It is nice to eat with family! I eat a lot of meals alone or on the run, so St. Patrick's Day dinner was a treat socially as well as gastronomically. Mom fixed it, so it was good! The only real contribution I made was the sugar free green jello with pears.
Mom and Dad stayed over at my house and then had breakfast before heading back up to SLC and, finally, Bear Lake. Mom made muffins, yummy!
Anticipating pleasant spring weather, I planned a trip for the OAC down at Arches Fiery Furnace. It was windy and chilly; not bitterly cold but not as pleasant as we'd hoped. Nevertheless, I had a good time. Fiery Furnace requires traversing some skinny passages and along some moderate bouldering spots. It was just about the limit of what I was comfortable with (the students, of course, handled it all with ease.)
I have been meaning to photograph the Madeleine cathedral properly, for years. (Properly = with a tripod.) In fact I think I did do some photos, once, with my conventional film camera-- years ago. I find it is sometimes very hard to do local things. It's easier to make time to do things on vacation, when the window of opportunity is short, but focused on extraordinary events. Anyway, what finally got me up to the Madeleine was putting it on my syllabus for my Gothic Revival class. Now I am teaching it, I need some decent photographs. So, with a little help from photoshop and, of course, the tripod, I got some helpful details.
I've been working on a project, scanning old photos for online albums. I was a sophomore (I think) in Fall 1991 and I remember at the time I was dissatisfied with these pictures. I thought my teeth stuck out too much. Holy cow! What wouldn't I give to be as thin now as I was back then- never mind the teeth!! Incidentally, if you don't recognize the trail, it is the Timpooneke trail; the overlook picture is taken at the Shelf.
I am a keen amateur photographer, an avid traveler, a dedicated researcher. My main area of interest is the European middle ages although I like history and culture, especially social history, of all eras and regions. I am especially fond of good architecture and I am really, really fond of reptiles.
I usually post this blog to share highlights from my travels with family and friends. If you are a potential friend wandering by, you are welcome; any of my art or nature images posted here are available for non profit personal or study use, and if reproduced I ask that I be credited as photographer.