Categories for Nature

Crystal Bridges Art Museum
February 26th, 2013

All the photos below originate from my recent trip to Bentonville, Arkansas. (664px width)

Crystal Bridges Art Walk

This fixed picture frame was discovered along some trail outside the art museum. Of course I felt the need to edit away the structure that supports it so that it looks like it’s floating.

The Tulip House

The Tulip House from which the mysterious picture frame, framed. An interesting metallic, alien form amidst the forest.

Roxy Paine: Yield

Roxy Paine: Yield
Located immediately outside the museum entrance. I would have preferred it to be located in the middle of the forest however. An exotic variation to the norm.

Evan Penny Old Self: Portrait of the Artist as He Will (Not) Be. Variation #2

Evan Penny
Old Self: Portrait of the Artist as He Will (Not) Be. Variation #2
By far one of the coolest works at the entire museum. Seeing is believing at how amazingly detailed and truly realistic this structure is. I believe this is what they call Hyper-realistic Sculpture. I def want to see more of the kind soon.


Five separate photos patched together to make this interesting vertical panoramic. The hardest part was the blending of the tree line around where the sun started to silhouette the trees. Not too bad though.

The Black Angel
October 29th, 2012

If you are keeping track, this entry was expected to be a handful of images from Burning Man. I guess I wasn’t feeling up to tackling such a huge project just yet. Yes, I’m aware BM happened almost 2 months ago. I’m still decompressing. ;)

Instead, I whipped these up after taking a walk through Iowa City’s Oakland Cemetery where I took a couple shots of our infamous Black Angel. A post a little more fitting for Halloween perhaps.

I believe every town has got their own legends regarding an angel statue in a cemetery. I know my hometown does.

September 11th, 2012

The Rocky Mountain National Park was one of many parks we visited before and after heading to Burning Man this year.  Upon reaching the tip of a mountain, from which we scaled by navigating a one way, narrow dirt path that included steep drop offs and hair pin turns, I discovered something very important about myself.  And that is my body doesn’t like extreme altitudes at all! I was doing alright in Estes Park, roughly 7,500 feet elevation. But upon being dragged up the Old Fall River Road to some god forsaken mountain at 12,000 feet, my ears were plugged, my heart was racing, my bladder was constantly requesting a release, and most noticeably, I was huffing like I just got done running a triathlon.  The view from atop would have been a beautiful sight to see had I not been more concerned about just trying to stay alive. Upon my rapid descent back to *gulp* 8,000 feet, my inner ear canal was put through an industrial size washer. High spin cycle. Needless to say, this cycle destroyed my appetite for the next couple days.

Once I was able to regain control of all my bodily functions, I set a personal limit that I will never again exceed 8,000 feet on any of my future treks.  “Well I guess climbing Mount Everest is out.” states my travel mate.  This is fine with me! I’m not suicidal. I wouldn’t even make it to base camp.  I will forever stick to the beaches and coastlines, where my soul belongs. Luckily Machu Picchu is only 7,970 ft above sea level clearing just below my personal elevation restriction. This makes me happy enough.

Sugar Bottom
November 1st, 2011

A random adventure with Peyton Sun (Peyton Sun Photography) to Sugar Bottom Beach on October 9th, 2011. Captured the fisherman with my “stalker lens” as Peyton calls it.

The kite flyers are probably my favorite candid subjects so far. I had a lot of fun shooting them. Plus it was during a beautiful sunset. I really shouldn’t waste any more sunsets sitting inside.