nature archives

I found the silver lining to my new phone…
It’s been a tough adjustment to lose my Blackberry (sorry Joel, that’s the facts), but I do like having a decent camera (for a phone cam anyway) ready on-hand to catch the occasional sunrise. This one is over American Fork Canyon, snapped by my son as I was driving him to school. (Hope that doesn’t violate Church policy :-)

posted by ted on Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009 · 5 comments

Sun rising over Mount TImpanogos this morning, as I drove to the Sunday morning session of the Church’s semi-annual General Conference with my son and daughter. Photo by my son.

Most of the talks are already posted in at least MP3 format. Nice work AV Department!

posted by ted on Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 · 2 comments

Path leading up to a grove of trees adjacent to the Smith Family Farm near Palmyra, New York, where Joseph Smith’s first vision occurred. Very quiet, very peaceful, very inspiring on multiple levels. A few days prior, at the UIE 13 Conference, Luke W encouraged us to use color combinations we found in nature. After leaving the grove, I told my wife that I had found a color palette I wanted to use someplace in my work here at the Church. Now I just need to find the opportunity…

posted by ted on Thursday, Nov 20, 2008 · 0 comments

From Gary Greenberg’s A Grain of Sand slideshow on Scientific American.

posted by ted on Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cathedral Cove, New Zealand.
My mom just sent this to me; the figure in the distant center is my brother, taking a breathtaking photo of his own. My parents return home from their mission in June, having served for 18 months.

posted by ted on Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008

The sun breaking over Mount Timpanogos this morning.
It seemed an appropriate introduction to this morning’s brainstorming session on how the Church might use the Internet to its fullest potential.

posted by ted on Monday, Apr 21, 2008 · 0 comments

Sunrise in Salt Lake.
It’s been a while since we’ve posted something about God’s handiwork, so here’s a beautiful sunrise coming over the Wasatch Mountains captured by my sister Katie on her way home from the late shift. Way to keep an eye out and a camera handy, Sis…

posted by ted on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008

Cranes and Friends, Farmington Bay, Great Salt Lake.
This year’s beautiful addition to my uncle Ray’s incredible collection of home-made Christmas cards. Every year we get a lovingly hand-crafted, personally designed card with photos collected throughout the year. (More of Ray’s work can be found at )

posted by ted on Monday, Dec 24, 2007

Perspective makes all the difference.
This shot is from the bluff above the beaches just north of Shi Shi, on the Olympic Coast. The rock in the water to the right (overlapped by the tree) is the same as the left thumb in a previous post. That previous post, as well as those involved in the composite shot also posted earlier (and touched up by Chris, thank you very much), were all taken from the saddle to the left side of the picture, near the large outcropping with the tree on top. And I won’t bore you with the boatload of other portraits, panoramas, and other photos I took from that same spot— each as different from the others as these three are.

When confronting a potential problem or possibility, it’s a good idea to get multiple angles on it before you announce that you really understand it. The more perspectives you experience, the more complete the picture.

posted by ted on Friday, Nov 02, 2007

General Conference Morning,
and the cloud is on the mountain…

posted by ted on Saturday, Oct 06, 2007 · 0 comments

Two thumbs up!
Sea stacks north of Shi Shi Beach, which is part of the
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

posted by ted on Wednesday, Sep 05, 2007

Giant Maple in Quinalt Rain Forest.
The Olympic Peninsula is one of the few places on Earth where true temperate rain forests can exist. Every tree is covered with moss, the canopy is almost unbroken in places, and the light is filtered green on sunny days. An impression of great age juxtaposed with new life pervades these forests. Great design inspiration, and a fine place to spend the sabbath as well!

posted by ted on Sunday, Aug 19, 2007

Mount St. Helens about a month ago.
I mulled around the idea of ascribing a “design lesson” to this landscape—”sometimes you just have to start over” or “plan for disaster” or somesuch nonsense. But the feeling when you’re standing in front of this scene of mixed devastation and beauty is just …

posted by ted on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2007

Shi Shi Beach, on the Olympic Coast, with Point of Arches on the horizon.
This is actually a composite of 2 photos.
Later I’ll post more on how I, a CS3 Dummy, composed this panorama
with Photoshop’s super-easy PhotoMerge feature.

posted by ted on Tuesday, Aug 07, 2007

Another sunset on Ruby Beach.
The sun is peeking just beneath the canopy of clouds on the horizon, forming the red line just left of the largest island (Abbey Island).

A design insight—even when the source of the light or inspiration is practically unseen, the effects can be profound. You can barely see the sun in this photo, but it is responsible not only for the small red streak, but for all the color in the sky. And less obviously, but maybe even more importantly, for the visibility of the entire landscape, for anything green, for anything alive.

What lights your interior designscape, even if it’s not readily seen by others on the outside?
How about your life?

posted by ted on Saturday, Jul 14, 2007

Sunset on Ruby Beach, 2 weeks ago.
I love the Washington coast.
(Un-retouched as of yet; next week I’ll start applying all the cool techniques the Adobe folks showed us last week at Web Design World. But I wouldn’t want to mess much with a lot of these shots; God does just fine without sharpening, blurring, and compositing!)

posted by ted on Friday, Jul 13, 2007

Cape Flattery
One of my favorite spots to get Inspiration of all kinds, design and otherwise—and one of the places I’ll be visiting over the next two weeks. Others include Kalaloch and possibly the arches along the Washington coast. I love Natural Design! See you on the other side!

posted by ted on Saturday, Jun 30, 2007

Even grey can be beautiful.
Sorry for re-posting an old photo, but I feel the need for something calm in my browser amidst the development kickoff activities I’m spearheading today.

Outside Kalaloch Lodge, on the Washington coast .

posted by ted on Thursday, Mar 22, 2007

John on Banana Design, via Jason’s Crowd Control. Thanks for some memorable images guys. You’ve forever changed my fruit peeling habits!

posted by ted on Thursday, Mar 08, 2007

Seize the Day!
(Yes, Cameron, it’s another “I miss the ocean” shot.)

posted by ted on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007