Monday, April 30, 2007

3D Church

3D Church
Originally uploaded by HighPlainsDox.
Here's a little playing around I did today. Make this image fit on the screen if it doesn't. View large/original. Look cross-eyed at it, to the point that the two images line up in the center, tilting your head a little bit as necessary. Concentrate on the center image that forms as you do this. To make it easier, put your hands up in front of your face/eyes so that you can only see the left image with your right eye, and only the right image with your left eye. You will naturally bring the images together.

Do you see it? The church comes to life, and the clouds have some astounding depth.

Friday, April 27, 2007


Originally uploaded by HighPlainsDox.
I saw this band play the other night. It was the first time I've ever seen 'em, even though I am a Coast Guard veteran from the 'Nam era. This is also the first time they've ever played in Amarillo - ever.

It was an excellent performance.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Test Image

I'm just testing an image here. I took this through a stargazing telescope. This little guy was quite a ways away, and there was severe vignetting. That's why I cropped it round as I did.
I'm working on it. I got my exposure right, but I need work on my clarity. Maybe some higher ISO film and faster shutter speeds will do it.


Geocaching - solo.

While taking a little trip to Wally World to get my photo CDs, I hunted down a cache that was close by. This was my first solo find. Might be a good way to get some exercise - riding bikes to find caches.

The Lone Ranger's Creed

1. I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one.

2. That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.

3. That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.

4. In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.

5. That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

6. That "this government, of the people, by the people, and for the people," shall live always.

7. That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

8. That sooner or later... somewhere... somehow... we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.

9. That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone lives on forever.

10. I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.


I've had my Magellan handheld GPS for a while now, but never really used it much. I'll take it with me when we go photo-op hunting, or on weekend trips, but that hasn't happened for a while. Too much going on.

Yesterday, I went with Shelley's brother (calls himself "Cash-n-Dash") on a geocache hunt. It's a growing phenomena that's kind of like a treasure hunt, but using a GPS unit to pinpoint its location. Not as easy as it sounds. Once you get to the location, you still have to find it. It could be as big as an ammo box, or as small as a quarter - camouflaged or otherwise hidden. There may be little things in it that you can "take one - leave one", log your name on a list, or any combination thereof. There are even caches that travel around the country/world.

After printing out the coordinates of where about half a dozen caches were, we headed out. I had to learn how to set up my unit, but I managed to find a couple of caches before he did. Some of them were really tough to find. I have since reconfigured my GPS's displays to give me more useful information and make hunting easier and quicker. Might try it out later today to see if it worked. :)

Might be able to mix geocaching with photography, too!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

A Country Called Texas

I have a group in Flickr, called A Country Called Texas. It is a photo gallery that I invite Flickr photographers to share their "Texas" photography in one place. I was directed there today, pointing out that there are 455 members that do share their photographs - nearly 8,000 of them! They have done a fantastic job of showcasing our state - from the people, to the scenery, to the cities, to the weather.....and on and on.

I must ashamedly admit that I hadn't checked on my group for some time, and had no idea it had grown so much. Last I knew, there were a hundred or so that have shared a few hundred photos. Today, I posted a "thank you" to the members thereof, and spent some time looking at all of the photos that have been submitted.

I am truly amazed! One in particular that struck me was this one:

Not only does this one scream "Texas!" (and is an excellent composition), the story in the description makes it a perfect photo. Be sure to click on it and read Dusty's story.

Bald Eagle Webcam

For those interested, here is a webcam site for observing bald eagles on/at their nest. I try to watch it every year, as they hatch their eggs and raise their young.

Thursday, April 19, 2007


Originally uploaded by HighPlainsDox.
While at work today, I found this little critter running around campus. He didn't seem too concerned about people, and even went over to the Child Development building and paced back and forth on top of the fence that encompasses their small playground. On my way back to main campus, I stopped and let them know that there was a fox there, and to watch out for it. Didn't want any kids to get bit or anything. Seemed kind of odd that a wild fox would hang out so close to people. They were already watching him through the windows. :)

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Crafty Again

Over the last couple/three months, I've been working on a new project - a wall clock. It was a slow process. I bought the parts I needed at JoAnn Fabrics.

I started with a board (the edge already shaped) a little over 8 1/2" x 11", some boiled linseed oil, and a clock kit. I began by hand-rubbing the linseed oil into/onto the wood. I'd rub a bit, let it dry for several days, then rub again. This is what took the longest time, obviously. After I got the finish where I wanted it, I chose a photo of mine that I thought would look good on it. I chose one of Palo Duro Canyon. I printed it out on glossy 8" x 10" photo paper, drilled the hole in the wood for the clock hub, glued the photo to the board with "Mod Podge", a common scrap-booker's glue/sealer. Then I mounted the clock movement to the board, and installed the hands. I chose to only use 4 of the numbers, to prevent obscuring the photo excessively. This is the result: