(photo) At Elizabeth & Olof Carmel’s studio during Wine Country workshop 2012

I was having a lot more fun than it appears here. This was an awesome experience!

In the fall of 2012, I attended Mountain Light’s Wine Country photography workshop in northern California, taught by Elizabeth Carmel and Jerry Dodrill, with Olof Carmel sometimes helping — loved that!!!

Here Olof is sharing his wisdom in their upstairs studio. I’m on the right, checking the image I just took with my RX100 pocket camera.

Jerry posted this privately on his Facebook page on Dec. 2, 2012, saying:

We had a great visit to Elizabeth Carmel’s studio today for a demo on fine art printing.

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Fenske Family Portrait

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year,

Buddy Pat Jeff

Our Christmas card – happy, creative days! Mom estimates I was about age-5.

I barely remember that my mouth was red because I had just been to the dentist where they used red dye to help spot cavities.

My dad’s real name was Philip, but many called him Buddy.

The famous Jesus-knocking-on-the-door painting is overhead.

Rangefinder camera on self-timer with bulb flash

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Photo Buddy!

William Wallace by my side, while Kelly sought small game — 4 years ago.

As William got older, he didn’t run as much, while Kelly would never stop investigating in his later years.

The intimate landscape I was trying to capture with the Canon is of two, red Columbine flowers and this little falls. The gentle wind was moving the Columbine just enough to thwart our effort. The telephoto lens magnifies any movement.

Grateful, I cherish this moment, together!!! How can a price tag be put on such a faithful companion?

I miss my boy.


Sony RX-100 Handheld

Kelly’s Last Day

“That’s my boy,” I used to tell him. He was really something! We had so many adventures together.

Mom took this photo just before we drove to the vet.

Story continues below…

3/3/17 1:41pm  – vet appointment was 2pm

Kelly’s hairdo was natural. I didn’t comb it that way.

Kelly loved to run, and collapsed the day before while running on the trail, just after passing me. After about a minute, he could stand, and then walk, but I knew this was probably the end, based upon a similar experience I had with my previous Gordon Setter, William Wallace. And while lying next to him later that night, the ugly sounds coming from his heart made it clear what to do.

[It’s amazing how hearts work extra hard to maintain enough oxygen, even after the valves are failing — a credit to our masterful Creator!]

After examining Kelly, the vet went in the back room to prepare the concoction, but Kelly’s heart completely gave out in front of Mom and me on its own.

So at least I never have to wonder that putting him to sleep was the right decision. But it was really hard to lose him at age-10.
I tell more of Kelly’s unique story here: Kelly – the boy nobody wanted.

Another image: (photo) Kelly – The Last Hug

(photo) Kelly – The Last Hug

The agony of my heart just before driving Kelly to the vet.

I was an only child, and have always been single. When I’ve been able to have dogs they’ve meant a lot to me!

Setters are my favorite, but Kelly was a special challenge — and reward!

I tell the story here:

Kelly’s Last Day

Kelly – the boy nobody wanted

3/3/17 1:33pm  – vet appointment was 2pm

Handheld self-portrait

My Art showing in Anchorage

I just wrote this at ToBeFree and ONEcanhappen:

I’ve had to minimize time spent on my blogs lately, as I’ve been swamped and dumbfounded by massive, multiple (actual fact), mysterious technical difficulties, one of which still isn’t fully solved after 7 weeks. But I’m pressing through, and made a new print yesterday. Hopefully, soon it will be full speed ahead, being able to present my new work until January 31 in this beautiful coffee shop just blocks from where I live.

kaladi first

I’ve spent more time on the phone during these seven weeks, troubleshooting, than maybe in the last seven years — seriously.



Eleanor Preger took this of me at the Autumn in Wine Country workshop
with Elizabeth Carmel and Jerry Dodrill.

It rained about 10 inches during 3 days of our 4-day workshop,
making it one of the worst storms in 30 years.

But there were still some lulls.

: )


“Autumn In Wine Country” Workshop with Elizabeth Carmel & Jerry Dodrill – Day 2

“Autumn In Wine Country” Workshop with Elizabeth Carmel & Jerry Dodrill – Day 3

“Autumn In Wine Country” Workshop with Elizabeth Carmel & Jerry Dodrill – Day 4

Autumn in Wine Country Workshop (Allyn’s portrait collection)

Autumn in Wine Country Workshop


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Allyn shot and assembled these photos as a remembrance of our 4-day wine country workshop, taught by Elizabeth Carmel and Jerry Dodrill, 11/29-12/2.

It was a great time, and actually very productive despite the extreme weather.

Nice job, Allyn!

