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Vegetables! · This morn­ing we went to the Mount Pleas­ant Farmers’ Mar­ket, which is small and good, if kind of pricey. It’s soup-to-nuts where by “soup-to-nuts”, I mean meat, veg­eta­bles, and booze. I ap­prove of all three, but it was the veg­eta­bles in the sun that want­ed to be pho­tographed ...
 
Hemlock Ocean · I care most about the ocean, while Lau­ren cares more for the forest; for­tu­nate­ly the Pa­cif­ic North­west of­fers Cottage-Life com­pro­mis­es; il­lus­trat­ed with the help of a gi­ant hem­lock ...
 
On Color · I just en­joyed read­ing The Search for Our Miss­ing Colors by Amos Zee­berg in The New York­er, and it gives me men­tal wire to hang some words and pic­tures on col­or and its ab­sence ...
 
“Photographer”? · Every­one takes pic­tures ev­ery­where now, 24/7/365. So does “photographer”, in the am­a­teur sense, still mean any­thing? I have pic­tures and ques­tions that say it does ...
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Cool Aussie Phoners · What the ti­tle says: Three pho­tos of Aussies hold­ing phones look­ing cool ...
 
Mobile Aerials · A lit­tle while ago I tweet­ed “One thing phone-cams aren’t much good for is shoot­ing out air­plane windows.” Since then, I’ve no­ticed my Nexus 5X look­ing at me in a hurt sort of way ...
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Lenses and Cameras in 2016 · I’m on the way back from a cou­ple of weeks in Aus­trali­a, and of course Pic­tures Were Tak­en. I brought al­most all my photo-gear but used it very un­even­ly; con­clud­ed that I have too many lens­es, and was left won­der­ing whether you re­al­ly even need a cam­era any more. Here­with notes il­lus­trat­ed with Pacific-ocean (most­ly) pic­tures ...
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Galah Story · We’re vis­it­ing friends in Aus­tralia and I watched a pair of par­rots in­ter­act (oop­s, Mar­ius Coomans writes from Aus­tralia to tell me they’re Galah­s); pho­tographed them, but didn’t un­der­stand. Oh, and a koala ...
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CL XXXVI: Island Ingress · On a wet grey Fe­bru­ary Satur­day we com­bined two of our amuse­ments on a boat trip to Keats Is­land: Cot­tage Life and Ingress. Some of this will be com­pre­hen­si­ble on­ly to Ingress play­er­s, but there are a cou­ple of fair­ly groovy pix.
Up­dat­ed with an apol­o­gy
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Low-light Phone cam · Reg­u­lar read­ers will know that I have a thing about low-light pho­tog­ra­phy. My new photo-toy is the Nexus 5X and I’ve the urge to push it fur­ther in­to the dark than it re­al­ly wants to go ...
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#Bike2WorkPix · I’ve been cy­cling to work since late last year. It’s good, for me and the world. But there are more con­ve­nient al­ter­na­tives, and they temp­t. So here’s a lit­tle in­cen­tive: #Bike2WorkPix. Con­sid­er join­ing in! ...
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On the Nexus 5X · Wel­l, the OnePlus One was a lot of phone for the mon­ey but, on­ly a year old, is dy­ing; the GPS has checked out and the pic­tures it takes look bad. I didn’t feel like phone-shopping but when I did, the 5X was an easy choice. It’s just fine, but on­ly three fea­tures mat­ter. With win­ter beach pix ...
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Christmas Decorations · I hope that lots of you are hav­ing an ex­cel­lent Christ­mas; I am. Here’s an il­lus­trat­ed card fea­tur­ing Van­cou­ver Christ­mas vi­su­al­s ...
 
CL XXXV: Fading · This year’s Cot­tage Life chap­ter is over. Not the best, ei­ther; what with my new gig and all we vis­it­ed less, and the kids would as soon be in the city. Stil­l, it’s a rare priv­i­lege ...
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CL XXXIV: The Great Grey Room · It’s been long and hot, this sum­mer, so it’s easy to like Cottage-Life days that are less bright and high and blue and green ...
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Cranes · What hap­pened was, Shane & Al­ly asked us to a rooftop bar­be­cue with views in ev­ery di­rec­tion. Most of them fea­tured cranes, and I don’t mean bird­s. And it would be un­fair to omit the moon ...
 
CL XXXIII: Fire and Water · We’ve had week af­ter week of blue skies and warm air; which in the green/­grey Pa­cif­ic North­west be­gins to feel op­pres­sive, you can al­most hear the plants, great and smal­l, whim­per­ing for wa­ter. After a while ev­ery morning‘s news told of new for­est fires march­ing up one tinder-dry moun­tain or an­oth­er. Which lent vi­su­al dra­ma to the Ju­ly 4th week­end but I have to ad­mit soured the Cottage-Life am­bi­ence ...
 
Leaf Processing · In which I have ex­ces­sive Light­room fun with a sim­ple pho­to of some leaves ...
 
The New 40 · June 21st this year was its longest day, al­so Fathers’ Day and my birth­day. I feel vague­ly guilty be­cause I haven’t the slight­est in­sight in­to this growing-old thing, so don’t ex­pect golden-years re­portage ...
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Lightroom at the Whitecaps · Yes­ter­day I in­stalled Light­room 6 and at­tend­ed a Ma­jor League Soc­cer match, which the White­caps lost to D.C. Unit­ed. Here’s a com­bo re­view, with some Lr6-enhanced footie pix ...
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Trees With Names · This is the end of sto­ries and pic­tures from New Zealand. It’s green there; grass­es and shrubs of course, but es­pe­cial­ly trees and trees and trees. Some have names; in­di­vid­u­al trees I mean, not species ...
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NZ Garden Waters · Three more pret­ty pic­tures which, as I keep say­ing, are easy to find in New Zealand. Thanks are due to Hamil­ton Gar­dens and, sur­pris­ing­ly, to the Ingress com­mu­ni­ty  —  yes, that augmented-reality game that I’m still play­ing, two years lat­er ...
 
NZ Eye Candy · I have a few more pic­tures I want to run and most have sto­ries wrapped round them. Th­ese don’t; ex­cept I guess the larg­er nar­ra­tive about New Zealand be­ing ex­ep­tion­al­ly pret­ty, and a nice place to vis­it. I sup­pose we could pick up and move there; the subject’s come up at the din­ner table ...
 
NZ Phonescapes · Turns out all the shots-worth-keeping from my phone were land­scapes. So here are three. Al­so a pro­nun­ci­a­tion les­son for Amer­i­can­s ...
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NZ Birds · I don’t do much wildlife, and I don’t shoot an­i­mals in cap­tiv­i­ty, and I don’t pub­lish blur­ry pic­tures. Let’s break all those rules. Oh, and Ter­ry Pratch­ett too ...
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Sinking the Annapolis · On April 4th, the Ar­ti­fi­cial Reef So­ci­ety sank a navy ship; we were in the (float­ing) au­di­ence. I’ve nev­er seen any­thing like it ...
 
Narrow Road, Deep North · 
The last park­ing lot
in Aotearoa:
fall cy­clone flut­ing.
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Māori Snapshots · The Māori peo­ple, who ar­rived in what they call Aotearoa in 1300 or so, have since the 1600s been shar­ing the is­lands with New Zealan­ders of Euro-extraction, for ex­am­ple my wife and chil­dren. They and their cul­ture are def­i­nite­ly part of the pack­age a tourist like my­self sees and pho­tograph­s ...
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Auckland · I sure en­joyed vis­it­ing it but I’m not sure I’d want to live there. Green, mar­itime, round­ed, not ob­vi­ous­ly scal­able. With back sto­ry and of course pic­tures ...
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Catching Trees · Re­cent­ly, I wrote this about the Fu­ji­film 10-24mm ultra-wide lens: “I’m find­ing it hard to get com­fy with. What I re­al­ly need to do is go out for a cou­ple of pho­towalks with just this pup­py and force my­self to see the kind of pic­ture it wants to take.” Here are some of those. Warn­ing: Heavily-processed pho­tos ahead ...
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35mm Seasonals · Just pos­si­bly I may have al­ready touched here on the ex­cel­lence of the Fu­ji­film 35mm F1.4 prime lens. This is just more of that, with il­lus­tra­tive late-winter/early-spring shot­s ...
 
#ActualGameplayFootage · Good heav­en­s, I start­ed writ­ing about Ingress in 2012, but haven’t since last Ju­ly. Yeah, I still play, not ob­ses­sive­ly but reg­u­lar­ly. I’m a grey­beard so my body’s in use-it-or-lose-it ter­ri­to­ry, and as of to­day I’ve walked 766 kilo­me­tres play­ing this game. Al­so, it’s en­riched my life; see here and es­pe­cial­ly these pic­tures. But most­ly, check that hash­tag in my ti­tle; the thing is, I like to go out­side and see things ...
 
The Crocuses of 2015 · They’re tra­di­tion­al in this space this time of year, rep­re­sent­ing the first day I’m at home and it’s not too cold and there’s some light. Nobody’s ev­er com­plained about me run­ning more or less the same pic­tures ear­ly ev­ery late win­ter. As al­ways, they’re love­ly in pur­ple and gold. This year they car­ry along sto­ries about old books and glob­al warm­ing ...
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End of 2014 · As the year winds down I’m most­ly cheery about my slice of life, though dis­tressed by much of what I see look­ing out­side it. There are cheery-side pic­tures here ...
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More Cheap Lens Fun · On the week­end, I took can­did pho­tos of friends in soft in­door evening light. The best lens for this sort of thing, speak­ing as a mem­ber of the Fu­ji­film cult, would be the awe­some portrait-optimized 56mm F1.2, which has re­duced many re­view­ers to quiv­er­ing jel­ly. I didn’t have one of those but the pix are still OK ...
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Closed Eyes, $45 · I took my daugh­ter for a walk down the Main, and we hap­pened by a funky con­sign­ment shop ...
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The Dock at Gibsons · Gib­sons is most­ly an­oth­er strip-mall-along-the-highway town, but in­cludes “Gibsons Landing”, a nice al­beit touristy place most­ly fa­mous for star­ring in a Cana­di­an TV show that people’s grand­par­ents liked. It’s got a big use­ful pub­lic dock  —  we say “government wharf” round here  —  which looks re­al­ly good in mid-November’s slant­ing sun ...
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Ten MOA Faces · On a re­cent rainy week­end I took my daugh­ter to MOA, the UBC Mu­se­um of An­thro­pol­o­gy. I think it’s maybe Vancouver’s sin­gle best tourist at­trac­tion, and we have plen­ty of those. The shelves are crowd­ed with ob­jects made by the hands of Ho­mo Sapi­ens and many of those ob­jects are head­s. Here are ten of them ...
 
Vancouver Photowalk · Oc­to­ber 11th was World Pho­towalk Day. I at­tend­ed the Van­cou­ver edi­tion, which was in a place I’d nev­er go look­ing for pic­tures; but I got some any­how ...
 
Lake Leaves · Here­with two pic­tures of leafy branch­es dip­ping in­to Sankt Jørgens Sø, one of what in English are called The Lakes in Copen­hagen. This is at the north­east, near where Vester Søgade cross­es Gyldenløvesgade. (OK, I ad­mit it, I love typ­ing “Ø” even though I can’t pro­nounce it) ...
 
Nine of Denmark · I spent a week in Den­mark, do­ing con­fer­ences and of course tak­ing pic­tures. It’s not the most vi­su­al­ly dra­mat­ic place but you can find good shots any­where when you’re in tourist mode with fresh eye­s ...
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Equinox Close-ups · Our record-setting sum­mer at one lev­el was sober­ing (although I was cheered by the Cli­mate Change March sto­ries)  but now kiss it good­bye. The sun came out and as it got low I went stalk­ing flow­er­s ...
 
Styling More Pixels, with Beards · Our cam­eras put more pix­els in each pic­ture than our computers’ screens can dis­play. But the screens are catch­ing up, do­ing smart things with pix­els so small you can’t see ’em; Ap­ple says “Retina”, but ev­ery­one who ships things with screens is go­ing that way. Pub­lish­ing pic­tures on the Web so they look as good as they pos­si­bly on what­ev­er whoever’s look­ing is carrying… well, it’s hard. But I’m work­ing on it ...
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CL XXXII: Listen to the Trees · On the forest-walks part of Cot­tage Life, a prob­lem is that the kids chat­ter and squab­ble. So I tell them, “Shut up and lis­ten to what the trees are saying.” They think it’s just Dad be­ing sil­ly, but I keep in­sist­ing that if they lis­ten for that, they’ll learn things. And I’m right, they will ...
 
CL XXXI: Forest Light · Our Cot­tage Life hap­pens on an is­land most­ly cov­ered by tem­per­ate rain­for­est. Not old-growth (that’s hard to come by these days); but logged a hun­dred years back, so the trees are big. Such forests have qual­i­ties of light that make me hap­py but are hard to pho­tograph ...
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Flamenco Snapshots · Re­cent­ly, sev­er­al times per week I’ve been spend­ing an hour or two bik­ing. Usu­al­ly af­ter sup­per, with Ingress as a mo­ti­va­tor. My route home goes by a fla­men­co bar; and it’s ab­surd­ly easy to coun­ter­act the bik­ing ben­e­fits with a cou­ple of Gui­ness­es while I watch the last set. And take pic­tures ...
 
The Moon With No Mirror · What hap­pened was, we came home late and there was that Su­per­moon beam­ing through the trees. So I screwed the big ol’ 400mm Tok­i­na on­to the Fu­ji­film cam­era and got a pret­ty de­cent pic­ture even though there was quite a bit of haze. It’s so much eas­i­er when you’re not us­ing an SLR ...
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Vegetation · Pic­tures of peo­ple are bet­ter than pic­tures of plants, but the plants hold still and don’t wor­ry about how they’re go­ing to come across. Ac­tu­al­ly I’m try­ing to fig­ure out how to use depth-of-field, but these are a de­cent side-effect of that study ...
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Constructs · Pho­to­graph­ic sub­jects can be sort­ed in­to any num­ber of men­tal bas­ket­s. Mine are, more or less: Peo­ple, Na­ture, and Hu­man Con­struct­s. The ob­jects in the first two bas­kets are curved, most­ly; but those Con­structs are most­ly about line seg­ments, the an­gles they meet at, and the sur­faces be­tween them ...
 
More Old Glass, with Eagle · Wel­l, it had to be tried: Can you strap an an­tique 400mm F5.6 Tok­i­na tele­pho­to on a state-of-the-art mod­ern mir­ror­less, as in the Fu­ji­film X-T1? Why, yes! Yes, you can. And an ea­gle might drop by ...
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CL XXIX: Biryani · What hap­pened was, my fam­i­ly signed me up for an Indian-cooking class. On Thurs­day Nas­reen taught us Chick­en Biryani and so I thought I might try to en­rich early-2014 Cot­tage Life with it ...
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More Funky-lens fun · I pre­vi­ous­ly wrote about stick­ing a groovy 100mm F/2.8 tele/­macro Pen­tax lens on my Fu­ji­film X-T1; here are a few left­over pic­tures with no uni­fy­ing the­me, but they’re pret­ty ...
 
Camera Combo Fun · What hap­pened was, I got an adapter and slapped a Pen­tax 100mm Telephoto-Macro on my Fu­ji­film X-T1, and had a ridicu­lous amount of fun. Here­with pic­tures of an iris, a dancer, and a mus­cle car; and of course the baroque cam­er­a/lens com­bo. But there are things to watch out for.
[Up­date: The lens adapter did not break, I was just us­ing it wrong.]
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Chinese Garden, Right Side Up · Ear­lier, in Chi­nese Gar­den Re­flec­tions I ran some pic­tures of green­ery re­flect­ed in the ponds of Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Clas­si­cal Chi­nese Gar­den. Here are are more pho­to­s, un­re­flect­ed ...
 
Night Food · I mean at the Rich­mond Night Mar­ket. Rich­mond is a sub­urb of Van­cou­ver not­ed for flat­ness, Chinese-ness, and the air­port. I gath­er night mar­kets are a big deal in the great Asian cities, so why not Rich­mond? ...
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Pistils and Stamens Oh My · Be­ing four pho­tographs of the in­sides of rhodo­den­dron blos­soms fea­tur­ing the sex or­gans named in the ti­tle. Some of the col­or is ex­traor­di­nary ...
 
Chinese Garden Reflections · While my Mom was vis­it­ing, she and I went to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Clas­si­cal Chi­nese Gar­den, and boy did we ev­er take a lot of pic­tures. Th­ese three are dif­fer­en­t; Upside-down ac­tu­al­ly, re­flect­ed in the garden’s many pond­s ...
 
Old Spring Lilies · Lily-pads, to be ex­ac­t. Last year’s, in this year’s May ...
 
Yellow Film Treatments · One of the nifty fea­tures of the Fu­ji­film X cam­eras is a set of fil­ters that try to cap­ture the col­or fla­vors of their fa­mous film prod­ucts from days of yore: As­ti­a, Provi­a, Velvi­a, and so on. But this is for JPEGs and I shoot raw, so I’d pret­ty well ig­nored them. Re­cent­ly, the fil­ters got added to Adobe Light­room, so I thought I’d try them out ...
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Tulip Aperture · Most pho­tog­ra­phers know about Bokeh. Here­with a cou­ple of blos­som ren­di­tions that I hope il­lu­mi­nate the sub­jec­t, which is not that sim­ple ...
 
Pink and Blue · I have a new cam­era and it’s spring. Which is to say, if you dis­like botan­i­cal pho­tos you should avert your eyes from this blog for the next lit­tle while. The (many) pho­to­geeks among you can con­sid­er this se­quence as in part a med­i­ta­tion on early-2014 is­sues in pho­tog­ra­phy and in­evitably, I sup­pose, an ex­tend­ed re­view of the Fu­ji­film X-T1 ...
 
Blossoms · It’s spring. I have a gar­den, a cam­er­a, and a blog. What more need be said? ...
 
CL XXVIII: Bigger Glass · We did an opening-up overnighter; an­oth­er year of Cot­tage Life has be­gun! At­ten­tive read­ers will have no­ticed that I’ve be­come a Fu­ji­film fan­boi, but at the cab­in I’m still a proud Pen­tax­i­an, be­cause my longest Fu­ji lens on­ly goes to 55mm and things on the is­land are fur­ther away. So let’s see what you can do with big­ger glass ...
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Spring on the Main · Which is to say on Vancouver’s Main Street, nev­er ac­tu­al­ly been Main as such and isn’t as cool as it thinks, but it’s my ’hood and full of life, and when the sun in­ter­rupts the long grey Pa­cif­ic North­west off-season, you can feel it in the side­walks and the build­ings that are too old and shit­ty to gen­tri­fy, and even the hip­ster beards have bet­ter curl and loft ...
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Vancouveriana · Two pairs of pic­tures that could on­ly have been tak­en right here in my home­town ...
 
Springies · The name is a back-formation from “selfie”, ob­vi­ous­ly. Here­with four botan­i­cals on­ly con­ceiv­able in the sea­son af­ter win­ter ...
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Choose the Right Fish · We had in­for­mal Satur­day brunch with fam­i­lies of kids in our second-grader’s class in Old Chi­na­town at The Emer­ald, once a dim-sum join­t, now a hip­ster sup­per club. The old-Chinatowners are ag­ing out and some of the peo­ple mov­ing in look Chi­nese be­cause hey, this is Van­cou­ver, but they’re younger and single-er and prob­a­bly don’t speak much 廣州話. What­ev­er it’s be­com­ing will prob­a­bly be in­ter­est­ing, but not the same ...
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La Barceloneta · That’s the of­fi­cial name I guess, but taxi drivers just say Barcelone­ta; it’s a lit­tle tri­an­gle of Barcelona en­clos­ing Port Vell, the Old Har­bor. It’s not fan­cy but it’s nice, and it’s not like any neigh­bor­hood I’ve stayed in be­fore ...
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Parading · The na­tions that mat­ter are those that ex­port cul­ture; Chi­na is one of those. Par­tic­u­lar­ly this time of year and around the Pa­cif­ic Rim; be­cause it’s Chi­nese New Year. On Sun­day, I marched in the big Van­cou­ver pa­rade ...
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Wiggly Reflection Improvement · Not too long ago I stayed in a ran­dom ho­tel in a ran­dom down­town and took a pic­ture out the win­dow be­cause the win­dows across the street were ap­par­ent­ly curved and there was a sort of funhouse-mirror ef­fec­t ...
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Feuerzangenbowle · I looked it up: “A tra­di­tion­al Ger­man al­co­holic drink for which a rum-soaked sug­ar­loaf is set on fire and drips in­to mulled wine”. It was a tasty treat, on of­fer at Vancouver’s Christ­mas Mar­ket, it­self a treat for the eye­s, so I took pic­tures ...
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DevBeat · This was an odd but not-bad lit­tle developers’ event in San Fran put on by VC-biz pub Ven­tureBeat. I’m not 100% sure what DevBeat 2013 was try­ing to be, but any­how the venue was cool and I got a neat pic­ture of RMS ...
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Bike Fixers · Im­plic­it in the Mak­er move­ment is a Fix­er move­men­t, and that’s what Our Com­mu­ni­ty Bikes is. They’re right round the cor­ner from us, and my 14-year goes there to patch up his com­muter ve­hi­cle ...
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Fresh From the Graveyard · What hap­pened was, I vis­it­ed Vancouver’s Moun­tain View Ceme­tery, my 7-year-old daugh­ter in tow. It was wet and grey. She was bored so I gave her a cam­era ...
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At the Market · Granville Is­land mar­ket I mean, a nice place in Van­cou­ver, par­tic­u­lar­ly on a sun­ny Sun­day in Oc­to­ber, Canadian-Thanksgiving week­end ...
 
Main Street Photo Fun · In which I take some or­di­nary street shots and over­pro­cess them for fun ...
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City of Trees and Cranes · Van­cou­ver I mean, of course. We’re big on trees, and grow­ing, so it’s hard to take a pic­ture with­out one or the oth­er ...
 
CL XXVI: Driftscapes · Here in the top left cor­ner of ur­ban North Amer­i­ca, we have a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with wood. We live in it, sit on it, eat off it, and burn it for warmth and plea­sure. Al­so, as part of Cot­tage Life, walk by the sea to ad­mire the por­tions cast up ...
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Oxford Visuals · I went for a cou­ple days for the OED Sym­po­sium (about which I have a huge on­go­ing splodge in pro­gress) and of course took a cam­er­a ...
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OSCON 2013 · I’ve been to this event a bunch of times over the years, al­ways as a speak­er I think. But if I couldn’t speak I’d prob­a­bly pay re­al mon­ey to come any­way. It feel­s, for the mo­men­t, still es­sen­tial ...
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CL XXV: Work Week · There were two nations’ birth­days in four days, thus a slow spell at work; so we de­cid­ed on a sol­id week of Cot­tage Life. And we in­vit­ed all our friends to come for lunch. Friends came, work got done, and pho­tos got tak­en ...
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3 Camera Reviews · It’s a won­der­ful time in the cam­era biz, with new de­vice fla­vors grab­bing mar­ket share all over the place. I’ve made my bet on the Fu­ji­film X se­ries, so let’s start with a 2-parter over at The On­line Pho­tog­ra­pher, Fu­ji X-E1: The Keep­er (Part I) and Part II. There’s not that much new in­for­ma­tion here, but it’s fun piece to read ...
 
Native Mock Orange · Wikipedia does not list this among the com­mon names of Philadel­phus_lewisii but that’s what we call it. At the mo­ment it is a wild erup­tion of blos­soms and per­fume, ac­tu­al­ly man­ag­ing to out­shine the ros­es, which are in full-on at­tack mode too ...
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IO in the Rearview · I en­joyed it more than any oth­er so far. More APIs, less hard­ware. More ses­sion­s, each short­er. One keynote ...
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Fun at IO · There is a con­scious ef­fort to make Google IO not just an information-dense en­vi­ron­men­t, but a par­ty. I joined in the fun for all three evenings I was free in San Fran. This in­clud­ed one photo-walk, one rock & roll per­for­mance, and one cross-faction Ingress even­t. Here are words and pic­tures ...
 
Springies · I used to run lots of flow­er pix; it was al­most a trade­mark for this blog in its ear­ly days. Their ab­sence hasn’t been a mat­ter of pol­i­cy; what­ev­er men­tal sub­sys­tem it is that pulls the cam­era up to the eye op­er­ates sev­er­al lev­els be­low the one where I think about things. But the sun was just right af­ter sup­per tonight ...
 
HP7 — Draperies · My Hawaii Prob­lem is solved, or any­how I’m out of Big-Island pic­tures I feel com­pelled to share. Th­ese last two have ab­so­lute­ly noth­ing spe­cif­ic to the ge­og­ra­phy ...
 
HP6 — Greens · This, I promise, is the second-last out­burst con­se­quent up­on the Hawaii Prob­lem where my Light­room is all bul­gy with nifty Big-Island pho­to­s. To­day, shades of green at Aka­ka Falls State Park ...
 
HP5 — Lava Context · Hav­ing bom­bard­ed you with la­va pix while deal­ing with my need-to-overshare Hawaii Prob­lem, I thought it’d be nice to show the sto­ry of where the hot rock came from ...
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HP4 — Botanicals · Botan­i­cal gar­dens are A Good Thing. If you haven’t been to any, you should rec­ti­fy that soon­est. If you get to Hawaii’s Big Is­land, you should def­i­nite­ly drive north from Hi­lo and vis­it the Hawaii Trop­i­cal Botan­i­cal Gar­den. In this en­try, the Hawaii-Prob­lem you-gotta-see-these-pix monotony is re­lieved by sex ...
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HP3 — More Hot Lava! · I wrote about hik­ing across hard la­va to poke a stick in­to hot la­va, and the pic­tures were groovy, but I had more than I could squeeze in there, so here are the rest that are worth­while. Those who don’t sym­pa­thize with my Hawaii Prob­lem (the urge to force recent-vacation pic­tures down the world’s throat) will be hap­py to hear that there are on­ly a cou­ple more in­stal­ments af­ter to­day ...
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HP2 — The Last Palms · The Hawaii Prob­lem is when you come back from there with an ir­re­sistible urge to show off your pic­tures. To­day, some lone­ly palm trees ...
 
HP1 — Sea Turtles · HP stands for “Hawaii Problem”, which is what hap­pens when your friends come back from it and in­sist on show­ing you their pic­tures. Ex­cept for since this is the In­ter­net, no­body can in­sist you look at any­thing. Any­how, I have a few more I feel the urge to share, start­ing with sea turtles ...
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Ingress Tourism · The game still feels like a big sto­ry to me, and still under-reported; so here­with Ingress cov­er­age, fea­tur­ing touris­m, com­mu­ni­ty can­cer, client con­tro­ver­sy, and tac­ti­cal tip­s. With pic­tures of places Ingress play­ers see ...
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Tropical Mirrorless Research · I claim that watch­ing peo­ple pho­to­graph the Big Is­land is ef­fec­tive camera-futures re­search; and cam­era fu­tures are in­ter­est­ing now. So here’s some re­search. Oh, and Big Is­land pho­to­s ...
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Finite Surface Integral of the Earth · I have watched the piece­wise cre­ation of the world; new pieces burn gold-red, creep­ing in­to place like hon­ey, lethal­ly hot in the ocean-moist air ...
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X-E1@東京: Still Water · I bought a tick­et on the Tokyo air­port bus leav­ing from near the Google of­fice and thought my fun with the new cam­era was over; but I was wrong. A half-hour wait pro­voked a ran­dom stroll which brought me to a lit­tle tee­ny shrine down a lit­tle tee­ny al­ley ...
 
X-E1@東京: Wheels · Ah, the cam­era and the mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cle; both blos­somed last cen­tu­ry but are go­ing strong. Let’s ap­ply the first to the sec­ond and do it with a new cam­era in Toky­o. What’s not to like? Shame­less plug: In­cludes my per­son­al fa­vorite pic­ture in this se­ries ...
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X-E1@東京: Shades of Grey · I’m a col­or guy; but some pic­tures cry out for B&W. Th­ese are both from Ki­tanomaru Park, which I rec­om­mend to any­one for a walk, what­ev­er the weath­er. There are mu­se­ums about, and the Bu­dokan; if that name rings a bell in your head this is prob­a­bly why. Al­so it’s just a nice gar­den; the botanically-inclined will ap­pre­ci­ate the care­ful la­bel­ing ...
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X-E1@東京: Gates · The event that took me to Tokyo with a new cam­era was in Chiy­o­da, which is to say right next to the Im­pe­ri­al palace. On two suc­ces­sive days, I took the op­por­tu­ni­ty to go vis­it; once to Ki­tanomaru Park, and once to the East Gar­den it­self. Pic­tures to­day from the lat­ter ...
 
X-E1@東京: Cylinders · On Day Two of the new-camera-in-Tokyo trail let’s move grad­u­al­ly from peo­ple to ge­om­e­try. Be­cause any city has lots of that ...
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X-E1@東京: People · So, I took the new cam­era to Tokyo and came back with pic­tures, which will in­hab­it this space for the next few days. For most, I’m not gonna claim they’re “typical”; but these are. If you’re go­ing to show the truth about 東京, it has to be peo­ple. Be­cause its build­ings and cars and streets and so on are most­ly noth­ing spe­cial, but the peo­ple who live among them are ...
 
Fujifilm X-E1 · What hap­pened was, this month in­cludes trips to Tokyo and the Big Is­land. And late­ly I’ve been read­ing about cam­eras full of shiny new ideas. So I de­cid­ed to in­dulge my­self; here are way too many words about the state of cam­eras in gen­er­al and in par­tic­u­lar the one I bought ...
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California Valentine · OK, so I took these pix on the 11th not the 14th and, what’s worse, pro­cessed them heav­i­ly, but they’re still a love let­ter to That State. They’re from Venice Beach in LA, which I think a deep ex­pres­sion of Pa­cif­ic Time­zone con­scious­ness. Yeah, it’s sor­ta sleazy and drug-oriented, but I’ll deal with that in ex­change for that light and those col­ors ...
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Every Year This Time · Th­ese lit­tle guys show up in our front gar­den, and ev­ery year this time I run pho­tos of ’em, not that there’s any­thing re­al­ly new or dif­fer­ent com­pared to pre­vi­ous years; but they’re whis­per­ing “Spring!” in vi­o­let and yel­low, so how could I not share? ...
 
Ingress Weekly · I still think Ingress is the most in­ter­est­ing New In­ter­net Thing on the cur­rent radar. What else is there to get ex­cit­ed about, Vine? Gimme a break. Al­so I can’t write about work un­til the re­lease pipeline un­jams a bit. So here­with more news from the fron­t ...
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Dad’s Ties · My fa­ther died ten years ago. Stil­l, it’s not sur­pris­ing that we turned up a box in a cor­ner with some of his old files in­sid­e, and a nice belt, and the­se ...
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Wintersun · After a dry bright sum­mer and a for­giv­ing au­tum­n, win­ter is bit­ing down hard; day af­ter day of lash­ing rain and single-digit-°C tem­per­a­tures. And dark. Dark, dark, dark. When the sun comes out, it’s sur­pris­ing ...
 
