Thursday, June 29, 2006

Old Idaho Photos

I haven't posted any pics here so I thought I would tonight. Here are a couple of photos I took in Idaho in the mid-90s I came across. The first is of a squirrel, and the second is of a glacier lily, close-up in the Idaho mountain springtime.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Adamagon Memories

Arriving at Adamagon via skiff

Mike and Garrett return to camp

The Aleut wier

Monday, March 27, 2006

My Friend Jon

Jon and Izanaski

Jon and Frosty

I miss those Knudson boys. We had much fun. I miss the "I'm thinking of...." games we played while working.

I want to go here

Bear Island, Spitzburgen, in the North Atlantic

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Golden Crown Sparrow..

..singing his little lungs out on top of our outhouse in Southwest Alaska.
We use to call this bird the 'come screw me' bird after his call. The US Fish and Wildlife folks used a slightly more vulgar terminology.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

The Walrus Peaks

the Melanie Sue

I saw some Orca whale while on this boat one time.

Garrett's God Cloud

A Wolf Track

The knife is about four inches long.

Ptarmigans and thier egg among cool tundra plants

Taking the crapper to the sea

In a most magnificent fasion. I miss the tie-dyed dead shirt I have on in this one.

Four good friends and Olys

Myself, Garrett, Tara and Jon. I miss those days.

A Jelly Fish from the North Pacific

Sunday, February 12, 2006

A couple of Meese....

....up near where my godson Moose lives.

Photo by Jared and Katie Evans.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Photos from my weekend ~ The Dallas World Aquarium

The ambiance.

The Toucan, telling us to follow her nose.

The David looking at sponges and thinking about filters and the science behind natural filtering systems.

Penguins under the lamp {Mmmh, we are warm, in Texas?}

"I want something juicy, and small, and, juicy.

A real live Manatee.

All photos by Shannon McKissick.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

David at the Bering Sea

Photo by Tara Gaultier

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Soda Springs

I spent the first 18 years of my life, and on and off there after, living in a small Idaho town called Soda Springs. Now as far as I know, unlike a lot of other town names, there are only two Soda Springs in America: the one I grew up in and a small skiing town near Truckee, California. I went there once, and was surprised two learn that I grew up in the more populated of the Soda Springs.

As the name suggests, Soda has a lot of springs. My friend Matt in a previous comment on my other blog refers to this place as Beer Springs, the original place name and also a lost spring somewhere in the valley. There are several other springs including Steamboat Springs (now underwater), Mammoth Spring, Formation Spring, Octogon Springs, and Lover’s Delight. There was actually a commercial bottling company at a place west of town called “90 percent”. The “Idanha Mineral Water Company” featured the water at a St. Louis World’s Fair as a snake-oil-like cure all.

The most popular, and arguably safest, spring is called Hooper Springs. Below are some photos I took the other day.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Frosty Autumn Morning

These were taken by my little brother Allan, on his elk hunting excursions this past fall in Southeast Idaho.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Idaho State University

Here is a picture of my alma mater Idaho State University taken by myself a few years ago from the top of Red Hill in the wintertime. My old office and lab are in the center of the photo. I use to hike the 7 mile trail around Red Hill. The hill is located in the middle of campus, but is undeveloped with sagebrush, rocks, snakes, bugs and lizards intact as they always were. There are a few park/outlook places where you can see the entire town of Pocatello from up above. I use to go up there to think and write.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

My ol' Puppy

This isn't very extreme, but I need a place to post this picture. It is of my dog Chugach when he was only a puppy. My ex-wife gave him to me for Christmas '01. He is half Malamute/half Yellow Lab. He now wieghs a bit under 100 lbs. My ex-wife has custody.

In this second picture, I'm holding him back from a couple of scared kids (my niece and nephew). He is the friendliest dog in the world. I miss him.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Winter evening in Idaho

My dad took this the other night.

It is a picture taken from the top of Fish Creek Summit (~6000 ft ASL) looking east across Gem Valley towards my hometown of Soda Springs in southeast Idaho.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

The origins of JW

From "Lonely are the Brave" starring Kirk Douglas, based on the noval "the Brave Cowboy" by Edward Abbey.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Atagan Falls

Click on the image for a larger version.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Arctic Summer Clowds

I just love the contrast in this one. My undergrad Brian took it this past summer.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Insects above the Arctic Circle

An Arctic butterfly ~ yes, insects can live above the Arctic Circle

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Thunderstorm over the Mojave Desert

I took this picture just northeast of the Arizona-Navada bourder in Southern Utah in March, 2001

Friday, December 02, 2005

The Bering Sea

This is the Bering Sea, on the southern tip of the Alaska Peninsula. The island in the background is Amak, the southernmost walrus rookery. On this day in 2001, I saw sea gulls fighting for fish with a Steller's sea lion. It was cool.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Senescence in an arctic pond

Photo by Your's truly, August, 2004

Sunday, November 27, 2005

For my friend Merideth

This picture was taken in late August, 2005 at Toolik Lake, Alaska. I should probably e-mail her.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Hard Photos in Hard Places

My friend Janene photoing Aifice this summer.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Tundra Flora

Labrador Tea (Ledum palustra) flowers in the forground, and Dwarf Birch (Betula nana) in the back. The scale is about 3-4 times greater than the actual plants. These guys are small. I love the smell of Labrador Tea.

Sunday, November 13, 2005


Lichens are a symbyonic organism composed of an algea and a fungus. They are really cool, really common, and grow really well in Alaska.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Joshua Tree Flower

Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) flower just before opening. I worked with this plant, see below, and those spines are SHARP!! Incidently, this was all consuming for me in Spring 1991 and Spring 2001.