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Road Trip – Bandon, Oregon

August 3, 2017 Leave a comment

I think Bandon is underrated.

There are certain things, at least for me, that makes for a nice and relaxing time.  Being on vacation is the first thing.  The second thing is access to some pretty cool spots to photograph (and more importantly, not too busy).  Lastly, there has to be some pretty decent food options available to partake in.

Bandon checked off all three.

Here’s a few shots from the beach.

My room was on top of the beach.  Not near the beach, but on top of it.  I probably should’ve explored more, especially along the beach, but I was pretty content to just sit and watch the rising and fading tide, and seeing the sun crawl slowly to the horizon.   Bandon Beach and Face Rock is probably one of the better coastal towns where I’ve spent some time.  This won’t be the last trip to Bandon, I can guarantee that!

I’ll probably write more on Bandon sometime this weekend or next week.  Of course, next week, we’re back in school as well.  Which also marks the attempt at a new project, which I’ll post here.  It’ll be a photography project around what *I* do at school or how I’m feeling that particular day during or after the school day.  I’m not sure how this’ll turn out, if I’ll finish, but I’m willing to start.  I’m hoping I can show the perserverance to post a picture every day and see how this’ll evolve.  I’m going to start a new Instagram primarily for this project so I’ll post that as soon as that’s up.

In the meantime, you can also check my landscapes/cityscapes Instagram, if you’d like to see more of the Reno/Tahoe area, along with anywhere else I might be exploring.

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Impromptu Photo Trip

I realize that I should be taking more behind the scenes photos as I’m going on these impromptu trips. I should be taking more photos regardless of any trip I’m doing, whether it’s spur-of-the-moment or not. I think I’ll try to do more when it comes to the trip up to Oregon this weekend.

I’m also toying with an idea. What started me in photography was a 365 Photo Project, just taking a photo everyday for a whole year. It definitely improved my skills overall and helped foster my love of photography and take it to another level. If you scope out my Instagram, I still have a few of those photos still posted.

Anyway, the idea I’m toying with is a photo everyday of the next school year, even with some of the training I’ll do. I’m thinking I’ll write something on occasion about what’s happening, though I’m sure, more often than not, I’ll just post something that might represent the day, whether it’s a stack of papers, a sunset as I’m walking out the door, etc.  Or maybe I will write something everyday.  Could be a good thing to help improve on my writing, just like my photography a few years back.  I may start a new Instagram for that as well. We’ll see though. It sounds like an interesting project to take on.

Now, onto the photo.


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My word Tahoe . . . how can you be so . . . ugly.

I was with a friend at Barnes and Noble, helping her out with her writing when I noticed the clouds in the sky.  Actually, I think I did this before . . . in fact, I know I was with the same friend, helping her with her writing, when I saw that the clouds could yield a decent sunset.

Apparently, this a pattern with me.

Anyway, I actually drove a bit just to see where I could head out to.  I was going to try and hit up Chimney Beach, but I was just a tad late and decided on the old standby of Sand Harbor.

To the backdrop of the Shakespeare performance tonight, I decided on the composition above, as there were still a few people at the beach, along with their kiddos, enjoying the summer sunset, just like I was.  I just wanted to find a spot of my own and settled here.  This viewpoint allowed the remaining clouds in the basin to light up as the sun settled below the horizon.  If I looked more west or south, it would’ve been a clear sky.  Not that those are bad, mind you, but I do like a bit of drama in the sky, especially for a Tahoe sunset.

Honestly, I don’t think I can ever get sick of these sunsets.

Impromptu Landscape Photo Ops

 

There are times when I plan my shots.  There are other times when I don’t.  Today was a day that wasn’t planned as far as landscape photography.

Yes, this happens often with me.


After hanging out at Barnes and Noble helping a friend with her writing, I stepped outside and noticed the clouds forming toward the south and southeast, over Washoe Valley.  To the northwest, it was pretty clear, which usually means the clouds to the southeast had a good chance of catching some light and creating a great opportunity to catch a decent sunset.

Or, at least that’s what I’ll say now.

What I was really thinking was . . . “I do have my camera, and my back is feeling better.  It’d be great to get a photo . . . but the Lakers are playing tonight and Lonzo Ball has been playing better . . . gee willikers . . . what to do . . .”

Okay, I really didn’t say “gee willikers” but honestly, I think that’s a fantastic phrase.  Very Ned Flanders-ish.  Not that I’m a big Ned Flanders fan, but it’s just a fun little thing to say.

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“Stupid, sexy Flanders!”


Anyway, seeing as this age of technology allows for people to re-watch certain things on television, I opted for the impromptu sunset shot with the reassurance that an NBA summer league game was something I could pass by.

And yes, the Lakers won.  And I’m content to just watching the highlights.  I mean, it’s just summer league!


So here’s one of the shots I captured.  Since the clouds were to the southeast, I chose to go to Washoe Lake (it was too close to sunset to try a Tahoe trip) where I thought the clouds would pick up some color.  With the recent winter here in Northern Nevada, Washoe Lake is filled like I haven’t seen before, or at least since the mid-1990s.  And with the type of winds that get whipped up in Washoe Valley, you sometimes have an opportunity for a capture like this.

 

Sunset at Washoe 7.13.17-4

Pssssst . . . if you’re reading this and you’re from my Instagram page (@moralvictory), thanks for reading.  If you’re not following me on Instagram . . . please do.  I’d like to think I have some witty things to say when I’m out and about, trying to play the part of landscape photographer.


Side note:  I’m definitely going to purchase the 6D Mark II soon.  We’ll see when though.

