Thursday, November 02, 2006

Shenandoah - A riot of color

- See the lake?
Ah, the money shot. The most perfect rainbow ever. Could see the whole thing, arcing over the sky carrying Iris into a field of multi-hued foliage, from easy greens, to candy oranges, to fiery reds.

Went to Shenandoah with R- last weekend for a quick day trip. Saw the foliage, did a couple hikes, explored the caverns, did a maze, tried to get to a winery, and had fabulous Vietnamese food at Huong Que. Quite different from the last time I visited.

Funny, grew up in the Northeast amidst the changing fall colors every year, never noticed their stunning beauty until after going away for a few years and coming back. Plus the influence of R- of course.

Though maybe it started at MIT, lying on a park bench on the T of Killian Court, admiring the way the light shined through the leaves, colors intersecting, like a collage of tissue paper, a mondrian painting or a pollack (To borrow a very appropose metaphor from R-).

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Happy trails in Tucson

Originally uploaded by benho.
Happy trails in Tucson (which I always always spell wrong). Conference was fun, exhilerating, exciting, reminded me again why I love my job, came in 4th in the poker tournament. My talk (as expected) was sparsely attended and my lack of practice showed, overly fast, and not polished, no great crowd response but lots of good individual positive feedback after, but went well. I discussed well too I think.

But the hike is the subject of this post. So I skipped out early from the last session, grabbed my camera and set off alone into the desert. Under the beating sun, the imposing alien cactus, weird half naked backpackers but mostly alone, and once I got into it, surrounded at every step with a myriad of life which I'm normally way too obtuse to notice (I bet it's the jigsaw puzzles, elevated my powers of observation; or R-'s influence), but lots of butterflies of different colors, beatles, funcitoning crazy koyanisqatsi style ant colonies, birds, lizards, various metallic crickets/grasshoppers, a frog maybe. Cacti that would embed their hidden prickers into my skin (that was less fun). Beautiful vistas. Reminders of Dark Sun. Getting lost and moments of adrenaline filled panic. Capturing the perfect shot. Envelopped and alone in nature.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Road Trip 2006

For once, I will let someone else speak for me. For my return to the east coast, my cousin Esther accompanied back on the open road. She described my thoughts well, read about our trip in the
Rockefeller newsletter that she designs. (Click photos for more...)

Monday, March 27, 2006

Fun with Photoshop

A series of photos from Cappadocia, Turkey that led to a nice unplanned photo montage. The most amazing part of this image, is that less than 30% is real (see the original photo to compare), the rest was fabricated in photoshop, by completely untrained me, from the grass to most of the rocks to the snowy background. The first time I ever created reality in a photo. Nifty and a bit scary how easy it was.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Photos from the American Southwest

I have started to use to share and store my photos and have been re-uploading my photo collection in a more easily accessible format. I will post photos here as I upload them (click on photos for more)