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I know kids are kids, but after several days of seeing the memorials and monuments, and the utmost lack of reverence by more than a few students, I was more than a bit disappointed. A few gave me hope today however.

I happened to catch the end of the instructions a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant was giving to four youth who were about to present a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The Staff Sergeant was everything you’d expect of someone holding such a role at such a place, but it was the students (as pictured in the glasses of the Staff Sergeant) that were the story here.

No noise, not a smirk, and only utmost reverence from them, probably more so than that of even myself and many other of the adults there. So to the Unknowns represented there, the soldiers guarding them, and these fine youth, you have my reverence.

Tomb of the Unknowns
Arlington National Cemetery
March 26, 2013

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Photo of the day 2/24/2012 – “Untitled”

After giving out some tips to someone today about what to see and do in Alaska, I wanted to revisit what was the highlight of my trip…A two and a half hour flight-seeing trip that included landing on a glacier in the Sheldon Amphitheater at the hiking basecamp.

There is so much to tell about this photo. It’s probably worth at least a couple thousand words. I’ll have to save those for another time.

In the photo:
The 50+ year-old plane we flew in.
Huge glacier (name unknown)
Mount McKinley

Above Denali National Park & Preserve
June 7, 2010

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Who’s Hunting Who?

I’ve been wanting to shoot a hawk for some time now, and so when I found this guy (or gal) sitting up in the oak tree in Kelli’s back yard just watching Kelli’s neighbor shovel snow, I went for it.  I didn’t take long for him to spy my bright orange jacket though and he flew off before I was ready.  (Note to self: get camera ready in the house.)  I followed him around the neighborhood for a few minutes as he (or she) flew from tree to tree.

Unfortunately I had the 1.4 teleconverter on which doesn’t focus very fast.  But I was surprised to see any really turned out since I was manually focusing in the below zero temperature.  Most taken at about 560mm and are heavily cropped.

January 18, 2012

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