Monday, July 31, 2017

America's Loneliest Road


US 50 in Nevada is advertised as America's Loneliest Road. I'm not sure of that's true; I've been on roads through areas that seem emptier. However the high desert of Nevada is beautiful. On the day I drove the road recently it was cold and at times snowing. This is a photo of Job Peak in Central Nevada from US 50.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Dover Furnace Redux


I know that I just posted a picture of Dover Furnace a couple of weeks ago, but I got some very good shots of it, so I thought I'd post one more. Unlike the previous post, which combined many shots to blur the water, this is a straight photo of the old dam.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Modern Kansas


The countryside in this country is changing. In the midwest, wind farms and communications infrastructure are becoming as common as wheat and corn. This view is along US 50 in southwest Kansas, just west of Cimarron.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Morning Mist


This is a misty morning countryside scene along US 50 in Londonderry, Ohio. Photographers have a rule that you should never shoot into the sun, but I like to break rules like that.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Oregon Sky


This photo was taken in eastern Oregon along US 26, northeast of Prairie City. The mountain in the background is Strawberry Mountain. The sky is all Oregon.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Clouds Over the Tetons


It's hard to get a unique photo of the Grand Tetons. They present themselves, postcard-like, to the Snake River Valley, which is where most people see them. They are beautiful, though, in all their postcard glory. This is an infrared photo, converted to black and white, showing storm clouds rising over the mountains, taken at the Elk Ranch Flats Turnout along US 26.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Mount Hood


On my recent driving trip to the west coast I drove the length of US 26, which starts in western Nebraska and follows the old Oregon Trail all the way to the coast in Oregon. Along the way it comes right up to the base of Mount Hood, near Portland. This shot was taken at Trillium Lake.

Friday, July 14, 2017

American Museum of Tort Law


During my recent stay in Connecticut I got to visit the American Museum of Tort Law. As someone who teaches law this was like catnip for me. The Museum was founded by Ralph Nader, who was born and raised in Winsted. As you can see in the picture above, the museum is in a suitably grand old building on the main drag in Winsted.


Nader became famous for his fight against the Chevrolet Corvair, the subject of his bestselling book Unsafe At Any Speed. The museum appropriately has a Corvair on display. While at the museum I was able to buy a flaming Ford Pinto mug, which I will cherish.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Litchfield 4th of July


I spent the fourth of July last week in Connecticut. On the fourth my friends took me to Litchfield to watch the firing of the canon on the Litchfield Green. A volunteer group fires their canon 13 times, once for each of the original 13 colonies. It turns out that canon are very loud.

UPDATE:

It seems only right that I should add a video of the canon firing. Here it is:


Monday, July 10, 2017

Dover Furnace


I'm just back from a week-long trip to the east coast. I spent three days in northwest Connecticut visiting a friend, and got to spend some time exploring that beautiful corner of the country. This is a photo of the Dover Furnace, an old dam on the Swamp River just across the New York state line in Dover, New York. It's a beautiful spot. In order to get the blurred water effect I took a series of photos and merged them in Photoshop.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Life Goes On


This photo is from the Sand Beach View area along I-70 in Central Utah. A long dead tree stands sentinel over the sage and scrub of the Utah desert.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Golden Gate


On my recent trip to the west coast I arrived in the bay area on an incredibly beautiful afternoon. Driving south on US 101 I was able to get off just before the Golden Gate Bridge and drive to the Marin Headlands Vista Point to get this photo. The photo doesn't really do justice to the immense scale of the bridge and the city of San Francisco behind it.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Spotted Wolf Pass


This is a view of Spotted Wolf Pass in Utah, with I-70 wending its way through the pass. For a midwesterner like me, the scale and majesty of the west is just amazing. My recent driving trip to the west coast was my second such trip, and it reminded me that we live in a wonderful, beautiful country.