Early Morning in Las Vegas

Early morning in Vegas around 7 AM. I’m going to be doing tours for the next few months around the Southwest so I may as well photograph everything and everywhere I go. It’ll help me to keep my sanity as I drive thousands of miles over the next 2-3 months. I love giving tours but I don’t have a decent social life when I am always on the road and I need some way to stay sane, so I’ll use my shutter for medicinal purposes. So stay tuned! :)

Route 66 Motel in Seligman, AZ

I have a whole slew of Route 66 photography and I don’t know what to do with all the images except post one at a time over a long expanse of time. That’s the beauty of digital photography! It costs next to nothing to produce digital records of historical places. As I venture around the country, I hope to document everything simply for the sake of posterity and maybe someday all these images can be useful historical records or something when all of these places are long gone? I don’t know. I just love taking pictures so do I even need a valid excuse to be a photojunkie? I don’t think so…

Mr. Tin Man

My favorite character from the Wizard of Oz hanging randomly on the fence and looking like he’s been there for several years without even being touched. Pretty cool!!

Cloudscape Beyond the Haystack

Yah! Those lazy old summer days when the rain finally comes and you sit on the porch eating watermelon with Grandpa; those are the times in life worth remembering and reminiscing. It’s the days during the Monsoon that I love. Some of the most dramatic cloudscapes are captured during this time. Unfortunately, I don’t think this picture was shot in the summer! ;)

Man Made Ruins Versus High Desert

In this epic battle the ruins will fade away and creep¬† into time. Here I am alive in the moment and my lens captures the slow eroding action. This is why photography is so powerful and essential at least to an insignificant human like me. There needs to be some type of ability for a soul to express itself and I’m an image-maker. It’s a powerful title as I capture the world with the memories soon will follow.

Creepy Doll in a Pioneer Museum

I think I’ve said something about this before; toys tend to retain the spirit of the children that once owned and loved them. It’s kind of eerie in a way when the toy outlives the child. Browse the archives and you will see similar toy images. It’s about capturing humanity or the remnants of human existence through images whether it is ruins that haunt the landscape or an artifact that no longer is used. One day, we will all be gone from this tangible world and all that will remain are the things that we used.

Shaved Ice

This is the classic rural decay one finds around Southern Utah in towns like Minersville. Most of the buildings are old, decrepit and cracked but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Decay is a beautiful thing to behold. When a town cleans up their buildings and streets it loses the beauty that appeals to my camera lens. Look at all that awesome wear in the building with the white paint peeling away. I love it that there’s only a strip of the original sign laying exposed behind wood paneling on the side of the building. What a piece of history trying to withstand the winds of time!

 

Mountaintop Field of Wild Yellow Daisies

It was super windy on the mountain as I tried to capture these daisies getting whipped by the wind. It’s amazing I even captured any details in the flowers. It’s monsoon season, finally! There’s small traces of purple wildflowers mixed in with all the yellow. It’s warm up in the mountains right now if you wish to escape the Southern Utah heat. Up high in the aspen and pine it’s like a dream listening to the wind whistling through pine branches & slicing though needles like knives. It’s midsummer and I am sad because summer is so wonderful and it shouldn’t end. :( Life flies by too quick!

Flash Flood at Mooney Falls 07/11/2011

This is Mooney Falls being inundated with muddy water from a cloudburst over Havasupai. My friends were down in the bottom below Mooney hiking towards Beaver Falls four miles downriver. Luckily, they weren’t clear to Beaver when the water level began to rise and they realized they needed to evacuate. About two years ago, I was stuck in one of the biggest floods to hit Havasupai. It could have taken the lives of my friends and I. You can read my account of that life-shifting experience here in; Four Havasupai Men Saved Us! It seems every time I venture to that part of the Grand Canyon my experience in Havasupai is bittersweet because the memories are both nightmarish and pleasant simultaneously. I just returned from my latest trip to the Grand Canyon and I’m still unpacking today. So I’ll write about my thoughts and reflect about the experiences of my time in Havasupai as soon as I get settled down. :) No matter what, the people of Supai, their culture and their waterfalls will always have a place in my heart!

Converse Street Shoes for Hiking

Converse All Stars are recommended for grabbing slickrock and traversing other Canyon Country terrain but take note to what happens to a perfectly white pair after an afternoon of hiking? This was my friend’s experiment to morph a brand new pair of shoes and I will follow suite. The intention is to paint the shoes the color of the land and let the soil work its way into the bright white pristine canvas. The result is quite stylish and rugged to lizards and varmints! My favorite type of shoe is capable of being ideal for the canyon and hiking. They are thin and will keep your feet close to the earth; you’ll feel every rock but they grab and keep a firm hold. I’ll be posting more photos of all my Converse. It is one of the brands I choose to adore. Maybe it all started with a photography campaign I witnessed on Flickr dedicated to All-Stars and wearing them out? :) Stay tuned!