This week I presented a poster at the ESF Trends in Optical Micromanipulation conference held at the Obergurgl university center in Austria. A really good, focused conference! Between all the talks, poster sessions, meals, and skiing I didn't have very much time or inspiration for photography, so the only good picture is this one which shows an overview of Obergurgl.
The 50th annual meeting of the Biophysical Society was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 18-22, 2006. Here are a few pictures from Salt Lake City and Bryce Canyon which I visited afterwards.
Salt Lake City
Looking down Main Street
The newly built library. Architecture somewhat similar to the 'promenade' concept on the Silja Serenade and Symphony ferries ('floating hotel' type ferries between Stockholm and Helsinki).
A view from the roof of the library.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir hosts free rehearsals and performances, definitely worth a visit !
Antelope Island and the Salt Lake
The Wasatch mountains as viewed from Antelope Island.
An unlucky nail in the right rear tyre forced a quick pitstop and a change of car at Avis...
On friday we made the 200mile trip south of SLC to see Bryce Canyon National Park.
Driving through Red Canyon on the way south
I thought I felt a definite shortness of breath when walking up hills at this altitude - or maybe it's just lack of exercise...
The beginning of Grand Canyon in the distance...
An overview of Bryce Canyon
Teemu living on the edge
A formation called Natural Bridge.
Mount Shasta, the second highest peak in California outside Sierra Nevada, 4322 m high. Last erupted around 200 years ago with a high probability of erupting again...
Another view of the peak hidden in clouds.
A landscape not so different from Finland ?
Wondering at the amount of snow (in June !) in Lassen Park. The road through the park had opened the same week. This was unfortunately a trip on which I learned the hard way about battery management for digital cameras. The batteries to my real camera (a 4 Mpix Minolta S404) died very early on and so all I have from the rest of the trip is taken with the then novel phone camera (like this pic), with not so satisfying results...