Which Cameras? · Right at the mo­men­t, the Most In­ter­est­ing Cam­era in the World is clear­ly the Sony RX-1. It’s start­ed to hit the street­s; for ex­am­ple, check out some ear­ly pix from Dun­can David­son. They’re good! The con­cept is bril­liant, and I salute The Most [well, on­ly] In­ter­est­ing Part of Sony for it. But I prob­a­bly wouldn’t get one even at a less-stupidly-high price ...
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CL XXIV: Autumn Drama · Each year’s Cot­tage Life ends when you Shut Down For Win­ter; this sad task in­cludes tidy­ing, seal­ing, drain­ing, and then go­ing away. We left it lat­er this year than any be­fore, in­to the sea­son of storms and rain and dark­ness ...
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Old-World Week · I spent most of last week in An­twerp at Devoxx 2012, prob­a­bly the biggest de­vel­op­er event in Europe. The Euro­pean con­text was front-of-mind since, for recre­ation, the week be­fore I’d been oc­ca­sion­al­ly read­ing US right-wingers in­tro­spect­ing on why they’d lost the elec­tion and where Amer­i­ca is go­ing. A re­peat­ing theme is how the US is at grave dan­ger of be­com­ing like Europe; they’re con­vinced that that’s Barack’s hid­den agen­da. And Europe, you see, is a ter­ri­ble place ...
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That Time of Year · In which northern-hemisphere pho­tog­ra­phers are tempt­ed to shoot au­tumn leaves, au­tumn leaves, and more au­tumn leaves. I’m jad­ed but couldn’t re­sist the­se ...
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Lightroom Hint · Prob­a­bly ev­ery­one else al­ready knows this trick, but in case you don’t: You can tell Light­room that when­ev­er you im­port pho­to­s, if it rec­og­nizes the lens, to just go ahead and ap­ply the de­fault lens cor­rec­tion ...
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CL XXIII: High Pressure · I mean the large zone of el­e­vat­ed at­mo­spher­ic pres­sure which has blessed the Pa­cif­ic North­west for many weeks now, mak­ing this past summer’s Cot­tage Life a more or less weather-untroubled sun-bath. Me, I can’t wait for the rain (com­ing Fri­day they say) ...
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Button Button · We were go­ing down­town on a shop­ping er­rand and just where we parked, found But­ton But­ton (view source on that site for a gig­gle). As they say, it’s an amus­ing lit­tle but­ton store, and the but­tons amused my eye­s, so here are some pic­tures that might amuse yours.
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Sunset Cycle · We’re head­ing out af­ter din­ner to pick up gelati. Vancouver’s been blessed with loads of sur­pris­ing Septem­ber warmth, but sunset’s now soon af­ter sev­en ...
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CL XXII: Blackberries · Let’a be hon­est: Cot­tage Life is pret­ty soft. That’s the point, I be­lieve, but... There Are Ene­mies. Chief among them are black­ber­ries, not mo­bile de­vices I mean but vi­cious re­source­ful adap­tive blood­thirsty veg­eta­bles. This sto­ry has a hap­py end­ing: we beat ’em and we eat ’em. In this life­time, any­how ...
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The Big Picture · A few weeks ago I was sit­ting in an air­plane with moun­tains go­ing by out­side the win­dow, and idly snapped a few pic­tures. They weren’t bad, and I won­dered about print­ing one ...
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CL XXI: There and Back · Since we be­came boat peo­ple, the tenor of Cot­tage Life has changed; we go and re­turn when we get around to it, but each tra­verse is some­thing of An Even­t ...
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Dreampeaks · A few days ago, I got on a plane head­ing just south of west out of Van­cou­ver, in a win­dow seat; the win­dow un­scratched and un­smudged, a rar­i­ty these days. And then there were clouds low over those Pa­cif­ic North­west moun­tain­s ...
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Three Mysteries · Just some pret­ty pix­el­s, no the­mat­ic or nar­ra­tive dis­trac­tions here ...
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CL XX: Marine Vessels · I’m not re­al­ly a Boat Per­son. But a qui­et plea­sure of Cot­tage Life is sit­ting on the deck with a long lens catch­ing what­ev­er comes by, and some­times what comes by is beau­ti­ful boat­s ...
 
CL XIX: I Made a Table · You can read the back sto­ry in a 2010 Cot­tage Life piece. And yes, I’ve been work­ing on this thing for two years. This week­end we sat round it to eat, fi­nal­ly ...
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CL XVIII: Misty Mountains · We were re­cent­ly on the Great Plains and I love ’em, but a few days there and I miss the moun­tain­s. Some prairiefolk can’t set­tle down here on the coast, they feel shut-in be­cause you don’t have the big sky and long view. Cot­tage life is about earth­stone fences in front of the hori­zon, and I’m OK with that. And stil­l, our skies feel big some­times ...
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Twisted Trees · This is one of Hafford’s big tourist at­trac­tion­s. Since Haf­ford is a small place, it’s ac­tu­al­ly a very small tourist at­trac­tion, a clump of trees on someone’s farm down a coun­try road off a coun­try road. But they’re weird trees: Aspen­s, just like the oth­er clump across the park­ing lot, on­ly dif­fer­en­t ...
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Prairie Town · I spent a cou­ple of days vis­it­ing fam­i­ly in Haf­ford, Saskatchewan. Th­ese Western towns aren’t like any­where else, and my Dad came from one; I like vis­it­ing and pho­tograph­ing them. Here’s the wa­ter tow­er through the trees, in­cred­i­bly lush this time of year up in­to the edge of the park­land­s ...
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Three of San Fran · Pho­to­s, I mean. I was stay­ing a few blocks west of Moscone West, and that’s the wrong di­rec­tion. But I en­joyed the walk even though there were severe­ly dam­aged peo­ple along the way to smile at or avoid or step over. With a sad sto­ry ...
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Port Mann · Greater Vancouver’s ge­og­ra­phy in­cludes in­lets of the vast Pa­cif­ic and the delta of the mighty Fraser; thus a lot of bridges. The Port Mann is one of the biggest and it’s get­ting a big­ger re­place­men­t; I have pic­tures ...
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Otaku with Vintage Marbles · It was a Satur­day af­ter­noon with child-care du­ties and noth­ing planned; the Straight’s event list­ings turned up a “Pop Cul­ture Col­lectibles Fair and Com­put­er Swap Meet” said to in­clude toys and com­ic book­s, so I grabbed a near­by kid and took of­f ...
 
Thai Poutine · No, that’s not a ty­po. I’ve al­ways seen Pou­tine as the Great Québec Mis­take, a culi­nary mis­ad­ven­ture which for some rea­son has be­come sort of hip in our nation’s down­town­s. Ba­si­cal­ly it’s fries and gravy and cheese. Ex­cept when it’s in a Thai restau­ran­t ...
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Laugh at an Eagle · They’re se­ri­ous, fierce-looking bird­s; ex­cept when they’re not ...
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Red · Par­tic­u­lar­ly in­tense botan­i­cal red; it re­mains the Achilles’ heel of the sen­sor in many (al­l?) digi­cam­s. I of­ten see things in my gar­den that I just can’t get close to with the com­bi­na­tion of cam­era and screen; hm, per­haps the prob­lem is com­put­er screens not cam­era sen­sors? Here we have some Ja­panese maple leaves against blue sky ...
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CL XVII: Faraways · It’s May so Cot­tage Life is re­cur­ring. On the is­land, many of the things one sees and wish­es to pho­to­graph are far away thus must be cap­tured through fair­ly spe­cial­ized lens­es which tend to im­pose their per­cep­tion­s, par­tic­u­lar­ly when the lens­es are el­der­ly and ac­tu­al­ly not that elite. Here are three of those ...
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Springies · Two wet rho­dos and a tri­col­or car­pet ...
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Same Old Sex Organs · Of plants, I mean, of course. Which is to say, around this time ev­ery year I get all de­ranged about the flow­ers and in­flict loads of pic­tures of them on you. If this sort of pho­to­graph­ic cliché of­fends or (worse) bores you, stop right now and move on to the next blog ...
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Stevens Creek · When I’m down here vis­it­ing the Plex I of­ten stay at Ho­tel Zi­co; it’s com­fy and at­trac­tive and in­ex­pen­sive and cen­tral. It of­fers more or less noth­ing by way of food but I have break­fast at Google and don’t eat at ho­tels oth­er­wise any­how. It’s right at the in­ter­sec­tion of 85 and 82 and there­by hangs a tale ...
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Opening Day · I’ve writ­ten be­fore about our Lit­tle League’s open­ing day, but this is prob­a­bly the last time; my 12-year-old son is grad­u­at­ing and my daugh­ter shows no in­ter­est ...
 
Two Botanicals · It was a sort-of hol­i­day (Easter day off in Canada, but not for Google US) which meant I was jug­gling child­care and OAuth-related meet­ings and MySQL is­sues. By “child-care” I mean go­ing out on a walk where the kid has a bike and I have a cam­er­a ...
 
Bay Aerials · It’s what you do when you fly in­to San Fran­cis­co; you take pic­tures out the air­plane win­dow, be­cause the city is pho­to­genic. And those of us in the tech busi­ness fly in a lot ...
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Nocturnes · Three dark­ish pho­tos tak­en on a Van­cou­ver Sun­day evening ...
 
Purple Place · Not just any place, but BC Place, our lo­cal foot­ball sta­di­um, which got a wel­come re­fresh last year and is lit up in col­ors that change from night to night; it’s nes­tled among build­ings and there are very few (any?) places where you can see the whole thing. But af­ter dark, you keep get­ting sur­prised by bits of it from here and there around town ...
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Eight From Maui · Pic­tures, I mean. I sus­pect that many read­ers have been some­where in Hawaiʻi at least on­ce, and may find smiles in the pho­to­s. For those who’ve not, or who have but not to Maui, I’ve wrapped some words of ad­vice around the pic­tures ...
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Waterfront Life and Death · Van­cou­ver in­cludes a small in­gres­sion of the mighty Pa­cif­ic called False Creek. Three busy bridges cross it and many boats (in­clud­ing ours) are moored there. The space that sur­rounds it is over­ly planned but still in­ter­est­ing. I in­clude two pho­to­s, one of which you might not want to see ...
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Looking Up · Skyscape, with wires and shoes ...
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Old Garages · I took my lit­tle girl for a walk, she with her lit­tle training-wheels bike, me with my cam­er­a. We pre­fer the neighborhood’s al­leys for these ex­pe­di­tion­s. I was struck by the tex­tures and col­ors of the garages back­ing on the laneways ...
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2012 Floral Drumbeat · Near­ly ev­ery year round this time, I run pic­tures of cro­cus­es from our front yard. Each year’s batch looks pret­ty much like last year’s batch. I’m not go­ing to let that both­er me ...
 
Brick Wall · This one is in the bad end of Gas­town, across the street from the Ali­bi Room where we’d been for Valentine’s-day fes­tiv­i­ties ...
 
Illuminate Yaletown · This is an even­t, a new idea I be­lieve, an after-dark thing in an old now-fashionable brick-warehouse neigh­bor­hood. We went down to check it out, and be­fore we got to the ac­tu­al il­lu­mi­na­tion­s, ran across a hat shop par­ty. [Up­date: The band was Maria in the Show­er.] ...
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Fog and Public Service · It was super-foggy last night, so I went out to look at street­lights through tree branch­es. You could spend a lot of time fool­ing around with sil­ly depth-of-field trick­s ...
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An Office · For a while it seemed like I was go­ing to lose my dingy but exquisitely-located of­fice on The Main. So I was go­ing around town, look­ing at of­fices for ren­t. This one was ac­tu­al­ly pret­ty nice, if too far down­town ...
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Street · Over on Google+, there are a lot of pho­tog­ra­pher­s. I mean, re­al­ly a lot. And not just nerd-with-an-OK-camera dab­blers like me; we’re talk­ing pros, big-name pros some of them. Or­ga­nized in cir­cles, of course; go have a look ...
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Grey and Red · The grey is one of Vancouver’s rare snowy evenings. The red is the new il­lu­mi­nat­ed cir­cum­fer­ence of BC Place, our venue for foot­ball and big-name rock­ers and the Home/Boat show. Its new look, with il­lu­mi­na­tion and slant­ed re­tain­ing pier­s, has def­i­nite­ly added to the vi­su­al ap­peal down­town ...
 
Blue on Blue and Brown · A string of Christ­mas lights lingers in­to mid-January ...
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Seasonal Shinies · To­day we took down the Christ­mas tree ...
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Snowleaves · It snowed last week and, come the week­end, it’d stayed cold and dry enough to leave some on the ground. I went out for a walk with my daugh­ter, both of us car­ry­ing cam­eras ...
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Mountain Tops · I usu­al­ly ask for a win­dow seat, and try to have some sort of cam­era handy. I’ve been fly­ing since I was very young and I’m not young any more, but I’ve nev­er tired of tak­ing pic­tures through air­plane win­dows. I get the oc­ca­sion­al raised eye­brow from the oth­er fre­quent fly­ers suck­ing on their Bloody Marys, but I can take it ...
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Thanks · Thanks­giv­ing has passed in Cana­da and has yet to ar­rive in the States. How­ev­er, even in a dark time there are thanks to give ...
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GDD in Yokohama · I was part of the en­ter­tain­ment at the re­cent GDD Tokyo 2011; I guess nobody’s feel­ings are hurt if you hold a Tokyo-branded event down in Yoko­hama ...
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Five of 上海 · Pic­tures of Shang­hai, I mean. Not in­clud­ing any tourist at­trac­tion­s ...
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Bar Android & Twicca · On Mon­day night­s, this funky lit­tle tee­ny second-floor bar in Shibuya be­comes Bar An­droid, a gath­er­ing place for An­droid geek­s. This last Mon­day, which was Hallowe’en, I wen­t; what a blast, and I got a new Twit­ter clien­t ...
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Jing ’an Temple · Its sprawl­ing gold­en roof, all curls and curves, dom­i­nat­ed my hotel’s neigh­bor­hood vi­su­al­ly. This is im­pres­sive since its neigh­bors are tow­er­ing skyscrap­ers and gleam­ing mall­s. I wouldn’t say it re­al­ly be­longs on Shanghai’s must-see list, but there were some aw­ful­ly nice pic­tures to be tak­en in­sid­e ...
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Hills Tower · Rop­pon­gi is a dis­trict in Tokyo that I don’t much like; Rop­pon­gi Hills is a glis­ten­ing tem­ple of ul­tra­mod­ernism that I can’t avoid be­cause the Google of­fices are there. It’s all very nice­ly done but fla­vor­less in an in­ter­na­tion­al way. I will say that, par­tic­u­lar­ly now with the Tokyo In­ter­na­tion­al Film Fes­ti­val in pro­gress, there are more drop-dead cool out­fits (for both gen­der­s) walk­ing around than I’ve seen in one place for a long time ...
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Worth Fixing · As progress pro­gress­es, in­creas­ing­ly there are few­er things for which it’s worth pay­ing what it costs to fix them when they break. I think that many of us are of­fend­ed by the dis­pos­abil­i­ty of things like kids’ toys, Ikea fur­ni­ture, com­put­ers that aren’t brand new, sun­glass­es, and mo­bile phones ...
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Leaf Girl · We were strolling our neigh­bor­hood, I en­cum­bered by a cam­er­a, she by her age, cur­rent­ly 5. She’s been ad­vised by her Goddess-like teach­er to watch out for “fall things” ...
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Autumnals · A bright week­end day in mid-October doesn’t hap­pen so of­ten in Van­cou­ver that you can ig­nore it. So I took my lit­tle daugh­ter out for a bike ride; as in, she rode, I walked along with my cam­era in one hand, the oth­er ready for a quick grab for when she teetered. The re­main­ing flow­ers are in harbinger-of-winter mod­e, but still worth look­ing at ...
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Photos of Wata of Boris · I can’t re­mem­ber how I first heard Boris, but I fell in love right away. They’re from Ja­pan and play very loud, very deep, very beau­ti­ful mu­sic; some of it on Tues­day evening in Van­cou­ver, and I was there ...
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Two From Mexico City · I was sort­ing through back pho­tos and ran across a cou­ple I want­ed to share; they have noth­ing in com­mon aside from hav­ing been tak­en in Mex­i­co Ci­ty when I was there in Au­gust ...
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Wallpaper Candidates · I have a nice pho­to on my Mac desk­top, but I nev­er see it be­cause it’s al­ways cov­ered with win­dows. I see my Android-device wall­pa­per all the time though, be­cause I’m al­ways hit­ting the “Home” but­ton. I think this pat­tern is gen­er­al and thus mo­bile is more in­ter­est­ing than desk­top on the wall­pa­per fron­t ...
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Theology Lessons · I got a pack­age in the mail to­day from Ox­ford Univer­si­ty Press, con­tain­ing The Ar­chi­tec­ture of The­ol­o­gy by Prof. A.N. Wil­liams of Cam­bridge University’s Fac­ul­ty of Divin­i­ty. This pleas­es me in­tense­ly ...
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Post Sunset · Part of the pub­lic pier by the Jeri­cho Sail­ing Cen­tre, one of the nicest things about warm Van­cou­ver evenings ...
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Sheep · I to­tal­ly promise that this is not go­ing to be­come a sheep­blog. Hav­ing said that, here are two ...
 
Hula Hoops and Shoelaces · Wel­l, those seem at the cen­ter of her show ...
 
D.F. From Above · The let­ters stand for Distri­to Fed­er­al which is (us­ing Wikipedia’s fe­lic­i­tous ad­jec­tive) “coterminous” with Ci­u­dad de México or what we’d call Mex­i­co Ci­ty. I’m re­al­ly fond of it ...
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MOA Portraits · That stands for Mu­se­um of An­thro­pol­o­gy and I’ve been be­fore. I took pic­tures of a bunch of faces ...
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The Drive by Night · In Van­cou­ver, “the Drive” means Com­mer­cial Drive; Hey look, a street with its own Web site! We took some vis­it­ing rel­a­tives out for gelati on a re­cent qui­et Mon­day evening, and I brought the cam­era along ...
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Three Roses · Haven’t run a flow­er pic­ture for a while ...
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CL XVI: Eagle’s Nest · This will be two con­sec­u­tive Cottage-Life posts fo­cus­ing on ea­gles, and that’s OK be­cause they’re at the cen­ter of the thing. Here­with a nest with an ea­glet in res­i­dence; not the great­est pic­ture but it’s some­thing that I feel blessed to have seen and can’t not share ...
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Still Life Paintings of Daisies · One of my fa­vorite on­line ac­tiv­i­ties is the dis­cus­sion of pho­tog­ra­phy and (often very loose­ly) re­lat­ed sub­jects over at PDML. A thread last March made me want to take pic­tures of daisies to serve as ex­am­ples to sup­port a point I was try­ing to make on the sub­ject of noth­ing less than Art It­self. Un­for­tu­nate­ly, this far north (and with a cool spring) they’ve been hard to come by. But I found some ...
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Japanese Brazilian Market · São Paulo claims to have the largest “Japantown” in the world; it’s called Liber­dade. Here­with three pho­tos of items on sale there ...
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Porto Alegre — Usina do Gasômetro · This is a power-generating plant on the wa­ter­front that has been con­vert­ed for art-and-culture pur­pos­es; there’s a cin­e­ma, a café, a children’s space, and lots of nice walls for hang­ing pic­tures. We got there as dusk was be­gin­ning to fal­l; a treat for the eyes and cam­er­a ...
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Porto Alegre’s Central Market · Like the rest of town, it lacks the ex­tremes of dra­ma and beau­ty that con­ven­tion­al­ly at­tract tourist­s. We went there on Wikipedia’s rec­om­men­da­tion and I’m glad, since I got that you’re-a-long-way-away-from-home shiv­er too rarely en­joyed by over-frequent trav­el­er­s, but al­ways by those who find their pho­tographs rather than plan­ning them ...
 
Porto Alegre — Around Town · It’s not the most glam­orous or glit­tery place in the world, but it’s nice and friend­ly. For one rea­son or an­oth­er I took a whole lot of pic­tures in Por­to Ale­gre. I think I’ll have to break them up across a few en­tries here ...
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FISL12 · I’m not sure what the F and I stand for, but the last two let­ters are for “Software Livre”; FISL is the largest FLOSS event in the South­ern Hemi­sphere, and brought me to Por­to Ale­gre for a few days ...
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Orange Circle · Bright and spat­tery ...
 
Two Angles on Apricot · Just be­cause I’ve run pic­tures of this plan­t... [Enough! -Ed.] As I was say­ing, just an open­ing rose ...
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Two Angles on White · Just a dog­wood blos­som, front and back ...
 
Driftwood Triptych · Just a dead tree by the ocean ...
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Struts and Shadows · Just a part of a rock­ing chair ...
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Pink Edges · Just a tulip, and most­ly out of fo­cus at that ...
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Clamshadow · Just a bro­ken seashell on a beach ...
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Preschool Photographer · I like to walk around and take pic­tures. My lit­tle girl, turn­ing five next mon­th, des­per­ate­ly wants to be part of any­thing that’s go­ing on. So late­ly, I’ve been giv­ing her the lit­tle pock­et Canon while we’re out and about. Some­what to my sur­prise, she’s in­to it, tak­ing hun­dreds of snap­s. It turns out they in­clude a few smile-provokers ...
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CL XV: Eagle Glass Again · The Cot­tage life se­ries has pre­vi­ous­ly vis­it­ed the sub­ject of bald ea­gles, and of us­ing long tele­pho­to lens­es to pho­to­graph them. Can’t have too much of that stuff ...
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Wet Red Metal · Just a pic­ture.
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Shrubberies by Moonlight · In re­cent years I’ve de­vel­oped a mild ob­ses­sion with low-light pho­tog­ra­phy; this was a big fac­tor in the de­ci­sion last month to open my wal­let for a Pen­tax K-5. I went crazy on the week­end and tried to use on­ly moon­light; while it didn’t, strict­ly speak­ing, work, the re­sults are still in­ter­est­ing ...
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Opening Day! · I mean our son’s lit­tle league, Vancouver’s own Lit­tle Moun­tain Base­bal­l, Canada’s old­est Lit­tle League and, with 600+ play­ers up through the age of 12, quite the go­ing con­cern. The Lit­tle Moun­tain in ques­tion is a pret­ty big hill in the mid­dle of Van­cou­ver whose name con­sti­tutes part of my neighborhood’s ...
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100mm of the Day: Red · This is a rhodo­den­dron, a very red one. Often they’re hard to pho­to­graph be­cause their red­ness en­ters a space that’s wel­comed by the hu­man eye but stress­es out cam­era sen­sors. That didn’t hap­pen here; not sure whether it’s be­cause it was kind of cloudy and grey, or maybe the cam­era sen­sors are evolv­ing, or maybe this flower’s red­ness is sub­tly dif­fer­en­t ...
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100mm of the Day: White Evergreen · This is in Cal­gary a few weeks back. White on green on white, but you can’t see any green ...
 
100mm of the Day: Pink! · Wel­l, I did warn you up front that lens­es with “Macro” in the name tend to be in­stru­ments of pho­to­graph­ic blos­som abuse; in this case, of an ear­ly and rather wet rhodo­den­dron ...
 
100mm of the Day: Overcommitted · To­day is Mon­day; four weeks from the week of Google IO. What hap­pened was, I liked it last year and told ev­ery­one “Hey, I’d like to work on IO” and they said yes. So you won’t be hear­ing much from me be­tween now and then ex­cept for maybe a few pic­tures, be­cause you’ve al­ways got time to shoot when you have a new lens; today’s are close-ups from the Bug­droid sur­gi­cal fa­cil­i­ty ...
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100mm of the Day: Election! · The new lens may have “MACRO” in its name but it’s good fun out on the street too. Oh, and we’re hav­ing an elec­tion! So let’s wrap some Cana­di­an pol­i­tics around the pic­ture ...
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100mm of the Day: Bee and Violet · I re­cent­ly ac­quired a new and sort-of-exotic lens; a Pen­tax 100mm “Macro”. This is what peo­ple my age may re­mem­ber used to be called a “telephoto”. When you look through it, you don’t see much of the land­scape; so it’s for ze­ro­ing in on a flow­er not a bush, a face not a crowd, a ship not a har­bor. I’ve been hav­ing tons of fun with it so I’ll load up the In­ter­net with a few more pic­tures and share some ...
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Stadium Sun · This is BC Place, where the Cana­di­an Foot­ball team plays and the re­al­ly big con­certs hap­pen. It’s nev­er been very nice un­der the vast dingy in­flat­ed roof, and the con­cert sound is re­li­ably pu­trid. So they’re mak­ing the roof re­tractable, and I went by while the sun was set­ting be­hind the pro­jec­t ...
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100mm · I got a new cam­er­a! A Pen­tax K-5, and I’m sure I’ll have more to say about it. But at the same time, sort of by ac­ci­dent I bought a lens, Pentax’s D-FA 100mm f2.8; it’s a lit­tle on the ex­ot­ic side and fool­ing around with it has been eye-opening and al­so pure fun ...
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The Drive at Dusk · In Van­cou­ver, “the Drive” means Com­mer­cial Drive. [Note: That Wikipedia en­try needs some ed­i­to­ri­al at­ten­tion and pic­tures.] On im­pulse, and be­cause it was sun­ny, we went over there for gela­to af­ter din­ner and I took my cam­er­a ...
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The Main, Transpacifically · I can hon­est­ly say “I liked Main Street be­fore it was hip”; but on­ly be­cause we hap­pened to buy a house 2½ blocks away in 1996 and were in­tro­duced to its mot­ley charms back then ...
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Fish and Baubles · Lau­ren was hav­ing eleven knit­ting friends over Sun­day so I took the 4½-year-old girl out for an out­ing. She and I both like trains and boat­s, so we took the Cana­da Line to the Se­abus to Lons­dale Quay, where there’s a nice lit­tle pub­lic mar­ket with things for kids to do ...
 
2011 Crocus! · I just re­al­ized that just be­cause in 2009 I wrote “I just re­al­ized that just be­cause in ev­ery pre­vi­ous year I’ve run an ex­cit­ed pho­to of the spring’s first cro­cus­es, that’s not a rea­son not to run an ex­cit­ed pho­to of this spring’s first crocus”, that’s not a rea­son not to run one in 2011 ...
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Impure Geometry · The boy had a soc­cer game to­day down at Andy Liv­ingston turf which is right up against Vancouver’s in­fa­mous Down­town East­side; I end­ed up in a park­ing lot down an al­ley that seemed to have just an un­rea­son­able amount of ge­om­e­try wher­ev­er I looked ...
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Barcelona Nightlife and Out · I’ll just tidy up the last lin­ger­ing worth-showing Barcelona pix and it helps that they share an inside-after-dark the­me ...
 
Sagrada Família · I mean the big Gaudí church in Barcelona, whose of­fi­cial name I can’t not in­clude: Basílica i Tem­ple Ex­pi­a­tori de la Sagra­da Família. Words are en­tire­ly in­ad­e­quate to de­scribe it, as are pic­tures. That isn’t stop­ping me, but what’s on of­fer here is a poor sub­sti­tute for stand­ing in­side it with eyes wide ...
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Gos · Which is Cata­lan for “dog”, and this is a blur­ry pic­ture of Cata­lan dog ...
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Restaurante · Down an­oth­er Barcelona al­ley ...
 
Palimpsest · Barcelon­a, com­pared to some oth­er Euroc­i­ties I could name, is rel­a­tive­ly graffiti-free. Which doesn’t mean pris­tine ...
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Rambla Rainshine · Las Ram­blas are a chain of nice wide tree-lined Barcelona boule­vard­s, most­ly touristy now. This is a pic­ture of one late at night, wet and un­crowd­ed ...
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Barcelona Midnight · Just got in, the long haul from the Left Coast. MWC starts to­mor­row and all the bank ma­chines at the air­port were emp­ty ex­cept for the one at­tached to the bank, still open at 8PM on Sun­day. I en­vi­sioned min­ions shov­el­ing mon­ey in the back ...
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Downtown · I mean in the Man­hat­tan sense; I was there Tues­day and hav­ing an hour to spare went for a walk, end­ing up at the South Street Sea­port, from whence this pic­ture ...
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Frozen Family · We spent this last Christ­mas in Saskatchewan, which is flat, and so we went to a part that wasn’t to have very cold fun ...
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Ukulele Orchestra · To be pre­cise, Children’s Ukulele Orches­tra ...
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Stuck in the Ceiling · Just a pic­ture I shot while walk­ing around San Fran­cis­co not too long ago ...
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Nexus S with Gingerbread · I’ve been car­ry­ing the new thing around for a few weeks now, and had fun tak­ing pic­tures of it ...
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SAD Therapy · Maybe this is a lousy au­tum­n, or maybe my tol­er­ance for light star­va­tion is ebbing as I age, but I seem to be work­ing up an ear­ly case of Sea­son­al Af­fec­tive Disor­der, in­flict­ing dark moods on my loved ones in a rhythm that echoes that of the storms and rain ...
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Bright Early Winter · It was a bru­tal­ly cold Sun­day in Novem­ber, get­ting close to record-setting ter­ri­to­ry. I want­ed to stay in­sid­e, but then the sun came out. Once it was pos­si­ble to go out it was nec­es­sary; the four-year-old had been cooped up all day and some running-around in the fresh air was clear­ly go­ing to ben­e­fit everyone’s san­i­ty. So she got to play in the snow and I got to take pic­tures in the sud­den side­ways light ...
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A—1 Cycle · I was walk­ing down Main Street and there was a gen­tle­man re­paint­ing on a lad­der.
 
Santiago Lights · Three pho­tographs of San­ti­a­go de Chile by night from a ho­tel rooftop ...
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Tiramisú · What hap­pened was, we’d done a Google DevFest all day, deal­ing with crowd over­flows and balky In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­i­ty and cov­er­ing too many ses­sions with too few speak­ers in a hot room with not much ven­ti­la­tion. After, Fu­mi and David and I climbed out of the taxi by our ho­tel in the financial-as-in-boring part of town (although the name of the street is pret­ty won­der­ful: Aveni­da Isi­do­ra Goyenechea). I spot­ted some sort of pa­tio with awnings and trees and said “Let’s have a drink”, so we found our­selves set­tled at Tiramisú which is called a pizze­ria on some map­s, but has high­er as­pi­ra­tions ...
 
Graven Images · San Cristóbal hill (Cer­ro San Cristóbal) ris­es 300m above San­ti­ago, Chile. On the hill are a park, a zoo, a Ja­panese gar­den, and some re­al­ly great views when it’s not too pol­lut­ed, but the sum­mit is about that old-time re­li­gion, in this case Catholic. Pope John Paul II rode the fu­nic­u­lar to the top and gave a mass, in 1987. I rode it last week, along with some French hip­ster tourist­s, in the car with the best view, which still has a plaque about John Paul ...
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Turismo · Dur­ing the ten days cen­tered more or less around Hallowe’en, I (in the com­pa­ny of my Google col­leagues) vis­it­ed four coun­tries in South Amer­i­ca. This is not the way to do it. But stil­l, fun was had. Here are a few su­per­fi­cial yes-I-was-there pho­tograph­s ...
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Orchestral Reflections · As pre­vi­ous­ly re­lat­ed, I trav­eled last week from Mon­te­v­ideo to Buenos Aires on a bus/­fer­ry com­bo op­er­at­ed by Buque­bus. Here are a cou­ple of pic­tures from the fer­ry ter­mi­nal ...
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A Week From Hallowe’en · On Oc­to­ber 31st, I shall wake up in Mon­te­v­ideo and go to sleep in Buenos Aires, which is to say away from my chil­dren; and I re­gret it keen­ly. So we bought pump­kins ear­ly and carved ’em to­day; maybe the pic­tures will help get you in the mood ...
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End of the Light · This last cou­ple of Oc­to­ber week­s, since I got off the road, have been eeri­ly beau­ti­ful here in Van­cou­ver, tons of sun and still lots of green on many trees, while oth­ers send cas­cades of red and yel­low twirling through rays which are in­creas­ing­ly com­ing from near the hori­zon ...
 
