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Puke Green


Puke Green Flannel

I found a puke green flannel shirt at Goodwill. I love this color. It uploaded next to a photo I took at work of the western horizon, and I think the two images go nicely together.


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Water, Water, Everywhere

Water. Water, Everywhere

It warmed up, and now it’s raining. And raining, and raining, and raining. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the back field this flooded. And it doesn’t look like the rain is going to let up until morning.

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We’re on a Road to Nowhere


This is the gravel road that runs along Cedar City Cemetery in Austin, Minnesota. Because of the hills here, we don’t have many straight roads, and certainly none that you can watch vanish into the distance.

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Rainy Day


It’s disgusting out today. The sky looks like it would like to snow, but it’s too warm for that, so it’s alternating spitting and pouring rain on us. And it’s laundry day, which meant a trek to the other part of the building, which smells like rancid cigarettes and burnt eggs. The stompy girls’ skunky pot smoke is not nearly as offensive!

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A Confession

I was very, very bad. I tried to behave myself, but I suddenly couldn’t stand it anymore, and I ordered a Holga filter set for digital and 35mm cameras, a pinhole camera, and a Holga camera with colored flash. No, I don’t need a fancified Holga, and I could have made my own pinhole camera, but I probably would have never gotten around to it. Altogether, I think I spent about $100, so it’s not like I really lost my mind or anything. Still, I can’t help but feel like I did something I shouldn’t have.

These are a few of my favorite photos taken with various toy cameras.

Raspberry Canes in Snow, 8 January 2005

Frost, Autumn 2004

Autumn 2004

Sunrise, Autumn 2004

Trees in Snow, 8 January 2005

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Sunset Reflecting on Trees in the East

Yesterday was bright and sunny, a nice change after all the rain we’ve had. Right before the sun set, a bank of clouds rolled in from the northwest. There was a brief moment when the clouds opened, and the setting sun caught the stand of trees to the east, turning them a fiery, glowing orange color. And then, it was gone.

The sky cleared up again overnight. When Harriet and I went for our morning walk, the stars were shimmering. There was also a halo around the waning moon. Formed by hexagonal ice crystals in the upper atmosphere, such halos typically portend coming precipitation. And, what do you know? A check of the weather shows it’s supposed to rain tomorrow. And the next day, and the next day. If we’re lucky, we’ll even get a little snow on MLK day.

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More Fun with Photoshop


The rain finally cleared up Sunday night, and Monday night we had a lovely sunset. The Belt of Venus was glowing softly, and the line of clouds above the horizon was deep blue on the bottom and pink on top. They looked like giant bags of swirly pink and blue cotton candy.

Alas, I was on the phone with my mom, and didn’t get a very good shot of it, so I decided to use it as an excuse to play with some more filters. I don’t think I’ve used the diffused glow filter before, but I really like the way it makes the image look like a print from an old negative.

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It wouldn’t be Friday without some photoblogging. It rained all morning, but the sky cleared up and a whole army of puffy white clouds popped up. This was created from four photos I took on my way home from work. I love the greeness of the soybeans against the blue of the sky and the play of shadows along the rolling field.

Corner of Starnes Road and Ratliff Road, Monroe County Indiana, looking northeast

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Between the heaves of storm

We had an amazing storm in the early evening yesterday, with high winds, lots of lightning, and heavy rain (4 inches in one hour). The trees around me were bent over with the force of the wind, and I may have lost my largest sapling. When I went out to take pictures, after the worst had passed, I found the 8 foot tall tree bent over, with its top touching the ground. I wanted to cry, but I reminded myself not to get too attached to the baby trees because I’ll be moving soon. I can’t exactly take them with me, can I?

While I was out taking post-storm photos, I noticed an area of mammatus clouds to the south.


Then, I noticed a break in the clouds to the southwest. A bird was wheeling around, appearing to circle the small patch of light. Right after I took this photo, he flew off to the east.


To the south, there was mist rising from the trees. During the worst of the storm, this ridge was completely obscured by rain.


A few hours later, another squall line moved through, less intense than the first.

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Photo Salvage

What do you do when a photo doesn’t really turn out the way you’d hoped it would? You go a-Photoshopping, of course!


I took this photo last night, just as the sun was setting. The summer sunset is usually pretty boring from my vantage point, because a large stand of trees blocks the view. We occasionally get interesting cloud formations, though, and I’d hoped that this would be one of them; but it ended up not being very photogenic, so I did some Photoshopping to try to salvage what I could of it.

I started by desaturating the image, darkening it, and ramping up the contrast. Because I intended to put a black frame around it, I wanted to make sure the foreground trees were a rich black, not a washed out sorta-black. So I used the Levels setting to select the tree value as the darkest in the image. Then, I used Color Balance to add reds and yellows, to fake sepia tones. Finally, I added a grungy border around the image.

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