Sunday, January 28, 2007
From left to right: Violin, Lute, Three Stringed Guitar & Trumplet.
And here is the whole collection. The large body pieces are made of carved agate and the accents are made up of different pieces of semi precious stone. I had each piece of stone identified when I bought the set but now that conversation has become a blur. The whole set sits on hand carved little stands. Each string instrument is actually strung also. Sets like these are made in Beijing, China and are prized by fans of the Chinese orchestra.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Jodie Coston is a freelance photographer who lives in northwestern Montana. She has exhibited her work in gallery exhibitions around the world and has won numerous international awards for her images.
Lesson 1: July 11 2004
Composition And Impact - It's A Beautiful Photograph, But Do You Know WHY It's Beautiful?
Lesson 2: July 18 2004
Aperture And Shutter Speed - How They Work Together.
Lesson 3: July 25 2004
The lens - choosing camera optics.
Lesson 4: Aug 1 2004
ISO, Grain, Transparency vs. Negative, Specialty Films
Lesson 5: Aug 8 2004
Fun Effects - Camera Filters, Soft Focus, Zooming And Panning
Lesson 6: Aug 22 2004
Landscape, Nature and Travel Photography
Lesson 7: Aug 29 2004
Portraits And Studio Lighting
Lesson 8: Sept 5 2004
Studio Lighting - Still Life and Product Photography
Lesson 9: Sept 21 2004
Tying It All Together
Lesson 10: Sept 27 2004
... and there are more.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Tomorrow I will finally get back to the world of high speed internet! Since moving from our first house in Vancouver to Battle Ground, I have been forced to go DSL. I am ready to move out the the 1.5 mb/second download speed which sucks.
The cable modem should get me closer to 4 mb/second and that makes me happy.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
- Today I visited a building that I assure you, will not be forgotten! My first clue that something was amiss started on the elevator ride to the 9th floor. In most tall buildings I can sense a slight feeling of motion, and the elevator usually is the worst place I feel this. I am talking side to side motion that I felt, in this case it was the elevator car swaying on it's cables. As I stepped off of the elevator both my arms involuntarily swung up and out to shoulder height as I felt a strong sense of movement. I really had to work it to keep my self from falling. Everyone else in my group had felt some type of motion so I at least was not alone. As we headed down a hall way I realized that most of my thought process was being used up just walking! It becomes obvious pretty quickly that the whole damn building is really swaying! Like a ship at sea swaying! Like trying to stand still at the urinal on an ocean going ferry SWAYING! Like I don't really think it is a good idea to be in this building right now SWAYING! As we are greeted by the vendor we have come to see, I ask if he too can feel this unbelievable motion? "No." By now everyone in the group is very interested in completing the task at hand as quickly as possible and get the hell out of the building. In my mind I know that this high rise just happens to be a tad lively in the wind and obviously it always is, as no one we meet is even phased by it. But trust me, I must place this feeling in the top 5 worst sensations I have experienced in my life!
1) Just missed being in an auto accident by a hair.
2) Really bad turbulence on an airplane.
3) The dentist coming at me with the needle of novacane.
4) Having a girl in the library in 7th grade tell me my fly was unzipped.
5) The crazy swaying building in Hong Kong!
Since I am entering all of this in the blog right now it should be apparent that I made in out alive. For that I am grateful.
- Just two more days left of appointments and then it is back on the plane to head home. I am still looking for the goody of the trip. As a refresher, the last two were The Rock & The Wooden Ship. I do have some ideas and some information on weight and size limits of articles allowed on planes. I will keep you posted.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Finally able to get to posting something! The curse of the noodles continues! Monday night I fell victim to an overnight bought of either food poisoning or extreme fatigue. It only lasted overnight but as with any type of sickness out on the road... I'll pass on that next time! I'm putting my money on the body just being out of whack as my travel companions who ate the same thing as I, are feeling fine. I made it through yesterday fine feeling just a little puny, but after a good nights sleep I am back and ready to go.
Today we head into Interior China for the day with a late return tonight. Some great finds so far, so start whistling some Christmas tunes... It will be here before you know it!
Light rain with temperature right at 70 degrees!
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
The furnace has run pretty much all night as the temperature continues to drop! As of 8:15 this morning it is now 1.5 degrees fahrenheit. Clear and very cold is the word for the day. I think we have seen the coldest temperature for this morning as the sun has just come up over the mountains. We'll have to wait for tonight where I think we'll easily go below zero.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Look for updates starting Saturday and continuing until Sunday the 21st when I return home.
Monday, January 08, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
Winter Storm Warning in effect from 9 PM this evening to 2 PM MST Saturday...
Tonight - Increasing clouds with snow developing this evening. Chance of snow near 100 percent. Snow accumulation 2 to 7 inches. Lows 16 to 23. Breezy. South winds around 25 mph after midnight. Wind chill readings 7 below to 3 above zero.
Saturday - Snow. Chance of snow near 100 percent. Snow accumulation of 2 to 5 inches. Total snow accumulation 4 to 8 inches in the valleys and up to a foot in the mountains. Highs 25 to 34. Breezy. South winds around 25 mph in the morning.
Saturday Night - Snow showers likely in the evening...then a chance of snow showers after midnight. Chance of snow 60 percent. Snow accumulation of 1 to 4 inches. Lows 9 to 19. Wind chill readings 4 below to 6 above zero.
Sunday - Snow showers likely. Chance of snow 60 percent. Moderate snow accumulations possible. Highs 29 to 37.
... Winter Storm Warning in effect from 9 PM this evening to 2 PM MST Saturday...
The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a Winter Storm Warning... which is in effect from 9 PM this evening to 2 PM MST Saturday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.
A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect from 9 PM this evening to 2 PM Saturday afternoon for the west central mountains.
Snow will develop in the west central mountains by 8 PM tonight then become heavy at times with blowing and drifting snow by midnight. Heavy snow will taper off in the early afternoon in the west central mountains... with up to a foot of new snow above 4500 feet on west facing slopes. Snow levels will be at valley floors... around 2500 feet with most areas receiving 4 to 9 inches of new snow this evening through Saturday afternoon.
A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow... sleet... and ice are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.