Joelle and I completed the Sedona Marathon this month! It was a lot more challenging than I expected – very hilly, and a very warm day for February, but the scenery took our minds off of it. There were a few thousand people doing all of the races, 10k, 1/2 etc. But only a very small handful relatively did the full. We were among the few!
I was asked to take part in the grand opening of a massive new King Soopers store in Erie, Colorado. It is truly massive. The Town of Erie asked me to take photos of the grand opening, including a group photo of many of the main people involved – from the Town of Erie, to construction folks, and the like. I had imagined a group shot of maybe 10-20 people, but it was over 100. That’s a difficult group shot to take for sure. Largest one I have ever done. First, here is a link to the news article in…
Joelle rocked the Denver Colfax Marathon! She trained hard, and I am sure she could have run another 5 or 10 miles. We finished together, and auntie Carrie and the boyz met us at the finish line!
Kimberly Leonard with USNEWS reached out to me for comment on a bill that would eliminate anonymous reporting/complaints in assisted living facilities in Illinois, and she quoted me and referenced my site here: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-04-22/illinois-bill-would-require-identity-of-people-who-complain-about-nursing-homes Never know what the day might bring!
My new hometown of Erie, Colorado has some very charismatic buildings, homes and even churches. Lately, the evenings have had some nice light, so I’ve been out doing some photography of the local real estate and other buildings here in Erie. One of my favorite subjects was the library and community center here, as well as the church across the street (St. Luke Orthodox) I am very much looking forward to Spring and Summer when there are flowers, green grass, and longer days. Should be very good for the camera!
7 exposure HDR at dusk – taken 1.25.16
I stopped by this church near our house in Erie, Colorado to get this shot of the front at Dusk last night. I loved the lighting and the textures. I used my 5D Mark 3, and a Tamron 15-30mm lens.
I’d say perhaps two of the most memorable days in my life were the first time I saw Star Wars, at age 7, and when I saw Star Wars, The Force Awakens with my dad, wife, and son John. Three Generations went to see this great movie on xmas day, 2015. I thought it was great – they brought back the old magic, and introduced some interesting new characters. Johnnie got teary-eyed when Han was offed. Sorry, spoiler, but I assume everyone’s seen it by now!
I thought I would start driving around with my camera on me, since I’d been seeing this hawk hanging around our neighborhood in Erie, Colorado quite a bit, and it is often very close-up. Still, I took my zoom lens (400mm) and sure enough, this one was sitting in a tree in front of a house down the street. It let me walk right up to it, literally 15 feet away to take several photos before jumping off to another tree. The orange eyes are what gets me. They are beautiful.
A few pics from Halloween. Johnnie and Owen went as Mario and Luigi, and once Owen was done, Johnnie turned into a werewolf. Johnnie’s school also did a ‘Trunk or Treat’ event that was a lot of fun. Auntie Bubbie came for the festivities, as well as Pops and Illa!