Thursday, December 31, 2009

Barn Owl...

This is the first barn owl I ever saw after getting my Nikon D200 DSLR in 12/2006. I have only seen one since and was unable to get a picture of the second one. I had to shoot this one through my front window of my car, but I am still pleased with it... :)

barn owl and cool texture

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Monday, December 28, 2009


Saturday, December 26, 2009


two frosted trees near venice 12 26 09 bw

It was cold in Sevier County...

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Frozen Lake

Ice utah lake formation black balance vignette

Took pictures of the girls with Santa...Drove by the Old Geneva Steel on my way back to work and shot a few shots of the lake...

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Funny comic...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Morning shot of Mt. Timp temple

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Mount Timpanogos Temple

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Friday, December 18, 2009

LDS Church Graphics Department

I got an email from someone saying they worked for the LDS church graphics department and that they were interested in publishing some of my pictures in a book...we'll see if it is legitimate...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Holidays...

snowy pine trees looks like fog Happy HOlidays

It was my mother's birthday today but I couldn't get a hold of her as she is at my brother's graduation. He received his Ph.D. today. He has put a lot of work into his education and I am glad to see it paying off...

I think this is another "milestone" birthday for my mother, but she probably doesn't want her age listed online...She is finally "old enough" to be a grandmother though... :)

Happy Birthday Mom!!!

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Loved the stormy sky tonight...Mt. Timpanogos Temple

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Grandma's Funeral

Grandma's funeral went well. I wish I had taken a few more pictures of cousins, and also taken couples pictures of Uncles/Aunts...oh well...

I liked that Grandma's good friend spoke. She told so many nice stories about Grandma that I had never heard before. The viewing was nice, the funeral was nice, and so was the burial and luncheon.

Afterwards, we went to her home and picked a few mementos to remember her by...I took one of Grandpa's bolo ties ( I was on my mission when he died), one of Grandpa's wallets, one of Grandma's wallets, some script from the SUE, a cute lapel pin, a vintage typewriter, and a couple other small things like doilies she made...

I am dreading that all of the pictures will be destroyed, or divied up among cousins and lost...I would like to take the pictures, take pictures of them or scan them, and make the available to everyone via Flickr...

It was good to see my parents and a few cousins that I have not seen in 5-10 years...of course, Native Minnow made the comment to me that without Grandma there, we could very well never see some of our uncles/aunts again. We haven't been that close to them over the years, so I guess that is probably true.


Friday, December 11, 2009

Funeral Photos

Funeral Photos at Facebook...

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Monday, December 07, 2009

Utah Lake Sunset Day I Broke My Camera...

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Tree near Utah Lake

Paternal Grandmother's Passing

My Grandma passed away yesterday. My mom called me as I was meeting with a client. I immediately knew what she was calling about. My grandmother has not been in good health for several years and was recently put in a long-care unit.

She was always a nice grandma. She always had treats for us to enjoy. Her cookie jar was always brimming with cookies and she had many crystal candy dishes throughout her house.

She always welcomed us into her home and we loved to visit her. When we lived about an hour from her house, we would visit almost every weekend. However, the older we got, the less frequently we visited. I feel bad because over the past 10 years I have been so busy with school and my own family that I have only been to visit her a few times--and those visits were always somewhat rushed.

I remember one summer I got to go stay with her for about 2 weeks. She let me work for her as a cashier at her grocery store. She also bought me a very cool knife that I still have to this day. I think it only cost $12, but to me that seemed like too much. She explained to me that because the other cousins all lived in town and got spoiled more often that she could splurge once in a while for me. :)

When I went to BYU, she gave me an old 1970 Ford Galaxie 500 car to drive. She again explained that she could only sell it for $300 and that she would rather give it to me. I drove that car until it basically fell apart in 2000 after I was married. My stepkids were glad it was gone because they thought it was embarrassing to ride around in a big "boat," but I loved that car and have a lot of fun memories from driving it.

The only time my grandmother ever got mad at me, or even scolded me a little, was a time when for some reason I was chasing my brother Native Minnow in the house. I tackled him in the back bedroom and I was trying to embarrass him by pulling down his pants. (I think I was about 7 at the time). She came in and was very upset with me and I was so ashamed that I had made her disappointed.

She always had a tradition of having the grandchildren stay over on New Year's Eve. She said that one of Santa's elves, Johnny Green, would come to bring some of the leftover toys from Christmas. Those were always exciting nights for us as young kids.

My grandmother always cooked meals for us that generally entailed large amounts of grandfather was a butcher, so I guess they had lots of meat around. :)

She had a basketball court installed in her backyard and we spent hours playing HORSE, PIG, and pick-up games.

My grandmother also was very into family history and was always wanting us to know stories about her parents, cousins, siblings, etc. In fact, the past few years, she has been working on writing her family history and I hope that there will be copies available to her sons and the grandchildren.

I know she is happier now being reunited with loved ones. Grandpa died in 1992 and she has been separated from him all that time. I will miss her. We all love her so much...

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Capture My Utah Book

I guess I have some more photos that are published in a book.
It is a book made by Media One and Capture My Utah.
I had the feeling that maybe it was like one of those poetry contests, where you enter a poem, are notified that you won, and then they sell the book to all the "winners" (which is basically everyone that sent a poem in)...
I will check it out though and see if it is a cool book or not...

I guess I won a prize at the release party and they had one of my photos blown up and hanging up somewhere... :)

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