I got the opportunity to visit Zion National Park for Thanksgiving and get a little shooting done. This is my first ever star photo and I’m pretty proud of it. I was standing outside the Zion Canyon Museum where the lights were dim, which lit the trees in front of me. The moon was also out and very bright which lit the rock perfectly.
I had an amazing opportunity over the summer to take a photography class in Capitol Reef for one week. We learned how to conserve electricity and water, and slept for a week in the heat of July without air conditioning. It was actually an incredible experience. We had a chef cook all of our meals for us so we could focus on hiking and photographing. We spent every moment with each other and built some great relationships. At first it was exhausting hiking all the time, but by the time we had to go home I didn’t want it to end. There was no cell service or wireless internet. It was just us and the earth with not a care in the world.
The first thing we did when we arrived was take a stroll around the field station to check out some pictographs and this waterpocket we call “the bowl”.
The next morning we awoke before sunrise to hike Hickman Bridge and had fantastic light.
We got an opportunity to camp in Cathedral Valley. There was a huge storm, which made for some great photographs, but a terrifying sleepless night.
Our night in Cathedral Valley, we shot the sunset near Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon. I used the same timelapse photography I use in most of my sunset images, but it was not as colorful as others.
On the way back to the field station we passed by an area with huge mud cracks and looked like a bunch of weirdos crouched on the ground photographing them.
We spent our last day in Escalante, at the Calf Creek Falls trail. For southern Utah it was so green and lush. It was definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.
This is the last photo I took before leaving Capitol Reef. It’s the view facing east from the field station around sunrise.
The class was only a week long, but I learned more in that week than any semester-long photo class. It has definitely made my list of top five classes I’ve ever taken.
The fourth and last in my series of 8×10 Ginger paintings. Done with acrylic paints. The original is SOLD. Giclee prints 8×10 stretched canvas with 3/4″ edges personally signed and numbered are $50 each. Only 10 available.
Why do we treat animals like animals?
How can people be so inhumane?
Cows and chickens work to feed us,
Dogs and horses show they need us,
And though cats don’t always heed us
Their affection is plain.
What do we do? We neglect them,
We do nothing to protect them,
We reject them, don’t expect them
We ignore them or we beat them,
When we’re hungry then we eat them,
It’s appalling how we treat them,
The third in my series of Ginger paintings. The original is on 8×10 canvas with acrylic paints. The original is SOLD. Giclee prints 8×10 stretched canvas with 3/4″ edges personally signed and numbered are $50 each. Only 10 available.
My very rare white and tan German Shepherd, Ginger. She is painted with all acrylics, each hair painted individually around her eye. The painting is done on an 8×10 canvas, and is going to be in a series of four Ginger paintings. The original painting has been SOLD. Giclee prints 8×10 stretched canvas with 3/4″ edges personally signed and numbered are $50 each. Only 10 available.