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Tracks to the Sun

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We were staying at a bed and breakfast in Tucson, Arizona, that is operated by a guy who has passion for trains.

He and his wife own an expansive piece of property and Ken has placed a garden railway on it.

The tracks thread their way over the desert floor around cactus and other plants.

The sun will be setting soon and the rails appear to be beckoning travelers to take a journey toward the sunset.

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Cactus and the Clouds

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Dark clouds do not also means storms are coming. They don’t even necessarily always mean that rain is coming.

Many photographers prize what they call storm light. It often occurs when the sun pops out after a storm and illuminates the back edge of the storm.

The contrast of objects against the dark clouds can make for some dramatic images.

This image is not storm light per se, but it has some of its qualities. There was no rain and no storm from those dark clouds in the background.

Yet I was able to take advantage of the edge of those clouds opening up a path for direct sunlight. It arrived in time to give this saguaro cactus a late day warm lighting.

The image was made near Tucson, Arizona. Those are the Santa Catalina Mountains in the distance.

Admiring the Fall Colors From On High

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I live in region that is neither prairie or mountainous. Northeast Ohio is a transition region between the flat lands of Midwest farming country and the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania.

There are a few fields and farms interspersed among acres of trees, which gives the area that the area is more flat than it is rolling.

Yet, the geographic of my home region can surprise you. For years I had heard about the ledges overlook in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Much of the park sits in a valley carved by the Cuyahoga River. Hills can be seen on each side, yet they are not dramatic.

Last autumn I finally decided to find ledges and its view, which I had seen in photographs.

Many who go to ledges will spend a little time admiring the view, but then move on. Other sit on the rocks and take in a view that seems unlike what you would expect to find in Northeast Ohio.

 

That Warm Red Glow of Sunrise

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Think of a sunrise or a sunset and what probably comes to mind is an image of the sun.

Yet some of the most interesting sunrise and sunset images I’ve made didn’t feature the sun at all.

Such is the case with this image of sunrise over the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona.

The early morning light and its warm glow has turned the rocks into a fiery red color. It won’t be long before all of this mountain moves out of the shadows and into the early morning light.

Playing Dodge Ball With the Clouds

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There are probably some photographers who never venture out unless it is a bright sunny day with nary a trace of clouds in the sky.

I didn’t have that luxury on the day that I made this image.

We were having lunch at a rest area along Interstate 70 in Pennsylvania not far from the Maryland border.

There was a pleasing view of a valley in front of us from our picnic table. There were also a lot of clouds in the sky.

If I wanted to make an image I had to be patient and put up with some cloud shadowing.

This was about as good as it was going to get. I once lived in central Pennsylvania and scenes such as this is what I envision when I think about the Keystone state.

Symbol of the West

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There are many things that symbolize the western United States. The Rocky Mountains might top the list, but not far below would be cactus plants.

There are many variety of cactus yet the saguaro probably is the best known because of its size and arms.

If you called central casting and asked them to send you a cactus, it would look like this one. Not every saguaro has arms, but in the minds of many it is not a cactus unless it has a number of arms poking out.

There is nothing unusual about this particular saguaro, but it has all of the needed properties to be quintessential.

Those dark clouds in the background didn’t produce any rain, but they made a nice contrast with the foreground.

The saguaro is not widespread in the West. The plant is most likely to be found in southern Arizona and parts of California.

Last of the Morning Mist

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It was one of those days when I wished I had gotten an earlier start. The cool morning air had created heavy fog in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, but most of it had lifted by the time I arrived.

But the fog and mist still clung to some low lying areas, including this pond along Riverside Road near Jaite.

I pulled over to make this portrait of the last of the mist over the water. I had to act fast because the morning sun was burning off the fog right before me.

I’m told that this pond used to belong to a family named Jaite that had a home here.

I’m not sure if that family was connected to the former Jaite Paper Mill that stood near here, but maybe it was.

Today the home is gone and many probably don’t know there used be a homestead here. The pond and surrounding land are now part of the CVNP.

Written by csanders429

May 12, 2017 at 5:37 am