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“Autumn In Wine Country” Workshop with Elizabeth Carmel & Jerry Dodrill – Day 2

“Autumn In Wine Country” Workshop with Elizabeth Carmel & Jerry Dodrill – Day 3

“Autumn In Wine Country” Workshop with Elizabeth Carmel & Jerry Dodrill – Day 4

Puddles (Eleanor’s photo of me during the workshop)

Group Photo: Jon, Leah, Debra & Michelle’s Last Day

UPDATED with Jon info

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From left to right (retirees & early-outers in bold):

Seated: Carson, Judy, Beth, Reta and Reiko
Middle: Debra is Behind Beth
Main back row: Pam, Steve, Don, Michelle (behind Debra), Leah, Jeff and Jon (featuring Zingo)
Way back there: Christi and Don

We wish you all well!

Jon sent me this pic during his journey down the Alcan with Zingo and his mom,
who snapped this photo.

Jon wrote:

“I love this pic.
Everybody is looking at the camera except Zingo looking at your food!  Lol”

And he said about customs:

“So far so good!  Canada Customs was very helpful and unpacked the truck and U Haul for us.  Unfortunately, we still had thousands of miles left to go, so Mom and I had to repack everything!  Lol  We have made it to Fort St. John and the roads have been good.  Still plan on going thru Banff.”

(photo) My Car: NOHATE — ‘Who Would Jesus Bomb?’ Edition

My ’95 Eagle Talon


Who Would Jesus Bomb?


Love your neighbor

Ron Paul For President ’08

Jesus Wept

If we don’t change directions
we’ll end up where we’re going

I’m for the Separation of
Church & Hate

God Bless All Nations

Perfect Love Casteth Out All Fear – 1 Jn 4 18

Additionally (what can’t be seen in the photo)



(Some may consider this new age,
but the Devil’s kingdom doesn’t work this way.

George Lucas understands:
Luke Skywalker only kept his power
if he didn’t hate!)

Love One Another!

Bless Them That Curse You – Luke 6 28

On the roof:

Hate Free Zone

Ron Paul

On the hood:


Jitters Lookin’ Good!

My photos at Jitters Coffee House,
Eagle River, Alaska in all of March

More to come.

24 x 34 inch (print) “Eagle River Road” and 24 x 36 inch “Rise” —
16 x 24 inch “Alaska RR” and “Chiffon” —
with 24 x 36 inch “Midnight Canopy” overhead

Mom and Dennis (owner) in front of 24 x 36 inch “Midnight Canopy” and “Praise”

24 x 36 inch “Smile” (inside an Orchid) and “Glory!” (Lewisia flower close-up)

“Golden Eklutna” is hidden here behind “Smile”


“Glory!” – At Jitters

Cornerman 3 — Colors


First Cornerman photo in new (old) building
to commemorate the first day wearing Delta uniforms.

Delta wouldn’t allow a union patch on Delta shirts,
so they only sent us pants
until a few days ago,
when the shirts arrived,
since we’re no longer union.

Most of us wore our NWA uniforms until this day,
of which most were gray.
My favorite black shirt was an earlier edition.


Last Night

12/20/10 • 10:21 PM

Mom took this shot of me shooting the photos below —
her idea.

She did a great job hand-holding the 1.3 second exposure,
which was my fault.
I handed her the LX5, only conservatively increasing the ISO,
which is my style.
But I should have opened the aperture all the way up too,
utilizing its f/2.0 capability.

[For really observant camera buffs,
I’m not using the tripod collar because I loaned this lens to a friend
who doesn’t have a RRS quick release mount,
and I hadn’t screwed back on the adapter.

It wasn’t necessary, though.
Perhaps it was the extreme angle.
The 5D2 was rock steady
even with the extenders.]

12/20/10 • 10:00 PM

About 15 minutes into the lunar eclipse

12/20/10 • 10:41 PM

About an hour into the eclipse,
here it is nearly full.

We’re looking at the moon almost entirely shadowed by the Earth!

I had thought that the red color was mostly from the streetlight-lit clouds that rolled in,
but Rich commented below on how this is how it appeared even cloudless,
which I see is the case in these photos.

Perhaps even though the moon wasn’t throwing much light,
it was still reddening the clouds, along with the city’s light pollution,
which is generally more yellow/orange than red.

The clouds are a main reason for this photo’s lack of sharpness.

But this is also a much longer exposure,
as the moon is much darker,
so the movement of the moon blurs the photo even more.

I don’t have a motorized tracker gizmo
as Alaska isn’t a great place to view celestial bodies in the heavens,
being too low in elevation, among other things.

In hindsight, I probably could have totally avoided the clouds
shooting instead near Flattop Mountain —
getting an interesting landscape shot up there as well,
but the forecast was clouds,
so I was surprised to even see the moon at all.

And I didn’t know this would be such a long event,
taking over 2 hours —
much different than a solar eclipse.


Some did shoot the moon from Flattop’s base

Why the total eclipse of the moon was red

Time Lapse Video of the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse