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Tuesday, August 8, 2006 - 7:52pm
Here's one more from my vacation to ECCO. The Common Buckeye. I wonder how the animal feels about having the word "Common" in its name. Humans are by far the most common primate. What if we were called "The Common Human"? Well, I'm glad the Buckeye is common. It's really pretty. The markings on the upper wing surfaces are quite striking. If they weren't so common, they'd probably be considered one of the most beautiful butterflies in the US.
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Sunday, July 30, 2006 - 11:57pm
Here's another photograph from my trip to Family Camp at ECCO. They have this great pond on site that is just SWARMING with dragonflies. I've never seen so many concentrated in one area. I've never seen so many different species in one area either. Off the top of my head, I can think of nine species of dragonfly (not including damselflies) that make their appearance. This one, the Widow Skimmer, is by far the most common. In fact, there are more widow skimmers here than all the rest of the species combined.
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Sunday, July 23, 2006 - 6:04pm
Ah, is there anything more generic than a time-lapse photo of a cascading waterfall? Probably not, but I don't care; it's pretty. This particular cascading waterfall is an upper section of Luis Creek.
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Tuesday, July 4, 2006 - 10:56am
One of the most frequent remarks that people make about my web site is that they didn't realize how much effort can go into setting up and shooting a photograph. In the today-world of digital photography, each individual photograph doesn't cost any additional money.
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Saturday, June 24, 2006 - 11:18pm
I'm going to list some terms and I want you to raise your had if you've ever heard of them. Raise two hands if you understand their meaning. RSS, Podcast, Web Feed, XML, Syndicate. Anybody? Hopefully by the time you finish reading this, you will not only understand them, but be excited about using this one more thing that makes the Internet so cool.
Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 9:57pm
Okay, I really didn't mean to use this blog site as a soap-box to preach about what's going on in politics today. However, in this case, it has quite a bit to do with computers and, specifically, the Internet as we know it... and I think it's something that many people probably don't fully understand.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 9:27pm
A what? UPS? Isn't that the name of a shipping company? Well, that too, but it's also an invaluable and oft-overlooked piece of electronic hardware. The acronym similarity is simply a coincidence. A UPS is a battery-backup, it's a surge-protector, it's insurance, and it's generally a good idea.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 7:27pm
I saw this beautiful scene driving home from Kirkwood. I just had to pull over and take a shot. Sunsets are particularly hard to photograph. The light is all different colors, so the white-balance setting on your camera can get thrown off, and when a distant subject is, itself, luminescent, (the sky) getting detail in a foreground object is almost impossible. A flash could work if the subject was small enough and close enough (the trees were neither). Fortunately, silhouettes are quite attractive as well.
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Wednesday, April 5, 2006 - 8:44pm
There was an interesting announcement today which came directly from Apple: The new Intel-powered Macs (MacBook Pro, and the 2006 iMac) are able to boot natively to Windows XP using an Apple utility called Boot Camp.
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Wednesday, April 5, 2006 - 7:13pm

This photo was taken in May 2005 right across the street from our house. We had an unbelievable butterfly migration that passed right through Woodland.

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