Wide Angle Wildlife

The rufous hummingbirds have been voracious at my feeder the past few days and each time I refill and rehang it, they buzz me. This got me thinking I should stand there with my camera, the Fuji X70, a pocketable 28mm wide-angle powerhouse.

All images are HANDHELD, straight-out-of-camera, shot as RAWs & converted to JPEG, transferred via wifi Camera Remote app to smartphone, emailed to myself, downloaded, and uploaded to here, unedited. Image resize for transfer set to On.

I used Continuous High drive mode and Continuous Zone focusing, with the electronic shutter and ISO 1600. Lighting was overcast and exposure compensation was set to +1/3.

'Internet Friends Can Be Real Life Friends'

I just moved to Eugene with Jen. Soon after, Daniel contacted me and said we should ride bikes.
That sounded cool.  Today, he showed me some awesome local single track.

Rad Daniel & his Surly Ice Cream Truck

There are a lot of nice trails in the hills above Eugene.
I'm thankful there are awesome people like Daniel that want to share them with newbies.
Definitely more of these rides to come. Thanks Daniel!

Really, this was a blind-coffee-outside-on-bikes date.

'Internet Friends Can Be Real Life Friends'

Day 1, 2016

One photo a day, posted on my Project 365+1 page.
Shot all on Fuji cameras.

This is day one.
Day one of camera always with me. Day one of I'm going to be a better photographer. Day one of I'm going to actually DO SOMETHING with the images I create.

Check out what I did last year, as a primer.
I still haven't done anything beyond share single images of what I shot in 2015, hence this change.

Here are some from Day One, out for a walk with my wife and dog.

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The boy. The awe.

The boy. The awe.

One full day into 2016.

One full day into 2016.

Changing Perspective

Frostbite & I after a 7 mile run on local IMBA singletrack. Photo by Brett

Frostbite & I after a 7 mile run on local IMBA singletrack. Photo by Brett

I've recently (& finally) taken up trail running, after much (desire, for years, and...) inspiration from four of my friends who are out running great distances to accomplish lofty goals and mountain peaks. The idea was to adopt the theme and motivation to run with my dog, Frostbite, an Alaskan Husky, unfortunately in this sense with a thick winter coat, which means she doesn't handle the summer heat (even in Alaska) very well. My friend Brett and I are always looking for seemingly unattainable/masochistic adventures to go on together, and after running 7 miles of singletrack two weeks ago, off the couch, not having run since 2012, I felt great and said we should obviously double the distance as 7 was so easy. Naturally, we looked to the mountains (at least in terms of Interior Alaska), but this also meant I couldn't take Frostbite, as she'd surely overheat in a mile (warm temps & exposed sun) and as there is no water up on the ridges (so we thought).

So, Brett & I ran the Granite Tors trail, 15 miles, in 3 hrs 55 min after work two nights ago.
We had to walk the one super steep section, a few massive boulder sections, and around quite a few super deep water & mucky sections in the trail, but honestly jogged the rest. It was hard and our muscles were locking up a bit on the way down (Brett actually probably strained one hamstring), but it was a lot of fun, and again, naturally, we are now looking to (masochistically) up the distance for our next (3rd) run... for me, of the summer, not counting a few two-milers.

I decided to make it even more interesting and use only a disposable camera for documentation of our adventure. The results are far from quality, but I find them beautiful in other ways.

I hold this run as exceptionally noteworthy, as it's by far the longest I've ever run, the second run I've done since an 8+ mi marathon relay section in 2012, and the first 10+ mile run since 2004 (although countless 20+ mi days hiking on & off trail, but that's hiking).

Please pardon all the RUN-on sentences :)

Sunday Funday

Jen, being a non-mom, picked up an overtime shift at her air traffic control job today, so we biked in together, as I was wanting to go on a longish ride, anyway. She asked if I was going straight home or on a long ride and I said I'd take a 'kinda indirect way home.' I should have realized there would eventually be more emphasis on the 'kinda indirect' than 'way home.' What started as a casual ride with Jen and then turning around to go home and get things done quickly became a pleasant 50 mile exploration, taking full advantage of the beautiful weather.

I got a good amount of dirt & gravel in, along with hopping some logs and splashing some puddles. All in all, it was an incredibly nice day with lots of enjoyable, comfortable miles. I even passed a road biker who was cruising along at a brisk pace... except I was riding on the dirt trail parallel to the road... on a mountain bike with 2.25" tires... and fully loaded for four days of touring, including food & water. That felt great. I think I'm ready for Oregon.

Headed to the tower

Ready for the 360 mile Oregon Outback this week

Grumman Goose in town from Anchorage

Nice sidetrack and diversion from the pavement

Almost full leaves

A mid-ride drink sounded like a good idea. Finishing it on the hill climb leaving the store was even better.

What a nice day

Now to go surprise Jen at the tower and ride back home with her... and make it a 70 mile day.