Category Archives: Photos of the Day

My Bokeh Garden

Can a change of perspective affect the way we feel about things in life?

I’m enjoying a cup of coffee in my hammock trying to check in on my feelings about the dandelions that have taken over our backyard. What is true is that I can not win the battle with this plant. It is also true that I can have what ever feelings I choose to about this situation.

I can appreciate the absolute and total success dandelions enjoy as they dominate the grasses, cultivated wild flowers and the corner of our yard where we try to grow food. I notice the impressive shape shifting this species displays throughout its life. It arrives on the scene in Spring with broad lush, edible, detoxifying leaves. Then, tiny hard buds poke up through the middle. Suddenly, overnight, the stems grow tall, sending up a green sphere that one morning opens up into a bright cheery yellow cushion. The honey bees love this and stay busy collecting pollen from the carpet of yellow blooms. It is fascinating to notice how the plants open their flowers each morning and close them in the cool of the evening.  Then, one day, the yellow flowers close in on themselves for the last time. Inside their closed cones, they get to the business of creating a puffball of seeds, each equipped with its own propeller-like parachute.

This morning, sunlight shines through those puffballs so beautifully. I see a bokeh garden. Bokeh is that beautiful artistic effect that occurs when a camera’s lens renders points of light as out of focus blurs. I can’t resist when the light is so beautiful. Coffee can wait. It will only take one seed-scattering gust of wind, or the sun to rise a little higher in the sky and the whole effect will be lost. I grab my camera and start to play among the dandelions.


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Rising and Shining…On the path to star trails

Learning to photograph star trails….Day 1

I’ve been spending lots of time thinking about getting up the nerve to try shooting star trails. (It’s hard enough to get up for sunrise, let alone go out in the dark night and wait forever for the Earth to spin us right round the North Star!) On a recent night, the sky was black and clear and full of stars. It would have been the perfect opportunity to shoot. But, I didn’t have all the equipment. What I still needed was a way to trigger the shutter remotely so that, while on “bulb” setting, there would be no camera shake. On my last trip into town, I bought the Canon RC-6 remote trigger. A quick test of the equipment proved that, indeed, I’d be able to shoot on “bulb” for the necessary long exposure needed.  Now, all I needed was another clear night. It’s been so warm lately that the Earth and Mountains have been working together to blanket the valley in fog.  Fog is beautiful, don’t get me wrong. But it’s not going to work for star trails.

Early this morning, the sky looked clear so I thought I’d give it a practice run.  I knew it was too close to sunrise to get any really long star trails. For this first attempt, that was fine with me. I just wanted to prove to myself I could shoot a “pin point” star shot and a “star trails” shot. They both require such different settings. With the light coming quick, I managed to get one shot that showed stars moving, starting their trails of light. I held the shutter open for 75 seconds, f2.8, ISO 400.  You can just barely see the trails starting. I think that if I start late at night and give it more time and slower ISO I could get a better result.

Since the sun was coming up anyway, I stuck around to get some images of our biggest star spraying pink rays across the sea of gathering clouds.

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Imagine Nation Brewing Tanks Arrive – See Photos of the Day

November 25, 2014 was a big day for Imagine Nation Brewing, the world’s first combination microbrewery and center for positive change. After 6 years of careful planning and support from community, friends and family, Robert Rivers and Fernanda Menna Barreto Krum realized another milestone on their journey to make their dream a reality. Two huge semi trucks loaded with tanks arrived at the brewery located on the banks of the Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula, MT. The day was as steely gray as the tanks, but a group of hardworking, fast thinking folks came together to unload the stainless vessels from the trucks and maneuver them into place in the brewery.

To see all the photos from the day, hop over to this page and watch the story unfold. To learn more about Imagine Nation Brewing, please visit their website

Here are some highlights:

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