“Canyon X”

Slot Canyons in Paige, Arizona…

“… a place where I still could get lost;

a world in which solitude seemed magical, not lonely;

a labyrinth so huge and complex 

that it makes a mockery of my ambitions to dent it.”  ~~ D. Roberts 

 

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth,

are never alone or weary of life.”  ~~ Rachel Carson

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“White Pocket”

White Pocket, in Utah, is a beautiful geological area.  

“…When exploring White Pocket you’ll encounter a broad bed of white stone arranged in geodesic hexagons, pentagons and squares. The area has been described as a giant turtle shell, a village of igloos, a petrified cloud, and biscuits in a Dutch oven — those descriptions are all accurate metaphors.  The various shades of red, orange and pink rocks are due to the oxidation of hematite within the sandstone while the minerals, limonite and goethite, produced the yellows and browns.”  ~ Steven Law  

We did any overnight excursion at White Pocket – camped in tents and photographed sunset, the Milky  Way and sunrise.  To get to the location it was another two hour four-wheel drive by juniper trees, up and down sandy hills, and between ancient sandstone monoliths.   All I can say is … Wow!  This was quite the experience into a magical, unique landscape.  I have never witnessed anything like this visual in my lifetime.

Here is an” intimate look” at White Pocket

photographed with my macro lens. 

Notice the texture, patterns, striations, colors

and somewhat fragile appearance.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Perspective”

These images were also photographed at White Pocket.  We called the tree above “Veronika’s Bonsai Tree” as I was captivated by its shape, form and  the surrounding texture of the landscape.  These photographs show the different perspective of changing one’s position, view and returning to an area during a different time of day.  Although the tree in the Milky Way photograph is different, it demonstrates the solitude, strength and beauty of trees – even at night.

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“Canyon X”

Our photo excursion included a re-visit to Canyon X in Paige, AZ.  These slot canyons are Navajo sandstone created by wind and water over time.  In the featured photograph and the photograph above, I used a photographic technique called “focus stacking.”  These images were created from a series of approximately “8” exposures – each photograph focused on a different part of the image and then were blended together to make one image.  This creates a photograph that has great depth of field both near and far.

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“Homage to Texas”

May these images of moon shadows and the dramatic composition of tundra landscape and night sky be a small effort to inspire peace through the storm and the long road of recovery…  The tundra is a harsh environment – and, yet, there is life, beauty and survival.

Most people want to be the sun that brightens up your life,

but I would rather be the moon that shines down on you in your darkest hours.”  ~~ Unknown

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”   ~~ Mother Teresa

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”  ~~ Albert Einstein

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“Hope”

The Tundra Communities Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park is over 12,000 feet high – a humbling experience to walk with your camera gear.  However, the unusual rock formations (including the Mushroom Rocks above) on the alpine tundra landscape have always reminded me of qualities of character that support resilience, courage and faith.  Each time I experience this tundra area, I also experience hope for humanity.

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.

Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”  ~~ Helen Keller

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“Light”

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds,

and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.

To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” ~~  Buddha

 

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~~  Edith Wharton

 

“Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you can.” ~~ Hillary Clinton

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