Spring is Coming

Spring is Coming

This winter has been a cold and wet one. And while I love that spring is coming, I’m still loving the stark beauty of all the bare trees that surround me. * * * Still doing work on myself. Still trying to be present. Still trying to slow down and breathe. Still...
Chalk Stories

Chalk Stories

All of the boulders close to the road in the Big Bend area look like this. Some of the chalk residue makes perfect sense and on first glance, some of it looks insane. Studying the various positions indicated created a kind of Twister image in my head: right hand,...
Turret Arch

Turret Arch

I was still getting used to the manual focus on the Zeiss lenses I rented for this trip to Arches National Park. When you get used to motor driven auto-focusing lenses, it’s like going from driving a standard automatic transmission to driving a clutch. You...
Grip 2

Grip 2

Taken during the Moab trip at the beginning of the month. The hand belongs to Bekkah Rayborn as she grabs the top, holds it for a split second and then drops to the crash pad/crash mat below. As I was pushing the shutter release button, I realized that this is what...
Winter Rocks

Winter Rocks

On the left, one formation in, is Balanced Rock (Wikipedia). Scanning to the right, you can barely see one of the Windows (I can’t decide if it’s the North or South Window). I was approximately .5 – 1 mile from Balanced Rock and the furthest...
More Moab

More Moab

Scott Jarvie has shared some photos of the Moab trip: He’s so damn good. Anybody who makes me look passably good is straight up magic: Jarvie let me shoot a few frames with his Nikon D800. It was like sitting in front of a Windows machine, except better in every...
The Organ

The Organ

It really is called “The Organ”. Wait. Do you italicize the name of a rock formation? The Organ? I have no idea why it is named thusly. Maybe it’s a nod to the Mormon Tabernacle organ? There are too many other formations in Arches National Park that...
Needles

Needles

The depth of field, even at ƒ/16, was so narrow that my breathing changed the focal plane. I’d forgotten that macro lenses do that. I think, prior to the trip to Moab at the beginning of the month, that the last time I shot a manual focus lens was probably...
Scale

Scale

It’s difficult to show the scale of this formation without a point of reference. It’s big. * * * After I go somewhere and shoot photos, I return home and I miss the creative push; the time to breathe and give myself to the moment. I know it sounds over the...