The end of 2012 is approaching so I take a look back before launching into 2013. A few things I learned this year, in no particular order…
1. Getting exactly what you thought you wanted from life can be a great way to figure out what you really want.
2. You can’t go home again. The place changes, you change, or more likely both change.
3. My slightly odd relationship with readers of this blog continues. Shots I like the most are liked the least by my readers, and shots I am not as happy with are everyone’s favorites. (But I try not to intentionally post shots I don’t like just to drive traffic.)
4. Truck stops are not the best places to explore new food options. Stick with what you know. TRUST ME on this one.
5. For landscape photography cloudy days can be better than sunny days.
6. When you’re on the road it’s always beef jerky time…
7. If you take some photos you don’t like put them away for a while. In a few months or years changes in your perspective and sensibilities, or technology, can make an ugly duckling into a treasure.
8. Some times the creative juices just don’t flow. Accept it. When it happens just relax, do something else for a while, and everything will be fine.
9. Especially in the western USA respect fences and no trespassing signs. There is no shot that is worth getting shot for…
10. Photography and blogging are still great fun for me. Thanks to everyone who has visited and commented, looking forward to seeing where we go next year!
Radio telescope near Brewster, Washington. Part of the VLBA (Very Large Baseline Array).
The world is still here, and I feel the need to express my feelings through haiku:
Where is the kaboom?
As Marvin Martian would say
Feel a bit let down…
I did a bit of hiking and exploring around west Texas this past weekend. Just after sunrise I was at Copper Breaks State Park and saw these interesting looking red rocks being lit by the morning sun. I had very little room to walk around near the rocks and had to shoot a mosaic (two rows of five exposures) to get the amount of rocks and sky that I wanted. Normally I would do cropping and tweaking after stitching the exposures together to produce a traditional rectangular image, but I liked the way this image looked in “raw” state and decided to leave it as is…