Uncle Sam's Parking

Uncle Sam's Parking
You guys, I really have a lot of Polaroids… I’d like to post more on this photoblog. The problem is limited access to resources to be able to scan these. So I’m going to be saving for an Apple iBook, and a film/flatbed scanner. It is going to be a while. But often as time permits, I’ll try to scan some Polaroids. Also, I’m shooting a lot of film and have a lot of good images. So time is of the essence! :0)

Traveling Spirits

Traveling Spirits
This is an ancient pictograph site west of Cedar City, known mostly by the locals in Iron County. My personal belief is that these images were left by the ancient ancestors of the modern day Pueblo Indians, which now reside in New Mexico and Arizona.

Apache Junction – Outskirts of Civilization

Apache Junction - Outskirts of Civilization
Apache Junction is the furthest suburb to the east that connects to the rest of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The truth is, I am in love with the land of Arizona, a place the sun is much more fiery, and the desert feels like a frying pan. I love the Saguaros, the Superstition Mountains, and Southwest Culture. Phoenix is one town that I have no choice but to admire, deeply. It is a miracle because it thrives in this arid climate. There are so many people coming from so many walks of life. The entire city is surrounded by Indian Reservations, so the city itself offers a variety of opportunities to learn about other cultures, and the issues that a lot of folks face on a daily basis. If you have been in Arizona for any length of time in the summer you’ll have to deal with the severe heat and nearly waterless landscapes on a daily bases. That is what separates folks who live in deserts versus those living elsewhere. It is also true that water will dictate what truly happens to this city.

Window Rock, Arizona

Window Rock, Arizona
This is the Navajo Nation Capital, and the town is named after this. In front of this sacred formation is the Navajo Nation government buildings. There is a park in front of this beautiful rock formation with a veterans memorial and a statue of a Navajo Code Talker with info on the Code Talkers, and how these Navajos used their language as a code system during World War 2. Image is 35mm film…

Spider Rock – Canyon De. Chelly

Spider Rock - Canyon De. Chelly
This is Spider Rock, an 800 foot pinnacle of sandstone on the South Rim of Canyon De Chelly. The majority of images shot on this trip were on 35mm film. So I will be scanning more of the prints. The color of the digitized file is not as exact as the print. I used a strong warming filter along with a polarizer when taking these images. There is vignetting on these images from the use of those filters.

Commercial River Rafters

Commercial River Rafters
I worked in the Grand Canyon this past winter as a tour guide taking folks into the inner gorge of the canyon. Doing this daily, I took photos of rafting boats passing by. We’d often shout into the gorge and the rafters would respond by waving back. That job is done now and there is no guarantee that I’ll go back next winter. Why? Because of the long work days that the job entailed. I loved working out in the middle of nowhere, but I didn’t have enough free time to pursue what I love – photography.