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Shawn McClure
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Ambushed By Shadows -- Denver, Colorado
"Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it."
-- Terry Pratchett

Sunset over the Rocky Mountain Front Range, taken somewhere east of Denver...

For +Sunset Saturday / #SunsetSaturday  curated by +Dennis Hoffbuhr, and +ColorsOnFriday / #ColorsOnFriday  curated by +Karsten Meyer, and +Mountain Photos / #MountainPhotos  curated by +Baki Karacay, and +Mountain Monday / #MountainMonday  curated by +Michael Russell, and +Sky Sunday - Photography Theme / #SkySunday  curated by +Randy Scherkenbach and +Patrick Scherkenbach#COPhotoWedneday curated by +Howard Weitzel, +Stan Showalter, and +Al Nesbit, and +SilhouetteSaturday / #SilhouetteSaturday  curated by +Naila z, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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+Tina Bolt so bandanas huh
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Shoot The Moon -- Fort Collins, Colorado
Photographing the moon well is surprisingly hard. Though it's photographed most frequently at night or during the evening, thus tempting one to think in terms of a "low light" situation, there are nonetheless a huge volume of photons impinging on your camera's sensor, requiring you to reduce exposure by several stops in order to capture fine detail. This might seem counter-intuitive at first blush, but so it is. Also, the moon is moving fast. I mean, it's busting some serious ass across the sky at about 2,288 miles per hour (3,683 kilometers per hour) relative to the Earth, and at high zoom this means that tracking an otherwise ginormous and ponderous object in your viewfinder becomes amusingly non-trivial. And finally, the atmosphere between the earthbound observer and the moon creates an unavoidable amount of distortion and noise, such that the best moon photos are usually taken at high altitudes or during very crystal-clear atmospheric conditions, both of which are usually difficult to achieve at best.

At any rate, this is one of my very imperfect attempts. :-)


For #MoonMonday  curated by +Stephen Krieg and +SyLvAiN RoUx, and #MoonlitMonday  curated by +Mark Upfield, and  #close2home +Close2Home curated by +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel (LOL, I don't know if this qualifies for #Close2Home  or not - it was taken in my backyard, but the subject was 238,900 miles away... :), and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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Fit To Be Tied -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"I think we are bound to, and by, nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there's a snowstorm or drought, we know our fate is tied to the world around us."
-- Alice Hoffman

We should always keep in mind the fact that our fates are inexorably linked to, and bound by even, the fate of the world we inhabit, and that every action we take, or fail to take, on behalf of preserving and promoting the health and well being of our world will inevitably be an action that we take on behalf of ourselves.

For #TuesDecay  / +TuesDecay curated by +Ian Ference, +Jean-Claude Dahn, and +Christian Gruner, and +Repetitive Tuesday/ #RepetitiveTuesday  curated by +Frank Schillinger, +Ping Doh, +Thomas Andersen, and +Andy Q., and #LeadingLinesMonday +Pam Boling +Andreas Levi +David Murphy +*** +Michael B. Stuart, and +Everything Is Beautiful / #EverythingIsBeautiful  curated by +Brad Buckmaster, and #BeautifulMundaneMonday  curated by +Shaun Gibson...
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Nice texture and composition!
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Advent -- Second Beach, LaPush, Washington
"Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most".
-- Gautama Buddha

A shot of one of my favorite places on Earth, taken at dawn on a cold December morning...

For #CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine & +Jon Kahn, and +Mirrors and Reflections / #MirrorsAndReflections  curated by +Gemma Costa, and +Sea Tuesday / #SeaTuesday  curated by +Julia Anna Gospodarou, and #TreeSilhouetteWednesday +TreeSilhouette Wednesday curated by +Charles Fromage, +Andrew Sowerby, +Steve Alfano, +sebastian hesse, +David D and +Bhattacharya P., and +SilhouetteSaturday / #SilhouetteSaturday  curated by +Naila z, and +#PacificNWfriday curated by +Bob Harbison, and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner, and #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa, and the +PurpleCircle / #PurpleCircle  curated by +Lynn Langmade, +Sinead Sam McKeown, and +Craig Szymanski, and +Sunrise Saturday / #SunriseSaturday  curated by +Josh Davis, and +Dawn On Sunday / #DawnOnSunday  curated by +Linda Stokes and +Corey Gibson...
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Peachy keen. Perfect placement dear heart
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Baby Bluejay -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Now there is more to a bluejay than any other animal. He has got more different kinds of feeling. Whatever a bluejay feels he can put into language, and not mere commonplace language, but straight out and out book talk, and there is such a command of language. You never saw a bluejay get stuck for a word. He is a vocabularized geyser. Now you must call a jay a bird, and so he is in a measure, because he wears feathers and don't belong to any church, but otherwise he is just as human nature made him. A bluejay hasn't any more principle than an ex-congressman, and he will steal, deceive and betray four times out of five; and as for the sacredness of an obligation, you cannot scare him in the detail of principle. He talks the best grammar of all the animals. You may say a cat talks good grammar. Well, a cat does; but you let a cat get excited, you let a cat get at pulling fur with another cat on a shed nights and you will hear grammar. A bluejay is human; he has got all a man's faculties and a man's weakness. He likes especially scandal; he knows when he is an ass as well as you do."
-- Mark Twain, "Morals Lecture" (1895)