Fogtown · Read the street­sign if it’s not ob­vi­ous where this is ...
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Hogtown · See all those build­ing blocks left of cen­tre? There’s re­al­ly a whole lot of mon­ey there ...
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Other Tokyo · Tokyo is one of the most glam­orous and in­tense places in the world. I’ve pho­tographed it a lot, and my pic­tures tend to re­flect that. But on re­turn­ing from my most re­cent trip, along with the usu­al stuff, there were some dis­tinct­ly unglam­orous pho­to­s. Not that good; but I thought they told in­ter­est­ing sto­ries ...
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MOA · This fash­ion­able suggestive-of-NY tri­gram is the new han­dle the UBC Mu­se­um of An­thro­pol­o­gy would like to be known by. Wel­l, I guess two syl­la­bles is bet­ter than twelve. When peo­ple com­ing to Van­cou­ver ask what they should, the list I of­fer de­pends on what kind of per­son is ask­ing, but it al­ways in­cludes MOA. Here are some pic­tures ...
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Those Skies Again · This past Au­gust, as we do most years, we vis­it­ed rel­a­tives in Saskatchewan and spent some time out in the coun­try. As al­ways, I took pic­tures; here are ten of them ...
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Mobile in Mainz · That would be Mo­bileTech, a con­fer­ence ear­li­er this month in Mainz, a city near Frank­furt, fa­mous for the Guten­berg lega­cy and not much else ...
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CL XIV: Bad Animals · On­ly some of the an­i­mals are bad. Most of the pho­tos are; but with re­deem­ing fea­tures. Cot­tage life in­evitably in­volves wildlife and thus dan­ger ...
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CL XIII: Carpentry · Most peo­ple who have a cot­tage which isn’t a mini-mansion spend a lot of their cot­tage life main­tain­ing and im­prov­ing it. This can be a lit­tle stress­ful to those like me who are more or less en­tire­ly with­out home-improvement skill­s ...
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Opaque Visual Remnants · I’ve been so busy at work this last lit­tle while, I still take lots of pic­tures but don’t have time to run that many. I was glanc­ing back over the li­brary and pulled out a few to pub­lish for my plea­sure and I hope yours. Th­ese have in com­mon that they’re sort of opaque; in the range from non-self-explanatory to mys­te­ri­ous ...
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CL XII: Far Away · The pri­ma­ry recre­ation­al ac­tiv­i­ty in our cot­tage life isn’t boat­ing or hik­ing or swim­ming or any of those un­doubt­ed­ly wor­thy and im­prov­ing pas­times; it’s lean­ing back in a com­fy chair on the deck ad­mir­ing the view, fre­quent­ly through a cam­era with a great big chunk of glass on the fron­t, with a re­fresh­ing drink (this can range from a stiff G&T to a nice cup­pa T) ...
 
Flower Overload · What hap­pened was, I was sit­ting on the back porch in the sun drink­ing white wine and shoot­ing flow­ers while the rest of the fam­i­ly cleaned up af­ter din­ner (I’d made it so that’s OK) and picked fruit and so on. On­ly the cam­era was a lit­tle out of whack ...
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Three Pictures of Illuminares · For many years, Vancouver’s Public Dreams So­ci­ety has pre­sent­ed Il­lu­minares, a summer-evening fes­ti­val built around a lantern pro­ces­sion. Typ­i­cal­ly held out­side, around Trout Lake, it’s a nicely-hippie-flavored ex­plo­sion of fire and noise and en­er­gy. This year, be­cause Trout Lake park is un­der con­struc­tion, they held it in­side and it was still fun, if not quite as much. I got some pic­tures which are sort of pret­ty and rep­re­sent a new fron­tier I think in my cur­rent low-light-photography ob­ses­sion ...
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Five Pictures of OSCON · It’s my fa­vorite con­fer­ence, I think. I love the small­er, more fo­cused events too, but OSCON is a gath­er­ing of the tribes and we need one of those ...
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Lightroom 3 · If I read the tea-leaves cor­rect­ly, this is in­creas­ing­ly the tool of choice among se­ri­ous pho­togs, al­though Aper­ture isn’t go­ing away any time soon. The new re­lease has been well-covered else­where; I don’t have too much more to ad­d, but I do have a ma­jor gripe and a cou­ple of pic­tures to il­lus­trate the much-ballyhooed noise-reduction fil­ter­s ...
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Multiwhatever · On Ju­ly first, Cana­da Day, we went down and took in the big show at Cana­da Place; fun was had. We’re of­fi­cial­ly and as a mat­ter of record here in Cana­da sup­posed to be about mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and any id­iot can see we’re mul­ti­eth­nic, but that doesn’t ac­tu­al­ly mean we’re eat­ing off dif­fer­ent ta­bles or lis­ten­ing to dif­fer­ent tunes ...
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Green · Be­ing a sun­lit rain-forest in­te­ri­or from some­where on the north slope of Keats Is­land ...
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CL XI: Treeset · At the cot­tage, life is sur­round­ed by trees and con­strained by the sun’s com­ing and go­ing. Espe­cial­ly go­ing. In these pic­tures, it’s go­ing be­hind some trees ...
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Unfinished, With Clouds · What hap­pened was, we went to a par­ty at Shane and Ally’s place on East First Ave at a mixed residential-commercial de­vel­op­ment with a com­mon rooftop gar­den. We bar­be­cued up there, shar­ing the space am­i­ca­bly with a cou­ple of oth­er par­ties. The view was com­pelling and the clouds were in­ter­est­ing ...
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Early-Summer Evening · The idea was, since I just up­grad­ed to Light­room 3, that I’d im­port what­ev­er was on the cam­eras, beau­ti­fy it, and re­port back on the big new re­lease ...
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Mom’s Birthday · The week­end of May 24th, my ex­tend­ed fam­i­ly gath­ered in Cal­gary from points East and West across Cana­da to cel­e­brate my Mom’s eight­i­eth birth­day. Here­with sto­ry­telling and pic­tures ...
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I/O 2010 Words and Faces · I worked like a mad­man right through I/O 2010 and went straight from there to an in­ter­nal meet­ing and from there to my Mom’s 80th-birthday bash, so there hasn’t been much time for re­flec­tion. I can’t find a theme to or­ga­nize my notes by, so what you get is a dozen poorly-sequenced take-aways in­ter­spersed with sev­en faces ...
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Being at I/O · The fa­cil­i­ty, Moscone West, is jam-packed to bust­ing; the or­ga­niz­ers slammed on the at­ten­dance brakes weeks back, wor­ried about mil­i­tant fire mar­shal­s, break­ing the hearts of out­siders and Googlers alike. It’s a nice build­ing, full of light even in a grey Cal­i­for­nia spring ...
 
Tree Shopping · Our pear tree died, a vic­tim of old age, root pathol­o­gy, and a high wind. Here­with con­se­quences bu­reau­crat­ic and pho­to­graph­ic ...
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Wet Spring · We’ve been hav­ing one, just as the garden’s cit­i­zens have been in maximum-reproductive-frenzy mod­e, which I’m afraid leads to hor­rid overindul­gence in pho­to­graph­ic cliché. But they sure are pret­ty ...
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Looking Up Near Holyrood · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 133 on 2010/03/28: “Sunday Chal­lenge: Back­light­ing in a scene can cre­ate dra­ma. Make a pho­to with in­ter­est­ing place­ment of back­lit subjects.” ...
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Where the Roads Cross · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 152 on 2010/04/16: “Bright, vivid col­ors can draw at­ten­tion and add "pop" to a pho­to. Make a pho­to that has vivid col­ors today.” ...
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New Photo Workflow · As a side-effect of join­ing Google, I have a new 13" MacBook Pro with a solid-state disk (good!) whose ca­pac­i­ty is on­ly 113G. This has pret­ty well screwed up my pre­vi­ous picture-management habits so I had to in­vent a new work­flow, which is work­ing out pret­ty well. I’m not claim­ing it’s right for any­one else, but oth­ers might find it a use­ful read. Plus since it’s photo-related I’ve dropped in three mis­cel­la­neous pix that I think are eye-pleasers ...
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First Day of Spring · There’s an off­i­cal def­i­ni­tion; on the ra­dio some­one says “Spring be­gins Wed­nes­day at 3:18PM” or some such. For me, it’s the first day I can go out in the yard with the kids af­ter sup­per and shoot flow­ers while they hit balls and squab­ble over side­line call­s ...
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CL X: Nautical Visual · Cot­tage Life al­most by def­i­ni­tion oc­curs near the wa­ter and in our case, lack­ing road ac­cess, is nec­es­sar­i­ly punc­tu­at­ed by time spent mess­ing about in boat­s. This is an ac­tiv­i­ty with many re­ward­s, chief among them the things you see ...
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Ruby in Edinburgh · Here­with some words and pic­tures from the Scot­tish Ru­by Con­fer­ence, which I at­tend­ed last Fri­day and Satur­day ...
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Round the Fountain · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 125 on 2010/03/20: “Liquids can be still and re­flec­tive or in mo­tion and chaotic. Make a pho­to­graph of some­thing liq­uid today.” ...
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Green Transport, Painted Blue · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 124 on 2010/03/19: “Change your an­gle to­day. Make a pho­to from 1' (30 cm) off the ground and post it.” ...
 
Urban Colors · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 116 on 2010/03/11: “"Rules" can be sti­fling if tak­en to ex­tremes. Break the rules to­day with fo­cus, com­po­si­tion, etc, and see what happens.” ...
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Theory and Practice · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 114 on 2010/03/09: “Most of us en­joy some sym­me­try in our lives. Look around for it to­day and make a sym­met­ri­cal pho­to. (via @mel­hutch) ” ...
 
Blue Pacific Looking Up · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 113 on 2010/03/08: “Take care of the Mon­day blues by pick­ing up your cam­er­a. Make a pho­to­graph dom­i­nat­ed by the col­or blue.” ...
 
Hungry Hands · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 110 on 2010/03/05: “Food en­gages all the sens­es. Make a pho­to­graph of food that caus­es our mouth to wa­ter or puck­er. Get the view­er engaged.” ...
 
Vertical Shadow Slices · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 109 on 2010/03/04: “Striped pat­terns have a nat­u­ral pat­tern that catch­es the eye. Find some stripes to­day and make a photo.” ...
 
Tree Trunk · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 108 on 2010/03/03: “Weathered ob­jects have a lot of char­ac­ter: cracked, rust­ed, bleached, etc. Give us your best weath­ered shot today.” ...
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Clarity Control · One of the more heav­i­ly used con­trols in Lightroom’s “Develop” mod­ule is la­beled “Clarity”. Here’s a nifty lit­tle il­lus­tra­tion of its pow­er­s ...
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Grainy Rainbow · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 107 on 2010/03/02: “Find out what those but­tons and di­als on your cam­era do. Play to­day! Try a new set­ting and make a pho­to. (via @dibytes) ” ...
 
Pick-up Game · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 105 on 2010/02/28: “Sunday chal­lenge: Make a pho­to that in­vokes or com­mu­ni­cates hap­pi­ness to the view­er. Make 'em feel it, not just see it!” ...
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Skyline With Illuminations · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 104 on 2010/02/27: “The hori­zon can be a strong com­po­si­tion el­e­men­t. Make a pho­to­graph that em­pha­sizes the hori­zon today.” ...
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Within the Rhythm · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 102 on 2010/02/25: “Negative space can be just as im­por­tant to a com­po­si­tion as your pri­ma­ry sub­jec­t. Ex­plore neg­a­tive space in a photograph.” ...
 
Boob Tubes · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 101 on 2010/02/24: “There is of­ten a con­flict be­tween tra­di­tion­al and con­tem­po­rary. Make a pho­to that shows this ten­sion. (@mel­hutch) ” ...
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Off By One · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 100 on 2010/02/23: “Monochrome pho­tos don't have to be the re­sult of pro­cess­ing or de­sat­u­ra­tion. Find a monochrome com­po­si­tion and shoot it. ” ...
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Sideways and Three Deep · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 99 on 2010/02/22: “Squares and grids sur­round us in our built en­vi­ron­men­t. Fo­cus in on some squares to­day and make a photograph.” ...
 
Brown and Green · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 98 on 2010/02/21: “Backgrounds are trick­y. They can make a sub­ject stand out or dis­tract from it. Make a pho­to with a good back­ground today.” ...
 
Olympic Curling · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 97 on 2010/02/20: “An old adage in pho­tog­ra­phy says if you want to im­prove your pho­tograph­s, move closer. Fill your frame today!” ...
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Green Arrows · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 96 on 2010/02/19: “Symbols can be sim­ple, or­nate, plain, or col­or­ful. Make a pho­to of a sym­bol that rep­re­sents or stands for some­thing else.” ...
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Black, Yellow, Violet · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 95 on 2010/02/18: “Frames out­line the fo­cus of a sub­jec­t. Make a cre­ative pho­to with nat­u­ral fram­ing: win­dows, doors, trees, bor­der­s, etc.” ...
 
Late Early Flowers · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 94 on 2010/02/17: “Fragility con­veys ten­sion. Make a pho­to to­day of a per­son or ob­ject in a frag­ile state. ” ...
 
Shawl, In Progress · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 93 on 2010/02/16: “Things are al­ways a-changin'. Make a pho­to that of­fers a snap­shot of some­thing be­ing built, fab­ri­cat­ed, or assembled.” ...
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Hair Extension Patriotism · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 92 on 2010/02/15: “It's Pres­i­dents Day in the U.S to­day. Make a pho­to with a pa­tri­ot­ic theme for the coun­try you call home. ” ...
 
Riding the Bus Together · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 91 on 2010/02/14: “Sunday (Valentine's Day) chal­lenge: What is love? Make an in­ter­pre­tive pho­to to­day. Keep it clean, peo­ple. :-)” ...
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Three Stacked Basketballs · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 90 on 2010/02/13: “Odd or even: Com­pose an im­age with an odd or even num­ber of sub­jects to­day, and make a pho­to. ” ...
 
Moneyball! · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 89 on 2010/02/12: “Continuing the Fri­day fun the­me, make a pho­to that goes with the ti­tle of a book you've read.” ...
 
Awaiting the Torchbearer · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 88 on 2010/02/11: “We of­ten get stuck in a rut of al­ways zoom­ing to the longest fo­cal length. Break out to­day by mak­ing a wide-angle photo.” ...
 
Djembé (detail) · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 87 on 2010/02/10: “We all have some sort of hob­by or fa­vorite ac­tiv­i­ty. Make a pho­to that shows some­thing you en­joy do­ing. (via @azmichelle)” ...
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"nothing but the start of terror" · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 86 on 2010/02/09: “Franz Kaf­ka said "Anyone who keeps the abil­i­ty to see beau­ty nev­er grows old." Make a pho­to of some­thing beau­ti­ful today.” ...
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Whiskers! · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 85 on 2010/02/08: “Pet pho­tos are such a cliche, but they're al­so cute. Make an in­ter­est­ing pho­to of a pet to­day. (via @rmanalan)” ...
 
In Spring · Young men’s fan­cy turns to thoughts of, well, it de­pend­s ...
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Heading Out to the Game · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 84 on 2010/02/07: “Challenge: Prac­tice sto­ry­telling to­day. Look for 3 im­ages that tell a sto­ry, and make a set of pho­tos that go together.” ...
 
Riviera · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 83 on 2010/02/06: “Curves car­ry the eye along with them. Make a pho­to that cre­ates a sense of move­ment with curves today.” ...
 
My Neighbor · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 82 on 2010/02/05: “More fun on a Fri­day: Make a pho­to that goes with the ti­tle of a movie you've seen, in­ter­pret­ed any way you like!” ...
 
This is not like that · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 81 on 2010/02/04: “Contrasting ideas en­gage the mind. Make a pho­to to­day that tells a sto­ry with con­trast­ing el­e­ments. (via @dibytes)” ...
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Vacant Lot (detail) · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 80 on 2010/02/03: “Make a "sharp" pho­to to­day any way you in­ter­pret it, ei­ther tack-sharp fo­cus or a sub­ject that is sharp itself.” ...
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Wet, Blue, and Early · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 79 on 2010/02/02: “It's Ground­hog Day in the U.S. Make a pho­to that il­lus­trates whether it's more like win­ter or spring where you live.” ...
 
On the Main · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 78 on 2010/02/01: “Time for an­oth­er col­or the­me: Orange! Keep your eyes peeled for any­thing or­ange to­day and make an in­ter­est­ing photo.” ...
 
Edges of the sky · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 77 on 2010/01/31: “Sunday Chal­lenge: Wher­ev­er there's an edge, there's en­er­gy. Make a pho­to where two things meet: land-water, land-sky, etc.” ...
 
Wet stairposts · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 76 on 2010/01/30: “Get up close and per­son­al with a build­ing to­day. Make a pho­to of an ar­chi­tec­tural detail.” ...
 
Confections · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 75 on 2010/01/29: “Sugar, spice, and ev­ery­thing nice. Make a pho­to of some­thing sweet today.” ...
 
Meth, crack, smack, bud, whatever · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 74 on 2010/01/28: “The econ­o­my is in the news all the time. Make a pho­to that il­lus­trates the econ­o­my or its im­pact on you in some way.” ...
 
Tricolor · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 73 on 2010/01/27: “Take some­thing common--an ob­jec­t, build­ing, or landscape--and com­pose an ab­stract com­po­si­tion with it.” ...
 
A sunlit autumn remnant, looking down · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 72 on 2010/01/26: “Change your per­spec­tive to­day. Make a pho­to from a bird's eye view. Get out the chairs and lad­ders if you need to!” ...
 
Arts & Crafts · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 71 on 2010/01/25: “Right (90-degree) an­gles can help de­fine a com­po­si­tion. Make a pho­to­graph in­volv­ing in­ter­sect­ing lines. (@­lyzadan­ger) ” ...
 
Two-faced mom · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 70 on 2010/01/24: “Sunday chal­lenge: Ex­per­i­ment with shut­ter speed to­day by mak­ing a pho­to with a long ex­po­sure. ” ...
 
From the philology shelves. Alas, poorly organized · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 69 on 2010/01/23: “We're all col­lec­tors of some­thing. Find an in­ter­est­ing way to dis­play and make a pho­to of a col­lec­tion today.” ...
 
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 68 on 2010/01/22: “Let's have some fun on a Fri­day. Make a pho­to that goes with the ti­tle (or lyric­s) of a song. In­ter­pret away!” ...
 
"Words fail me." · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 67 on 2010/01/21: “Quirky things of­ten catch your eye and make for in­ter­est­ing art. Make a pho­to of some­thing that makes you go "Hmmm" today.” ...
 
Penstack: · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 66 on 2010/01/20: “Make your cam­era the star of the show to­day. Use an­oth­er cam­era or mir­ror to put your cam­era in a pho­to of its own. ” ...
 
Lauren knitted this touque for me · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 59 on 2010/01/13: “Make a pho­to of some­thing you wear to keep your­self warm and/or dry: coat, gloves, scar­f, hat, you name it!” ...
 
Seventies vintage, from Belgium · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 65 on 2010/01/19: “Make an in­ter­est­ing pho­to of a mode of trans­porta­tion to­day: car, plane, bi­cy­cle, sub­way, or what­ev­er you like!” ...
 
A Wall · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 64 on 2010/01/18: “Practice the art of sim­plic­i­ty to­day by mak­ing an in­ter­est­ing pho­to from a min­i­mal­ist per­spec­tive (@domingocaceres).” ...
 
Lauren, by candle-light · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 63 on 2010/01/17: “Sunday chal­lenge: We've pho­tographed many things, but few peo­ple. Make a pho­to where the theme is a per­son or people.” ...
 
Found in our back alley (many candidates there) · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 62 on 2010/01/16: “One man's trash is another's trea­sure. Make a pho­to of some­thing dis­card­ed or aban­doned to­day. (@­lyzadan­ger) ” ...
 
Ceiling, skylight, rafters, light · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 61 on 2010/01/15: “Converging lines di­rect the viewer's eye. Some­times found in rail­road track­s, high­ways, and build­ings. Make your photo!” ...
 
NEC 2960, Android ADP2 · As­sign­ment for Dai­lyshoot 60 on 2010/01/14: “Play with con­trast­ing scale to­day: jux­ta­pose some­thing small with some­thing big! (@mel­hutch) ” ...
 
Photos For Sale · What hap­pened was, some­one want­ed to buy a print of one of the pho­tos here, and do­ing that turned out to be fun and have fringe ben­e­fit­s, so now any­one can ...
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Fried Noodles · I speak of Yak­iso­ba and Yak­i­udon, Ja­panese stir-fry dish­es dif­fer­en­ti­at­ed by whether the noo­dles are thin buck­wheat (So­ba) or thick wheat (Udon). The way I make them, peo­ple like them; but the names are a lit­tle mis­lead­ing be­cause the noo­dles are pret­ty well back­ground­ed. Here­with some il­lus­trat­ed rec­om­men­da­tion­s; in­clud­ing ex­ot­ic hand-imported in­gre­di­ents ...
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Boxing Day Fog · You can buy 1-Terabyte disks for $79, or 40-inch TVs for $500, or you can pre­tend the air isn’t a wet grey mass and head for a win­try beach ...
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Merry Christmas · I hope you basked in the warmth of loved ones’ com­pa­ny, ate well, and were pleas­ant­ly sur­prised. I have sea­son­al pho­tograph­s, with thoughts on Joseph Ratzinger, McKin­ley Mor­gan­field, and turkey stuff­in­g ...
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On Scholarship · What hap­pened was, for that Sex and T.E. Lawrence piece, I had to en­gage in an old-fashioned pa­per chase; book­s, scrib­bles, large work sur­face. I’d say “No search en­gines involved” but that wouldn’t be true ...
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Pacific Spirit · That’s the name of a pret­ty nice park on Vancouver’s Univer­si­ty En­dow­ment Lands, which sort-of be­long to UBC but can’t for the mo­ment be cov­ered with con­do tow­er­s, which is a Good Thing. Ob­serv­ing in the Satur­day morn­ing fore­cast the heavy rain I now hear on Sun­day evening as I write this, I de­ter­mined that force-marching the urchins in­to the Pa­cif­ic Spir­it woods would be a good idea. Plus, I brought my cam­er­a ...
 
’tis the Season · Be­ing a pho­to of part of our Christ­mas tree ...
 
Sunday Diary · A do­mes­tic win­try day (high of 3°C with gusts of very un­pleas­ant wind) re­called and il­lus­trat­ed ...
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Oddball Beet Salad · Last week­end, friends were about and we went to the mar­ket and I made lurid bi­coloured sal­ad for the ball­game and it was all good. With pic­tures and a recipe ...
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Not Driving · Re­cent­ly, I’ve been tak­ing pub­lic tran­sit around town more and more. The ad­vent of the Cana­da Line is one rea­son, and an­oth­er is that since I’ve been car­ry­ing the Android-flavored In­ter­net in my pock­et, trav­el time isn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly down­time. Plus, as I steer thou­sands of pounds of steel and glass and so on around town, the pro­por­tion of my mind that’s think­ing about carbon-loading keeps in­creas­ing un­nerv­ing­ly ...
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RubyConf 2009 · The con­fer­ence was in an Em­bassy Suites right there by San Fran air­port, thus for the first time in years I found my­self in The Val­ley but with­out a car; felt weird. As usu­al, a brac­ing blend of geek love and mind food, plus this time with mu­si­cal and ath­let­ic side-trips ...
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CL IX: Closing Up · For those of us who live North of the 49th par­al­lel, an es­sen­tial fea­ture of Cot­tage Life is the sad pro­cess of “Closing Up”; ac­knowl­edg­ing that you’re just not go­ing any more till Spring. We did, but re­main am­bigu­ous ...
 
Shonen Knife · It’s been al­most two years since I last saw Sho­nen Knife; too long. They played Vancouver’s less-than-palatial Bilt­more Cabaret; I got close to the stage with my cam­er­a ...
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That Market · I mean Granville Is­land mar­ket of course. If you live in the main part of Van­cou­ver, it’s hard to avoid, par­tic­u­lar­ly on a rainy week­end ...
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Autumn Light · It comes from the sun. Through leaves in the au­tum­n, and lamp­posts too ...
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Black Red Yellow Blue · Just a cou­ple of splash­es of col­or ...
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Blue and White · Just a cou­ple of flow­er­s, that’s al­l, both sun­l­it ...
 
島根 September — Canal Farewell · I sup­pose that’s about enough words & pic­tures from around Shi­mane pre­fec­ture. Here are a few farewell shots from the Mat­sue city canal-boat tour ...
 
島根 September — Washi in Yakumo · In 1902 a boy named Eishi­rou Abe was born in Yaku­mo, a vil­lage in Shi­mane; he took up the lo­cal trade, mak­ing Washi pa­per, and ex­celled; in 1968 he was des­ig­nat­ed a Liv­ing Na­tion­al Trea­sure. He died in 1985, but his work­shop is still there; you can vis­it it, look at lots of beau­ti­ful pa­per, and make it your­self. Our Ru­by road trip stopped there and we did those things ...
 
島根 September — Garden and Museum · That’s the Adachi Mu­se­um of Art, and es­pe­cial­ly its as­so­ci­at­ed gar­den which has been vot­ed (by an authoritative-sounding gar­den­ing mag­a­zine) the best in Ja­pan for a half-dozen years now. Our road trip stopped there, alas for on­ly an hour, and I took pic­tures ...
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島根 September — Ruby Road Trip · Our sto­ry thus far: a gag­gle of gai­jin are in­vit­ed to hold forth at RubyWorld 2009 in a little-noticed cor­ner of Ja­pan. The con­fer­ence was on Mon­day and Tues­day; Wed­nes­day they took us on a scenic Shi­mane tour. Matz and Ko1 and Prof. Takeuchi came along, and I got pic­tures so you can too ...
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島根 September — Liking Matsue · I’ve writ­ten a lot about Tokyo and ear­ly on, I said “Tokyo doesn’t need you to like it”. Wel­l, Mat­sue wants you to like it. Al­so, Tokyo is, by and large, butt-ugly while Mat­sue, by and large, isn’t ...
 
島根 September — Kunibiki Messe · The RubyWorld 2009 con­fer­ence was held at Matsue’s own con­fer­ence cen­ter, Ku­nibi­ki Messe. It’s a cool place and I couldn’t re­sist tak­ing a bunch of pic­tures ...
 
島根 September — RubyWorld · The rea­son I went to Ja­pan was to at­tend RubyWorld 2009, a con­fer­ence cen­ter­ing around the Ru­by pro­gram­ming lan­guage. The rea­son the con­fer­ence was in this rather re­mote cor­ner of Ja­pan is that Mat­sumo­to Yuk­i­hi­ro (known to geeks as “Matz”), the in­ven­tor of Ruby, choos­es to live and work in Mat­sue, and the city and pre­fec­ture gov­ern­ments are try­ing to use his pres­ence as lever­age in di­ver­si­fy­ing the lo­cal econ­o­my in­to Open-Source soft­ware. While the con­fer­ence was rea­son­ably well-covered in the Ja­panese me­di­a, I’ve seen noth­ing in English, so I’ll try to rec­ti­fy that here. With pic­tures ...
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島根 September — The Castle · Matsue’s number-one tourist at­trac­tion is its cas­tle (松江城), which is ab­so­lute­ly worth a vis­it. Here are eight pho­tograph­s, with di­ver­sions in­to nin­ja and pro­gram­ming cul­ture. (For pre­vi­ous con­tex­t, see 島根 Septem­ber — Mat­sue Morn­ing.) ...
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島根 September — Matsue Morning · I re­turned to­day from four days in Shi­mane pre­fec­ture (島根県); the oc­ca­sion was RubyWorld Con­fer­ence 2009. I came back with a few sto­ries and a ton of pic­tures, so I’ll wrap the for­mer around the lat­ter for the next few days ...
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Take the Train to Tokyo · Be­ing an il­lus­trat­ed mini-travelogue on tak­ing the new Cana­da Line train to Van­cou­ver air­port. Al­most cer­tain­ly of in­ter­est on­ly to peo­ple who might do such a thing ...
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A Light in the Forest · Sun­light, of course. I on­ly took the lit­tle cam­era along for the most re­cent cot­tage week­end, but those woods sure are pret­ty ...
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Hector and the Gulls · We were walk­ing along Jeri­cho Beach around sup­per­time of a re­cent week­end when the clouds and light per­formed a summer-afternoon dance for us. I was shoot­ing in ev­ery di­rec­tion and present for your en­ter­tain­ment one ma­rine ves­sel and two feath­ered scav­enger­s; noth­ing you can’t see there ev­ery day ...
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CL VIII: Building Things · In the first cou­ple of years af­ter you ac­quire a cot­tage, you spend a lot of time adding stuff to it. Since few­er and few­er things come pre-assembled, and if they did you wouldn’t want to take them on the boat put-together, that means you have to build them. This Cot­tage Life piece is, weird­ly, most­ly a plug for a barbecue-maker’s pub­lish­ing tal­ents; but there are some pret­ty pic­tures, in­clud­ing a failed ea­gle ...
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Cute Little Yellow Guy · I al­most nev­er run wildlife pho­tos here, but I did yes­ter­day and here’s an­oth­er, of a cute lit­tle part-yellow bird I saw flit­ting around in the bush­es near Lake Okana­gan. With a note for photo-geeks ...
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Bad Dogs · The dogs are Prairie Dogs, which are in­ter­est­ing lit­tle ro­dents, and “bad” is about the Bad­lands. Two pho­tos of Prairie Dogs in the Bad­lands near Drumheller, Al­ber­ta ...
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Almost Married · That’s what the sign on the bike says ...
 
OSCON 2009 · I’d be hard-put to say whether OSCON or RubyConf is my fa­vorite con­fer­ence of the year; when I miss ei­ther I’m grumpy. Here’s a brief re­port from the lat­est San Jose in­stal­men­t, with pic­tures ...
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Dino Fangs and Alberta Skies · This ends the va­ca­tion se­ries; a pic­ture that com­bines the di­nosaur and Alberta-skies themes ...
 
Alberta Skies — School at Dorothy · Dorothy is a lit­tle place just out of Drumheller that is head­ing to­ward ghost-town sta­tus. This is a pic­ture of its school un­der a stormy sky ...
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Alberta Skies — Showing Off · We were driv­ing along the edge of the Red Deer Riv­er just out­side Drumheller when we re­alised we had to pull off be­cause the clouds were putting on a show for us and not hold­ing any back, ei­ther ...
 
Alberta Skies — Distant Rain · There’s nowhere in the world with skies like the Cana­di­an West; well, maybe the steppes of Rus­si­a, but I haven’t been there. I kept hav­ing to take pic­tures of the sky; on this oc­ca­sion, the al­ter­na­tion of blue skies, dis­tant squall­s, and in­tense lo­cal storms brought the can­vas con­tin­u­ous­ly alive ...
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Alberta Skies — Incoming! · The best part of our re­cent Western Cana­da va­ca­tion swing — aside from those di­nos, of course — was the storm-watching. Our ride through the moun­tains in Al­ber­ta was pret­ty sun­ny, but as we head­ed north to­ward Drumheller, the clouds got more and more and more threat­en­ing, and then the storm caught us ...
 
DotD: Elegantly Scary · The man­age­ment of The Tyrrell are ob­vi­ous­ly quite tak­en with this di­nosaur since it ap­pears ex­ten­sive­ly in the crowd-pleasing life­size mod­els out­side be­fore which tourists pose in a heart­en­ing­ly cheery way. I can’t re­mem­ber what it’s called, but this fos­sil skele­ton is fea­tured in the main dis­play hall with a com­bi­na­tion of light­ing and po­si­tion­ing ef­fects so ob­vi­ous­ly de­signed to be scary that I had to try to go with the flow. I’m think­ing Sigour­ney Weaver ...
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DotD: Triceratops Mounted · Did I men­tion that Tricer­atops is my fave di­no? Judg­ing from the com­ments to yesterday’s Tricer­atop­s, Stegosaurus may be more pop­u­lar among the read­er­ship here. But this is my blog, so here’s a nicely-presented Tricer­atops skul­l ...
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DotD: Triceratops Reflected · Today’s di­nosaur is in the nicest room at The Tyrrell, a big softly-lit space filled el­e­gant­ly with fos­sils rang­ing from big to huge. I didn’t man­age a good gen­er­al shot of the room, but this gives some­thing of the feel ...
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Dino of the Day — Eyes! · Our friend Sal­ly from Aus­tralia is vis­it­ing, so in ear­ly Ju­ly we took a seven-day drive around nice bits of Western Canada, no­tably in­clud­ing the badlands-and-dinosaur coun­try of South­ern Al­ber­ta. I’ll run some di­nosaur shots over the next few days ...
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Junepix 11: Minor League · On the last day of June we went to a Van­cou­ver Cana­di­ans minor-league game, with fire­work­s. I seem to doc­u­ment such an ex­pe­di­tion once a year, which is un­sur­pris­ing as it’s a treat for the eye­s ...
 
