December 5, 2008
Hey everyone! I made it through Crap Vegas, which I consider to be the armpit of the Southwest. I treated myself to dinner at an Indian restaurant. It had been too long. Anyhow, I’m now writing this from the parking lot of a Pahrump, NV Wal-Mart. I’m probably about an hour and a half from where I’m going to sleep tonight, and then I’m off to Death Valley for sunrise tomorrow! I’m excited, and I can’t wait to spend the better part of the next 4-5 days exploring back roads and photographing.
Also, another thing that excites me is that I had 81 blog views today. That’s more than I’ve ever had in a day, and by quite a bit. Thanks to everybody who looked. That may not be a large sum of hits for some of you, but it was enough to get me excited.
Here’s one from the Grand Canyon two weeks ago. I need to shoot more verticals.
November 21, 2008
I’m writing this from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I drove out here from Bosque yesterday. It was sad leaving such a ridiculously awesome place, but my Dad, Stepmom, and three siblings are out here visiting right now. It has been a blast so far. I’m going to be having a busy week. We all leave here tomorrow, and then my girlfriend is coming in to Page, Arizona to visit for Thanksgiving.
This place is truly spectacular, but man am I having a hard time photographing it well. The weather and light have been decent, but I just haven’t been able to kick it into gear yet. I have had some success shooting birds out here, but that’s obviously not going to be my main focus out here. Hopefully things are going to work out a bit better for me tomorrow!
Here’s a photograph from my last morning at Bosque. The “blast off” was insane with around 40,000 Snow Geese taking flight at the same time. The day before, there was a sizable brush fire in the valley, so I can only assume some of the smoke left in the air helped with the sky in this shot.
And here is a photograph of a favorite bird, a Steller’s Jay. It’s quite common out west, especially around picnic areas and campgrounds, but I’ll never tire of this beautiful bird.
And finally, here’s a group shot.