Things Humans Will Sadly Shake Their Heads At Within 500 Years

Ridgeline Panorama. Near Dillon, Colorado, 2013
Ridgeline Panorama. Near Dillon, Colorado, 2013

If they (we) are still around, that is.

My List:

–That we actually debated the issue of global warming and ocean acidification for so long.

–That we built our societies around the internal combustion engine and petroleum.

–That we became, for the most part, a patriarchal world (with its associated values) rather than a matriarchal world.

–That we emphasized business and technology over philosophy, the arts, music, and introspection.

–That we based our society and economies on the idea of constant growth–economic, population.

–That we used the words “consumer” and “consumption” in a positive way in normal everyday language.

–That we actually measured our economic growth (or shrinkage) from day-to-day, monthly and quarterly–and not long term, that is, in terms of generations.

–That we tried to centralize and industrialize everything–banks, large corporations, food production, energy production.

–Medically, that we could treat the body without treating the spirit.

–That humans could survive separate from the local and world-wide ecosystem.

–That humans have little in common with the plants and animals of the planet.

I’m sure I’ll come up with a few more if you give me a few minutes.

Iraq, Ten Years After

The Flag. Frisco, Colorado, 2013
The Flag. Frisco, Colorado, 2013

I wrote the following letter back in February of 2004 when I was still an active duty Air Force officer. In retrospect, I wonder why I didn’t have the courage to do then what my fictional Army officer did.

With this month being the tenth anniversary of our “intervention” in Iraq, I thought it might be interesting to post. Click here for the rest of the story.

A Gneiss Little Mountain Cabin!

A Gneiss Niche. Gold Hill, Colorado, 2013
A Gneiss Niche. Gold Hill, Colorado, 2013

This one is for all my geologist friends…Peggy, Bill (now DOCTOR Billy of SUNY!), Ken, Jim Jim and Jim, Porky, Gary, friends from the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Hiking Club, the Geology Faculty at NAU (remember Stanley Steamer?!) and, of course, the infamous CCCarl (expert at the use of TNT for precision study of delicate and intricate sedimentary layering sites).

And my favorite geology quote:

“The roadcut is the geologist’s best friend!”    –Bob Thompson, circa 1978

Colorado Mountain Towns

Blizzard at Dos y Media. Ward, Colorado, 2013
Blizzard at Dos y Media. Ward, Colorado, 2013

If “Dos y Media” is next door, would this be “Dos”?

The mountain towns above Boulder have a lot of character…character derived from their early history as mining settlements and also from the hardy folks who still choose to live up there through the long winters.

And the photographic opportunities abound.

Here are some interesting places to explore, all within an hour’s drive of Boulder: Ward, Jamestown, Nederland (home of the famous Frozen Dead Guy Days), Rollinsville, Gold Hill, Estes Park, Allenspark, Central City.

[NOTE, July 7, 2015: I Just received a comment, and “the rest o’ the story”, from Dennis Quinn, the accomplished artist who painted this wonderful door. He says: “Hi, I am the artist who painted the blank door. I was looking for font and style that would complement the architecture and setting as well as direct visitors to the greenhouse entrance. I like that you found it interesting to photograph. I’m local and now live in Nederland, working and painting there. I painted the door in 2006 while I was artist in residence there teaching painting and drawing.”  You can find samples of Dennis’ work at his FineArtAmerica website.]

Wednesday Critique #15, 03/20/2013

Robot Roundup. Barcelona, Catalunya, 2010
Robot Roundup. Barcelona, Catalunya, 2010

Once again, I am shying away from actually doing a full-up critique this Wednesday.

Instead, I thought I’d send you off to look at a specific image by John Crosley, one of my favorite, yet not widely known, street photographers. Below John’s image (“The Joy of Living”), you’ll find various critiques and comments related to his photograph, but the biggie is that at the end you will find an interesting summary of John’s street photography philosophy. As an artist who occasionally peruses a street photography portfolio or exhibit, you may be a bit confused about what exactly constitutes a good (or great!) street photography image. Or, you may be a photographer who would like to give “street” a try, but you are at a loss as to how to go about getting those really good images. You’ll find answers to all of this in John’s final commentary.

What you are getting today, then, is a little bit of a photo critique followed by a hunk of bonus material on street photography by someone with years of experience in this particular urban art form.

So here ya go…the link o’ the day is HERE! (After spending some time with the image, scroll down to the March 18, 2013 11:43p.m. entry for John’s summary. He tends to be long and rambling, but he throws out gems left and right, so pay attention!)

Love

Love. Boulder, Colorado, 2013
Love. Boulder, Colorado, 2013

Love?

Love is a pile of rocks?

The hardened stones of failed love?

Love for continuing urban development?

Love is an empty field?

Love will stop the marching advance of the condo wave?

Love, surrounded by noise and distraction?

Love, a simple commandment?

Love, because there is nothing else?

Longs Peak, from Sugarloaf Mountain

Longs Peak. From the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain, Colorado, 2013
Longs Peak. From the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain, Colorado, 2013

Spring tried its best to make an appearance last week with a nice, warm day in the mid-70 degree range. But today we have bounced back to cooler temperatures, with stormy weather and snow predicted for the high country. It makes me happy. Stormy weather = great photo opportunities. There is nothing more boring than a plain, blue sky for landscape photography.

Embrace those unstable weather conditions!