Posts Tagged ‘photos’

The Cutest Baby… EVER!

I’d like to introduce to the world (wide web), baby Arizona. I may be a tad biased, but I swear she is the cutest baby that ever was!

She was born 3 weeks ago, 8 lbs, 21 inches. Watch out WNBA — my little bundle of sleep-deprivation joy could be headed your way someday.

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Photo Gallery: Puerto Rico

In the midst of a prolonged Winter spill in Oklahoma, and the rest of the United States for that matter, I didn’t need much convincing to go to Puerto Rico for a gravity survey. Though it was mainly for work, we did get a chance to stop by the beach near the Aguadilla airport.

Puerto Rico 2010

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Photo Gallery: Oklahoma Ice Storm

I can’t believe it. My first ice storm! It’s not so pleasant: the cold, the wind, the loss of electricity, etc. After the brunt of the storm passed, I decided to beat cabin fever and took my camera for a walk to school.

Oklahoma Ice Storm

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Photo Gallery: China Revisited

The year started off with a return from Hawaii, and another visit to China. The trip was a great scientific endeavor, but I could say less for my photographic ventures. I saw my third solar eclipse, but was working that day so I didn’t bring my camera (RATS!). The setting was surreal as the pollution made viewing the eclipse possible without the need for optical doohickeys such as a pinhole projector. Oh, how I regretted not taking my camera that day.

I try to expand my photographic boundaries every trip I make. Although, I didn’t take much photographs this time around, I did learn a lot about photography. One that comes to mind is the importance of tripods. I took a light-weight tripod for the convenience of traveling, but sacrificed (what could have been) a good shot because of it. Lesson learned. Never again.

Bird's Nest

At least a few of the shots came out passable… Maybe.

Photo Gallery: Testing the waters in Hawaii

Hawaii 2010Hawaii, so many beautiful things to see. BUT, I was too busy stuffing my face with local food that I didn’t have much time to take photos. Coming back to the islands has become somewhat routine. I come home, stay at my mom’s house, and gain 20 pounds while I eat my way through island favorite (more on this late). This time around, I wanted to do something different.

Mainly due to the great influence of Chinese culture, I believe the state of Hawaii is the only state in the union to welcome each new year with ridiculous amounts of fireworks/firecrackers. The flares, smoke, and noise are ubiquitous at the stroke on midnight – and we wouldn’t want it any other way. I remember the weather report on New Year’s Eve: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers on the windward side throughout the day, with heavy patches of smoke appearing after midnight. Seriously, if you think dropping a ball in Times Square is exciting, come and stay in Waimanalo for new year celebration.

With that said, I took the opportunity to try firework photography. I’ve never done it before – “How hard can it be?”, I thought. Well, I’d say 2 of about 80 shots turned out well – but you be the judge. For that, I’d like to thank my anonymous neighbor for setting off the beautiful aerial fireworks. Note: aerial fireworks are not exactly legal in Hawaii (unless you have a commercial permit or something), so shhh…

I also tried capturing some high dynamic range (HDR) photographs, but these were hand-held ventures due to my lack of a tripod at the time.

Summer of 2009

Grand Canyon

Reches Trip 2009: A coming of age tale of four geology graduate students and their professor. We pick up the story as the group departs from Denver to make their way through the sandstones southern Utah, Canyon of northern Arizona, and insane highways of southern California…

Hmmm… I don’t think it’ll hit The New York Times Best Seller list. Meanwhile, enjoy the photo gallery as I keep working on a the great American novel.

It was a dark and stormy night…

Photo Gallery Update: Wyoming and South Dakota

A recent collaboration with the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic led me to do some fieldwork in and around Devils Tower National Monument and the nearby Missouri Buttes. We conducted a gravimetric survey in order to test a new hypothesis on the origins of the Devils Tower and Missouri Buttes. Our preliminary findings will be first presented in the upcoming Geological Society of America (GSA) annual meeting, which will be held in Portland, Oregon.

BUT… Beyond the Moho is about my interests outside of the geosciences (contact me if you would to talk science). Otherwise, follow the bovine to some of the photos I took on this recent trip to Wyoming and South Dakota. Thanks!

Future Blue Plate Special

Least I forget, much gratitude and appreciation goes to the folks at Lake Ranch! Without whom, our research efforts would not have been as successful. Much mahalo and aloha.