Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I love Utah for a number of reasons but the changing seasons ranks at the top of the list. Yesterday it was 87 degrees for a high, today it was 46. That is dramatic even for Utah and the snow creeping down the mountains put a smile on my face. I had a hunch I better get up to the mountains before the storm hit so I could get pictures of fall leaves. The weather said Brighton and Silver Lake had 10" of snow now. Sweet!

Monday, September 28, 2009


Since it's suppose to snow on Wednesday I thought it would be a good activity to head up the canyon and get some fall leaf pictures. Silver Lake was awesome and I might need to go back up after the snow. As we emerged from the canyon I slowed for the intersection and boy am I glad I did! I had the privilege of calling 911 and luckily no one was injured.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Skyline Drive

A friend asked me to take their family pictures in the canyon above Manti yesterday so we had the chance to cruise along Skyline Drive for the last time this year. At almost 11,000 feet elevation it might be buried in snow next weekend. I'm surprised how slow the leaves are in changing this fall. The sunset and what leaves we did see changing, made the trip worthwhile.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Favorite Shoes

I saw a post on a friends blog about shoes. Dancing shoes, running shoes, fancy shoes, tap shoes, ballet shoes, maybe even more types of shoes than that. When I was watching Dancing With The Stars the other night they had a dance tribute to Patrick Swayze and one of the professional dancers was barefoot. That could be her favorite pair of shoes because she seemed pretty confident and capable in her footwork. So here is my favorite pair of shoes, or boots actually. I have to wear shoes on Sunday and during tax season when I regularly wear a suit to work but the rest of the year I pull these on. If they are good enough for the Marines keeping the bad guys away, they are good enough for me. When I had the chance to do my part keeping bad guys at bay I wore black boots and had to spit shine them. This is a little easier.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Garden Week 17

I should have waited one more week to pick the pumpkin but I just couldn't do it.

Friday, September 18, 2009

A Friend Dropped By

I had some time on my hands while in Manti so I thought I would try some of my new photo equipment. I don't have a twin brother :)

Ridgecrest Fair

Ridgecrest Elementary PTA had a fair on Thursday and our friend Kris Shaw was the boss so she asked if I could lend my weeny roasting skills. This job didn't pay very good but I always like people watching and in between serving hot dogs I had the chance to take some pictures.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Dead Spot

I finished mowing the lawn today and sat down on the porch for one of three 32 ounce cups of water that I try to guzzle every day. I tried to get the lawn mowed yesterday but by the time I headed to the shed to fire up the lawn mower it was pouring rain. Luckliy I beat the rain today. I like yard work but I like having boys around to help more than I like doing it myself. For the better part of the past 15 years I've had Michael or Bret, or both, around to manage lawn mowing responsiblities. They both started mowing at about 8 years old. Since Bret is busy in Taiwan and Michael is hanging out in Santa Barbara I'm now the lawn dude.

Like I said, I finished mowing and sat down on the porch and realized how good the lawn looks. Maybe it was the cool wet spring or the warm late summer, or neither. Maybe it's the fertilizer from IFA, whatever, it looks as good now as it has for a long time. I thought Michael and Bret would be pleased. While I was lost in that thought I realized that the dead spot of grass that traditionally has been right below our front porch has nearly filled in.

The dead spot has been there for as long as I can remember because all the kids and their friends, like normal children, never had time for steps. If the steps are in a direct line to the door, fine. If there is the slightest detour, forget it. Short cuts rule. This was definitely a short cut to the front door plus if you leaped from the threshold an 8 year old would land exactly on the dead spot. Grass is no match for the pounding of dozens, maybe hundreds, of kid leaps in a single day. So you can imagine what an entire summer would do to this little spot of earth.

Kylie is 17 now and I think she has jumped off the porch once or twice this summer to get to her friends car quicker. I know the mail carrier appreciates the short cut but that amounts to a pair of feet per day. I like to sit there and watch people go up and down the street but most of the time I'm barefoot so that doesn't do much damage to the sod.

I thought the dead spot was going to be permanent and a few times through the years I put sod down in a futile attempt to keep the grass lush and full all the way to the porch. I even remember thinking I should give up and pour concrete there since the grass would be worn to the roots by late spring every year. That dead spot drove me nuts - until now.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Picture Day

The lovely and talented Morgan Harper asked me to take some pictures for her peeps that she wants to enter in princess contest. I live with a princess by the name of Kylie so all I can do is wish Morgan good luck. All in all it's been a great day, BYU won, Notre Dame lost, I spent an hour taking pictures of princesses and I had a tuna fish sandwich for dinner.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I Got A New Lens!

Because of my favorite peep and photographic master Andrea Richard Christensen, I was inspired to look for a prime lens to add to my meager collection. After a little research it became a need, not a want, so the money was pilfered from the grocery funds and I ordered the 1.4 50mm USM Canon lens. Sadly it's not the 1.2 and the lens looks kind of dinky on my camera but with some practice I think I can squeeze some good shots from this baby. Here are a few from today and last night. Thanks to Calvin Richard for his toothy grin and to Sparks for your photogenic faces and Kylie's willingness to humor me as I maxed out the aperture.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Garden Week 15

The past two weeks have been on the hot side but the garden has exploded, enjoying every sweat inducing degree. When I pulled in the driveway tonight I could see these bad boys before I even stopped the Yukon. If you get brave and check my post of one year ago, Labor Day weekend 2008, you will see that we had temperatures below freezing which is very common at this elevation in the high mountain valleys of Utah. Not this year, at least not this weekend. The amazing part of this is that I am not, nor ever claimed to be, a gardener and if you look closely (or not since they are taking over) at the last photo you will see the curse of my existence, weeds. How real farmers and gardeners keep weeds out I've yet to learn but I will still get the last laugh tonight as I wolf down a few big red tomatoes.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Another Birthday Party

We used Carrie's birthday as an excuse to have a party tonight and she had requested Marsha's Red Velvet cake so the stage was set for some awesome jumping pictures. Since birthday's roll around way too fast, I wanted to get pictures of Carrie jumping before she's too old to get off the ground. She does have muscles though. I need to get pictures of Marsha's birthday up next.

Olivia Richard is a great photo subject and the last photo at the bottom of this post of her on the slide turned out pretty good. Thanks Christensen/Brock chicks for the party.