Month: January 2012

Chasing Ultra marathoners in the Bandera brush and cedar breaks

I have taken up a new sport, of sorts:  chasing marathoners. Ultra Marathoners to be exact. Hey, that’s not easy. They are able to run for a long, long time. (click images to enlarge) The event was the Tejas Trails Bandera 100k of which the  2012 USA Track & Field 100km Trail National Championships Montrail Ultra Cup was a part. It was held near Bandera in the 5400 acres of the Hill Country State Natural Area. It is a wild area with many outdoor activities and interests of a “rustic” nature. Approximately 800 Ultra Marathoners had converged from every corner of the country to go head-to-head with a hostile environment. The events included 25k, 50k and 100k courses. For you imperialists, 100km = approx. 62 miles, thus a 25k is a tad over 15 miles. In the hills. Having run a 5k I find a 25k to be daunting in mere contemplation and 100k — well, I just can’t wrap my mind around that. Ultra Marathoners not only run for a long time, but some of them do it rather quickly and there I was — expected to chase them. The results were that the top male did it in 8:28. 8 hours, 28 minutes to run 62 miles. That is about 7.3 miles per hour. In the hills. Check a topo or terrain map such as Google maps. The #26 place...

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Making memories, what price, how to make, record, store and share

Making memories: are we doing the best we can, and are we preserving and sharing the memories we make? [The wasted spending] was just 4 days since canceling our session, already totaling over $200 for un necessary things.  My nails only lasted about 2 weeks, my hair is gone, and seven weeks passed when I got the phone call from our doctor.  It was not something I expected and the cancer has spread very quickly.  I will be leaving my husband, my 6 year old girl and my now 2 year old – not by choice. Via Fototails Photography, Jeanine Thurston, www.fototails.com (http://fototails.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/a-letter-on-my-doorstep-portraits-are-more-than-paper/ accessed 3 JAN 2011) You’ve probably seen this posting referenced on Facebook. The letter from which this quote comes is — to say the least — poignant. The letter bleeds with the angst of this lady facing what she understands in hindsight to have been the folly of doing something frivolous instead of making memories. It deserves a careful and caring read. The point is not so much about the foregone photos but the memories that would have been created by them. How many times have each of us passed up an opportunity to make a memory for something far less important. After all if you don’t seize the moment, it’s gone forever and conversely the memory made in the space of a few minutes or hours...

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