Spent at weekend at Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio with Nate, Scott Hinote, and Meghan Meredith.
Mardi Gras 2012
This was my first trip to Mardi Gras since marching in the Rex Parade in 1970. I should never have waited so long!
Olympus XZ-1 Shots from Vance
These shots are straight from the XZ-1, resized only. About fifteen were culled for poor exposure (blown out or excessive blooming). The camera did a creditable job in harsh lighting. There is a certain amount of lens flare, but less purple fringing than I would have expected.
The first half of these shots were made with the Panasonic 14 mm prime lens, and the last half (starting right after we ate) were made with the 14-140 zoom. The prime was far superior and the better choice for these dark woods. There were few times when more zoom was required anyway.
Staff of the Space & Rocket Center were on hand to conduct tours of the park and the Davidson Center.
The ceremony took place under the space shuttle. This album includes people arriving as well as the ceremony itself.
Hike with Vance and Jeremy
Good Friday- started the day at 5:15 a.m., hitting the road at 6:00. We met Vance at Walmart in Sparta, then carpooled to Virgin Falls trailhead, about 15 miles out of Sparta. We hit the trail at about 9:40 a.m. while the temperature was in the 60s, but by the time we finished, it was near 80. It took us right at 3 hours to reach Virgin Falls, and we had a nice long lunch break there, including a short nap. The way back was grueling, as usual, a lot of uphill, rocky climbing, and it took a bit of a toll on us. We stopped for a fairly long rest at Big Laurel Falls on the return, but it was barely enough to revive us, as the steepest climb is from there, out. We got back to the car around 5:30, thoroughly worn out, but with a camera full of good stuff. It had been bright and sunny all day, and the trees had not yet begun to leaf out, so we had clear views in every direction. Apparently it had not rained up there for a couple of weeks because the path was nice and dry, but there was more than enough water in the creeks to make all the falls impressive. Stopping at Big Laurel and at Virgin Falls felt like moving into an air-conditioned room, the spray cooled the surrounding air so much.
Savage Gulf N. Rim and North Plateau Hike
Tennessee Trails Association, Upper Cumberland Chapter, led this hike through the snowy woods above Savage Gulf. I took my Garmin GPS receiver on this trip and logged most of the track. Locations and descriptions are provided on most of the pictures in this album. Comments are welcome.
The portraits are stored on Fotki in their original size- they are 2-3 megabyte files cropped to 8x10 for the most part. Tennessee's is cropped to 8.5x11 because the group was so wide. You may download originals and print them yourself, or have them printed at any commercial facility. In order to download, click on any thumbnail; once the large photo appears, click the link beneath the photo that says "get original..." This will let you save the file to your computer.