"so we're led by denial like lambs to the slaughter
serving empires of style and carbonated sugar water
and the old farm road's a four-lane that leads to the mall
and our dreams are all guillotines waiting to fall"

- Ani Difranco, Subdivision

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Low Water on the Mississippi River
2022-11-23 19:53:42

OK, so it has been 3 years since I posted anything on my site. That's shameful. I'll try to do better. For what it's worth, I've been busy. Perhaps I'll post some videos and pics of what I've been doing.

Meanwhile, please enjoy this video taken during a period of very low water of the Mississippi River at Memphis.

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Flying Above the Dominican Republic
2019-03-24 14:40:43

We got back from a week-long trip to the Dominican Republic recently, and while the photos I got from my phone turned out well, I particularly liked the video from the DJI Mavic Pro. See if you agree...


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Memphis and the Mississippi River at Sunset
2018-11-17 23:29:42

Just a short video on a warm fall evening, flying over the Mississippi River and gazing toward Memphis, Tennessee.

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Aerial Footage Over Salina, in the Aeolian Islands
2018-08-17 23:18:41

Salina is a beautiful island in the middle of the Aeolian Islands, north of Sicily. Katherine, her parents, and I spent a pleasant few days there, visiting different towns on the island, and visiting with friends.

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Aerial Footage over Eastern Sicily
2018-07-07 22:09:30

While in Sicily last month, I flew the Mavic Pro quite a bit. This video covers much of the footage from the time spent near Mount Etna.

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DJI Mavic Pro Aerial Photography
2017-05-29 13:18:23

In March 2017, I got a DJI Mavic Pro, which is commonly called a "drone" but is really just a fancy flying camera. The Mavic has four foldable arms that allow the entire aircraft to fold up to something about the size of a water bottle, but it uses a camera with a gimble and can shoot 4K video. All in all, a very impressive machine.

I've shot a few sequences with it, and these are two of the best I've edited together. If I don't crash it, I hope to add more soon!

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One Second Everyday - October to December 2016
2017-03-05 16:57:45

Since 2013, I've been recording one second every day using the 1 Second Everyday app and saving them to 3-month and year-long movies. I continued doing this through 2016 but stopped after New Years Eve, so these are the last movies from that effort.

I've enjoyed saving these seconds and preserving snippets of time with family and friends, and I think these seconds will be more valuable to me in the future, as way to go back and relive, if just for a moment, a small part of my day from over a 3.5 year period.

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10th Annual Memphis Walk
2016-10-31 13:51:26


For the 10th iteration of our annual walk across Memphis, Richie, Robert, John, and I wandered south from the cobblestones of downtown, through Tom Lee Park, and over into Arkansas, thanks to the wonderful, new Big River Crossing.




During the time we've been doing these walks, we've seen a transformation at the riverfront. From new structures, like Beale Street Landing, to a beach volleyball court near Riverside Drive, to the completion of the Riverwalk, it has been rewarding to watch Memphis invest in fun things to do downtown. The Big River Crossing is the latest icing on the cake, which still far from being finished.




After crossing back to Tennessee on sidewalk next to I-55, we continued heading south, going through the French Fort neighborhood and Riverside Golf Course, eventually going into T.O. Fuller State Park, where a golf course has been allowed to return nature, with beautiful results.





After being hassled by the modern version of a railroad bull, we made our way over to Hwy 61, before returning downtown via Uber for some well-deserved beers.

Another year, another wonderful walk, with warm, pleasant weather. More photos here.


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One Second Everyday - July, August, September 2016
2016-10-02 15:33:59

In this video, we continue to trip in Italy, going from Tuscany to Venice, into the Dolomites, then back to Milan before heading home to Memphis and into a very warm fall.


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Levanto, Portofino, and More Cinque Terre
2016-07-07 17:40:48

The Cinque Terre towns don't have a monopoly on beauty along the coast. To the south and west of where we were staying, the towns of Levanto and Portofino shined, too 

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The Rambling Continues:
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truk and kath and friends What is truk.com? It covers the travels and thoughts of truk, this guy that lives in Midtown Memphis. More questions? Contact me...

