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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.


SH 7.25.17

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.

Will This Be a Yearly Thing?

No, I don’t think so.

I’m not one to give up on things so easily so I think I’ll try to start this up again.  I’m sure I’ll stick with education topics but I’ll also incorporate a few things regarding photography and art as well.

Of course, tearing an achilles does put a damper on things (Don’t worry, I did that last summer, hence the stoppage of posts for the last year or so).

So we’ll keep at it, determined and resolute to keep writing.  We’ll see what I can come up with.  I’ll start by leaving you the last picture I took (before hurting my back last week – I’ll catch a break soon I think!).

MW at Bonsai

  • Photo Notes:  I stacked 10 images to reduce noise, shot at F2.8, ISO 3200, around 17 seconds.  Used Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • Education Quote:  Just saw this one on Twitter and I couldn’t agree more . . .

    “Schools do not thrive because of programs or plans… they thrive because of the passionate educators in the building.”

    From Danny Steele (Twitter: @SteeleThoughts).

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.

Sand Harbor 1.1.16

Sand Harbor on New Year’s Day

Winter at Mayberry Park

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!

Back to School!

October 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Reflection

So on Mondays, I figured to keep the post to some educational items, especially if I can reflect on some of the goals I set for last week. Just to recap:

1) Become a visual math teacher!

2) More concepts, less procedural!

3) Patience and Consistency

I will say that today, during the Math period, I definitely addressed the idea of “conceptual” and “procedural.”  However, I believe I’ll continue doing that throughout the course of the school year.

I’ll also say that today was rather fun.  I was working off of 3 – 4 hours of sleep so maybe that had something to do with my desperate and wandering style today.  One student even asked “Mr. D, are you talking to yourself?”  Anyway, this was, perhaps, the best the class has been since we started school.  I enjoyed myself immensely in the classroom today and it definitely rubbed off on the kiddos as well.

I think for this week, especially during the Math period, I’ll continue with the conceptual and procedural discussion with the students.

Or force myself to sleep only 3 – 4 hours a day.  That’s sure to work out better . . .

Resources

One place I’m finding myself going to more and more is illustrativemathematics.org. If you’re looking for a decent Common Core (still don’t know what to think about the Common Core sometimes.  I’ll save this for a later post) resource for Math, I definitely like this one.

 

 

Watchful Wednesdays

October 8, 2014 Leave a comment

I’m starting to think along the lines of organizing my posts according to the days of the week.  Mondays can be reserved for work-related, educational posts (with maybe a Friday thrown in for reflection on said posts).  I’m also thinking Fridays can be used to post some of my favorites things, a “Friday Favorites” so to speak.  A part of that will also be some of the pictures I’ve taken, but I may do something else with those.

Wednesdays can be reserved for things I’ve been watching on television, in the theaters, or reading in the media.  For example, I could talk about the new Doctor Who (which I’ve done before) or perhaps Agents of Shield as well (which I have also done before).

Or I can review some sports related items I’ve watched (I do like sports!).

For today, I think I’ll start this “Watchful Wednesday” with something I did watch today (at least technically).

The lunar eclipse, aka the “Blood Moon.”

Blood Moon

Lunar Eclipse – Taken early morning on 10.8.14 by me 🙂 The secret ingredient . . . is blood. No, not really 🙂

Yes, it was cold.  Yes, it threw my sleep pattern a bit of a curve . . . but it was interesting to watch and photograph.

It also got me thinking about something I had said in class the other day, when I had the students imagine for themselves, ways to explain natural phenomena without the use of research or the scientific method (to a certain degree).  Some of the responses they gave were along the lines of storytelling, which the students thought was an interesting way to explain things (stories are usually explanations anyway, are they not?).  We were reading about earthquakes and volcanoes and how the ancient Romans and Hawaiians had explained volcanic activity and I started thinking . . . “I’d definitely freak out if I saw this eclipse way back when!”

Yes, “way back when” is a technical term for thousands and thousands of years ago.   Coincidentally, I still need to watch the movie “The Way Way Back.”  Heard nothing but good things about that movie, especially the soundtrack!

But I digress.  Back on topic . . . as far as this blood moon, I also started thinking . . . how would I explain this if I did live “way back when”. . .

. . . so in no particular order (and with the use of anachronisms . . . I couldn’t resist these other explanations), here are my explanations as I watched the lunar eclipse.

1) Kool-Aid Man is upping his game.  Instead of a wall . . . hello moon!

2) Old-Testament Plague except moon-style this time!

3) Moon got really embarrassed by something.  Or angry . . . 

Honestly, these were just random thoughts as I watched the lunar eclipse at 4:00 am in the morning (on a break from school no less . . . how fortunate!).  More or less, I was glad I witnessed this as I know it’s not extremely rare . . . but still rare enough to get me out of bed to watch the spectacle of nature and the cosmos 🙂

 

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