Rob’s wedding this past Sunday (which Alyssa worked, but was all vacation for me). The first half of the week we spent in and around Dublin, escorted by her friends Elaine and Deirdre (who, in every way, lived up to the degree of awesomeness Alyssa promised), and the tail end we spent largely in Edinburgh. I gave the camera a bit of a rest for the week, but I pulled it out a few times and have posted some photos on Flickr. Here’s a small preview.

Here are a couple of panoramas Photoshop was kind enough to stitch together for me, one from a glen outside Dublin, the other from a hill overlooking Edinburgh.

Sometimes it’s better to leave things up to a professional. Alyssa came away from the trip with some great images (she’s available for freelance assignments, too!), which I hope she doesn’t mind me showing off here.



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