Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Banner Photo

This photo may seem familiar to you. It is also the banner photo I have been using for the last couple months. It is one of my favorite photos I've taken this summer. It was taken on Switzer Mesa during the height of the wild sunflowers at the end of the monsoon season.


Monday, September 13, 2010

Dwarf Delphinium

A macro shot of a dwarf delphinium flower growing in our front yard. Dwarf delphinium do well here in Flagstaff since they can grow at high elevation and require little water.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Trail in Black and White

Switzer Mesa Trail near our house. The San Fran Peaks in the background. Trying my hand at black and white photography.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Out In Force

After the July and August monsoon rains, the wild sunflowers are out in force here in Flagstaff. This photo was taken near my house and the mountains in the background are, of course, the San Francisco peaks.


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Saturday, August 21, 2010

From the Bridge

A photo taken from the car while we were on our way back to Flagstaff from Sedona on June 24th,, 2010. The Schultz wildfire had decided to flare back up and was sending huge plumes of smoke into the air.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Brewing

I don't know if I have mentioned it before on this blog, but my other major hobby (besides photography) is homebrewing beer. This photo was taken after a recent bottling session when I bottled my first batch of Empty Stomach Amber Ale (hence the "ESAA" on the bottle caps).

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Creeping Thyme

The Creeping Thyme in bloom in our front garden. A beautiful purple color, a common theme in our garden.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Missed Me

A photo on Kachina Trail as my Irish setter, Curry, does a fly-by. Who doesn't love a good dog butt shot!?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pot o' Gold

Apparently, the pot of gold was only 5 houses down from us this whole time! :-)

An early evening rainbow in Flagstaff during the Monsoon season.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hen and Chicks

A black and white photo of the hen and chicks plant that we recently planted in our front garden. I loved the contrast of leaves and figured it would make a good b/w photo. I think I was right! :-)

Monday, July 19, 2010

April Snowfall

I guess these a little late in the coming, but these photos are from a late, late April snowfall (April 29th) here in Flagstaff. Early and mid-April had been beautiful, getting into the 60's during the day. My wife had already planted her annual hanging baskets and we had put out the deck furniture, then the snow came. None of it stayed for very long, but it was still weird to see it coming down this late in the Spring.....at least at this latitude.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Torch Lily

A macro shot of one of my favorite plants in our garden, the Torch Lily (aka Red Hot Poker). They bloom between the beginning of June and mid July here in Flagstaff.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Schultz Pass Fire

The Schultz Pass Fire as seen from FMC

The biggest news around Flagstaff in the last couple of weeks is the Schultz Pass wildfire. It started on June 20th and continued to burn for about 2 weeks. By now (July 7th) it's been completely contained by the hard work of over 800 fire fighters, but it ultimately burned over 13,000 acres of some of the most beautiful and heavily utilized national forest in Northern Arizona. The above photo was taken from the back parking lot at Flagstaff Medical Center on the day the fire started. I apologize for the quality, I took the photo with my cell phone. Below is a better quality image of the smoke plume as seen from my son's bedroom in our home. My wife took it.

The Schultz Pass Fire as seen from our house

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Hiatus

Wow, quite the hiatus I took. But bare with me, I have a good reason.

Five days after my last post, my son, Dane Alexander, was born. This was pretty unexpected since he was not due until Feb 24th, but arrived on Feb. 14th (Yes, that's Valentine's Day!). My wife did great and the delivery went smoothly. However, we were shocked to learn only minutes after his birth, that our son Dane has Down Syndrome. We never had any genetic testing done during the pregnancy, as we were not technically "at risk" for a Downs baby, and nothing about my wife's pregnancy suggested that anything was atypical about the baby inside her.

