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Gateway Arch From Laclede's Landing -- St. Louis, Missouri
This is a shot looking south towards the Gateway Arch in St. Louis from a nearby street in Laclede's Landing, which is a small urban historic district that marks the northern part of the original settlement founded by the Frenchman Pierre Laclède, whose landing on the riverside the name commemorates. The western bank of the Mississippi River lies just a couple blocks to the east (left).

From Wikipedia:

"Laclède was sponsored by the New Orleans merchant Gilbert Antoine de Saint-Maxent in 1763 to construct a trading post near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Gilbert was offered monopolies by D'Abbadie, which was then passed on to Laclède as a six year trading monopoly with the Indians of Missouri.

Given the length and the impending winter, Laclède began prepping for the journey immediately. In August, he and a small crew, which included his common law wife's son Rene Auguste Chouteau. Jr. Though few outposts or trading posts were already set-up, many Europeans had made the journey up the Mississippi River, making the trip more monotonous than exciting. They arrived at the confluence in December. The confluence area was too marshy to build a town, so they selected a site 18 miles downriver. Legend has it that St. Louis was founded on Saint Valentine's Day of 1764."

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Fantastic shot ! Awesome colors and textures....Shawn :-) 
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Sweetheart Underwing Moth ( Catocala junctura )
I found this beautiful moth hanging out in the rafters of my back patio deck. I didn't know he was there until I startled him and he fluttered away into the trees. After some careful searching, I found him clinging to the side of Russian Olive tree and was able to take some portraits. :)

In this photo, only a small swatch of one of his orange "underwings" is visible, but they create quite a beautiful fan-dance of color when the moth is on the wing. In closeup, I thought he looked like a cute cross between a long-legged, skinny goat and a bat. ;)

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"It is believed that the bright colors, arranged in usually roughly concentric markings, at a casual glance resemble the eyes of a predatory animal, such as a cat. An underwing moth, well camouflaged in its daytime resting spot on a tree trunk or branch, will suddenly flash open the hindwings when disturbed. A bird or other small predator that is not used to this display is likely to be frightened, allowing the moth to escape. However, unlike some other bright-colored moths which are bad-tasting or even poisonous to predators, underwing moths are well palatable at least to some birds (e.g. the blue jay, Cyanocitta cristata). To assist in avoiding nocturnal predators such as bats, these moths also possess (like many of their relatives) fairly well-developed hearing organs.

The adults are predominantly nocturnal, flying from shortly after dusk right up to daybreak. They are generally most active about two hours after nightfall. However, several if not all species of underwing moths have a second activity period exactly around noon, during which they are also regularly found on the wing for about 1–2 hours each day.

The genus name Catocala roughly means "beautiful hindwings". It is a combination of two Ancient Greek words, kato (κάτω, "the rear one" or "the lower one"), and kalos (καλός, "beautiful")."

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When I viewed this I did not know what is was at first, but on a closer look, wow, the markings are beautiful. 
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Tiny Matters -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"The older I get, the more I'm conscious of ways very small things can make a change in the world. Tiny little things, but the world is made up of tiny matters, isn't it?"
-- Sandra Cisneros

This is one of the tiniest jumping spiders I've ever seen - he was about the size of a grain of rice. I was photographing the buds on a plant in my yard when I noticed a tiny black speck moving up the nearest leaf toward me. This little fellow had noticed me and was coming to check things out. He watched me for several moments and then moved back down into the fold between the leaf and the main plant stem. :)

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The View From Insignificance -- Canyonlands, Utah
"I'd much rather be in the expanse of the wilderness because it feels like part of my world. It's a unique perspective. You're this tiny speck in a huge environment, and it's nice to be reminded of that."
-- Sarah McLachlan

This is a view from a high plateau above Canyonlands National Park in Utah, with the LaSal mountains in the distant background.

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Spirit And Light -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Light, that first phenomenon of the world, reveals to us the spirit and living soul of this world through color."
-- Johannes Itten

A leaf back-lit by the setting sun and framed between the boles of two close-set trees in my backyard...

There's a thick stand of trees along the western border of my yard, and when the sun is low in the evening they effectively block out much of its light, making things very dim in the backyard. However, a few rays invariably filter in and illuminate various patches of leaves with an incredible glow.

For #leavesonthursday +Leaves On Thursday curated by +Mehdia Ridder, and #close2home +Close2Home curated by +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel, and +Earth Pattern Saturday / #EarthPatternSaturday  curated by +Beat Gretler and +Annette Gretler...
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A Higher Pursuit -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
― John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

Clouds above the Blue Sky Trail west of Fort Collins...

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And when I Dream~~~~~~And when I listen She sings her song and fills me with Peace~~~
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The Art Of Sun -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.”
-- John Lubbock, The Pleasures of Life

A couple of dried teazle pods in my living room being illuminated by the last rays of the setting sun through the window... ( And yes, the teazle needs dusting... ;)

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A Chronicle Of The Earth -- Bingham, Illinois
“Child, child, have patience and belief, for life is many days, and each present hour will pass away. Son, son, you have been mad and drunken, furious and wild, filled with hatred and despair, and all the dark confusions of the soul - but so have we. You found the earth too great for your one life, you found your brain and sinew smaller than the hunger and desire that fed on them - but it has been this way with all men. You have stumbled on in darkness, you have been pulled in opposite directions, you have faltered, you have missed the way, but, child, this is the chronicle of the earth. And now, because you have known madness and despair, and because you will grow desperate again before you come to evening, we who have stormed the ramparts of the furious earth and been hurled back, we who have been maddened by the unknowable and bitter mystery of love, we who have hungered after fame and savored all of life, the tumult, pain, and frenzy, and now sit quietly by our windows watching all that henceforth never more shall touch us - we call upon you to take heart, for we can swear to you that these things pass.”
― Thomas Wolfe, You Can't Go Home Again

This was taken on my family's farm in southern Illinois, and shows an old shed in a small copse of trees in one of our back fields. I was coming out of the woods right at sunset after taking photos of mushrooms and other woodsy things when I saw the sun break through the day-long overcast for a brief few moments, so I hurried to the best vantage point I could reach on such short notice and snapped a few shots before the sun retreated into the clouds again.

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Some days I wish I could go back in life, not to change things, just to feel a few things twice. "Unknown" just like watching such a beautiful sunset and scenery ;-)
Spectacular view! Stunning shot Shawn :-) 
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The Magnificent Consequence Of Being -- Ramsey, Illinois
"The ego tries to convince us that we must do things to achieve enlightenment. The spirit knows that enlightenment is not a matter of doing, but a magnificent consequence of being."
-- Dean Jackson

A closeup of a pink mist lily at a rural cemetery in southern Illinois...

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Frumusete.

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I Just Want To Know -- Cleveland, Ohio
“Why, Jon, why?" his mother asked. "Why is it so hard to be like the rest of the flock, Jon? Why can't you leave low flying to the pelicans, the alhatross? Why don't you eat? Son, you're bone and feathers!" "I don't mind being bone and feathers mom. I just want to know what I can do in the air and what I can't, that's all. I just want to know.”
― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

A seagull stares out at the sunset expanse of Lake Erie from a post on the shores of the Cleveland waterfront... This photo was taken a day before or after this one (https://goo.gl/MbWdMM). We had three days of very similar and very intense sunsets that week, with the sky turning a fiery orange for a few moments as the sun went down.

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representacion de la libertad siendo libreo y la aprisionadora siendo prisionera. !!!! wow beautiful representation of justice
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Holed Up -- Fort Collins, Colorado
This is a closeup of a large Bull Snake ( Pituophis catenifer sayi ) that had retreated into a drainage vent in the stone wall surrounding my office building's patio. I was leaving the office to grab some lunch a few days ago and was walking along the wall towards the parking lot when I noticed this huge fellow laying along a ledge on the wall. I immediately started taking some photos, but as soon as he realized that the attention was on him he found the drainage vent and crawled in. I went to the other side of the wall where he had started to emerge, and he promptly turned around (with half his body still in the vent) and re-entered. Then I went back around to the front side again and took this shot. The funny thing is, the wall is about 16 inches wide, and so when I took this shot more than two thirds of his length was still dangling out the other side of the vent, because he was about 4.5 feet long. He was obviously pretty worried at this point, so I let him be to find his way out and onward. :)

This may have been the same individual that I photographed in the parking lot a few weeks ago: https://goo.gl/4Tb6yS. Bull snakes are totally non-aggressive towards humans and just want to be left alone. They are one of the most efficient rodent-control "systems" available, so don't be too hasty to relocate them if you find one around your house. And most importantly - don't kill them! They're beautiful animals that play a very important role in the ecosystem.

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Dreaming With Open Eyes -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"You become things, you become an atmosphere, and if you become it, which means you incorporate it within you, you can also give it back. You can put this feeling into a picture. A painter can do it. And a musician can do it and I think a photographer can do that too and that I would call the dreaming with open eyes."
-- Ernst Haas

For me, photography is a sort of visual poetry. Capturing a moment with a camera empowers you to express in a single image a set of impressions and ideas that would otherwise require many, many words to describe in prose.

This is the tip of a branch along the shores of the Pine Ridge Natural Area lake above Fort Collins, taken against a backdrop of Burning Bush shrubs just after sunset one late autumn day.

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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
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Male
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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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Richland, WA - Los Alamos, NM - MacDoel, CA - Bolivar, MO - Ramsey, IL