The "Tree of Utah" sculpture along I-80 West of Salt Lake City, Utah. Shot a couple of nights ago. My parents took myself and my 3 older siblings on a 5-week cross-country road trip from New York to California and back in 1987, and a photo of this sculpture that my father took was one of the reasons why I wanted to check out Northern Utah again. The Salt Flats looked interesting.
I haven't shot any photos today. I drove 280 miles to Craig, Colorado and saw nothing that inspired me to take photos. I was checked into my hotel by 1 PM. But I have done a lot of work on my project that will involve photos of people, among other things. I'm excited about it. And I'm still not that excited about landscape photography right now. I had been figuring on getting back to the east coast around August 20th, but I might actually move quickly from Colorado to the east coast and come back earlier than planned, see friends, and keep working on this new project. Details will be posted as soon as I am comfortable. Can you tell I'm pumped up about it? :)
The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah is quite a sight to behold at night.
Abandoned house in the Sierra Nevadas, Markleeville, California, USA This felt like something out of the King's Quest computer game series.
I drove 385 miles today and returned the same place I started. As has often been the case lately, it was very bright for most of the day, and I think this is going to be the only good photo from the whole day. Oh well, you win some you lose some. Tomorrow is a new day. Life goes on. All that good stuff!
Coleman Valley Road, Carmet, California Here you can see the last little bit of a sun going away over the Pacific Ocean for the night, and the last time I will be seeing the Pacific Ocean for at least the rest of this year. It's all east from here. I will explore the Santa Rosa area I'm in a bit tomorrow, then head east to the Sierra Nevada Mountains on Friday. I have several stops of anywhere between 1 and 10 nights between here and the east coast. It should be a good trip! Lots of interesting people and places ahead of me.
California Highway 33, Los Padres National Forest, California, USA Right before leaving my hotel in Ojai to head to San Luis Obispo for the night, I had a change of plans and decided to head over the mountain instead of along the coast. I stopped to take a photo of the wildflowers along the road, and just about had accomplished what I had in mind. Then I heard the unmistakable roar of a motorcycle speeding towards me and got ready to snap. It's nothing that I imagined ahead of time, but I think it came out pretty neat. Enjoy.
Somewhere between Malibu and Oxnard, California I have been driving north from San Diego, California today, with the excitement that accompanies the beginning of an adventure for me. My excitement was tempered by the bright, cloudless sky along the Pacific Ocean, which I generally think of as uninteresting for photos. I decided though that perhaps the bright cloudless sky IS what is interesting, and tells a story of the day, while being beautiful at the same time, in its own way. So here's a photo I just shot, and edited on my laptop from the side of the road. I hope you like it.
I've made it safely back to California, and am really looking forward to seeing what I can find out there. The road trip up the coast starts soon, then I will head east, over an approximately 7 week stretch, with many exciting stops along the way.
Leipsic, Delaware I did a fair amount of driving around today looking for stuff to take photos of, and I settled on an old standby...the little town of Leipsic, about a mile from my parents' house. It's hard to go wrong with photographing the boats on the Leipsic River when the light is right.
I'm almost ready logistically, and definitely ready mentally, to fly back to California on Friday. I thought a lot today about how happy I am that I have built a life free of commitment to being in a specific place. It was good to be able to jet off to Delaware on short notice, and to be able to pretty much not miss a beat with my work. And now I'm ready to "Leave no road unturned" in California, Utah, and Colorado in the coming weeks. Life is good. Stay tuned.
Fischers' Farm, Dover, Delaware. AKA my parents' house. A long week has come to an end. I am happy that I was able to be here for my family this week, and I will return to California next Friday. Lots of exciting adventures await me when I return.
Historic Ellicott City, Maryland No matter what's going on in my life and whatever my commitments to others, I'm trying to make time each day for myself. So I took some time this morning to walk around Historic Ellicott City and drive around it a bit as well. It is an old mill town turned shopping and restaurant and eatery district. It's pretty neat. I have been there several times, as my father grew up in the area, and we used to visit sometimes when I was a kid. My grandfather's worked there as well, but before I was born. You don't have to go far from the main drag to find things that are still in disrepair. That said, these buildings were fenced in (thus the less than optimal composition) so maybe they will be updated soon. Time moves on.
Route 9, Kent County, Delaware I have been meaning to take a morning walk to the little town of Leipsic, Delaware, which is just a bit over a mile away from my parents' farm, and has lots of boats along a winding river. I've shot many photos there before. I finally did it this morning at 6:45 AM or so, and this photo I took along the way to get to Leipsic is actually my favorite. I've driven this stretch of road countless times to and from visiting my parents since they moved to Delaware, and never noticed this particular house. But, it is very indicative of the style of the area at the same time. I've said it before...it's cool what you notice when walking instead of driving.
One positive to my unexpected side trip back to the east coast is that for the first time, I've now seen a physical copy of the Ulster County Travel Guide for 2016-2017. It had been sent to my parents' house in Delaware. It features one of my photos of the Ashokan Reservoir on the cover. It looks great, and I am pretty proud that I am able to take a self portrait of an Ulster County Travel Guide with my photo on the cover of it for the second straight year. By the way, how obvious is it that I'm exhausted? My brain and body weren't quite ready for this unexpected change of plans, but I'm making it through okay.
I plan to fly back to California and get in my Jeep and continue exploring out west in about a week and a half from now most likely.
Abandoned boat with a horseshoe crab. Port Mahon, along the Delaware Bay, Kent County, Delaware. I learned about this boat from seeing photos of it that my friend Stephanie Seeman has posted. I hope I'm not stepping on her turf too much with this one. And by turf, I mean disgusting waterside muddy area, with insane amounts of tiny bugs that bite, and a horrific smell, that altogether feels like a horror movie, even when it's not dark out. I had to get out of there! The smell and bugs were truly unbearable.
Near the Maryland/Delaware line. I have had quite a change of scenery since I woke up in San Diego, California, Friday morning. There has been a death in my extended family and I will be back east for a little while, spending time with my relatives. At some point in the next 2 weeks I will fly back to California to resume my journey. Well, I guess it's all one continuous journey, even if it involves airplanes and rental cars and unexpected twists and turns. The circumstances are sad, but it is nice to be back east for a bit, and I am currently in the quiet comfort of my parents' farm. (Not the farm pictured) Have a good night out there everyone.
On my morning walk around the North Park neighborhood of San Diego today, I shot this photo of a simple plant on a fence in an alley. It's fun to see the little details when I'm on foot instead of in a car in a city. My plans to be in California for the next few weeks have been altered. One of my relatives is in a hospital in Maryland, and today I bought a one way ticket to fly there overnight and be with my family. My Jeep and many of my possessions are staying in California, and I expect to be back fairly soon. I am bringing my photo gear with me to the east coast, so don't be surprised if there are no posts with quite a change of scenery. Have a good night y'all.