Beautiful Image: Yosemite Valley Sunset In Winter

Link: Kevin McNeal Photography

Valley View Sunset In Winter - Yosemite National Park

Photo by Kevin McNeal

Kevin McNeal says:

In the process of trying to get a better composition I slipped on the ice and nearly knocked over the photographer’s camera next to me which was a 40,000 dollar Hasselblad H3D. Lucky for me it managed to say up and I was counting my blessings – can you imagine breaking a 40,000 camera? I mean what do you do after it happens – say your sorry and give him your business card and hope to see you again one day; Not likely to happen.  So after begging for forgiveness from the photographer I come across the fact he is the one and only Peter Lik. Now if you do not know who he is, he is unquestionably one of the most successful landscape photographers in the world with galleries all over. He is an Australian photographer who now resides in Las Vegasand now travels in a custom designed F550 made to live in and at the same time get around absolutely anywhere. THIS IS MY IDOL!!! I am not sure how many landscape photographers actually make money but here is one that is great at it and he loves what he does. After speaking with him in great length I came to realize this man has some great wisdom about him. Not only was he the funniest guy around but also most important thing was he did not take himself too seriously.

Another Explanation for the Financial Crisis

Peggy Noonan at the Wall Street Journal looks at the people and their mindset to explain the irrational risk taking.

Link: There's No Pill for This Kind of Depression – WSJ.com.

The sale of antidepressants and antianxiety drugs is widespread. In New York their use became common after 9/11. It continued through and, I hypothesize, may have contributed to, the high-flying, wildly imprudent Wall Street of the '00s. We look for reasons for the crash and there are many, but I wonder if Xanax, Zoloft and Klonopin, when taken by investment bankers, lessened what might have been normal, prudent anxiety, or helped confuse prudent anxiety with baseless, free-floating fear. Maybe Wall Street was high as a kite and didn't notice. Maybe that would explain Bear Sterns, and Merrill, and Citi.

Partying at the Whiskey Blue in Buckhead

Last week Ann and I went to a party for the relaunch of Delta's Sky magazine at the Whiskey Blue at the W Hotel in Buckhead (Atlanta). I hadn't been in a high-end, swanky lounge (bar) in many, many years – as always, they are interesting places for people watching. I imagine that Buckhead's rich and beautiful frequent the Whiskey Blue on Saturday nights. We walked through the lobby as we left – it is impressive too (we didn't go into any of the hotel rooms – they look great in this video: W Atlanta – Buckhead). Note: valet parking is $12 plus tip.

The party was for the new Delta Sky magazine, relaunched for the combined Delta and Northwest airlines. The redesigned magazine will make its debut in April – and will also be sold on news stands.

As we cruised around the Whiskey Blue, we noticed the limited edition framed photos of rock stars in the bar. The one that really intrigued me is below (a Delta manager took this photo of a photo for me).

Hendrix Photo from Whiskey Blue bar 

I think the photo captures the subject well! 

P.S. ATLANTA, March 4, 2009 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today announced a name change for the airline’s more than 50 airport lounges worldwide as part of the merger with Northwest. The new moniker, Delta Sky Club™, will replace the current Delta Crown Room Club® and Northwest Airlines WorldClubs® names.