With some Flickr folk at Upper Huffman

With some Flickr folk at Upper Huffman

Whoever says that social media like Facebook divides people rather than bringing them together socially does not know how to use social media.  I have many Facebook “friends” whom I have never met face-to-face, or, if so, fleetingly once several years ago.  But with the knowledge of those connections and your shared interests, you can reach out to those people in person once you get a sense of who they are.  Recently, I received an invitation to join a group of photographers for a Saturday evening cookout at the Upper Huffman parking area, which is near a popular trailhead into the Chugach State Park trail system in the upper hillside above Anchorage.  The invitation came through Facebook. It seemed like it would be a good time, so I grabbed some camera beer and some homebrew (Amber and Hefeweizen) that Michelle and I had made, and headed up.  Turns out, it is a group of people who all have Flickr accounts, and have been having these get-togethers over the years.  Now, I am not a Flickr account member, so I don’t get the whole gist of it.  But, it seems like essentially a social media for amatuer photographers and serious hobbyists; a place to share and discuss photos, which can be especially fun when the photos are shared among people who have been on a photo outing together.  As is often the case in social settings where you are the new person and everyone else has known each other for quite a while, I learned a lot of names that I promptly forgot.  (I hope to get to know them as time goes by; very nice and fun group.)  But the evening sky and light was simply amazing, keeping me quite busy for a while as I moved from one location to another, capturing Cook Inlet, the sky, the city, the neighborhood with Denali looming behind it … lots of wonderful opportunities that kept my focus for some time.

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