2012 Tour de France

My wife went to Amsterdam a few weeks ago. I, thinking it would be a quick round trip, didn't go with her. On the final day of her trip, I get a call, "guess where we're going tomorrow? Liège!" She and few others would be taking the train to Belgium for the start of Le Tour de France. There was no way of knowing they'd go before she left, but she did manage bring back some goodies and some photos posted below.

The 2012 TDF has been fun to watch and also witness a new breed of (mostly clean) cyclists come to the fore. The racing is much different, but exciting nonetheless. Bradley Wiggins and the SKY racing team have dominated since taking over the Yellow Jersey from Fabian Cancellara and BMC after the first week. They are arguably the two best teams there this year. The Brits should also do well in the 2012 Olympics given their TDF successes thus far.

Next year is the 100th running of the TDF and it would be cool to see it up close. Vive le Tour.


Bradley Wiggins warming up before the first TT                             BMC Team Car


Where Your Food Comes From

And it's all "[w]rapped" up. Fun with farming and farmers.



Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
~Abraham Lincoln.

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Little Lambs

Every Spring, several flocks of sheep arrive in Duvall. The sheep, and their fast-growing lambs, are moved to different pastures each day, so they are hard to approach. On this particular Friday evening, they were moved to a pasture next to the access road, so we had our camera and captured them playing and chasing. The ewes were "sheepish" at first, but forgot we were even there after we posed no threat to their babies. ATD



Spring was in the air this week (albeit for a few short days) and it reminded me of this this clip I made a few years back when testing the video settings on my 5D Mark II. We're still in winter, but Spring is mounting a come-back. Enjoy! ATD


Happy Leap Day!

What did you do with your extra day this Leap Year? My sister turned twelve year old today and you can do the math to figure out how old she really is. Happy Birthday Sis!

You can read some additional tidbits about this unique day at the WSJ—
"Feb. 29: Your Guide to Navigating Leap Day". ATD


I'm Dreaming of a White...

...Birthday! It came a little early this year (not like it needed to). If I could have a present like this each year, then bring on more birthdays, early and often. Following her normal modus operandi (generous and loving), Amy got me the best present a skier could ever want — Heli-skiing at Whistler.

This is my second time and conditions were perfect. While not deep powder, the snow was soft and plentiful on a bluebird day. The POV video gives you a feel for the "heli" experience — heli–good!
While watching any video on this site, press the button on the video player after starting to watch full-screen. ATD