Tuesday, August 31, 2010

In the Garden

The light was great the other night. I made these shots in the family backyard garden.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Henry Kraus Ghost

I drove out in the Burton area today to look around. Found an interesting looking old house and knocked on the nearby home to ask permission to photograph the old house. Every once and a while I run into ornery folks who just are plain mean…not today. I was greeted by Ann Hansen who introduced me to her husband Josh. Thy were both helpful and gracious. They are both interested in the history of place and welcomed me to explore the house. Ann told me that Henry Kraus grew up in the old home and the road they lived on was known as Kraus Road. The home is around 125 years old. While we were talking she told me that Henry was still in the house. I looked puzzled. I thought that perhaps he was buried under the floor or something. She matter-of-factly told me his ghost was present. Her husband Josh had seen him on several occasions. When I told her I wanted to photograph the attic, she told me that is where Henry is seen. Josh said that doors were constantly opening and shutting and he got tired of the "games." He went out to confront Henry and told Henry that he no longer owned the place and to behave. He use a bit stronger language, but Henry got the message. Now they can leave the front door open without it mysteriously closing. Josh is good natured and amiable. I enjoyed talking to him about his old dog, cat, cars, and his life. I appreciate both the Hansen's help. I plan on returning to photograph the exterior in better light. Perhaps Henry will find the new publicity about the home he grew up in amusing.

New Chester Photos

I made it out to Chester last night to update my dam project.

Lamont, Idaho

Here are a few pics in the Lamont area off of Hwy 32.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Syringa Landscape Craftsmen

I worked in the Boise area for a few weeks this summer as a landscape laborer. The crew was all from Mexico. I enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to get to know these guys. My Spanish improved and my appreciaton of guys who do back breaking work everyday increased. These guys are Sisyphus.

Stitched Pano with "Lens Correction" Filter

The horizontal break in the ceiling line is not a distortion.

House on 1200 North in Squirrel

Alex, thanks for sharing this location. It is one of my favorite spots. I think this will be my last time inside. One strong wind and any occupants will be lucky to live.

Rock House in Chester

Again, the house Alex first photographed in Chester. I explored it one last time in afternoon light to get these images.

Canon Toys in Yellowstone

David Hinck and I went to the Canon sponsored photo day in Yellowstone. They made practically all their lenses available for people to use and experiment. I used the 5D Mark II and the 24mm TS lens and the 100mm macro. Lots of fun. We were pleasantly surprised to find Jon Long working the event for Canon. He helped make the day more than perfect. Jon, if you read this, thanks. Anyway here are a few of the photos taken with the 100mm macro.