Simon the Adventurer

The Stars Fell on Christmas
December 29, 2010, 7:42 am
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Right now it’s about 12:45 I just got off work and I am walking home the mile and a half to my house.  As I stepped outside the cold air froze the condensation of my breath on to my beard.  It’s cold.  As I walk up the hill I look out and I can see the big dipper, it has been a while since I have seen the stars like this.  An ocean of infinity, right next to the big dipper the occasional shooting star, brilliant,  beautiful, fleeting.  Looking across the cosmos up above me the milky way screams with clarity there is nothing like the mountain, nothing like the wonder the stars provide instilling a great gratitude that we can see it, that we have eyes.  I couldn’t imagine a better way of putting it, every star set, moving in synchronicity, together, absolutely beautiful.  Many a night as I walk up this hill there is nothing but clouds, nothing but neighbors driving by, car lights, house lights, street lights.  Tonight there is peace.  Not a wisp of wind is in the air.  Christmas lights are said to emulate the stars, they pale in comparison.  I don’t care what day it is Merry Christmas none the less


There was a great November
November 14, 2010, 9:01 pm
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There was a great November,
the snow it fell down deep,
filled with things to remember,
The days were short, down to sleep.

To live well to live in richness of spirit, a goal sought out by many but oftentimes as fleeting as the seasons.  I have looked back upon life, brought about as only a birthday can, the past few years have been magnificent.  The wonderful memory aid that is photography has played a large part in the reminiscent process.   I have taken many thousand photos in all, a glimpse of time that can only be relived in memory, every shot tells a story.  Upon looking I had the chance to reconnect with friends and places distinguishing moments from yesteryear.  Forgotten memories remembered:

Those simple thoughts brought about by good archiving.  Archive and live well.

Celebrating 8-9-10 with a -2.34
August 10, 2010, 1:27 am
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Freakin’ low tide again people.  In the midst of this celebration I went to the shoreline of the park and had it all to myself.  What an event there was, stuff everywhere, those unsuspecting little animals got my camera in their face only to be left alone in wanting of the returning tide.  Good stuff.  The results are as follows:  If you like this there are some great high res shots on my site click HERE.

This blobby “wiener shaped thing” is a sea cucumber.  It’s kinda squishy but fun to find because if you give them a little squeeze they squirt water.

Seemingly ever present the chiton I ate one once it was pickled kinda gross it chewed like leather.

Sponge, beautiful and simple there is purple, green and yellow that I have seen.

A little gruesome This salmon got caught in the barrier net of the nearby salmon hatchery.


CRAB! close up of the ocular sensor of a crab.

That one salmon caught in the net did a really good job holding still so I could get a few shots of his “Fish eye lens”.

Beautiful shot of the hermit crab color.

This was neat there was a hermit crab that was using a barnacle shell as a house.

I waited for a while to get the above shot I eventually grabbed him and put him on a rock to get a better look, after which I carefully put him back in his tide pool.

Just for fun
August 3, 2010, 1:13 am
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There are times where things get a little serious, where I struggle to try to even make a photo that is really even worth a damn.  A those times of despair I often find it just best to put myself into another place, to make sure I am still having fun in the midst of trying to be a photographer.  To go and shoot with nothing in mind, perhaps it is in the midst of letting go that I have found that space to find the roots of purpose.  Separation of intent and expectation, a connection of subject and observer, in order to just stay sane.  Artists must keep looking at things differently in order to observe properly macro, micro, and whole-o.  Taking into account the wholeness of a scene as well as the details, keeping in mind the importance of line, composition, structure, intrinsic beauty and all in the perfect light.

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July 27, 2010, 1:02 am
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No, not Australia.  Down under the ocean is where there are a bunch of things to look at/eat(depending on where you are from).  I took a swim around the harbor today and took a few pictures of things that I saw there.  On this beautiful day I found some neat stuff enjoying the sun as well.  I put up a new section on my site called shoreline if you like this kind of stuff click here.

That strange looking spiky thing in the lower left is a sea cucumber.  I ate one once, it didn’t taste anything like a cucumber, it tasted more like garlic and butter.  There is not much meat on these guys just four rubber-band-looking things on the inside.

The quiet and wise limpet.  These guys get lumped together with snails, but these are way cooler.

A hairy crab, don’t get too close he will pinch you and you will have to crush him against a rock and break his claw off (stinkin’ crab).

The fish were really enjoying a stroll through the eel grass

A quick clip of swimming through the eel grass.  Click Here.

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Those Seceret Places
July 26, 2010, 12:46 am
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Everyone has them weather they notice them or not they are always there.  Those little places that only you know a place where the sun shines just right so a sunset reflects off the water in just such a way that it makes you want to sing.  Those places might even be in plane sight it just depends on how you look at it that makes it good.  That place you find the good stuff and can spend some time alone, up and above all the mess.  Where you go to find rest.

After a long few weeks without much “down time” it’s nice to know that those places are still there waiting.

A moment of clarity
July 21, 2010, 4:26 am
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Often times when I am faced with the task to photograph an animal I run quickly into a wall of sharpness, I just can’t get my shots sharp enough.  Being a photographer on a budget requires a great deal of creativity, if high quality images are the desired result.  My first long lens was a 70-300mm VR ED IF AF (vibration reduction telephoto) however fast the auto-focus was it was just not getting quality results at the long end of the lens(300mm too soft).  So, I bought a 300mm f/4 prime lens, pricey yes but, well worth the cost. Case in point…

Grey whales are mammals meaning they give live birth in the water, those salty lagoons down in Baja California.  Mother Grey whales produce milk which nourishes a young whale until they can handle solid food.  And another mammalian characteristic is hair, which raises the question where is this hair located?  I have found the answer.

This shot is the original crunched down for internet purposes but upon close inspection after taking those shots… Also, kinda gross but the barnacles actually protrude through the fat and skin of the whale and hitch a “free ride” as the whale swims through the water.

Those little hairs become fairly obvious.

“How sharp is it?”  Sharp enough to see the hairs on a Grey Whale.