This is a photo of a baby blue jay that was perching (and dozing between feedings) on the bench in my backyard. Bluejays are daily visitors to our yard during the spring-autumn months, and they usually have at least two broods of babies during the year. They can create quite a ruckus, and I'm always amazed at the variety and range of their vocalizations, so I thought the above quote by Twain both humorous and quite apt. :-)

For #WildlifeWednesday curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak, and #WholeWildlifeWeek  curated by +Dick Whitlock, +Sandy Schepis, +Anette Mossbacher, and +Diego Cattaneo, and +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER, and +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones and +Walter Soestbergen, and +HQSP Birds / #HQSPBirds  curated by +Marina Versaci and +Joe Urbz, and +Bird & Wildlife Photography curated by +David Hemmings, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub curated by +Gemma Costa#close2home +Close2Home curated by +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel...
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+Shawn McClure You do that for me so well~~~~~~~ :-) I guess we're a couple of swells :-D
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The Luxury Of The Moment -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Luxury is anything that feels special. I mean, it can be a moment, it can be a walk on the beach, it could be a kiss from your child, or it could be a beautiful picture frame, a special fragrance. I think luxury doesn't necessarily have to mean expensive."
-- Aerin Lauder

I think being a photographer affords one a special "luxury of the moment" by allowing you not only to concentrate upon and capture the moment, but to also relive those moments repeatedly by enjoying the resulting images again and again. One must be careful, however, to not let that concentration detract from being in the moment as well. I try my best to not only capture images but also to thoroughly enjoy and prolong the context in which they're taken. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't, but I hope it nonetheless makes for a special sort of attentiveness overall. :-)

For  #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Ernest Fdez. +Thies Groden, and  #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and  #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and  #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau  and +Albert Vuvu Konde +Jean-Pierre Malézieux and  and +Ruth Hochholdinger and +William Banik, and +AllThingsOrange / #AllThingsOrange  curated by +Nina Piccoli, +Kenneth Williams, and +Lauren Kelly, and +BugsEveryday / #BugsEverday  curated by +Chris Mallory, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower  curated by +Edith Kukla, +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas, and ++In Praise of Polllinators curated by +Dusty Gedge, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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Totally amazing dear Shawn! 
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The Last Of The Breed -- Fort Collins, Colorado
The number of managed honey bee hives in the U.S. has declined by 50 percent since 1950. The annual rate of loss of honey bee hives has now reached 30 percent. At least 9.2% of Europe’s wild bee species now face extinction, and another 5.2% will soon join them, and the population of once widespread bumblebee has fallen 80% in just a decade, as farmers razed clover-rich grasslands.

Why are bees faring so badly? Scientists studying the problem believe a combination of factors could be responsible, including pesticide exposure, reduction of habitat due to agriculture and other human development, an inadequate food supply and a new virus that targets bees' immune systems.

Regardless of the cause, this decline in bee population is grievously worrisome. The US Department of Agriculture has estimated that honeybees contribute some 20 billion to the economy every year, and Europe's International Union for Conservation of Nature estimates that pollination by bees — both wild and domesticated — is worth €22 billion annually in Europe.

What can you do? Plant bee-attracting flowers and plants, educate yourself about bees and the problems they face, and get involved in conservation efforts to re-stabilize bee populations. If nothing else, please help by NOT simply ignoring the problem and hoping that it will just magically sort itself out - spread the word and help raise awareness at the very least.

Maurice Maeterlinck, in his book The Life of the Bee, said that "if the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live." I don't know if that's precisely true or not, but I do believe that if we lose our bees the consequences will be dire indeed.

Thanks for reading and considering.

