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What is this?

I have taken thousands of pictures. When I went to New Zealand late in 1993, I took 30 rolls of 36 exposure slide film. Suffice it to say, documenting the trip cost about as much as the air fare!

To showcase some of my images, I've created a gallery that consists of a set of albums. The links under the heading will take you to the albums. Each album appears as its own web page and consists of less than 50 images to be a little more download friendly. (Or as download friendly as any image gallery can be.) Note also that the background image does not appear on the album pages. I found it a bit distracting so I went with a neutral grey. The viewing area has been maximized as well by getting rid of just about everything but the main navigation and the album itself.

Horizontal (X) and vertical (Y) images are separated into different albums. I don't care for flipping from vertical to horizontal viewing on devices like my iPhone, thus the segregation.

I doubt this gallery will ever contain more than a small fraction of my total image library if for no other reason than I like taking the pictures, not documenting them!

Frame Worthy

Sometimes, it seems that the photo-gods tap me on the shoulder and I take a shot that really resonates with me. If I had infinite wall space and infinite money to afford the framing, these are the ones I'd frame.

frame worthy

Landscapes

Probably no surprises here, one of my favorite subjects. The album consists mostly of grand vistas, but there are also more close-in shots, just to mix it up.

landscapes

Sunsets

In a perfect world, I could travel at 1,000 MPH and have a continuous sunset in front of me. I've actually considered writing a science-fiction or fantasy novel where there was a floating city that did just that: Circled around its world so fast that it had a continuous sunset in front of it.

sunsets

Plants

Plants and wildflowers are some of my favorite subjects. Probably half the pictures I've taken are of flowers. Not only are plants a great subject, but they normally sit still for you. They don't scare easily and they don't demure because they are having a bad hair day. However, they are not completely without challenges. The wind can make it very hard to capture the image you want. The lighting in the woods can be challenging too. Not to mention stepping on nettles!

I've included the genus and species if the image is of a single subject and I happen to know the botanical name.

plants

New Zealand

In 1993, I took a month off of work, spending three weeks of that time in New Zealand. Spring in NZ begins the end of Dec. and I was there before the season started. It's quite a switch to those of us who grew up in the northern hemisphere to see rain and spring flowers at Christmas time!

New Zealand, as far as my experience allows, is the most naturally beautiful spot on the planet. I've been to a lot of nice places (Hawaii, San Diego, Florida, Vermont, Tonga, etc.) but none have the entire package like NZ: Hot springs, snow-capped mountains, tropical beaches, evergreen beach forests, glaciers, all packed into an area the size of Missouri and Kansas. (I would be remiss to not mention that, although the Grand Canyon is the most single awe-inspiring thing I've ever seen, the entirety of NZ makes it the top of my list.)

I also have to mention that the New Zealanders are amazingly open, courteous and friendly to strangers. It was a joy to visit their little corner of the planet. Whether that still holds true today, I cannot say, but it is certainly one of my treasured memories.

new zealand

Texas

Texas is a big place. I didn't spend a lot of time there, but I did take quite a few pictures that I think are worth sharing.

Incidentally, Texas has its own album while Missouri does not because I've been to way more places in Missouri than I have Texas. In fact, there will probably be several albums for specific locals in Missouri as more images get added to the albums.

texas

Miscellaneous

As in life, not everything groups together with everything else. If this gets too big, it will be split up.

miscellaneous

Site Backgrounds

There are eight possible background images on this site (if you are not looking at it on a browser less than 767 pixels wide). Instead of just hitting reload to see them all, it seemed courteous to show both the full-color and the processed versions.

To achieve the effect, the images were first converted to greyscale; then, a noise filter was applied; finally, they were saved with a very low-quality JPEG compression to produce visual artifacts. For the album images, I loaded to the JPEG with the noise and compression artifacts and saved it back out as a PNG to preserve the effect.

backgrounds