Photographic Thoughts — 07/31/2022 to 08/06/2022

“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.” — Diane Arbus

Thank you for all the new views and likes from last week, it helps keep me inspired.

This week is full of sunrises and sunsets.

Sunday, 07/31/2022: Posted photo — Sunrise at the Beach.

On one of my past vacations, I took a sunrise walk on the beach with my camera. During the walk, I saw this great sunrise. I stopped and took this photo.

Monday, 08/01/2022: Posted photo — Jax Beach Sunrise.

I just loved the way the sunrise looked as we walked to the beach. I timed it to get the bird in the photo.

Tuesday, 08/02/2022: Posted photo — Sunrise at the Pier.

One of my trips to Jacksonville Beach Florida, I took another sunrise walk. I saw this heron near the shore and near the pier. I just loved the silhouette of the bird, so I took this shot.

Wednesday, 08/03/2022: Posted photo — Lightning at Sea.

We had a condo on the beach and there was a storm at sea. I set my camera on my tripod and set the timer for 15 second. I liked the way this photo came out but was disappointed that I did not set my timer at 30 seconds.

Thursday, 08/04/2022: Posted photo — Sunrise on Wachusett.

Morning winter hike up Wachusett Mountain for sunrise. There was a small coating of ice on the summit. The sunshine on the ice took a great photo.

Friday, 08/05/2022: Post photo — Sunset at the Cape.

One thing my wife and I do is have a weekend away on Cape Cod during the off season. This was one of the sunsets we saw.

Saturday, 08/06/2022: Post photo — Sunset on Wachusett.

Here is a pleasant sunset from the summit of Wachusett Mountain.

That is all for now. Until next week, be safe.

For more photo of other project I have work, visit my website: https://photobyjosephciras.weebly.com or visit me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PhotobyJosephCiras/.

Photographic Thoughts — 07/24/2022 to 07/30/2022

“A tear contains an ocean. A photographer is aware of the tiny moments in a person’s life that reveal greater truths.” — Anonymous

Thank you for all the new views and likes from last week, it helps keep me inspired.

Some photos that I took with my phone this week.

Sunday, 07/24/2022: Posted photo — Mushrooms.

A group of mushrooms at our cottage.

Monday, 07/25/2022: Posted photo — Hiking.

Some of my Monday night hiking group.

Tuesday, 07/26/2022: Posted photo — Rabbit.

The rabbit that lives in our yard.

Wednesday, 07/27/2022: Posted photo — Ducks.

Ducks in the pond.

Thursday, 07/28/2022: Posted photo — Rainbow.

Saw this on my way home from work tonight.

Friday, 07/29/2022: Post photo — Fish.

The fish my nephew caught.

Saturday, 07/30/2022: Post photo — Streak in Sky.

To me it looks like there are streaks in the sky.

That is all for now. Until next week, be safe. For more photo of other project I have work, visit my website: https://photobyjosephciras.weebly.com

Photographic Thoughts — 07/17/2022 to 07/23/2022

“If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.” — Eve Arnold

Thank you for all the new views and likes from last week, it helps keep me inspired.

Sunday, 07/17/2022: Posted photo — Single Point.

A hornet’s nest in out backyard.

Monday, 07/18/2022: Posted photo — Star.

One of my brother-in-law’s creations.

Tuesday, 07/19/2022: Posted photo — Summit.

The summit of Mount Monadnock. The first longer and more difficult hike on my recovery.

Wednesday, 07/20/2022: Posted photo — Trail.

One of the trails run along this ridge.

Thursday, 07/21/2022: Posted photo — Having Lunch.

My son having lunch at the summit.

Friday, 07/22/2022: Post photo — Roses.

Some roses from my shopping trip.

Saturday, 07/23/2022: Post photo — Petting a Bison.

Good advice to follow.

That is all for now. Until next week, be safe.

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Photographic Thoughts — 07/10/2022 to 07/16/2022

“The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.” — Scott Lorenzo

Thank you for all the new views and likes from last week, it helps keep me inspired.

I am still trying to be up to date on my blog posts. I am still one post behind. Working on it.

Sunday, 07/10/2022: Posted photo — Chicago.

Settings: Canon EOS 60D, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/320 s, 290 mm.

