Stone Age

The area around me got a taste of what it would be like if the phone system were to crash yesterday.  Around 9 am we lost just that.  I’m not talking about just a hard wired land line, I’m talking about that, the internet, and all cell phones.  That is what went down here.   No drill.  No  notice.   Not a practice run.  And it was down for 12 hours.  You couldn’t even call someone to find out what was going on.  I drove into town to see the chaos take place first hand.  The businesses were closing their doors because even though they had electricity, they couldn’t check anybody out.  The locals were gathering in various places weaving stories of, being under attack.

It will be interesting to find out what did happen.  I can understand the internet and the hard wired phone lines going down together, but when no one can get cell phone service either….  One does begin to think conspiracy theory.  A few thoughts entered my head while I was out on the creek a mile back in the woods attempting to break open a beaver dam so the water would recede from my path down by the lake.  I believe the rest of the people in the area ended up at one of the many taverns in an attempt to figure out which conspiracy theory was best.

To dream of mermaid kisses and star fish wishes

Update:  You cell phone people might think all your communications goes through the airways, but somewhere along the line they are going through fiber optics en route.  The crash of our land lines and cell phone service was the result of a car smashing into a fiber optics terminal some 60 miles away.

I use to only have to worry about a beaver dropping a tree on my telephone line…


I was contacted a few days ago via email by a person who had a portfolio of four images, clothed, and who looked about 15.  She (they) pretended to be from Germany and was going to visit Minnesota for a short time and wanted to do an erotic shoot with me.  The email was done with broken English in an attempt to sound like a girl from Germany, but done very poorly.  So I played along for a bit.  “How old are you?”.  “16.”  “Sorry, not interested.”  “Why not?”  “Not old enough.  Need to be 18.”  Then I went on an explanation of the laws.  “How about we do it without anybody knowing?”  “Not going to happen.  End of talks.”  “How about I wear a mask?”  I did not respond after that.

The attempt to make her sound like she was talking in broken English was so bad (I didn’t include it in the above) that I was laughing out loud with each response.  This was certainly some detective’s first time at this.  I hope he, or she, gets better at this.

I was a detective for a sheriff’s department.  I understand what they do, and for the most part go along with their programs.  I do have a hard time with this method however.  Would someone have attempted to shoot this 16 year old if they had not placed her in front of them to do so?  I wonder sometimes if we have not let our police departments run a bit wild with trying to catch people doing stuff.  Doing something illegal is one thing.  Shoving it in someone’s face and enticing them is questionable at best.  Back in my day I probably would have gone along with the program if I had been asked to do so, with gusto.  These days I am older and look at things a bit differently.  Not from the perspective that it is my job to catch a pedophile  by hook or crook, but is the hook and crook reasonable for the end result.  And I am sure it is the same in what-ever you do for a profession.  I’m sure the I.R.S. agents think they are all doing good things.  The F.B.I. agents think they are all doing a good thing.  And the politicians all think they are doing a good thing.  Until they retire and get a bit older.  Then they seem to look back and realize.

This country was based upon boundaries.  Boundaries where we were protected from the Government.  We seem to have lost those along the way.  The authorities seem to be granted more and more power every day to encroach upon those boundaries.

The detective can go fishing somewhere else.  For him/her, I hope they catch somebody so they will look good in the eyes of their bosses, but I think it is a sorry way to make a living.  Some day they will understand that as well.  I look back and think of the people I arrested every year just before election time.  Task forces brought up just before elections in order to make the incumbent look good in the papers.  Peoples who’s lives I may have ruined for what?  So some idiot politician gets re-elected?  Yep!  Everyday people who skirted the law just a little to make ends meet.  And a few years later it was perfectly legal for them to do the things they were arrested for.

Not saying it will be legal to shoot a 16 year old in erotic situations in the near future.  That was not the point.  But fishing for someone who might not otherwise do something like that, and pushing it in their face is questionable in my book.  So shame on you, whoever you are.  Someday you will understand that better than you do now.  Someday when you no longer have the rights you think you have.  Someday when you have grown up a bit and no longer live, breath in the system that you hold in such high esteem.


After that rant, you get me.  Taken by Sarah.

If you had to live your life all over again

And you know what you know now, is there anyone out there who would live it as it happened?  I think, very few.

We all made mistakes in career; love; actions.  Places to live; financial issues; and opportunities missed.

But we are what we are, and we have to deal with our mistakes from the past.

I know that if I could go back, I would have moved to Sweden right after high school.  That is a sore subject for me these days.  I wish I had done so.  I wish I had the knowledge that I have now of the condition this country would be in and what better places there are in the world to live.  Places where standard of living is higher; race is not an issue; crime is low; and the Government is run by people who care about what is happening to their people they represent.  A place where healthcare is paid for by the Government and not run by private companies.  A place where drug prices are reasonable instead of 50 times what the American drug companies charge.

