Simon the Adventurer

A spring awakening.

I feel like I made it through the hazing, Southeast Alaska reared its ugly head an gave me a winter of seasonal fluctuations.  Most days went from total darkness to grey and back again, light/dark, light/dark, day in/day out, raven/crow/eagle.

A cold crow puffed up, to stay warm.

A cold crow puffed up, to stay warm.

Water, everywhere, in front, behind, above, below, and next to you.  Seasonal depression is real; when the sun came out it was like an awakening. When dawn and dusk are clearly marked with the shining of the sun it emerges as a gift. A boost to raise you from the pool of water you have been waiting in and finally, if you have the energy, gasping for a breath of air and down again till the next sighting.  Creativity is often stifled into the living room, not much space for a grand idea to blossom.

The fish have come, to ease the stress of fishermen and foragers  alike.

The fish have come, to ease the stress of fishermen and foragers alike.

The wait is over, things are beginning to come back to life.  The herring have finally arrived, and the patient animals gorge themselves on the rich fishes.  The poor birds that were subsisting on trash, handouts and whatever they could scrounge are well fed enough to  think about finding a special friend.  Ravens, crows, and eagles have begun to start their beautiful aerial mating dances.

Herring eggs spawned on sea weed.

Herring eggs spawned on seaweed.


What is the deal?
January 2, 2012, 10:00 pm
Filed under: Nature, Photography, skiing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

The light this season has been really nice vivid sunsets, great cloud formations, Sunny more often than not, Wait a minute it’s Winter not Spring!  Colorado has been suffering through a strange winter season, attempting to subsist on awful ski conditions, man-made snow coating most of the runs and thousands of people skiing over it makes for a depressing season.  I’ll be the first to admit, I have a problem, the white powdery substance is the answer to my addiction I really want to go ski.

There are currently two schools of thought among the locals the first is hopeful sighting historic records as a magical tome that dictates relief after a long and patient wait.  “Just wait,” they say “The longer you wait the harder it will hit”
I’ll believe it when I see it.
The second school speaks of the farmers almanac, it is usually accurate stating that this is just a dry year.
Either way this makes dreams of shooting ski sessions really hard, there are few people willing to huck themselves off a rock with no snow to land on.  So it is landscapes and sunsets for the duration of the dry spell, remaining skeptical of the outcome.

The Rain
August 28, 2011, 9:44 pm
Filed under: Macro, Nature, Photography, Places | Tags: ,

Yup it’s raining and there is really no way of getting around it I want to go and photograph but I also have concern for my gear.

It's raining

There are a few minutes between downpours, working quickly I ended up with the above photo.  It seems to fit the mood of the day Gloomy and drippy.  The evergreens of the Tongass National Forest make the best of such rainfall growing big and strong holding steadfast the thin soil that nourishes them.  I live in a rainforest, not tropical by any means, but classified by the amount of rainfall received.  Seattle is called the “rainy city” and they receive around 40-50 inches of rain a year, Sitka on the other hand gets upwards of 100 inches. For more gloom and macro fun check out my website.

Celebrating 8-9-10 with a -2.34
August 10, 2010, 1:27 am
Filed under: Macro, Photography, Uncategorized, Wildlife | Tags: , , , , , ,

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
Filed under: Blogroll, Macro, Photography | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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
Filed under: Places, Wildlife | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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.