I recently returned from yet another trip to Lower Antelope Canyon outside of Page, Arizona. Lower Antelope is the more peaceful, more quite slot canyon compared to the overcrowded Upper Antelope Canyon where photographers literally push and shove for the best spots.
These two photos help show the difference the time of the year can make in such a place. Both were taken at about the same time of the morning on a clear day. With the summer sun more overhead the photo on the left was much more orange compared to the late fall photo on the right showing more purples.
On just about any late afternoon in Zion National Park, it seems if one heads to the slick rock area on the east side, you will almost certainly find several Desert Bighorn Sheep. While it is easy to get lots of photos, it is harder to get the sheep against the skyline, doing something interesting or in a unique setting. It is very surprising how very agile they are and how easy they can climb up a steep hill.
With the proliferation of software such as Adobe Photoshop, it is easier than ever to make models thinner, skies bluer and erase those pesky telephone lines from our prized photographs. Somewhere along the way, the average person on the street, or the novice to photography got the incorrect notion that manipulation is a recent innovation developing alongside the computer age. Continue reading →
The drive to Toroweep Overlook on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park is long and dusty. It is 58 miles of dirt road, one way. The last 6 miles require a high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle. I came across two disabled trucks. One had three of the five lug bolts sheered off and the other a blown tire. Another big problem would be to encounter someone going the opposite direction on the narrow road. I took over three hours to cover the 58 miles when the books say it should only take 2 1/2.
I was retired for only a couple of weeks, when I saw an interesting statement on a lady’s hand bag while riding the CTA in Chicago. After memorizing as much of the saying as possible, a search of the Internet informed me it was an excerpt from a novel written by Paul Bowles, “The Sheltering Sky.”
On the Navajo Bridge, near Lees Ferry in Arizona a couple of California Condors were seen resting on the bridge structure. This one was number 83. Each wing, top and bottom have a large number 83 banner attached. On the bird’s right wing, you can see the antenna of a radio transmitter. While the head is fairly ugly, it is certainly colorful. Representing the fighting California Condors, here is #83!
The Original Owners have returned to Pie Town, New Mexico, USA!! They have expanded their hours and menu, great for the weary traveler in this western part of New Mexico. I just think it is such a quaint town and restaurant, in the middle of nowhere, I want everybody to know about it. If your one of the lucky few, you will get to experience the green chile apple pie as well.
In the Southwest, the recent annular eclipse was a big topic and occasion for parties and getting outside to look at the sunset. These photos were taken at the Spencer Theater near Ruidoso, New Mexico.
Pie Town, New Mexico mainly consists of two great cafes serving fresh, hot home-made pies and a museum. While they are at opposite ends of the town and on opposite sides of the street, they do not seem to compete much with each other as one was open on the weekends and the other on weekdays.
Pie Town Cafe
At the Pie Town Cafe we had their famous New Mexican Apple Pie which has spicy hot New Mexico green chilies and pinion nuts a-la-mode. Not a combination I would have thought of but it was great and I would have it again, unless they have something even more unusual at the time….
One of the more exciting things I have done in retirement is to go on a cattle drive. This was no dude ranch thing, rather I was the tag-along on a working ranch with 12 or so cowboys who do this for a living every day. After unloading the horses from the trailer well before sun up, the cowboys immediately began making their horses move sideways to the left, then right, then backwards. Then they would turn around and around in tight circles, like athletes warming up before a big game.