The Door for this Week:
I remember first seeing these Mountains 30 years ago. On a recent trip through New Mexico we decided to stop by Las Cruces to see the Organ Mountains:
I’ll have more views of the Mountains coming soon. For more information on the Ogan Mountains CLICK HERE.
We visited Pecos Pueblo National Monument a number of years ago. Not really any Doors there, bit the entrance to the Office had some interesting Doors:
Cisco Ghost Town, Near Moab, UT:
Bruce Hucko was the Founder of the Moab Photography Symposium, which ran for 15 years and had its last meeting in 2018. The results was a wrap up Book containing images from Participants:
The Featured Image above is one of my book prints. The others are here below:
But more importantly, Bruce worked on local Preservation and Conservation Issues, contributing Photographs and field experiences that were instrumental in the protection of the Bears Ears National Monument, Utah. This region and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park are now under threat from Fracking and Mining interests. This prompted a recent Visit to the Grand Staircase and Capitol Reef Parks this past Fall. We wanted to see them before they were gone……..We start with some scenes from Ruins of the Ancient Ones in New Mexico and Arizona.
Aztec Ruins, NM:
Pecos Pueblo, NM:
Casa Rinconada at Chaco Canyon:
Sears-Kay Ruins, AZ:
And a view from the Cathedral Trail at Capitol Reef:
Please Remember the Absolute Necessity of Preserving our Natural Environment. Give it Some Love!
Happy Valentine’s Day
I wanted to work on a “Facing 60” project. I also wanted to recap my Mayo Clinic experience. So for Part I, I am summarizing my treatment experience at the Mayo Clinic, and my recovery during the the first year through a series of portraits taken by my Husband.
Where it all Started on October 31, 2018:
Above, after my first 14 hour surgery. Puffy faced, but still with hair. I was growing my hair back in hopes of having small dread locks….but that won’t happen for a while.
I had a second surgery at the end of January (only 6 hours) and I was well enough by Valentine’s Day to Celebrate:
And actually I did quite a bit of Photography. I had several types of 35 mm film to test and write about. And I purchased a Fuji GW690 III to experiment with. See more here.
Facing the second surgery, this time through my forehead, I did a precut. The results of that below:
The shave, incision and surgical superglue:
Below, I trimmed the back of my head as my hair begins to grow back so I can have even regrowth.
My last week of treatment; still no hair loss due to the radiation treatments; my special Proton Beam Mask in hand. I have to wear a hat to keep the UV away from my treatment areas when I’m outside:
And officially “Ringing Out” of the Mayo Clinic………
Had my follow-up in September and Stopped by Santa Fe, New Mexico to vist friend Nathan on the way home:
After My Mayo Check up in September……..I kept wearing my old favorite hat. Only a bit more hair happening here than in my pre-surgical haircut. My Surgeon successfully talked my out of trying a hair transplant. So we’re keeping as is. But by the end of September I was beginning to experience more serious vision problems with my left eye.
Alas, my vision travails continue….I am working with the Vision Clinic at Anschutz, the local University of Colorado Medical School. No worries, not going blind, but we’ll catch up on that in my next posting.
Near the Entrance to Chaco Canyon, New Mexico…….
I finally have submitted an image to the World Wide Pinhole Day site. Last year I had a great image but never uploaded it. Darn! But this year I didn’t let it pass me by:
From the Aztec Ruins, New Mexico. A misnomer of course, because this was built by the “Ancient Ones” circa 11th Century BCE. The Great Kiva was reconstructed in 1934 by Hopi and Puebloan workers. The image above was the one I submitted…..Below all of the best images. Reality So Subtle 6X6F Pinhole Camera, Kodak Portra 400 Film, @ 5 minutes exposure time:
Starting my New “Themes” Series. The only requirement: The shot must satisfy the expressed Theme. In this Case Archi-texture.
To the Weston Collective:
You haven’t seen the one above….but those below should look familiar: