Saturday, April 26, 2014

Santa Elena Canyon

 A nice place to visit and camp is in Big Bend Texas. The National park is in one of the most isolated regions in the country, located in the Southwest area of Texas. The park consists of thousands of acres along the Rio Grande River that separates the U.S. from Mexico.  Santa Elena Canyon is a short hike that takes you into a narrow canyon where the Rio Grande Rivers flows.  In this picture the United States is on the right and Mexico on the left. The river and the steep cliffs are the only things that divides the two countries.  If you like to hike in a quiet wilderness landscape, Big Bend Texas is the place. The image was taken in late afternoon as the sun was setting.  As with all landscape photography it is always good to plan your hike to take advantage of the best light.  We made this hike earlier in the day and found the scene was too contrasty with the intense sun shinning on the cliff wall on the right. This image was made with a Canon 5D11 camera and 24~105 zoom lens.

Monday, April 21, 2014


                                  Indian Petroglyphs - Sears Point Az.

                                  Steel door - Mexico

                                                   Tattoo Artist- Mexico

Graffiti is an expression mankind has done since its origin. It is evident with the ancient petroglyphs  that can be found around the world.  These rock art panels show symbols that were typical of ordinary life at that time. The meaning of many of symbols are left to our imaginations.  I am certain that there are many people that would take offense with my equating ancient petroglyphs with graffiti, but if you look around our world today you will see that the need for human expression using symbols is very much alive as it was thousands of years ago. Today our cultural expression is done with tattoos on bodies and painting highway overpasses. To paint up a building or mark your skin is a modern form of cultural expression we tolerate as a norm in society.  When we look at petroglyphs that were created thousands of years ago we instantly develop a respect for them as being markings from an ancient civilization.  If someone today was to mark up a canyon wall with modern day rock carvings we would call it graffiti, a destructive act.  Our current method of making human symbols can be debated by some as an art form and by others as a destructive act. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014


I call these images Mother and Child.  The first image was taken at Point Lobos in Ca. and the second  a number of years later in Natchez Ms. Each image although taken many years and miles apart still have an emotional connection.  One represents birth and the other death or separation.  After many years of photography I have numerous images that connect to each other on an emotional and spiritual level, yet can be very different in subject matter.  All of us connect things together in our lives either consciously or in our subconscious minds.,_Mississippi

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Last summer we were back home in our former little town of Big Flats, N.Y.  and took a trip up to Harris Hill.  At the top of the hill there is a beautiful scenic overlook of the valley we use to visit to watch the sailplanes take off from Harris Hill.  Living in this area for many years we were use to seeing sailplanes taking off and gliding in the skies over the valley.  It was always a sure sign of summer to see the first sailplane in the sky after a long N.Y. winter.  I made this five minute exposure  using a -13 ND filter pack.  It was a windy day with some interesting storm clouds in the sky. The sailplane was tethered to the ground but it still rocked back and forth with a good gust of wind.  Even though the sailplane would occationally rock to one side and back during the exposure the image was sharp.  This is because a long exposure doesn't record a shore duration of movement.
If you are ever in the area you should visit the Harris Hill Soaring Museum and take a ride in a sailplane. It is thrilling experience.