Junepix 10: Green and Red · This is brick build­ing with green trim; a gar­ment fac­to­ry I sus­pec­t ...
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Junepix 9: AFS · This acronym is much-used among pho­tog­ra­phers around here. “A” is for “another” and “S” for “sunset”. Be­ing on the left side of a land mass will do that to you ...
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Junepix 8: Misty Mountains · Tolkien’s moun­tains were mis-named: not misty at al­l, but crag­gy and storm-struck and of­ten bathed in fierce sun­light. Here’s a pic­ture of the re­al things ...
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Junepix 7 & CL VII: Mountain Climb · At­ten­tive read­ers of the Cot­tage Life se­ries will re­call that one of the mo­ti­va­tions for ac­quir­ing a strip of Howe-Sound wa­ter­front in­clud­ed my dis­cov­ery that I was rais­ing a city boy who need­ed a lit­tle more ex­po­sure to the out­doors. So, last week­end he and I climbed a moun­tain to­geth­er ...
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Junepix 5: Trees and Mountains · OK, pic­tures of large plants and very large rocks tak­en from our place on Keats Is­land are in dan­ger of be­com­ing a vi­su­al cliché around here. But this is an aw­ful­ly pret­ty one ...
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Junepix 4 & CL VI: Monster! · The June-pictures and Cottage-Life threads in­ter­sect in a pho­to­graph of a stiffly-serpentine beast that ap­peared on our beach. With a true sto­ry about a re­al ser­pen­t ...
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Junepix 3: Global Roses · Specif­i­cal­ly, the World Rose Fes­ti­val; a large not-very-well-lit room in the bow­els of Vancouver’s très chic new Con­ven­tion Cen­tre full of flow­er­s, ar­range­ments, and para­pher­na­li­a. Alex Waterhouse-Hayward, who’s a se­ri­ous rose geek, wrote about it in The Rose Ex­pert ...
 
Junepix 2: Purple on Purple · The ti­tle about says it; both kinds of pur­ple are flow­er­s ...
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Junepix 1: Car-Free · I was edit­ing some pic­tures (which I or­ga­nize per-month) and re­al­ized that there were a ton in the June fold­er that I’d been mean­ing to run, and now it’s not June. So let’s pop­u­late the first few days of Ju­ly with some of ’em. First, mu­si­cal faces of Car-Free Van­cou­ver Day ...
 
Royal Sunset Again · Yes, I run pic­tures of this one par­tic­u­lar plant’s blos­soms all the time. I can’t help my­self, par­tic­u­lar­ly when the sun goes to work adding dra­ma ...
 
Native Mock Orange · Of­fi­cial­ly Philadel­phus lewisii; can I say “Philly Lew”? Out here in Pa­cif­ic Time we call it “Native” be­cause it is ...
 
Gryphon Rose · The rose is a Mme. Al­fred Carrière, the gryphon is just a gar­den or­na­men­t ...
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Grainy Eye Candy · Here are two im­ages with noth­ing in com­mon ex­cept be­ing kin­da grainy but pret­ty any­how ...
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Spanish Bluebells · They’re pret­ty, but they’re ag­gres­sive. Many of those in this pic­ture, tak­en on­ly a few days ago, are now his­to­ry, slaugh­tered to make grow­ing room for some­thing we like bet­ter ...
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Tulips · We plant­ed a bunch a cou­ple of years back, and now you get a chance to look at a few ev­ery spring if you wan­t. Th­ese two are white and vi­o­let with slinky stem­s ...
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Northern-Hemisphere, Anyway · Either an Ice­land pop­py or a Welsh pop­py. Alex Waterhouse-Hayward fa­vors the lat­ter and he’s a se­ri­ous flow­er geek so you can prob­a­bly take that to the bank ...
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Trillium, etc. · A pho­to of a three-petaled flow­er on a plant whose leaves come al­so in triples ...
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It’s a Beautiful Day · Open­ing Day, I mean. Around here that means Lit­tle Moun­tain Base­bal­l, for boys and girls aged 4 to 12. That first number’s not a mis­print; they have this thing called “Blast Ball” for the near-toddlers. The sun was up and the colours were bright ...
 
Dark-Morning Market Lights · On a lousy spring week­end day, which this was one of, you can do way worse than go­ing to the Granville Is­land Mar­ket ...
 
The Anticipation of Pleasure · I try to do this once ev­ery spring: Run some pic­tures of where there are go­ing to be flow­ers pret­ty soon. In this case, the mag­no­lia in late-spring-afternoon sun­light ...
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Ground Zero Balls · The kinds of balls that go on the ends of ca­bles hang­ing from cranes I mean; don’t even know what they’re called. Th­ese par­tic­u­lar balls and ca­bles and cranes are on the Ground Zero site in low­er Man­hat­tan ...
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Crocus Weather · I al­ready ran a hap­py sun­ny pic­ture of our first hap­py sun­ny cro­cus. Wel­l, then it rained, then it snowed ...
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Ouch, That Smarts · Quot­ing from About Pho­tog­ra­phy (1949) by Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher Will Con­nell (hat tip Bren­dan MacRae): “Every medi­um suf­fers from its own par­tic­u­lar hand­i­cap. Photography's great­est hand­i­cap is the ease with which the medi­um as such can be learned. As a re­sult, too many bud­ding neo­phytes learn to speak the lan­guage too long be­fore they have any­thing to say.”
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Sunday at the Seaside · If you’re for­tu­nate enough to live in a city by the sea, you should bloody well go vis­it it some­times. This last week­end I was on single-Dad du­ty, so Sun­day morn­ing I ig­nored the low­er­ing sky and gen­er­al damp­ness, bun­dled the protest­ing urchins in­to the van, and took them to the beach ...
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On Media · This last Fri­day and Satur­day I spent in the com­pa­ny of 250 or so peo­ple who self-define as con­trib­u­tors to the Net, at North­ern Voice 2009. On the one hand, it’s like be­ing in a warm bath; ev­ery­one here thinks it’s nor­mal to want to tell your sto­ry to the world, usu­al­ly on more than one chan­nel. On the oth­er, ev­ery­one goes around talk­ing about “Social Media”; the clock is to­tal­ly tick­ing on the time when you can do that uniron­i­cal­ly. Hav­ing said that, our tra­di­tion­al me­dia are look­ing pa­thet­i­cal­ly clapped-out and we are sure as hell go­ing to need some­thing to fill the gap­s. With pic­tures ...
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Crocus! · I just re­al­ized that just be­cause in ev­ery pre­vi­ous year I’ve run an ex­cit­ed pho­to of the spring’s first cro­cus­es, that’s not a rea­son not to run an ex­cit­ed pho­to of this spring’s first cro­cus ...
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Eight Pictures of 香港 · Poor trav­el plan­ning: Twenty-four hours in the air (13 there, 11, back) and less than 72 on the ground in Hong Kong, which is a sort-of-phonetic ren­der­ing of the Can­tonese pro­nun­ci­a­tion of the char­ac­ters in the ti­tle above mean­ing “fragrant harbour” ...
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59 Photographers, 16 Countries, 1 Book · “It start­ed as an off­hand sug­ges­tion of the kind that ap­pears so fre­quent­ly on mail­ing lists.” I mean the PDML Pho­to An­nu­al 2008-2009. Orig­i­nal­ly I didn’t know how se­ri­ous­ly to take it, but this is a love­ly lit­tle sto­ry with a hap­py end­ing ...
 
2008/12/23, Four PM · We spent time near Christ­mas at a fam­i­ly farm near Ester­hazy in Saskatchewan. Reg­u­lar read­ers will know that I en­joy pho­tograph­ing this part of the world. On De­cem­ber 23rd, as the clock marched to­ward four in the af­ter­noon and the De­cem­ber sun (at 50°39'12"N) neared the dis­tant flat hori­zon, I re­solved on a photo-walk. It was around -30°C with a mild but painful breeze in the fast-changing light; one of the most in­tense ex­pe­ri­ences in my 2008. Here­with eight pic­tures, most­ly of snow ...
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The Difference Engine · At the Com­put­er His­to­ry Mu­se­um they call it The Bab­bage Engine, but “Difference” was the word Bab­bage used (as in the re­sult of a sub­trac­tion) and I like it bet­ter. Dur­ing a bor­ing part of the Cloud In­terop even­t, I snuck out and took some pic­tures, be­cause I found it very beau­ti­ful ...
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Fog, then Steam · I’ve whined re­cent­ly about Vancouver’s un­typ­i­cal and long-lasting fog prob­lem and, as I write, it’s back, ac­com­pa­nied by freez­ing tem­per­a­tures. But we had some bright re­lief ...
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Cloud Interop Session · I spent Tues­day at the Cloud In­terop event or­ga­nized by Steve O’Grady and David Ber­lind. Sci­en­tists say that even a neg­a­tive re­sult is use­ful in ad­vanc­ing knowl­edge; I’d go fur­ther and say that a wait-and-see at­ti­tude in the heat of a hype cy­cle is of­ten op­ti­mal. By those cri­te­ri­a, this was suc­cess­ful. My at­tendee count peaked at 51 ...
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Fogbound · That’s been our weath­er for days, and it doesn’t look like chang­ing ...
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Snow Bitching · Vancouver’s weath­er has been suf­fi­cient­ly bad this win­ter to have made the na­tion­al news a few times, and if you fol­low any lo­cal on­line voic­es, you may be grow­ing tired of our whin­ing about the weath­er. Wel­l, I’m go­ing to pub­lish a few pic­tures of the car­nage any­how ...
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Cow Hair · Be­ing two pho­tographs of cow hair. Live and on the cow I mean. Real­ly ...
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The School Concert · Our son is at­tend­ing Grade Four in a spe­cial­ized pro­gram that in­cludes a com­pul­so­ry String In­stru­ments class, thus he’s been strug­gling to mas­ter a screechy lit­tle vi­o­lin since Septem­ber. It’s a pub­lic school; by some bud­getary jiggery-pokery they man­age to re­tain the ser­vices of a nearly-full-time Strings teacher. Last Thurs­day night was the Christ­mas Con­cert fea­tur­ing the fourth and fifth grader­s, and we had no idea what to ex­pec­t ...
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Decemberblossoms · Walk­ing down to the shops at the cor­ner in the damp Pa­cif­ic North­west dim­ness, a hold-out rose caught my eye. It’s beat up and soak­ing wet, but this time of year you take the flow­ers you can get ...
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Fuzzy Clichés and Money · Be­ing an il­lus­trat­ed ram­ble through the last three days, which I spent in Man­hat­tan talk­ing about mon­ey. Some of the pho­tos are the most painful­ly ob­vi­ous clichés and to make it worse fuzzy and blur­ry too. Those ad­jec­tives might ap­ply at least in part to the mon­ey busi­ness too ...
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CL V: Rain and its Culture · There won’t be any more Cot­tage Life pieces till next year, be­cause we spent Amer­i­can Thanks­giv­ing, when you can’t get any­thing done any­how, clos­ing the place up. We found out why they call all those great big trees a “rain forest” ...
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Eggplants · I ac­tu­al­ly don’t like hard­ly any­thing made with egg­plan­t, but I’m glad oth­er peo­ple do so that there are bas­kets of them at the mar­ket to take pic­tures of ...
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Round Yellow Tree · The mix­ture of green and au­tum­nal yel­low pro­duces the il­lu­sion of a spring­like colour, but in fact this is pure Novem­ber ...
 
Sunlit Autumnals · In which I once again ig­nore the con­ven­tion­al pho­to­graph­ic wis­dom hold­ing that shade is your friend and sun­light your en­e­my ...
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Container Cranes · On a re­cent week­end we took the Se­abus over to Lons­dale Quay. The Se­abus is both ro­man­tic and re­li­able, a rare enough com­bi­na­tion in this world. On the way back, I took a pho­to of the big container-handling cranes ...
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London · I spent four days there last week and en­joyed it. Here­with words and pic­tures ...
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Shells · Be­ing a pho­to of some jet­sam on Vancouver’s Point Grey fore­shore ...
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Yellowing · There are still a lot of green leaves left, but we’re def­i­nite­ly in early-autumn mod­e. Check out these many shades of yel­low ...
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Blues Pix · I’ve got a touch o’ them old autumnal-financial-meltdown blues, so I’ll post a cou­ple of gar­den shots as ther­a­py ...
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Driving · Like most peo­ple on the left half of the New World, driv­ing has in­formed and con­strained and en­riched my adult life. I’ve en­joyed it. Indi­ca­tions are that mine will be one of the last drive-everywhere gen­er­a­tions. The shape the tribe set­tles in­to may be more pleas­ing, and strength­en­ing lo­cal cul­ture is a fine thing, but the loss of the time-behind-the-wheel, with the mu­sic play­ing, go­ing places, well, it’s sad ...
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Canteen Mitra · It’s on Main Street near 14th Ave. They make a damn fine chick­en Shawar­ma ...
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The Horror · Be­ing a pho­to of a wasps’ nest ...
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Trying Again · Be­ing three pho­tographs of a lone­ly old rose. In June of 2004 I said I’ll try again next year, and I did too but this is an elu­sive tar­get; fol­low that link to read why. This year, what with the cool spring, it didn’t bloom till Septem­ber ...
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Vertical Vegetables · Be­ing a pho­to of a sun­lit sal­ad at the restau­rant in the Tea­house in Vancouver’s Stan­ley Park ...
 
Shiny Verticals · Be­ing an­oth­er pho­to­graph of that same sun­set, once again with­out ben­e­fit of cloud­s, this time with the help of an alu­mini­um shed ...
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White on Green · Be­ing a pho­to of a clus­ter of small white flow­ers against a leafy back­drop ...
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Treeset · Be­ing a pho­to of the sun ap­proach­ing the hori­zon with no clouds to serve as a can­vas for its set­ting rays. But there’s a lit­tle tree ...
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Horizon · Be­ing a pho­to­graph of a Saskatchewan hay­field and a cloudy sky ...
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Crossings · Be­ing a pho­to of a nice mod­ern con­struc­tion site on Vancouver’s Main Street ...
 
Morning Over Mountains · Be­ing a pho­to of the sun’s rays spilling over the moun­tains on­to Howe Sound, tak­en from a boat pulling out of Horse­shoe Bay ...
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Turning · We left sum­mery Au­gust Van­cou­ver for a week on the prairies, where blaz­ing heat and lash­ing storms al­ter­nat­ed, thun­der of­ten in the dis­tance ...
 
Western Wear · I’ve al­ways had a weak­ness for cow­boy fash­ion, and when we vis­it Saskatchewan, we al­ways drop by the big Cow­town store in Regi­na to do our bit for the Prairie econ­o­my, not that it needs it what with grains and potash and petroleum all boom­ing ...
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Five Living Skies · That’s what it says on the Saskatchewan li­cense plates: Land of Liv­ing Skies. We spent a few days out there ear­li­er this month and the plates pret­ty well have it. if you’re a pho­tog­ra­pher, you’ll find your­self point­ing the cam­era up ...
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Whitecaps vs. Silverbacks · My son is an avid soc­cer play­er, has been in an or­ga­nized league for four years now. Van­cou­ver has a team, the White­caps, in the USL, one down from MLS. As a pro­mo­tion, the boy’s team was in­vit­ed to a match, some of them to march out with the play­er­s, some to play a mini-game at half-time. I went along and took the cam­er­a ...
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CL IV: Peace · Most of these Cot­tage Life posts are go­ing to be on the cyn­i­cal side; with luck, good for a laugh or two. But there is a rea­son we do this, and here it is. With a fur­ni­ture rec­om­men­da­tion ...
 
Wet Botanicals · Ju­ly was an ex­cel­lent mon­th, al­most all sun­shine. My flower-photo mo­jo had pret­ty well run dry, but then out walk­ing af­ter a show­er, there were all these droplet-laden blos­soms and there I was shoot­ing away ...
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On Screwdrivers · Screw­drivers are im­por­tan­t. Real­ly; you just can’t do any­thing with­out them. And it turns out that lots are lots bet­ter than just a few. This is about that. Il­lus­trat­ed ...
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Happy Backyard Story · We bought our house in 1997 and were ex­pect­ing our first child in mid-1999. This caused us to launch a pret­ty ma­jor Home Im­prove­ment pro­jec­t, which was painful but suc­cess­ful; here­with a small photo-essay ...
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Nine Pictures of OSCON · Here­with some il­lus­trat­ed take-aways from OSCON 2008; I en­joyed it (and, I think, ben­e­fit­ed from it) as much as any con­fer­ence in re­cent years ...
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SPotD: Shoes · There’s noth­ing wrong with kids hav­ing some weeks of flat time in sum­mer with an emp­ty sched­ule; they’ll look back on those days fond­ly. There’s al­so noth­ing wrong with the odd soc­cer or bas­ket­ball cam­p. I rather en­joy drop­ping the boy off at these and watch­ing the oth­er par­ents, who ap­pear, pre-9-AM on a week­day, in a re­mark­able va­ri­ety of ap­par­el and pre­sen­ta­tion­s. I caught one of my re­cent faves for this sum­mer day’s pho­to ...
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SPotD: Curtainshadows · We spend a lot of time on our back porch this time of year. Un­for­tu­nate­ly, the beau­ti­ful plum tree that kept the set­ting sun from boil­ing our eye­balls died, and un­til the re­place­ment gets big enough, we’ve been hoist­ing bed­sheets on the west end of the porch roof at sup­per­time. Which can make for some in­ter­est­ing shad­ow­play, as in the Sum­mer Pic­ture for to­day ...
 
SPotD: Fireworks · Today’s sum­mer pic­ture is of some of the fire­works af­ter the ball game fea­tured yes­ter­day. They weren’t big-league, but it isn’t a big-league park, so you get to sit pret­ty close to them ...
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SPotD: Ball Game · On Ju­ly first, we cel­e­brat­ed Cana­da and my son’s birth­day by go­ing to the ball game and fire­work­s. It was a war­m, warm evening. The Sum­mer Pho­to for To­day is an out­field­er and a score­board ...
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SPotD: Lemonade · I’ve been too over­load­ed to write much or even post pix, but nev­er (it seem­s) to take pic­tures, so they’ve been build­ing up. I look at the buildup and dis­cern a the­me; here­with the first Sum­mer Pic­ture of the Day; more to come. And what could be more sum­mery than lemon­ade? ...
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(Last) RotD: Lucky Sunset · The last rose of the day is a “Royal Sunset” in the sun­set, A lucky shot, an­oth­er small in­stance of good for­tune in what’s been (so far) an un­rea­son­ably lucky life ...
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Good Morning · I like morn­ings. Espe­cial­ly bright ones on foot in the city. Peo­ple are up and about for a rea­son; it’s easy to be­lieve the world is on the whole is a well-organized pur­pose­ful kind of place ...
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RotD: Morning Mist · We plant­ed today’s rose in an awk­ward cor­ner of the gar­den and thus had to move it; this sum­mer it’s re­cov­er­ing and on­ly pro­duced one blos­som. Pret­ty pic­tures are a re­lief, I hope, in a week that feels like summer’s Horse lat­i­tudes ...
 
RotD: Sombreuil · Today’s rose has a love­ly French name and, like many oth­er­s, lots of as­so­ci­at­ed lore ...
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RotD: UltraPink · This rose-of-the-day grows in our front yard, but we in­her­it­ed it and I don’t know what it is. Plus, Nikon is mak­ing waves in the cam­era world ...
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RotD: Wild! · I think today’s ros­es are Wild, but it turns out that la­bel can ap­ply to a bunch of dif­fer­ent things, in­clud­ing the of­fi­cial flow­er of the next province over, where I some­times think I’m from ...
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CL III: Semantic Gaps · I do in­tend a Cot­tage Life post soon that’s not about main­te­nance, but this isn’t it. I thought I was try­ing to fix the wa­ter heater, but in fact it be­came a four-way se­man­tic map­ping co­nun­drum ...
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RotD: More Rugosas · Yesterday’s yel­low rose is just one of three Ru­gosas, love­ly plants grow­ing in the wrong place ...
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RotD: Yellow Rugosa · Today’s rose is aw­ful­ly pret­ty, and is ac­com­pa­nied by amus­ing erudition-soaked di­a­logue. Ru­gosa is a rose species and “yellow” is self-explanatory. But the com­bi­na­tion is rare ...
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RotD: Single Petal, on Violet · I thought I’d shot my Flower-of-the-Day wad last mon­th, but I have two prob­lem­s: First, there are a lot of pleas­ing pho­tos of ros­es on my com­put­er, and sec­ond, I’m a bit bored. Thus, a Rose-of-the-Day se­ries ...
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CL II: Water-Displacement Forty · Cot­tage Life, un­less yours is a man­sion with full-time staff, is most­ly main­te­nance, with a few in­ter­ven­ing breaks for na­ture or beer. I’m nei­ther deft nor me­chan­i­cal­ly gift­ed, but the right in­dus­tri­al chem­i­cals can make up for that ...
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Car-Free · Its full name is Car-Free Van­cou­ver Day and it hap­pened last Sun­day. We hadn’t been plan­ning to go but stum­bled in more or less ac­ci­den­tal­ly and it was good fun. It gave me an ex­cuse to take pic­tures of peo­ple; some­thing I’m too shy to do ex­cept in a crowd ...
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Not Much · Two pho­tos of not much in par­tic­u­lar, but with ex­pla­na­tion­s ...
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Main Art · Our house is near, and my of­fice on, Main Street, which de­spite its name is not, nor has it ev­er been, the main street of any­thing. Th­ese days “The Main” is start­ing to be hip and fash­ion­able, but the pro­cess is ham­pered by the fact that the build­ings are, on av­er­age, old, and most­ly weren’t very good when they were built. So it was kind of nice when some street art popped up on one that I walk by ev­ery day ...
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Cottagers! · Now we’re re­al Cana­di­an­s. As of June 11th, Lau­ren and I own a cot­tage on Keats Is­land (Wikipedia, map, keat­sis­land.net). The con­se­quences in­clude a sud­den in­ter­est in remote-area In­ter­net op­tion­s ...
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Flamenco Sketches · Pho­to­graph­ic sketch­es, I mean. Ear­li­er this mon­th, Eve and Eli were up from Seat­tle to vis­it and af­ter din­ner, we all dropped by the Ki­no Café to take in the fla­men­co. It was pas­sion­ate and sexy and fun ...
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San Fran Shadows · Last week I took a brief trip to San Fran­cis­co, and man­aged to es­cape for a walk. Lots of build­ings had in­ter­est­ing shad­ows on them ...
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Cup of Tea · This would be on Zi­pang Sushi on Main Street in Van­cou­ver ...
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(Last) FotD: May 24 Menton · Just like last year, I haven’t pub­lished all the flow­er­s, but enough is enough. Let’s end with three “Menton” tulip pho­to­s; they’re of a colour that I don’t think English has a word for, al­though “flesh” might do if you lim­it­ed your flesh-tones to the Euro­pean spec­trum. Any­how, I think I saved the best for the last ...
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FotD: May 23 Leopard Spots · Ob­served on a clus­ter of creamy rhodo­den­dron­s ...
 
FotD: May 22 Solo Spread · This is an­oth­er tulip, past its peak but still grace­ful ...
 
FotD: May 21 Tattered White · Pear-blossoms ac­tu­al­ly, and en masse el­e­gan­t; the in­di­vid­u­al flow­ers have a tough life but still de­serve a look ...
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FotD: May 19 Wet Red · It’s our first red rhodo­den­dron of the sum­mer; tak­en just this af­ter­noon dur­ing that sum­mer rain ...
 
FotD: May 18 Violet Riot · The mag­no­lia is just com­ing off its ri­otous pink and pur­ple peak. So in­stead of yet again ze­ro­ing in on one or two blos­som­s, I shot a whole bunch ...
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FotD: May 17 Purple Speckles · On, yes, an­oth­er tulip. This spring’s Flower-of-the-Day se­ries is prov­ing a bit tulip-heavy so far ...
 
FotD: May 16 Orange and Blue · Orange and blue and green, ac­tu­al­ly. I could give you the flow­er names and so on but why both­er, it’s just some blos­soms and leaves, cheery stuff ...
 
FotD: May 15 Trillium · I’ve writ­ten about them be­fore, how the flow­ers start out the purest and most del­i­cate white imag­in­able and then fade in­to pur­ple de­crepi­tude. Wikipedia sug­gests this is Tril­li­um ova­tum ...
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FotD: May 14 Icelandic · I’ve run a few pic­tures of these over the years, re­peat­ed­ly mis­la­bel­ing them as Cal­i­for­nia pop­pies, and each time been cor­rect­ed by better-educated read­er­s; it’s an Ice­land pop­py ...
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FotD: May 13 Flaming Spring Green · Last year, it start­ed a month ear­li­er; a cou­ple of week­end days around the town and my com­put­er is bulging with spring-flower shot­s. So, with apolo­gies to those who come here for tech­nol­o­gy, we’ll be in Flow­er of the Day mode for the next lit­tle while. Today’s Flam­ing Spring Green is a tulip, about my fa­vorite of this year’s crop ...
 
Propeller · Be­ing a pic­ture of one, with some oth­er things ...
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Wet, with Forget-me-nots · Tulip­s, I mean. Our front yard is ri­ot of tulips all shout­ing “Look at me!” It rained and I thought “wet tulip­s, mmmm”, and by co­in­ci­dence three of them had forget-me-nots some­where in the frame ...
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Tulips! · This will not be of in­ter­est to those who are here for the tech­nol­o­gy; move right along. It will al­so not be of in­ter­est to se­ri­ous pho­tog­ra­pher­s, who scoff at bright pret­ty pic­tures of bright pret­ty flow­er­s ...
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April 18, 2008 · I had a lit­tle slack in the sched­ule head­ing for the air­port, so when I left work, I stopped on to pho­to­graph a marsh ...
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The Anticipation of Pleasure · I plan to re-use that ti­tle once each spring­time as long as I go on writ­ing this. This year, tulips about to open ...
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Skull and Crossbones · In pink, with a se­quined crown ...
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Early Spring · I fi­nal­ly got around to un­load­ing the mem­o­ry card from the pock­et cam and gosh, were there ev­er a lot of gar­den shots on it. Hey, Spring is hap­pen­ing, which means these pages will be flower-infested for some weeks now. If you like flow­ers at al­l, you’ll prob­a­bly agree that the lit­tle Ri­coh has a gift for ’em ...
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Lightroom Ping-Pong · Here’s the short form in geek-speak: Ap­par­ent­ly, you can use rsync to keep two com­put­ers run­ning Light­room in har­mony. The long ver­sion is well, long, and di­gress­es in­to Deep Vein Throm­bo­sis and Olympic Table-Tennis qual­i­fi­ca­tion ...
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Candlelit Quiet · I mean Earth Hour. Lau­ren lit a bunch of can­dles and we just sat there en­joy­ing the si­lence. Wel­l, un­til I got out the cam­er­a ...
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FSS: Under Paris 1994 · Fri­day Slide Scan #34 (wow, it’s been over a year) is from ear­ly mid-1994; views of Paris, in­clud­ing a cou­ple I bet you haven’t seen ...
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Maui Ladies · Here are three pho­tos of two ladies tak­en on Maui, one of whom is ad­dressed with a cap­i­tal L ...
 
Honen Again · I’ve writ­ten be­fore about the Ho­nen mis­sion in La­haina on Maui, but I’ll nev­er vis­it this is­land with­out drop­ping by ...
 
Reflections · It’s a word for think­ing, “reflection”. That’s odd, be­cause think­ing is more than echo­ing the world back to it­self ...
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Frankfurt Moods · So, I got in­to the ho­tel room and found that blog­ging grumpi­ly at my trav­el and bl­o­go­sphere prob­lems didn’t cheer me up. Lau­ren and Si­mon each sent me the num­ber of some­one I know around here, but I was just too pissed at the world to pick up the phone. So I picked up the new cam­era in­stead and went walk­ing ...
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Northern Voice · I’m at Pho­toCam­p2008 at MooseCam­p2008, an un­con­fer­ence with­in an un­con­fer­ence. It’s great; I’m learn­ing so much! ...
 
Granville Island · In single-Dad mode on this bril­liant Sun­day morn­ing, I de­cid­ed to pack the urchins up af­ter break­fast and take them down to Granville Is­land. It’s one of Vancouver’s nicest things and too of­ten we aban­don it to the tourists (In fac­t, on this oc­ca­sion I helped a posse of Ger­mans fig­ure out the parking-ticket ma­chine). Wel­l, and I had a new cam­era burn­ing a hole in my pock­et ...
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F.C.o.t.Y · “First Cro­cus of the Year”, I mean to say. For me it’s a ma­jor tran­si­tion when, af­ter the months of grey, our gar­den starts to have some colour in it. Not the best cro­cus pho­to ev­er, and prob­a­bly not the best cro­cus­es ei­ther. But they’re im­por­tant to me ...
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Them Bits · Ear­li­er this evening, I fin­ished scan­ning the slides I have that my Dad took. That’s a lot of slides and a lot of bit­s. With ob­ser­va­tions about Wal-Mart and Ubun­tu and the end of op­ti­cal stor­age ...
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In the Lane · I have writ­ten here be­fore about al­leys and back lanes and to­day I took my daugh­ter and my cam­era for a walk down ours. She has on­ly re­cent­ly learned how to walk and this has been the first cou­ple of days of de­cent weath­er since ...
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Snowy Cows · This week we vis­it­ed a Saskatchewan farm where they have a few High­land cat­tle, which are just adorable ...
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Spring? · We’ve had snow on the ground for days and days and days, which is not how it’s sup­posed to be in Van­cou­ver in Fe­bru­ary. To­day fi­nal­ly some sun, and signs of Spring even ...
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Soccer Practice · Be­ing a blur­ry pho­to of boys hav­ing a ball with a ball in the gym ...
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Winter Magnolia · I’ve pho­tographed this mem­ber of the Plant King­dom any num­ber of times, even wear­ing snow. Those who feel this hap­pens too of­ten can have their mon­ey back ...
 
Travel Pix, Yellow · Just a cou­ple of shots that showed up in the lit­tle Canon af­ter last week’s trip. Who needs an SLR any­how? ...
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Mystery Interloper · It snowed a bit yes­ter­day, and then sort of sleet­ed and rained a bit on top, then froze in the morn­ing. So overnight passers-by had their foot­prints pre­served. Whose are the­se? ...
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SSS: My Family · Over the past few years I’ve been slow­ly work­ing through an in­ven­to­ry of some thou­sands of 35mm slides tak­en by my Dad and oth­ers in the pre-digital er­a. I used to run a “Friday Slide Scan”. It fell off a bit be­cause I ne­glect­ed to scan for months at a time, and be­cause the se­quence I was work­ing through was all adorable ba­bies and cute tod­dler­s; of lim­it­ed in­ter­est. Wel­l, it’s not Fri­day, and these are that kind of pic­ture. But stil­l ...
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Sin and a Tiger · When­ev­er I walk around, I have the lit­tle Canon in my pock­et. Since I’m shoot­ing JPG and have a 2G card in there, it holds a more or less in­fi­nite num­ber of pic­tures, and I have to re­mind my­self to un­load ’em ev­ery cou­ple of weeks to see what’s there. Often I’m sur­prised ...
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Thousandths of a Dragon · Il­lus­trat­ed in glo­ri­ous red and gold as ap­pro­pri­ate ...
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Uncommon Light · Three pho­tos on bright De­cem­ber days; not com­mon in Van­cou­ver, so this is a qual­i­ty of light you don’t of­ten see ...
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Mountain Chimney · A pic­ture of snow-covered moun­tains from our bed­room win­dow ...
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Christmas Eve · The fam­i­ly gath­ered this year here with us in Van­cou­ver. In­ti­ma­tions of mor­tal­i­ty oc­curred, but I’m still glad of the vis­i­tors ...
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Across False Creek · This is just to cel­e­brate be­ing able to run Light­room again; a pho­to look­ing south across Vancouver’s False Creek at night, from Bill and Trish’s place ...
 