We were reeling after his birth. We knew little to nothing about Down Syndrome and didn't know what it meant for the future of our son or our family. To make matters worse, about 12 hrs after he was born, he was admitted to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). With my wife and I both working in healthcare, we knew the gravity of what that meant. Dane was having trouble keeping his blood oxygen level up and refused to feed from my wife or a bottle. We found out later that this was caused by a number of things, most of which were not related to the DS and could happen to any baby born at 7000 ft above sea level. Over the next several days, Dane displayed problems eating, most of which were a result of his low blood O2, which made him extremely fatigued and too weak to eat the amount of calories he needed.

Without going into too many details of his condition while in the NICU, he was neither the healthiest nor the least healthy baby in the unit. After about 10 days he promptly "turned a corner", decided he wanted to eat and most of the problems keeping him in the NICU disappeared and we were able to bring him home 17 days after we was born. He was still on oxygen for a couple weeks after that, but each day he got stronger and more active.

The above photo is one of my favorites of him. My wife took it, so I can't take credit, but I wanted to share it with you. He is now about 4.5 months old and doing GREAT! He is small for his age, but when measured on an adjusted DS growth chart, he is doing well.

So this is why it's been so long since I have posted a photo. I hope to get back to posting regularly again. It is summer in Flagstaff right now, and the land is beautiful. I may not post every day as the title of the blog suggests, but I will do my best to post as frequently as I can. I realize I have probably lost most of the my regular visitors, but for those of you who find your way back here (or arrive for the first time), I hope you will be patient and check back from time to time to see how my blog is going. Thanks so much and I hope everyone is having a great summer.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Texture

I had to include this macro shot of a blanket I crocheted for our soon-to-arrive bundle of joy. I like the texture and variety of color in the photo.

I think it came out pretty well considering it's the first thing I've tried crocheting in 5 years. The wife liked it, anyway. :-)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Flagstaff's Snowpocalypse

A few weeks ago, Flagstaff got socked by a massive, 6-day snow storm. The second biggest in its history. We got approximately 55 inches of snow from Monday to Saturday. I heard the Snowbowl ski area got from 6-8 feet. For several of the days, most of the town just had to shut down (except the hospital, of course, so guess who still got to go to work!). Anyway, since I was at work once the sun finally came out, these photos were taken by my wife, Becky.




This is our Irish Setter, Curry. She has the weirdest hair I've ever seen on a dog. I had to share this photo even though it's not exactly "of Flagstaff".


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Backyard Startrails


Backyard Startrails, originally uploaded by dustinjblodgett.

Another attempt at startrails. This photo was taken from my backyard. I really want to try to get out of town and into The Dark to get some good, clear startrails. Maybe when it gets warmer. :-)

Monday, January 4, 2010

8 Month Mark


8 Month Mark, originally uploaded by dustinjblodgett.

My wife, Becky, is at about 8 months pregnant and, after a recent snowfall, I figured the snowy backyard would make for a good background for a silhouette photo. She is due February 24th...THAT'S NEXT MONTH!! I can't believe it! It's gone so fast.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Hot Christmas Morning

"There's nothing like a cold beer on a hot Christmas morning." -Home Simpson

Merry Christmas, Everyone!!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mount Elden At Sunset

Mount Elden (right) and some of the San Francisco Peaks (left) as seen from our front bedroom after a storm that dumped 2 ft of snow on Flagstaff.

As is probably pretty obvious, it is the new header for the photoblog, too.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Curry By The Tree

Our Irish Setter, Curry, sleeping near the Christmas tree. She's grown since last year....check out this photo:

Curry Last Year

She must have been really deep in sleep since this photo is a 30 sec exposure and she didn't move at all during it!


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Curry watching birds


Curry watching birds 6909, originally uploaded by dustinjblodgett.

Our Irish Setter, Curry, watching the birds at the feeder during an early winter snowstorm

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Courtesy of the Little Woman

Hi Everyone. Even though I didn't take this photo, I had to post it. My wife took it a few weeks ago from our backyard. One of Arizona's famous sunsets. Unfortunately, I was at work at the time and missed the whole thing. Thankfully, she snapped several photos to share with me later.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Watching

Our Irish Setter, Curry, scoping out the backyard from the newly constructed steps on our deck. My wife watches in the background.