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Spheroidal Weathering in the Alabama Hills of California

Spheroidal Weathering in the Alabama Hills of California

Did some quick reading on these potato-shaped prizes in the Alabama Hills: they are mostly made of biotite monzogranitean, quite a sexy mineral in its own right. But what really makes them stand out from the landscape is their spheroidal weathering pattern. It makes them bulbous, almost cloud-like.

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Take Me Home to Colorado

Take Me Home to Colorado

Colorado might be the ‘homiest’ feeling place I’ve ever been. Jus tstepping off the plane and getting a nose full of the Rocky Mountain air after was enough to make you fall in love. Rachel and I took a little long weekend to Colorado Springs (more specifically, Manitou Springs) for some hiking, climbing, and photography.

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Two Weekends in the Finger Lakes

Two Weekends in the Finger Lakes

It’s hard to beat the serenity and slow-paced relaxation that can be found in the Finger Lakes region of New York. I started visiting because I have so many friends in the region, but it’s easy to get addicted to the crystal-clear blue lakes, giant gorges, sprawling vineyards, long mountain ranges and the laid-back lifestyle that so many inhabitants enjoy.

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Barry’s Barn Dance

Barry’s Barn Dance

I got the invite from my Blue Heron friend Barry to attend one of his infamous Barn Dances. Some of you may know Barry as the mother-pluckin’ banjo player from the Tiger Maple String Band. So Saturday night, me, Camelia and Beth loaded up the Mini and headed north.

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Bonnaroo 2012

Bonnaroo 2012

I have been doing the small, local festival circuit for a few years, and have been really anxious to try to one of the larger domestic festivals. Bonnaroo seemed to fit well; I had a few friends interested in going, and the festival also boasted a killer line-up this year. My friends Maranie, Kristen, and Evan signed up for a little RV excursion, and we crammed in to the little camper for five days away from home.

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Ozark Adventure with the Skvarlas

Ozark Adventure with the Skvarlas

As a major leap in overcoming my extreme case of winter cabin fever, I hopped on a plane and went down to visit my dear friends Michael and Sarah in Arkansas. It would’ve been 13 hours to drive each way, so in the order to maximize my vacation, it was totally worth it to fly.

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New York City 2012

New York City 2012

It’s hard to believe that no matter how much I like to travel, and even though it is only 6 hours away, I’ve never been to NYC in my life. So, to get away for a weekend, I bought a $45 dollar Megabus ticket and a hotel room in Manhattan and skipped Pittsburgh for a weekend.

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Sturgis Road Show 2011

Sturgis Road Show 2011

I got an invite to attend the 2011 Sturgis Road Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania last weekend, and offered to do some promotional photography for them. I ended up having to adapt to a bunch of interesting photography conditions and shot just about every type of photo you could imagine – glamour, product photography, editorial, humanity – and really enjoyed the experience, so I thought I’d share some photos.

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Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010

Merry Christmas (Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, etc.) and happy New Year! I’ve been so involved with my side project, Mystery Tricycle, that I haven’t gotten to put much content on shutterBURGH recently. But it was a fun Christmas at the Smarto household, so here are some highlights.

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Deep Creek Weekend

Deep Creek Weekend

Going to our family’s traditional vacation destination, Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County, MD was a great way to wrap up the summer.

Mom, Doug and I traveled down, rented a boat, and visited our all time favorite watering hole, the Honi Honi Bar.

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