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Travel Photography

Sedona Sunsets

There is no such thing as a bad sunset, but some are better than others. These images are the ones I liked best. I could not pick just one.

Red Rock Sunset - Click To Enlarge
Red Rock Sunset – Click To Enlarge
Hill Top Sunset - Click To Enlarge
Hill Top Sunset – Click To Enlarge
Arizona Sunset - Click To Enlarge
Arizona Sunset – Click To Enlarge

And the last, while not as dramatic, might be my favorite. If I had to pick one.

Dirt Road Sunset - Click To Enlarge
Dirt Road Sunset – Click To Enlarge

 

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Kendrick Mountain Wilderness

Kendrick Peak, in the Arizona Kendrick Mountain Wilderness, is over 10,000 feet, It is the highest mountain in the San Francisco volcanic fields.

The area that I photographed is wide open prairie lands with spruce and pine forests closer to the mountain base.

Kendrick Mountain Wilderness - Click To Enlarge
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness – Click To Enlarge
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness - Click To Enlarge
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness – Click To Enlarge

The views here are like nothing I have ever seen. Wide open spaces, mountain back drops, no people. They do graze cattle here, but none when I was there.

Kendrick Mountain Wilderness - Click To Enlarge
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness – Click To Enlarge
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness - Click To Enlarge
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness – Click To Enlarge

This was an unplanned stop, but it turned out to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

Flagstaff Arizona is near by so if in the area be sure to go here.

 

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I Hate Heights

Canyon Bridge - Click To Enlarge
Canyon Bridge – Click To Enlarge

Recently on a trip a friend was kind enough to pull off the road and show me the bridge we were about to cross. I’m not sure what I did to warrant this gesture but I did want to get a few shots of it before I died.

So of course I climbed down and underneath it, looked up, looked down, screamed, and took the photo above. At least this is how it looked to me at the time.

I did get a few others from below, hanging on the abyss, but they were a little blurry, hand shake maybe.

Canyon Bridge - Click To Enlarge
Canyon Bridge – Click To Enlarge

The rest of the shots were from a relatively safe distance from the cliffs. However, look at this. Who wouldn’t have second thoughts about driving across!

Canyon Bridge - Click To Enlarge
Canyon Bridge – Click To Enlarge

I now know how to deal with heights, bring my camera. I’ll try most anything for the shot. I might scream and wail a bit. But I’ll get over it.

 

 

 

 

Down The Canyon

I found it very hard to capture a different view of the Grand Canyon. First is the enormous size. Taking a 10 shot panorama on the edge of a cliff was not happening. At this elevation there is always wind.  And I hate heights! !

Looking Down The Canyon - Click To Enlarge
Looking Down The Canyon – Click To Enlarge

The sun and distance gave every long shot a haze.

Looking Down The Canyon - Click To Enlarge
Looking Down The Canyon – Click To Enlarge

I did find an incredible beauty on the canyon walls. Just a small patch of earth was enough for a garden to grow.

Looking Down The Canyon - Click To Enlarge
Looking Down The Canyon – Click To Enlarge
Looking Down The Canyon - Click To Enlarge
Looking Down The Canyon – Click To Enlarge

A walk along the rim and changing light created an ever changing look.

Looking Down The Canyon - Click To Enlarge
Looking Down The Canyon – Click To Enlarge

The image above is my favorite. Instead of looking down and to the distant formations all I needed was shade and a small scrub tree garden.

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Sound Lighthouse

The lighthouse has become a symbol of New England. They dot the east coast from the tip of Connecticut up to the top of Maine.

Long Island sound, the water between Connecticut and Long Island NY probably has the most of any state. Here there has been shipping since the 1700s, the water is shallow and rocky along the coast, and worse the sandy bottom changes depth almost every winter.

New London Harbor Light
New London Harbor Light

The Coast Guard took over all lights in 1939. However now they have sold or are selling all they can. Many museums and non-profits have purchased what they can. There are some privately owned.  Dumpling island (the header image here) is owned by Dean Kaman, the inventor of the Segway.

Orient Point Light
Orient Point Light

The new owners must provide access to the Lighthouse for light maintenance. Oh, and some still have fog horns and automated bells.

Ketch sailing ship
Ketch sailing ship
Sound Light House
Sound Light House

One of the great trips for any photographer is to visit these lighthouses. This year I have flown to shoot  Race Rock light from land and taken a boat to photograph 8 others. It has become so popular there are hundreds of images on-line, each day. I believe at least 2 different groups provide trips from New London alone.

These photos are from a trip just this week. If you have the opportunity it is well worth your time.

 

 

 

Wandering Around The Connecticut Capital (2)

Connecticut House Of Representatives
Connecticut House Of Representatives

The architecture of the Connecticut Capital building is amazing.  That grand design carries into both the House Of Representatives and Senate chambers.

Connecticut House Of Representatives
Connecticut House Of Representatives

Having the opportunity to photograph the chambers with no one to step into a shot (or feel self conscious about flopping around with a camera) allowed these types of images.

Connecticut House Of Representatives
Connecticut House Of Representatives

The ceiling itself was breath taking. And now I could just lay back and snap all I wanted. Very cool.

Connecticut Senate Chambers
Connecticut Senate Chambers

At one point my wife stopped shooting and just asked me ‘how’?

I laughed, “she asked me if I wanted to go in”.

That’s been happening a lot lately.

Valley Railroad Company

Steam train, Deep River Connecticut
Steam train, Deep River Connecticut

This is Engine 325 of the Valley Railroad in Essex Connecticut. The engine was purchased at auction from the Knox and Kane Railroad of Pennsylvania in 2008. A rebuild was completed in 2011 and the engine went into service immediately. Click here for a complete history of the Railroad.

Steam train, Deep River Connecticut
Steam train, Deep River Connecticut

Engine 325 was originally a China Railways model SY 2-8-2. China continued to build and use steam engines long after many other countries switched to diesel.

Steam train, Deep River Connecticut
Steam train, Deep River Connecticut

These shots were taken, July 4th, along the rails between the main yard in Essex and the Valley Railroads river boat docked in Deep River Connecticut.

We often walk along the inlets here and will find Egrets and Herons. We had meant to set a date to photograph the trains but this day a steam train whistle gave us the opportunity to set up in a few locations.