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Drive to Cape Pogue Lighthouse

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This morning we took a guided tour out onto the Cape Pogue Wild Life Refuge. The refuge is managed by the “Trustees of the Reservation.”  Mary was our driver over the dunes, and out tour guide.  We had a wonderful time, and these pictures don’t do the place justice.

Taos Ski Valley – Lodging

Taos Ski Valley is one of my favorite destinations in the world.  We visit both winter for the world class skiing and in the summer for the quiet, hiking, and cooler weather.  We have stayed in most of the lodging available in the village.  My brother is considering a trip up this winter and he asked for some direction on lodging.  I found my self putting together a long email and thought it would be worth posting.  No particular order to the listings.

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Edelweiss Spa and Lodge
http://www.edelweisslodgeandspa.com/
Kent 1-800-458-8754

Most luxurious on the mountain, and the newest.  Very nice, with the slopes right outside the door!  Amenities are nice with a restaurant and bar downstairs.  Spa services in-house, and convenient ski lockers.  Indoor parking in the basement!!!

Snakedance
http://snakedancecondos.com/index.php

The most convenient location with Al’s run lift literally only a few steps from door from the ski valet for the hotel.  Don’t take a first floor unit unless you have to.  Best restaurant in the valley, hands down.

Kandahar Condos
http://www.kandahar-taos.com/

Small, but very usable two bedroom condos located up on the beginners slope.  The split level floor plan is useful, as the living-room is upstairs and all bedrooms are downstairs.  Very good ski in/ski out.  We have stayed here 4 times total, and have always enjoyed it.  A bit dated, but very functional.  Don’t arrive after hours unless you have four wheel drive!  Ask for a top building unit.

Snow Bear Condo
http://www.snowbearinn.com/

We stayed here for 6 nights a few years ago.   It has been our least favorite, but it has had a change in ownership and a complete makeover since, so I don’t know how it would be now.  It is ski-in/ski-out only when there is ample snow, and the trails to and from would qualify as blue/black.  It is a bit removed from the rest of the village.

Rio Hondo Condos
http://www.riohondocondos.com/

We loved our stay here!  It is VERY convenient to the ski-school, a bit less so for the other lifts, but still not bad!  They have a wonderful outdoor hot tub that is wonderful to sit in when it snows.  I can recommend highly.  Best parking of anything in the valley expcept the Edelweiss.  The only downside I can think of is that is removed from the village by a brisk walk, but still a great place to stay.

Paines Prairie State Preserve

During our recent spring break trip to Florida we made a quick morning trip to a state park on the outskirts of Gainesville.  The Paines Prairie State Preserve is a facinating place.  It is a flat prarie with areas of swamp and sink holes.  It is home to a large variety of wild life, including dozens of species of birds, alligators, and even bison!  The kids loved it!

Springtime in Chicago – 2008

A beautiful spring day in Chicago with my new (well new to me) Leica M6.  The afternoon was a bit brisk, but still quite pleasant. Unfortunately the light was very flat   Most of these images shot with Summicron 50/2.0.  I wandered to Central Camera on Wasbash, and couldn’t help but buy a 90/2.8 Tele-Elmarit; very clean, and priced reasonably.  The picture through the iron sculpture was taken with this lens.  Film was Fujichrome 100, scans are from the local photo shop were I get my E6 developing done.  They do an OK job for web posts and 4×6 prints, anything else I scan myself with a Nikon Coolscan V-ED.

San Francisco Sailboat

I took this from the Golden Gate Bridge during a trip to San Francisco in 2002.  The light was fairly flat, but the contrast of the water and sailboat make up for the fairly flat rendering of the city in the background.  I took this with an Olympus E-10, which was my first real digital camera.  It was quite the tool for the time.  The image was cropped and converted into B&W.  Contrast adjusted using “Curves” in photoshop.  Being quite early in my experience in using digital images, I saved this as a JPEG, and I can’t seem to find the original; shame as I’d like another go of it!

Hobart, Tasmania

This photograph was taken on a walk in Hobart, Tasmania.  It was taken in Jan, 2005 when my wife and I took a quick visit to see my brother who was living in Melbourne at the time.  We made a 3 night trip to Tasmania via the ferry across the Bass Strait.  The scene was taken late in the morning while on a walk from our hotel in the center of Hobart.  The complementary colors and the strong geometric shapes caught my eye.

This photo was taken with the Ricoh GR1 with Fujichrome 100 slide film.  I scanned the slide with a Nikon Coolscan V-ED.  It was cropped square to fit an existing frame in our living room and printed at 12×12 in on an Epson 2200.