But I am too damn old.  That is the only reason I don’t leave now.  Sometimes however I think I can still make it right and depart this poorly run country.


Abs, on the “Death March” in the Arizona desert.


Windows 10

Every time it updates it installs stuff that I don’t want.  Microsoft crap that I have no interest in.  And it puts things on my task bar that I don’t want there.  God, I hate Microsoft!  Windows 10 is the worst abortion that ever came out as an operating system.  I hate it with a passion.


Abs, in “Morning Tia Chi”.

A few things strike me as, STUPID

First is, although he is a moron, why wait until just before the election to accuse Trump of groping women.  Where were they a month ago?  Seems pretty petty at this point.  But then, everything from both sides have been pretty petty.  There was no debate, either time.  There was only bashing.  We lost what use to be a debate and turned it into a reality TV show where one bashes the other for air time.  Neither candidate has had anything useful to say.

Second is the News stories about this bear.  If you don’t want bears shot, don’t have a hunting season where it is perfectly legal to shoot them.  Pick one side or the other, but don’t play hurt and shocked when it is the animal you liked.  The press did such a great job for months on a lion in Africa, only to come to find out the hunter who killed the lion did nothing wrong or illegal.  But it was an animal people knew.  Apparently that makes all the difference.

Third is the story about Amy Goldman.  I’m not a fan of the press.  Mostly I think they are worthless people that just want a story and care nothing about the real truth.  I think they slant things their way, and generally are obnoxious.  But this is just another cut into our freedom.  One more thing they are taking away.  It might sound small to you, who has no ties to journalist, but they have fought for your rights from time to time and it is our duty to fight for them as well.  One more right the Government is trying to slash away.  We are loosing our right one at a time.  It doesn’t seem like much when you lose one, but over time you will have lost them all.


The lovely, Katy T. in my studio a few years ago.  She was worth my time.

Update:  Amy Goldman’s charges were tossed out by a judge today.  Seems there are still some people in this Government, even if they are at the bottom of the totem pole, that care about our rights.  The federal Government could care less about them.

Where have nude women been photographed the most?

My guess is, here:  “The Egg”.


Thank you, Fred.

There probably have been more nude models in that chubby hole than Carter had fart pills.

I’m not saying this is not a good photo.  On the contrary, I like this one.

I have just seen a thousand or more photos of this very place.  Sort of like the slot canyons.  It is a place you go to photograph a nude model.  And if I lived around either of those I would probably do the same.  Heck, I have shot more than a dozen models on the same rock on the north shore of Lake Superior.  You know them all if you have been following my work for any amount of time.

But this location has got to be the top spot, or damn near the top spot for having a nude model posing in it.  I can’t even imagine how many nude models have crawled up into that spot.  Thousands upon thousands.  It is almost like “virgin territory” because of the nude female bodies that have been in there.   Come to think of it, I have never seen a male nude in, “The Egg”.  Probably would be burned up in a flash should he attempt to enter that chubby hole.

The slot canyons would probably rank second.  That is a hot spot for photographers to shoot nudes.  Only a few places, which make them all look alike.  On another note, Joshua Tree might edge the slot canyons out.  Trouble is the rocks in Joshua Tree all look alike, so you can’t tell.  Other than me I have yet to see a Joshua Tree photographer shoot anything but a nude laying or standing on a rock that looks like a billion other photographs of people who have shot there.  The workshops in Joshua Tree are worthless.  Don’t waste your money.  You get a girl on a rock that looks like all other rocks, and everybody shoots the same image.  If you go to Joshua Tree, go by yourself and explore.  There is so much more than what the crappy work shops that rob you of your money offer.  Take a gal and explore on your own.  There are mountains; there are lakes; there are so much more than stupid rocks that have been photographed a million times with the same old models posing on them.



Taken at Joshua Tree, but no standard rock formations that everyone else has photographed at.  Snow capped mountain.  Lake.  Wonderful skyline.

I would ask the photographers of this world, look beyond the “Egg”, “The Joshua Tree”, “The Slot Canyons”.  There is a world out there right next to that, that everyone else misses because they are focused in one the one thing.

I have not been to, “The Egg”.  But I bet there is some great things right next to it that would be amazing to shoot at.  Maybe not as exciting, but more original.  And original is far higher in my ranking than, good, but it is the same old, same old.


One more from Joshua Tree.  And still, no Joshua Trees, or same old rocks in the photo.  The work shops you sign up for are worthless.  Put on by people who just want to take your money and herd you around like cattle to the same old rocks to pose the same models on them so you each can take a picture.  There is so much more if you are willing to go it on your own.

