|New Wildlife Photos|
|Bookmarks - Booklists|
|Web Sites Worth Visiting|
We haven't had the opportunity to take new pictures but, at least over the holidays, I've had some time to select some photographs from last year that were worthy of adding to the site. Some of the highlights are listed below.
In the next year, we're planning to get up to the San Juans much more frequently and I expect that we will be adding a number of new photographs as I start to build out our virtual gallery.
Our recommendation for this month breaks the mold a little and, instead of books, focuses in on two of the best magazines that I've found on outdoor photography.
Each of these photography magazines provides great information on camera gear, photography tips, digital processing, and other information. Outdoor Photographer (pictured at left) is a US publication; while it certainly includes details and interviews of photographers, it is somewhat more focused on technology and techniques. Outdoor Photography (not pictured) is a UK publication. It feels a bit "softer" in its editorial design. One of its unique features is a series of articles by ordinary photographers that talk about their local sites and how they set up to shoot their favorite locations.
Check out our complete list of interesting Photography magazines.
I just saw that one of the best adventure/climbing/survival books I've read has just made it to the big screen. Touching the Void: The Harrowing First Person Account Of One Man's Miraculous Survival by Joe Simpson is one of those books where you can reread and reread sections of it. This book has won the Boardman Tasker Memorial Prize for climbing literature. You can read all of my rather short review here. If you're interested in this kind of book, check out the other books that I've reviewed on my book review page.
Winter. Our vines are in hibernation mode as they get ready to break out into new growth next year. We've had an unusually cold winter in Seattle and I'm hopeful that my first year vines have made it through the coldest parts unscathed. I guess I'll find out more in 3-4 months.
We had our last wine tasting and it was unique. We didn't get any notes from this one (unlike the other tasting parties that we've held) as it was more of a social tasting. Our hosts selected a theme based on the book Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure by Donald and Petie Kladstrup. More specifically, the theme was for each couple to bring a bottle from one of the wineries that was featured in the book. We brought a Vouvray from the Huet family. As we opened and tasted each bottle, we each picked out a paragraph from the book that we thought would be interesting. This was a really unique way to go about this party and I think people really enjoyed it.
|Nature Photography Directories
- Photography Sites.com
This month, I found an interesting new website that acts as a directory of leading nature photography sites.
|Nature Photography: Top 100 Sites is an interesting site. Based on the number of incoming clicks, photographer's websites move up (or down) this directory of sites. I think it's an interesting way to promote sites and, generally, most of the top sites are actually pretty interesting. My website has typically been somewhere between #11-25 on the list. I do worry that it's not governed well and is open to some gaming of the system but not much can be done about that.|
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