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Photoblog: Juneau Whale Watching

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The next shore day on our July 2013 Alaska cruise was Juneau. This was the day I’d been waiting for, as we were going on a whale watching excursion.

For years, seeing whales in the wild had been on my bucket list. We’d gone on a whale watching excursion in St. Lucia, but did not see any whales (although we saw a huge number of dolphin).

Knowing the huge number of humpback whales that feed in the Stevens Passage, I …

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August 3rd, 2013 at 9:42 am

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Photoblog: White Pass Railroad

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The White Pass and Yukon Route railroad is a narrow gauge railroad between Skagway, Alaska and Whitehorse in the Yukon. Riding the line is a standard excursion for cruise ships porting in Skagway.

On our July 2013 Alaska cruise, we chose an excursion that took the train from Skagway to Fraser, British Columbia, Canada, and then took a tour coach back. This allowed us to differing scenery each direction.

The entire excursion took about 3.5 hours and was well worth …

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August 2nd, 2013 at 8:11 am

Posted in Alaska,Photoblog

Photoblog: Tracy Arm Fjord and Sawyer Glacier

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In July 2013, the family and I took a cruise to Alaska. One off the days was spent sailing up Tracy Arm Fjord to see Sawyer Glacier.

We signed up for a room with a balcony so we could sit out there as the little one napped in early afternoon. As it happened, we were stuck on the balcony as we visited Tracy Arm.

I thought ahead and had my camera and lenses out there with me, so got quite …

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August 1st, 2013 at 10:23 am

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Met Hugh Freeze

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I’m in New Orleans this week for PubCon Spring 2013. My family came along, so we had Monday to run around the French Quarter together.

We ended up at Grand Isle Restaurant for dinner, and decided to sit outside, since there was a nice breeze. Across a narrow courtyard from us was the sports bar Manning’s, which was hosting an alumni event for Ole Miss.

My father-in-law is an Ole Miss alum, so I follow their football team a …

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April 25th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Video: Statue of Liberty from Wyoming-Texas

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Another of my favorite plays from Saturday’s Wyoming-Texas game was David Ash and Malcolm Brown running the statue of liberty play.

Malcolm takes it 31 yards to the Wyoming 10 yard line.

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September 4th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Video: D.J. Monroe Scores on the Wild Fozzy

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Took some video from my seats at the Wyoming-Texas game Saturday. I’m still trying to decide what my favorite play was, but this is definitely up there.

Joe Bergeron looks like he may do will with the Wild Fozzy. He had several nice reads.

And the athletic move by D.J. Monroe at the end of this play is amazing.…

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September 4th, 2012 at 9:26 am

Video: Texas Longhorn Enhanced Team Walk-in

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For several seasons now, a crowd has been gathering to watch the Texas Longhorns walk in to Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium before home football games. As the event has grown in popularity, it’s been harder and harder to actually see.

This year, they’ve expanded the event. Instead of being dropped off right at the north gate, the team is being dropped off at the corner of 23rd Street and Robert Dedman. They then walk about half a …

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September 3rd, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Astrophotography: Moon-Venus Convergence, November 27, 2011

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I just got a new Nikon D700. One of the reasons I wanted it was for astrophotography. It is very strong at both long exposure images and at using high ISO.

Last night and tonight there was a convergence of the Moon and Venus. It was actually better last night (Saturday), but I wasn’t able to shoot.

So, I took the opportunity tonight to try out the D700 on astrophotography. It certainly performed well, but I can’t wait to try …

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November 27th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

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Review: Shibuya in the MGM Grand Las Vegas

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There are certain restaurants I visit just about every time I come to Vegas: the oyster bar within Harrahs, BLT Burgers (for the milkshakes) and The Egg and I.

Sorry Carnevino, I’m over you.

My latest addition to this list is Shibuya inside the MGM Grand. It’s by far the best sushi I’ve had east of California.

On my most recent trip to Vegas, I was actually staying at the MGM Grand, so it made perfect sense to visit Shibuya …

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November 14th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

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Video: Longhorn Band Halftime for Texas Tech Game

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At the halftime of the Texas Tech-Texas game, the Longhorn Band played songs for the crowd to sing along with, as if they were a giant karaoke machine.

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November 9th, 2011 at 12:39 pm