Thoughts, adventures, projects, and photography by Shawn DeArmond


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This is an archive of Shawn's Blog and contains posts from between 2004 and 2014. It will not be updated in this format.

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Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 9:27pm
This is my latest photo shoot for Shannon's ballet studio. Shannon takes classes with Pamela Trokanski's Dance Workshop, and I have taken photographs at a number of performances. This was part of the "Fairy Tales" performance in February, 2008. This photo was taken of the latter part of "The Little Match Girl" when the Angels show up to take her away. Very moving, and the dancers performed beautifully.
Saturday, September 22, 2007 - 7:39am

Sometimes no matter how fast I set my shutter speed, there's always something that moves faster. Let's see...

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Saturday, September 22, 2007 - 7:39am
Monarchs are probably my favorite butterfly. I'm sure there are prettier I could choose, but there's more to it than that. I like them because they're locals, and they just look like they're cruzin' for a good time when they're flying. They really belong in Santa Cruz.
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Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 9:47pm
For the last several years, Shannon has been taking Ballet through Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop. Every year, at the end of May or beginning of June, they put on a Student Concert where each class performs. Photography is allowed, under one strict condition: NO FLASH.
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Monday, March 19, 2007 - 8:26pm
This remarkable creature is called a Flame Skimmer. I was talking earlier about camouflage, but this guy flies in the face of all that. He's bright red in a green and brown pond. There's no camouflage here. Dragonflies are very often bright and shiny. Well, the males are anyway. The females tend to be brown and quite a bit more camouflaged.
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Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 4:43pm
Welcome to the new-and-improved Perhaps, at first glance, you don't see much difference... well, that was part of my goal. The look and feel of the site really hasn't changed much.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 12:36am
Within the next week or so, this site will undergo a significant upgrade.
Friday, January 19, 2007 - 9:18pm
This shot was taken on Highway 88, the road up to Kirkwood. There's a turnout with a beautiful valley view. Lots of snow and trees and a little bit of a lake (though in the winter it's all covered with snow) on the south side of the road.
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Friday, October 27, 2006 - 4:44pm
Spot the butterfly yet? This guy was one of a kaleidoscope of Golden Hairstreak butterflies that I watched erupt from the ground, fly around for a bit and then apparently disappear as they land. The ground was covered in similar-colored leaves so that you really couldn't tell what was a leaf and what was a butterfly... which is, of course, the point if you happen to be a butterfly with an evolutionary will to survive.
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Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 11:50pm
I'm sure it's happened to you. You've been using some application (probably Microsoft Weird or PowerPointless) and the spinning colorful beach ball appears. Usually it just goes away, so you wait, and wait, and wait. It doesn't go away.
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