I have been around the block, several times.  So far I have run into only one workshop in my life that I thought was of any value.  It is put on by a man named, Doug Beasley.  It is called, Vision Quest.  He is good.  And he is expensive.  But you will learn.  Even if you are an advanced, long time photographer, you will learn.  Forget the Weston bullshit workshops.  Forget the Zoe workshops.  You won’t learn a thing and you will be wasting your money.  They will be happy because they have taken your money, but you won’t be happy once you realize that you got took.  Oh, you will be happy for a few weeks, thinking you got a great education, but then realization will set in and you will come to find out you didn’t learn a damn thing.  You just lost a couple thousand dollars and all your images look exactly like twenty other photographers that were there.

There are damn few good photographer workshops out there.  Damn few.  Most herd you like cattle to shoot what everybody else is shooting.  And they love your money.  I host one workshop per year.  I am not the best because I have little patience with people who don’t know how their camera works and just want to see nude women.  Serious photographers are about one in ten.  Here in northern Minnesota that means I get about one person who is serious per year, and I will spend my time with that one person.  The rest can eat shit.  And those will never recommend me because I will not let them photograph a nude figure until they can comprehend how their camera works.  I don’t play the, workshop game.

Damn, I’m getting wordy on this post….  Sorry!


You never know what is right next door to the thing everyone else goes after.



Oh Come Now, Hillary!

“Clinton: Trump stalked me around the debate stage”

Can she get any lower?  Stalked?  Think she would have used that term if the press wasn’t pressing issues about abuse to women?  Me thinks not.  But then, she is a worthless bitch that will do anything to win the presidency.  And WIN is a perfect word for this dog and pony show that the Government has put before us.  WIN, like it was a game.  It is a game, a game the Government is playing on us.

Hillary, that was a below the belt smash.  But it is expected of you.  You are pretty much a worthless individual and we expect you to be as such.

We are going to have one of these two assholes as our next president of the United States.  The rest of the world is going to laugh as us, no matter which one gets in.  And we will be in deeper shit than we are now.  Our reign of power ended years ago.  We will soon be a third world country.  We are currently a second world country, but your Government doesn’t want you to know that.We are currently ranked, 5th of the countries for standard of living.  Your Government doesn’t want you to know that however.  According to the World Health organization the U.S. ranks…  are you ready for this?  37th in quality of care!  Infant mortality rate the U.S. ranks, 5th.  Turkey, Mexico Chile, and Slovakia rank higher.  Mexico has less infant mortality rate!

So where is the U.S. in terms of being a great nation with respect to the rest of the world?  Pretty low on the totem pole in reality.  Nowhere near where this Government wants you to believe.  Nowhere near that.  But you are brainwashed into thinking what you hear is the truth, and that this country is all mighty and all powerful, and that we are living the good life.  That is what THEY want you to hear and believe.

I remember when I was a kid and my mother use to say, “Russia only lets the people of Russia hear what they want them to hear”.  I thought that was a terrible thing.  But we are there.  Whether you choose to believe it or not.  We hear what this Government wants us to hear.  Nothing more.  We are not a great country anymore.  We suck at healthcare.  We suck at industry.  We suck at standard of living.  We suck at running our own Government.  Actually we don’t run our own Government anymore.  We are suppose to, but that was taken away from us years ago.  Just look at what we have running for the president.  Think we as the people offered up these candidates?  No, the Government did.  “This is who you get to vote for.  You don’t have a say in this what-so-ever”.   And this is what we have got.  Two assholes that are equally worthless pieces of shit.

Rome ruled the world and is now nothing but a town in Italy.  Britannia ruled the world and now is a small island, smaller than Minnesota, that is trying desperately to hang onto Ireland, and not doing very well at that.  The U.S. ruled the world, back in the 1950s.  now we are a country that is trying desperately to keep the people of this country thinking we are still there.  Only we lost that title a long time ago and are dwindling fast.  We owe so much money to other countries that we have borrowed that we will never be able to pay them back.  I remember when I was a kid we use to joke about France owing the U.S. money and they probably would never pay us back.  Worthless French people!  We owe China millions of time that much money.  And we will never be able to pay them back.

Is this the U.S. you envision?  Or is it the U.S. this Government wants you to envision?

If you have read this far down, I salute you.

And then we have Supreme Court Justices that belong in a nursing home deciding the policy of this country.

We are so fucked up that I doubt we will survive.  We will soon be a third world country that lives in fear of our Government.  Hell!  I’m in fear of it now.  And you should be as well.


On the Temperance River with Kelly