Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Summer Climbers

I was looking through some photos from this summer and came across this one that Molly's friend Kaliegh took.  Molly and I were taking Kaliegh rock climbing for her first time.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Cold Water Divers

Firefighters Luke Adkins, Eric Tucker and Mike Lively getting ready to make some cold-water-dives in the Kanawha River Monday afternoon.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sunday Afternoon Color

It had been a while since I went for a walk just specifically to make pictures, so while Kim was nappin', Molly and I went to Charleston and walked around town for a while.  It was perfect weather and there was still some color on a few of the trees downtown.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Angel's Arete

Kim, Molly and I had another great afternoon at the New River Gorge Monday. Molly made it to the top of Angel's Arete, a 5.10a climb.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday At The New River Gorge

Monday was a great day.  Molly and I got some rock climbing in after she got out of school.  When we finished climbing we headed over to Beauty Mountain for the sunset then to Water Stone Outdoors to get some stickers for Molly's new ('91 Dodge Dakota) truck.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Saturday Morning Street Shots

I had a couple of things to do in Charleston Saturday morning, so while I was there I took a nice walk around downtown.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tuesday Morning

One of the most dramatic sunrises I've seen.  I was at work with only my 35mm lens for my Fuji x-e2 and I was so struck by the awesomeness that I didn't think about going up on the roof of the fire station until it was over.  Booo!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wednesday Evening Rainbow

We saw five rainbows yesterday evening  and I saw one the day before.  All doubles!  The other one in this photo is barely visible.  It's to the left of the bright one.   The last one we saw was "full on across the sky.  Whoa!!!"  I wish I would've been able to get a photo of that one.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Capitol Market

Some color from the farmers market at Capitol Market this afternoon.

Saturday, October 4, 2014


A C-130 soars over Appalachian Power Park this morning.  I like being downtown when they take off from the airport and fly over the city.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Milky Way As Seen From Beauty Mountain

Kim and Molly asked me the other day what I wanted for my birthday.  I said I wanted to go rock climbing, go out to eat and go somewhere and get some star trail photos.  So Friday we headed up to the New River and climbed around the Junkyard Wall area for about four hours, then went to eat.  Nothing fancy, just the DQ in Fayetteville, but it was gooood.  Then we headed out to Beauty Mountain to watch the sunset and wait for the stars to come out.

Before I set my camera to start making the photos that would make up my star trail photo (I'll post it tomorrow) I made some photos showing the Milky Way.  This is my favorite.  I wish there was less light pollution in the area, but I like how it turned out anyway.

Ever since I was a little boy I've loved looking up at the night sky.  Even today, as soon as I walk outside at night my head automatically turns up to the heavens.

I did some research on the size of our Milky Way and here are some of the basics about it.  The Milky way is 100,000 light years across (light travels 5.88 trillion miles in a year).  In comparison to the Milky Way, our solar system with it's eight planets and sun would be the size of a quarter laid somewhere on the North American continent.  Amazing!

The closest star that we can see with the naked eye in the Northern Hemisphere is Sirius.  It's just one of the 100's of billions of stars that make up the Milky Way.  Sirius is almost twice the size of the Sun and it’s the brightest star in the sky.  It's 8.6 light-years away! 

Click here and here to watch a couple of videos of Louie Giglio describing the awesomeness of our universe.