Oh, the people I travel with and the places I go. Here are two examples of what I have to put up with in the canyon country:

Aunt Fred

Aunt Fred

First up is Nick, or as he is sometimes fondly referred to, “Aunt Fred.” Aunt Fred came from a misunderstanding of a line from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” John thought Eric Idle was saying “Bring out Aunt Fred.” Well, anyway, we couldn’t let the name to, so… I’ve got a lot of desert miles with Nick and have learned about his fetish for desert buckwheat. I’ve never seen him war it, though.

 

Tony

Tony

I’ve mostly hiked with Tony in the mountains, but am getting him trained for the desert. He’s a good hiker, a little more willing than I am to overdo it, but that’s OK, I probably could benefit from a push here and there. Tony is always ready to pose for a hero shot. I’ll leave the embarrassing ones out.

But here’s where we went today: Factory Butte at sunrise. I’ve photographed this icon about a million times and have yet to get the ideal shot.

Factory Butte, Sunrise

Factory Butte, Sunrise