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Pastel Processing   Leave a comment

On May 11, 1910, President William Taft signed a bill into law establishing the country’s 10th national park: Montana’s Glacier National Park. It protects glacier-carved peaks and valleys, pristine turquoise lakes and streams, and dense ancient forests for all to enjoy. Photo by Shan Lin. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 5/11/17.


Glacier National Park

Grinnell Formation

Grinnell Lake

Haystack Falls


St Mary Falls

Two Medicine Lake

Which Is Prettier?

Posted June 23, 2017 by henrymowry in National Parks

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Oh, To Be There   Leave a comment

Redwood National Park. Photo by Michael Bandy. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 5/8/17.


Redwood National Park

Lady Bird Johnson Grove

Redwood National and State Parks

Posted June 22, 2017 by henrymowry in California, National Parks

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The Golf Course Project   4 comments

Collaboration can be a good thing.

My engraver, Teri Diamond of Lavene & Co, likes what I do with wood, and I like what she does with a laser. It all works. She developed this project for the Sand Canyon Country Club, formerly known as Robinson’s Ranch. Their new owner is re-developing the property, and is re-imaging the golf course. He wanted new hole signs, and Teri saw how we could do this together:

  1. I shaped and stained the wood.
  2. She engraved and backfilled (painted) the engraving. She added a 3D element, with an appliqué of the SCCC logo, as well. Finally, she marked where each hole should go for mounting each sign.
  3. I drilled the mounting holes, and then put a topcoat of polyurethane on each sign.
  4. We installed them together.

Today, we installed 18 holes of signs on the course, bringing the total installation to 56 of the 84 signs made so far. There’s more to come … but we are well on our way.

This project taxed my capacity in a few ways. Completing 81 pieces at one time (the first 3 signs were done separately) is a challenge in my small shop. Importantly, finishing 81 pieces at one time is a huge challenge for me. It took over our driveway and front sidewalk, as you’ll see below. Then, the last batch of signs to get the poly topcoat needed for that to happen as summer temperatures climbed above 90 … and you can’t apply poly above 90 degrees, nor in direct sunlight. Lucky I just happen to have pop-up canopies handy….

Here, then, is a look at how this project went from being a pile of lumber on the driveway to informational signs at the Sand Canyon Country Club golf course.


From The Shop: Planning To Be Wasted


Resting   Leave a comment

Posted June 20, 2017 by henrymowry in Photography

A Beautiful Pastel Burning   Leave a comment

Photographer Erik Fremsted loves capturing sunrise at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge near Minneapolis. “The fog begins to burn and glow while the clouds dance in the sky. I breathe in the scene for as long as possible while the unofficial state bird, the mosquito, eats me alive. A price I am very willing to pay to witness mornings like this.” Photo by Erik Fremsted. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 5/8/17.

Posted June 19, 2017 by henrymowry in Photography

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It’s My Day.   Leave a comment

It’s been 5 years since we’ve done good pictures. This blog post is fair warning that a new photo call is in the offing.


My Father And My Grandfathers

My Mother And My Grandmothers

Posted June 18, 2017 by henrymowry in Living Life

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Case Mountain   Leave a comment

California’s Case Mountain is home to some of the largest trees on earth! Located about 7.5 miles southeast of the town of Three Rivers, California, Case Mountain was established to protect the giant sequoias. Comparable in size to a 26-story building, sequoias not only loom over their mixed conifer forest neighbors, but they also outlive them – reaching over 3,000 years. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 4/28/17.

Posted June 17, 2017 by henrymowry in California

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Grand Prismatic Spring   1 comment

Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the United States and the third largest in the world. It’s almost 370 feet in diameter and 121 feet deep. Its vibrant color is the result of thermophilic (heat loving) organisms living along the edges of the steaming pool. This unique ecosystem is delicate and dangerous. To protect it and yourself, stay on the boardwalks when visiting. Sunset photo by Manish Mamtani. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 5/6/17.


Yellowstone National Park

America’s Best Idea


How Wolves Change Rivers

North Twin Lake

Old Faithful


The Animals Of Yellowstone

Traffic Jam

Twin Lakes

Uncle Tom’s Trail

Thread Leaved Brodiaea   Leave a comment

Abundant winter rain this year ushered in a series of super-blooms in southern California, including the thread-leaved brodiaea in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in eastern Los Angeles County. “It’s the only brodiaea left in Los Angeles County, so it’s extremely rare, and what we have on our land is pretty special,” said Ann Croissant, a retired professor with a background in plant physiology, who has led a local effort to protect this endangered plant. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS. From the US Fish & Wildlife Service Pacific Southwest blog.


Late To Rise, Early To Bed

After Dark   Leave a comment

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