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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Star light, car bright

A car drives by as I take a picture of Orion above the Superstition Mountains:


Friday, December 26, 2008

More Superstitions

The Superstition Mountains, shortly before sunset tonight:

Superstitions 12/26/08

And, fifteen minutes later:

Superstitions 12/26/08

Panoramas created with Calico. (Same goes for yesterday's rainbow photo.)

Christmas Day rainbow




Superstition Mountain, Arizona.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!


Above: The Zaks' Christmas tree (elevated for baby-proofing purposes).

Monday, December 1, 2008

Light and high beauty, indeed

The Moon, Venus and Jupiter, shining bright over Denver earlier this evening:


It was a Venus-Jupiter conjunction in 2005 that first gave me the idea for what would become the title of this blog, "Light and High Beauty." Tonight's stunning three-way conjunction of those same planets, plus the Moon -- the three brightest objects in the night sky -- was even worthier of that name. Absolutely beautiful.

The above photo, incidentally, was taken from the 33rd-floor sun deck of the Barclay building downtown. It's a 0.6 second exposure, with a 3.5 f-stop and a 200 ISO.

More photos here.


The view from our seats in Section 25, Row 90 at the Los Angeles Coliseum for Saturday's USC-Notre Dame game:

Los Angeles Coliseum panorama

Here's a larger version of the same picture (which I stitched together using a nifty piece of software called Calico). And here's an even wider view, and the full-size version thereof.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Venus, Jupiter and the Moon

The three brightest objects in the night sky, together for a close encounter Sunday, as seen from Gold Canyon, Arizona:



Venus is the brighter one, closer to the Moon. In the first photo, you can also see some airplanes taking off from Sky Harbor Airport.

Here's another shot of the heavenly trio -- you may need to squint in order to spot Jupiter, directly above Venus -- roughly 24 hours earlier, as seen from inside the Los Angeles Coliseum during Saturday's USC-Notre Dame game:


You can more easily see Jupiter in the larger version of that same picture. You can't quite make it out in this wider view, which also shows the Irish and Trojans lining up for a play. But trust me, it's there!

Yet another 24 hours earlier, here's a shot of just Venus and Jupiter (no Moon), as seen from Palm Desert, California, during our drive from Phoenix to L.A.:


The three heavenly bodies will make their closest approach to one another after sunset Monday. Definitely worth a look.

UPDATE: The climax!

No silent prayer for the faith-departed

The Band of the Fighting Irish, making its first-ever visit to the Los Angeles Coliseum, spells out "BON JOVI" while playing "It's My Life" during halftime of Saturday's USC-Notre Dame game:


The lyrics of "It's My Life" declare that it "ain't a song for the broken-hearted" -- but with the Irish putting forward an utterly inept offensive effort that put an exclamation point on two consecutive horrible seasons, that's debatable at best.

Smog, glorious smog

Anyone who's driven to California from Arizona will, I think, recognize this view: it's the moment when the smog cloud of Indio announces that you've left behind the near-emptiness of the desert, and re-entered civilization.


Speaking of the desert, here's a shot from about an hour earlier, showing one of the Mordor-ish mountains that lines I-10 in southeastern California as it passes through the Mojave Desert:


They're seriously a bit spooky. As Eomer says in the Return of the King, "Those mountains are evil."

Friday, November 28, 2008


The owl statue on Ted and Ginny's back porch:


Another fiery Denver sunset

I took this photo out my car window while driving home from work on Tuesday:


The Superstitions

Clouds and sunlight interact this evening in Superstition Mountain, Arizona:



And a bit earlier, when it was raining over the mountain:



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The view from our window

Sunday, November 16, at 6:43 AM:

Later that day, at 4:53 PM:

(See also here.) And, ten minutes later, at 5:03 PM:

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The mirror of Galadriel


Actually, it's just a pool of water at the UT Gardens in Knoxville, back in September. (I'm finally starting to sort through some of my photos from the busy last two months.)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Post-election pics

I saw this car in a mall parking garage on Thursday:


Heh. A bit bitter, are we?

Meanwhile, even the cut-rate liquor stores were urging people to get out the vote:


Again, here's my full Election 2008 photoset on Flickr.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Election 2008


I've been posting a bunch of election-related photos -- from both Tennessee and Colorado -- in my Election 2008 Flickr gallery. The gallery goes all the way back to January, and continues through today's Obama rally in Pueblo (where I took the picture above).

Needless to say, I'll be taking and uploading more election-related photos over the next few days.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ah, the South

On the list of things I'll miss about Tennessee: funny messages on the church sign down the street.


"Seven days without Jesus makes one weak." Heh.

You say Tomato...

One of our favorite spots in Knoxville: the Tomato Head patio on Market Square.



Leaving my office in Knoxville for the last time, Friday, October 24.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Photoblogging Knoxville, the final days

With our impending move to Denver, this Photoblog will soon take on a distinctly less Knoxvillian, more Coloradan flavor. And while I very much look forward to photographing the gorgeous grandeur of the Rockies and the bustling beauty of big-city life, I'll definitely miss the more understated, subtle charms of Knoxville. It's been a great place to live for a year-and-a-half -- and a fun place to take pictures.

Before we leave, I hope to update my Knoxville photo gallery, which I've been woefully lax about doing in recent months. For now, here are a couple shots I took last week, which I rather liked:



The first shot, of the Sunsphere, I actually took out my car window, while waiting at a red light on Henley Street the other day. I loved the cloud pattern and the positioning of the Sunsphere directly in front of the Sun, so I quickly rolled down the window, waited until there were no cars directly to my left, and snapped the shot. I got it just in time, before my light turned green. :)

See also my ever-expanding Election 2008 gallery, which I've mentioned on my other blog here and here. And, like I said, stay tuned for (hopefully) more Knoxville photos, sometime in the next 10 days or so.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Great Big Sea!

At the Paramount Theater in Denver, Colorado, October 9, 2008.






Full gallery here.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The halls of power


Third floor, Supreme Court Building, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Worldwide Photowalk, Knoxville Chapter

I went on the Knoxville Photowalk today -- part of Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk -- in and around Market Square.

It was quite a scene, with several dozen photographers milling around, at times swarming -- like a horde of paparazzi -- around the same, seemingly mundane thing. Such as, for instance, a random dog:

Puppy paparazzi

The owners look rather bemused. They weren't alone! :)

Not surprisingly, a whole bunch of the photographers also snapped photos of Loyette at one point or another. (That includes Becky.)

But our baby girl wasn't the only center of attention. The various kids playing in the fountain were also a big hit, as were the guitarist and his dog. Oh yes, and who could forget the wooden pig:

Pig, interrupted

Anyway, Becky and I had fun (as did Loyette!). But alas, I don't think I took any particularly extraordinary pictures. Here, for what they're worth, are a few of my favorites from the photos I took:

Evening light



Inside and out


Fountain fun

Of course, I was severely outclassed in the camera department, as just about everyone there had not just digital SLRs (in most cases more advanced than my Digital Rebel XTi), but also various fancy lenses and stuff, which I don't have. Then again, I can't exactly complain, considering that Becky was using my old Canon PowerShot A95 -- and yet I personally think she got the best photo that either of us took!

IMG_8087.JPG (by Becky)

Harumph! :)

Anyway, my full Flickr gallery is here. It's three pages long.

P.S. Photos by other Knoxville "photo walkers" will eventually appear here.

Already, pics from today's various photowalks -- in locations all other the globe -- can be found by searching for the tag "photowalk."

Saturday, August 16, 2008



At the Tomato Head in Market Square today.