Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Curiosity celebrates launch birthday, keeps on rollin' around Mars

Throw in a few clumps of sage and a tumblin' tumbleweed and this might look like Wyoming's Red Desert. But this is Rocknest on Mars. According to NASA, "this is a mosaic of images taken by the Mast Camera on the NASA Mars rover Curiosity while the rover was working at a site called Rocknest in October and November 2012." Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems. On Monday, the aptly-named Curiosity celebrated the first birthday of its launch from Cape Canaveral. Happy launch birthday, Curiosity! And thanks to LeftofYou at Kossacks on Mars.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Selma Civil Rights March recalled by photo-essay in Doubletake by Wyoming's Wayne Thomas

Wayne Thomas of Powell, Wyo., ranges far and wide for his photographs. His photo-essay examining the 47th anniversary of the Selma, Ala., Civil Rights March is featured in the spring 2012 issue of Doubletake Magazine Online. Wayne returned to Dallas County, Ala., to document the area in photos and story in this very moving piece. Read it (and view it) at

Our family moved from Colorado to the South in 1964. What had only been a distant struggle seen on TV, now became something we experienced every day. In case you don't remember what happened in Alabama back in 1965, maybe these historic photos will jog your memory:

James Karales (American, 1930–2002). Selma-to-Montgomery March for Voting Rights in 1965. Photographic print. Located in the James Karales Collection, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University.
John Lewis (on the ground), head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, is beat up by Alabama State Troopers on Bloody Sunday in Selma, Ala. From the Encyclopedia of Alabama.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (center) joins others in the march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., on March 21, 1965.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Multimedia Environmental Concert in Laramie asks "What Can I Do -- to help this planet?"

Vote for Pres. Obama, for one thing.

Here's the event:

"What Can I Do?" Multimedia Environmental Concert
8 p.m., Saturday, November 3
Coal Creek Coffee Company
110 E. Grand Ave, Laramie

This is a 60-75-minute educational keynote presentation featuring the photography of renowned John Fielder, Karl Snyder and Laurie Dameron, video, information and live music. Special guest speaker Erik Molvar, Wildlife Biologist, City Council member in Laramie and Executive Director for Biodiversity Conservation Alliance. 

FMI: and

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

"Muslim Self Portraits" exhibit at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center comes under fire

From the Heart Mountain Foundation web site:
The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center at the site of a World War II Japanese-American internment camp outside of Cody, Wyo. will present a new exhibit featuring self-portraits that reveal Muslim Americans in everyday life. The exhibit is intended to counteract stereotypes and preconceived notions about Muslims in America at this time in history. Esse Quam Videri: Muslim Self-Portraits will be exhibited in the Ford Foundation Special Exhibition Area through Sept. 18, 2012.
"This exhibit is the first in a series of exhibits at the Interpretive Center that will encourage visitors to think about prejudice, stereotyping and religious, racial and ethnic profiling," said Stevan Leger executive director.
"Esse Quam Videri" means "to be rather than to seem." The exhibit includes photographs, collaged images and self-drawn portraits of and by Muslim Americans are presented with short essays to add context.
For more information, please contact Steve Leger at 307-754-8000 or by email at
Interesting to note that the exhibit has drawn a fair number of critics. This was in an excellent July 30 editorial in the Casper Star-Tribune:
Leslie Maslak of Cody recently questioned the new exhibit in a letter published in The Billings Gazette. “What in the world does a Muslim exhibit have to do with the Japanese-Americans’ internment?” she asked.

Maslak added, “Is this a ‘comparison’ to how we mistreat the ‘peace-loving’ Muslims? Whatever the reason, this exhibit does not belong at the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp.”

Many other area residents apparently agree. An online poll by The Powell Tribune showed that through July 27, 55.9 percent of 1,101 respondents agreed with the center’s decision to host the exhibit, while 44.1 percent disagreed.

Shirley Ann Higuchi, chairwoman of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation’s board of directors and the daughter of Heart Mountain internees, explained why the exhibit is perfectly in keeping with the story told by the center.

