I was traveling for work and just coming back home from a long drive. I was traveling with a close friend. We had been driving all day and stopping off at certain locations along the way taking photos. We would stop and get a few shots in as we weren’t in a hurry to get home. The above photo was one of the last places we stopped at as we came up towards Tehachapi, California. I had set my camera up for the bracketed exposures and put three photos together to get the above shot. I love how the details are in the Joshua Tree and the ground and in the background mountains.
As most of you know that have followed me over the years, know that I have a passion for photographs when they are in Black and White. There is just something about them that keep my eye on the photo and look for all the details. Sure, color can do wonders for so many photos, but for me it is the Black and White that has an Elegance that can’t be explained. It almost gives the photo a sense of pride and belonging.
I traveled with my daughter a few months ago to Yosemite, California and I came across this shot of a stream that flowed down from Mirror Lake. I have been experimenting with my ND Filter and came to the scene of this stream flowing. I thought it would be great to capture this moment in Black and White. The photo almost looks like mountains of sand in the Sahara Desert.
It was one of my favorites that I caught over that weekend. I wanted to share it with you all. I hope you all enjoyed it.
If you have kids and they are in the dinosaur stage then they will love to visit the Dinosaurs In Cabazon, CA. It is right off Interstate-10 just about 30 miles north of Palm Springs. There is so much for the kids to see and do but I know they will get a kick out of crawling inside the huge Brachiosaurus through its tail and see the amazing store inside.
Have you ever visited the desert and looked for those cactus trees that they show in the cartoons but seen something similar to the one above? The desert is funny like that because there are so many different types of deserts and so many different living creatures and plants within them. The one above is called the Joshua Tree and if you have never been to Joshua Tree National Park then you are missing out! It is amazing with all the scenery.
I was going through some old photos and found this one of me while I was in Kuwait back in 1998. We were there for an exercise and we were in some really hot weather. I must say that after being inside the belly of an M1A1 that I have more respect for tankers! God Bless them! This photo of me is me manning the Tank Commander and the 50 Caliber. While in Kuwait we experienced temperatures at about 120 degrees and the driver passed out. They needed someone to man the driver’s seat so they put me in it. I stripped down to my skivvies because it was so hot in there. All I remember was a pool of sweat after we got done. I think I lost some weight while I was over there. I should go back so I can lose some more.