Category Archives: North America

(Extra)ordinary Winding Roads

I love winding roads.  From the Moki Dugway (see what the heck is a Moki Dugway), to crossing the Andes, descending toward Cerro Castillo and finally ascending to Machu Picchu.  I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I loved riding on the roads.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Leaves and Bark

We all have them and sometimes we wish we could try again or maybe take them back.  So what do you do with those photos that miss the mark?   And this is where the story begins…

I had a photo I really liked but it just didn’t POP.  I loved the composition of the tree and the way its white branches led the eye across the photo.  However, the white didn’t pop and got lost in the background foliage.  I did all the normal things one could do in Lightroom but nothing portrayed what my eye saw.

In frustration I slid the Saturation slider bar to full saturation.  And wow did the white ever explode out of the photo!  A few more adjustments and I had something I really liked.  What a great reminder this was that our photography is an art.  Sycamore Acid was created and the “World on Acid” series was given birth.

I would love to hear what everyone thinks of these – both positive and negative comments are all welcome.  So please let me know what you think…

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Shoes

Wooly isn’t in the habit of taking photos of shoes since he isn’t much of a fashionista (just ask Raeski).  However it does occasionally happen and I found a good one for a fun topic.  The photo is taken at Canyon de Chelly overlooking Spider Rock.

There is also a Navajo legend that accompanies this photo.  Spider Woman, one of the most important deities in Navajo lore, chose to live at the top of this rock.  She had supernatural power at the time of creation.  At that time monsters roamed the land and killed the Dine (the people).  Because Spider Woman loved the people she found a way to destroy the monsters.  She also taught the Navajo the art of weaving.  Children are taught the white at the top of the rock are the bones of children who misbehaved.  Maybe we should send our politicians there and let the Spider Woman take care of them.

In our shoes overlooking Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly.
In our shoes overlooking Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly.

 

 

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Relic

Some relics we hate to see go because they remind us of a time when things moved at a slower pace and we didn’t feel so rushed.  Others are better at adding ‘character’ to fields and yards.  Those are probably best left where they are found.  Some become monuments leaving us in awe and wonderment.  And finally some remind us of a past taken from storybook pages.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Wood

I’ve always been enthralled with trees that cling to life in harsh environments.  Canyonlands National Park in southern Utah is one of those environments with cold windy winters and blazing hot summers that are occasionally interrupted with lightening, strong winds and short torrential downpours.  It is here these extreme elements converge and shape the twists and turns of these trees.

CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE – Squares, Triangles and Angles

After a very busy week following our latest adventure we are getting back into the swing of the blogging thing.  For this week’s challenge we think it’s appropriate to turn the lens towards Washington D.C.  Enjoy our interpretation of the challenge.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things with Edges

Last year a landslide blocked the main road between Utah and Arizona thus forcing a detour through Marble Canyon.  Many people may have cursed the long detour while others like Wooly and Raeski relished the side-trip into a lesser known canyon in Arizona.

There is no doubt that the canyons of the Southwest have edges.  Here we are treated to those edges plus two bridges (with their own edges) that span those edges.  The bridge on the left is the old bridge that Arizona left standing as a walking bridge.  Should you happen to drive through this canyon make the turn into the parking area and marvel at the solid rock the Colorado River cut through to form the canyon.