Ron Dougherty's Photograph Album

 

NOTE:
If you've come to my photo album before and are familiar with how it's organized and how you can move through it, you can go directly to the year index by clicking
HERE
 
Welcome!

I am glad you've come to have a look at my photo album; I am always working on adding pictures from the latest trips and events, as well as working backwards towards the first pictures I ever took, so I hope you'll check back every once in a while. (I'd be happy to notify you when new years are added; just send me an email at "website" at "rondougherty" dot com and I'll do so.)

NOTE:
Some browsers will detect that a website contains "active content". This may occur for you here, since I use javascript for slideshows and also have videos you can play. If your browser asks you whether you want to display or enable active content on this site, you may safely allow it to do so.

This photo album contains the pictures I took prior to the digital age; those prints and negatives were professionally scanned for inclusion here. It also contains, of course, the pictures (and movies) that I began taking with my first digital camera (in 2004). But it's not just pictures; there is narrative to accompany them as well- narrative that doesn't just describe the pictures themselves but also where I was and what I was doing when I was taking them. I've also been able to supplement the pictures with maps, aerial views and other content from the Internet. (For a long hike, I might have scanned and included the trail guide as well as aerial views and other content from the Internet.) My goal has been to give you the experience of being with me (or us) on the trips and at the events where the pictures were taken.

Everything here is digital, of course. Navigating from page to page in the album is a matter of clicking on links that will take you backward and forward. Many pictures will appear as inline objects as you scroll down an album page; others will be shown in a large size when you click on a thumbnail (a miniature picture). When there are more than a few thumbnails, I've tended to create slideshows so you can move from one picture to another easily and quickly. And there are movies as well that you can play if you wish.

The content here is so much more than just a series of photographs that I should give you a bit of explanation as to how you can navigate from one album page to another as well as view/use/play the content you will find on each page. This I will do in the sections below. Again, though, if you have either been here before or think you'll be fine on your own, you can just go directly to the year index.

So, we hope you enjoy looking through our pictures. (The "we" and "our" refer, of course, to the folks that I've had the good fortune to know well and to travel with and whose pictures are also part of this album- Fred, Grant, Greg and many others through the years.) We've been to a lot of beautiful and interesting places, and done quite a few interesting things. We've also taken pictures at other memorable events; and these pictures are part of this album too. We sincerely hope that these pictures, descriptions and multimedia clips will leave you feeling as if you've been along for the ride.

Ron Dougherty - 2017

 

Navigating Through the Photo Album

 

How the Photo Album is Organized

This digital photo album is organized by years. Think of each year as being like a digital book with digital pages. Once you've selected a book (year), you'll open it to the index. From the index, you will find that you can jump immediately to the digital book for the previous year, the digital book for the next year or to any particular digital page in the book you are looking at. Each digital page represents a particular trip that we've taken (like a trip to Florida) or some event that has occurred (like a birthday party).

 

General Navigation Capabilities

When you open one of the year volumes to its index (which will happen automatically when you select your first year below or when you go from one year to another), you will find that you can jump directly to any particular page in that volume (event or occurrence). Also from the index (and ONLY from the index), you will be able to go to any "special pages" for that year and also to the next or previous year. Below, I've shown a picture of part of the index for one of the album years. On this picture, I've indicated the page and year links.

 

Once you are on an individual page, you'll be able to (1) go to the next page (in time sequence), (2) go to the previous page (in time sequence) or (3) go directly back to the index. These navigations are accomplished from links at the top and bottom of each page. If you are in the middle of the page, just scroll all the way to the top or all the way to the bottom to access these links. I've shown an example below:

 

 

Viewing Pictures

Once you've arrived at a page, the narrative will read much like a book- a book with illustrations. Sometimes, the "illustration" will be right there on the page as you scroll through it (just like illustrations in a book); these "illustrations" may be pictures I or someone else took, or they may be other graphics, such as a map. You need do nothing to view this type of content. The main purpose of the photo album, of course, is to let you look at our photos. For each photograph, we have chosen one of two different ways to let you view the picture.


One common technique for viewing a picture is a "link" right in the text. You are probably familiar with links, having surfed the Internet more hours than you care to admit. Links look like text, but they are usually blue and underlined (which they will be in this album). I've shown an example at the left. You will encounter links as you read through the narrative describing a picture that I or someone else took. To look at the picture, simply click on the link. When you do, a new "window" will open up for you displaying the picture.



At the top right of this window, you will find the usual group of three controls to minimize, maximize, or close the window. (These used to be little square buttons and easy to see, but in Windows 10 they became a minus, a square, and an "X" in light black type on a black background; This makes them harder to see, but the function is the same.) The only one of these that you will need is the "close" button (the "X" at the right), since the window is already sized for its content. I have put a little picture over to the right to show you which button this is (although this picture shows the Windows 7 style).


NOTE:
As I said, you are probably familiar with links. If you are, you will know that once you click on a link, and then later return to the page that the link appeared on, it will no longer be blue but it will be some other color. In the case of this photo album, that color will be red. Links that you have already followed in this album will remain red until certain sequences of events occur (most of which involve turning your computer off). But do not be concerned; whether a link is red or blue, it still works.

Another method I have used to allow you to view pictures is the "thumbnail" method. You may be familiar with thumbnails from your photo manipulation software or from other applications. A thumbnail is simply a miniature copy of an actual photo; these copies are usually just about three-quarters of an inch wide. To view the full-size image, all you have to do is click on the thumbnail picture. Whenever you see a row or rows of these little thumbnails, they will be links; sometimes, when there are just one or two, I may also choose to outline them in blue.

When the full-size image pops up, it will be in a window just like the ones I talked about above, and it should be closed the same way when you are done with it.


I have also used a third method for you to view our pictures, and I have tended to use this method when there are lots of thumbnails. It is the slideshow. The text will almost always tell you that a slideshow is available, although you'll be able to tell from the slideshow image you'll see- like the one at left.

Whenever you see an image with an index number in the upper left of the image, a "back" symbol in the lower left and a "forward" symbol in the lower right, then you have a slideshow. To move through the slides, just click on either the "back" or "forward" symbols. You can tell which picture you are on, and how many pictures are in the show, with the index number; in the image at left, we are on the first of 14 pictures. The shows "wrap", so if you are on picture 14 in the show at left and click the "forward" symbol, you'll be put back to the first image.

 

Viewing Movies

Beginning in 2002, we had the capability of taking movies with our new digital cameras, and we have put some of them in this photo album. That's one of the things that makes the digital album so useful- you can watch the movies just like you look at the pictures.

To watch a movie, you will click on the "play" button in a movie player. At the moment, there are two different movie players used in this album; although they are quite similar, I want to show you an example of each one.


For the years up to about 2016, I used an old-style movie player application, one that is loaded when a page containing movies is loaded. (This is what often triggers the "active content" warning.)

The movie player interface for this application looks like the one at left. To play the movie, you just click on the "play" button in the middle of the image (although you can also use the controls at the bottom of the image to start the movie and control it while it is playing).

Beginning about 2016, I ditched the separate application and began using the "video" command right in my HTML code. This was more efficient, as a "helper application" was not needed. The player will look just a bit different. Take a look at the two images below:

The left-hand image is what you will see on the page at first. If you want to play the movie, just do what the legend says- put your cursor somewhere on top of the image. When you do, the image will look like the right-hand one. Click the "play" button to play the movie. If you move the cursor off the image after the movie starts, the controls will disappear after a few seconds, but you can always bring them back by putting your cursor back on top of the image.

The Photo Album

OK, you've either been here before or you've read the instructions above, so it's time to get started. Below are buttons for the years that are currently available. Pick a year, click on its button and enjoy!