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Easter is winding down

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

We’re nearing the end of a fine Easter day here at the Schierer household. The morning candy ingestion (followed by the after church, pre-dinner, after-dinner and afternoon candy ingestion) is manifesting itself in short fuzes and two children currently scooting past in a laundry basket.

Our day started at 7AM with the Hallelujah Chorus and an Easter egg hunt. Rachel was thrilled to discover that the plastic eggs contained her favorite food of all: “M M M!”


Afterwards, I hurried off to church to practice. I joined two trumpet players and the organ on Trumpet Voluntary before the service started. Easter service was, as usual, filled with great music and a fine message, and unusually included a “zombie movie” reference. [1]

The kids of course looked great in their Easter finery.



Don’t let the sunny pictures fool you. It’s rather cold and very windy here today. I guess since March was filled with June weather, April’s going to have some of MayMarch.

We spent most of the afternoon indoors, with N trying his hand steering in Need For Speed. He did pretty well up to about 40 mph… then we would see more guardrail than road. K’s working on some knitting, and Rachel is figuring out how to climb up to where the Easter candy is.

I hope all of you had a fine Easter too. (More pics, as always, in the gallery.)

  1. This amused me, in particular, because I was joking to a friend that the “Left for Dead” series would make an irreverently appropriate Easter sale on Steam. []

London 2012

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Since the Olympic Committee thought it would be all crazy fun to go to London, we decided we’d get the jump on the rush. Really though, my employer decided to send me for a few business meetings, and we took advantage of the fact to take some vacation. We spent six days in the city of Big Ben, royalty, “Mind the Gap” and pub fare.

Here’s a sample of the things we saw and the pictures we took.

Day 1:
Walk about in central London starting with a ride on the London Eye.

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Day 2:
Tower of London, the Tower Bridge and more downtown.

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Day 3:
British Museum

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Day 4:
Imperial War Museum, and a visit with the Russell family[1]

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Day 5:
Chris gets some work done. K visits the National Gallery. We meet up in the evening for dinner at the Savoy Grill.

Day 6:
Chris gets some more work done. K visits the Victoria and Albert Museum, where we met up in the early afternoon. Later that night Chris hits the city for some night shots.

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Day 7:
Quick walk around, train to Heathrow and home.

  1. For those who knew me when, Carey took the picture of the band in the previous post. That’s a copy made by taking an image of the (gasp!) actual printed photograph with the original on it. []

Photo dump pending…

Monday, March 26th, 2012

So it’s been nearly three months since I posted anything. Rather than even pretend that you haven’t been dutifully informed on our goings on from K’s continuously active Facebook page, I’ll just move on. Facebook killed the blogging star… or something like that.

As I finally complete the processing of many hundreds of pics taken during our recent trip to London, I leave you only this one.

If you know me well enough to recognize anyone else in this picture, than you probably know me well enough to know why this might be relevant to our trip.

More to come soon. Really.

Ski Maine!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

A bit of a slow night tonight after a full day of skiing is allowing me to post some quick edits on the trip so far. More, as always, in the gallery.

The skiers for the week (minus the photographer), (R and Mom D are enjoying some quality condo time):

N’s riding the lift with the big kids:

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Big man on the mountain:

Light Pillars at Sunday River

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Enjoying our ski trip to Sunday River in Maine. Some fresh snowfall today added to the surface provided by copious snow-guns. This evening the snow changed to a fine crystal ‘mist’ which created these light pillars above the night skiers.

Gimme some CANDY!

Monday, October 31st, 2011


(N has entered the “I need to strike a pose” phase.)

CNY Auroras

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Not the name of a new hockey team… but this:


Tonight’s show had nothing on the blast from eight years ago (although I keep hoping). Still one of the better shows so far this solar cycle. Certainly the best I’ve been able to see here. The peak may actually have been earlier based on these Spaceweather shots posted in western NY.

Still, there were moments of naked-eye color and the slowly fluctuating glow was diagnostic even without the camera. The long exposures certainly emphasize the color. Bummer about the clouds ((they rolled through with only the faintest gaps when the visible red glow above started), but the contrast between the town lit clouds and the background aurora is sort-of interesting.

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Fall and Family

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

We took advantage of the break in the rain to get some fall family photos. Enjoy.






The Joy of Fall

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The past week here in CNY has been the epitome of perfect fall weather. In particular the weekend with sunny 70 degree days and crisp clear nights. Morning bike rides through the crunching leaves in the mid to high 50s.

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to visit Wolf Oak Acres “Balloons and Bounty” fall festival.[1] As is often the case, entering an event like this one solo with a camera and a couple of lens bags gets you pretty much unlimited access to the activities.[2]


The launch was supposed to be at 4PM, but it was close to 4:30 before they really got started. Over a dozen balloons lifted off, with the last one leaving the ground an hour later. The bright fabric, green grass, bright blue sky and setting sun made for some fun photography. I shot almost 300 pictures in two hours.

I hope you enjoy the results almost as much as I did taking them. As always, more in the gallery.

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  1. We were hoping for a family outing, but R was sick, N was busy playing with a friend, and K was otherwise disinterested. []
  2. I paid my admission to the farm, but I’m relatively certain that civilians were supposed to stay out of the balloon prep area. []

Reality is to Dragon*Con as Cottage Cheese is to…

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

a) a pan-galactic gargle blaster.
b) spiced rum and corsets.
c) trans-warp beaming.
d) cartoons with blue hair.
e) all of the above… and so very much more.

Without further ado, let’s get right into a sampling of the hundreds of images taken over Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, GA.

Steampunk costumes:

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Time travelers and space adventurers:

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Game themed costumes:

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Other Notable costumes:

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Guest stars:

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And friends:

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A good time is had by all.