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June 2015

WPC: Muse, as in Valley Of Fire

Valley Of Fire Skylight-Steve Bruno

The idea of finding just one place that finds me continually returning to photograph had me contemplating for some time.  Another spot with extensive imagery in my files was going to claim the ‘muse’ title until I happened to glance over at my equipment.  Wait a minute.  There’s nothing to mull over here.  I bought a special tripod to photograph this spot and I still refer to it as my Valley Of Fire tripod.  End of internal discussion.

Not too long ago, I thought I was through with my photographic efforts at Valley Of Fire.  I felt as though I had great images of all the unique features I had come across, and had left little or no room for improvement on those.  Recently, however, I have returned to cover new subjects as well as old subjects in a new light.  The enthusiasm hasn’t waned, and I know I still have much ground to cover in this fascinating land.  The strongest lure here, for me anyway, is the vast number of arches.  They’re not grand scale, skyline-sweeping shapes like those found near Moab, Utah.  Instead, these are delicate carvings into the soft and fragile sandstone of the region, which usually require getting into awkward, cramped spaces to photograph.  Thus the tripod.  Small, lightweight, with multiple leg position locks, and all the while durable enough to have been used with my 4×5 film camera that outweighs it at least 4-to-1.

The photograph above was one of my early finds.  During my recent trip, I found myself in this same spot under soft-light overcast conditions, which allowed for capturing the details of the sandstone a little better.  Although I like both versions, I find it hard to beat those clouds!  The next photo, a little more recent, was one of those I found along a favorite route.  I have never finished this route because I keep finding something interesting along the way.

Valley Of Fire Window Thru Window-Steve Bruno

The bottom photo was from my last trip to Valley Of Fire.  I had been here once before, under overcast skies.  Although the shapes were intriguing, I knew there was more to be gotten from this location with a little bit of sun.  I don’t think I need to return to this one…..but I might.

Valley Of Fire Double Arch-Steve Bruno

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Muse.”

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Three

In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Three or the number 3

I have a trio of images for this challenge.  The featured photo is called the Three Sisters, which are three detached pinnacles at the end of a mesa in Monument Valley, Arizona.

The next shot is of three elk resting in a meadow near the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.  I did manipulate this one a bit in Photoshop to emphasize the elk.

Three Elk-Rocky Mountain Park-Steve Bruno

For the third image, I take you to sunset on the Atlantic Ocean at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  This would be called “Three Palms”.

Three Palms-Fort Lauderdale-Steve Bruno

Historical Photographs, Part II

Pinnacle Peak-Steve Bruno

My photography teacher said repeatedly, “If you see something that sparks your interest, take the photos now.  It may not be there or look the same when you come back!”  He lived in the desert in Carefree, Arizona, and I knew he was referring to Pinnacle Peak (above) on more than one occasion.  At the time, developers were rearranging the map at an unprecedented pace on the perimeter of the metropolitan Phoenix area.  The location of this photograph is either someone’s backyard or a golf course now.

It’s not just development that alters our world.  Glacier covered lands don’t look the same as they did a decade ago.  Weather can wreak havoc in a matter of minutes.  Unforeseen disasters can happen at any moment.  In today’s digital era, my teacher’s words don’t seem as relevant as they once were.  You will never again hear someone say, “Hmmm, I don’t want to take that one.  I’ve only got 8 shots left on this roll of film, and I don’t want to waste them.”   Perhaps his message should be updated to “Keep an extra memory card in your bag at all times for those moments when you come across something special” 🙂

WPC: Roy G. Biv and his nighttime rainbow

Seattle Flowerpot

Seattle provides interesting subject matter, and I always find myself venturing the streets, sometimes into the evening.  On one of my trips to the Jet City, I came across this oversized flowerpot.  The lighting on the building across the street completed the spectrum for my rainbow in the dark.

It seemed too easy to post a rainbow shot for this challenge, but if you must see one of my favorite rainbows, check out my previous addition to my blog, Calgary, Revisited.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “ROY G. BIV.”

WPC: Off-Season in a place called Sunflower

While driving between Phoenix and Payson, Arizona a number of years back, I came across this roadside sign.  “Opening Soon” was a relatively loose term here.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Off-Season.”

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