The Mountains Am I

Three Sentries

As I sit in an oppressively hot studio apartment in Ithaca, New York, one that contains no air conditioner, or any trace of air circulation for that matter, I’m reminded of cooler times.  This photograph was taken on a magical day in October 2011, when I was just days away from reaching Mount Everest Base Camp. The sun had climbed into the blue yonder above, and was pouring his elixir of joy upon the Himalaya below. The air was cool and brisk, around 55 degrees, just the way I like it, and there wasn’t so much as a wisp of white cloud in the sky. I miss my mountain friends. Say hello to Taboche, Cho La Tse, and Lobuche. They line the Pheriche Valley like three sentries guarding the way to Base Camp.


Another twenty three days of broiling in a toaster oven.


Best Photos of 2011

Scott Thomas runs a photography blog.  I have always greatly admired Scott because he manages to take a great deal of photographs despite his environs.  You see, I went to graduate school in his neck of the woods and I never considered there to be an awful lot of scenes worthy of pressing the shutter release.  Oh, to be sure there is Ithaca with its amazing gorges.  That is a location worth hauling your camera equipment out for.  Too, there is Letchworth State Park.  I have always wanted to go there with my gear.  Once I do, it will be a much longer road trip.  Okay, so there are some hot spots for photography in upstate New York.  Still, I have always admired Scott because he religiously updates his blog at least once a week and has created a substantial online community.  You can find his blog here at  This month Scott has posted an assignment.  He has asked everyone to post three favorite photographs (ones that they have taken) from 2011.  In fully throwing my support behind Scott, I offer the photographs that I have tagged as my favorites.

Da' Man of Union Square Park

Central Park Quiet Zone

In the Rafters

Coming of Dawn

An Autumn Ama Dablam