Monthly Archives: December 2015

Overlooked 2015 Photographs

Overlooked 2015 Photographs

I have a lot of overlooked 2015 photographs.  Much of this comes from taking the images but not getting around to processing them at home!  I get busy just like everybody, so I thought I would make this post and show a few that I have overlooked.

The Hungry Hippo

The Hungry Hippo

The Hungry Hippo in Joshua Tree National Park

This is a cool rock formation near Jaguar Rock in Joshua Tree National Park.  Curiously, this was the first time I photographed it.  This was just after sunrise in temperatures in the low 20s.

To me, this rock reminded me of the Hungry Hungry Hippos game from my childhood.

 

 

 

 

Storm Over Borrego Springs

Storm Over Borrego Springs

Storm Over Borrego Springs

This was a great photo day where I took a great image from the Borrego Springs overlook on S-22 of a rainbow, but I neglected to process many of the storm images from the valley floor.  The weather was very impressive on that day.

A Storm At The Motor Transport Museum

Motor Transport Museum

Motor Transport Museum

The Motor Transport Museum in Campo is such a unique place, with possibly hundreds of old decaying vehicles from brands I didn’t even know existed.  The San Diego Photo Club went there on a trip, when a storm hit, and I never got around to processing these images.  The vibrant colors with the moody cloud cover makes for a great contrast.  I need to revisit soon.

The Desert View Tower

Desert View Tower Old Highway 80

Desert View Tower Old Highway 80

I have always ignored this place, although it is an important landmark for my Old Highway 80 Photography Project.

This was the last stop along US Route 80 before it descended the In-Ko-Pah Gorge to the Imperial Valley.  The road ends here, but concrete remnants follow Myer Creek all the way to the town of Ocotillo.

I have many more overlooked images, but I thought this selection would make for a nice post.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the images!

My Artistic Heroes

My Artistic Heroes

Above my desk, I have a photo wall with these 9 photos.  I use it to remind me what artists can really accomplish when they have the focus and determination to be great.  I can’t say I can do anything in this life to match their accomplishments, but I can use the ideals from their success to make me a stronger and more focused artist.

albert-einsteinAlbert Einstein

The greatest physisist that will ever live.  I have read his biography numerous times.  He invented the Standard Model and theory of gravity (relativity), yet his biggest blunder, the cosmological constant, make turn out to be correct if Dark Energy is proved to exist.  Even when Einstein was wrong, he was still correct.

Ernest Hernest_hemingwayemingway

The writer without adjectives.  His life was as stunning as his writing.  A tortured soul who kicked off the Hemingway curse.  Died on the same day as Celine.  I wish I could be 10% of the writer he was.

roosevelt_theodore_bio Theodore Roosevelt

My favorite President.  A Republican and committed environmentalist.  Championed the preservation of everything from Mesa Verde to the Grand Canyon.

 

 

john_muir20photoJohn Muir

John Muir is Yosemite.  John Muir is California environmentalism.  He saw glaciers and ice ages that people couldn’t imagine.  Restore Hetch Hetchy now.  We are now 100 years overdue.

 

ADAMSAnsel Adams

What can you really say about the greatest photographer of all time?  You can only look at his images and hope you can acquire just 1% of his talent.  That is enough to sustain you for a lifetime.

Steve_Jobs-580-75 Steve Jobs

The artist behind Apple Inc, from a company run out of the garage, to early dominant computer maker, to the person behind the greatest comeback in the history of business.  We lost Steve way too early, and his absence will always be there.

 

nyc-sights-jack-kerouac Jack Kerouac

The man behind the Beat Generation.  One of my favorite writers.  A person destroyed by alcohol abuse.  I yearn to visit the places of his novels, like Big Sur and Desolation Angels.  The greatest story teller.

 

0885245738005 Thom Yorke

The man behind some of the most amazing music of my life.  Equally powerful in Radiohead and a solo artist.  Perfect blending of rock and electronic, without ever jumping the shark.  I never knew after listening to Pablo Honey in 1993 that his band would be the most significant in my life.

rowell04Galen Rowell

The color Ansel Adams.  The last truly great film photographer, whose work stands up even in today’s digital world.  The great master of the Eastern Sierra.  An expert photographer, climber, and athlete.  We lost him way too young.

Every time I see Mountain Light in the Sierras, Galen is the first person I will ever think of.

These art my artistic heroes.  I hope you will take a moment to ponder yours.

 

 

Christmas Eve From Joshua Tree

Christmas Eve From Joshua Tree

Christmas Eve From Joshua Tree

Christmas Eve From Joshua Tree

Spending Christmas in Joshua Tree National Park is a personal tradition for me.  On that note, I will be out in the park on the 24th and 25th, so I am showing this image from last year’s Christmas morning in Joshua Tree. Continue reading

Trinidad Sign From Simpson's Rest

Trinidad Sign Simpson’s Rest

Trinidad Sign Simpson’s Rest

Trinidad Sign Simpson's Rest

Trinidad Sign Simpson’s Rest

Photographing the Trinidad Sign at Simpson’s Rest was a lot of fun.  Each day spending the holidays with my family in Trinidad, Colorado, I climbed the City’s iconic overlook called Simpson’s Rest.  This bluff was named after an early resident named George Simpson. Continue reading

Fishers Peak Sunset

Fishers Peak Sunset

Fishers Peak Sunset

Fishers Peak Sunset

Fishers Peak Sunset from Trinidad, Colorado

Fishers Peak Sunset is another image I made this week from my parent’s home in Trinidad, Colorado.  The light was beautiful, and this was the last bit of light that existed before the evening. Continue reading