Saturday, October 17, 2015

Yesterday morning I made the trip to Wendover, UT/NV to take some pic's at the Bonneville Salt Flats.  I was hoping that it would be cloudy and that the salt flats would be flooded so that I could use the water for reflections.  As it turns out it was flooded but it wasn't what I would say, cloudy, although there were clouds on the horizon.  So I made the most of it.

All of the images were taken at the end of the paved road that leads out to the speedway.  At that point the flats were flooded with an unobstructed view to the horizon.  So I waited not knowing exactly what I was going to find once the sun started to come up.  Once it did, was not disappointed.  The colors were magnificent and the cloud formations were excellent and made for some interesting patterns in symmetry.  Note also that the colors changed as the morning progressed.  In the future, you may want to make sure that you take your time and photograph thru the entire morning and capture the variety of colors.  Similar to Monet as he painted under different light to capture the variety of colors.  For him it was not about the subject, it was about the colors.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

My daughter takes her dog Tye for a walk every morning.  Somewhere along that trail someone has placed this goose, dressed up no less, behind a tree.  In the early morning light it is a pretty scary sight.  It makes you wonder what the intent was by those who put it there.  Was it meant to scare or just be some cute forest creature like one might expect from being in a "Disneyland" type setting.

While hanging around the house I took this image of the dog bowl sitting on the floor in the kitchen reflected back up into the dishwasher.

I went to Baltimore to visit my daughter for the week.  We had a great time as we visited the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, an art museum at John's Hopkins, the Inner Harbor of Baltimore and the Aquarium, and the opening of the Renaissance Fair of Maryland.  We also did some work around her new home and watched a few movies.  I've always had a love for reflections of varying kinds and here are a couple from the Inner Harbor off of the water and a plastic cover that is rolled up.

In the harbor there were a number of boats with some interesting features that I found interesting.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Yesterday I spent part of the afternoon in downtown Salt Lake City taking pictures, first at the capitol building and then down to the center of the city at Temple Square and the City Creek Center.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

This past weekend I took a trip out to the Bonneville Salt Flats at Wendover, Nevada (UT).  It was a gamble (pun intended) as to what I was going to find but I thought I would take the trip anyway just to get out of the house.

One of the things that has always intrigued me the change in landscape at the horizon due to the hot air rising up off the desert floor.  There are a number of details such as the seeming floating of objects in the air, loss of detail, softness of the images, and even apparent reshaping of objects.

The other thing about the flats is that it is a place where people play in the mud, ripping up the salt with their off road vehicles and dredging the flats for the salt we require for our everyday meals.  And then there is the occasional tree branch which, it appears, comes out of nowhere.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Took a trip to the Great Salt Lake this morning and stopped at the old Saltair Palace.  It's just west of Salt Lake City on I-80.  It used to have rides with a train that came out from the city so you didn't have to come in a car.  The Palace is still in good condition.  Although the lake used to come right up to the Palace it is now at least a quarter of a mile out.  So you have to walk to get to the waters edge.  As you get closer to the water you can smell that it is a salt lake.  Below are a number of images I took while I was out there this morning.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

I am now in Utah, semi-permanently I think, and I was finally able to get out and take some images.  I did so on my way down to Sevier Lake in west central Utah along US 50 (this highway goes coast to coast)/Hwy 6.  It was a relief to finally get out and take these.  Utah is a great place for landscape and cloud images.  I hope to take more in the near future.  I should say, at the end there is an image of a shoe tree.  If you don't know what that is, take a look.