Public Execution? · See, here they are, heads bowed to re­ceive the blow ...
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上海: Shanghai Wrapup · Mis­cel­la­neous pic­tures and thoughts to wrap up the Shang­hai se­ries. Th­ese should be tak­en very light­ly, based as they are on a big four days of jet-lagged re­portage ...
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上海: Yuyuan Garden · Estab­lished, it is said, in 1559. Od­d, but good ...
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上海: Shanghai City Temple · It’s near the fa­mous Yuyuan Gar­den, in the shop­ping dis­trict that sur­rounds it. “It’s Old Shanghai” Doris said of the area, and she was right ...
 
上海: That Light · I haven’t been to Chi­na since the Nineties and that was Hong Kong, but I re­mem­bered the spe­cial Hong Kong light. There it was again in Shang­hai, so maybe it’s Chi­nese light, or at least South Chi­ne­se ...
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上海: Those Buildings · I al­ready not­ed that the re­al­ly in-your-face thing about Shang­hai is its for­est of huge soar­ing build­ings. Enough pic­tures have prob­a­bly been tak­en, but I couldn’t re­sist adding a cou­ple to the col­lec­tion ...
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上海: After Dark · The lights are bright in Shang­hai at night, most places ...
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上海: 430 km/h! · When I ar­rived, they’d said to take a taxi to the ho­tel so I did, and the price was rea­son­able, but it was an hour of dice-with-death Shang­hai driv­ing through not-very-exciting neigh­bor­hood­s. But then I found out about the MagLev train to the air­port. It’s re­al­ly fast, and the sta­tion (a short taxi ride from the hotel) is to­tal­ly all mod con­s. I lashed out for the first-class tick­et ...
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上海: Under Construction · Shang­hai re­al­ly is. They’ve built a mega-city in a young life­time and they’re not slow­ing down at al­l ...
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上海: Hidden Stories · I have a lot of pic­tures, but not so many word­s, from Shang­hai. I’m im­pressed but inar­tic­u­late be­cause af­ter four days on the ground, I’m most­ly mys­ti­fied. I’m old enough to have a few re­gret­s, and among the sharpest is that I’ve nev­er tak­en the trou­ble to be re­al­ly flu­ent in a lan­guage oth­er than English. In par­tic­u­lar, I am in awe of my col­leagues who switch back and forth be­tween Man­darin and English three times in a sen­tence. And ev­ery­where I look I see sto­ries I’ll nev­er know, be­cause, first of al­l, how could I ev­er get in­to a con­ver­sa­tion with the wom­an on the back of the bi­cy­cle be­hind the oth­er wom­an on the bi­cy­cle, both of them laugh­ing so hard they’re in dan­ger of swerv­ing in front of a BMW? And if I could, I wouldn’t un­der­stand the word­s. And if I did, I maybe still wouldn’t get the joke. And there are twen­ty mil­lion peo­ple here, that’s a lot of sto­ries ...
 
Autumn · The big trees are haven’t turned en masse, but there but Those Colours are still ev­ery­where you look ...
 
Dawn Foam · Four pic­tures of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia waves at sun­rise ...
 
Beach Fire · En­cir­cled flames, two an­gles ...
 
Those Sunsets · Ap­tos is a lit­tle town not far from Mon­terey, where I and a cou­ple of hun­dred oth­er Sun en­gi­neers are hid­ing to talk about what we’re do­ing and what works and what doesn’t. Can’t re­port on that much, but the next best thing about Cal­i­for­nia af­ter com­put­er tech­nol­o­gy is sun­set­s. So here are two.
 
Urban Sunset · There haven’t been enough pic­tures here late­ly ...
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Early Autumn · I spent time with the ba­by in the gar­den this af­ter­noon, and we both had fun ...
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Fall Colours · Brown and yel­low, to be pre­cise. Leaf and Volk­swa­gen ...
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Tab Sweep — The World · To­day we have an avi­a­trix, a last mes­sage, a beau­ti­ful voice, and a set list ...
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Summer’s End · It wasn’t that great; there was some good weath­er but not enough, and much of that while we were off in Ber­lin or Saskatchewan. But there were com­pen­sa­tion­s, fam­i­ly things ...
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Some Clouds · Tak­en from an air­plane head­ing in­to the Pa­cif­ic North­west at dusk ...
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Lauren and Jean · Hey, this is my blog, if I want to run a pic­ture of my wife and my moth­er, I can ...
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Dalmatian Ballerinas · I mean birch trees not Adri­at­ic dancer­s. Although some times they are near­ly spot­less and oth­ers more stat­uesque than sylph-like. What­ev­er; I love ’em ...
 
The Prairie · We’re al­so vis­it­ing Lauren’s mom and her hus­band on their farm near Stock­holm, Saskatchewan. Peo­ple talk about do­ing “photo-walks” in glam­orous ur­ban lo­ca­tion­s; you’d have just as much fun tour­ing around a nice piece of prairie ...
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Mom’s Flowers · We’re vis­it­ing my Mother in Saskatchewan. Here are some of her flow­er­s ...
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Sunset Edit · I post­ed that apricot-rose pic­ture last night, late, and when I looked at it on the big screen at work this morn­ing, I thought “Ouch, that’s borked”. It turns out that I’d cranked Lightroom’s “Fill Light” con­trol all the way over to the right, lik­ing the ef­fect on the cen­tre of the blos­som, miss­ing the dam­age else­where ...
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Royal Sunset · Yes, we’ve been here be­fore and we’ll be here again. With notes on Salieri and Emp­ty Room­s ...
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Sunday · One of those great sum­mer days. Base­bal­l, hap­py boys, good food, and sun­lit flow­er­s, all among friend­s ...
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Echinaceas · This is the sec­ond on­go­ing post which more or less just two pic­tures of Echi­nacea blos­som­s. Hope that’s OK ...
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The Moon · I was com­ing home from a late night out and the moon hung ful­l, bright in the wind­shield. I’ve tried to pho­to­graph it so many times over the years and gen­er­al­ly failed. Fi­nal­ly, a par­tial suc­cess, which I’ll in­dulge my­self by shar­ing with the Net ...
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Honeysuckle · This one is al­ways a mid­sum­mer high­light; I’m sure it’ll keep ap­pear­ing here as long as I live next to it ...
 
July Flowers · They’re ev­ery­where. This one is or­ange (a nas­tur­tium) ...
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From Route One · A beach, some­where north of Half Moon Bay. It’s get­ting late ...
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Trains and People and Restaurants · I’ll close up this minia­ture se­ries on Germany’s cap­i­tal with ob­ser­va­tions on get­ting around, the peo­ple who live there, and go­ing out to eat ...
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Going for Beers in East Berlin · Since I wasn’t per­son­al­ly close to any of the wed­ding par­ty, the big day for me in our Ber­lin trip was the Sun­day af­ter; our one day of in­ter­rupt­ed sun­shine, and we spent it all in beer gar­dens with at­tached play­ground­s. In the morn­ing, we had break­fast (no beer in­volved) with some of Lauren’s old school bud­dies, and in the af­ter­noon we had din­ner and beers with some geeky on­go­ing read­er­s ...
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Schloss and Dom · In Ger­man, the first means cas­tle, the sec­ond “dome” and of­ten, by at­tri­bu­tion, cathe­dral. In the cen­ter of Ber­lin, one’s right be­side what used to be the oth­er ...
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The Boy’s View of Berlin · When we’re out and about and I have both cam­eras, I’ve start­ed of­fer­ing the lit­tle Canon to our son, just turned eight, ask­ing him if he wants to shoot a few. He al­most al­ways says “Yes” and if you will in­dulge the fan­cies of an in­dul­gent Dad, I think he’s good. Here’s his take on Ber­lin ...
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07/07/07 · On the sev­enth of Ju­ly this year, we par­tic­i­pat­ed in the glob­al lucky-number wed­ding boom by at­tend­ing Ger­hild and Reinhard’s wed­ding in Ber­lin. Here are some pho­to­s, which are on­ly of in­ter­est if you like wed­dings or mod­ern Luther­an ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal ar­chi­tec­ture ...
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The Number of the Rose · The ti­tle refers ob­vi­ous­ly to the Um­ber­to Eco work which any­one who cares about knowl­edge and its preser­va­tion ought to read if on­ly for fun; but the pic­ture refers on­ly to it­self. With ex­e­ge­sis from Lar­ry Wal­l. [Oh, my; give this au­di­ence a chance to in­dulge in lin­guis­tic pedantry and, well, you don’t have to ask twice. If you like this kind of stuff, don’t miss the com­ments.] ...
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Alex and Rosemary’s Garden · The oth­er day we had tea in the gar­den lov­ing­ly tend­ed by Rose­mary and Alex Waterhouse-Hayward, and I took pic­tures ...
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東京 XII: Changing · I’ve been com­ing to Tokyo since 1991 or so, and while Ja­panese cul­ture is of­ten called in­su­lar and set-in-its-ways, the changes have been dra­mat­ic ...
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東京 XI: Lounging · On the Tues­day evening be­fore I left, we had some pure fun, at­tend­ing the “Developer’s Lounge”, or­ga­nized by Sun but at­tend­ed by a menagerie of geek­s, ev­ery fla­vor. Think of a short un­con­fer­ence with free food and beer ...
 
東京 X: Researching · Last Mon­day, we spent some time at the Univer­si­ty of Tokyo, where we talked about Ru­by and so on; quite a change of pace from the rest of the vis­it ...
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東京 IX: Working · This is just a thank-you to a few of my Tokyo col­leagues, but it has my fa­vorite pic­ture from the whole trip ...
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東京 VIII: Shopping · What­ev­er you may say about Toky­o, whether you like it or not, it’s a great place to shop. For se­lec­tion not bar­gain­s; there is lots of stuff you just won’t find any­where else ...
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東京 VII: Drinking · The last cou­ple of months I’ve been in both Tokyo and Lon­don, and I vis­it Sil­i­con Val­ley all the time. Tokyo and Lon­don are like each oth­er, and un­like the Val­ley, in that they have a business-drinking cul­ture. Maybe it’s as sim­ple as the fact that in the Val­ley you have to drive ev­ery­where, and you’d have to be pret­ty booze-hungry, or just sui­ci­dal, to load up be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel on 280 or 85 or 237 or 101 ...
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東京 VI: Recharging · Tokyo is big and fast and in­tense and it’ll make you tired. And, many months of the year, hot and sweaty too. For­tu­nate­ly, it of­fers a so­lu­tion for these prob­lem­s ...
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東京 V: Playing · I don’t know what Japan’s largest ex­port is, but I think its most im­por­tant ex­port is cul­ture. Pop cul­ture to be pre­cise; there are few places where as you walk the streets you see things you’ll see on fash­ion cat­walks and in TV-show back­drops and and Paper pages this time next year; and Tokyo is one of them ...
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東京 IV: Phoning · Here’s a trav­el tip: When you go to Ja­pan, rent a phone! It doesn’t cost too much mon­ey or time and it sim­pli­fies life in­cred­i­bly. With re­marks on Ja­panese phone cul­ture and a com­plete­ly un­re­lat­ed pic­ture ...
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東京 III: Traveling · Tokyo is huge any way you mea­sure; one of the world’s largest cities by pop­u­la­tion and not built up that high, so it sprawls for­ev­er across the Kantō plain. Even the city’s core, which I would rough­ly say is ev­ery­thing in­side the Ya­man­ote JR Line or walk­a­ble from one of its sta­tion­s, is pret­ty vast. Most times, though, you don’t no­tice be­cause ev­ery­where you go, you go by train, of­ten un­der­ground or with not much of a view ...
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Tokyo · Here I am in su­pe­rul­tra­hy­per­me­gaToky­o. I’m tired ...
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AFS × 3 · I be­lieve it’s been a cou­ple of years since I’ve in­flict­ed a Van­cou­ver sun­set on on­go­ing read­er­s, so here are three. What hap­pened was, Eve Maler and her hus­band were here; we had din­ner to­geth­er and went for walk in the dusk west from Kit­si­lano beach. I was itch­ing for a chance to work out the new wide-angle lens, and the moun­tains and the ocean are just the tick­et ...
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Irises · The ros­es keep go­ing for month­s, some of them in­to au­tum­n; the iris­es are here on­ly for a few days. So they have to try hard­er ...
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Roses! · Yes, they’re out ...
 
Apricot Poppies · Th­ese are some pret­ty darn nice pop­pies just down the street from our place; al­so an ex­am­ple of the pow­er of wide-angle pho­tog­ra­phy ...
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Internet Slush · Some­times it seems that’s all that’s out there, and out the oth­er day, strolling the Drive, we dis­cov­ered that it may even have a busi­ness mod­el ...
 
Three Flowers · I’m pro­gram­ming these days in an en­vi­ron­ment that makes me grumpy, so I con­sole my­self by shoot­ing flow­er­s. Th­ese are es­pe­cial­ly tasty, I think ...
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Spun Gold · In the Rumplestilt­skin sto­ry, the miller’s daugh­ter had to spin straw in­to gold or die, and how­ev­er evoca­tive the dwarf’s over­heard song (Wikipedia has nine ver­sion­s) I could nev­er stop won­der­ing what the spun gold might look like. Now I know ...
 
White · Here­with a cou­ple of shots of young, half-formed Astilbe flow­er­s. [Up­date:] Oop­s, I had the wrong end of the stick. Th­ese are ac­tu­al­ly “Native Solomon’s Seal” (Smi­lacina race­mosa). But they grow where the Astilbes do (or ac­tu­al­ly, where they will, in a cou­ple of month­s) ...
 
Orange · Man, I love Cal­i­for­nia pop­pies. Along with the cheery but in­tense colour, the petals’ rough-ish tex­tures make me think of Ja­panese ar­chi­tec­tural wood­work. [Hm­ph. It’s been sug­gest­ed that these are Ice­land pop­pies. Maybe so.] ...
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Blue · Cornflower-blue to be pre­cise; few shades are more in­tense ...
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The London Illustrated News · I spent the week in Lon­don. Fun was had, pic­tures were tak­en, I learned things. Here­with il­lus­trat­ed notes on trans­porta­tion, en­er­gy, fi­nance tech­nol­o­gy, busi­nesslike drink­ing, women’s cloth­ing, Groovy, ex­cel­lent lamb-chop cur­ry, and a round red anoma­ly ...
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One Wheel · We went for ear­ly Sun­day din­ner at the ter­race at the Jeri­cho Sail­ing Club and then of course for a walk on the pier. On the pier was free en­ter­tain­men­t; Kris Holm was hav­ing a per­for­mance filmed. He claims to be the world’s best known Moun­tain Uni­cy­clist, a cat­e­go­ry that’s new to me. I got a few pic­tures ...
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Trillium Again · I said I wasn’t go­ing to post flow­ers ev­ery day but I un­load­ed the lit­tle cam­era and found this sub­dued tril­li­um ...
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My Other Office · In this space, I write of­ten enough to whine and bitch and moan about busi­ness trav­el, so I ought to give an oc­ca­sion­al tip of the hat to the parts that aren’t too bad ...
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(Last) FotD: April 22 Rhodo Overload · I still have a few flow­ers in the fold­er­s, but the back­log is most­ly cleared. I’ve al­ready run one pic­ture of pink rhodo­den­dron­s, but that day at the Botan­i­cal Gar­den pro­duced lot­s, and you just can’t have too many. So here are five more.
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FotD: April 21 Magnolia · The mag­no­lia looks bet­ter ev­ery day, with the leaves start­ing to fill in around the blos­som­s, which are pret­ty well at their peak. Yes, I take too many pic­tures of this tree; deal with it ...
 
FotD: April 20 Scarlet Tulip · Look­ing down from above, you could imag­ine parachut­ing in. But al­so check out the blue flash­es of forget-me-not in the back­ground.
 
Interop Impressions and Pix · We worked from noon till six Mon­day, and from 8:30 till the mid­dle of Tues­day; a lit­tle over twen­ty peo­ple in the room. I got the Ape talk­ing to a few and failed with a cou­ple of oth­er­s, but in those cas­es the prob­lems were im­ple­men­ta­tion glitch­es, not the pro­to­col. Sur­pris­es? I saw a cou­ple of servers that didn’t ac­cept Atom en­tries, just var­i­ous kinds of me­dia ob­ject­s. OK, I guess. Pleas­ant sur­pris­es: get­ting pret­ty well com­plete in­ter­op­er­a­tion with (on al­most the first try) Nikunj Mehta’s code and (after a bit of work) Kevin Beyer’s and James Snell’s. I’m run­ning a few shots of the event just be­cause I like tak­ing pic­tures of peo­ple. I’ll write an­oth­er piece draw­ing some tech­ni­cal con­clu­sion­s ...
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FotD: April 19 Grape Hyacinth · I didn’t know what this was when I post­ed, but on­ly took a few min­utes for Emi­ly van Lidth de Jeude (ooh, love­ly gar­den pix) to pro­vide the an­swer. They’re vol­un­teers in our flowerbed, back ev­ery spring ...
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FotD: April 18 Early Azaleas · This bush, Alex Waterhouse-Hayward told me up­on hear­ing its de­scrip­tion, is a Ja­panese Aza­lea; dis­tin­guished by van­ish­ing, when it’s in full bloom, be­hind a sol­id mass of blos­som­s. When so cov­ered it re­quires sub­stan­tial­ly greater skill than mine to pho­to­graph be­cause the all that red over­loads the cam­er­a. But at the mo­ment it’s tractable.
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FotD: April 17 Rhododendron Buds · When these open, they’ll be rhodo­den­drons and prob­a­bly very pale yel­low. Once again, two pic­tures, but quite a bit dif­fer­en­t. I find that I don’t re­al­ly have a word to de­scribe the colour ...
 
FotD: April 16 Tulips · Yel­low tulips with scar­let sprin­kles at the peak of their youth­ful beau­ty. I had two shots that I liked and was ag­o­niz­ing about which to run but hey, this is dig­i­tal, bits is free, right?
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FotD: April 15 Trillium · We have a lit­tle tril­li­um patch in the cor­ner of the yard in an an­gle of the cedar hedge where there’s not much di­rect light. This is a Pa­cif­ic North­west na­tive; I don’t know if it’s the same plant as Ontario’s provin­cial flow­er. I once threat­ened an­oth­er hu­man be­ing with death over this these flow­er­s ...
 
FotD: April 14 Pale Rhododendrons · After hav­ing shown this shot in yesterday’s Light­room rave, I guess I should give it pride of place in its own piece. Another Botanical-Garden cap­ture. I have a whole lot of rho­do shots but all the oth­ers are pink ...
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Lightroom Fanboy · I re­al­ly don’t of­ten use this space to blath­er on about how good some piece of com­mer­cial client-side closed-source soft­ware is, but, well... Adobe Light­room is a tru­ly great piece of work. Not on­ly is it just the thing for the se­ri­ous pho­tog­ra­pher, I think it may have ad­vanced the state of the GUI art ...
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FotD: April 13 Fallen Magnolias · Another shot from the botan­i­cal gar­den; the mag­no­lias there were fad­ing and those ones are hard to shoot even at their peak be­cause they’re on 50-foot-high trees. But the pink-on-brown un­der the trees was at­trac­tive to the eye as well.
 
FotD: April 12 A Different Daffodil · There are still lots of daf­fodils splash­ing their yel­lows around cheer­i­ly but they’re past their peak, and our attention’s turn­ing to the rho­dos and aza­leas and tulip­s. So this is by way of good-bye for 2007. When I was shoot­ing I didn’t even no­tice that one of the flow­ers was spe­cial.
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FotD: April 11 Wet Pink Rhododendron · On the week­end we took Mom, who’s vis­it­ing, to the UBC Botan­i­cal Gar­den. It had rained ear­li­er and the sky was most­ly grey. The mag­no­lias were past their peak but charm­ing; the rho­dos were just ramp­ing up their first wave of flow­er­s, most­ly wet that day ...
 
FotD: April 10 Camellias · I al­ways have trou­ble grow­ing camel­lias. Either I’m not giv­ing them enough love or there’s some­thing wrong with our soil; so the leaves and flow­ers turn brown. The oth­er day I was walk­ing through the neigh­bor­hood and there was this big (way taller than me) camel­lia bush that was just the pic­ture of glow­ing health; ev­ery leaf and flow­er seem­ing­ly per­fec­t.
 
FotD: April 9 Mom’s Amaryllis · Here we have an ex­ot­i­cal­ly back-lit Amaryl­lis ...
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FotD: April 8 Massed Daffodils · I found my­self quite tak­en, a cou­ple of weeks ago, by Shel­ley Powers’ il­lus­trat­ed ar­gu­ment that daf­fodils are best con­sid­ered en masse. Here’s my state­ment in sup­port of that propo­si­tion ...
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FotD: April 7 Magnolia · Some com­bi­na­tion of ar­riv­ing in Spring, think­ing about cam­eras, and ac­quir­ing Adobe Light­room has led to flower-filled pho­to fold­er­s. I was try­ing to think of a clever way to or­ga­nize them but couldn’t, so I’ll do a Flow­er of the Day till I run out. To­day, white mag­no­lia blos­som­s, black branch­es, blue sky.
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Shellflower V · I re­al­ly had fun with this one, and if you think you’re tired of these shell pic­tures, well maybe not just yet. [Series in­tro here.] ...
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Shellflower IV · Once again, scanned us­ing the Waterhouse-Hayward tech­nique, the ob­verse and re­verse of an erod­ed seashel­l. Of­fered on­ly to please your eye. [Series in­tro here.] ...
 
Maxed · I’ve been do­ing less tech­ni­cal writ­ing here re­cent­ly, the kind of stuff about the Web and Sun and so on that I think is why most peo­ple come vis­it. I think this is be­cause I’m get­ting deep­er in­to the Sun in­ter­nal ecosys­tem; mor­ph­ing from a wild-eyed guy cruis­ing the halls mut­ter­ing rad­i­cal ideas about REST and Ru­by and RSS, to be­ing up to my el­bows in some skunkworks and prod­ucts and com­mu­ni­ca­tions pro­gram­s. In an ide­al world this should re­sult, down the road, in some re­al­ly meaty pieces in this space. In the in­ter­im, I can post pic­tures and re­port on the cam­era mar­ket ...
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More Californipix · Another forty-eight hours in the Gold­en State, half of them rainy. I was look­ing around the Sun cam­pus for a cool rain shot I could call “Sun in the Rain” but struck out. I do have an in­ter­est­ing city pair and and a dan­ger­ous wet-pavement thing ...
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Dueling Daffodils · As I not­ed yes­ter­day, I was hav­ing no luck with pic­tures of daf­fodil­s. The prob­lem is that the out­er fringe of petals is so much lighter than the in­ner trum­pet that it’s hard to make the trum­pet look good with­out over-exposing the fringe. I’ve still got some ideas to ex­plore, but I am mak­ing pro­gress, I think ...
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Magnolia Raindrop · The rain let up about three and we got out to do a lit­tle prun­ing and gar­den­ing. The daf­fodils look good but I got some­thing wrong and even un­der a cloudy sky the yel­lows were too much for the Pen­tax. Hm­m. The mag­no­lia is maybe a week and a bit from show­ing blos­som­s ...
 
Travel Pix · I broke down and got a Canon A710 IS and, like the re­view­ers say, it doesn’t weigh much, it didn’t cost much, it has a great big zoom and seems to take OK pic­tures. There’s noth­ing very in­spir­ing about it and I would prob­a­bly have been will­ing to pay twice as much for some­thing with RAW and more in­ter­est­ing glass and so on, but ap­par­ent­ly the cam­era biz has walked away from the high-end com­pact ...
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Mashing with Mike · To­day we had that Mashup event at the Sun cam­pus with Mike Ar­ring­ton. There were some­where be­tween 100 and 200 peo­ple there; I had fun and learned things ...
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Shellflower III · Oo­h, I got the Waterhouse-Hayward tech­nique work­ing with the flatbed scan­ner; it’s won­der­ful! Check out what hap­pens when a dead mol­lusk col­lab­o­rates with sev­er­al years of in­tense sur­f. [Series in­tro here.] ...
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Shellflower II · Still haven’t de­bugged the scan­ner pro­cess, so this is an­oth­er Pen­tax/Tripod/Tam­ron shot. Series nar­ra­tive here. Dam­n, these are pret­ty shell­s ...
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Contrib: Cameras · Check out the com­ments on my high-end com­pact sur­vey for some re­al in­sight and ex­pe­ri­ence ...
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Shellflower I · At­ten­tive read­ers will re­mem­ber that in Jan­uary of this year, the fam­i­ly and I spent some time in Gipp­s­land, Aus­trali­a, in par­tic­u­lar on the beach at Cape Con­ran park. On the big beach there where they sur­f, you can find re­mark­able sea-shells. The pro­cess by which the waves slow­ly turn them to white sand is trans­par­ent here, as you can pick up all sorts of shells once cone-shaped which are erod­ing away, re­veal­ing in the pro­cess un­sus­pect­ed beau­ty of in­ter­nal struc­ture. They look like flow­er­s. I brought a bunch home and I’m try­ing to pho­to­graph them ...
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Characters in Grey · The grey is the sky, all we’ve had for some week­s, and the char­ac­ters are a closed shop’s sign be­com­ing a palimpses­t ...
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Photo Camp and High-End Compacts · At North­ern Voice, one of the best ses­sions was the Pho­to Camp; the on­ly prob­lem was that, at nine­ty min­utes, it was way too short. I did a lit­tle pre­sen­ta­tion on the state of the high-end-compact mar­ket (sum­ma­rized be­low), but as usu­al­ly hap­pens at an Un­con­fer­ence, I learned more than I taugh­t ...
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Camera Blues · Both my cam­eras are hav­ing prob­lems so I’m grumpy; I’m cheer­ing my­self up by watch­ing the digi­cam mar­ket, ap­pre­ci­at­ing what I have, and en­joy­ing flash pho­tog­ra­phy ...
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2007 Crocus Crop · Round about this time ev­ery year, pho­tos of lit­tle vi­o­let blos­soms start to show up in this space. I wor­ried that I might be re­peat­ing my­self, but how can post­ing spring flow­ers not be a good thing? ...
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The Jagged Edge of the World · Caught in pix­els for your, well, not plea­sure ex­act­ly. I’m talk­ing about the World Press Pho­to Con­test Winners’ Gallery. If you have any kind of a heart, there are pic­tures here that will tear holes in it. And some that are just in­sane­ly pret­ty. This year, par­ents of ba­bies might want to avoid look­ing at the “Spot News” cat­e­go­ry.
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Winter Streetlights · It’s been an in­cred­i­bly nasty win­ter so far, but this last week has been cold/bright, what Van­cou­ver gives you when it’s not grey/mild ...
 
How Many Pixels? · Now that you have a ten-megapixel cam­er­a, do you sneer at mis­er­able pe­ons like me who are still limp­ing along with a mere six or sev­en mil­lion? It turns out that you may not be get­ting the use of all the pix­els you’re pay­ing for. There’s an in­tense­ly tech­ni­cal de­bate be­tween Charles Sid­ney John­son and Nathan Myhrvold (yes, that Nathan Myhrvold) at The Lu­mi­nous Land­scape (boy, does that site ev­er wrap some beau­ti­ful pic­tures in some butt-ugly web de­sign). Frankly, I didn’t go slow­ly enough to fol­low all the math, but that’s OK, be­cause there’s a tu­to­ri­al called Diffrac­tion & Pho­tog­ra­phy over at Cam­bridge in Colour with a work­ing de­mo where you can see how crank­ing the f/-stop dec­i­mates your pix­el­s. Oh, and while we’re on things pho­to­graph­ic, here’s some ex­treme cam­era porn.
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Café · My lo­cal, in fac­t, where, if I added up all the cash spent on cof­fees in the course of a year, I’d prob­a­bly be shocked. Which is prob­a­bly why there are so many of them ...
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Mountain · The left-hand side of North Amer­i­ca has big moun­tain­s, many of them apt to erupt one of these cen­turies, at this time of year all snow-covered. This is one of them ...
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Aussie Snaps · The last of the beach pic­tures: weath­ered rocks at Cape Con­ran ...
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Aussie Snaps · Min­i­mal beach land­scape: grass, sky, gul­l ...
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Aussie Snaps · Skyscapes with eu­ca­lypt­s; one, in a sense, fire­lit ...
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Aussie Snaps · A farm scene in Gipp­s­land, with eu­ca­lypts and drought colours ...
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Aussie Snaps · A red ven­ti­la­tion fit­ting against blue and white sky ...
 
Aussie Snaps · This is the trunk of a paper-bark eu­ca­lyp­t ...
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Aussie Snaps · Two large-scale shots of the beach at French­es Nar­rows at Cape Con­ran park, with peo­ple fish­ing in­to the sur­f ...
 
Aussie Snaps · Red sea­weed on a beach in Cape Con­ran park ...
 
Aussie Snaps · The sun on sub­ur­ban shops on a qui­et morn­ing ...
 
Aussie Snaps · This is an­oth­er flow­er from Sally’s gar­den, an aga­pan­thus ...
 
Aussie Snaps · The moon over Mel­bourne on a de­light­ful South­ern Hemi­sphere sum­mer evening ...
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Williamstown · This Satur­day we took the train out to Wil­liamstown, a wa­ter­front neigh­bor­hood near where we’re stay­ing. We found its charm con­sid­er­able de­spite the pu­trid weath­er, a unique­ly Aus­tralian com­bi­na­tion of grey skies, high tem­per­a­ture, and howl­ing wind ...
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Aussie Snaps · We took the kids to Mel­bourne Zoo, which is OK if in parts too old-fashioned (but the Australian-animals sec­tion is fine). I find zoo an­i­mals kind of de­press­ing so I usu­al­ly don’t take pic­tures. But there was an at­trac­tive red-headed black duck swim­ming in murky wa­ter with its ba­by chicks—a vol­un­teer I think, not a zoo animal—and they were too cute to re­sist ...
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Aussie Snaps · Two ran­dom ros­es from Sally’s front yard in New­port, a sub­urb of Mel­bourne ...
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Aussie Snaps · My writ­ing en­er­gy here in Aus­tralia is about ful­ly oc­cu­pied by a writ­ing as­sign­ment I took on for O’Reilly; de­tails when there’s some­thing to point to. How­ev­er, lots of pic­tures are oc­cur­ring. To­day, Mel­bourne, in­side the Vic­to­ria Mar­ket butch­er sec­tion, ear­ly on a Sun­day New Year’s Eve morn­ing ...
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Christmas Pictures · Another Christ­mas in the bo­som of the fam­i­ly; we got all of Jean Bray’s chil­dren, their spous­es, and her grand­chil­dren to­geth­er, which we don’t man­age of­ten enough, in Cal­gar­y. Like many oth­er­s, I find with ev­ery year that pass­es that the peo­ple seem more im­por­tan­t, the eat­ing and drink­ing and so on less; but I got an out­stand­ing pre­sen­t ...
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East Second · A pic­ture of a derelict build­ing on 2nd Av­enue east of Main in Van­cou­ver, which is an in­ter­est­ing neigh­bor­hood ...
 