Side side note:  Can’t believe that we’ll be back in school in less than a month.  I mean, I’m looking forward to it, but at the same time, I like being able to sleep in and then do a bit of research for work.

Side side side note:  The research is centered around app creation for educational purposes, along with reading how to better use blogs in the classroom.  See, I actually do a bit of work.

 

Thought I was finally gone, didn’t you?

Well, I’m not gone yet, just very very busy.

I also think I’ll start adding new things, especially during the school year.  For example, here’s something I would like to do more of . . . Scenes from the School. 

Scene from last night’s school dance.

Mr. Cates, our music teacher on the mic: Okay, here’s a classic to dance to!

(Starts playing “Eye of the Tiger)

(My 5th grade Students start running over to me)

Students: You need to dance to this, it’s a classic!!!

Me: Wait, I have to dance to this because “it’s a classic?” So when you think “classic” you immediately think of me?!

Students: Yes!

Me: Is this because I’m old?

(Students start laughing)

End scene.

 

I’ll exit stage left now.

Still Here?

January 8, 2016 Leave a comment

 

Realization

Me, realizing that school starts up again on Monday. And it’s the 3rd Quarter of School

Okay, so consistency has never been something I’ve done on this site for, well, a consistent period of time.  But that doesn’t mean I give up on it!

Anyway, here’s a few new photos to keep you interested (at least I hope) in the site.  I may, or may not be doing something more with photography soon.  I’m also still going to use this site to talk education as well, especially here in Nevada . . . and especially in light of all the recent news that has been happening.  News like “rankings” and Bills for spending more on education and the like.

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Sand Harbor on New Year’s Day

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A recent picture of Winter at Mayberry Park

Again, I’m on Instagram if you’d like to see more or on 500px.  Again, I may just keep this blog for education and general information while I may start another primarily for photography.  We’ll see though!

Summer Almost Gone

July 27, 2014 1 comment

My reaction when I realized there was only one week of summer vacation left . . .

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So, with the realization that I would be heading back to work (fully immersed, I should say . . . I have been going in during the summer for a few hours here and there), there are a few things I’d like share.  These aren’t really “classroom hacks” in a sense, but there are a few things I use in the classroom that’s based on technology.

1) Splashtop

I think the Splashtop App is a very useful tool, especially if you use an iPad (or even iPhone) in the classroom and if you have an Interactive Whiteboard you can sync it with.  It’s very convenient since the Splashtop App essentially streams your desktop onto your iPad, so you can manipulate your ActivBoard on your iPad.  It’s very handy during a presentation so you can walk around the classroom to monitor behaviors if necessary.

2) Padlet

This website is accessible for both iOS and Windows systems.  You can also adjust any sort of discussion or conversation topic within the site itself after you’ve set up something for the students to talk about.

3)  SMS Generator

I don’t use this often, but I do introduce it to the kiddos.  If someone from the class has a chance to work on some enrichment activities, sometimes I let them try to create a text message conversation between any of the historical or literary figures we’ve been studying.

Those are just three of the things we try to incorporate within the flow of the classroom.  The Splashtop App is probably the one I’ve used the most for this past year, especially since it allows me to roam the classroom instead of just standing in front of the class during a Prezi.

Any other teachers out there have ideas to share? 🙂

Photo a Day

Here are some of my favorites from the past week in terms of photographs.  I feel I’m getting “somewhat” better at photography, though I still have loads to learn.

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Downtown Reno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mayberry Park . . . the Sunflower is actually giving a thumbs up!

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Thomas Creek Road. Still within the city limits, but looking somewhat rural in South Reno.

Summer is Fading

With the new “balanced-calendar” scheduling, teachers report back during the first full week of August, which leaves me with little over two weeks left before going back to work.

While it’s a bit disappointing, I’m fine with coming back to work.  Well, for the most part.  I’ll miss the idea of being able to sleep in (honestly, even during the summer, I still manage to wake up at around 6 o’clock or even 5 a.m.!) but I’m also looking forward to helping out with another class.  Last year’s class manage to come together for the most part and I was extremely proud of how they managed their growth during the course of the school year, both academically and as citizens of our community.  It was absolutely fantastic to see.  The challenge, of course, is to see if you can do it again.  That’s always a great motivator for me.

Anyway, to continue with the summer!

But first, another disappointment.

I was planning a little trip to Los Angeles to visit friends.  I was going to leave this week in fact.  I was excited by the opportunity to hang out with some of my oldest friends, taking in the sights and sounds of Southern California.  But sometimes, the best laid plans of mice and men . . . often get small chunks of rock thrown violently against the windshield of your car, enough to where is breaks the first layer of your windshield to cause a splinter pattern of cracked glass that’s beyond repair.  The only option is to replace the windshield and the replacement windshield isn’t coming to the glass installation company until later this week.

So much for the trip.

Anyway, on to some other, more positive things!

For this entire year, starting on January 1st, I’ve made it a goal of mine to take a picture for each day of 2014.  In retrospect, I should’ve been writing on this blog the entire time I was doing it, just to explain some of the things that happened to me as I was exploring Reno, Sparks, and both Nevada and California.  So I think I’ll do that.  Maybe not everyday, but on a day where there’s more to the picture, where the story behind it needs to be told.

For now, I’ll leave you with some favorites of the past week.  Hope you enjoy!  In case you’re wondering, I do have an Instagram as well as an account with 500px if you’d like to follow along.

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From a scenic viewpoint at Lake Tahoe

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Rose Garden at Idlewild Park in Reno

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More from the viewpoint at Lake Tahoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tahoe Scenic Viewpoint

More from the scenic viewpoint at Tahoe

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