Photo 101: Pop & Color

I missed the “full bloom” this year at Death Valley National Park; however, I did see plenty of color compared to another time at the park. No disappointment to report.

Yellow flowers; purple flowers; plenty of white salt at Devil’s Golf Course and Badwater; Dubai sand-colored dunes; green-colored riparian areas; and the changing sky.

Color is wonderful to see after so much salt and sand dunes!
Color is wonderful to see after so much salt and sand dunes!

Photo 101: Big & Point of View

I respect horses. I keep a healthy distance away from them, especially their back end. I think they are beautiful to look at from a distance. I am not a horseback rider; but one of the few times I have ridden, I could not walk for a week.

Despite all, I did enjoy looking this horse in the eye…the horse was behind a sturdy fence!

Eye to Eye! I see you!

Photo 101: Natural World & Leading Lines

I was fascinated by this old river on the bed of Death Valley, and to its end point where salt accumulated. This area of the world is unique. I often imagine what early travelers must have thought as they came to the area now known as our Death Valley National Park! I appreciate the fact our country’s land is protected so my niece, nephews and grand niece can enjoy the national park when they grow older and visit. If you have not been there, go; take caution during summer months!

An old river at Death Valley National Park
An old river at Death Valley National Park.

Photo 101: Water

If you know anything about me, I am a mountain person, not a water person! As a matter of fact, jumping into water may be the last thing I would ever do, but climb a mountain, I am ready! When do we leave?

Off the coast of Spain this past September I saw these young, crazy guys jumping into water. My immediate thought, you will never see me doing this! But the joy in seeing people doing what they enjoy was a wonderful feeling.

May I always travel and see people having fun! 

Here I come! Catch me if you can!

Photo101: Solitude …with Rule of Thirds

One great thing about rock climbing is, even though you know someone is at the other end of the rope, it is all up to you as you climb…and for me that is solitude. I am sure these climbers are enjoying each other’s company as they scale this wall at Red Rock Canyon (stop at first parking lot, hike in, and watch!)

My future goal is to get from indoor wall climbing to climbing outdoors! And to learn more about photography…rule of thirds, maybe here. 

Are we having fun yet, or should we go higher?

Photo 101: Street

Fremont Street in Las Vegas has always been on my list of places to see. It is a street closed to traffic and the other end has a canopy over the street, the length of a block. From dusk to midnight, on the hour for about 10 minutes, there is a laser light show on the canopy. It is colorful and with loud music, especially as you stand under a speaker! (They seem to be everywhere!) Lots of people are walking the area or on line for Heart Attack Grill and other establishments.