Friday, February 26, 2010

Maui Revisited

Yes, it's time once again for Hawaii photos. Surf, sun, palm trees - what more do I need?

These photos are taken along Maui's famous Road to Hana. It's a great drive, with lots of wonderful scenery, places to stop to see the ocean's majesty, and more.

And I have something exciting to share -- I'm going back to Hawaii in two weeks! Several family members and I will be going to the Big Island (the one where the active volcano is) for 9 days.

No worries, I'll be taking lots o' photos so I'll have new pretty stuff to share soon.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

More Texas Sunset

It's been a dreary fall and winter around here, not many viewable sunsets at all, let alone pretty ones. So I'm once again living vicariously through sunsets from the past.

These two are from January 2006. If you bigify the first one, you'll see a lot of black dots along the bottom and along the right that are birds flying.

In this second one, there are no birds (or at least too small to really see) but the sunset is really pretty and the airplane contrail near the top is kinda cool.

Maybe spring will come soon and we'll have not only nice weather but more decent sunsets!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Hawaii Waterfalls

How about a return to Hawaii? When I went to Maui and The Big Island back in 2003 with my now ex, one of the things we did was a helicopter ride that went over part of Maui and part of Molokai. It was a ton of fun, and was a great way to see some of the great cliffs and waterfalls of Molokai. So here are a few of the photos I took, just for you!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Stormy Day Revisited

It's kind of fun to go back to prior photos and find some interesting ones that I can post in the present on the same day they were taken in the past (still with me? ).

February 16, 2006 was apparently a bit of a stormy day here in North Texas, and I had my camera available to take a few photos...both on my way to work in the morning, and at my office in the evening.

These two in the morning show the sun trying to peek through the clouds. I rather like the rays effect myself.

In the evening, I was still in the office at sunset, and the storm clouds were just starting to clear in the west. At that time, I worked on the 51st floor of a building that was on the west side of downtown and so could go into an unoccupied (or at least occupant-vacated-for-the-day) office on the west side of our floor occasionally to get some decent sunset shots (I've since moved to another firm that's on the east side of as with home, I don't get much in the way of good sunset opportunities anymore ). You can still sometimes see the window reflection, but overall they're not bad photos...and here are a couple of those.

As of the time I'm composing this post, we have sun predicted for this February 16...but then again, they totally blew the forecast for this past weekend, so who knows if it will be sunny or stormy!

Friday, February 12, 2010

More Texas Sunset

One thing I miss about the house I lived in until a few years ago is the fantastic western view -- my ex and I had several acres of land, most of it behind the house, and then the land on the other side of the creek that generally marked our property line was pretty much farm land so we had no houses anywhere near behind us and a mostly unobstructed view to the south and west (other than scrub brush and trees and one house way far off). Where I am now, I have houses behind me to the west, so I can't really get the impromptu sunset photos that I used to. Ah well, such is life.

So I've once again dipped into my well of past sunset photos to bring you these from February 2006. Enjoy!

It's funny, you can tell the second photo belongs with the first one, it's really just a zoomed-in portion taken about 20 seconds later and you can match the clouds up between the two. The third one, however, almost looks like it was taken another day, the clouds are so different. But no, it was the same day, about 20 minutes after the second one was taken; the clouds just changed that much in that amount of time...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Moon Me, Baby

I've mentioned my astronomy hobby before, and that I occasionally will take moon and sun photos. Here are a few I took of the moon just using a basic camera with no fancy preparation or set-up. As you can see from the dates on the photo labels, the first one was taken in January 2006, while the other three were taken in September 2007; the latter were all taken on the same night.

It's hard to get a good moon photo without using a tripod, because the slightest hand shake will result in a blurry moon; these particular shots out of many taken on those two nights came out okay though.

This first one you may need to biggify in order to see the clouds above and beneath the moon (it's hard to tell in post-mode how well the small post photo will come out!):

These next 3 you can see the clouds better, but you still might want to bigify to see the detail a bit more:

I hope you found these somewhat interesting!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Wispy Cloudy Birthday

Today's my birthday! Thank you, thank you... I thought it might be fun to post some photos taken on my birthday a few years ago...more because I happened to have them, than because they're particularly special. Heehee....

But I have always liked the wispy-white-clouds-on-bright-blue-sky look, and this particular February 5th in 2006 had plenty of that. It's been all too dark cloudy rainy chilly dreary wintery around here lately, it would be nice to have some days such as the one pictured below again, even if it isn't a warm spring or fall day. There may actually be sun late today; but of course they promised that earlier in the week and we didn't get much, before the rain storms moved through on Wednesday and Thursday. So who knows how the day will be!

In any event, enjoy the pretty wispy blue big Texas skies!

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