Damage · The tree doc­tor came by this morn­ing and gave us the bad news; the wounds were fa­tal. So the plum tree, the one Maryam said grew the best plums she’d ev­er eat­en, pic­tured here and here, will be fire­wood ear­ly next year ...
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The Colours of Snow · We’ve had a lot of snow and and a long freeze to keep it on the ground. All those shades of white and grey pulled the cam­era out of my pock­et as much as any sum­mer day’s flow­er­s, this year ...
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Photobits · There’s been much jaw­ing about David Pogue’s claim in the New York Times that 5 megapix­els is enough. He didn’t just claim it, he claims to have proved it. I think he may have a point, but the qual­i­ty of ev­i­dence is crap­py. First of al­l, he doesn’t say where the 13MP pic­ture came from (prob­a­bly a pret­ty high-end cam­er­a), nor how he photo-reduced it (Pho­toShop and friends have all sorts of smart anti-aliasing), nor how the print en­larg­ing was done (are the re­sults com­pa­ra­ble to the ones you’re go­ing to get at your lo­cal print-shop?) It would have been way more in­ter­est­ing if he’d tak­en a two carefully-composed pic­tures, one with a 5MP cam­era and one with a big­ger one, had them both photo-enlarged at the near­est drug-store, and com­pared those. Al­so, he ig­nores a re­al ad­van­tage of hav­ing more pix­el­s; you can crop a pic­ture way down to fo­cus on the in­ter­est­ing parts and still have enough pix­els to look good. Weird­ly, he al­so fails to point out the down­side of big­ger pic­tures; they’re slow­er to trans­fer, ed­it, and dis­play on-screen. So this is hard­ly a tri­umph of jour­nal­is­m. In this week’s oth­er photo-news, the much-ballyhooed Le­ica M8, maybe the world’s most ex­pen­sive con­sumer digi­cam, turns out to have qual­i­ty is­sues. I still want one; but that would be un­for­giv­ably self-indulgent, I’ll on­ly award my­self one as a prize, say if I man­age to bring peace to the Mid­dle East, or (even tougher) make my Ru­by pars­er go fast.
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Brutal · That bad weath­er I wrote about a cou­ple weeks ago is still bad, the ba­by and I are both sick; things could be lots worse but com­plain­ing is a sa­cred hu­man right. With pic­tures ...
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A Light · A pho­to­graph of a light ...
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Bad Weather · You don’t re­al­ly ex­pect much from the weath­er up here in the Novem­ber Pa­cif­ic North­west, but boy, it’s been bru­tal. We’re way past the av­er­age rain­fall for the month and we’ll prob­a­bly set a record; enough Wed­nes­day to dump land­slides in­to the reser­voirs and now we’re all drink­ing boiled wa­ter. Trees down in the wind, and a four-story steel-frame build­ing un­der con­struc­tion. No­body hurt on that one—it was at night—but you got­ta feel sor­ry for the guys who showed up to work on the site in the morn­ing. I took a pic­ture out­side my of­fice ...
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Stimulating Pictures · I don’t know why this tick­les me so much, but it does: on­go­ing is get­ting a cou­ple of thou­sand vis­its a week from peo­ple search­ing for “tea” or “cup of coffee” on Google Images. The piece en­ti­tled, well, Tea, is num­ber one! And for “cup of coffee”, A Damn Fine Cup of Cof­fee is #5. In­ter­est­ing­ly, nei­ther of them show up any­where near the top in the image-search func­tions of ei­ther Ya­hoo! or Microsoft’s Live Search. In fac­t, typ­ing those words in and see­ing what the three en­gines pro­duce is kind of in­ter­est­ing (Live Search no­tably in­cludes ac­tress Téa Leone).
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Frankfurt Verticals · This week I saw quite a bit of Frank­furt and for some rea­son all the in­ter­est­ing pic­tures were of tall things ...
 
München · That lo­cal spelling is nicer than the ug­ly English “Munich”; the even ugli­er air­port code is MUC. It’s a rich, shiny, gleam­ing place ...
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Lost Souls, Documented · On Satur­day night I marched in the Pa­rade of the Lost Souls. It was a thrilling evening; I came home ex­haust­ed, sore, and hap­py. It was al­so ex­treme­ly well-documented. [Up­date: Another write-up.] ...
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Autumn Leaves · At RubyCon­f, a per­son I’d nev­er met be­fore said “You should be run­ning more pictures” and he was right, for some rea­son the cam­era hasn’t leapt out of my pock­et as read­i­ly in re­cent times. But to­day I was walk­ing down to the store and there was this tree with the sun be­hind it and the leaves just reached in and pulled the cam­era out ...
 
Ubuntu Baby · What hap­pened was, we had Kerith over to take some re­al fam­i­ly por­traits (they came out great) and when I scanned her neg­a­tives, there were gi­ga­bytes of pix­els that I didn’t re­al­ly want to copy around the net­work, so I thought I’d drop ’em on a DVD. This frag­ment com­bines Open Source serendip­i­ty, Microsoft-bashing, and adorable ba­by pho­tog­ra­phy ...
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Sorry Pedro, Hello Vera · Creative de­struc­tion, I think is what they call it ...
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Pilings · On the week­end, we vis­it­ed Steve­ston, a touristy lit­tle wa­ter­front town in the south sub­urb­s. It’s got some mildly-interesting shop­ping and a lot of good food. Some of the restau­rants are el­e­gan­t, but we pre­fer Pajo’s; fish & chips on a float­ing dock at the west end of town. Good fish & chips are not that easy to find. The wa­ter­front was for­mer­ly in­dus­tri­al (fish-canning most­ly) and is be­com­ing recre­ation­al/res­i­den­tial. But there are a lot of old wood­en pil­ings left in in the wa­ter ...
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Size Matters · 1700m­m, 256kg. That’d be the Zeiss Apo Son­nar T* 4/1700. Oh my good­ness gra­cious.
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‘Waterlily’ Autumn Crocus · We came back from the Botan­i­cal Gar­den with pic­tures; along with that Gun­nera, there was this dra­mat­ic pink flow­er that I want­ed to run but couldn’t re­mem­ber what it was, so I asked Daniel Mosquin, the main man be­hind Botany Pho­to of the Day, and he told me; it has two pret­ty names, of which one ap­pears above ...
 
Autumnal Gunnera · We paid a very nice vis­it to the ex­cel­lent folks at the UBC Botan­i­cal Gar­den and I got a pic­ture of a re­mark­able plan­t ...
 
Portobello West Colours · What hap­pened was, I was lis­ten­ing to the pod­cast from CBC ra­dio 3 and there was this great track from some­thing called Lo­la Dutron­ic (@ MyS­pace); I emailed the dis­trib­u­tor and all the record stores they sent me to were sold out, but he said they’d have a stand at Vancouver’s new-ish Por­to­bel­lo West mar­ket, so I dropped by and they were sold out there too, but I to­tal­ly rec­om­mend the mar­ket. There were some deeply cool clothes and oth­er odd­ments; I bought some can­dles and just avoid­ed a cou­ple of shirt­s. And al­so cap­tured some se­ri­ous colour with the cam­er­a ...
 
Carmel-by-the-sea · The coast­line near Carmel, Cal­i­for­nia is re­mark­ably beau­ti­ful. And for pho­tog­ra­pher­s, some gad­get porn ...
 
Angry Cow · What hap­pened was, I was strolling in the pas­ture try­ing to get a cam­era an­gle on a hill across the road and I just about stepped on this cow that was sleep­ing in the long grass with her calf. We were both sur­prised ...
 
Hay Bales · In mid-August Saskatchewan, the first crop of hay bales is out in the field­s ...
 
White Rock Dock · Cen­tral Van­cou­ver is about 50km north of the U.S. bor­der. Down at the bor­der, on the seaside, is the town of White Rock, which has a beach ex­tend­ing right to the edge of Amer­i­ca, a tra­di­tion­al pier, and a whole lot of restau­rants. I’ve been liv­ing here most­ly for over twen­ty years and nev­er vis­it­ed it, so we did, and I took some pic­tures off the pier. There ac­tu­al­ly is a White Rock; I have no pic­tures of that, but I do have an international-boundary shot ...
 
Kite Boy · A pho­to­graph of a boy fly­ing a kite, in Saskatchewan ...
 
Granddaughter and Snake · Here’s a re­mark­able pho­to­graph from Alex Waterhouse-Hayward.
 
Columbia Industrial · Last week at OSCON, I had din­ner down­town with David Van Cou­ver­ing and then we walked over the Steel Bridge to the con­fer­ence. We were wor­ried about mak­ing it there for the open­ing ses­sion, and the wind was howl­ing so I was wor­ried about los­ing my hat, but there was a pho­to op. [Up­dates: an ex­pla­na­tion and an­oth­er pho­to.] ...
 
Ubuntu Gimp Intelligence · Wel­l, I was go­ing to have to do it some­time. I got out the USB ca­ble and plugged the cam­era in­to the Ubun­tu box, not ex­pect­ing much ...
 
Pale Blue to the Max · There aren’t that many re­al­ly great pale blue flow­er­s; the ob­ject of the game for the plant is to at­tract the bugs’ at­ten­tion, which is tough if you blend with the sky. Hy­drangeas are a no­table ex­cep­tion. Shot with a new cam­era se­tup, too ...
 
Pretty Cloud · Just a pic­ture of some pret­ty clouds over a moun­tain from an air­plane, with a mild­ly fun­ny sto­ry ...
 
FSS: Brothers · Fri­day Slide Scan #33 is from ear­ly 1962; it fea­tures my bare bot­tom ...
 
Canada Day Fireworks · The on­ly sub­stan­tial show in Van­cou­ver this year was at Nat Bai­ley, the minor-league ball­park ten blocks from home, much written-about in this space. Since Canada’s birth­day is al­so my son’s we took him along and let him stay til the end to see them. They aren’t the world’s biggest fire­work­s, but the in­ti­ma­cy you get in a lit­tle park like that is hard to beat, and noth­ing im­proves the en­joy­ment of the fire­works ex­pe­ri­ence so much as hav­ing a kid along. Now I’m go­ing to waste your band­width with six dif­fer­ent fire­works pic­tures, none ex­hibit­ing any photo-realism ...
 
Raccoontongue · In the neighbors’ back yard there’s an im­mense cher­ry tree; some­one told me it was a left­over from the or­chard that was here be­fore the hous­es were built, but ours was built in 1919 and it’s hard to be­lieve the tree’s that old. Any­how, the cherries—as is com­mon with old fruit trees—are prob­a­bly not that tasty any more, but we don’t know be­cause they’re way up there and hard to come at, and the wildlife get them first. This evening in the late sun there were two rac­coons hav­ing cher­ries for din­ner, and I got a cou­ple of pic­tures ...
 
38 Weeks · Every­thing hap­pens at on­ce. The preg­nan­cy draws heav­i­ly to its end, the house is be­ing ren­o­vat­ed (we need an­oth­er room), the kid’s in base­ball play­offs and re­hears­ing for his sum­mer fes­ti­val and school is wind­ing down. Work’s busy, too ...
 
FSS: Double Wedding · Fri­day Slide Scan #32 is an early-nineties pic­ture of a wed­ding. It’s not a dou­ble wed­ding, but it is a dou­ble ex­po­sure ...
 
Underground, Invitation, Le kick and rush · I won­der if there’s any re­al ben­e­fit, when some­one whom I’ve al­ready high­light­ed writes some­thing ex­cep­tion­al­ly good, in point­ing to them again and say­ing “read this!” But some­times you can’t not do it. Item: my broth­er Rob on the joy of un­der­ground high ex­plo­sives. Item: Alex Waterhouse-Hayward on Ana Vic­to­ria (o­h, my). For my last link you’ll have to be able to read a lan­guage some­what but not en­tire­ly un­like French; Mon­di­al 2006 is the World Cup 2006 blog from Libération ; its tor­rent of high-velocity low-rent French baf­fles me in places, and it doesn’t help that I’m not 100% au fait with les Bleus, but you have to like pieces like Panini, beer & Co.
 
California Poppy · Th­ese are hap­py things, per­haps not the world’s most re­fined flow­er; mod­est in size, they come in cheery or­ange, cheery yel­low, and the oc­ca­sion­al white ...
 
Sink · A pho­to­graph of a bath­room fix­ture ...
 
FSS: Domestic Bliss · Fri­day Slide Scan #31 is a 1992 fire­side shot, with a can­dle and a se­cret added bonus ...
 
FSS: Avebury · Fri­day Slide Scan #30 is from a 1988 vis­it to Ave­bury, a place in Eng­land with stand­ing stones, not too far from Stone­henge and a much nicer place to vis­it ...
 
Dumbarton · This is the name of the south­ern­most bridge across San Fran­cis­co Bay. At the west end is our Men­lo Park cam­pus, where I usu­al­ly work while I’m here, and at the east end is Ne­wark, a salt-mining town, where I usu­al­ly stay. So I’ve driv­en across that bridge a lot, usu­al­ly in a hur­ry, of­ten not­ing that there’s a walk­ing trail at one end and a wildlife refuge at the oth­er. Yes­ter­day I stopped at both. Here­with the pic­tures, with re­marks on tequi­la and hel­l ...
 
FSS: The Rim Again · Fri­day Slide Scan #29 re­vis­its Pa­cif­ic Rim Na­tion­al Park; if you like these you’ll like the pre­vi­ous vis­it­s: #20, #21, and #23. This time we have a storm shot and a sand shot ...
 
Raintulip · Spring en­cour­ages the tulips and then the rain damp­ens them. Wet or dry they’re fine by me ...
 
Spring in White on White · Most peo­ple would gen­er­al­ly pre­fer a cli­mate where it’s bright and warm most of the time. But for Cana­di­ans and oth­ers who live where it’s not, there are com­pen­sa­tion­s, and one is the ex­pe­ri­ence of spring. I have a pic­ture ...
 
Jacobs, Pictures, Spartans · Jane Ja­cobs died; the city I live in, Van­cou­ver, is pret­ty solid­ly Ja­cob­sian both in its cur­rent shape and its plan­ning dog­ma. By choos­ing to live here I’m em­pir­i­cal­ly a fan. Oddly, few have re­marked how great Ja­cobs looked; her face com­mand­ed the eye. Which leads me Alex Waterhouse-Hayward’s won­der­ful Jane Ja­cobs & Vive­ca Lind­fors; sur­pris­ing por­traits and thoughts on dec­o­ra­tion. W-H’s blog has be­come one of on­ly two or three that I stab at ex­cit­ed­ly when­ev­er I see some­thing new. For ex­am­ple, see Sex Crimes, Homi­cide and Drugs and yes, that’s what it’s about. Stay­ing with the death-and-betrayal the­me, and ap­par­ent­ly (but not re­al­ly) shift­ing back 2½ mil­len­ni­a, see John Cowan’s The War (after Si­monides), be­ing care­ful to look close­ly at the links. I’ve writ­ten about those same wars.
 
FSS: Pink Flowers · Fri­day Slide Scan #28 is two Eight­ies flo­ral­s, one in­te­ri­or, one ex­te­ri­or. With a con­fes­sion ...
 
Spring Pix · Three pic­tures around Van­cou­ver; one of a fresh green spring­time tree, two of rot­ten old build­ings be­ing torn down ...
 
Picture Frames · On this va­ca­tion, giv­en that Lau­ren is sev­en months preg­nan­t, we picked some­thing that was low-stress and low-adventure (s­tart­ing with the lo­ca­tion; there’s a di­rect Vancouver-to-Kona flight). I like loung­ing by the pool and sam­pling the lo­cal bev­er­ages as much as any­one, but with a deadline-free week, I al­so found time for some recre­ation­al pro­gram­ming. The re­sult is some­thing I call “Framer”, which gen­er­ates bor­ders and/or drop shad­ows for im­ages in most pop­u­lar for­mat­s. It writes PNGs with vari­able al­pha chan­nel so the drop shad­ows will look OK on any col­or back­ground. It has some op­tions and you’re free to use it, but it’s not problem-free and un­less there’s a lot of in­ter­est I’m not go­ing to open-source it. Il­lus­trat­ed with groovy Big Is­land sun­set pho­to­s ...
 
The Big Island · I’m good at va­ca­tion­ing; sleep a cou­ple hours ex­tra ev­ery night, lose all am­bi­tion, dis­con­nect from work. Here are some pho­tos from the Big Is­land, which is a good va­ca­tion spot, and re­marks on: palm trees, re­sort main­te­nance and eco­nomic­s, bad cloth­ing, lava, the size of things, where to buy fish, beer, fly­ing with the kid, weath­er fore­cast­s, Kailua-Kona and sea turtles ...
 
FSS: Hawai’i · Fri­day Slide Scan #27, like #26, has two twenty-year-old pho­tos from Hawai’i, the Big Is­land; but un­like last week, these are or­di­nary pretty-plant pic­tures. Like last week, I picked them be­cause we’re go­ing to be spend­ing the a week there, leav­ing to­mor­row, April 1. If any­one I know is go­ing to be there too, let’s get to­geth­er for a Mai Tai ...
 
Tea · I’m try­ing to stay on top of one or two too many things and feel­ing kind of stressed out, so I thought I’d post a pic­ture of a tea ser­vice ...
 
Explore Mars · Pop on over to NASA’s Mars Re­con­nais­sance Or­biter site and grab a copy of this 20048-by-9500 Mar­tian Land­scape (that link is to a page of al­ter­na­tives, not the im­age it­self, it’s safe to fol­low). Then drop it in­to your fa­vorite photo-browsing application—the de­tail is remarkable—and go for a walk around Mars.
 
FSS: Hawai’i · Fri­day Slide Scan #26 has two twenty-year-old pho­tos from Hawai’i, the Big Is­land; un­usu­al­ly for such pho­tog­ra­phy, nei­ther in­cludes the ocean, nor any flow­er­s, nor any plants even; there’s one non-native an­i­mal. They’re pret­ty enough, and that island’s in my mind be­cause we’re go­ing to be spend­ing the a week there start­ing next Sun­day, April 2nd. If any­one I know is go­ing to be there too, let’s get to­geth­er for a Mai Tai ...
 
Sleeping Giants · Via Dave Le­men, a rather beau­ti­ful an­i­mat­ed pho­to es­say on the Ko­dak site.
 
Pink to the Max · As not­ed else­where to­day, we vis­it­ed the UBC Botan­i­cal Gar­den, and on­ly the ear­ly rhodo­den­drons and a few mag­no­lias were in bloom. I didn’t get any good rho­do shot­s, but with mag­no­lias you can’t mis­s. If ex­treme den­si­ties of the colour pink both­er you, please stay away; but these are some aw­ful­ly great-looking flow­er­s ...
 
Jon and the Minotaur · Jon Bosak (fa­ther of XML, ter­rif­ic pho­tog­ra­pher, good per­son, etc.) was in Van­cou­ver for some meet­ings hav­ing to do with UBL (and be warned, there’s go­ing to be some more UBL tub-thumping around here), and en­coun­tered a mon­ster ...
 
Botanical Garden: Textures · We vis­it­ed the UBC Botan­i­cal Gar­den to­day be­cause we had a vis­i­tor in town—more on that anon—and I got, among oth­er things, two in­ter­est­ing tex­ture shot­s ...
 
Snow, Death, Verticals · This trip is sup­posed to be for Spring Break, but in Saskatchewan, Spring hasn’t ar­rived yet. It’s been hit­ting -20°C at night, with the wind brisk; that’s a nasty com­bi­na­tion. Wel­l, you don’t come here for the weath­er, but the pho­to opps have been scarce too; the March light, un­til Fri­day, was al­ter­nate­ly hazy and harsh. Here­with four pic­tures of snow ...
 
1921 Church · Here are three shots of the old­est Swedish Luther­an church in Canada, which you’ll find down a side road off a side road that doesn’t go any­where else ...
 
Saskatchewan · It’s Spring Break, so we’re in Saskatchewan with the kid vis­it­ing his grand­moth­er­s. I’ll be out at Lauren’s Mom’s farm for the next three days with lousy In­ter­net ac­cess. This is part­ly by de­sign; I am se­ri­ous­ly be­hind on my Ja­va One de­liv­er­ables and a day or two hid­ing up­stairs at the far­m, away from the Net, while Lau­ren hangs out with her moth­er and the kid with the an­i­mal­s, may help get me caught up. In the in­ter­im, here are three very Saskatchewan pho­to­s ...
 
FSS: Casablanca Eclipse · Fri­day Slide Scan #25 has two pic­tures of a par­tial eclipse of the sun over Casablan­ca, Moroc­co ...
 
Salem · On Fri­day morn­ing I flew down to Port­land, drove to Salem, and helped out with a Sun sales pre­sen­ta­tion to the state gov­ern­ment from 10AM to 5PM. I don’t get to do many sales calls which is a pity be­cause I love them. I prob­a­bly shouldn’t queer the pitch by go­ing in­to de­tails (I will if we get the busi­ness, be­cause it’s in­ter­est­ing), but I have to say that the state-government peo­ple we were pitch­ing to had smart ques­tions and were en­dear­ing­ly ob­ses­sive about the ap­pli­ca­tion; and I would be too in their po­si­tion, it’s one of the Things That Mat­ter­s. I flew home out of PDX that same evening and damn was I tired. But the State Capi­tol is worth look­ing at, so I took a cou­ple of pic­tures ...
 
Busy Pix · Wel­l, I didn’t have time to do the Fri­day Slide Scan, and I’m not go­ing to fit the 5✭♫ for Mon­day in ei­ther; just too much hap­pen­ing. So I thought I’d post a cou­ple of random—ex­treme­ly random—pictures ...
 
Picture of a Switchblade · My fa­vorite pho­tog­ra­pher, Alex Waterhouse-Hayward, has launched a blog, and very beau­ti­ful it is. Alex is a writer, too; con­sid­er Nicolás Guillén and the Switch­blade, from whence: “You will need this sevil­lana (switch­blade) and so that it will open swift­ly I am giv­ing you this lit­tle bot­tle of whale oil. Whale oil is the best... ”
 
FSS: Cypress Hills Again · Fri­day Slide Scan #24 is a shot that should have ap­peared in FSS #6: Cy­press Hills; it caught my eye when I was go­ing through the files and it is, if you like the Prairies, just too pret­ty to skip. As a bonus, there’s a Prairie sto­ry of jail­break and high­way ter­ror ...
 
OSBC Pix · I un­load­ed the pix from cam­era and there were a cou­ple from the OSBC trip last week, which gives me an ex­cuse to say a cou­ple more words about the con­fer­ence, Mi­crosoft, and copy­blog­ging ...
 
FSS: Wood in Black and White · Fri­day Slide Scan #23 is an­oth­er December-1985 Pa­cif­ic Rim shot; the wood is drift­wood, most of its colour bleached out ...
 
FSS: Zürich and Yvoire · Fri­day Slide Scan #22 is two pic­tures from 1990, Zürich at dusk and old stones in Yvoire. I have some his­to­ry with Zürich ...
 
Crocuses! · Reg­u­lar read­ers have been putting up with quite a bit of whin­ing about the end­less weeks of sol­id rain. Wel­l, that seems to have blown it­self out with a bang, and the sun rose this Sun­day morn­ing. It turns out that all that rainy weath­er was al­so kind of war­m, and the first flow­ers were more than ready to show their faces ...
 
FSS: Rim Details · Fri­day Slide Scan #21, like last week’s, is De­cem­ber 1986 pho­tographs from Pa­cif­ic Rim Na­tion­al Park. Th­ese are on a small­er scale: a seashell and a leaf ...
 
FSS: The Rim · Fri­day Slide Scan #20 has four sam­ples from in 1985-86 in Pa­cif­ic Rim Na­tion­al Park. Th­ese are pic­tures of the very Rim it­self ...
 
FSS: Feather, Gauze, Vase · Fri­day Slide Scan #19 is from around 1990 and is well-described by this fragment’s ti­tle; it’s re­al­ly very pret­ty ...
 
Surprising the Eye · What hap­pened was, I was speak­ing at a con­fer­ence, shar­ing the stage with the Chair­man of the SEC (by video) and (in the flesh) the SEC’s CIO and the FDIC’s Deputy CIO. No point­ers be­cause it de­serves se­ri­ous cov­er­age. For the oc­ca­sion, I (ob­vi­ous­ly) wore my best custom-made Ital­ian suit (grey) and an understated-but-strong tie (most­ly blue), along with my dap­per new Bailey’s fe­do­ra. Then I took off for two heavy-geek meet­ings at Sun cam­pus­es and a vis­it to Tech­no­rati. When I pulled in­to the Sun park­ing lot, I thought about pulling the tie off and the jeans on but de­cid­ed it would do ’em good to see a geek in a suit, and I have to say I got as many blank-faced WTF-is-this looks as any­one could wan­t. But then, at the end of all my meet­ings, while I was trudg­ing down a SoMa street to my alarmingly-huge Avis van ($20 in gas for a day go­ing up & down Route 101; dear Amer­i­ca, something’s wrong), I saw some­thing re­al­ly alarm­ing ...
 
Football, Beans, Sunshine, Sex · What hap­pened was, we had some friends over for the Sun­day foot­ball games, and the day turned out very pleas­ant­ly in a bunch of ways; here­with an il­lus­trat­ed nar­ra­tive ...
 
FSS: Roads · Fri­day Slide Scan #18 is from my Dad’s “Roads” cat­e­go­ry; three pic­tures span­ning three coun­tries, two con­ti­nents, and two decades ...
 
Bound for Glory · Not sure where I got the point­er from, but check out this US Li­brary of Congress ex­hi­bi­tion of rare colour pho­tographs from 1939-43.
 
Pictures of Not Much · I’ve used “prognosticator” as a veiled in­sult, just be­cause it sounds so nasty. Last year I played that game though, in a post with a ti­tle like this one’s; now it’s a qui­et New Year’s Eve (we’re tired and have a big day to­mor­row), so why not con­sid­er last year the start of a tra­di­tion? So let’s look back and see how I did last year, then try again. And again toss in some pret­ty pic­tures of not much ...
 
FSS: Lichens · Fri­day Slide Scan #17 is from Au­gust 1971, fea­tur­ing lichens from Mount Le­banon ...
 
Vibrator Repairs · Re­cent­ly my Mom and I found our­selves driv­ing around in an in­dus­tri­al sub­di­vi­sion of Burn­a­by when we ran across this, which I think is worth re­pro­duc­ing ...
 
Christmas Eve · Three pic­tures and a fa­mous sto­ry ...
 
Frosty Leaves · We had a week or two of clear bright cold (well, down to -3°C or so) weath­er; each morn­ing each leaf was limned frost-white ...
 
That Kind of Christmas · Be­ing a pho­to­graph of a poster glued to a lamp-post out­side my of­fice ...
 
Yellow House · It’s been bright and cold the last cou­ple of days in Van­cou­ver, and at 49°N., the sun nev­er gets that high, which makes for strong shad­ows wher­ev­er you look. I walk by this yel­low house on my way to work ev­ery day ...
 
ApacheCon Report · Here­with some notes and pix from ApacheCon 2005. Sum­ma­ry: ses­sions laid-back, hall­ways good, par­ties in­tense ...
 
From Nob Hill · I stayed a night last week at a ho­tel on on Nob Hill in San Fran­cis­co which was on­ly OK so it gets no link, but my room was on the nine­teenth floor look­ing south, and the Fog­town morn­ing air and the vista’s breadth were way too much for my lit­tle pock­et cam­er­a, but a cou­ple are worth pub­lish­ing any­how just be­cause they’re fun to look at ...
 
FSS: Henna Hand · Fri­day Slide Scan #16 is from Ju­ly 1983 and is la­beled “Loni MM, hand paint­ed: henna” ...
 
Pix You Like · The idea of the lit­tle pic­ture on the right side of the screen, aside from the fact that it pleas­es my eye, is that it’s sup­posed to tempt you in­to wan­der­ing in­to the back rooms here at on­go­ing. So, does it work? Not very well; there’ve been twenty-five thou­sand or so such vis­its since on­go­ing launched in 2003. It’s even­ly dis­tribut­ed; the top ar­ti­cle so vis­it­ed got 476 and the tenth most pop­u­lar 284. The ten on­go­ing frag­ments most vis­it­ed via the lit­tle pic­ture are What Ja­pan Looks Like, Cal­i­for­nia Wed­ding, Lustre-Lustrous, Javapo­lis Jet-lag, Warm Wind Off the Ocean, Dy­nam­ic Ja­va, The Is­land Rose Trip: Day Two, Foo Camp 2004, More Pa­tent Fun­nies, and Genx Sta­tus. Un­sur­pris­ing­ly, most of them have lots of pic­tures, ex­cept for the last, which has on­ly one.
 
Old Chinatown · This morn­ing took us down to old Chi­na­town on a shop­ping mis­sion. We don’t live that far away but it’d been a while; I’d for­got­ten its cheer­ful grub­by in­ten­si­ty, and you can get some bar­gain­s. With a Cantonese-food lamen­t ...
 
FSS: Swirl · Fri­day Slide Scan #15 is a pic­ture of, uh, well, I’m not sure what it is. The oth­er night I scanned through the rel­a­tive­ly small num­ber of sur­viv­ing slides that Dad had clas­si­fied as “Art”, which we’ll be min­ing for the next two or three fri­days. Rea­son­able peo­ple might dis­agree about whether this is “Art”, but it is kind of pret­ty ...
 
On the Naming of Roses · I have on sev­er­al oc­ca­sions linked to the UBC Botan­i­cal Gar­den Botany Pho­to of the Day (“In sci­ence, beau­ty. In beau­ty, sci­ence. Daily”), and while Lau­ren and I did help by en­cour­ag­ing them to launch, I would have done this any­way, just be­cause it’s great. Yesterday’s en­try, en­ti­tled Rosa ‘Harwanna’, is out­stand­ing, both for the ethe­re­al rose pho­to, not tak­en with a cam­er­a, and for its dis­cus­sion of the in­ter­sec­tion of in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty and flow­er names. Did you know that flow­ers can be patent­ed? And fur­ther, trade­marked? And fur­ther, that these prac­tices dam­age our abil­i­ty to talk about flow­er­s? This en­try touch­es me at an un­can­ny num­ber of points: Alex Waterhouse-Hayward, the fea­tured artist, took the best pic­ture of me that any­one ev­er has, and the flow­er is named af­ter Jac­que­line du Pré!
 
Irises · The 30th was our ninth an­niver­sary, and I brought home flow­er­s ...
 
FSS: Fireworks, ’57-’61 · Fri­day Slide Scan #14 is four of Dad’s fire­works pic­tures, all over forty years old ...
 
Atlanta Abstracts · I was go­ing to call this “XML Abstracts” be­cause the rea­son we were in At­lanta was the XML 2005 con­fer­ence, which came off pret­ty well and which has been suf­fi­cient­ly re­port­ed else­where. I’ll write up my Why not to in­vent a new XML lan­guage as a big piece here some day. But in­stead, here are a cou­ple of pret­ty pic­tures of not much at all from At­lanta, plus an O’Hare in­ter­lop­er ...
 
FSS: Chipmunk and Lacy Dress · Fri­day Slide Scan #13 is a pic­ture of a squir­rel cadg­ing food from Lyn­ne, who was a good friend for a long time but we’ve lost touch with; you can’t see her face, but her sum­mer dress is re­mark­ably pret­ty. This was shot some­time around 1990, on va­ca­tion by the wa­ters of Ge­or­gian Bay, near Par­ry Sound. ...
 
Novemberlight · We’ve had bru­tal fall weath­er, re­peat­ed heavy rain & wind warn­ings, have had to shov­el rather than rake the fall­en leaves. But to­day that slant­ing win­ter sun came out and tempt­ed the photographer’s eye. Very Van­cou­ver. [Up­date: the next morn­ing, it’s pour­ing and grey. So if I snarl at you in an email or over the phone or what­ev­er, it’s early-onset Sea­son­al Af­fec­tive Disor­der at work.] ...
 
FSS: Baldini Sunset · Fri­day Slide Scan #12 is a pic­ture of a sun­set near Fort Ver­mil­ion, Al­ber­ta, which is way up north. It’s by my Dad, and while it’s pret­ty nice, it’s not his best, not even his best sun­set; but it’s the old­est I’ve scanned so far, dat­ing from 1953 ...
 
The Spirit Moving · Con­tain­ing three trav­el pho­tographs from Oc­t. 28, 2005, one enig­ma, an out-take from Ge­n­e­sis 1, and a tug­boat ...
 
A Pepper By Any Other Name · Two more nice au­tum­nal pho­tograph­s. One’s a rose and one isn’t ...
 
Red Berry Leaves · In our gar­den, there is noth­ing more in­tense than the col­or of the blue­ber­ry leaves come au­tum­n ...
 
Autumn Echinacea · Two pic­tures of dy­ing flow­er­s; I can’t think of a way to say “maybe you re­al­ly want to check these out” with­out sound­ing im­mod­est, but maybe you re­al­ly do ...
 
Autumn Eye Candy · This weekend’s been rain-free, which in late Septem­ber in Van­cou­ver is a no­table even­t. I have a ton of pic­tures, but let’s do them in lit­tle the­mat­ic chunks. This one is just dead veg­e­ta­tion ...
 
