Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Infrared Week--Mobile

There is something I like about this shot, although I can't explain. It was taken along US 90 just east of Mobile, Alabama, looking south to I-10 and the gulf.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Infrared Week--White Hall

This week I will be posting Infrared photos from the last year. This is a view of White Hall on the old shut-down Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois, taken in May 2015. It has since been torn down.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Iowa Week: Iowa City

This is an old shot from 1986, shot on film (obviously). The view is of the Burlington Street bridge over the Iowa River in Iowa City. The nice vantage point was courtesy of the pedestrian bridge to the Law School.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Iowa Week: Buchanan County

Here is an old barn in Buchanan County just west of Independence. It was taken from the old US 20, now 220th Ave. The highway has become a four lane freeway a few miles to the south.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Iowa Week: Ladora

I'm posting pictures from Iowa this week, my home state. This is a view of tiny Ladora, population 283, with the old Merchants Bank and the grain elevator. The road in the foreground is US 6.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Rio Grande

This is another photo from along Texas Highway 170 in Presidio County, Texas. Here we are overlooking the Rio Grande, with Mexico on the left. It is very hard to imagine putting a wall through this part of the country.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Open Road, Texas Style

This is a view down Texas Highway 170 in Presidio County, Texas. 170 runs right along the Rio Grande, and the border, from Terlingua northwest to Presidio and on up to Candelaria. It is a beautiful open road through mountains and desert. Almost none of it is this straight, which is why I took the picture.

This photo was shot in infrared and converted to black and white.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Illusive Water

I'm continuing this week with photos from Big Bend National Park in Texas.

Let me be the first to point out that the photo above is a product of my imagination, not reality. The top half is a straight view of Emory Peak in the Chisos Mountains in the park. However there is no standing water in Big Bend National Park, at least not that I saw. I created the reflection and the water in this photo in Photoshop. It was such a dry, desiccated environment it made me wonder what it would be like with water. So this is my vision of that.

I don't believe any photo actually reflects reality, and I make absolutely no claims that my photos do so. I don't do an outright manipulation like this often, but I reserve the right to if I feel like it. This is not photojournalism, it is, if I may say so, art.

Friday, June 10, 2016

St. Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park

This is a panoramic view of the mouth of St. Elena Canyon from Big Bend National Park. The Rio Grande, and the US-Mexican border, runs along the base of the cliff on the left, and then into the canyon in the center of the picture. The range of cliffs on the left are in Mexico, while the cliffs to the right, and the area in the foreground of the picture, is in the United States. The cliff walls are up to 1500 feet high.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National park is a desert wonderland. As far as I can tell, this mesa near Tuft Canyon has no name, but is an imposing outcropping on the landscape.

Monday, June 6, 2016

West Texas

I'm just back from a trip to west Texas and Big Bend National Park. This week and next I'll be posting photos from the trip. This is a panoramic view of the Pecos High Bridge, which carries US 90 across the Pecos River just a few miles from it's confluence with the Rio Grande.

The bridge is the highest bridge in Texas, standing 273 feet above the water. Apparently the sheer cliffs of the Pecos were a real problem for travelers in the 19th century. I think you can see why. These cliffs extend sixty miles from the river's mouth at the rio Grande. The first highway bridge across this part of the Pecos was built in 1923. Before that it was rough going.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Picking Le Claire

This is a panoramic view of Le Claire Iowa, taken from Port Byron on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. Le Claire is apparently enjoying notoriety for being the location a popular TV show called American Pickers. I'm not a TV watcher, so I'll have to take Wikipedia's word on it. I know Le Claire as a cute little river town downstream from where I grew up, and also as the birthplace of Buffalo Bill Cody.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Viola, Illinois

This is an infrared black and white view of little Viola, Illinois, shot in mid-May, 2016.