Yearly Archives: 2016

Intro to Spherical Photography

I’ve always been fascinated by 360° spherical photographs (sometimes called “mirrorballs, planets or wormholes”). [Click to Enlarge] I bought a Ricoh Theta S with two 180° fisheye lenses pointing in opposite directions. The raw photographs are similar to equirectangular maps where the equator is “normal” and the poles are stretched. To prove this point I took a random map from the web and transformed […]

Denver Colorado 2016

We are enjoying the fall colors in the Mile High City. Most of the flower photos in this gallery are from the Denver Botanic Gardens. The temperature is abnormally high due to the global warming “hoax” and the pollinators are still hard at work! Notice her little red tongue! More bees at work on this huge white […]

Summer 2016 Guttenberg Iowa

New Photos from my midsummer vacation in Northeastern Iowa… I hiked from the river to the bluff at Pikes Peak State Park. The photo above shows the Wisconsin River as it meets the Mississippi. This was a good year for birds! We were entertained by Cedar Waxwings flying back and forth hunting insects… White Pelicans were […]

Ephesus Museum, Turkey

  For obvious reasons the finest artifacts have been removed from Ephesus and placed in a museum in a nearby city. The bust above is of Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 CE). [Gallery] The image below shows a Satyr pursuing a nymph or maiden. There were two statues of Asclepius (the god of healing). Unfortunately neither one is intact. [Notice […]

Ephesus Ruins, Turkey

The Ancient City of Ephesus dates to about 900 BCE. It was Hellenized by Alexander the Great and ultimately became the regional Roman Capital in 129 BCE. The ruins today are only 10% restored. The first photo shows the Greek-Style Theater (with up to 25,000 seats!) and the wide avenue leading down to the port (which has silted in). [Gallery]   Here I am […]

Termessos Ruins, Turkey

Termessos was our first encounter with the ancient world of Turkey. Originally built by the Pisidians sometime before 500 BCE, the city is situated on a mountain pass more than 1000 meters above the coastal plain. Our guide told us they were raiders who periodically preyed upon the people below. In 333 BCE Alexander the Great surrounded Termessos but could not […]

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul Turkey

Hagia Sophia is one of the most historic buildings in the world! I’ve always wanted to see it up close and now I have. It is a strange syncretism of Islam superimposed on top of Orthodox Christianity. Finished in 537 CE, it was the largest building in the world for a thousand years.  This Gallery contains HDR and Fisheye photos.

Turkey Panoramas

Recently back from a spectacular trip to Turkey. I have about 5000 photos to process and just got through the first batch (iPhone panoramas). Note that the linked images are large and you may have to expand them. Enjoy!   Not really a panorama, but fisheye view of Hagia Sophia!

All in the (Eagle) Family!

I rediscovered this photo from 2012 and wanted to share it! Two teenage (juvenile) Bald Eagles… …and their parents… Remind you of any human families you know?! (Click to Enlarge)

Hammock Camping Improvements

I continue to improve my hammock camping experience. Last time out I was greeted by this little fellow in front of my campsite. (You can tell it’s a young gator by the yellow stripes.) Messing with the flashlight and phone camera did not seem to bother him. He stayed in the general area for a few […]