Category Archives: Photography

Arizona Hikes With the Best Scenery

This article “10 Fitness Hikes With Tremendous Views” from AZ Central | Arizona Republic showcases some of the best hikes in Arizona, primarily for the views not for the exercise or difficulty.

This might translate into kid-friendliness.

Jasper Stark – 11 months old today

Almost a year old. Yep, that time flies fast.

These photos are Jasper this morning. He sits up. He kneels and stands up all over the place now. He does not walk, yet, though when he pulls himself up on a chair, on an ottoman, he will stand for 30 mins or so.

He waves now if you wave to him; he claps his hands, he claps his feet. He has a sly smile. He laughs a lot. He sleeps less. A lot less, so much so yesterday the daycare remarked on. “He seems to .. not sleep.” He has big eyes, big feet. Lightning quick grabbing glasses. Likes his crawling freedom. Over the weekend we took a picture of him looking an awful lot like his great grand dad J.R. Anderson.

Jasper J.C. Stark, 11 months old today. :D We’re celebrating with a BBQ in your honor in February.



PHOTO: What, It’s Spring Already?


Fight? Are We Allowed to Mention Our Rights?

“Some people like to be stepped on – some people like to remind others they have rights – whether that’s government or corporations that need to listen. Non-violent – that’s more than OK, it’s a founding principle of humanity.” — Temple Stark

Seems a lot of people are happily gleeful to shoot down the idea that Instagram / Facebook shouldn’t get access to re-purpose people’s photos to make a little money. Seems if you sign the terms of agreement once, any change, no matter the permutation, should just be sucked up. Or you know, you can cancel your presence there. Except there are conflicting reports on whether, even that works.

So, even if some are just jumping because they’re noticing a trend, or whether some have genuine concerns and are scared of losing control of their rights – and their property rights – making a reasoned fuss seems like a better move than to just accept every new violation.

This one isn’t about Instagram being able to sell my photos, it’s about losing control of the rights to my photos and, yes, wondering how widespread my kids’ photos will get and what they’ll be used to sell.

Just saying, “They would never do …” seems incredibly naive. Odd, coming from those calling others naive. I stopped using Instagram the day the Facebook purchase was announced. I view Facebook as a necessary evil at this point and do not trust them, but surely no one would agree it’s not without good reason. I don’t like their “Sponsored Ads” there either. If people had remained silent, Facebook – or any other company – would not have reason to reverse tack.

Sanctimonious sarcasm never works. Lashing out anger rarely ever works. But en masse works, because numbers matter. Even if you’re a minority and the majority is just people who don’t care, you have the right to fight for your rights. That includes mentioning to people who make bad decisions that you really don’t like that.

Many people I notice think that’s great when it comes to government, but think if you’re using a free service, if it’s a corporation, you shouldn’t speak up. Guess what, each change that takes something else, makes the service less free.

[ Further thoughts and facts from Plagiarism Today – The Real Fail Behind Instagram’s TOS … The Verge – No Instagram Can’t Sell Your Photos: What the New Terms of Service Really Mean … Instagram TOS (as of 12/18/2012) – Terms of Use ]

Found Comfort


Dream and Icicle have found their favorite spot.

Cameras – Smiling Is Easy.

Link Fest.

Pretty much PetaPixel go tmy interest otday with some great posts and links about the history of digital photography, as well as photo tips.


First Camera Phone Photograph

Light Meter – A Marble

Baggage Journey Recorded

5MB of Storage in 1956

Someday In The Not-Too-Distant Future

Polaroid Ceramic Coasters

Photos Over Aged Words