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More from the Past

A while back I started to browse through all my foto files. I was looking for images I passed up because I couldn’t figure out how to process them. My aim was to see if I could do something with them now.

I found some from a January trip to Comb Ridge. Nick and I stopped at a spot where there was a variety of ice crystals formed in a little depression. I shot quite a few, but let the scene and my camera outsmart me by underexposing a whole bunch. I kind of gave up on those images because I couldn’t get them right.

Now a few years later and with an improved version of Photoshop and a lot more experience, I decided to try my luck. Both of these images were fiddled with quite a bit through the process, from opening up the exposure to converting to Black-and-white. As a bonus, they match the season.

See what you think.

Ice crystals #1

Ice Crystals 1

Ice Crystals 1

Ice crystals #2

Ice Crystals 2

Ice Crystals 2

 

Oh, by the way. I signed up with a company that will clean out the malware that was infesting my RSS feed. By today you shouldn’t have to see any more viagra ads in the teaser. Finally!

 

More to follow,

Bob

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One person’s treasure is…

We stopped at the junk yard. Rick told us not to call it a junk yard, the owner might be offended if we referred to his treasures as junk.

We found cars. Lots of cars. Lots of old cars. It was kind of mind boggling. Between shooting the nameplates of long-discontinued vehicles, logos that are no longer used and flat tires, I started to see the detail in the metal and paint. So many painted, repainted and over painted spots. Lots to look at and lots to photograph.

I like abstract fotos of nature, so decided that this would be the way to approach the cars. Looking for color anomalies and rusted-out portions of fenders and frames, I came up with several that I think are interesting. Today I’ll show you some interesting paint schemes. Next Wednesday will show some oxidization patterns. Be sure the check back in.

I’m not sure how or why some of the paint jobs happened. But in the first one, it’s obvious. Used to be that in Utah we had to put the gross vehicle weight on the side of the truck, even if it was a Datsun pickup like I had. Most of us got decals and put them on, but some just used a paintbrush. (click on the images to enlarge and see the color correctly.)

U

U

 

And some people were never happy with the color of their vehicle, but this seems to have been owned either by a patriot or by someone who kind of liked red, but wanted to experiment.

Red Car

Red Car

 

I’d like to go back to the junkyard treasure trove and start all over again with a new set of eyes. There might be a lot more interesting paint jobs available.

More to follow,

Bob

 

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OK, Time for a Substitute

On Monday we hiked Pleasant Creek. I have wanted to hike the canyon for a long time and wanted to show the gang the petroglyphs at the top of the canyon. I think I’ve posted images of them on the blog before, and they’re pretty nice. Couldn’t find them this time. I didn’t spend a lot of time looking, but went to the exact place I remembered they’d be. No luck.

So today, Nick and i went back to find them. Nick has seen them, so knows I’m not making it up. We couldn’t find them, even though we searched the area where we were certain they were and quite a bit on either side of that location. I dunno, you can’t really erase pictographs without leaving a significant mess, so they’re probably still in place. It’s just a matter of looking the right way or holding my mouth right or something.

Anyway, there’s a great place called Sego Canyon that has a stunning mix of pictographs and petroglyphs on the same panels. That’s pretty unusual. Another unusual thing is the condition of all the rock art.

I’ll use a couple pictures from that panel as substitutes. I’ll let you decide what they’re really all about, but I have a few thoughts.

First is the snake guy. It seems there are a lot of scenes with someone dancing with snakes (interesting movie theme?), and, again, these are guys I would stay away from.

Snake guy

Snake guy

Then there’s this alien. Or a Harry Potter predecessor. Or something. Take a look at what seems to be a hooded figure on the right side of the big image and I see a hooded wizard. Look on the big pictograph and you’ll see some figures that could be on Harry Potter’s robe. Or he’s an alien. That’s another story I picked up in the Navajo Nation and one I’ll share over a beer.

Alien?

Alien?

More to follow,

Bob

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Is that really a Basset Hound?

Went to a few new places today. One was not really new, I’d been there before about 30 years ago. Long story: buy me a beer and I’ll tell you.

