Monument Valley Riders
On one of my very favorite trips through Monument Valley, in Utah, we were in and out of the car a million times shooting some of the most beautiful landscapes, when we came upon this picture perfect scene of four riders on horseback in the valley. It was just such perfection. It was as if a movie set had been placed before us. Though this photo was made several years and many Monument Valley trips ago, it continues to be one of my all time favorites.
This image reminds me of one of the reasons I started this photo blog… to be more tuned in to the beauty of my surroundings… to really see. This image was actually shot on a shopping day on my recent visit to Sedona, Arizona. Outside one of the many goodie filled shops in Tlaquepaque, was a simple wicker basket filled with starfish. It struck me that among all of the beautiful man made jewelery, scarves, wind chimes, and other treasures inside the shops, the unbelievable intricacies of these God created starfish simply could not be outdone. I really love coming upon unexpected treats like this one in life, and am glad that I was “untangled enough” (at least on this particular day) to see it.
This Ankole-Watsui was the very first character to greet us on our April trip to the Virginia Safari Park. As you can see from my reflection in the side mirror, he was shot from my Pathfider in the drive-thru part of the park. The Watsui is originally native to Africa, and its horns can reach up to 8 feet from tip to tip. Seen in person, it was really quite impressive! As I have mentioned in previous posts, we had a fabulous time at the Safari Park, and enjoyed meeting, petting and feeding so many exotic animals like the Watsui right at our car window.
There is something I find very peaceful and calming about the simple, clean, straight lines of this scene. It was shot in Taos, New Mexico, and seems to illustrate the dry, midday heat of the summer. The beautiful Southwest is teeming with unique windows and doors. It is truly a photographer’s paradise.
Over the weekend, we spent an afternoon visiting the Virginia Safari Park near Natural Bridge, VA. It was really quite entertaining, to say the least. This image, shot as the giraffe began to walk away from us, turned out to be one of my favorites of the day. I love how you can see the softness of his mane, his eyelashes, and the veins in his ears.
I don’t really know why, but for some reason, this image from my archives has always been one of my favorites. This was shot in the desert Southwest, on one of a very long string of hot and arid days. The thirsty ground was screaming for water, and I found this pronouncement of its presence ironic and somewhat comical.
This momma cow and her calf were very put out with me… as if they had been waiting all morning for me to show up for their photo shoot. It seemed I could not change their mood, no matter how I tried. I have always been drawn to the “cuteness” of cows. At some point, these two decided the shoot was officially over, and went on with their day as if to let me know that they had better things to do than to be bothered with trying to impress me.
This unique approach to fencing – wood posts and box springs – is used to contain the goats on this Southwest expanse of land.
West Texas flower
I love the warmness of the tones in this image. This was taken in Sweetwater, TX, and reminds me of my West Texas roots.