Category: Photo-a-Day Project

Photo-a-Day #76: Bass Pro Shops Stunning Front Entrance – Anchorage!!!

Bass Pro Shops Alaskan Outpost – front entrance!

Absolutely GORGEOUS design!!! I love everything except the statement above the door that legitimatizes lying: Welcome Fisherman, Hunters, and Other Liars. They’re actually telling us: only liars are welcome. TRUTHERS should not feel uncomfortable walking through that door.

Despite what TV preachers say, lying is no laughing matter:

“But for the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners… sexually immoral… and ALL LIARS, their part is in THE LAKE that burns with fire and sulfur….” – God in Rev. 21:8

Corporate America is leading US astray, everywhere we look. But they sure do it with style, which makes the deception easier to swallow.

My father was a real ‘sportsman,’ which meant honesty back then. He both obeyed the laws and did not exaggerate.

ALL CHILDREN deserve honest fathers. Companies should promote honesty, integrity, and what’s best for people.

bassentrance_1100

November 14, 2016

Canon 5Ds R

• • •

One of my NWA coworkers and I would sometimes quote these words to each other: “You’re playing with fire / Cause the Devil is a liar.” He was raised in Hawaii, and told me about the band!

– –

“Nobody’s watching you now / You can take what you want…”

Don’t be a fool

You’re playing with fire / Cause the Devil is a liar

Don’t let the Devil do his number on you, child!

Seawind: The Devil Is A Liar — “Don’t let the Devil do his number on you, child”

Photo-a-Day #78: Supermoon – Closest since 1948!

I was shooting from hillside, Anchorage, Alaska, doing a follow-up of yesterday’s shoot, which didn’t work out, so I looked for a plan B. The moon looked interesting; though, I hadn’t heard:

The supermoon (perigee full moon) on November 14, 2016, will bring the moon closer to Earth than it has been since January 26, 1948. What’s more, the moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034. That makes the November 2016 full moon the closest and largest supermoon in a period of 86 years! (source)

So I’m glad plan A didn’t work out.

Moon Distance: 366,082.58 km = 227,473 miles.

supermoon-2_1100

November 16, 2016

Canon 5Ds R

Photo-a-Day #79: Ouch!!

Ouch!! The airborne girl in purple demonstrates why helmets really are a GREAT idea! I hope that’s a helmet. The boys, already down, are clearly so equipped.

Back in the day, growing up in Minnesota, we never had helmets. But since it was outside, we always wore thick stocking caps.

This is the “Ice Chalet” in Dimond Center, Anchorage, Alaska. The reason the ice is curved is because I was shooting the entire scene with a fisheye lens, and this is nearly a 100% crop of part of it.

The idea was to shoot at a slow enough exposure to blur any of the moving skaters’ faces, but still capture the essence of this fantastic venue that I hope will be able to stay open, despite the EPA’s new standard that may shut it down: The EPA’s War on Ice Rinks.

falling_1100

November 17, 2016

Olympus E-PL5 w/ fisheye lens

Photo-a-Day #80: Sunflower Patch Moose

So Mom and I were on our way to an event, just before sunrise. When I opened the door, it startled a moose who then trotted in front of our garage. The other more slowly made her way there. They decided to munch on our raspberry bushes, which are right next to our driveway.

Since we couldn’t leave anyway, I decided to do my photo-a-day thing to capture the event until they left the yard. The Mom has a nice disposition, and showed me a cute expression in one of my photos captured there.

As we drove away, we saw the pair about 100 feet away, above Raspberry Road. So I got out of the car with my big boy camera this time, and took this photo of the mom and calf eating sunflower plants.

This is the public berm built to deflect sound. Our neighbor had the great idea to throw some sunflower seeds there, which grew into these.

The mom has a wonderful expression here too, and the calf can be seen behind. And that is a car going by on the right.

After taking this, I had to skedaddle because we were blocking our neighbor who was trying to leave. And we actually barely did make the beginning of our event anyway.

In all of the years I’ve lived here, starting in 1980, this is the first time I recall the moose almost making me late for an event. Although, there have been many times I’ve had to turn around or take a significant detour while walking on trails.

One time, I was driving into our driveway with the window down at night, and a moose startled me, being only a few feet away in our raspberries.

Years ago, I was walking on a trail immersed in prayer, listening to music with ear buds, and could have almost touched the moose that I walked by. I usually now pay more attention and don’t listen to music at all.

I have encountered some ornery moose on occasion too.

In this photo, the light was a little darker than this. I lightened it a bit in post.

She’s cute! Check out her snout/mouth especially : )

sunflowermoose_1100-2

November 18, 2016

Canon 5Ds R

Photo-a-Day #81: Hanger Duo – ConocoPhillips

Four years ago, during my last day working for Delta (NWA), I photographed these hangers from inside the Anchorage International Airport here.

Now I get to compose these stunning hangers from the outside with my best gear at the best time : )

ConocoPhillips 737s N959BP & N668CP shuttle their workers to Alaska’s North slope: North Slope company ‘bus’ is a plane.

conocophillipshangers_1100-2

November 19, 2016

Canon 5Ds R

Photo-a-Day #82: Christmas Arts & Crafts Emporium

Upon leaving the Christmas Arts and Crafts Emporium at the Dena’ina Center, downtown Anchorage, I spotted this scene.

Who they are:

Alaskan Boreal Bouquet’s Gourmet Herbal Vinegars offer a tantalizing taste sensation as well as a fragrant memory of the endless summer sun of the subarctic. Organically grown herbs are cultivated without the use of chemicals on a traditional Alaskan homestead nestled in the boreal forest of Fairbanks. Fresh bouquets of flowering herbs are hand harvested and suspended in seasoned rice vinegar, in an attractively labeled, square marasca bottle.

christmascraftsbooth_1100

November 20, 2016

Panasonic LX100

Photo-a-Day #84: Doctor’s Office

I discovered this lovely scene on my way to photograph the multicolored staircase, which I then photographed later: Photo-a-Day #87 (upper portion of staircase shown in center here).

Although, I do like this image, and did the best I could in processing and even tried another angle with a different lens later, my heart sank a bit when I first opened the image. Without the third dimension of depth, the overhead branch doesn’t reach over and the center tree merges too much with the foreground tree, so the wonderful sense of canopy is mostly lost.

With a 2D-only camera, it’s too hard to tell where those lights really are. This scene would be a great candidate for 3D, if such technology becomes practical someday, to capture the essence of this place.

doctorsoffice1100

November 22, 2016

Canon 5Ds R

Downtown Anchorage, Alaska

Photo-a-Day #85: 14 Piles – One is a Figure 8!

This is the first pile of moose poop that I recall having been dropped on our sidewalk. So to document this event for my photo-a-day project, I thought I’d walk the yard to see how many other piles I could find. I counted 14 total. We had a lot of visitors during this period, and enough days with very little snow….

At this time of year, moose mainly eat twigs, so these droppings are woody, dry and not really repulsive. It looks like sawdust where some are crumbling apart.

Gift shops actually sell gifts partly made of moose poop, for example: Handmade Alaska moose poop jewelry and gifts!

This is about 2/3 of a single pile, and resembles a figure 8:

moosepoopfigure8_700_70

November 23, 2016

Canon 5Ds R