Hog Springs is a small rest area between Lake Powell and Hanksville. Just to the south of the rest area is a very nice Barrier-style pictograph, which is called, for some odd reason, Cleopatra. Cleopatra has another creature next to her. I think it’s a turkey, Tom thought it might be a Basset Hound. Another long-ish story. Buy me a beer and I’ll tell you about it. All I can say is that cast in stone is a fine place for a Basset Hound to be.

In the wash above Hog Springs is a waterfall. Well a falling trickle, anyway. We went up the canyon, fought our way through typical thick growth one finds in a permanently-running desert stream and found the ‘waterfall.’ Actually, I think my bathtub flows more freely than that did. Add to the mix that the light was awful and the place was infested with people and it simply didn’t lend itself to photography. Oh, well, sometimes you eat the photons, sometime the photons eat you.

Here’s Cleopatra:

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

And Here’s Cleopatra with Allie, er the turkey.

Cleopatra and Allie

Cleopatra and Allie

More to follow,

 

Bob

 

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Catching up and learning new stuff

Today we started with the balloons, but it was pretty windy and they didn’t launch more than a couple and those in a different part of the Valley. The one we saw flew lickety split past the mesa and disappeared. No others followed.

We took off and went to Page AZ to take a look at Horseshoe Bend. As the only Canon Shooter in a group of ten Nikonites, I am always on the defensive. Then, when the widest lens I have is a 24mm and they all have fisheyes and perspective correcting lenses, it gets a little silly. I decided to make my own fisheye-type shot by doing a panorama and stitching the fotos together.

All went well except that I had a little angle error and the horizon tilted more than the actual one. I dithered over this, but Moose showed me a waaaaay cool way to make the angle closer to right and not lose any of the image. I’m happy enough with it that I thought I’d share it here. Thanks, Moose!

Horseshoe Bend Panorama

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It’s always a great day when you learn something new! Tomorrow should be grand.

More to follow,

Bob

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Icy, I see!

Well, the snow and ice melted off the roads pretty well, so I went back to see if the ice crystals Nick and I found a couple years ago were there. They weren’t. But I found some new ones. Got out the macro lens and snuck up on them.

Then I went to where I had found a couple of cairns in a very odd place a few years back. I had just read Craig Childs’ House of Rain, and was intrigued by the idea he presented about ‘twins’ being a theme in this part of Cedar Mesa for the ancestral Pueblans who built the ruins we find scattered all over this area. The cairns I found were two, placed about a foot apart. I looked through them like a gunsight and found they made a perfect line between the highest peak in the Abajo Mountains and the hightest point on this part of Comb Ridge. Pretty cool, but I wasn’t convinced that was right. A friend suggested I should have sighted along the line they made rather than through them, so I’ve come back a couple times to try to find them and sight that way. Today, I found then. They pointed to a gap in the mountains about five miles away and to a pointy pile of rocks about 200 meters away. I went toward the rock pile. Beyond that, and in line, was another high point. I went toward that, realizing that the line wasn’t quite accurate, but figured from on high, I could see what I could see. I found what appears to be a way down off the ridge. There was almost a road leading down to a wash that could well make it to the bottom without the risk of a big fall.

I didn’t go down to explore the route further, because when I do something stupid I prefer a witness to be able to tell the rescue team where I fell. The location does seem to match an apparent way down we’ve seen from a few miles away, so further recon will be necessary.

But the ice, what was that like? Here:

This one looked to me like someone gave a kid a pencil and paper and said, “Make a line.” It’s fascinating how the dark streaks seem to e randomly laid down. I suspect, but don’t know for sure, that the lines are caused by water flowing under the ice.

Ice drawing

Ice drawing

When I saw this scene, I could only think of Nick with a sadistic smile on his face. You see, he takes stuff like this and makes jigsaw puzzles out of it. Give me a dollar and I won’t let him use this one.

Ice crystals

Ice crystals

Then there’s Ma Nature’s sense of humor. I came across this in an area that is supposed to be littered with arrow heads. I’ve never found one, so I can’t attest to that, but maybe Ma Nature was telling me something. Or she was making an angel fish, I’m not sure what this is.

Fish or fowl?

Fish or fowl?

