The Brown Sisters, Year In and Year Out


One of the things I love most about photography is its ability to “freeze” things we humans usually experience fluidly — to capture and crystallize something (or someone) for future viewers and generations who will never be able to experience those moments “in person.” On the other hand, that ability can sometimes be as much [Read More...]

Snow Days, Wyoming Style


So… …we may have gotten a bit more snow during the night than we were anticipating. And it’s still coming down. I’m not sure of the official numbers yet, but my unofficial measuring system puts this one in the “world o’hurt, shoveling-wise” category. Firmly. In fact, we might be lookin’ at the largest single-storm accumulation [Read More...]

Finding Serenity with Jobson’s Flickr Finds


I had a long (and if past history is any indicator, a hopelessly over-written) movie post scheduled for this afternoon. But in the wake of Roger Ebert’s passing yesterday (and a quick, in memoriam spin through his great “Great Movies” series as well as several wonderful testimonials), I’m uncomfortably aware of my piece’s deficiencies. Just can’t pull the trigger [Read More...]

The Calm Before The Storm


The first few days of Holy Week always feel so strange to me. The eager throngs and joyful Hosannas of Palm Sunday are behind us; the angry shouts, the betrayals, the torches of Holy Thursday, before. At this moment, though — waiting in this liturgical lull; this eye of the Lenten storm — all is [Read More...]

The Smithsonian’s Annual Photo Contest Is A Visual Feast


Speaking of dangerous time sinks, Smithsonian Magazine recently unveiled the finalists for its 10th Annual Photo Contest. The 50 images are broken down into categories — The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, and Altered Images — and as I scanned through them (and through the archived photos that took part in the nine previous contests), [Read More...]

Mesmerizing Time-Lapse Imagery of Austria’s Lake Hallstatt


This, my friends, is what’s known as “doing time-lapse video right.” (HD imperative.) Lake Hallstatt has been referred to as the “melancholic lake”, the “still fjord” and the “vision of a perfect mountain lake”. It is a classic relic of the Ice Age and it has a total area of 858 square metres lying between the steep [Read More...]

The Year in Photos, WSJ Edition


Among my favorite December phenomena are the “Year in Photo” pieces that begin to crop up in the feedreader as 12/31 draws near. This morning’s browsing revealed not only a link to the Wall Street Journal’s wonderful “Photos of the Year” contest, but an equally wonderful “Behind the Images” piece exposing the stories behind a few of [Read More...]

Recovering from the Weekend

Antelope Canyon II

One of the many unanticipated consequences of having a large, young family is being forced to recognize that weekends are not for resting. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that it was unanticipated by me, which means we now know exactly where I fall on the “man who desires to get married should know [Read More...]

Real-Life La Luna


When I first saw this image adorning the top of a This is Colossal post on some of National Geographic’s finest photo contest entries, I immediately thought of “La Luna.” OK, that’s not quite fair. The thing I did first was gawk, because that picture is unbelievable. Next, I scanned through the rest of the pictures, which are nearly as [Read More...]