Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pike's Peak

Pike's Peak

Jenny took this amazing shot from Pike's Peak, one of Colorado's many 14'ers (14,000+ft tall peaks). Evidently there isn't much else to do up here.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Horsetooth Reservoir at Sunset

Horsetooth Reservoir

A setting sun over Horsetooth Reservoir in Colorado. Taken during the spring of 2009. The clouds are very dramatic here especially during sun rises and sunsets.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Another View from Ka'u

Another View From Ka'u

A view of Ka'u looking toward the coast. You can see that there is quite a ways to go vertically to get to the water. Those boat lifts don't look like they could lift much of a boat. Especially since you have to walk the boat to the edge of the cliff.

An interesting note, if you look closely, behind the lifts is a wind farm. These are old turbines made by Mitsubishi that are in bad shape. This spot in Hawaii has hte most constant wind in the whole country.

One would think that more wind farms like this would show up. After all most of the land around here is ranches. However, Hawaii prefers to get its power from old diesel generators.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Looking South from Ka'u


This is the magnificent view from Ka'u Hawaii, the southernmost place in the United States. The Pacific ocean stretches on forever.

The wooden frame is a lift used to lower fishing boats to the water fifty feet below us. On the right of that is the ladder to get down to your boat. The water is so deep off of this side of the island that the boats have to be tied to the cliff instead of anchored to the bottom.

While Jenny and I were there some of the locals were finding their adrenaline rushes by jumping off of the cliffs.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A View of Maui from Mauna Kea

Maui from Mauna Kea

From the top of Mauna Kea Hawaii (13,800ft) looking out toward the sunset Maui peeks through the sea of clouds below us. One of the many space observatories shines in the sun, getting ready to open up as the horizon goes dark.

When the sun sets up here you can literally feel the temperature drop upwards of ten degrees (F) instantly. The view is worth it though.

Japan has an observatory up here that contains what is believed to be the most perfect piece of glass in the world. It is a concave mirror eight inches thick. They say that if you were to enlarge the mirror to the same size as the Pacific ocean, the largest imperfection would only be three feet high!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Another Angle of Bear Lake

Bear Lake III

Another picture of Bear Lake of Rocky Mountain National Park. Quite the enjoyable place. We stuck our feet in the water and it really feels as good as it looks. Cool but refreshing. Unfortunately, swimming is prohibited.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

On the Hunt

On the Hunt

Here is our dog Penny patrolling the back yard. I caught her just as she was turning to look at me. She was probably wondering why I was crouched down in the long grass following her! She just looks so serious in this picture.