FSS: Dad, Rob, Bike · Fri­day Slide Scan #11 is from the sum­mer of 1964. It shows my Dad fix­ing my bike, with my broth­er Rob look­ing on. The lo­ca­tion is the Beka’a val­ley in Le­banon, so there’s some back-story ...
 
Extreme Low Tide · A cou­ple of week­ends back, we took a walk on the beach when the tide was way, way out and the sun clear and slant­ing ...
 
Slovenia From Above · Was just clean­ing out the cam­er­a, and there was this pho­to tak­en dur­ing the climb out of Ljubl­jana last week; it suf­fer­s, ob­vi­ous­ly, from be­ing tak­en with a pock­et cam­era through an air­plane win­dow, but is still kind of pret­ty ...
 
Memory · Tues­day evening and Wed­nes­day were in Ed­mon­ton, Al­ber­ta which, odd­ly, is kind of my home­town. I did a cou­ple of lec­tures and took pic­tures and dealt with un­ex­pect­ed sor­row. In this frag­ment we spend some qual­i­ty time with Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, con­sid­er whether elec­tron­ic doc­u­ments will out­live books or vice ver­sa, and con­clude with a co­nun­drum ...
 
Koper-Capodistria · It’s in Slove­nia, and its Slovene name is Kop­er, so why the hy­phen­ation? Wel­l, Capodis­tria is the Ital­ian ver­sion, and since the city is jammed right up against a cor­ner of Italy and there are lots of Ital­ians there, and it’s of­fi­cial­ly bilin­gual, the com­bined form feels about right. It’s a nice enough place, and I took lots of pic­tures ...
 
Prague Street-Lamps · It’s a tourist town, you see, but that’s OK; I come from one so I un­der­stand. Here­with Prague words and pic­tures ...
 
Check out Marlowe · Mar­lowe is a kit­ten and joined our fam­i­ly two weeks ago. Here­with some cute-kitten shots and sto­ries and al­so some kit­ten ethic­s ...
 
How To Shoot Flowers · The ad­mirable Botany Pho­to of the Day some­times takes a side-trip in­to pho­to tech­nique (as for ex­am­ple in today’s re­mark­able shot). A few weeks ago they point­ed to this les­son in light­ing tech­nique from Na­ture Pho­tog­ra­phers On­line Magazine; I sus­pect any­one who’s snuck up on a flow­er with a cam­era will find it in­ter­est­ing. Oddly though, I found that in that pho­to se­quence, I vast­ly pre­ferred the first, unim­proved, shot, with the sharpish shad­ows high­light­ing the petal tex­tures. What do you think?
 
Yellow Rose · It’s been far, far too long since I wrapped a frag­ment round a flow­er. That’s be­cause our sum­mer, and hence our gar­den, was gen­er­al­ly pret­ty ter­ri­ble here this year in Van­cou­ver; the ex­cep­tion be­ing a bumper crop of blue­ber­ries. Any­how, here we have a pic­ture of a yel­low rose blos­som and a cou­ple of bud­s, that’s al­l ...
 
Sorry, Kids · Start­ing way last year, I no­ticed oc­ca­sion­al fetch­es of the big ver­sions of the pic­tures here at on­go­ing from places like xan­ga, LiveJour­nal, and MyS­pace. Turns out it was most­ly teenage blog­gers us­ing my shots as back­ground im­ages, it seemed harm­less, but then the vol­ume went up and up and I did the arith­metic, and it was adding up to many gi­ga­bytes a mon­th. So I blocked ’em, but I feel a lit­tle sad; here­with some notes on who these kids are and what kind of pic­tures they like ...
 
Minor-League Epiphany · On Satur­day night, Septem­ber 10, 2005, the Van­cou­ver Cana­di­ans played the Spokane In­di­ans in Game 3 of the North­west League cham­pi­onship se­ries, tied 1-1. That’s Single-A bal­l, near the bot­tom of the pro-baseball heap, but it was quite an evening ...
 
i9900, Again · I don’t of­ten do straight prod­uct plugs here but I just spent some qual­i­ty time grind­ing out prints from the Prairies trip, and while I don’t have a deep knowl­edge of the com­pe­ti­tion, here’s the ul­ti­mate com­pli­men­t: The Canon i9900 makes me look like a much bet­ter pho­tog­ra­pher than I re­al­ly am, the prints are won­der­ful. Al­so, no set­up has­sles, on ei­ther OS X or Win­dows. Al­so, it works re­mark­ably fast.
 
Saskatchewan · While ev­ery­one else was off at those foo­bar camp­s, we spent the week­end (and will spend the week) in Saskatchewan, hang­ing out at the kid’s grandmothers’ places and most­ly still work­ing, but in in a dif­fer­ent kind of to­pog­ra­phy. Saskatchewan is a good place for tak­ing pic­tures ...
 
Don’t Feed the Bears · Just some pret­ty pic­tures, that’s all folk­s, noth­ing here to think about, move right along. In­clud­ing, along with the ti­tle shot, one AFS, one AFSF, and a plum in a dishrack ...
 
Crane on Hastings · I took this weeks ago and liked the ge­om­e­try, but the pic­ture was still a lit­tle on the bor­ing side. So I aban­doned pho­toin­tegri­ty and jammed the Pho­toShop con­trols all the way over. Which, among oth­er things, cov­ers up the col­lat­er­al dam­age from the War on Drugs ...
 
Donkeys · We vis­it­ed The Don­key Sanc­tu­ary in Devon; it’s a nice place, fol­low that link and read all about it, and if you’re any­where near, drop on by. But this en­try is just two cute don­key pic­tures, that’s al­l; no larg­er lessons or tech­nol­o­gy metaphors. [Mal­colm Rowe writes to let me know that “Devonshire” is at best book lan­guage, at worst ignorant-tourist talk. So “Devon” it is; any­how short­er is bet­ter.] ...
 
Lyme Light · Our long English week­end was al­most en­tire­ly un­lit by sun; but the colours and light of that coun­try­side are worth look­ing at, even with grey over­head. This small photo-essay fea­tures Lyme Regis, a like­able kind of place ...
 
Wet College Shakespeare Flowers · After a rain­storm in the Fellows’ Gar­den at Wad­ham Col­lege, Ox­ford ...
 
Impure Art · Here­with two pret­ty outdoor-summer shot­s, one fea­tur­ing a hum­ble spoon. Dear read­er, my mo­tives are not en­tire­ly pure; I have in my hands a be­ta re­lease of an ac­tu­al Atom 1.0 news­read­er, and, well, yes, I’m de­bug­ging. But stil­l, that spoon shot is one of my pret­ti­est ev­er, I think ...
 
Summer Things · Ear­ly sum­mer has been so undis­tin­guished­ly grey that I was con­sid­er­ing declar­ing a uni­lat­er­al case of SAD in Ju­ly, but fi­nal­ly we’re see­ing some re­al light and feel­ing some re­al warmth. Here­with some pic­tures of the sum­mer things that peo­ple do ...
 
Harmless Family Fun · First, you have three glass­es of wine with din­ner. Then, you look at some pic­tures that are kind of in­ter­est­ing but not re­al­ly up to scratch. Then, you go berserk with Pho­toShop ...
 
Kelowna Chutney · We took our friend Sal­ly on a mini-vacation this long week­end, up to the Okana­gan Val­ley, B.C.’s wine coun­try, dis­tin­guished al­so by beach­es, out­door fun, beau­ti­ful moun­tain­side views, and gen­er­al­ly na­ture. Here are some tourist tips and a first pho­to­graph­ic fruit ...
 
agnès b. · Here­with pho­tos of two San Fran­cis­co store­fronts, one whose name I don’t know, the oth­er whose name I liked enough to use for a ti­tle ...
 
FSS: Snowy Rainbow · Fri­day Slide Scan #10 is a bit of a mys­tery, the file was in a fold­er la­beled “Ontario” but it re­al­ly looks to me like a win­ter shot of Long Beach in Pa­cif­ic Rim Na­tion­al Park. Which I would high­ly rec­om­mend as a tourist des­ti­na­tion to any­one ...
 
Oceanspray, Creambush, Ironwood · Th­ese are all names for Holodis­cus dis­col­or; it’s a Pacific-Northwest na­tive and the last of the names is a trans­la­tion of what the abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple called them, ap­par­ent­ly the wood is hard enough to make knit­ting nee­dles and so on. It’s three years since we put it in, and the first year it’s flow­ered ...
 
Royals 8, Giants 1 · We took in the game Tues­day night; here are some notes on the oc­ca­sion, a nice pic­ture of the ball­park, and a rec­om­men­da­tion for an on­line tick­et sell­er ...
 
Caynes’ Cairn · I’ve been asked why I keep point­ing to “that dude’s in­com­pre­hen­si­ble gibberish”, but hey, this is my blog. Any­how, vis­it Tim Caynes’ Lat­est and ei­ther read it or don’t, but do fol­low the link at the end to a re­al­ly re­mark­able pic­ture la­beled “cairn”.
 
White Flowers · Last time I checked, this March 2003 piece with the same name was in the top page of Google re­sults for that search. That one fea­tured clema­tis and camel­li­a, this time we have ros­es and mock or­anges ...
 
Illustrated B2B · Others just talk about B2B. Here at on­go­ing, we have the pic­tures ...
 
The Ultra-Rare Breed of Chicken · Be­ing a com­pendi­um of im­pres­sions left dur­ing my re­cent short trip to Ja­pan, il­lus­trat­ed with pho­tographs of Makuhari Beach ...
 
People in Tokyo · Last Thurs­day and Fri­day I had a bunch of meet­ings with peo­ple in Tokyo and Chi­ba and thus there are sto­ries and pic­tures ...
 
Sports Photography · As pre­vi­ous­ly not­ed, we bought the Pen­tax DSLR be­cause we al­ready had some Pen­tax lens­es around the house. Ex­cept for, we stuck the general-purpose zoom on it and that’s about all we’ve used, un­til this week­end. The kid plays soc­cer and base­bal­l, and I thought I’d try out the tele­pho­to and make like one of those Sports Il­lus­trat­ed pho­to­geeks. Yow! This could be ad­dic­tive ...
 
Spring City Skies · Here­with two pho­tographs fea­tur­ing cloudy Van­cou­ver skies on a mild Spring day ...
 
Winner of the Rose Race · This year, one of the Ru­gosas out by the back fence was first across the line. There’s ma­gen­ta and then there’s ex­treme ma­gen­ta ...
 
FSS: Arthurian Castle · Fri­day Slide Scan #9 is from 1988, three views of Tin­tagel Cas­tle, whose name alone is mag­ic ...
 
Spring · Through most of March and the first two weeks of April, Win­ter was a cold grey dam hold­ing the next sea­son in check; on April 19th or so, the dam broke and we’ve been in a glo­ri­ous flood of sum­mer since then. One of these pic­tures is re­mark­able ...
 
Spring Baseball Weather · The weath­er, shifty this week­end, held off un­til just af­ter the Lit­tle League game. It was sun­ny even, then we saw that be­hind the bright branch­es half the sky was storm-coloured. As I snapped this, the first hail­stones fel­l, you can even see some ...
 
FSS: Yellow and Blue · Fri­day Slide Scan #8 is from some­time in the late Eight­ies, a dan­de­lion in a sea of forget-me-nots ...
 
In Science, Beauty · This is de­light­ful: the UBC Botan­i­cal Garden’s Botany Pho­to of the Day, to which I’ve sub­scribed. My fa­vorites are the first en­try and, from this week, the Ake­bia (we have one at home­).
 
Three Geometries · I take and even pub­lish pic­tures of, well, noth­ing, when the shape de­mands it. Blame that math de­gree. Two of these these are on the Steve­ston wa­ter­front which is pret­ty darn nice on a sun­ny day; the oth­er in a ran­dom sun­lit stair­well.
 
Three Azaleas · There’s this aza­lea in our front yard (y­ou walk right by it on the way in) and it’s a photographer’s prob­lem be­cause at its peak it van­ish­es be­hind a sol­id mass of red petal­s, bright red, ar­guably gar­ish but you have to smile; on­ly no cam­er­a, film or dig­i­tal, has come close. “Beauty is hard” said the po­et, and so are ex­treme red­s. Any­how, here are three shots of its pre­pubescent phase in very ver­ti­cal sun­light ...
 
FSS: Still Life · Fri­day Slide Scan #8 is from Oc­to­ber 1992, a still life fea­tur­ing a com­put­er and some daisies in an odd­ly emp­ty room in Water­loo, On­tar­i­o ...
 
A Cherry-Tomato Winner · The chal­lenge has been met, and the crimson-vegetable award goes to... Google! It can now find im­ages cor­rect­ly based on meta­data; for ex­am­ple Saskatchewan snow with plants, Tanya King, sweet pea shad­ow, Ho­goro­mo din­ner, and so on. Nei­ther MSN nor Ya­hoo search can do this.
 
FSS: Chinese New Year · Fri­day Slide Scan #7 is from when­ev­er Chi­nese New Year was in 1984, in Vancouver’s Old Chi­na­town. It is egre­gious­ly Pho­toShopped ...
 
Worst March Ever · I’ve been liv­ing here in­ter­mit­tent­ly since 1983 and I haven’t seen a spring­time like it. Sad ...
 
Pictures of Lauren · She need­ed some pho­tos for pro­fes­sion­al rea­son­s, so I took a bunch and then, while fid­dling around with Pho­toShop, dis­cov­ered that you can have some se­ri­ous fun in the glam­or­iz­ing line. Here­with Lau­ren Wood, Ph.D. with plumblos­som­s, twice ...
 
Sudden Sun · The weather’s been ter­ri­ble pret­ty well all mon­th, we’ve hard­ly seen the sun and the temperature’s hard­ly been over 10°C. At six-ish this Equinox af­ter­noon, I glanced out the front win­dow and gasped aloud; a trail­ing shaft of side­ways sun sliced through the driz­zle, some of the vi­su­als were sur­pris­ing. Then my in­tegri­ty slipped ...
 
Melliodendron · What hap­pened was, an un­ex­pect­ed email from Quentin Cronk led us to a feast of flow­er­s, which may spill slight­ly on­to the Net. This gig comes with fringe ben­e­fit­s, you betcha. While over-long, this frag­ment has a pic­ture of a very beau­ti­ful flow­er that al­most nobody’s ev­er seen ...
 
Geometries On Maui · Do­ing that pretty-shapes post last night re­mind­ed me of a cou­ple of pic­tures hang­ing around from the Maui va­ca­tion that are the same, on­ly dif­fer­en­t ...
 
Geometries On Main · My “Home Office” isn’t ac­tu­al­ly at home, it’s over a store near 21st and Main in Van­cou­ver. Main Street is in­ter­est­ing; at heart still pret­ty grungy and low-rent, it’s try­ing to gen­tri­fy. It’s hard to tel­l, look­ing for­ward, whether it’ll re­tain its es­sen­tial grub­bi­ness or van­ish un­der a wave of mall stores and Star­buck­s. For the mo­men­t, it’s vi­su­al­ly fetch­ing ...
 
The Anticipation of Pleasure · Last year, I wait­ed till May 2nd to write a piece with this name about the forth­com­ing flow­er­s. I got a cou­ple of hours gar­den­ing in to­day and the an­tic­i­pa­tion is sharp ...
 
FSS: Totemic Jet · Fri­day Slide Scan #7 is from Alert Bay on Van­cou­ver Is­land, and dates from Septem­ber of 1986; it shows a totem pole and an air­plane ...
 
Spring · The sec­ond half of Fe­bru­ary was pleas­ant­ly bright; but chilly, with the mer­cury dip­ping in­to the frost near­ly ev­ery evening. A few flow­ers man­aged to get their heads above ground, but were kind of stunt­ed and un­en­thu­si­as­tic. This last week’s been war­m, al­ter­nat­ing sun and rain. If you stand still in the gar­den, very stil­l, you can al­most hear the flow­ers grow­ing ...
 
Errors and Omissions · At­tend­ing a meet­ing in a down­town of­fice build­ing in Van­cou­ver, I pho­tographed the name­plate on the door of a busi­ness that I hadn’t known ex­ist­ed ...
 
Search Optimization (Low-Rent) · In Van­cou­ver, as in most cities, the poles that hold up the traf­fic lights and street­lights and, well, any­thing, are plas­tered with posters ad­ver­tis­ing soon-to-be-famous rock bands and tarot read­ers and, well, any­thing. Search Engine Op­ti­miza­tion, too ...
 
FSS: Cypress Hills · Fri­day Slide Scan #6 is from April 1992, in the Cy­press Hills In­ter­provin­cial Park on the Alberta-Saskatchewan bor­der. One of my fa­vorites, pure Prairie win­ter ...
 
FSS: The Mission at San Diego · Fri­day Slide Scan #5 is from the Spring of 1990: an in­ter­nal shot at the old Mis­sion of San Diego in the city of that name; Unix and the Ox­ford English Dic­tionary took me there ...
 
The Pa’ia Sugar Mill · Pa’ia is a funky lit­tle town on Maui; its sug­ar mill closed in 2000 but is still there ...
 
FSS: Dolmens Near Carnac · Fri­day Slide Scan #4 is from April 1992: a row of dol­mens in grey light in Brit­tany ...
 
St. Valentine’s Hibiscus · I had the good for­tune to grow up in a warm cli­mate, sur­round­ed by large hi­bis­cus bush­es, well-supplied most months with lus­cious trop­i­cal bloom­s, in our case usu­al­ly crim­son. But in Hawai’i they come in apri­cot too, and what could be more ap­pro­pri­ate for this day? ...
 
Buddha and the Insect · We were vis­it­ing the Ho­nen Bud­dhist Mis­sion in La­haina, and found the great Bud­dha there un­trou­bled by small things ...
 
A Chair · Hey, this is my space, if I want to run a pic­ture of a chair I can. And it’s a nice chair ...
 
Valley Morning · I’m here in the Val­ley for this and that and es­pe­cial­ly the Sun An­a­lyst Sum­mit, where I’m part of the en­ter­tain­men­t. Here are a cou­ple of sun­rise pic­tures from the east side of the bay ...
 
Crocuses! · Those who have been fol­low­ing along here since I launched al­most two years ago know that in the spring, There Will Be Pic­tures of Cro­cus­es. Those who haven’t lived lived above 49°N lat­i­tude may have trou­ble un­der­stand­ing how much these lit­tle vi­o­let flash­es mean to the winter-weary Cana­di­an eye.
 
PhotoShop Elements 3 Review · Skip­ping to the con­clu­sion: It’s good, if you’re us­ing Ele­ments al­ready go up­grade. But along the way, there are thoughts on software’s lifes­pan and pric­ing. Plus, a thin black wom­an kiss­ing a flow­er taller than her­self ...
 
Wintry · Last week, we had one of our rare Van­cou­ver snow­storm­s. But the stuff’s still on the ground ...
 
Photointegrity Again · Any­one who, like me, wor­ries about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween pho­tog­ra­phy and truth, should take the time to read this New York Times piece on the sub­jec­t. [Up­date: What was I think­ing? I ne­glect­ed to men­tion prob­a­bly the most thought­ful writ­ing ev­er on this sub­jec­t, which was of course by Su­san Son­tag; some is on­line here and here.]
 
Pictures of Nothing · End-of-2004 re­mark­s, punc­tu­at­ed by five pic­tures of noth­ing ...
 
Canon i9900 · We’ve spent quite a few bucks this last cou­ple of years with one photo-finisher or an­oth­er, and re­cent­ly Lauren’s been cook­ing up busi­ness ideas around pho­tog­ra­phy. So she went out and got a Canon i9900 and I got my hands on it first; wow! It’ll prob­a­bly end up plugged in­to one of the fixed ma­chines but we didn’t have the right ca­ble, so I FireWired it in­to my Mac (gr­r, had to re­boot to in­stall the driver) and ran one or two of my fa­vorite prints at 300d­pi and well, my good­ness gra­cious, they look just like what comes back from the on­line print ser­vice, on­ly bet­ter. I’m sure that a fine pro­fes­sion­al photo-finisher who puts their soul in­to their work can do bet­ter, but that’s not what I’m get­ting when I up­load my JPEGs to one mass-market printshop or an­oth­er. And there’s lots of playing-around to do with DPI and pa­per fin­ish­es and colour spaces and so on. I as­sume that, things be­ing what they are, the com­pe­ti­tion is about as good too, which is very good in­deed.
 
Vancouver Winterbeach · Week­ends here at 49°N lat­i­tude in the short-day month­s, if the sun shows you re­al­ly need to get out in­to it. We favour the beach, in par­tic­u­lar the Point Grey Fore­shore, which is nice­ly rough and scram­bly and un­crowd­ed. Here­with some win­ter­beach pic­tures ...
 
Darkening · This time of year, weeks yet till the short­est day and still it’s dusk so ear­ly, and the weath­er not help­ing; on­ly to­day there was light enough for pic­tures, al­beit dark ...
 
Lustre-Lustrous · I am the lucky own­er of one of the plates used to print the orig­i­nal 1928 ver­sion of the Ox­ford English Dic­tionary, a tro­phy of the years 1987-89 when I worked full-time on a sideshow of a sideshow of the pro­duc­tion of the OED Se­cond Edi­tion; this fragment’s ti­tle is the range of words that were on that page. Here­with a brief vi­su­al es­say on the plate, which sur­pris­ing­ly in­cludes a curvy fash­ion shoot ...
 
The Last Leaves of 2004 · Back in Septem­ber of last year, I wrote: “There’s a vi­su­al ef­fect that I’ve on­ly seen here in rainy green B.C. and has so far elud­ed all my cam­eras. It works like this: On a grey day, as dusk gath­er­s, some­thing you’d think would be un­re­mark­able, like a fern against old wood, or these au­tum­n­pearleaves, can make you look twice or three times, colour reach­ing deep in­to your ma­chiner­ies of vi­sion. I think it’s of the mind rather than the eye­s, but haven’t aban­doned hope for lucky light on a dark day with cam­era in hand.” This one gets halfway there ...
 
Canon Upgrade and Eulogy · My beloved Canon S50 has not been do­ing that well. It takes pret­ty good pic­tures, but it’s been dropped and whacked a few too many times (my fault) and has been in the shop twice for a prob­lem which just now re­curred, here in Wash­ing­ton at XML2004. Over at DPR, they’ve re­viewed two gen­er­a­tions of S50 suc­ces­sor (S60 and S70, how imag­i­na­tive), all very pos­i­tive­ly, and a close read­ing re­veals that the things Canon had changed are ex­act­ly the ones that had been ir­ri­tat­ing in the S50. So rather than fix­ing the S50, I es­caped the con­fer­ence for a bit—ah, balmy sun­ny DC au­tumn day—and got an S70. Lighter, stronger, thin­ner, bet­ter lens, can re-use the old flash­card and bat­tery so now I have two. Very nice. Plus, prices haven’t ad­just­ed in Cana­da to the re­cent steep climb in our dol­lar, so I prob­a­bly saved $50 or bet­ter by buy­ing down here, even af­ter I pay the sales tax at the bor­der. By way of eu­lo­gy for the S50, here are three re­cent na­ture ab­stract­s; ev­i­dence that a lit­tle wee pock­et cam­er­a, when the pho­tog­ra­pher gets luck­y, can hold its head up unashamed in the com­pa­ny of ti­tan­ic cam­eras three times its size and ten times its price ...
 
Yellow · A few min­utes of sun­shine on a mid-fall day with leaves on the ground, not ev­ery­thing is yel­low but there sure is a lot of it about ...
 
Window-Blind · In a Colorado ho­tel room.
 
Autumn Blues · The blues here are colours not feel­ings, most­ly ...
 
Drive People · When I grow up, I want to take more pic­tures of peo­ple and few­er of flow­er­s. It’s pho­tos of faces that move me, but—to be bru­tal­ly honest—I have a courage deficit when it comes to point­ing the cam­era at peo­ple I don’t know. On Satur­day we had brunch at Ha­vana on Com­mer­cial Drive, “the Drive” in Van­cou­ver par­lance; Ha­vana has man­aged to stay stylish for years and years, the food’s good, room and pa­tio are nice, and the Drive has out­stand­ing people-watching. So I shot some of ’em ...
 
Thanksgiving · Cana­di­an Thanks­giv­ing, that is, to­day, Oc­to­ber 11th; I won’t be work­ing much. So, late on Thanks­giv­ing eve I say thank-you to the world for be­ing what it is, and to my fam­i­ly and friends for be­ing what they are, and to the peo­ple at work for the good stuff there. And I’ll throw in a pho­to­graph of the Au­tum­nal boun­ty ...
 
Floatplane! · A day trip to­day, Van­cou­ver to Vic­to­ria and back; some might not find it self-evident that Vic­to­ria is on Van­cou­ver is­land but Van­cou­ver isn’t. There are a bunch of ways to get there; here­with a lit­tle photo-essay on the best ...
 
The Last Warm Weekend · The fore­cast says rain set­ting in to­mor­row then a few days of mixed grey; which in Van­cou­ver, this time of year, could stretch for weeks. So let’s share some sunny-weekend eye can­dy ...
 
Autumn Leaves · That would be a jazz stan­dard by John­ny Mercer and Joseph Kos­ma, two vers­es in English and one in French (Mais la vie sépare ceux qui s’aiment/Tout douce­ment sans faire de bruit), aw­ful­ly pret­ty and sad, just like, well, au­tumn leaves. I have pic­tures ...
 
Red and White · The last cher­ry toma­toes of sum­mer ...
 
Caught In Action! · Here­with a rare ex­cur­sion in­to wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy; I got lucky and cap­tured one of our fea­tured lo­cal species show­ing a burst of speed ...
 
Frontwallback · This is just a pho­to­graph of a wal­l. [Up­date: En­riched with a geek metaphor.] ...
 
It’s Not Fair · Back in May, I whined that Jere­my Hed­ley of An­tip­ix­el would get bet­ter pic­tures than me even if he was us­ing a drug­store dis­pos­able. Wel­l, OK, so it turned out to be a cell­phone cam­er­a. Sigh. (Oh yes, and Si­mon Phipps has a lit­tle mas­ter­piece to­day, too).
 
Brussels × 5 · Brus­sels again, and there’s some­thing about the place that makes me reach for the cam­er­a. In­cludes yet an­oth­er WiFi sto­ry ...
 
Three Chapels · The Brus­sels air­port has three chapels all in a row: Protes­tant, Ortho­dox, and Catholic. I found my­self walk­ing back and forth spend­ing time look­ing at each, and now you can too, with­out go­ing there ...
 
Late Summer · Vancouver’s sum­mer was good but end­ed, more or less, Au­gust 10th, so when on this last week­end the Sun man­i­fest­ed, we felt rec­om­pensed a lit­tle. Here­with some il­lus­trat­ed words on flow­ers that end in -ia, learn­ing about the world, Jeri­cho, har­vest­ing and fish­ing ...
 
Grass · When we were in Saskatchewan ear­li­er this mon­th, I didn’t (un­like last year) get many in­ter­est­ing Prairie snap­shot­s; a pity, be­cause it’s al­ways a feast for the eye­s. But I got two ...
 
Sweet Pea Shadow · To bring you this pho­tograph, Dear Read­er, I braved the slings and ar­rows of out­ra­geous mis­for­tune or at least skep­ti­cism on the part of my loved ones, pro­voked mere­ly by my tak­ing seventy-four ex­po­sures, each dif­fer­ent in the fast-setting sun, of this lit­tle tableau ...
 
My Mother’s Garden · My moth­er Jean Bray is an avid gar­den­er who con­tends might­i­ly with the Saskatchewan cli­mate (zone 2B for afi­ciona­dos); her space is in sum­mer al­ways a de­light to the eye­s ...
 
Loosestrife · Some point each year (well af­ter “midsummer” in late June) comes to feel like the heart of sum­mer; it’s been there a long time, it’s go­ing to be for a while yet, days are still long, the gar­den has left its spring sprint be­hind but is still run­ning strong. This year’s midsummer-pictures as­sem­blage fea­tures “Gooseneck Loosestrife,” and what a name that is ...
 
Bumper Crop · Pic­tures for the tum­my ...
 
Yucca Redux · The flow­ers on that Yuc­ca have died, but grace­ful­ly ...
 
Amateurs and Professionals · Here­with a brief photo-essay on the is­sue ...
 
Yucca Year · This year our Yuc­ca has flow­ered, the first time since we bought the place in 1997. So are all the oth­ers in Van­cou­ver ...
 
Honeysuckle · This flower’s name it­self is pure love ...
 
Rings! · If you haven’t been fol­low­ing the Cassini-Huygens Saturn mis­sion, in par­tic­u­lar the pic­tures, you’re miss­ing a heck of a show. I grabbed a cou­ple, just for a teaser ...
 
White Bricks (Many) · I un­der­stand that there are those who may not wish to look at pho­tos of a large brick build­ing with many win­dows. I find that hard to un­der­stand ...
 
Brick, Dusty, Creamy, Silky · There’s an old rose in our front yard that we in­her­it­ed with the place; it’s slen­der and spindly and not very tal­l, and pro­duces on­ly one or two flow­ers each year; its colour has, ev­ery year since 1997, de­feat­ed my pho­to­graph­ic wiles. This year we have a par­tial vic­to­ry ...
 
Ungilded, Emerging · Here­with two lilies and an emerg­ing hy­drangea. The lat­ter, in par­tic­u­lar, de­serves a vis­it ...
 
Second-Rate Roses · It was bright to­day, very bright, and I did a Nas­tur­tium follow-up but spent time too with some jour­ney­man ros­es ...
 
Nasturtiumleaves · There’s a hang­ing pot on the back porch with a thriv­ing nas­tur­tium. I had a close look ...
 
Ultimate Digicam · On the ev­i­dence, as of to­day that would be the Canon EOS-1D Mark II, and for a mere US$4,500.00. Kin­da ug­ly, though.
 
Alan’s Bluebells · On dis­play here. I love massed dis­plays of lit­tle flow­ers and I shoot tons of pic­tures of ’em but they al­most nev­er come out any good. I won­der what Alan’s do­ing right and I’m do­ing wrong.
 
Airphotos and Levels · Here­with two shots tak­en on the trip to the Bay yes­ter­day, with an ad­vi­so­ry on the awe­some pow­er of Pho­toShop ...
 
Flowers for San Francisco · There are quite a few peo­ple drop­ping by on­go­ing to­day on ac­count of the ar­ti­cle in the Chron­i­cle about ad­ver­tis­ing. Among oth­er things, it says I run lots of flow­er pic­tures, on­ly I haven’t for a while, so here are some ...
 
Two Birds, Many Candles · Re­cent­ly, while dig­ging through old pho­tos of tourist at­trac­tions, I ran across a few tak­en in Chartres. This small town, 96km south­west of Paris (the train is fast and com­fy) holds a cathe­dral that has been, for the last 800 years or so, ar­guably the most beau­ti­ful struc­ture on the plan­et ...
 
Intimates · Up close and per­son­al in the gar­den ...
 
Really Fast Camera · This is com­plete­ly, ut­ter­ly ridicu­lous. But oh, that colour (drool­s).
 
*ist D · No, that ti­tle isn’t a mis­print, it’s the name some trans-Pacific Lost-In-Translation sce­nario con­ferred on the Pen­tax Dig­i­tal SLR we just got. Some notes on the new world of Dig­i­tal SLRs ...
 
Asakusa · I just post­ed some old snaps of Japan’s #1 tourist at­trac­tion, and while I was dig­ging through the pix ran across the­se, of Asakusa, a Tokyo shop­ping dis­trict whose name writ­ten pho­net­i­cal­ly in English would be “Asaxa.” Ja­panese words tran­scribed in­to English con­tain many in­stances of the let­ter “u” which are not pro­nounced even though Ja­panese will in­sist fu­ri­ous­ly that they are there (a con­se­quence, I think, of us­ing syl­lab­ics for pho­net­ic read­ings). Asakusa is re­al­ly nice, a good place to shop, eat, and drink, and if you’ve ev­er seen anyone’s tourist snaps of Toky­o, you’ve prob­a­bly seen it; but per­haps not the­se. [Up­dat­ed: A note on Ja­panese pro­nun­ci­a­tion.] ...
 
