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Like Rain On The Mountain -- Longs Peak, Colorado
"Where now are the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing? Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing? Where is the harp on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing? Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing? They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow; The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow. Who shall gather the smoke of the deadwood burning, Or behold the flowing years from the Sea returning?"
-- J. R. R. Tolkien

A view of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, as an evening thunderstorm moves in from the west, taken from a rise behind Dream Lake...

For +Mountain Monday / #MountainMonday  curated by +Michael Russell, and +Mountain Photos / #MountainPhotos  curated by +Baki Karacay, and #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Peter Marbaise +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Mohamed Hakem +Alexander Tarasenkov and +Albert Vuvu Konde, and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin, and +Monochrome Monday / #MonochromeMonday, and the +Monochrome Arty Club / #MonochromeArtyClub  curated by +abhishek chamaria, +JR Snyder Jr, +June Penn, +Seth Mayer, and +Steve Tang, and +Monochrome World / +MonochromeWorld curated by +andi rivarola, and +All Things Monochrome / #AllThingsMonochrome curated by +Charles Lupica and +Bill Wood, and +NationalParksMonday curated by +Juan Pons...
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Daddy Longlegs ( Opiliones ) -- Fort Collins, Colorado
I found this beautiful guy/gal lounging on a yarrow plant in my front yard. They seem to really like the yarrow plants for some reason, maybe because there are lots of other little critters (i.e. prey) running around on them, too. :)

Harvestman spiders (or "Daddy Longlegs") are arachnids, but they’re actually more closely related to scorpions than they are to spiders. They don’t produce silk, have just one pair of eyes, and have a fused body (unlike spiders, which have a narrow “waist” between their front and rear). Also, the "harvestman"/"daddy longlegs" known in America is a different type of spider than the harvestman found in Australia, just to be clear. Maybe that's the spider world equivalent of American "football" versus European "football" (which we call "soccer" in the States). :)

Here are a couple of links to some additional facts about daddy longlegs:

http://goo.gl/Zvft2z

https://goo.gl/QkPUUc

For a very early #SpiderSunday  / +Spider Sunday curated by +Lerato Majikfaerie and +Kimberly Hosey, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki and +Andi Fritzsch, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +William Banik, & +Kailash Khedekar , +Ruth Benjamin + +Stephen Thackeray...
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Oh For A Sunset And A Flower For It To Kiss -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things."
-- Frank A. Clark

A tiny bee gathers pollen from the blossom of a chive plant in my backyard as the last light from the setting sun filters through the trees...

For ++In Praise of Polllinators curated by +Dusty Gedge, and #BugsEveryda  / +BugsEveryday curated by +Chris Mallory, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower  curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Francine Vanlé +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen +Wayne Lu, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki and +Andi Fritzsch, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +William Banik, & +Kailash Khedekar , +Ruth Benjamin + +Stephen Thackeray...
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A Fine Singularity -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance."
-- John Keats

A small white flower shines in the last light of the setting sun near the banks of Spring Creek in Fort Collins... It was a tiny flower amidst a dense tangle of larger grasses and weeds, but it was standing tall and regally nonetheless, a bit of a metaphor for the stance we all should all strive to take in life, perhaps. :)

For #close2home +Close2Home curated by +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel, and #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Francine Vanlé +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen +Wayne Lu, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower  curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and #FloralFriday / +FloralFriday created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James...
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Remembering The Little Things -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers the little things, long after you have forgotten everything."
-- Aaron Siskind

I found this diminutive ladybug (a Seven-Spotted Ladybird to be exact) snuggling within the soft, velvety folds of a Lamb's Ear plant ( Stachys byzantina ) in my backyard a few days ago. I was instantly envious of her secluded, cozy perch. :)

I posted another recent photo of a Seven-Spotted Ladybird a couple of weeks ago here: https://goo.gl/uhPiY2

For #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki and +Andi Fritzsch, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +William Banik, & +Kailash Khedekar , +Ruth Benjamin + +Stephen Thackeray, and +AllThingsOrange / #AllThingsOrange  curated by +Nina Piccoli, +Kenneth Williams, and +Lauren Kelly, and +BugsEveryday / #BugsEveryday  curated by +Chris Mallory...
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In memory of the victims of the Orlando night club shooting...

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the victims and their friends and family members...
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Finding Your Light -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it's a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk. Use your natural powers -- of persistence, concentration, and insight -- to do work you love and work that matters. Solve problems. make art, think deeply.”
-- Susan Cain

For #FloralFrida / +FloralFriday created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Francine Vanlé +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen +Wayne Lu, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower  curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and +ColorsOnFriday / #ColorsOnFriday  curated by +Karsten Meyer, and +All Things Pink / #AllThingsPink  curated by +Barbara Sheeskin, and +Pink Circle / #PinkCircle  curated by +lane langmade and +Cheryl Cooper...
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Breathing Deep -- Moab, Utah
“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
― Edward Abbey

This is a stretch of the Colorado River northwest of Moab, Utah as it winds through the red rock canyons of the southeastern Utah desert.

For #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin, and #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Peter Marbaise +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Mohamed Hakem +Alexander Tarasenkov and +Albert Vuvu Konde...
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Ah, What Then? -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"What if you slept
And what if
In your sleep
You dreamed
And what if
In your dream
You went to heaven
And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower
And what if
When you awoke
You had that flower in you hand
Ah, what then?"
-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, What if you slept...

A bloom of Love In The Mist from my backyard garden...

For +Zen Sunday / #ZenSunday  curated by +Charlotte Therese Björnström, +The Photo Gorilla, +Nathan Wirth, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Francine Vanlé +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen +Wayne Lu, and the +PurpleCircle / #PurpleCircle  curated by +Lynn Langmade and +Sinead Sam McKeown, and the +Sentimental Sunday Theme curated by +Louisa Catharine Forsyth...
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Balancing Act -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos."
-- E. O. Wilson

A tiny ant takes a drink from the dew on a small spurge ( Euphorbia ) flower in northern Colorado...

Thanks to +Morten Ross for the plant identification help!

For +BugsEveryday / #BugsEveryday  curated by +Chris Mallory, and #BuggyFriday  curated by +Dorothy Pugh, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Robert Kubacki and +Andi Fritzsch, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +William Banik, & +Kailash Khedekar , +Ruth Benjamin + +Stephen Thackeray...
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Never To Be Forgotten -- Ramsey, Illinois
“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne's House of Dreams

A solitary wooden dock at Ramsey Lake State Park one summer...

For +Mirrors and Reflections / #MirrorsAndReflections  curated by +Gemma Costa, and #WetWednesdays  curated by +Jen Baptist, and #ThirstyThursdayPics  curated by +Mark Esguerra and +Giuseppe Basile, and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman, and #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Peter Marbaise +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Mohamed Hakem +Alexander Tarasenkov and +Albert Vuvu Konde...
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Down The Rabbit Hole -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill -- the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill -- you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes."
-- Morpheus, The Matrix

For #LeadingLinesMonday +Pam Boling +Andreas Levi +David Murphy +*** +Michael B. Stuart, and #architexturetuesday curated by +Ranjan Saraswati, and #hqsparchitecture +HQSP Architecture curated by +Rhonda Krause and +Dmitry Jurkov...
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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
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Story
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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 Sony RX100 Mark IV, my Canon Powershot SX60 HS, 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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I'm my own entertainment.
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Currently
Fort Collins, CO
Previously
Richland, WA - Los Alamos, NM - MacDoel, CA - Bolivar, MO - Ramsey, IL