Saturday, January 31, 2015

Despite

Despite the low-hanging clouds and fog and smog Murph and I set off to see what we would see. First over to the Mormon trail and a nice long walk up a ravine with plenty of sagebrush and rabbit smell for him to enjoy. Then on down to Stockton and the cutover by the Stockton Bar (sandbar not liquor bar) and we found a bald eagle that was being mobbed by ravens. We stopped and the ravens left as well as the eagle but we got one shot in anyway.
Once we got to Stockton we took a new road up to Jacobs City/Soldier Canyon - it looks like a great place to explore when it dries out a bit.  Intriguing history if you read the signs below (click on them to make them larger)
A cool damp day with occasional light rain. But there are photos out there waiting for you anyways.

A red-tailed hawk started us out.




The eagle looks a bit wide-eyed - perhaps wondering what was coming next when this vehicle drives off the road towards him?!


Here's the brief story on Jacob City!



Friday, January 30, 2015

Inverted days

There is a white fog/smog level just above us here in the valley and it is very depressing. Just hanging around the house and had planned to do some tilling today but a light rain last night made every thing baby-poop slick! Will wait for drier weather.
Here are a couple of shots from Antelope Island taken at another time.



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Revisiting Key West

We're still here in Utah but I love revisiting Key West photos - memories of warm days, good food, great scenery and just fun. Here's a few shots from that trip:

Early morning shot after rain, on my way to get some Cuban coffee to wake up to:


Pretty classic view - cruise ship on horizon and pelicans hanging out.


The southernmost point of the US - there is a marker here. Love the fence and lighting.


The long, long bridge is the only way to the Keys by car.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Out of the smog

Murph and I went to the next exit after Delle on I-80 headed west and 'splored a bit! A lot of wide open country with neat rocks and rolling hills. After a short drive we found a gully to park in and hiked around.
I've been using a new camera - a Fujifilm - XT1 mirrorless camera - to see how it operates and feels. Mirrorless has been talked about as the next big thing in cameras so I thought a trial was in order :-). The shots from this trip are taken with the XT1.

First off there were wonderful clouds this morning.



Out in the desert, this country is very peaceful and beautiful.


You can see how off-roaders can tear up delicate landscapes.


The camera has a built-in panorama setting, so tried it out from a small cave that Murphy found.


The arch was a hit with me and the sun!



Lastly the tree cried out for a BW treatment.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Saturday meanderings

Diana, Murphy and I wandered down to Lookout Pass on the Pony Express trail yesterday morning - breakfast at the only Greek restaurant in town first. We were looking for Aunt Libby's Pet Cemetery that we had read about in a local newspaper article and we found it. Aunt Libby and her husband lived at the Lookout Pass Station for several years and Libby buried her various pets in a small cemetery.
Then in the early evening we met Lisa and Sean for dinner and then enjoyed the Salt Lake Symphony playing with young pianists - young meaning 12 to 16 years old. The kids were all winners in a competition and wow could they play! An enjoyable and delightful time!
A few shots from the day..

View from Lookout Point NW - buildings at Dugway in middle.


Mother Nature is infinitely creative!


 On to the Symphony at Libby Gardner Hall


Sound panels in the roof


A little pre-concert de-stressing.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Travels

From the backwaters of British Columbia to frolicking Key West - a couple of keepers from our travels.




Friday, January 23, 2015

Neighbors

Here's a couple of neighbors that Murph and I encounter whilst walking around. That horse is BIG!