3 Views of Mount Fuji · What hap­pened was, tired in an air­port look­ing for lightweight read­ing, I grabbed The Last De­fend­er of Camelot, col­lect­ed late works of Roger Ze­lazny, who was at the cen­tre of the SciFi uni­verse a few decades back. It has a piece called 24 Views of Mount Fu­ji, by Hoku­sai which won a Hu­go in 1986 and as a sto­ry is on­ly OK but as a nar­ra­tive wrapped around a fa­mous set of pic­tures it’s aw­ful­ly good. On im­pulse, I typed “hokusai 24” in­to Google, to dis­cov­er that there are 36 pic­tures in the orig­i­nal se­ries, but that Tim Ea­gen, back in ’98, poked around the Web and as­sem­bled the 24 im­ages from the Ze­lazny sto­ry; a fine piece of cu­ra­tor­ship and re­al­ly an es­sen­tial com­pan­ion to read­ing the sto­ry. Look­ing at one of them, I thought: I’ve been there. There’s an amus­ing nar­ra­tive to ac­com­pa­ny the views ...
 
On Digicams · The digital-camera world is in mo­tion and there’s a lot of in­ter­est­ing stuff out there to read. Here­with a quick sum­ma­ry of the state of play, with point­er­s ...
 
Layers · Sun, kitchen, grat­ing, han­dles, choose yours ...
 
The Anticipation of Pleasure · Il­lus­trat­ed ...
 
Scilla Leaves Vermin · More botan­i­cal shot­s: one from Cal­i­for­ni­a, one from Siberi­a, and one weed ...
 
Maggie Time · A typ­i­cal­ly crap­py cross-country trip fol­low­ing on two days’ East Coast in­som­nia has left me feel­ing pret­ty grungy, like the old camp­fire song has it: “My head hurt­s, my feet smell, and I don’t love Jesus...” But hey, I stum­bled by the cam­era shop where the ex­pen­sive re­pair job on the S50 was fin­ished (not cov­ered by war­ran­ty, me­chan­i­cal fail­ure due to ex­ter­nal im­pact, sigh) and there are com­pen­sa­tion­s, name­ly Mag­gie the Mag­no­li­a, of­ten pho­tographed in this space but re­al­ly at her best this af­ter­noon ...
 
SI Workflow · There’s a fan­tas­tic ar­ti­cle by Ea­mon Hick­ey on how Sports Il­lus­trat­ed moves pic­tures from the cor­ners of the field to the cov­er of the mag­a­zine. For any digipho­to hob­by­ist, it’s a must-read. [Up­date: Oop­s; I’d writ­ten “by Rob Galbraith”, hav­ing failed to read the by­line; apolo­gies to Mr. Hick­ey.]
 
Pansy Sweat · Van­cou­ver is a very garden-centric city, so when I say that Murray’s is the best nurs­ery in town, that’s a strong claim. To get there, get on Bala­cla­va Street and go way, way South through the horse ter­ri­to­ry by the riv­er un­til you see sign­s ...
 
Violet Secrets and Pearblossoms · The light in spring isn’t like any oth­er time of year; maybe it’s just our winter-starved eyes all at­in­gle, or maybe it’s the crowd­ing flow­ers toss­ing the new sun around in a positive-feedback loop ...
 
Red to White · I walked by this tree this af­ter­noon; it’s most­ly still mostly-red bud­s, but the flow­ers are most­ly not red at al­l ...
 
Flowering Trees · Here in Van­cou­ver we have mul­ti­tudes of flow­er­ing trees. At this time of year they de­light the eye, but are a chal­lenge to the pho­tog­ra­pher. A bit of progress on that fron­t, with a note on in­fused vod­ka ...
 
Hamburg Sunflower · I got fin­ished a lit­tle ear­ly Thurs­day and when I got to the ho­tel the sun was coast­ing low with not many clouds about, def­i­nite­ly a pho­to op­p; so I tossed the gear in the room and sal­lied forth with the cam­er­a. Un­for­tu­nate­ly, it was about 0°C with a brisk wind, so I sal­lied right in again be­fore very long, with numbed ex­trem­i­ties. But I got three shots that I think worth look­ing at. I se­ri­ous­ly con­sid­ered splic­ing them in­to the nar­ra­tive I’m go­ing to write about OpenOf­fice and the fu­ture of XML and blog­ging clients and so on, just to force the pix on the ge­ex, but that would be dis­hon­ourable ...
 
Brussels × 7 · Here­with sev­en pho­tographs of Brus­sel­s, with some re­marks on the place. Three, no less, of the air­port, and this from a jad­ed trav­el­er ...
 
The Planet of the Photoshoppers · As not­ed a cou­ple of days ago, I’ve been read­ing the ex­cel­lent Pho­to­shop Ele­ments for Dig­i­tal Pho­tog­ra­phers by Scott Kel­by. This pro­vokes two med­i­ta­tions to­day; this on the ob­ser­va­tion that com­put­er geeks and pho­to nerds come from dif­fer­ent plan­et­s, and an­oth­er on in­tegri­ty, which is se­ri­ous­ly in doubt ...
 
Photointegrity · As not­ed a cou­ple of days ago, I’ve been read­ing the ex­cel­lent Pho­to­shop Ele­ments for Dig­i­tal Pho­tog­ra­phers by Scott Kel­by. This pro­vokes two med­i­ta­tions to­day; this on in­tegri­ty and an­oth­er on the Plan­et of the Pho­to­shop­pers, which is far, far from ours ...
 
Still Life With Cello and Kelby · I’m in a picture-postin’ mood. But this one comes with a book rec­om­men­da­tion, of in­ter­est I’d think to any­one with a digi­cam ...
 
They Have Numbers On Them · Here­with a fash­ion pho­to fea­tur­ing ear­ly dig­i­tal arte­fact­s ...
 
Horrifying, Beautiful · Via Jere­my Hedley’s ex­cel­lent An­tip­ix­el, a point­er to the World Press Pho­to 2003 prizewin­ner­s. This has some of the most beau­ti­ful pic­tures you will ev­er see, but don’t go there if you’re feel­ing frag­ile or de­pressed; this is news pho­tog­ra­phy, and news is usu­al­ly all about pain and death and tragedy. In par­tic­u­lar, if you have a lit­tle boy that you love, be care­ful; 2003 was a year that ter­ri­ble things hap­pened to lit­tle boys and pho­tog­ra­phers were there. For more cheer, skip down to the na­ture cat­e­go­ry, es­pe­cial­ly the lake-view of Chicago; re­al­ly al­most be­yond be­lief.
 
Spring Again, with Blood · We had rare Pacific-Northwest Fe­bru­ary sun­shine to­day, and gird­ed our loins for some se­ri­ous prun­ing and clean­ing. I took pic­tures and was edit­ing them and thought “decent, but I had pic­tures of spring flow­ers (some of the same ones) this time last year.” Then I re­al­ized that was stupid; do I not look at this year’s flow­ers be­cause I saw last year’s? And there are peo­ple who are liv­ing in places where win­ter is prob­a­bly start­ing to wear ’em down again who might be cheered by a pre­view of what they’ll be see­ing in a few week­s. So here­with the same old cro­cus­es and daf­fodil­s, but this sto­ry has a pret­ty se­vere barb to it. [Up­date: Iden­ti­fied the mys­tery flow­er, worth check­ing out­.] ...
 
Perfect Tool: C-Clamp Mini Tripod · If you car­ry a cam­era around you should hide one of these at the bot­tom of your bag; there’s al­ways one in my brief­case. It will turn a lot of ba­sic shots from im­pos­si­ble to easy. [Up­dat­ed again: blog­ging e-commerce in ac­tion!] ...
 
Oz Out · Head­ing home; here­with more il­lus­trat­ed dow­nun­der­notes, plus thoughts on crowd­ed sched­ules and on re­tire­men­t ...
 
Downunder Christmas · Since the friends down here knew we’d be vis­it­ing in Fe­bru­ary, Sal­ly left her tree up and cooked ev­ery­one fab­u­lous Aussie-style Christ­mas din­ner (on the bar­be­cue, of course) ...
 
Aliens Invade Queensland! · Pho­to­graph­ic proof, right here ...
 
Double-Headers · We were vis­it­ing our friends San­dra and Mal­colm here in Mel­bourne and picked up a cou­ple of strik­ing closely-related pho­tograph­s ...
 
On Decay · Those who walk on beach­es and through forests with me have been heard to com­plain about sud­den stops pro­voked by what they see as rot­ten pieces of junk and what I see as pho­to op­por­tu­ni­ties. My eyes love the progress of meta­mor­pho­sis, en­trop­ic trans­mo­gri­fi­ca­tion by Nature’s undi­rect­ed and in­dif­fer­ent hand. Here’s my side of the ar­gu­men­t ...
 
Open Source Person · I thought it might be en­ter­tain­ing to give a blow-by-blow ac­count of my job hunt here, nam­ing names, trad­ing off plus­es and mi­nus­es, telling al­l. Then it dawned on me how in­cred­i­bly clue­less and lame-brained that would be. But I do have some vignettes—one no­tably op­ti­mistic for our profession—and a cou­ple of pic­tures, and al­so an ex­pla­na­tion of the essay’s ti­tle, which doesn’t mean what you think it does. [Up­date: Found! Jonas the G.J.S.L.w.n.e.] ...
 
Spheres (Sizes Various) · Here­with a brief ge­o­met­ri­cal study, with a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion from a guest artist ...
 
Winterwillow · Its high bare branch­es rise bright in low sun­light against the cloud­scape ...
 
On Darkness and Film and Bits · Win­ter sol­stice, which at 50°N lat­i­tude means damn few hours of light, and in this grey cor­ner of the world the light is poor stuff, a dark cot­ton ceil­ing, edge­less, col­or­less. Which, plus an in­ter­est­ing es­say from Glenn Reynolds has me think­ing about film and com­put­ers and pic­tures and the light that isn’t here ...
 
Entropy · In this uni­verse, life in gen­er­al con­sti­tutes a los­ing bat­tle against en­tropy, with in­tel­li­gence per­haps our best tac­ti­cal as­set in that strug­gle. Re­cent­ly we launched a do­mes­tic counter-offensive; here­with some bat­tle­field re­portage ...
 
One Corner of a Cat · Pre­vi­ous­ly I wrote in One Corner of a Cube about an Asian sage, name un­re­mem­bered, who said that if you’re paint­ing a cube, you need on­ly get one cor­ner right. In this follow-up we iden­ti­fy the sage and in­clude lots of point­ers and two sam­ples of the “One Corner” school, one by its founder ...
 
When Bad Things Happen to Good Vegetables · The pain from this tragedy has abat­ed some­what, prob­a­bly be­cause it all hap­pened dur­ing the win­ter of ’83-’84 and time heals if not all then at least some wound­s ...
 
Paint Shop Pro for Windows · Th­ese days, I’m in heavy scan­ning (see al­so On Time) mod­e, which means that I’m us­ing Win­dows a lot (and al­so, should you be a reg­u­lar read­er, that there are too many pho­to es­says in your fu­ture). The down­side is Windows’ egre­gious­ly ug­ly choice be­tween cartoon-bright and battleship-grey colours, plus this id­i­ot­ic no­tion that each Win­dow should car­ry its own menu around so you can see eleven at a time each wast­ing pre­cious screen real-estate even though no­body can pos­si­bly deal with more than one at a time... but I di­gress. The nice thing about this pro­cess is that I’m spend­ing some qual­i­ty time with Paint Shop Pro, a to­tal­ly ex­cel­lent and ridicu­lous­ly cheap soft­ware pack­age from JASC (of which com­pa­ny I know noth­ing). Should you be a Win­dows us­er and by some chance not al­ready have Paint Shop Pro on your com­put­er, run not walk to your near­est Web Brows­er and buy it al­ready. In terms of putting what you need to do all the time un­der your fin­ger­tips and let­ting you do a whole lot of se­ri­ous pho­to en­gi­neer­ing in a big hur­ry, noth­ing comes close. In par­tic­u­lar, Adobe Pho­to­shop (and I’m not gonna put a link here, be­cause Adobe’s Web site doesn’t make it easy to link to it, what’s wrong with them?) doesn’t come close in ease of use. Hav­ing said that, Pho­to­shop has some se­ri­ous­ly cool stuff that’s prob­a­bly cost-effective for me giv­en that I’m try­ing to get se­ri­ous about pho­tog­ra­phy, but in terms of easy-to-get-the-job-done, it’s poor by com­par­ison. Any­how, in case it’s not al­ready clear: Win­dows + Pic­tures = Paint Shop Pro. Go get it.
 
Temptation · Via Dela­cour (an ex­cel­lent piece by the way), a point­er to the new Le­ica Dig­ilux 2, al­so on the hot-news page at Steve’s Digi­cams. Oh my good­ness.
 
On Time · An un­ex­pect­ed in­ter­rup­tion here to­day, not work­ing and time to think and time on my mind, so here are some words and pic­tures on the sub­jec­t ...
 
Seaweedshadow · Just more beach pix, but I used the number-one tech­nique of pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers and one or two of ’em are sur­pris­ing ...
 
Dublin Burning · We were walk­ing home to the hotel—cold but no rain on Hallowe’en—and the city sound­ed like a war zone, fire­works rat­tling and bang­ing in ev­ery di­rec­tion, pink and green lights against the sky. Down one lit­tle al­ley the ex­plo­sions were par­tic­u­lar­ly in­tense and I saw a wall paint­ed in colour by leap­ing flames, and si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly firetrucks in­com­ing. “Let’s check this out” I told Lau­ren and with­out giv­ing her a chance to won­der if it was a good idea, head­ed down the al­ley in­to a dif­fer­ent Dublin ...
 
Heathrow Sucks, Plus Arctic Lies · This is most­ly a rant about the ex­treme crap­pi­ness of the Heathrow ex­pe­ri­ence and will prob­a­bly be en­joyed by those who’ve shared it a few times too of­ten; plus some pret­ty neat aeri­al pho­tographs and a con­fes­sion ...
 
Dublin in a Rainstorm · Twenty-five minutes’ slog back to the ho­tel across down­town Dublin, the mist turned thick­er then to re­al rain, thank god for the Akubra but my good grey suit is drenched; the wool can take it but in my head is a loop of Sinéad O’Connor croon­ing Dublin in a rain­storm at the open­ing of Troy, that croon ex­plodes in that song and I saw her do it once live with just an acous­tic gui­tar, more pet­ri­fy­ing than the record (The Lion and the Co­bra), though she should have cred­it­ed Yeats’ No Se­cond Troy for the lines she stole. As for Dublin, it’s pret­ty nice; this note is just visitor’s im­pres­sions and a cou­ple of snap­s ...
 
Serious Rain · Last week, we al­most set a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent records for rain­fal­l, and there was se­ri­ous flood­ing not too far from the city. Real Pa­cif­ic rain isn’t like a Mid­west­ern buck­et­ing or a trop­i­cal mon­soon; days-long wa­ter­drum­ming, nev­er vi­o­lent but nev­er stop­ping. On the sec­ond day of this, the lo­cal pa­per dis­tin­guished it­self with the head­line “Drought Of­fi­cial­ly Over” (they weren’t be­ing iron­ic, we re­al­ly did have a drought) ...
 
White Pink Red Blue · This is just an­oth­er bunch of gar­den shot­s, some of the au­tumn colours are re­mark­able. In which con­text I want to send a long deep tip of the hat to Doc Searl­s, his shots from the Foo camp put me com­plete­ly to shame. No flow­er is as in­ter­est­ing as a hu­man face; I look in­to my heart and re­al­ize that up till now I just haven’t been brave enough to point my cam­era at peo­ple and fo­cus in hard. Mind you, to Doc’s fur­ther cred­it, I’ve heard a few voic­es say­ing “When did he take that? I had no idea!” So I guess you have to be brave and sneaky, too ...
 
Trains and Taxis and Shop-Window Geeks · Trav­el suck­s, but some times less than oth­er­s. Three days of TAG meet­ings, so­cial­iz­ing, and jet-lag had left me pret­ty well an emp­ty shel­l. But I had all day start­ing in Bris­tol to make the 4:15 to Van­cou­ver out of Heathrow, an (in­fre­quen­t) chance to just kick back and en­joy the pro­cess of get­ting there ...
 
On Reducing Images · Here in on­go­ing, the im­ages nor­mal­ly are scaled down to a width of 300 pix­els (linked to a full-size ver­sion). Cur­rent­ly, I’m us­ing the open-source GD im­age li­brary to do the pho­tore­duc­tion; the us­abil­i­ty is ex­cel­lent but I’m un­sat­is­fied with the qual­i­ty of the re­sult­s. Here­with a sur­vey of some ap­proach­es, be­cause I’m sure lots of oth­er peo­ple have this prob­lem too. [Up­date: Holy Cow, did peo­ple re­spond. This is now pho­tore­duc­tion com­par­a­tive re­search world head­quar­ter­s.] ...
 
West England Web Architecture · I’m writ­ing this from the West of Eng­land: Bris­tol, to be pre­cise, where I’m at­tend­ing a face-to-face meet­ing of the W3C TAG. Here­with a few il­lus­trat­ed notes on the place, the coun­try, Cana­di­an His­to­ry, and the dread­ed Se­man­tic Web In­sur­rec­tion­ist­s ...
 
One Corner of a Cube · I re­call a Con­fu­cian thinker (or Kong­fuzi him­self? or a Taoist? or a Bud­dhist? I can’t find the ref­er­ence) ar­gu­ing that if you are paint­ing a pic­ture of a cube, you re­al­ly on­ly need to paint one cor­ner and do it right ...
 
Decent Week · We end­ed a very nice week very nice­ly at the beach, you don’t re­al­ly ex­pect to en­joy balmy tem­per­a­tures in crys­tal sun­shine late in­to Septem­ber up here, so the beach was busy as the cit­i­zens drank it in. I took a mil­lion pic­tures while I thought about good things that hap­pened this week, many of which are the usu­al “Vancouver nes­tled in the moun­tains in the slant­ing sun” thing, but I didn’t put any of those in here. Ques­tion: what do the chil­dren of ur­ban fish­er­peo­ple do? ...
 
Leatherlight · The early-morning sun this time of year slants through the pris­mat­ic win­dow be­side the front door and for the last cou­ple of days the in­ci­dent rain­bows have danced with the ver­ti­cal slats of the big old leather chair ...
 
Autumnal · Our end­less gold­en sum­mer end­ed, the grass is a hap­pi­er green but the bike-ride to work is get­ting chilly. Vancouver’s at fifty de­grees north lat­i­tude, and when the sun is out it’s com­ing side­ways a lot of the time, which is photographer-friendly. There are still lots of flow­er­s, but au­tum­nal blos­soms have to be twice as good as spring’s of­fer­ings to get half the im­pact, and they’re not. Stil­l, they pho­to­graph well ...
 
Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown · We moved Antarc­ti­ca from funky fash­ion­able Yale­town to smack in the mid­dle of Vancouver’s down­town core. We got more space, bet­ter space, es­caped our bubble-era lease, saved big buck­s, so the move was a no-brainer. The down­town ex­pe­ri­ence is way dif­fer­en­t; among oth­er things we have front-row seats at a hot flash­point in the cof­fee cul­ture wars. Plus, I fi­nal­ly got a pic­ture that shows how Van­cou­ver re­al­ly look­s ...
 
Autumnpearleaves · The pear tree is show­ing ear­ly signs of au­tum­n. It’s old and tat­tered and un­pre­dictable, the fruit pro­lif­ic but lousy some years, scanty and ex­cel­lent oth­er­s, I can’t spot the pat­tern. This year is lean but good—the best pears I’ve ev­er tast­ed in fact—but we need a vis­it from the tree doc­tor, the leaves are go­ing too ear­ly and show­ing signs of dis­ease. But the symp­toms are not un­pleas­ing to the eye ...
 
Candleshadow Vanstreets · Th­ese haven’t fit with any re­cent rants but might please an eye or two ...
 
Late Summer · They say midsummer’s June 21 but that’s sil­ly, mid­sum­mer is right now, the end­less hot slant of af­ter­noon sun pulls pic­tures out pret­ty well any­where you look, here we have not just flow­ers but wildlife and a lit­tle il­lus­trat­ed fam­i­ly sto­ry ...
 
High Throughput · In co-operation with Dave Or­chard of BEA, I’ve spent the last few days host­ing a face-to-face meet­ing of the W3C Tech­ni­cal Ar­chi­tec­ture Group here in Van­cou­ver. I’m pret­ty tired, since there’s been some heavy lift­ing, with a back­ground roar of al­le­gor­i­cal ar­tillery. But there are com­pen­sa­tion­s ...
 
Practical Digital Camera Repair · With a Sibelius-fueled side-epiphany ...
 
The Island Rose Trip: Day Two · (For con­tex­t, see the Day One nar­ra­tive.) In this day’s nar­ra­tive & pix: beach­es, a bald ea­gle (!), a vi­su­al physics lesson, and an or­gy of ros­es. (Later: there’s no Day Three; the cam­era stopped work­ing. Sigh.) ...
 
The Island Rose Trip: Day One · What hap­pened was, we have a house-guest from Aus­tralia who’s al­ready seen a bit of BC, and we al­so have an Internet-retail re­la­tion­ship with the Old Rose Nurs­ery, which is found on Horn­by Is­land, a speck in the ocean be­tween the main­land and (the very large) Van­cou­ver Is­land. We want­ed to vis­it the Nurs­ery in the flesh, and they say Hornby’s pret­ty nice, and not on­ly Sal­ly but we had nev­er been there, so I took Fri­day off in hon­our of the USA and we wen­t. (This part of the world ain’t re­al wired, thus on­go­ing has been silen­t. Not think­ing about work and syn­di­ca­tion tech­nol­o­gy was a re­fresh­ing change. But this is ad­dic­tive you know; I re­al­ly missed post­ing to on­go­ing.) ...
 
The End of Innocence · I’m sor­ry, this has just gone way, way too far. Words writ­ten in pub­lic be­come deed­s, and some deeds are in­ex­cus­able and I see no point in ex­cus­ing the in­ex­cus­able. There are those who may not be able to for­give me for veer­ing over the edge of po­lite­ness, but no­body can claim I’m the first to go there, and I just don’t care. (Up­date: ex­tra fact-finding.) ...
 
Big, Small, and More · Today’s weath­er went grey but stayed warm and we de­cid­ed on a Sunday-afternoon out­ing to the beach, where a touch of soft rain on­ly sweet­ened the waves’ wel­come. This was balm to the eyes and af­ter a bit the soul. Which was in or­der; it’s been a stress­ful week­end on the pro­fes­sion­al front and the sturm und drang seems to have mo­men­tum, so per­haps I can share a bit of that balm with the world via a tiny photo-essay. (Plus a prac­ti­cal undiscovered-Vancouver hin­t.) ...
 
Poppies! · In the re­motest, least-favored spot of our prop­er­ty stands a clump of pop­pies; Lau­ren thinks the la­bel on the pack­et said “California Poppies,” but I’ve grown those be­fore and I don’t re­call the out-of-this world colour shad­ings. Real­ly re­mark­able, and they’re al­so high­light­ing a prob­lem I’m hav­ing with the new cam­er­a ...
 
Mastering the Art · Back home, I took a mil­lion pic­tures of ros­es yes­ter­day in the slant­ing af­ter­nooon sun, and very few came out. I think this magi­cam­era will pro­vide the ide­al com­bo of quick-shoot and good-pix, but I’m go­ing to have to in­vest some re­al ef­fort in learn­ing all its ins and out­s. Here­with one more rose pho­to, skip if you’re tired of ’em (but it’s a good one) ...
 
It’s Bad · Pa­tience ran out. I picked up a Canon Pow­erShot S50, and the SataniCam­era of yore will be tak­ing its well-deserved place on the trash-heap of his­to­ry, an ex­tend­ed hang­over from a big night out in Tokyo. Here­with ini­tial im­pres­sion­s, a cou­ple of tech notes, and one sur­pris­ing pic­ture ...
 
Wet Pink · Very wet, very pink. (Warn­ing: May be found las­civ­i­ous by as­cetic­s.) ...
 
Pix From Mars · Slash­dot had this to­day, tremen­dous­ly im­pres­sive pic­tures of the Earth/Moon sys­tem and Jupiter, tak­en from Mars, the prop­er im­age cred­it is NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Sys­tems. A bit mind-expanding; for me, it was the Earth and Moon seen in the same frame, from a dis­tance, that for the first time made me feel like I re­al­ly knew how big the pieces of the sys­tem are. Hats off to the peo­ple and ma­chines who did this. But the pix are a bit too pret­ty. In fac­t, the photo-enhancement both­ered me, so I de­con­struct­ed them a bit ...
 
Domestic Nürnberg · Lau­ren was away on busi­ness for two weeks and man­aged to get in a few days' va­ca­tion in Ger­many, where she used to live. She took lots of pho­to­s, in­clud­ing a few hero­ic shots of the re­con­struc­tion of Ber­lin. But a cou­ple of do­mes­tic shots around Nürnberg (what we'd call Nurem­berg) were the ones that I thought worth shar­ing ...
 
Still Life and the Hero's Eyes · Just four more gar­den pix, but for the geeks a Mi­crosoft anal­o­gy among the botan­i­cal­s, and the corn­flow­ers are startling ...
 
Faunality · Some hours were prof­itably whiled away this past week­end in the gar­den, I think more high-tech fly-wired types ought to de­vote an hour or six thus­ly, net san­i­ty would ben­e­fit. Fau­nal­i­ty, you ask? I sug­gest, by et­y­mo­log­i­cal anal­o­gy, sex­u­al feel­ings in a gar­den­ing con­tex­t, mind you this time of year in the Pa­cif­ic North­west when the wom­en, mad with sun­shine, dis­card the sweaters and slick­ers and boots for, well, much less, those feel­ings are On The Agen­da any­how, but check the mag­no­lia out and see if you think I have a point ...
 
Glacier, God, Cat · We've got the slide scan­ner pret­ty well in pro­duc­tion now, and last night I ran a roll that Lau­ren shot in ear­ly 2000. Re­view­ing the cap­tures is a joy, mem­o­ries in each one and then some­times trea­sure ...
 
Korean Turquoise, Trillium Pink · My Mom left for home yes­ter­day, and my wife for two dif­fer­ent meet­ings in Europe, so it's sud­den­ly qui­et with just me and the kid around the place. My Mom's a se­ri­ous devo­tee of the arts of gar­den­ing, so be­fore she left we went for a walk around the Van Dusen Gar­dens, which I think would be im­pres­sive even if you're not a flow­er geek ...
 
A Perfect Spring Afternoon · A gold­en af­ter­noon here, some of it cap­tured pho­to­graph­i­cal­ly by de­feat­ing the wiles of my camera-nemesis. The first in the col­lec­tion be­low is, I claim, the sin­gle canon­i­cal, defini­tive pic­ture of Spring in Canada. A cou­ple of 'em are well worth the click to en­large ...
 
April Flowers · Wel­l, the rhyme with “showers” pre­dicts the flow­ers in May, but we've got 'em now, here's the ev­i­dence ...
 
Spring: Floristruck, Birdwillowmoon, etc. · Up here north of 49°, the evenings are al­ready get­ting longer, and af­ter din­ner, the sun came out, and drew us poor mossy rain vic­tims with it. Some na­ture treats for the light-starved Pa­cif­ic North­west eye. (Warn­ing: six big pix, modemis­tas be­ware.) ...
 
What the Rain Leaves Behind · It's been rain­ing re­al­ly a tremen­dous amount re­cent­ly, if we didn't like it we wouldn't live here, right? A cou­ple of after-the-rain pho­to­s ...
 
SF-200 Slide Feeder · A pre­vi­ous en­try re­port­ed on the ac­qui­si­tion of a Nikon CoolS­can 4000 ED 35mm slide scan­ner; this is on the ad­di­tion of an SF-200 slide feed­er ...
 
Nasty Spring Day, with Pictures · It's a nasty March day. Nasty be­cause de­spite oc­ca­sion­al sun­shine, it's cold and blus­tery here in Van­cou­ver, re­al­ly un­pleas­ant to be out­side. Nasty be­cause on the oth­er side of the world, men, wom­en, and chil­dren are suf­fer­ing and dy­ing in the ser­vice of, or in re­sis­tance to, geopo­lit­i­cal strat­e­gy. So this week­end, I'm writ­ing about bi­na­ry search and gar­dens ...
 
Towerhang Raintinsel Elevatorsaint · Walk­ing from one meet­ing to an­oth­er through Yale­town, a nice part of Van­cou­ver, the city kept throw­ing these weird rain­soaked scenes at me, or maybe it's just that I'm semilu­cid in the grip of a se­vere cold and suf­fer­ing from a vi­ral­ly al­tered state of con­scious­ness ...
 
The Beauty of Cities · Con­ven­tion­al­ly, beau­ty is to be found in na­ture, and that is es­pe­cial­ly true here in the Pa­cif­ic North­west, which has moun­tain­s, trees, and oth­er jew­els wait­ing round ev­ery cor­ner. But a cou­ple days ago I stepped out the of­fice door and the af­ter­noon win­ter sun was spilling be­tween the tow­ers and street­lamp poles and bathing the con­struc­tion sites, and, well, I'm a city boy. Peo­ple cre­ate beau­ti­ful things, and among the most beau­ti­ful things they cre­ate are cities ...
 
Illustrated Conversation With the World · Alice was be­gin­ning to get very tired of sit­ting by her sis­ter on the bank, and of hav­ing noth­ing to do: once or twice she had peeped in­to the book her sis­ter was read­ing, but it had no pic­tures or con­ver­sa­tions in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pic­tures or conversations?" [Lewis Car­rol­l] And what is the use of a we­blog, etc? ...
 
Heavy Pixel Lifting · So, as a (strict­ly am­a­teur) long-time pho­to wee­nie, I have a re­al­ly fierce lega­cy prob­lem, and I sus­pect oth­ers must as well, so this is go­ing to be a number-filled digipho­to­geek tech-out re­lieved on­ly by a few (warn­ing: BIG) pret­ty pic­tures and at the very end, a tech­nol­o­gy in­vest­ment hin­t ...
 
February Commute, with Sunset · My com­mute route is via a bridge that I once cy­cled over in a snow­storm. This af­ter­noon on the way home the sun was set­ting.
 
Spring! · This bee was sex­ing it up some­thing fierce with the cro­cus­es, and while my cur­rent cam­era is not quite up to cap­tur­ing some­thing that fast with re­al­ly sharp edges, be­tween the flow­er­s, the bee, and the sun­shine, some pret­ty se­ri­ous fun was be­ing had here ...
 
Reupholstery Shop · Cheer­ful in a mis­cel­la­neous kind of way.
 
Will the Tiger Attack the Bear? · You don't see one of these ev­ery day ...
 
This Is Not a Photoshop Gimmick · This cat is ob­vi­ous­ly pos­sessed of the Devil. Or just looked straight in­to the flash at­tach­men­t.
 
Evening at Home · Boy in py­ja­mas, with bal­l.
 
Current Camera: Fuji Finepix F401 · I've had a cam­era al­most al­ways since I was a lit­tle kid; my Dad was a fine and pro­lif­ic pho­tog­ra­pher. Got the first digi­cam in 1998, a 640x480 Fu­ji­film, and this F401 in Tokyo in late 2002. I'm not that hap­py with it ...
 
YVR Geometry · Was killing time in YVR (Vancouver's air­port, reg­u­lar­ly se­lect­ed by trav­el mag­a­zines as the world's best, don't know if I'd go that far but it's OK), get­ting my shoes shined in fac­t, and I no­ticed the grace­ful ge­ome­tries hov­er­ing un­der the ceil­ing ...
 
How to Publish Pictures Here? · I feel naked when with­out a cam­er­a, and frankly don't care if any­one likes the pic­tures in here, be­cause I like tak­ing them and look­ing at them ...
 
Construction on Homer · Just down the street from our of­fice, lacy white cranes and a bright blue win­ter sky. In a few more months the in­fill around our of­fice will be fin­ished and the place will feel un­nat­u­ral­ly qui­et ...
 
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