For ++In Praise of Polllinators curated by +Dusty Gedge, and +BugsEveryday / #BugsEveryday  curated by +Chris Mallory, and  #FloralFriday / +FloralFriday created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and  #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower  curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and  #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Ernest Fdez. +Thies Groden, and  #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and  #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and  #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau  and +Albert Vuvu Konde +Jean-Pierre Malézieux and +Ruth Hochholdinger and +William Banik, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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Superb macro. The plight of bees is truly a real worry. So much depends on them.
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Box Tortoise ( Terrapene carolina ) -- Bingham, Illinois
I photographed this obliging fellow deep in the woods of southern Illinois one summer. Box turtles seem to have an inexplicable way of looking grumpy and disapproving. Perhaps their sharp, red eyes and the fact that I'm almost always sticking a camera in their face when I meet them has something to do with that. ;-)

These turtles usually have a home range with a diameter of 750 feet (230 m) or less in which they normally stay. Occasionally, for unknown reasons, they journey out from their home range. Home ranges of different individuals overlap frequently, regardless of age or sex. The turtles are often found together and show no antagonism towards each other.

Omnivorous, these turtles eat snails, insects, berries, fungi, slugs, worms, roots, flowers, fish, frogs, salamanders, snakes, birds, and eggs indiscriminately. They have been observed eating carrion, feeding on dead ducks, amphibians, assorted small mammals, and even a dead cow. Their preference varies greatly by season but there is one definite trend. Young are primarily carnivorous while they grow during their first five to six years. Adults tend to be mostly herbivorous, but they eat no green leaves.

Box turtles may live more than 100 years.

( Information courtesy of AnimalDiversity.org )

For #WildlifeWednesday  curated by +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus, and #WholeWildlifeWeek  curated by +Diego Cattaneo, +Sandy Schepis, +Dick Whitlock, and +Anette Mossbacher, and +Reptile Monday / #ReptileMonday  curated by +Will Pirnasch and +Nicole Best, and #TurtleTuesday  curated by +Candace M. Hansen-Hendrikx, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Ernest Fdez. +Thies Groden, and #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau  and +Albert Vuvu Konde +Jean-Pierre Malézieux and  and +Ruth Hochholdinger and +William Banik, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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What a colourful creature! Lovely capture!
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If It Was The Only One You Had -- Rocky Mountain National Park
"It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had."
-- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

A shot looking up Beaver Meadows on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park, taken while standing in the deep grasses along the drainage of Beaver Brook...

For +Mountain Monday / #MountainMonday  curated by +Michael Russell, and +Mountain Photos / #MountainPhotos  curated by +Baki Karacay, and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner, and #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner, and +LANDSCAPE Photos / #LandscapePhotos  curated by +Robert SKREINER, and #COPhotoWedneday curated by +Howard Weitzel, +Stan Showalter, and +Al Nesbit, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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This beautiful picture has been shared at +HQSP Landscape. Thanks for your contribution & have a nice day!
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Forever In Search Of -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"'Art is a kind of mining,' he said. 'The artist a variety of prospector searching for the sparkling silver of meaning in the earth.'"
-- Jane Urquhart, The Underpainter

( And yes, I realize that my title ends with a dangling preposition. ;)

For  #FloralFriday ! The +FloralFriday theme was created by +Tamara Pruessner and is co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and  #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and +ColorsOnFriday / #ColorsOnFriday  curated by +Karsten Meyer, and  #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Ernest Fdez. +Thies Groden, and  #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and  #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and  #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau  and +Albert Vuvu Konde +Jean-Pierre Malézieux and  and +Ruth Hochholdinger and +William Banik, and +AllThingsRed / #AllThingsRed  curated by +Liz C, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub curated by +Gemma Costa...
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So delicate and absolutely beautiful, dear Shawn!!:-)
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Saving The Shire -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“I should like to save the Shire, if I could - though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them. But I don't feel like that now. I feel that as long as the Shire lies behind, safe and comfortable, I shall find wandering more bearable: I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold, even if my feet cannot stand there again.” 
-- J.R.R. Tolkien

Sometimes I kinda feel like this ^^ about the Earth and its people - that an invasion of dragons (or velociraptors) might be good for us... In lieu of that, I simply hope that we become (much) better at methodically thinking and planning ahead with regard to our environment and our spaceship Earth. :-)

For #TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday )  Curated by +Christina Lawrie ,  +Allan Cabrera , +Ralph Mendoza  , +Kim Troutman  and +David R Robinson, and #COPhotoWedneday curated by +Howard Weitzel, +Stan Showalter, and +Al Nesbit, and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner, and #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner, and #LandscapeArtTuesday / +LandscapeArtTuesday curated by +Christina Deubel, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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Ah now that be a place to love! 
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Somewhere Behind The Morning -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning."
-- J. B. Priestley

A honeybee gathers pollen just after sunrise...