2019 - Memphis
March Dominican Republic
November 13th Annual Memphis Walk

2018 - Memphis
March Cabo San Lucas
April San Diego
June Sicily with Larry, Elaine, and Katherine | Etna Winery, the Cyclops, and the Ionian Sea | Valley of the Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, and Enna | Mount Etna and Dinner with Students | Catania and COPED Presentation | Syracusa and COPED Farewell Dinner
October 12th Annual Memphis Walk

2017 - Memphis
April Thailand and Cambodia
May Thailand Drone Video
October 11th Annual Memphis Walk

2016 - Memphis
April John's Bachelor Party
July Northern Italy, including Lake Como, Perledo, Stone Age Rock Etchings, Christo's Floating Piers, Turino, Lavaggiorosso, Cinque Terre and more, including Tuscany, Florence, Venice, Alto Adige, Bolzano, and Milan.
October 10th Annual Memphis Walk

2015 - Memphis
April Seattle with Kath
July St. Louis with the Douglas Clan
September Berlin and Munich for Oktoberfest
October Lia Goes to Washington

2014 - Memphis
January One Second Everyday Video from August to December 2013
March New Orleans
April January to March 2014 Daily Video | Mississippi River Ride with Antonio
May Southern France, Sicily, Barcelona - Carcassone | Castles of Southwestern France | Hill Towns of Provence | Avignon | Riams | Grand Canyon du Verdon | Les Baux | Arles | Cassis | Pont du Gard | Nimes | Aix-en-Provence | Cotes du Rhone | Roussillon | Rural Provence | Apt and L'Isle-Sur-la-Sorgue | Monaco | Nice
June Antibes | French Riviera | Salina | Panarea | Island Hopping | Gothic Barcelona | Beach to Bullring in Barcelona | Welcome, Sadie the Border Collie!
Hanging at the Parker's Lakehouse
August Sadie at 14 weeks
September St. Francis Forest Motorcycle Ride
October 8th Annual Memphis Walk | Scott and Lia Come to Memphis | Haw Creek Falls and Hot Springs

2013 - Memphis
January Tahoe with Aaron, Jeff, Larry, and Scott
May Memorial Day at the Parkers' Lakehouse
October 7th Annual Walk Across Memphis
November Farewell, Jake

2012 - Memphis
March Goodbye, Mazzy
May Pennington Family Visit
July Sicily - Mount Etna Up | Mount Etna Down | Cefalu | Tindari | Palermo | Northwest Sicily | Erice | Southwest Sicily | Enna | Villa Romana del Casale | Caltagirone to Scicli | Siracusa | Salina
August Median Sunflowers
September More Scenes of Sicily
December 6th Annual Walk Across Memphis

2011 - Memphis
April San Diego and Tijuana
May Memphis Flood, Rising, Rising
June Double Negative, Nevada Land Art
August Ireland - Dingle Peninsula | Dunbeg Fort | Kilmalkedar Church | Giants Causeway | Dunluce Castle | Derry | Dublin Museum | Trinity College

2010 - Still in Memphis
San Francisco Bay and Wineries
April Douglas Family Visit | End of the Road
July - West and Central US Badlands | Black Hills, SD | East Glacier National Park (1, 2) | Polebridge, MT | Northwest Glacier | Missoula Anniversary | Yellowstone (1, 2, 3, 4) | Grand Tetons | Spiral Jetty | Park City | Vegas | Grand Canyon | Hoover Dam
September Labor Day Motorcycle Ride
October 4th Annual Memphis Walk
November Circle Arkansas Ride

2009 - Still in Memphis
Sydney and New South Wales (pics)
May Douglas Visit
July - Italy (Amalfi Coast with text | Capri | Herculaneum | Southern Tuscany with text | Florence with text | Northern Tuscany | Rome | Vatican)
August Otha Turner Family Goat BBQ Picnic
October Ozark Trail Ride day 1 | day 2 | day 3
November Dave Gets a KLR 650 | Hot Springs Honeymoon | Rhodes Cajunfest 2009
December Memphis Walk North(east) | Savannah Off-Road Motorcycling | San Francisco with Jeff, Katy, Larry, and Michelle

