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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.


Frozen Furnace Run

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It was late in the afternoon when I arrived at the covered bridge spanning Furnace Run in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I hadn’t planned on makingĀ  a photograph expedition to the park on this day, but when the clouds finally started to break around 3 p.m. I decided to head down there. I was going to be in Akron that night anyway so I might as well try to make some winter photographs.

Known as the Everett Covered Bridge, it is the last covered bridge left in Summit County, Ohio. At one time there were more than 2,000 covered bridges in Ohio, but most are gone now.

This bridge is no longer open to vehicle traffic, only pedestrian traffic. At times, the bridge deck has been used for contra dancing.

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.

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.

In a Square Spotlight

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Suki seems to have figured which way the sun moves and comes in our bedroom windows. In late morning to early afternoon, it comes through the window and onto the floor, making a square-shaped pattern in the process. In another hour or so it will be illuminating a corner of the bed and Suki will have moved to there to spend her afternoon hours soaking it up while napping.

Bridge and Trail

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There is something about bridges. I like the lines they create, I like the aura of strength that they portray. And a bridge invites you to cross to the other side if for no other reason than to see what is over there. This bridge crosses the Huron River in the Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I was there in late afternoon and the low lighting created some interesting shadows.

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December 6, 2017 at 7:20 am

Standing Really Tall

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There is about a half hour of daylight left. It’s time for me to start heading home. But first I have another mile on the Portage Hike and Bike trail to get to my car.

Being early December the sunlight is low in the sky as we move toward the winter solstice. It makes for some really warm light and interesting effects.

One of the latter is casting a shadow that makes me look about 15 feet tall.

I found it amusing and, of course, I had to make a photograph of it.

Written by csanders429

December 5, 2017 at 9:26 am