Higuchi said even 70 years after the internment camps were opened, “We are still sometimes misled by the power of false stereotypes to express mistrust and intolerance toward fellow Americans simply because they resemble an enemy.”

“This exhibit takes a thoughtful look at the diversity and challenges of real Muslim-Americans today, and we hope it will prompt visitors to reflect on possible parallels between perceptions of Japanese-Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor then and Muslim-Americans now,” Higuchi said.
It's tempting to label the exhibit's critics as narrow-minded rubes. We are at war (and have been for more than ten years) with people who resemble those in the exhibit. Stereotypes are hard to counter, especially when they are reinforced so readily and so often.

But look at the mission of the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center and tell me that this exhibit doesn't belong there or somehow defames the place. Thanks to the Casper Star-Trib for standing up for something that is so obviously righteous and, judging by the criticism, so necessary.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Wanted: Wyoming scenic vistas to showcase at Democratic National Convention

Imagine if there were as many active Democrats in Wyoming as there are scenic vistas. This request for Wyoming photos comes from Ricky Kirshner, Executive Producer for the 2012 Democratic National Convention (via Wyoming Democratic Party web site):

On behalf of the Democratic National Convention Committee, the Wyoming Democratic Party has been asked to contact you to secure photographic imagery showcasing Wyoming. This photography will be incorporated into the large video screens used during the upcoming convention. The producers of the screen content have requested the following type and format of photography:
"State photography should include wide landscapes, iconic locations and scenic panoramas. The state should provide imagery as high resolution still photography in one of the following format options: JPEG, PSD, TIFF”

We want to provide the producers with "approved" photography void of rights issues and licensing costs. By submitting said photography you acknowledge that you have the authority to do so and indemnify the DNCC and RK Corporate Productions for its use of the photos as indicated herein.

Photos can be uploaded to the following ftp site:
username – stateimagery
password – dnc (all lowercase)
*Click on the name of the folder that represents your state or territory, then use the File Upload protocol on the left side of the page to upload up to 10 files at a time.  For best results when uploading several photos, compress the photos into one zip file and upload the one zipped file

Please contact Juli Pritchard at 323-219-9974 or to coordinate this effort or to answer any questions you may have. The deadline for receipt of your state's photography is Tuesday, July 31, 2012.  We want to make sure each state is represented visually at the upcoming convention so please make this request a priority. We look forward to receiving your imagery and to helping you coordinate this effort.

Monday, April 30, 2012

A photo sampler from the Wyoming Outdoor Council's annual calendar contest

Skull Creek Rim, Adobe Town, Wyoming’s Red Desert.
Lupines, Happy Jack Road, Southeast Wyoming
Wyoming is a photographer's dream. Check out some of these shots by Laramie's Ken Driese. Ken submitted them to the annual Wyoming Outdoor Council calendar contest. See more: Photo Submissions: Spectacular Red Desert, Laramie Basin, and More

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"Defy the Hate" photo shoot Feb. 14 in Cheyenne targets bullying

From the “Defy the Hate” Facebook invite:
A “Defy the Hate” photo shoot will take place in the student lounge area at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne on Tuesday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
This shoot will conducted in honor of those who have committed suicide due to bullying. This shoot is also a community awareness shoot. Suicide and bullying is a growing problem. Too many of our youth are ending their lives needlessly. Too many teachers, principles, guidance counselors, and even some parents are turning a blind eye to this. Schools are saying that they have no record of some kids being bullied... really, how many kids feel safe to come to a teacher about this? How many kids have to lose their lives to this disease of bullying, ignorance, and indifference before someone realizes this is a problem? Schools are supposed to be a safe place. It seems the schools have become a battleground for the lives of the kids that go there. Come to this open shoot and make a stand against bullying and suicide. Come show the schools and bullies that you aren't going to put up with their hate and indifference any longer. It is time to be heard. Let’s show everyone that the community of Cheyenne won't stand for this. 
Photography will be provided by Flux Photography Studios and Lunar Studios. More info will be added as it becomes available.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Kos Katalogue up and running for your holiday shopping

