Monday, April 21, 2014

Perseverance with Determination

Nowhere Series
Part 6
Red Rock Canyon

Walking over to a stand of cedars growing next to a canyon wall, my eyes focused on a lone cedar perched upon a large boulder.

There was no evidence of any soil that would support root growth.

Precariously Suspended
In fact it seemed to be slipping off it's island. Held on only by it's toes.

Gnarled Roots
This tree was alive and well with green growing from the upper branches. There was a mass of twisted roots that the large tree was sitting on. Many years had passed since this cedar began to grow. Erosion and time had erased most of the reasons for it being left alone to survive on this boulder.

A Lesson In Survival
If I was pressed for a theory, I would think that the tree had created it's own dilemma over the years. Probably had it's start when the boulder was a part of the cliff next to it. As the tree started growing it's roots, a small fissure provided a space that allowed them to reach soil. As the tree grew, along with the roots, a separation occurred along the fault, leaving the cedar to survive on it's own created island. Wind and water washed the thin soil from the top of the rock, leaving the exposed scene for us to admire today. Nice lesson on tuffness and the will to survive!

With this Post I will end the Nowhere Series. Sometimes going "Nowhere", will find oneself on a little unexpected photo shoot that was not planned!  

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Standing on the edge

A view of Kaupo Gap on Maui.

This is part of the "scenic route" coming from Hana if you choose to drive all the way around the island when taking the drive to Hana. The road this is on can be impassable during and right after just about any kind of rain.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Going Tropical

I think it's Paul's fault this time!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fun in the sun!

Found these young fellows having a great time boogie boarding at Waikiki!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fun with the Fisheye

Mr. Muffler Moose

The Fish Bowl

I can't decide, I'm "on the fence".


The Fun House

I think the lack of sleep has affected my brain!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Blood Moon" Lunar Eclipse

This was taken just a little after 1:00 a.m. as the eclipse was starting into the moon.
(shot at 1200mm with a Nikon D800)

These last two were taken about 2:30 a.m. as the eclipse was going through total and giving the moon a reddish-orange tent from the shadow of the earth.

(shot at 850mm with a Nikon D3s)

OK, now I'm going to go take a nap!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Canyon Silver

Nowhere Series
Part 5
Red Rock Canyon

Last post was about the gold found in the canyon. Everyone knows gold and silver is often mentioned together as treasure, so this is my silver find to complete the vision.

Entering one of the side canyons I found the sun illuminating the silver bark on the leafless trees. The branches reminded me of veins of pure shiny silver. The red walls of the canyon helped support the thought.

History records that Red Rock Canyon was a favorite camping spot for early day travelers that were headed to the gold fields of California in 1849. The 49ers if you will. Located on the southernmost route, abundant water plus shelter from the elements, provided a more than adequate spot for wagon repairs and filling water barrels for the next leg of the journey westward. Ruts cut by the wagons can still be found on the west rim of the canyon. Even before these visitors, the Plains Indians could be found wintering in the protective confines of the canyon walls.

I was to young to remember my first visit to this canyon. Suspect it was probably when I was still safe and sound in my mothers womb. This canyon was her favorite picnic grounds while growing up in the area. In her adulthood we visited the place often. Fried chicken, potato salad with watermelon and cantaloupe was the usual summer fare. Gallon of sweet tea to wash it down, all while sitting on homemade quilts.

Mother's parents, my grandmother and grandfather, first brought her here. The canyon was owned by the Handley family at that time. Later it was sold to the State to become a State Park where my first memories of visits begin.  I counted. Beginning with grandma and grandpa and going thru the generations to my great grandchild, the count comes in at an amazing SIX generations of family that has been camping or sharing a meal in this canyon . That's a lot of fried chicken!

Canyon Gold and Silver? Yes! This old well used canyon with it's many visitors over the centuries holds a wealth of treasures for this visitor!

There's a storm brewing...

...and everybody knows that during high winds and lighting the first thing you do is climb to to top of the tallest metal object you can find!

I told Aaron I would set the D3s to nine frames a second so if he got blown off the windmill by a bolt of lighting I could capture it all in photos. LOL

About two minutes after Aaron retreated from the top of the windmill the sheets of rain started.

Today it is snowing. Man, I miss Hawaii!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dallas Zoo In B&W.

These pictures it was shot last weekend in the rain. There's a photography contest at Dallas Zoo, and I'm trying to get a best shot to enter this contest.  I have look into last year winners, these shots are trash compared to them.  It looks like I have to make a few more trips to the zoo to get the shot I wanted.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Another jungle scene...

Here's a sprawling tree that caught my eye on the walk up to Waimea Falls. Very lush and green on the windward side of Oahu.

Into the Jungle

I think this tree needs a haircut!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Three Amigos

Had the dogs out for a hike last weekend. Turned out it rained most of the afternoon but as you can see their spirits weren't dampened by the weather. In fact that's about the biggest dog smile you're ever going to see from Buster in the bottom picture! How is that old saying... "A tired dog is a happy dog"

Star Light, Star Bright

Technically it's a planet, Mars to be exact. 

This past Monday Mars was supposed to be the brightest in the sky that it has been in the last two years and was supposed to also glow an orange color.

I decided to get off the couch and try to take a few shots. The moon was pretty bright and as you can see, there was a haze of clouds in the sky. Mars was definitely bright but the camera just didn't pick up the orange glow very well but the orange wasn't very pronounced to begin with.

Next week is a lunar eclipse at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday. I'll have to see how ambitious I want to be.