Visalia Rescue Mission – Run for Hope

During this past weekend, I was asked to photograph the first annual Visalia Rescue Mission run for hope. A run who’s proceeds were to benefit the Visalia Rescue Mission and their efforts to impact the Visalia community and it’s poor and in need.

On a daily basis the Visalia rescue serves hundreds of meals to those who otherwise wouldn’t receive a meal at all.

In addition to their standard, help the poor, mission it is also the Visalia Rescue Missions goal to share Christ with the people that they come in contact with and provide subsance abuse counsiling.

Photographs from the event from and Photo Booth photographs by Third Element Studios can be purchased at the following link with all proceeds being donated to the Visalia Rescue Mission

Link to Photographs

The Result

The resulting image below is a combined 600+ Meg’s of RAW photographs taken on Mount Helena, overlooking Helena Montana While I was working for my day job.

A full view of the image can be seen here.

I climbed Mt. Helena after a day of work for the State of Montana, late in the evening the sun still above the horizon made the clouds beautiful and cast the long shadow of the mountains across the valley. Oddly enough this photograph was taken near 9 pm and I was still able to find my way down from the mountain top before the sun had fully gone behind it’s north western summer horizon.

On the way down from the summit I captured the following video using my handy video feature of my camera, there were deer all around which brought a since of tranquility, but I couldn’t get it out of my head that where there were dear there could be a mountain lion not far behind.


With my day job I often have the opportunity to travel, many times to area’s that I haven’t yet been. The last trip took me to Montana, a wonderful place during the summer if you were to ask me.

Additionally I took the following photographs.

2010 Kingsburg Dala Horse Trot Photographs

Opening with an electric guitar version of “The Star Spangled Banner” this years Kingsburg Swedish Festival Dala Horse Trot was held under much better conditions compared to the year prior. This years Dala Horse Trot competitors were blessed with a run held within the city limits and under mostly shaded streets.

Photographs of many finishing their race, 2 k walk, 2k run, or 10k run can be found here.
(Please note that photographs are sorted in the order of completion of the race.)

I attended again this year as an observer and took photographs of as many competitors as I could keep in focus.

This year I was also able to participate in the pancake breakfast at which they served Swedish pancakes, a type of crepe, a nice thin pancake with lots of flavor.

Perhaps next year I will also be able to hang around for the parade and a portion of the craft fair.

Sacramento in the Spring

After some time home in Visalia, away from Sacramento, I was able to return to experience our state capitol in the spring time. The Capitol Park that I had watched turn color and shed it’s leaves in the fall had returned in full bloom, including the rose garden area. The recent rains had mellowed the temperature an really brought out the beauty of the town.

No longer were people going from car to office door as quickly as they could, many people were out just simply to enjoy the fresh spring air.

After becoming accustom to evening walks in Sacramento’s Mid-Town throughout my many fall and winter trips, I decided to join them with a small walk around the city to visit one of my new favorite Sacramento eateries Hot Italian which I believe in food comparison rivals my hometown favorite Little Italy though not it atmosphere if you are looking for a nice place to take a date. Hot Italian is all about the hip vibe, with everything inside looking very Tour de France and modern, even the tables have wheels.

As this trip to Sacramento may very well have been one of my last trips to Sacrament I decided that under the almost perfect evening conditions for a photographer that I would photograph some of my favorite spots around the town before the sun had set on my last evening in Sacramento.

2009 Kingsburg Dala Horse Trot Photographs


Photographs taken at the Kingsburg Dala Horse Trot can be found here.

For those of you that were actually able to run in the Kingsburg Dala Horse Trot, one of the many events in the 44th annual traditional Kingsburg Swedish Festival, congratulations on even feeling up to competing in the run/walk race. I attended mostly as an observer but felt compelled to share the photographs with those that may have competed.

Salem, Oregons’ Capitol, Evening Tour


Restless from the days event’s and not feeling well my wife Katherine and I decided to hit the pavement and have a look around Salem, starting with dinner at best little road house, we walked around Salem until it the last light from the sun had gone from the sky.


First we stopped by the police station and county seat to have a look around the park after finding some amazing planters full of tulips and then progressed on toward the state capitol building wandering through park after park. Taking photographs along the way of course.

Our evening tour ended in the old opera house looking through the windows at the bars of Slab Soap planning the following day to return to get some soap to take home.

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Late Evening Walk


Just another photograph taken on an evening walk with my wife and boxers. Summer time in the Visalia area is always beautiful no matter how hot the afternoons can get.  The grapes grown on this particular vine are use as table grapes.