Thursday, August 22, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Marmot pretends to be invisible.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
By now, on the way back to Boulder, we'd picked up one or two extra passengers.
Much like in Scotland, where it is important to dress like your dogs, in Japan you should dress to suit the train on which you are intending to travel
Monday, August 19, 2013
The 6th bear of the trip was the hardest to spot of all - the inlaws spent some time stomping around in the sun saying it did not exist - it was only visible from a particular angle.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Another Utah Tree (dead, naturally) especially for David B Benson.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
A break from jules' unpaid advertising of the the US National Parks.
Weather update: it is now nice and warm here in Kamakura. Fiery red sun!
I'm including this photo just because I'm amazed the panorama worked at all. All I have is some HP photo-stitching software that came with a now defunct printer.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
Moab slickrock is anything but - actually quite sticky as rock goes. However, it is famous in the mountain biking world. So it was quite a thrill to visit it for a joggette one dawn. Quite glad I didn't have a mountain bike with me. We saw three in total and they were all moving a lot slower than we were on foot. With its scary angles, it is the sort of course that, for mountain biking, I'd want to gradually build up confidence on over a period of weeks or months. A one-day trip would be sure to be disappointing. Well perhaps when we grow up we can take our MTB tandem to Utah...
Friday, August 2, 2013
Mother-in-law had me photographing all sorts of things for purposes of identification with my fantabulous 2012 Christmas present, a D600 (Nikon DSLR). Normally I would not have bothered as I knew the objects were too far away, the light all wrong, or the camera settings pushed too far to make a potential photo good enough to hang on the wall. However, it was quite a revelation. Although binoculars give the better experience while you are viewing the wildflife (I "only" have a 300mm lens), the photos enable confirmation of sightings. I was well into this by the time we met the Utah lizards. Previously I'd have thought they were all just the same brown lizard, but I learned that there are many different sorts. Here are two examples: