An Icy Morning, Searching for Hot Coffee

New Facebook… Do you like it?

I notice my Facebook Page has about 25,000 Subscribers. I don’t know what to do over there… This blog is always the mother-lode of everything… kind of like the main diary of sorts. Anyway, frankly, I’m flummoxed by Facebook… any suggestions?

An Icy Morning, Searching for Hot Coffee

Driving across the frozen bits of Iceland in the summer is always scary. I drive across a lot of ice, and I’m never terribly excited about it. I’ve been with people that drive across the stuff all the time, and they pay it no mind.

For a short bit in Iceland, I got to ride for a while with a guy that’s driven to the south pole a few times. Man, that guy can really drive on ice. I remember one time he turned to me very seriously and said, “When driving across a glacier, it is important that you not fall into a crevasse and die.” I told him that I agreed wholeheartedly with that statement.

An Icy Morning, Searching for Hot Coffee Driving across the frozen bits of Iceland in the summer is always scary. I drive across a lot of ice, and I’m never terribly excited about it. I’ve been with people that drive across the stuff all the time, and they pay it no mind.For a short bit in Iceland, I got to ride for a while with a guy that’s driven to the south pole a few times. Man, that guy can really drive on ice. I remember one time he turned to me very seriously and said, “When driving across a glacier, it is important that you not fall into a crevasse and die.” I told him that I agreed wholeheartedly with that statement.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • Susan

    Beautiful photo – and super good advice he gave you! :)

  • http://none louis

    Very nice shot Trey ,you seem to pick the weather right every time

  • http://edenbrackstone.com/2011/08/wintery-vista/ Eden Brackstone

    Hmmm… Facebook. To me, it’s still my central hub… But thats a combination of social contacts and photography friends. There is a blurry line between those two groups, and they tend to overlap in many cases. Hence why G+ isn’t yet a major hub for me, as the vast majority of people I have on there are those who I don’t know from a bar of soap! Ideally I’d like to mirror the two services, but for know I’m sharing photography related stuff on G+ only, whereas Facebook gets everything :)

    Trey, that is very sound advice indeed… However if I were there I’d probably have burst out laughing at the sheer bluntness of the statement and the implied dry sense of humor :D

    http://edenbrackstone.com/

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/dabrantes/ David Abrantes

    Falling into a crevasse may not be a good idea.

  • http://catchthejiffy.com Adam Allegro

    Saw this one on Facebook. Very cool shot. I think keeping facebook could do nothing but help you. I also feel the pain of updating every social service everytime I post, and feel the need to post everyday on all of the sites – Kind of a pain…. You wouldn’t want to just dump that though… right?

    So, after having read your blog for over a year now, it has given me countless ideas, taught me many tips and tricks, and continued to inspire everyday. Looking back at your early work, it reminds me we all start out somewhere… I have thought long and hard, and once I finish up here in Naples with the Navy, I am going to backpack around Europe, Africa, and Asia for a year, photographing and documenting my work and experiences on my blog (soon to have a nice, much-needed makeover) http://catchthejiffy.com. Your work from the Far East has been nothing short of spectacular. Anyways, just thought you might like to know. Thanks for being such an inspiration

  • http://www.bfhstudios.com/blog Brian Hoffsis

    First off that’s a great photo. Snow is usually HDR’s worst enemy. I’m digging the new Facebook. There’s now the separation between keeping up with grandma and being able to subscribe to public posts of those who aren’t exactly your friend. Plus the timeline looks great. Now we just need to build the community. http://www.facebook.com/bfhstudios

  • Julie

    I dislike the “improved” newsfeed intensely. I am a person of order, and I prefer to read my feed chronologically. The way they have it configured now frustrates and angers me. I like the new look of the profile page though. I tried updating the new app, and it hung up when I tried to open it. When I tried to remove it, it bricked my phone. Somehow, I managed to get my phone back, but I am afraid to try the new app now.

  • http://www.pixelstoproveit.com Eric Pearson

    Trey, I check your site first every morning, then I usually catch up with you and others on G+ throughout the day. I mainly use FB to keep up with out-of-town family and to share photos of my daughter with them.

  • http://pixie-dust-pictures.com Scott

    When flying in a plane at 35,000 feet, it is important not to jump out without a parachute, and die.

  • http://sdehayes.com/blog/ Sharon DeHayes

    Your photos of Iceland make me want to visit there. Echoing some of the others – Facebook is for friends and family (I almost never look at “pages” or fan stuff there). It seems Google+, Smugmug, and your blog are great exposure. Guess it really depends on whether the facebook subscribers are a different audience, or the same people who read the blog and follow you elsewhere as well.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/graffitilogic Bill Dodd

    Wow. I feel the cool breeze blowing in off my monitor from this one. Great stuff as always..

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks — interesting to read your thoughts on FB — who knows Eden – maybe that trend will reverse itself.

  • http://statigr.am/boxorain chris heurich

    …about Facebook, perhaps you might consider configuring things as to letting Rick Moranis as Seymour, playing the part of the stuckincustoms blog feed the alien pod playing the part of your Facebook page – and add seasoning to taste when you feel so moved.

    Agreed, falling into ice crevasses can be non-habitforming.

  • Patrick Ahles

    I’ll try to remember the advice whenever I drive across a glacier! Stunning shot!

    I don’t quite know what to do with facebook. I’ve never been visiting the site a lot. But the same is true for other social media. Maybe I’m just not very social! :P

  • http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com Keith Moyer

    I always try to avoid dying…whenever possible. Words to live by.

  • http://www.kelleybard.com Kelley Bard

    wow, that photo is really beautiful, Trey! Great fog around the sun… I still spend more time on Facebook but I have more photo connections on Google+, so I’m still posting to both equally. Which works for the moment… My $.02.

  • http://www.eviecarrier.com Evie

    Awesome pix and awesome site. Thank you for sharing your techniques and the discounts. You do awesome work!

  • Paul

    Hi Trey,

    About Facebook… Mari Smith has a few tricks up her sleeve you could take note of. She deputised a few of her followers to post and answer questions and made an announcement as such to her followers. Called MVP’s Mari’s Valuable Peeps, with their own dedicated tab and explanation of who and what they do. https://www.facebook.com/marismith?ref=ts&sk=app_228374003841305

    An idea like this could work for you too!

  • http://lillithsnapped.blogspot.com dee

    Hi,

    I’ve admired your work for some time now and just have to say, it always takes my breath away. And I’m dying laughing from your driver’s unintended sense of humor…

  • Mariana

    Hi Trey,
    Amazing photo! (and yes, a little scary). Did you mean “with a guy that’s driven to the NORTH pole a few times”?
    I have facebook and google+, but I prefer to follow the blog updates on google reader… my firefox session usually starts with a look at your daily photo!

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