Water Tower – Gila Bend Arizona

I was wandering around Gila Bend, Arizona, and saw this rusted old water tower that was standing right beside the railway lines.

It no longer functions as a tower, but it surely does look good in a photograph. The light is from mid afternoon. And the clouds are the remnants of last nights rain.

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The Sign of The Space Age Restaurant in Gila Bend Arizona

A couple days ago, I headed out to the Anza Borrego desert to take some pictures of the wildflowers.

This is the reason that I usually like to travel to targets, and be the driver. When I got to the turnoff on interstate 8, I kept heading east. We wound up in Gila Bend Arizona. … 😎 …

Yeps! Gila Bend.

When a very good friend of mine was going to school at the University of Arizona, Tucson, I used to drive between San Diego and Tucson quite frequently. Gila Bend had a very cool Motel that looked very spacy, and I got it into my head that I wanted to visit it again. Forget the flowers, “Spaceward Ho!”

The original burned down quite a while ago, but it has been replaced by the Space Age Motor Lodge and Restaurant. This image will jump you into the middle of some images. The new one is still very cool. … 😉

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Ocotillo along S-2

This is one of my hopes for tomorrow, Ocotillos. Odds are really good that I will not get such a nice bloom, and will have to settle for other things. For example, smaller things, very small. That is just the way things go when you are headed into the semi-known. 😉

One thing I do know. There will be things to take pictures of, lots of things with pretty lighting. For me, this kind of drive is open ended, without a specific target, just general directions and hopes. … Generally, the desert. Hopefully, Ocotillos, partially cloudy sky, a complete carpet of small flowers somewhere, racemes of nodding …

We will see what we will see. … Tomorrow.

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Big Horn Sheep – Not everything is flowers.

I am getting ready to head out to the desert this week and shoot whatever the spring has brought to the Southern California deserts, usually aiming at the new growth.

Ahhh But! I am also a very opportunistic photographer. This image was from a previous spring jaunt into the barren land with a friend who also possesses the eyes of an eagle. He spotted this group of Big Horn Sheep from quite a distance, pointed them out to me, like a hunter siccing a dog onto a prey.

So I started walking towards these sheep, at an angle, moving closer towards them every step, but not directly towards them. That angled approach kept them from being spooked, and hightailing it for higher ground. In the end, this is the best I could do.

Notice the flowers, and the green all around the sheep. The flowers were the target of the day, the sheep was the true bonus, and best images of the day.

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Morning Fire – Eye Candy

I just love this image, and thought it was about time I put it on my blog.

This flower is one of many that grow in a planter on the back yard patio. The flower is that color, but the little tinge of blue or purple on some of the petals comes from the reflected sky on a shiny part of the petals.

These flowers always look best in the morning to me. It has to do with them being refreshed from the cool of the night, and the wonderful north light that infuses the patio with a soft glow.

And the fact that I am on the patio, in San Diego, drinking coffee, and feeling great!

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Under the Cheshire Moon

The very smallest crescent moon just moments after sunset, called the Cheshire Moon after the infamous cat in Alice’s Wonderland.

My friend, April, mentioned the Cheshire Moon in one of her Facebook status updates. I had forgotten the special name of this moon with the upturned smile. I renamed the image after April’s posting.

Lena, my niece’s daughter, was with me when I shot this in Pacific Beach. She kept saying, “Let’s go home!” and “I have to go to the bathroom.”

I kept saying, “Just a moment.” And, “We will be leaving soon.” Half an hour later, I had this image, and she had relief.

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Just an Alley in Ocean Beach

For over a year now, I have been shooting images for the San Diego Fine Arts Society, and in that context I have met some fine artists. It is those artists that have been a releasing influence on my work lately, mostly because I love their work so much. …

This particular day, I was riding around with a friend looking for things photographic. And I happened by this alleyway in Ocean Beach. It reminded me of some of Duke Windsor’s work.

So Duke, this is my alley.

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