Monthly Archives: March 2016

Photo 101: Pop & Color

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I missed the “full bloom” this year at Death Valley National Park; however, I did see plenty of color compared to another time at the park. No disappointment to report.

Yellow flowers; purple flowers; plenty of white salt at Devil’s Golf Course and Badwater; Dubai sand-colored dunes; green-colored riparian areas; and the changing sky.

Color is wonderful to see after so much salt and sand dunes!

Color is wonderful to see after so much salt and sand dunes!

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Photo 101: Big & Point of View

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I respect horses. I keep a healthy distance away from them, especially their back end. I think they are beautiful to look at from a distance. I am not a horseback rider; but one of the few times I have ridden, I could not walk for a week.

Despite all, I did enjoy looking this horse in the eye…the horse was behind a sturdy fence!

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Eye to Eye! I see you!

Photo 101: Warm & Quality of Light

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Sometimes I wait hours for the sun to lower in the sky, and I wonder what an area will look like as the sun sets. Will I capture the photograph I want…at least one good one possibly out of numerous photos taken! Maybe…I hope…patience!

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Hikers at Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley National Park.

Photo 101: Natural World & Leading Lines

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I was fascinated by this old river on the bed of Death Valley, and to its end point where salt accumulated. This area of the world is unique. I often imagine what early travelers must have thought as they came to the area now known as our Death Valley National Park! I appreciate the fact our country’s land is protected so my niece, nephews and grand niece can enjoy the national park when they grow older and visit. If you have not been there, go; take caution during summer months!

An old river at Death Valley National Park

An old river at Death Valley National Park.

Tucson’s “A” Mountain

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I wanted to get up close and personal with Tucson’s “A” Mountain, otherwise called Sentinel Peak; so I hiked, really a short walk, to touch the white rocks of the “A”. The rocks are at the western side of the city somewhat overlooking the downtown area. You can see the “A” from across town too.

Sentinel Peak has plenty of history so I best discuss that before the white-washed rocks. The peak is part of a current-day park, but the area’s first inhabitants grew crops at its base along the Santa Cruz River (one of my favorite parts of the bike loop). Archeological remnants have been discovered from 3,000 years ago, and the peak was used for sentinels to watch for raiding Apaches. There was plenty of history happening through the ages on this mountain of volcanic rock; however, it is not a volcano.

I wanted to touch the “A” and to learn more about the creation of it. Apparently after a football victory in 1914, a civil engineering class had a project to design and create the huge “A”, and did so on March 4, 1915. The basalt rock (great choice as that will take eons to decompose) was hauled from a local quarry, and the “A” was painted white.

What I did not know: On March 23, 2003, 4 days after the start of the Iraq War, it was painted black in protest. Two weeks later the Tucson City Council resolved to have it painted red, white and blue in honor of American troops. Ten years later it was restored to the white color, yet on occasion for St. Patrick’s Day it has been green. (I will check it out this year.)

There is plenty of archeological and historical information about this peak, and it all began with me curious about what the “A” looked like up close. Cool!

Photo 101: Water

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If you know anything about me, I am a mountain person, not a water person! As a matter of fact, jumping into water may be the last thing I would ever do, but climb a mountain, I am ready! When do we leave?

Off the coast of Spain this past September I saw these young, crazy guys jumping into water. My immediate thought, you will never see me doing this! But the joy in seeing people doing what they enjoy was a wonderful feeling.

May I always travel and see people having fun! 

Here I come! Catch me if you can!

Photo101: Solitude …with Rule of Thirds

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One great thing about rock climbing is, even though you know someone is at the other end of the rope, it is all up to you as you climb…and for me that is solitude. I am sure these climbers are enjoying each other’s company as they scale this wall at Red Rock Canyon (stop at first parking lot, hike in, and watch!)

My future goal is to get from indoor wall climbing to climbing outdoors! And to learn more about photography…rule of thirds, maybe here. 

Are we having fun yet, or should we go higher?