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Alaska Adventure Day n

Yeah, I kinda lost track of time. After several days shared out between Denali and Seward, we came back to Anchorage for a couple days of meetings. They were pretty busy, but productive, so it was all to the good. I was chair of the Board of Directors that met, so I had to keep everyone on track. Wasn’t really too hard and we got some good stuff accomplished.

But, of course, we all figured that today was a play day, so a few of us took a drive to Thunder Bird Falls. (No, it’s not in Arizona, seems the Native Alaskans like that name, too.) Saw some water and some ferns. It’s kind of a rainforest here. At least we got rained on and we were in a forest. Here are some of the things we saw today.

Ansel Adams has a wonderful photo of a fern, I think taken in Washington or Alaska. I saw this and decided to pay tribute to the master. It still needs some work, but I like what I’m seeing to this point.

Homage to Ansel

Homage to Ansel

For someone who’s used to the desert (and still prefers it), I am fascinated by water. We see a lot of it up here. There’s that ocean thing out my hotel window, lots of rivers and some creeks (I guess that’s why all the restaurant menus are infested with dead fish). That doesn’t count the water that comes out of the sky. Here’s Thunder Bird Creek.

More Water

More Water

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I see, I see

Well, I’ve been absent for a while for a number of reasons. First, my hard drive failed and it took a while to get it replaced. Kudos to Western Digital for being prompt and honest with the warranty replacement. I’ve not got all my fotos back alive and am ready to make new ones. But you probably already knew that.

Assuming #1 is resolved. I had a situation where the vitreous in one eye detached and tore the retina. In order to avoid a retinal detachment, I had a laser procedure last week wherein the doc basically spot welded the retina back in place. That should avoid any nasty follow-up pathology. The floaters will always be there, but the black dots that cut the light hitting my retina should dissolve. Apparently they’re red corpuscles.

So today, after following doctor’s orders and not reading or working on the computer, I got the camera out. Spent some time calibrating my lenses (one was off in its focus) and taking a few fotos of the local flora and fauna. Mostly the flora.

I wasn’t totally happy with my macro lens’ focus, but now I think I’ve got a good adjustment set up and I think this image of a little yellow flower should show that. My landlord’s grandson got sick of looking at the patch of dirt in front of my house and went crazy sowing flower seeds. It has taken since June, but I’m finally getting a couple blossoms here and there.

Here’s one:

Christian's LYF

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I love Capitol Reef #2

I really do love Capitol Reef National Park. It feels like home. Spent this morning wandering through another of the dozens of slot canyons in the park. This time I decided that I should carry one lens, and a lens that I don’t use every day. It’s a fun challenge and gets a photographer thinking in a different way from the usual. Out of the rut, in a manner of speaking.

Here are some shots I found. The sun was harsh, so I photographed mostly in the shadows, but that’s fine, it gives a good, smooth contrast range.

More evidence that Capitol Reef is lovable:

Juniper Bark

Juniper Bark

 

Tumbleweed, Alcove, Capitol Reef

Tumbleweed, Alcove, Capitol Reef

 

Picture Stone

Picture Stone

 

Order and Chaos

Order and Chaos

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It’s always good to go back

Went to Cold Spring Ruin today. I wanted to be sure Nick got to see it and, of course, I don’t mind seeing great places like that. Imagine my amaze when I started seeing pictographs and petroglyphs in a place I thought I had photographed thoroughly and had see it all.

Turns out I was so fixated on the spring room that I didn’t really look at anything else. I made up for that today. There’s some cool stuff:

Hands were the big theme. Can’t believe I missed them last time, but I got them this time. Hands were all over the place. Like this:

 

Hands, Cold Spring Ruin

Hands, Cold Spring Ruin

And like this: It’s a little hard to see, but I’ve got some ideas on how to enhance the image. The hand with a spiral in the palm has been made into jewelry, tee-shirts, etc. Here’s a real one.

Spiral Hand

Spiral Hand

 

Spirals were all over the place as petroglyphs, too. Here’s a sample:

Spiral

Spiral

And because the spring is still kind of active, the cacti grew huge. This is the biggest barrel cactus I’ve seen in Southern Utah:

Cactus

Cactus

More to follow.

Bob

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