Friday, June 24, 2011

Summer Solstice

And so it was the longest day of the year... Sunny to boot.

Where has the Gnome been...? As you'll recall the BIOS was acting out on my Mac when last we spoke. I'm sorry to report that a slew of new technical glitches have kept me off the air, although not entirely away from my camera. I made a special trip to Florida last month... not once, but twice, to see STS-134 (Endeavor) launch on 16 May 2011. What a fantastic birthday experience!

Over the coming weeks, I'll be headed back to the Sunshine State to witness history... The last launch of the space shuttle program, STS-135 Atlantis.

With all the airports and delays, I've had a bit of time to reflect on why the space program is important to me and why I'd still be an astronaut if I could. If all goes well, Atlantis will be 'in the mail' on 8 July 2011... Watch this space a couple weeks later for some great images of the two shuttles and a story or two... =)

Friday, December 31, 2010

Bios, bios, bios...

Howdy... Where have all the stories and piccies gone? Well, my dearest Mac seems to have worked its little Pentium heart into a coronary. In English, the Bios chip continues to reset itself and Apple has requested a tune-up to investigate. (At least she didn't go to pieces like my Nikkor 18-135mm len!)

So my Apple has been under-the-weather and is currently undergoing the last of the digital shuffles before going in for servicing. No image manipulation until she gets back (although a few stories are drafted, just waiting for final edits and images).

Until then, wishing everyone out in the digital void a happy holiday season.

Best wishes for 2011, wherever your travels may take you!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Extra!!! Extra!!!

Just the briefest of notes...

- The housekeeping is done - the car is cleaned and most of the junk tucked away;
- The obligatory flu and general cold have come and gone; and
- The nuts and bolts of getting the most out of 'Nome are sorted with a few new features waiting in the wings.

I can now turn my attention to the pictures and stories. Yippee! Me thinks we shall start in Canada next week. =)

Stay tuned. I'm hoping to post Thursdays late so everyone has something lovely for the weekend.

In the meantime, the sometimes witty Tweets from the road can be found on Twitter.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Journey's end...

13,324 miles in ~154 days.
Stories and photos will start around 1 November 2010. Stay tuned, there are some great adventures.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wagon-train & housekeeping...

Howdy howdy!

The wagon train officially left Syracuse, New York headed south/southwest on 12 July 2010 after a wee run to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and a couple other central New York outings. More on those and eastern Pennsylvania this evening (fingers crossed!).

'Nome is also undergoing a bit of a modernization with the addition of tabs at the top for: Flickr (dailies from the road); Tweets (an update of where the wagon wheels have landed that evening); and GPS via GoogleMaps (for those curious where exactly that off the beat track local is). As always, there is the subscription service if you are keen to know when I've got news for ya, quick 'vote on the story' boxes now appear at the bottom of every post, and a link to e-mail me if you have a personal question/comment/observation/nutty advice!

With that, I'll leave you with the first official picture for the 2010 adventure:

Thursday, May 13, 2010

CNY Waterfalls.

Update! Update! - 'Nome has been undergoing some long overdue housekeeping! I've got a new look but the content is the same. Still ironing out the kinks and working on new bells and whistles. If you have any suggestions, both positive and negative, drop me a note. Cheers!

On with the story...

A little over a year ago, I boarded yet another mode of transportation, this time an aeroplane, for what was rapidly becoming a new routine – tailor job applications to highlight transferable skills, visit a new city and university, come home, repeat. This time I negotiated 8 days on the ground to explore once the interviews, both formal and otherwise, were concluded.

This gnome knows very little about the East Coast of the US – its home to NYC and Washington DC and Ivy League halls, right? With the spring snowdrops just pushing through I headed south and west to discover “The Finger Lakes.”

Central/Upstate New York was underwater nearly 400 million years ago. As local mountains eroded and silt accumulated, the foundations of the Finger Lakes were laid. Ice age glaciers came and went leaving the lakes and waterfalls to be carved by melt-water creeks cascading into the basins left behind. Today, although slightly less violent, these creeks (and copious winter snows/melts) actively shape the region. I toddled around to see a few and walk still frozen trails one overcast Saturday last March.

Buttermilk Falls borrows it name from a local creek as it flows into Cayuga Lake (the longest of the Finger Lakes). I often have a giggle, as nature is conveniently fenced-in due to the litigation prone citizenry.

Watkins Glen is one of the most famous state parks in the area located on Seneca Lake (the deepest of the Finger Lakes). Owned by industrialist George Watkins, the falls were originally dammed to power millstones and a sawmill. Upon Watkins death, the glen was opened as a resort in 1863 prior to becoming the regions first state park in 1906.

Winding my way back up the western shores of Cayuga Lake, I stopped at Taughannock (Algonquin for “in the trees”) Falls – the tallest free-falling waterfall, at 215 feet, in the northeast. Not as voluminous as Niagara, but pretty in an industrial shale mining sort of way.

On a personal note: In my experience, there is no shortage of gray days in Upstate New York, or snow in the winter, for that matter. It makes photography challenging on its best days and wastes hours on colour correction manipulations post shoot. I hope you enjoy these taster images. There are about half a dozen more languishing on my desktop. I just can’t bring myself to correct at the moment but will get them into a Flickr album soon. =)

Friday, April 30, 2010

Roaming the Wilds Of...

… domestication?

It recently occurred to me that my little, sanity-saving, project got a wee bit lost with all the ‘life changes’ of the past year. Well, as a means of a very very very brief update of the past 12 months:

- Interviewed and got (
Hooray!) a job in upstate New York;
- Traveled: upstate New York, Outer Hebrides & Edinburgh surrounds (Scotland), and a
doosey of a trip to Egypt (more on that in May);
- Interned as a production manager for a non-profit magazine;
- Had 7 photographs published in a
- Oh, and moved across a BIG BLUE OCEAN and bought a car.

Alas it wasn’t meant to be. Boxes, tape, and removals men are at the ready once again. More on that another day.

I’ll leave you with a couple quickie snappies…

Icicles in upstate New York on the day my possessions arrived after 4 months in transit. Yes, we unloaded in the snow! 2.5 hours later, I couldn't feel my fingers or feet. Seriously!

My wee Honda. She's a manual and handles great - peppy with tight turns. (Gotta keep those shifting skills in practice until I get my porsche!)

Stay tuned… a few pictures from around the state then adventures in Egypt coming soon.