"Never Summer Sunset" in Rocky Mountain National Park by Gilpin County, Colorado, photographer Les Barstow in the Kos Katalogue
It may not be shopping totally locally, but it's the next best thing. By shopping at the Kos Katalogue, you buy handmade goods from honest-to-goodness Progressives. Go to Kos Katalogue -- Where the 99% Shops with the 99%!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Winners announced for the Wyoming Outdoor Council calendar photo contest

This photo of a Golden Eagle in Sinks Canyon, by Scott Copeland, is among the winners of the Wyoming Outdoor Council photo contest and will appear in the 2012 calendar. Buy a calendar. Support Wyoming's outdoor legacy. Join here.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Karen Cotton's New York City photos on display at Clay Paper Scissors Gallery starting Sept. 8

I've known the multitalented Karen Cotton for ten years. She's not only a fine musician and writer, but this Green River native has a warm spot in her heart for New York City. 

In honor of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, Clay Paper Scissors Gallery & Studio will present “New York City: Rising from the Ashes.” This exhibit features photographs by Karen Cotton taken four years after the attack on New York City’s Twin Towers. The mix of images combines the vibrant resiliency of New York with haunting images of ground zero, and memorials.
Opening reception is Thursday, Sept. 8, 5-8 p.m./, as part of the Art Design and Dine art walk. A second reception will be held during the next AD&D night on Oct. 13. The exhibit continues through Oct. 23.

The gallery is located at 1506 Thomes Ave., Suite B. It's in a renovated historic warehouse off of 15yth Street across from the railyards. Open every Saturday from 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Call 307-631-6039. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Defy the Hate Open Shoot, Frontier Days version, takes place July 27 at Atlas Theatre

Defy the Hate Open Shoot will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 1-5 p.m., at the Historic Atlas Theatre in downtown Cheyenne. Celebrate Cheyenne Day in a slightly different way by making a statement. First get shot, then go party. While at the Atlas, you can buy tickets for the Old-Fashioned Summer Melodrama.

Here’s info from Matthew Angelo:

It is that time of year for Cheyenne Frontier Days. So in honor of that, we need you to Cowboy Up and make a stand against bullying and hate, but with a western twist. That's right, break out the Wranglers, white t-shirt, and yes the cowboy hat (not a requirement). Let’s show the tourists who come to Cheyenne, that Wyoming won't sit back and let their kids be bullied or hated in any way. 

Thursday, June 30, 2011

"Laramie's "Freedom Has a Birthday" includes fireworks, food, fun and a chance to get your pic taken with the Prez

This Laramie County security detail accompanied Pres. Obama at last weekend's SuperDay! event in Cheyenne.  Albany County Dems will take over security on July 4 in Laramie. Come out, sign a commitment card for 2012, and get your pic taken with the Prez. 
From the Albany County Democratic Party in Laramie: Do you like firecrackers, good community spirit, and serving as a Secret Service agent to the President? Well, do we have a volunteer opportunity for you. Please call Bryon Lee (307) 752-5972 for details about the wonderful booth the Albany Co. Dems are setting up for Freedom Has A Birthday on July 4 in Washington Park. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Meanwhile, back in Wyoming...

Photos from the Wyoming Outdoor Council, a reminder of the state's beautiful landscape and why we want to keep it that way.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Photos from Wyoming rally supporting Wisconsin public workers

Trio of WI supporters at WY State Capitol
At the WY State Capitol with 100 of my closest friends
On Wisconsin!
Democratic Rep. Ken Esquibel of Cheyenne
Visiting WI Dems tell about experiences at Madison protests

Saturday, February 19, 2011

New Wyoming state motto: "etats ytilauqe eht"

Buzzfeed featured the 45 best protest signs seen at the worker rallies in Madison, WI. Here's my fave, and it could apply to WY as well as WI. The anti-gay marriage bill passed the WY Senate 16-14 on Friday. More cool signs at

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Whopper storm as seen from outer space

Big storm as seen from GOES-13 via NOAA: I'm down there somewhere, off to the left (as usual).

