The other day I had the honor of taking some pictures of sweet baby Rhys! One of the happiest babies I’ve ever seen, and I think it shows in this picture!
Kellee decided to look all spiffy today, so I decided to archive the spiffyness with a photo, above. Kellee then decided to get all spiffy with the photo and turn it into a mock Warby Parker ad, below.
Our german shepherd puppy is about three months old now! She loves to play (and chew on everything).
Natalie and I spent a week at Mount Magazine, the highest point here in Arkansas. I had plenty of opportunities to take pictures, here they are! As always, click to view them larger.
Old Lodge Trail
Wildlife on Mount Magazine
We frequently saw a variety of animals while driving, and on the trails. There was at least one rabbit that we saw daily beside our cabin. There was no shortage of butterflies either, they were everywhere we looked!
Mount Magazine’s Scenic Overlooks
Here are a few pictures taken from just a few of the many scenic overlooks on the mountain.
Plants on the Mountain
There is no shortage of plant life, with many beautiful flowers along the roadsides and trails.
Hope you enjoyed, I know I did!
The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute is a state-of-the-art facility at UAMS in Little Rock. It features beautiful architecture, peaceful areas for meditation, and of course lots of doctors. Here are a few pictures of some special places and things at the cancer institute. You can click the picture to view it larger.
Per the Cancer Institute, the Seed of Hope “is a symbol of hope and healing for patients at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.
On each patient’s final day of active treatment, we present him or her with two seed-shaped tokens. One token is placed in the sculpture as a celebration of survivorship. The second token is taken with them to keep or to pass along as a symbol of hope to someone else facing a challenge.
It is our hope that one day, through the power of research-driven treatment, the Seed of Hope will overflow with tokens symbolizing countless survivors who have won the battle against cancer.”
You can learn more about the fight against cancer here in Arkansas by visiting the Cancer Institute website.
Asclepias Variegata, or redring milkweed, has a beautiful complex bloom. The small white petals appear smooth, almost creamy, as if they were molded from clay.
The other night I the stars were exceptionally bright, so I decided to see if I could pull of a decent time-lapse picture of them from my balcony. I started at 9:18 pm and took 30 second exposures for an hour. Unfortunately I have misplaced my remote shutter release, so I had to manually set it off. This was cause for a little more pause than I would have liked between exposures, and is noticeable when you view the picture up close. But, for my first star trail picture, I count it as a success!
Here’s how I did it (specifically):
Set up my tripod on the balcony, put the camera on it and aimed it where I wanted. Then I did a couple of test shots to make sure everything would look ok. After that, I put a camping chair outside with me (later Natalie joined me to keep me awake). I set the shutter speed to 30 seconds, and the ISO was as low as possible. The aperture was around 5 maybe, if I remember right. Might have been 8 or 10…
So I took a picture every 30 seconds for an hour, and then used photoshop to combine them all into one picture. When combined, you can see how much the stars moved in one hour (really how much the earth spun).
P.S. You can kinda see where an airplane flew by a couple of times, which annoyed me greatly at the time, but I think it adds character now.
P.P.S. I could not have sat outside for an hour without the company and help of my lovely wife!!
This morning on my way in to Little Rock, I saw some strange but beautiful wavy cloud formations. The pictures don’t really do them justice, but I thought they looked neat anyway. I’ve always wanted an excuse to take pictures of that particular field, so I’m glad I finally got the chance!
I saw this dandelion today, glowing in the late afternoon sun. With such good lighting, and having my camera, I couldn’t help but stop to snap a picture. I think it looks like a firework in the sky.
A striking sunset behind the First United Methodist Church in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.