Category Archives: Photography

The photo I took when I was terribly lost in the wilderness

A bit dramatic, but not inaccurate.

On the way back from Lake of Glass (see the email I sent the other day), I went off trail to try and get a better picture of The Loch once I made it to the Vale. Being too clever by half, I did not retrace my steps right back to the trail, but instead went on, figuring I would intersect the trail and all would be well.

This proved not to be the case. I went further and further off trail, walking through the forest, and not sure at all where I was or even what direction I was headed.

Finally I climbed a rather imposing slope to an outcrop to get my bearings. I figured I would see the Loch nearby, reorient myself and get myself unlost.

What I saw when I got to the top of the knob was this:


You can see the Loch, where I was when I started going off trail as that tiny dark patch at about the middle of the photo. I had somehow, someway gotten way out south, thinking I was really east of the lake the entire time.

Later, now, I figure I had managed to get onto the hill in this map marked “glacier” (its actually cut off and should be “Glacier knob”. I didn’t know that at the time.


So I headed straight down in the direction of the Loch, figuring I HAD to hit the lake, or the trail, first. Halfway down the knob, I saw people walking on the trail, and I managed to scramble my way to known territory again.

Macro Monday: Monochrome Flower

I haven’t experimented much with monochrome flower action, but this time, for this Macro Monday edition, I thought I’d give it a shot. I darkened the background, brightened the flower and went to the B&W conversion. I also cropped this to a square.

f/ 3.2
1/160th second
Iso 800
EF 100mm Macro Lens on Canon 7D

Macro Flowers 6/25

And here’s a bonus one:

f/ 3.5
1/200th second
Iso 800
EF 100mm Macro Lens on Canon 7D

This time I went for the classical 3:2 shot instead of cropping.

Macro B&W

Meet Minerva One, my new Mazda

Longtime readers and followers of my life know I have had a contentious relationship with my 2002 Dodge Neon. Far far out of the mainstream, and no longer reliable, I have been trapped and pent for months in the Twin Cities.

Today, I took the plunge and bought a new car. Specifically, a Mazda 3. Her name is Minerva One

Minerva One

Minerva One

Minerva One

So where did the name come from?

The Neon had a name once upon a time, when I was young and foolish. I got rid of that name, but never renamed her.

Several names competed as I looked over and decided on a Mazda. Given my untrustworthy Romanophilic tendencies, a Greco Roman name
was practically obligatory. So when I picked the reflex blue (blue grey/steel) one, Minerva floated to the top.

Why Minerva *One*? Well, especially compared to the Neon, my new car IS like a spacecraft. So Minerva One she is.

I hope to have many adventures with her, and share them with you

Minerva One