Saturday, January 26, 2008

inside winter.

All of the seasons have something beautiful about them, and winter is certainly no exception. Oregon is one of the most beautiful places I have lived during the winter, not because of snow, but because everything stays so green. Western Oregon also has a very mild winter climate, yet it still requires that one spends more time inside. Here's the result of spending a lot of time inside, taking pictures of ourselves making faces. I should also mention that surrounding this picture is a series of shots with Leah bobbing her head back and forth, so that if they were put in a flip book then it would show the motion. I thought she had a great idea.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

One thing I have certainly learned about myself is my tendency to try to get all my work done before doing the things I love. My blog is certainly a testimony to this, and thus does not get updated very often. However, this is something that I am certainly working on, because all work and no play, is not that much fun, and there are so many wonderful things in this life.
Here finally are the pictures from the last day of Joel and my adventure. We spent the morning in Princeton and then left to spend a few hours roaming the streets of Philadelphia prior to my flight. I am amazed at the history on the East Coast, we certainly have nothing like that on the West Coast, we are still too young. The only thing that I actually know the name of that we saw was the liberty bell. Philadelphia seemed like a neat city though. After a few hours I said goodbye to Joel and left for home. I will certainly miss Joel this spring, and look forward to his return to Oregon during the summer. Thanks for the adventure Joel, and I'll look forward to more in the summer.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

dayfour/dayfive. Kansas City to Princeton.

Leaving behind the rockies, also meant leaving behind the most beautiful spots on our journey. We headed into the midwest and prepared for the long haul, we had our day for photos and now it was time to drive. Day 3 we drove from Grand Junction to Kansas City taking 14 hours, and on this drive I didn't take a single picture. Day 4 we drove for roughly 21 hours making the trek all the way from Kansas City to Princeton. We arrived early this morning.
The top picture is Joel in Kansas City, giving another great early morning pose and the bottom picture is at a rest stop in Illinois.

daytwo. Moab to Grand Junction.

Okay, unfortunately I got a bit behind on my posting, so I am going to attempt to catch up now. Here are the pictures from Moab. It was so beautiful there, Joel and I were left in awe. We woke up at 6:00 and headed for Mesa Arch to be there for sunrise. We barely made it in time, racing the sunrise the whole way. We got all setup and shot for about 30 minutes before the cold forced us to pack up our gear and run back to the car. We spent the rest of the day driving around Canyonlands and making the slow trek to Grand Junction watching for photo ops the whole way. Joel spotted a frozen waterfall in a canyon which we hiked to, only to find two professional photographers had already staked out the spot. They eyed us as we neared, so we decided to hike past them, discovering another frozen waterfall higher up.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

dayone. Portland to Moab.

My posts over the following week are dedicated to my wife Leah, in an attempt to do something I love, share beauty with her. After two years of marriage it was so hard for me to leave her this morning. Here's what I'm seeing Leah, and thinking of you.
The first leg of our trip from Portland to New Jersey consisted of Oregon, Idaho, Utah, 17 1/2 hours of driving and a late arrival at Moab.