Friday, April 29, 2016

Passed By

This is an abandoned gas station on the edge of tiny Nara Visa, New Mexico, along US 54.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Buttes and Clouds

Monument Valley is famous for it's iconic Mitten Buttes, but the valley has many other wonderful vistas. This view is of a Butte on the south side of the valley. It was taken on a cloudy October day.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Down to the Sea in Ships

Here is a moody photo of a sailing ship in the harbor at San Diego, California. That is an aircraft carrier in the background. The moody effect is a result of shooting directly into the sun. In fact when I shot the photo it was a beautiful, balmy day.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Paris in Vegas

This is the exterior of the Paris Las Vegas Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, taken at an angle to imply that the scene is actually in France. Of course the American flag gives it away, as the French would never fly an American flag.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Spring Rain

April rain passes over the tiny hamlet of Leverett in East-Central Illinois.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Craters of the Moon

Craters of the Moon National Monument is a fascinating if deeply inhospitable place. A broad area of open lava in southern Idaho, it has little vegetation and almost no animal life. Needless to say, humans have always avoided it and there were no known settlements there, indigenous or otherwise.

This is a view east over the park, with Big South Butte visible on the horizon. Rendering it in black and white emphasizes the starkness of the environment, and brings out the clouds.

Friday, April 15, 2016

High Desert in Oregon

Oregon is famed for its coastline, the Cascades, and the lush Willamette Valley and Columbia Basin. However much of the state is actually high desert, particularly in the south and east.

This is an infrared photo of an abandoned farm in Brothers along US 20 east of Bend. At over 4000 feet elevation, the area is arid, but not hot in the summer. Brothers itself is a small town with a truck stop. Brothers is also a popular spot for launching model rockets, partly because the surrounding area is almost entirely unpopulated.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Seattle Salute

Sunrise in Seattle, with an American flag illuminated by the rising sun.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Ingomar Vista

Here is a view of the little town of Ingomar, Montana. Ingomar began as a railroad town, but then declined as the railroads died away. From the photo you can see why they call Montana big sky country.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Boulder Vista

This is Boulder Colorado as seen from Flagstaff Mountain. The University of Colorado is the collection of red tile roofs near the horizon in the center. This was shot on film in 1991.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Fourth Street Elevator

This is a view from the top of the Fenelon Place Elevator (often called the Fourth Street Elevator by locals) in Dubuque, Iowa. This is claimed to be the shortest, steepest railroad in the world. When I was in high school I rode this every day to go from my parents' house to my after-school job downtown.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Sweden Summer

This is a shot of a couple of picturesque fishing boats in the harbor of beautiful Molle, Sweden. Molle is a small town with a beautiful harbor on the end of the Kulla Peninsula, not too far from Helsingborg.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Beautiful New Hampshire

This is a view of the White Mountain National Forest from a lookout along US 302 in North Conway, New Hampshire. That's Mount Washington in the background.