Month: December 2017

A Christmas Gift for you: Downtime, a Short Story

This has become a tradition for me and I hope you enjoy it. Back when I was writing fiction, I came up with the idea of a continuing series of stories about an IT consultant that found himself dealing with mythical beings, because I loved trying to play standard genre tropes against each other and see what happened. So here’s this guy trying to make a living who finds himself hired by God to hack Satan’s databases (only it’s not that simple), and of course, mythical beings talk to each other, and once they found someone who didn’t freak at the idea of working these kinds of gigs, he found himself referred into all sorts of fun and bizarre situations. I ended up writing and selling three of them, starting with Good Intentions, the story I just described. The second was Birds of a Feather, where a witch needs help with a computer she’s programmed to do her spells for her, and which co-stars a cockatoo who can speak cantrips and does to its own amusment. Both of these are stories I’ve been meaning to get online for a while, and I’ll try to actually do that in 2017. The third was Downtime, and probably my favorite. What does Santa do when his database of naught and nice crashes and burns on Christmas Eve? And what does Kevin do...

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2017 Best of the Year: Morro Bay Harbor at night

On my October trip to Morro Bay I did a lot of shooting of the harbor area, since I love the area and I find the city a great subject. This shot was taken late into blue hour one evening after the light had left the sky and the town had lit up along the waterfront. This is a crop I made of a larger panorama so I could create a print of it, and once I did, I realized I loved both the panorama and this crop. I did this print for a friend who wanted to give...

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2017 Best of the Year: Sea Otter Spin Dry

As I’ve been photographing the otters this year, I’ve found myself attracted to catching special moments in their behaviors, especially grooming. Otters groom a lot, and it’s important to their health: one aspect of grooming is removing the water from inside the fur and adding air into the fur layer, which helps insulate them from the cold water. One of the things they love to do is shake, much like a dog, and that ejects a lot of water out of the fur. If you catch it just right, you can capture that moment with the spray going everywhere....

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2017 Best of the Year: Whimbrel eating a crawfish

While out at Moss Landing, I ran across this Whimbrel. It’s not a common bird around here but you do see them out in the wetlands at times. This was was nice enough to walk along the edge of the harbor just below my shooting location, completely oblivious to myself and some other photographers nearby. And then it caught a crawfish, which it proceeded to shift around and then swallow. Rather a nice lunch for the bird, if not for the...

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