2008 - Still in Memphis
Visiting Jeff and Katy
May - Spain and Morocco with Dave and Christina (Segovia | Casa | Central, Northern Spain | Picos de Europa | Bilbao and San Sebastian | La Roija Region | Madrid | Marrakech | Fez | Southern Spain)
October Memphis Walk South
December Sydney (pics)

2007 - Memphis
Snowboarding in Tahoe
May Memorial Day at the Parker's Lakehouse
June Larry and Michelle's Wedding on Shelter Island, NY
July Hawaii (Oahu | Big Island (plus kayaking at Captain Cook) | Kauai text 1 and text 2 | Hawaii (Mostly Budget) Accommodation Review)

2006 - Memphis
Las Vegas
April Jacob Born
July Douglas Visit in Rhode Island
September Iowa Visit
October Urban Wolf River Trip
November and December Costa Rica (Volcan Arenal | Monteverde | Montezuma | Uvita | Porto Jimenez | Corcovado | Aerial Photos)

2005 - Memphis
New Years at Dave and Christina's
May Kath's PhD Graduation from Duke University
June Kath's PhD Graduation Party at the Shack-Up Inn

December New Zealand and Australia (Tahiti and Wellington | Marlborough and Kaikoura | Abel Tasman and the West | Manapouri and Milford Sound | The Catlins | Dunedin and Christchurch | Sydney)

2004 - Memphis
January Jeni's Baby Shower | Birth of Emmett
February Snowboarding in Park City
May Memorial Day at the Parker's Lakehouse
July Yucatan Movie [QT 7] (Isla Mujeres, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Merida, Celestun) | Paris
October Visiting the Douglas's in Boston

2003 - Memphis
January New Years

February Aaron's Snowboarding Bachelor Party

June Jaymie's Bachelor Party

October Dave & Christina Wedding Shower

September Dave's Bachelor Party

October Dave & Christina's Wedding

truk and kath in australia

2002 - Australia - Memphis
January Tasmania - Port Arthur [1st] | Tasmania - East Coast [2nd]
April Queensland [1st to 15th]
June Sydney Opera House [11th] | Broken Hill [15th] | South Australia [20th] | Western Australia [26th]
July Darwin, Litchfield, Katherine Gorge [16th
] | Arnham Land [19th] | Kakadu National Park
September Prague Wedding Reception, People, More People, Buildings | Croatia Mainland, Vis
November Kath's Surprise Birthday Party
| Thanksgiving
December Christmas

2001 - Australia
September Peyton's Baptism [2nd] | Apartment [9th] | Cliffwalk [18th] | Footy Final [23rd]
October Koori Knockout [1st] | Vigoro [20th] | North Sydney Beaches [30th]
November Sports Awards [9th]
December Tasmania - Cataract Gorge [30th] | Tasmania - Cradle Mountain [30th] | Tasmania - West and South [31st]

1999 - Southern Africa
Cape Town | Garden Route | Jo'berg | Victoria Falls | Stellenbosch

1998 - Peru
Lima | Huancayo | Ayacucho | Cuzco | Machu Picchu/Puno | Lake Titicaca | La Paz | Arequipa | Colca Canyon | Nazca/Pisco/Lima

1997 - Prague, Greece, Turkey
Prague | Cesky Krumlov | Romania | Alexandropolis | Samothraki | Ruins | Prague

1996 - Australia

1995 - Asia, Silk Route
Turkmenistan | Kyrgyzstan | Kashi/Urumqi | Iron Rooster | Beijing | Great Wall | Hong Kong | Philippines

1994-1995 - Prague

Other Trips - Greers Ferry Lake (2001)

Arkansas Expats
A collection of friends

Jeff Parker's blog

Brad Sim's blog

truk and kath's website

The Tackle Box by Matt

The Adventures of Pete Big Bear
Follow the adventures of Pete Big Bear while he roams around the US

A Foolish Consistency
CinemaApprentice's blog; great advice on movies and books

From a Place Near a River
Lady Di is online and loving it

Life Beyond Expection
Kath's CF blog

Jethro Williams Travel Blog
A man from England, working his way around the world

Dave and Christina


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