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On the Road
Here are some road scenes in between the scenes we went to see. One nice thing about traveling in the desert southwest is that everything is scenery.
Restaurant Door in Cuba, New Mexico, where we stopped for coffee.
Shiprock (Or, Rock With Wings) near Shiprock, New Mexico.
Mountain Side near Mexican Hat that reminded me of a sand painting.
Church Rock, just across from the entrance to the Needles District of Canyonlands, is so named because some outfit started to hollow out the rock to create a sanctuary. To give you some perspective, the doorway you can see is 16 feet tall. For whatever reason, the project was never finished, but the name stuck.
Mexican Hat near Mexican Hat -- for Fishone0
Moab, Utah: Hwy 279
Durango to Silverton
One of the adventures on this summer's trip was a ride aboard the Durango to Silverton narrow gauge railroad. This is a steam train that makes the 45 minute drive between the two cities into an all day round trip. Photography aboard was a bit of a challenge because the tracks are rough and there is a lot of side-to-side motion to go along with the forward motion. Still, the trip was a blast and the mountain scenery gorgeous. The tracks follow the course of the Animas River -- sometimes alongside it and sometimes above it.
If you have the chance, the trip is well worth it.
Shots in the Dark: Summer Road Trip
This summer's trip started at the Amtrak station in Houston at 10 pm.
Aztec Ruins (in Aztec, NM) I'm fascinated with doorways and passageways. The challenge for me is to see what's inside the unlighted rooms without blowing out the doorway light.
When daytime temperatures rise above 100, the only good time to hike is first thing in the morning or at last light. Here's a last light silhouette.
Bridges and More Bridges
I was out of town during Ashton's challenge, wanted to participate but was unable to post these during the two week time frame, but better late and all that. So, here's a sampling of the bridges, mostly in color, I crossed during the last two weeks of travel.
Now, time to work on "A Shot in the Dark"
How to Photograph Critters When Photographing Critters Isn't Something You Like to Do. . .
I thought to myself, "How do I photograph critters in such a way that I capture their essential critterness without taking an average, seen-it-a-million-times-doesn't-say-anything-unique-about-the-critter critter photograph?" So, even though the Houston heat index was over 100 degrees, I set out in search of critters. . .
Here's my first attempt for your consideration:
Samaritan Pigeon Arbitrates Dispute Between Lenny and Coleman (edit: upon reflection of Leslie's comment)
As usual, enjoy (or not).
Houston Arboretum: The Pond
I spent some time wandering around the Houston Arboretum yesterday. The Arboretum and Nature Center is located w/in the city limits and is a wonderful contrast to all the concrete and steel.
The first two offerings are for "The Color Blue" Bi-weekly challenge.
The remaining are because my favorite color range is still white to black -- The Beauty of Gray!
Gulf of Mexico @ Galveston
The Gulf has been in the news a lot lately because of the BP oil spill. So far, Galveston and the Texas coast has been fortunate. One tropical storm, however, could change all that. These were all taken along the Galveston Seawall -- a 17 foot high wall built to mitigate the tidal swell created by hurricanes. The tidal swell of the 1900 hurricane (before they were named) washed over and completely submerged the whole island. In the 4 or 5 years that followed, Galveston Harbor was dredged and the sand and mud brought up from the harbor was used to raise the island 17 feet on the gulf side. The island was sectioned and homes/buildings in each section were raised on stilts. The dredge was then pumped in until the ground level rose to meet the buildings. The whole process is pretty fascinating.
All images are infrared.
A Multi-Chromatic Look at Downtown Houston
Some days it's black and white; some days infrared and every once in a while I try out color. . .
Thanks for taking the time to look.
San Jacinto Battleground
On April 21st, the battleground park celebrates San Jacinto Day -- it's the day Texas achieved its independence from Mexico. The battleground is where the Trinity River empties in to Trinity Bay and is set in the middle of any number of oil refineries. Often I frame my photos to hide the industry; sometimes I don't.