Images from Zion National Park and Valley of Fire State Park November of 2014
This is an old grist mill just outside of Cornelia Georgia. It dates back to about 1890. If you are interested in a second home it sits on 16 acres with a separate three bedroom two bath home. It has been for sale for over a year so I suppose they will work with you…
Last week while in Las Vegas for the NHRA Drag Races we made a run out of Valley of Fire. If you are in the Vegas area this is a side trip I really suggest taking. It is about an hour drive and will get you out of all of the fast pace and noise…
Some images from the airshow and a great sunset in Central Oregon last weekend. The airshow was The Cascades Airshow. Sunset images taken from the top of Round Butte near Madras. (be sure to click on smaller images to see full size)
I think it was a very productive weekend in Madras. The airshow gets better every year over here. I did a lot of shooting on the static displays using multiple frame for HDR. The morning light on Saturday was really nice. There could be some good B17 images later this week. Saturday evening gave way…
I now have hard evidence of more than one Bigfoot near Blue River, Oregon!
A fellow photographer went up to Blue River on Saturday morning to do a little shooting. This venue was something that neither one of us had watched or shot in the past. It was the Chainsaw Art Festival in Blue River.
There were about ten carvers from around the country taking part in creating works for sale and in competition. Carvings ranged in size from some pond turtles not much over a foot across to a Bigfoot about ten feet tall and there were a number of park benches that were about eight feet long. Competition included starting with a whole log blank with the bark on it and ending up with a finished carving in one hour.
The tools used were as varied as the finished products. I counted seven different chainsaws in one carvers work area all with different size and shape bars on them. Angle grinders, over-size rotary grinders and hand tools including hammers and chisels were to be seen. Another well used tool was the propane torch for burning the wood to bring out grain detail was found in about all camps. Some were the small hand held variety that you see on most work benches and others were using the large size that connect to the five gallon tanks. Leaf blowers were used to blow off chips and dust as they worked.
It was a great way to kill three hours and see an art form that many never get the chance to see. Beach cities have sand castles and the artists with chainsaws play in the hills. Be sure to click on the images below for the larger images. All images were taken with a Canon 7D and 70-200mm F4 IS lens.
On a recent return trip from California we took the time to come up Highway 1 or “PCH” as it is known. Pacific Coast Highway is a crooked, narrow and up and down road in most places. By narrow I mean it is as narrow as The Old McKenzie if you have been across it….
We went up to the motocross races at Washougal, Washington yesterday. I learned that if you think shooting drag racing is tough you haven’t seen anything until you try to shoot motocross!! It is a case of pre-focus and hold the button down as they come into the zone and you take a LOT of shots. I rattled off over 750 with the new 7D yesterday. I’ll be happy to get a couple of dozen keepers and at that they will be mostly record shots.
That said, it was a heck of a lot of fun. We had a great time with old friends.
(click the thumbnails for larger images)
On a recent vacation to Las Vegas we spent a day wandering around at Valley Of Fire State Park about 40 miles north of town. I had been watching for Bighorn Sheep for a couple of days as the day prior we had been down at Hoover Dam.
After sitting out a short road closure due to the filming of a Mercedes commercial we wandered over to Mouses Tank. and ran across this small group of the sheep.There were five of them in the group and from what some locals said, they are pretty common in that area.
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