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This is a photograph of my friend Betsy taken outside of Targhee, Wyoming. I absolutely love this picture for many different reasons. It looks like she is sitting on the edge of the world and looking out into a great abyss. She is sitting in a very precarious situation and it looks like it was an extremely difficult hike to reach this lookout point.

The photo does a very good job of giving perspective to the size and splendor of the mountains. The photographer, Ann Wembly, seems to be standing at just about equal elevation. It almost looks like this photo could have been taken from a helicopter (although it definitely was not). The horizon becomes blurry and you can’t really tell where the mountains end and where the sky begins. I also really enjoy the differences between the mountains in the foreground and the ones in the background. She appears to be sitting on a jagged cliff face while the mountains in the background appear to be smooth and steady as there is trees growing on it. The large valley in between the two mountains is also very cool as there is a blank space that the viewer can not tell how wide the valley is. All we can assume is that the valley continues to drop further down. Betsy also appears to be very small in comparison to the mountains in this picture which again places an emphasis on the size of the mountains and the space between her and the photographer. Overall, this is a very cool picture.

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My blog would not be complete without a tribute to my favorite athlete of all time, Michael Jordan (a.k.a. his airness). I grew up a die-hard NBA basketball fan and MJ was by far my favorite player to watch. I honestly feel privileged to have grown up in the Air Jordan era. He was the most competitive and most successful basketball player of all time. His dedication to the sport propelled him above all his competition. He ushered a new era into the game of basketball and revolutionized the game forever. Any great player is now compared to Jordan and all those comparisons come up short. He was simply the best player in a league that is filled with the highest level of athleticism in any professional sport. He was able to take his success on the court and translate into a fierce business image that has made him wealthy beyond belief. MJ is unapologetic for his competitiveness and his attitude. He is simply the best there ever was and he left a generation of kids saying “I wanna be like Mike.”

Here are two photos of the airness himself. The first shows him during a defining moment in his career, winning the 1988 slam dunk competition over Dominique Wilkins. The photo captures him in mid-dunk and is an elegant display of athleticism, creativity, and style. The second shows the 21st century Air Jordan, a cocky yet refined businessman whose has built an iconic global image.

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After sharing the two pictures taken by my friend Betsy I had the mountains on my mind and wanted to share another one of my snowboarding pictures with the world. This picture was taken at the chair 4 cliffs in Vail, Colorado. I am the snowboarder in the picture and it was by far the scariest thing I have ever done on a snowboard. The perspective of the camera takes away some of the size of the cliff. The drop was actually about 35-40 feet, however, it appears much smaller in the photo. My friend Jason Ritsema took this photograph, he was positioned about 75 feet from the base of the cliff. Part of the fear I was facing when hitting this monster cliff was that there was a chairlift directly above the cliff and there was a crowd watching me drop off. The joy I had when I landed this jump can not be described in words. It was one of the greatest, and scariest, experiences of my life and I am glad I was able to capture it on camera.Vail Cliff

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Jackson, Wyoming

Here is another picture taken by my friend Betsy. This photo was taken during the same hot air balloon ride as the preceding picture. I posted this picture because it reiterates the points in my earlier post. It again goes to show her talent as an amateur photographer. It also shows the rapidly changing weather conditions in the mountains. This picture was taken within 30 minutes of the preceding picture and the clouds have completely dissipated. The scenery of this picture is awesome and gives a very good overhead of one of the finest golf courses in the rocky mountain range.jackson 2

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Jackson, Wyoming

Here is a picture that my friend Betsy took. She is an amateur photographer and took this photo of her home town during a recent hot air balloon ride. I absolutely love this picture and I believe she has a real talent behind the camera. This will most likely not be the only picture from her that I use this semester as she is constantly taking all kinds of really cool and unique photographs. There are many reasons that I love this picture so much. First and foremost, I am fascinated and obsessed with the mountains. I used to live in Breckenridge, Colorado, and it was there I garnered an appreciation of the beauty of the mountains. This picture not only captures the beauty of the mountain scenery but also shows the territory around the town of Jackson partially covered by clouds. In the mountains, weather is rapidly changing and clouds rarely linger. This adds to the photo because the timing of it was so crucial. Overall, this is a very cool picture by a skilled photographer.jackson hole

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Cheers!

This summer, I visited the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. It was a real unique experience and I was shocked by the size of their operation. Lynchburg has a total population of 361 people and there is absolutely nothing but Jack Daniel’s in the town. This is quite remarkable considering the company employs 365 people. Another real interesting fact is that the distillery is in a “dry-county”, which means that there is no alcohol sales allowed within the county. To me, this is a prime example of an oxymoron, the world’s largest whiskey distiller is in a dry county! Anyway here is a picture of my favorite variety of Jack Daniels, Single Barrel. The photo was taken in their display area and shows a tower of Jack Daniel’s finest. I like this picture for two reasons: 1) Jack Daniel’s is great and I love it, 2) this is the finest alcohol display I have ever seen.DSC00274

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Breck

Here is a photo of the newest addition to our house. His name is “Breck” and he is a golden lab. This picture was taken when he was only 6 weeks old. It shows him doing what puppies do best, sleeping… It has been quite the adventure adding a puppy into a house full of college guys. He has adapted to his new surroundings quite well and has become a permanent part of the house. We now spend countless hours chasing him around the house, pulling things out of his mouth that he shouldn’t be eating, and, of course, picking up all the little accidents that he leaves around the house. However, he does add a lot of excitement to the house and was a great addition.baby breck

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