2012 Calendar Photos

Last year, I started a new tradition of utilizing photos I had taken through the year to make a calendar for family. This year Emily and I also gifted calendars to a larger group of friends, and I wanted to share the photos. Emily helped pick and layout the photos, and she was my companion when many of these were shot.

If you click the individual photos below, you can see a larger image and a bit of explanation as to where and when each image was shot. If you would like any prints, please contact me.

Snow Panoramas

I shot this panorama tonight to try and give you all a look at the lights outside at night when there is snow on the ground. Off to the right the sky is very white; right in the middle, the sky is orange and red; and off to the left the sky is a green/blue. And you can’t see it, but over the mountains to the very far left, there was an orange haze over the foothills.

Also, I was trying out the panorama mode on Ice Cream Sandwich on my Android tablet.

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Panoramic Photos of Hiroshima after the Atomic Bomb

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This is absolutely incredible. The proprietor of an online gallery of panoramic photos got his hands on five sets of photos from six months after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

These photos of Hiroshima demonstrate the ultimate effects of war. They also open the eyes of the rest of the world to the sheer destruction caused by nuclear war. I don’t think people of my generation have seen pictures from Hiroshima or Nagasaki, so I think these photos are truly eye-opening.

Black-crowned Night Heron

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While looking through my father-in-law’s copy of Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, I found the answer to a quest of mine.

This bird, which I photographed in April, is called a Black-crowned Night Heron. While he did appear more blue to me, I do believe my mystery has been solved.

I initially noticed him on the far-side of a pond nearby our apartment, while I was photographing some goslings and their parents at sunset. I saw him fly toward the side of the pond I was on, and as I went closer, it began to rain. I crept up and managed to get a great photo of him/her before it began to rain harder. If you look closely, it even has a bit of food left in its beak.