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Big weather pounds high plains -- big hailstone travels to Boulder

Sean R. Heavey/For The Billings Gazette

From the Billings Gazette: Sean Heavey of Glasgow tracked a storm that hit Valley County and Phillips County on Wednesday evening. A pickup truck pulling a trailer drives in the storm on Highway 2 between Hinsdale and Glasgow at about 8 p.m. Wednesday. Victor Proton, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service office in Glasgow, said reports indicated the tornado touched down for a brief time near Hinsdale at about 7:30 p.m.
Twenty-five tornadoes have been reported in Montana so far this year. That compares to seven last year. An EF3 tornado that hit Reserve on Monday killed two people and injured several others. Another big storm in Vivian, S.D., spawned hail the size of cantaloupe. One of those hailstones was 11 inches in diameter and may be the largest ever recovered. It was transported to the National Weather Service office in Cheyenne last week. On Friday, it was shipped off to NOAA in Boulder.
There's some bad news: When the NWS measured the hailstone, it had shrunk to only eight inches in diameter. This may endanger its chance for a weather record. 
At first, I thought the impressive chunk of ice was coming to town for Cheyenne Frontier Days. I would like to see a huge hailstone. Others would too. The CFD committee should have found a place in the parade for it. "Record-setting hailstone from Vivian, S.D. See it before it melts!" The stone, of course, would have to be transported in a refrigerated plexiglass case. Probably impractical. Hail is transitory, as are the storms that birth them.

High plains storms are bitchin' to watch from a distance but hell when they strike your community. On Sunday, Cheyenne marks the 25th anniversary of its deadly 1985 flood. Twelve people were killed, including the mayor's daughter.

Here's how the NWS describes it on its site "Historic flood events in the Missouri River Basin:"

By late afternoon on August 1, 1985, a stationary thunderstorm developed over Cheyenne, Wyoming, producing record amounts of rainfall. In approximately a 3-hour time span, six plus inches of rainfall occurred. The storm produced at least one tornado, heavy rains, and hail. In some parts of town, hail piled up to depths of 4-6 feet. The severe flooding resulted in 12 deaths, 70 people were injured, and total damages exceeded $61 million.
Strangely enough, another historic flash flood happened on the same day nine years earlier just 60 miles south of Cheyenne. It was the Big Thompson Canyon Flood that killed 135 people.

It takes a talented photographer to capture one of these summer storms (see above). For another impressive shot, go to

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

New book a celebration of the Red Desert

Red Desert: History of a Place, edited by Annie Proulx with photos by Martin Stupich, was released in December by the University of Texas Press in Austin.

The book had its genesis at an exhibition of Stupich’s Red Desert photos at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. The exhibit culminated in the Art Museum’s Red Desert Symposium in fall 2007. It was one of the best and most enlightening events I’ve attended in my 18 years in Wyoming.

Here’s an excerpt from Annie’s introduction:

It is our hope that this book will encourage naturalists, historians, graduate students, and Wyoming residents to venture into the Red Desert and discover for themselves the microhabitats, curiosities, and beauty of what remains in this little-known place, that they will observe for themselves the new roads and attendant dust storms, notice the biomass of halogeton, Russian thistle, cheatgrass, and other invasive weeds along those roads that come with soil disturbance. It is easy to blame all the changes in the Red Desert on energy extraction work, but that is the narrow view. There are countless Red Deserts in this world. Jack States touched the larger problem when he said, "Undeniably much of the pristine Red Desert ecosystem is imperiled not only by resource hungry corporations fueled by a resource hungry populace (that includes sanctimonious environmentalists), but also by inexorable global warming and extinction of species. To me the issues we face in the Red Desert are not that different from any other aspect of global environmental crisis spawned by a burgeoning human population."

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