The first national park on our trip was Indiana Dunes. Indiana Dunes is on the shores of Lake Michigan. We decided to go to the lake to take some sunset photos. I took many photos of the sunset. I would normally post a photo of the actual sunset, but I did like this silhouette photo of the city of Chicago.

Monday, 07/11/2022: Posted photo — Milky Way.

Settings: Canon EOS 60D, ISO 3200, f/3.5, 20 s, 18 mm.

We arrived at our first campsite at Badlands National Park late at night. After we setup our campsite, my wife and stayed up late to look at all the stars. I practiced my Milky Way photography. Still need much work.

Tuesday, 07/12/2022: Posted photo — Nests.

Settings: Canon EOS 60D, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/320 s, 103 mm.

Walking around Badlands, we saw a swam of birds coming out of a kiosk. When we saw the enclosure, we saw all the nests on it. What you see was on all four sides if the information kiosk.

Wednesday, 07/13/2022: Posted photo — Only in South Dakota.

Settings: Canon EOS 60D, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/250 s, 35 mm.

This is a sign we saw at a rest stop in South Dakota. True cowboy and farming country.

Thursday, 07/14/2022: Posted photo — Accidental Fire.

Settings: Canon EOS 60D, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/160 s, 50 mm.

The coal fire in Badlands was set during a controlled burn. The burn set off a vein of coal. You could smell smoke in the area. The only time they suggested you reported the fire is if you saw flames from the vein.

Friday, 07/15/2022: Post photo — Campsite.

Settings: Canon EOS 60D, ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/100 s, 27 mm.

My campsite in Cody WY at Buffalo Bill State Park.

Saturday, 07/16/2022: Post photo — Looks Like a Good Site.

Settings: Canon EOS 60D, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/250 s, 135 mm.

Here are a couple of bison looking for a campsite at Yellowstone. Looks like they found a good one.

That is all for now. Until next week, be safe.

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Photographic Thoughts — 07/03/2022 to 07/09/2022

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” — Elliott Erwitt

Thank you for all the new views and likes from last week, it helps keep me inspired.

Some thermals in Yellowstone.

Sunday, 07/03/2022: Posted photo — Old Faithful Geyser.

Monday, 07/04/2022: Posted photo — Castle.

Tuesday, 07/05/2022: Posted photo — Riverside.

Wednesday, 07/06/2022: Posted photo — Morning Glory Pool.

Thursday, 07/07/2022: Posted photo — Daisy.

Friday, 07/08/2022: Post photo — Ledge.

Saturday, 07/09/2022: Post photo — Hoof Mark Grand Prismatic Spring.

That is all for now. Until next week, be safe.

My Weebly website has not been updated since February 16, the day before I broke my ankle.

For more photo of other project I have work, visit my website: https://photobyjosephciras.weebly.com or visit me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PhotobyJosephCiras/.

Photographic Thoughts — 06/26/2022 to 07/02/2022

“Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future.” — Sally Mann

Thank you for all the new views and likes from last week, it helps keep me inspired.

For this post, I am showing you a few of the mountains and other geological formations that I saw during my vacation.

Sunday, 06/26/2022: Posted photo — Badlands National Park.

Here are some of the formations in Badlands National Park. Badlands National Park is in South Dakota. Its dramatic landscapes span layered rock formations, steep canyons, and towering spires. Bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs inhabit its sprawling grasslands.

Monday, 06/27/2022: Posted photo — Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is in North Dakota and is one of the lesser know parks. After visiting the park, I have been in all 50 states! There was a stamp at the park that is a map of North Dakota and stays, “Saving the best for Last”. What a great stamp to put in my National Park passport.

Tuesday, 06/28/2022: Posted photo — First View in Yellowstone.

For a few weeks we were concerned about going to Yellowstone. As you may know, there were floods in the northern part of the park. The northern section of the park was closed when we were there. Some of the northern section opened about 3 days after we left the park. This did not disappoint up since we wanted to explore the southern section more during this visit.

Wednesday, 06/29/2022: Posted photo — Tetons from Yellowstone.

Grand Tetons National Park as seen from the West access road at Yellowstone National Park. We did not visit the Tetons this time. We have visited the Tetons in the past.

Thursday, 06/30/2022: Posted photo — Good Morning View at Yellowstone.

Good morning from Yellowstone. This is what I looked at when I came out of my tent the first morning in Yellowstone. What a great view to wake up to see. Just for your information, the temperature was in the low 30s F when I woke with frost on my tent. Some nearby campers had their water frozen.

Friday, 07/01/2022: Post photo — Mount Baker.

Mount Baker, also known as Koma Kulshan or simply Kulshan, is a 10,781 ft active glacier-covered andesitic stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the North Cascades of Washington in the United States. Mount Baker has the second-most thermally active crater in the Cascade Range after Mount St. Helens.

Saturday, 07/02/2022: Post photo — The Sisters.

From left to right North Twin Sister, South Twin and Little Sister. The North Twin is the second highest point in the strikingly jagged ridge known as the Twin Sisters Range, 10 miles southwest of Mount Baker. Pyramid shaped; the North Twin has three ridges which connect directly to the summit area. One to the northeast, one to the southeast which is joined by a saddle to the South Twin, and finally the west ridge. The South Twin is the highest point in the Twin Sisters Range. Little Sister is the lowest and most northerly of the Three Sisters and is in Canmore, Alberta.

That is all for now. Until next week, be safe.

My Weebly website has not been updated since February 16, the day before I broke my ankle.

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Photographic Thoughts — 06/19/2022 to 06/25/2022

“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.” — Diane Arbus

Thank you for all the new views and likes from last week, it helps keep me inspired.

These next few posts will be photos only that I have taken over my vacation. This week will show you some of the animals that I encountered.

I will be posting a few times this week to catch up with my postings.

Sunday, 06/19/2022: Posted photo — Prairie Dog.

One of the campsites we were camped, was a remote campground in Badlands National Park. In this campground and the surrounding area, there USGA was doing a study on Prairie Dogs. These were some that were near my tent.

Monday, 06/20/2022: Posted photo — Camping Bison.

In the same campground, there was a bison that used the site markers as scratching posts. This bison also showed up in the morning. The remote campground had only 10 sites. All eyes were on the bison. People did come out of these tents as the bison moved away.

Tuesday, 06/21/2022: Posted photo — Ducks.

These ducks were in one of the rivers at Yellowstone National Park. I did look up the type of ducks these are but did not write it down.

Wednesday, 06/22/2022: Posted photo — Elk.

This elk came to visit us at the first campground we had in Yellowstone.

Thursday, 06/23/2022: Posted photo — Bison by River.

At the second campground in Yellowstone, we took a walk in the morning and saw this bison by the river. There was a plaque at this location that stated that this was the exact location that the idea to make Yellowstone a national park was born.

Friday, 06/24/2022: Post photo — Mini Cow.

One of my sister-in-law’s animals.

Saturday, 06/25/2022: Post photo — Feasting Bald Eagle.

This Bald Eagle just caught a fish, brought it to the top of this tree, and had its dinner.

That is all for now. Until next week, be safe.

My Weebly website has not been updated since February 16, the day before I broke my ankle.

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Photographic Thoughts — 06/12/2022 to 06/18/2022

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.” — Andy Warhol

Thank you for all the new views and likes from last week, it helps keep me inspired.

This week we are taking a trip to Yellowstone National Park. Since I may not be able to get to the park this summer, I am posting photos from a past trip.

Sunday, 06/12/2022: Posted photo — Old Faithful.

They call it Old “Almost” Faithful. Old Faithful goes off plus or minus a half hour from its scheduled time based on the height of its last eruption. Still wonderful to see.

Monday, 06/13/2022: Posted photo — Thermal Feature.

Grand Prismatic Spring is one of more than 10,000 thermal features in Yellowstone.

Tuesday, 06/14/2022: Posted photo — Moose.

A female moose seen along the road. One of many different forms of wildlife found in the park.

Wednesday, 06/15/2022: Posted photo — Hot Springs.

Mammoth Hot Springs. One of the areas in the northern part of the park. This is the area that received the most flooding.

Thursday, 06/16/2022: Posted photo — Formation.

This is one of the formations caused by the sulfur in the hot springs.

Friday, 06/17/2022: Post photo — Tower Falls.

A spectacular waterfall in the part. Tower Fall is a beautiful, accessible waterfall in Yellowstone located in the northeastern part of Yellowstone near Tower Junction, the fall plunges a stunning 132 feet.

Saturday, 06/18/2022: Post photo — Bison.

Imagine seeing this by the side of the road. Such a docile looking animal. Not very docile and very fast. The people that get attacked by the bison get to close.

That is all for now. Until next week, be safe.

Next week may be skipped, or with a different format, depending on my availability to the internet.

My Weebly website has not been updated since February 16, the day before I broke my ankle.

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Photographic Thoughts — 06/05/2022 to 06/11/2022

“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” — Paul Caponigro

Thank you for all the new views and likes from last week, it helps keep me inspired.

For the first time in a while, all these photos were taking this week.

Last week we are played a game — name the national park.

Here are the answers.

Bring Water! — Mesa Verde National Park, Cortez and Mancos, CO
Do not Stand — Natural Bridges National Monument, Blanding, UT
Impassible When Wet — Arches National Park, Moab, UT
Holt Orchards — Capital Reef National Park, Torrey, UT
Dangerous Cliffs — Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon, UT
River Walk — Zion National Park, Springdale, UT
Mules — North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon, AZ

Now for this week’s photos.

Sunday, 06/05/2022: Posted photo — Pentecost.

Settings: Google Pixel 2, ISO 193, f/1.8, 1/125 s, 4 mm.

Pentecost is a Christian holiday which takes place on the 50th day after Easter Sunday. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles.

Monday, 06/06/2022: Posted photo — Batting Cage.

Settings: Google Pixel 2, ISO 132, f/1.8, 1/125 s, 4 mm.

This is our son’s batting cage. We purchased it when he was in high school about 10 years ago and he still goes out to hit balls. He is now coaching baseball at the high school that he is teaching. He enjoys going out and hitting balls.

Tuesday, 06/07/2022: Posted photo — Wildflowers.

Settings: Google Pixel 2, ISO 83, f/1.8, 1/1462 s, 4 mm.

With rain, comes wildflowers. These are at the parking lot at work. The grass gets cut when wet, and once the sun comes out, these flowers appear.

Wednesday, 06/08/2022: Posted photo — Deer in Backyard.

Settings: Canon EOS 60D, ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/250 s, 135 mm.

My son and I were going to the Relay for Life (RFL) to bring more items to our site. The Relay for Life is a 24 hour walk to raise money for cancer research and is put on by the American Cancer Society (ACS). This was the first time in three years that the relay was live.

Back to my story, my son asked me if I had my camera an saw this deer in the street. Shortly after I gathered my camera a car came by and spooked the deer. I followed it into our yard, expecting not to see it. I was surprised to see it posing for me next to out son’s batting cage. This delayed our trip to the RFL.

Thursday, 06/09/2022: Posted photo — Relay Quilt.

Settings: Canon EOS 60D, ISO 100, f/5, 1/80 s, 27 mm.

At the RFL you can do on-site fundraising. One of the members of our team made this mini quilt as a fundraiser. The color of the ribbons indicates a different type of cancer. There are websites that can help you identify the ribbon color to a type of cancer. I was going to list them here for you, but there are so many different colors. Here is a link to on website: https://www.healthline.com/health/cancer/cancer-ribbon-colors.

Friday, 06/10/2022: Post photo — Survivors Lap.

Settings: Canon EOS 60D, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/160 s, 76 mm.

At the start of the RFL, cancer survivors take a lap. Encouraging to see so many out walking. There were survivors of less than a month to over 25 years participating in survivors lap this year.

Saturday, 06/11/2022: Post photo — Luminaria.

Settings: Canon EOS 60D, ISO 100, f/7.1, 0.8 s, 27 mm.

One of the most powerful events at the RFL is the luminaria. Each back has the name of a family member, friend, colleague, or acquaintance that is either fighting cancer or has finished their fight. There is a silent lap after some ceremonies. The only noise during that lap is the sound of footprints and the sound of a lone bagpiper leading the lap.

That is all for now. Until next week, be safe.

My Weebly website has not been updated since February 16, the day before I broke my ankle.

For more photo of other project I have work, visit my website: https://photobyjosephciras.weebly.com or visit me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PhotobyJosephCiras/.