Emilia’s Birthday @ Valle de Guadalope

Easter 2016

Easter Kids 2016

Easter hijinks with these kids.

Good thing I captured this photo before the egg hunt and all the sugar intake!

Happy 2nd Birthday, 3.0!

Happy 2nd Birthday, 3.0!

Happy 2nd birthday to my shadow!

Celebrating with an ice cream cup at Disneyland.

I don’t know how it could be any better for her.

Summer Rainbow

Summer Rainbow

Rainbows during Labor Day weekend while it’s 96 degrees out are the best kinds of rainbows.

Since this is in Boston, one could actually say the rainbows are wicked good.

Ship Ahoy

Ship Ahoy

I see two sides to this photo:

On one side, I love it that my 3 girls genuinely enjoy and have a great time together.

On the other side, I can foresee many scenarios where Zella is in charge of the situation (driving, sailing, flying, fleeing) while June and Willow are just tagging along and goofing around.

What this really means is that I need to focus on equipping Zella to make good decisions in life.

No Fishing

No Fishing

Sometimes it is great to just sit back and watch the day pass by.

Here is a shot from our kid-less(!!) trip to Vancouver, Canada.

What a perfect time to do nothing.

The Seattle Great Wheel Challenge

The Seattle Great Wheel Challenge

The Scene

A clear and cloudless Seattle night — yes, cloudless!

The Point of Interest

The Seattle Great Wheel — a big o’ ferris wheel that reaches a height of 175 feet and has 42 individual gondolas for riders.

The Objective

Take a photo of the Great Wheel.

The Setup

From an advantage point next to the Seattle Aquarium, directly across from the Great Wheel, the spinning wheel contrasts nicely from the surrounding still night.

The Stage

After setting up from your desired angle, you snap a photo. You check the result on the LCD screen of your camera — not good enough.

You take what is supposed to be a 2nd shot.


Another press of the shutter button.


The Challenge

Get back to your hotel room, charge up your camera battery, and return to the Great Wheel before it closes for the night.

Your hotel room is 6 blocks away and 22 stories up.

The Great Wheel closes in 20 minutes.



And boy did I go. Running back to the room to charge the battery for a few minutes, and then heading back to the pier to jump into position and set up for the shot. I had all of 3 minutes to compose and shoot away before the wheel shutdown, the spinning stopped, and the lights went out.

The Lesson

Always know your battery level and have spares. Total rookie.