Whew… that was (not) fun!

So, it’s been a busy month for me.  Did some travel, took lots of photographs, got ready for this month’s solar eclipse.

Oh, and this site got hacked (while I was on the road, of course).

I’m pretty sure everything’s now back in working order again, but if anything misbehaves for you, please drop me a line via the contact form.

Meanwhile, prepare for a backlog of material to be unleashed…

Things that are, and that are to come…

Just a quick update about the Maya ruins eBooks (if you haven’t purchased a title, and aren’t interested in getting one in the future, feel free to tune out now…).

I’m doing the final edits on the Calakmul eBook — I expect to release it within the next week to Amazon and Smashwords; it usually takes another week or two in order to get on the shelves at Apple (iBooks), Sony, Barnes & Noble, etc. Calakmul is big, but poorly documented (since it’s really only been excavated relatively recently), so I’ve had to do an unusual amount of research in order to pull this one together — sorry for the delay!

Meanwhile, since “The New iPad” is now on the streets, I’ve added 2048×2048 to the list of wallpaper sizes I provide when you buy a title. If you’ve already purchased a title or two, follow the instructions in Appendix C of your eBook(s) to get to the wallpaper I’ve put together for you.

If, on the other hand, you haven’t purchased any of the titles yet, what are you waiting for?

Maya Calendar 2012

Why worry about the end of the Maya calendar in 2012? You can just buy another one when it runs out!

Regular calendar

Tall calendar

Pretty much just for fun, I’ve made up some 2012 wall calendars at Lulu featuring images from ancient Maya ruins in Mexico and Guatemala. You can pick from two styles — “standard” (11″ wide, 8.5″ tall, costs $15), or “tall” (13.5″ wide, 19″ tall, costs $25). This batch features U.S. and Canadian holidays — please drop me a line via the contact form if you’d like me to put up a different version for where you live.

Just the thing to chase away any end-of-an-era blues!

Why “Seldom Scene”?

Maybe you’re wondering about the name of this new blog — at least, I know my wife is. I should take a moment to tell you where it comes from.

It seems to me that all too often we hurry through our lives, focusing on where we’re going and how late we are in getting there. Meanwhile, we’re obliviously walking right past incredible beauty all the time, every day. When I was gearing up to start this blog (and struggling to come up with a name I liked) it struck me that of the images I’ve posted on Flickr and other sites, most of my favorites were of subjects I nearly walked right on by — but then spotted out of the corner of my eye.

I almost called the blog “Scenes seldom seen,” but thought it was just too wordy. “Seldom Scene” is more compact, and ties in a bit of wordplay to boot. So that’s the story — in the future, I hope to capture and share with you a wealth of small fragments of easily overlooked beauty. Thanks for coming along for the ride…

Oh, and before I forget, this is a photoblog — so it’s got nothing to do with the bluegrass band of similar name.