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Where Will the Road Take You?

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I’ve always seen an open road as an invitation to travel, even if for just a short distance. As a photographer I find a road hard to resist when out making images.

Shown is Gates Pass Road near Tucson, Arizona. It passes through Tucson Mountain Park and we had stopped at a pullover so I could make images of the surrounding mountains.

As often happens, I find myself making open road images when I am actually seeking to photograph something else.

Gates Pass is a twisting, turning road that goes up and over the mountains and is typically traveled by those going from Tucson to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum or the Old Tucson amusement park.

The view here is looking eastward. Follow this road as you see it here and you’ll eventually wind up back in Tucson.


Arizona Sunrise

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Sunrise and sunset images typically feature the sun. But it doesn’t always have to be that way. In this series, the rising sun is nowhere to be seen, but its rays are casting their warm glow on the rocks of the Santa Catalina Mountains surrounding Tucson, Arizona, as el sol makes is ascent over the horizon.

The mountains are dramatic enough at any time of day, but look a little more colorful during the small window of early sunrise. I also liked the contrast between light and shadows that this time of day presents.

Sedona’s Famous Red Rocks

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Sedona, Arizona, is famous for its red hued rocks protruding from the mountains that surround the area. I first saw those red rocks back in the 1990s, but didn’t have a camera with me at the time.

So when we made plans to visit Sedona on a day trip in October 2016, I was prepared.

This sequence of images was made at a park alongside the main highway into Sedona from the south.

I had to wait a while, but the warm light of the setting sun enhanced the natural red of the rock of this particular structure.

The sequence moves outward as it progresses.

Written by csanders429

December 29, 2017 at 7:08 am

Last Red Light of Day

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The sunset over the mountains near Sedona, Arizona, had already been pretty spectacular, turning the clouds fiery red making them resemble cotton candy.

We faced a long drive back to Phoenix that would turn out longer than we expected due to heavy traffic congestion on Interstate 17 that we would later learn is routine on weekends.

But I couldn’t resist getting a parting shot of the brilliant colors of the clouds during one of the most memorable sunsets that I’ve photographed.

Fall Foliage in Pennsylvania

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I was headed home on U.S. Route 22 in western Pennsylvania and had just passed the summit of the Laurel Highlands.

As the road descended on the west slope of the mountain I had just crested, I was treated to the best autumn foliage display I had seen all day.

I flipped back around to retrace my path and pulled over to get some photographs.

I wish I knew this region better as there must be many good vantage points from which to record the fall foliage.

It’s Gonna Be a Great Day

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I’m heading eastbound in the pre-darkness hours on U.S. Route 22 east of Pittsburgh.  Somewhere beyond Blairsville, Pennsylvania, I got a glimpse of the sun rising over the Allegheny Mountains.

My destination was central Pennsylvania for an all-day fall foliage photography outing.

It was one of the more colorful sunrises that I’ve seen and I had to pull over where I could get a clear view. I’m glad I did because it got the day off to a good start.

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.