Seems like it’s been a little while since I posted. And it has. Wow! things just conspire to eat your time. That’s especially true when you get stuck in a cigar tube and fly across country. I had to go to Tampa, FL for a series of meetings earlier this month, run to Denver a couple times and attend a memorial service for a dear friend, and, well, to quote Willie Nelson, “Ain’t it funny how time slips away?”

These photos are from a workshop we did in, you guessed it, Capitol Reef National Park. It was another one of those workshops where we goofed off with old friends, told stories on each other, sipped a few beers and made a lot of photographs. I started working on them just after I returned home, then got distracted with other stuff. So here they are.

So much of what I was seeing on that trip was in black-and-white, a medium that I love and try to get right. See what you think:

 

We avoided too much adventure on this trip. To get to the Bentonite Hills, we had to ford the Fremont River. The nice thing about rivers in the West is that they are often what Easterners would call ‘creeks.’ But we do have photographic evidence that there are times when driving across the river isn’t a great idea. This time the flooding was over, so it went well.

Bentonite

Bentonite

In the early spring, there’s little greenery in the desert. This dead weed will undoubtedly be replaced by a lush, green one (at least for a few weeks) and the contrast will be lost. There’s an old photographic adage that you should never walk past a potential image thinking that you’ll get it later. Later never happens. The light is never the same, the scene is subtly different and (this is especially true of me) you’ll forget where the dern thing was anyway.

Boulder and Weed

Boulder and Weed

And then there’s always the large wall detail. This one has so much going for it that I just gawked a while, took out the camera and saw a black-and-white image. It’s not quite a grand landscape, but it’s not intimate landscape, either. Just call it wall detail with juniper trees.

Alcove and Wall Detail

Alcove and Wall Detail

Yes, of course there’s color. Tune in Wednesday for proof of that.

 

Mor to follow.

Bob