2012 Spring Vacation. Day 2: Monterey Bay Aquarium (Part 1)

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2012 Spring Vacation. Day 1: Monterey

We just got back from another vacation! This time we spent a week in Seattle, with a stop of a couple of days in Monterey, CA first. These pictures are from the first day of our trip, when we arrived in Monterey. But first we had to go through theĀ Altamont Pass Wind Farm.

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St. Patrick’s Day

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The New Phone Book Is Here! The New Phone Book Is Here!

It’s been a very long time since I’ve been excited about a new phone book coming out. I pick up the phone book maybe three times a year, for those few rare things that it does more efficiently than Google. But if there’s one thing that you could do to get me excited about the phone book again, they did it.

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On the Waters of Lake Tahoe

All these times we’ve been going to Lake Tahoe we’ve always had to be so careful with our cameras, making sure they stay on shore and don’t get near the water. But this year we actually have a camera that we don’t have to be afraid of taking out on the water, so we’re able to get actual action shots from out on the water. The image quality isn’t the best (especially on the video – ouch!), but it’s better than not having these pictures at all.

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Disneyland, Day 1

This summer our big family trip was to spend two weeks at Disneyland. On a trip like this you take a lot of pictures, and then, as I’m finding out, when you get home it takes a long time to go through and process them all. So that’s why I’m here, six weeks after the end of the vacation, finally posting the first set of photos. Hooray for procrastination!

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Spring Portraits

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Eagles

These aren’t the best eagle photos around, but the only nest nearby is way far away from the road, and access to the land is restricted. So this is about the best I could do, even with a telephoto.

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Lake Tahoe

Just a few photos from a cold trip up to Lake Tahoe last month.

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Nevada Legislature Rally for Education, Part 2

Yesterday I posted a whole bunch of pictures from Monday’s education rally at the Legislature. Here are a bunch more. And if this isn’t enough for you, I have a plenty more posted over at Flickr too.

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Nevada Legislature Rally for Education, Part 1

On Monday, March 21st 2011, there was a rally in front of the Nevada Legislature Building. A bunch of college students from all over the state gathered to protest the budget cuts to higher education that were being tossed around the Senate and Assembly. I headed down there to check out the party and the spectacle, and I’m glad I did because over 1,000 people showed up! Some are saying that this is the biggest protest/rally that Carson City has ever seen. Students gathered on the lawn in front of the building, swarmed the halls, and even filled the visitor galleries in both chambers.

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Snow Around Carson

Winter finally paid a visit to Carson City. After six weeks of Spring time throughout January and February, Mother nature finally decided to wake up and dump some snow on us. And it was a good size dumping too, at least 6 inches, more in some parts of town. We went to Lake Tahoe and I sunk in fresh powder up to my thigh! But it’s good to finally get some snow, even though we were getting a taste of Spring and got used to it. We’re having a few sunny days now, so all the ice can melt off the roads, but by Thursday we’re supposed to be back under the grip of another storm system. I wonder how long winter will last this year?

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Pogonipply

The last time I wrote about pogonip, I got a correction that these ice crystals should more properly be considered a hoar frost, or rime frost. It is the fog itself that is pogonip, from the Shoshone phrase for “freezing death”, the idea being that if you breathe it in the crystals will form in your lungs and bad things will happen. I think the etymology is probably correct, but we have built a regional identity around the word “pogonip”, taking this cool frost that forms in a lot of places around the world, and in some small way making it our own.

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Jack Self Portraits

Jack learns how to use the remote trigger.

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Balloon Over Carson

Seeing a tethered hot air balloon is kind of sad, like seeing a cheetah in a cage. It just wants to run free!

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