For #FloralFriday! The +FloralFriday theme was created by +Tamara Pruessner and is co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower  curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and +BugsEveryday / #BugsEveryday  curated by +Chris Mallory, and ++In Praise of Polllinators curated by +Dusty Gedge, and +YisforYellow / #YIsForYellow  curated by +Lucille Galleli, and the #YellowCircl  curated by +Brian Dukes, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub curated by +Gemma Costa... #honeybee #yellow #black #portrait
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🐝! I love it +Shawn McClure!
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Occupation
Software engineer, database expert, amateur photographer, occasional poet, inconsistent adventurer, armchair philosopher
Skills
My *skillz* are both many and too few, varied, and sometimes valued. Anything I can't figure out I can fake convincingly. I am doggedly persistent, insatiably curious, and eminently resourceful. You would want to hire me.
Employment
  • Taking Photos and Making Software
    Photographer & Software Developer, present
  • Colorado State University
    Software Engineer, 2002 - 2015
  • Crocker Nuclear Laboratory, University of California, Davis
    Software Engineer, 2005 - 2006
  • PLM Technologies, Inc.
    Software Engineer, 1997 - 2002
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Software Engineer, 1993 - 1997
  • Boeing Computer Services, Hanford Nuclear Reservation
    Software Engineer, 1991 - 1993
  • Center for Non-Linear Studies (CNLS), Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Software Engineer, 1990 - 1991
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Story
Tagline
Photographer, Engineer, Mayhem Maker, Space Lord
Introduction

Executive Summary

  • I take photographs of anything that catches my interest.
  • I design and develop enterprise-level websites, databases, services, and software for a variety of applications and Federal agencies.
  • I write poetry, essays, philosophy, fiction, and flim-flam.
  • I have adventures whenever possible (not enough).
  • I am looking for the secret to the universe.
  • I have an inexplicable and irrepressible sense of humor.
  • I'm fairly incorrigible, no matter the subject. ;-)
Other Highlights
  • I’ve eaten a Snickers bar at 19,000ft in the Himalayas
  • I’ve been attacked by a monkey
  • I’ve had a cop pull a gun on me
  • I’ve been offered a hooker (several) in Bangkok
  • I’ve climbed the Golden Gate Bridge
  • I can type 100+ words per minute
  • I have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • I climbed Mt. Saint Helens one month before it erupted
  • I’ve broken all my fingers
  • I have the smallest ears in my family
  • I’ve been 3 feet away from flowing lava
  • I’m writing a paper on applying cellular automata to particle physics
  • I’ve been at the bottom of a crevasse on Mt. Rainier
  • I can play my hands like a musical instrument
  • INTP  is my Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • My software was used in the Rodney King trial
  • I’ve spent three days in a cave
  • I’ve gotten hopelessly lost in Katmandu
  • I have a friend whose initials are P.I.G.
  • I am fascinated by ants, bats, spiders, and fungus
  • I have received money from the DOD, the DOE, the DOI, the EPA, the USDA, the NPS, the BLM, the Forest Service, the FBI, NASA, and the NSA
  • I’ve hiked the wettest spot on Earth
  • I’ve played basketball with Chauncey Billups and stolen the ball from him twice
  • I’ve fallen down a thirty foot high pile of bat guano
  • I have probably written more code than Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Mark Zuckerberg put together.

Photography

The photos I've posted so far were all taken with either my Canon 5D Mark II, my Canon 70D, my Canon Powershot SX50 HS, my Canon Powershot SX40 HS, or my Canon PowerShot A2100 IS. I'm a relatively new photographer, but I'm becoming more and more obsessed with it as time goes by, especially after joining G+ and seeing all the incredible photography posted here. I'm especially fond of natural subjects, such as wildlife, insects, landscapes, and the like, and I'm becoming captivated by macro photography in particular. I also find myself taking abstract, minimalist, and comedic (to myself, at least) photos fairly frequently.

Computing

I work with computers for a living and computing is my first love, technology-wise. I think my overall theory of computing was stated best by Albert Einstein:

"Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate, and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination."

Other Interests

I also study particle physics, neuroscience, online trading, philosophy, and cellular automata. When I'm not programming or studying I'm usually found rummaging, relaxing, pottering about, taking pictures, writing, or perfecting my flim-flam. I also enjoy weightlifting, adventuring, playing video games, and pondering the mysteries of the universe.

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And now for the details...

(If you're still not ready for the mundane details quite yet, skip ahead to the Extended Version a little further down and bring your grain of salt...)

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Work

I specialize in developing enterprise-level software systems to manage earth observation data and metadata for environmental planning and scientific research. I have degrees in both computer science and mathematics and have been developing computer software since I bought my first Commodore 64 in 1982.

Currently, I develop and maintain an integrated framework of web and database applications to import, verify, and manage large volumes of air quality data from ground-based monitoring networks, chemical transport models, emissions inventories, and NASA satellites. I have helped to develop an extensive suite of online software tools for visualizing, analyzing, and disseminating a wide variety of science data on the web, and I work closely with leading scientists and researchers to develop standards and best practices for managing earth observation data on the web.

I'm the lead architect and developer of these websites:

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Circle Suggestions

1. For Sure: Add me to any of these circles

  • Photography
    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photography
    • Landscape Photography
  • Software Development
    • Computer Programming
    • Software Engineering
    • Database Management
    • Web Services
  • Writing
    • Poetry
    • Philosophy
    • Fiction
2. If you have these circles: Add me.
  • Science
    • Cognitive Science
    • Neuroscience
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Air Quality
    • Environmental Science
  • Adventuring
    • Mountaineering
    • Climbing
    • Caving
    • Spelunking

(Incidentally, I organized this circle information using the overall guidelines suggested here: About Me Circles)

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Extended Version (for people bored with typical profile blabbering in general):

I am an elusively charismatic and extroverted misanthrope, green-eyed and notoriously left-brained. I can often be found climbing tall towers and conferring thoughtfully with world leaders in the shadowy corners of Irish pubs near closing time. I run at night, visiting old graveyards and scaring drunken revelers until dawn. I periodically move sideways in time and backwards in space, confusing my friends and causing a strong sense of deja vu in strangers. I’m a counter of stars, a thrower of dice, and a loser at cards. On the third Tuesday of each month at 3:25am precisely, I can out-drive Tiger Woods and beat Michael Jordan in one-on-one. Car horns sound distinctly different in my vicinity and moss refuses to grow when I’m around. Dogs bark only once at me.

I’m a flawed and jaded perfectionist, a happy-go-lucky cynic, and a professional heckler. I’ve been the subject of critically acclaimed but unpublished essays and have been the cancelled guest on several talk shows. I’ve made beer runs to South Pacific islands and have stolen from archaeological digs in the Andes. I’m a climber of trees, a turner-over of rocks, and a brilliant student of crawlspaces. I explore unnamed caverns at night while composing sonnets in my head, and I collect colorful beans and animal skulls and call them treasure. My totem animals are the fox, the crow, and the praying mantis. I’ve been known to have crushes on Scottish lasses and dance with wood nymphs in Carpathian forests. I tease gargoyles mercilessly and try not to step on any dandelions or ants. Butterflies scream excitedly at my approach.

I banter, I tease, I incite riots among the wild things on distant beaches under the moon, and I speak the language of bats. I can watch small insects for hours and walk on rooftops without fear or embarrassment. Using only a string, a needle, and my right forefinger, I once demonstrated the unification of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics to my curious dogs. I’m on the payroll of several secret government agencies and was a frequent consultant for the X-Files. Gillian Andersen once asked me for my phone number. I’ve never seen an alien, but I have reason to believe that one once taunted me from a barn loft in Illinois. I collect Grecian urns and captain a small pirate ship off the coast of Costa Rica. I write compellingly cryptic poetry in autumn and teach the fine art of marrow sucking to disillusioned stockbrokers. I can also levitate tinsel. I fell off a bridge in Paris once and wrote my name in code on Jim Morrison’s grave.

I commune with angels and demons and frequently chase starlight across frozen fields in winter. I cavort on hidden beaches and do laundry while naked. I have extra-sensory forgetfulness, photographic hindsight, and 270-degree peripheral vision. Through much trial and error, I discovered that I have uncanny intuition in the early evening and instantaneous knowledge of the future while playing video games. I once fell asleep in an alley in Katmandu and awoke ten days earlier in the catacombs beneath Venice. I peed on an electric fence in childhood and now expect to live at least 500 years and father rogue poets and genius blonde bombshells. I read some time ago that the answer to the universe is forty-two, but I've got a sneaking suspicion that it's changed since then.

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Still not bored? Wow. Seriously, I'm done entertaining you for now. Go the hell away. ;-)

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Fort Collins, CO
Previously
Richland, WA - Los Alamos, NM - MacDoel, CA - Bolivar, MO - Ramsey, IL