Hawaii in Photos

Back from Hawaii and hitting the ground running! A quick peek of a few of my Hawaii photos (taken strictly on my iphone). Colors are so vivid there, it’s a bit odd looking out the window to the white and brown (it is actually winter someplaces) view of my Colorado yard.

(above is our wedding venue!)

Christmas Eve yule log

(found a bucket full of Simpsons antiquing)

My New Year’s resolutions include blogging more frequently and a really fun new project I’ll tell you about this week (here’s a hint, it involves more photos). Hope everyone is surviving the first work week of the New Year!


Absence explained via photos

Texas State Fair

Killing Texas. Now the highpoint of our season.

Decorating pumpkins. Thanks for the inspiration, Pinterest.

Carmen Marc Volvo fashion show on a jaunt to Tulsa

Going through old things: my trick-or-treating bag

More old things. Apple lover for life. RIP Steve Jobs.

And some new things. More love for Apple. New iPhone4S as seen via my iPad.

First snow.

And a peak at my Halloween decor. Less than a week!



Aloha Friday: La Jolla pics pt. 2

Happy Friday! It’s been a nice week out here in La Jolla. Here are a few more pics including a few from a “safari” at the Wild Animal Park here (which is AMAZING).

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

La Jolla escape photos pt. 1

One of the big perks of being self-employed: temporary relocation to a much more ideal location. I’m spending the week out in La Jolla, CA with my family as we’ve done every August since I was born (since my grandmother was born actually!). Luckily work happened to be a bit slow this week, but today I’m at Starbucks working on a semi-annual report for a financial real estate investment company. Blogging seems a bit more exciting than that, so I’m taking a break to load a few pics from the week thus far. Some great Mexican food, amazing views, and lots of beach time have made up the first part of my trip.

Clearly I’m still digging Instagram and Hipstamatic. I left my camera in Denver and the ol’ iphone 3g camera just isn’t cutting it quality wise, so these filters make the images a bit spicier.

Aloha Friday: An Oklahoma photographic experience

I spent last Thursday to Tuesday in Oklahoma (note: originally I typed Hawaii here, I wish and I clearly have Aloha Friday on the brain) and have just come up for air beneath my pile of work and errands. So I thought I’d share some pictures from my trip as parts were quite entertaining. When the weather is well into the hundreds (even without the heat index), you have to get a bit creative on how to occupy your time.

We did lots of antiquing:

Our purchases included these amazing plates (not the Sprinkles cupcake) and a perfume bottle (I’ve decided to start a collection):

Other activities included a jaunt to the Porter Peach Festival. Due to a bad crop this year, there were literally no peaches available for purchase, but we had some of the best peach cobbler I’ve ever eaten and got to witness this gem of a parade. The parade included  3 Porter Peach Festival Princesses of different ages (the youngest being the Peach Bud who sat out of the top of a truck waving her best light bulb screw wave), politicians vying for support (I’ve shown one below riding on a tractor), a tractor pull, and shiners galore on their small cars. We didn’t last too long, as the heat index was around 110, but it was an experience worth braving the heat.

We also went to a shopping event (that we’re a bit embarrassed by, as it was mostly a craft fair) at the Fair Grounds. If you’ve ever been to Tulsa, you’ll recognize the oil man.

But it wasn’t a total loss as I was able to find the CUTEST, softest little dress for my good friend Belinda’s soon-to-be born baby girl and have it monogrammed with her name.

We ended the trip with a visit to the Dust Bowl. Another good friend of mine, Bailey, is an architect in Tulsa and worked on this bar. It is truly a work of art from the name to the bowling pin door handles to the old school experience of keeping your own score by hand. As I’m an avid bowling fan (note: this does not mean I am any good), I have a feeling this will be a frequent stop on my visits home.

I returned to Denver with a new outlook on the “heat” here. It’s not hot if it’s not over 100 degrees with 100% humidity.

Not a lot going on for me this weekend, just relaxing. Anyone have any fun plans this weekend?

What Qualifies as Iconic Photography?

My friend Lindsay sent me an article this morning from NPR that I found quite interesting. It featured a picture of a couple laying down kissing in the midst of a riot-ridden Vancouver (after the local hockey team was defeated in the finals of the Stanley Cup). It poses the question of whether or not this could be the V-J day kiss in Times Square (a spontaneous moment of celebration at the announcement of the end of the war with the Japanese during World War 2 captured by Alfred Eisenstaedt) of our generation. Both the recent (very recent, last night) picture and Times Square picture are below.

I find the question interesting on several levels. While the images are obviously similar in content with a spontaneous kiss in the midst of chaos, the inspiration for the kisses are quite different. One was celebrating the completion of a war that had resulted in countless deaths, while the other apparently resulted at the victory of their favorite hockey team? I have to laugh at that though, because I wonder if these people were Bruins fans or simply drunk. Additionally, an update to the article suggested perhaps it was performance art.

While the similarities from the Vancouver image and this image at the Getty are quite similar, I question that theory for the mere fact that knowing a riot would ensue in Vancouver seems to be a bit out there. Do you think the riot image is real or staged?

It also raises the question of what qualifies as an iconic image. Is it a message that resonates the most with people? Is it the quality of the image? Is it the most graphic? And what are images from our generation that you think will stand the test of time? Below (as a native Oklahoman) is an image I’ll never forget.

What are some images from recent times you feel are iconic?