Photography

As a traveler I capture lots of photos.  Those are my best memories. I can always go back to them and recall  the moment. I don’t want it to be only an  image sitting in a folder of my computer. I want to share it with people who appreciate the art of photography.  I might inspire people who are going to look at them and think “I really want to go there one day.” It happened to me many times. Do you recall it happen to you also ? Would you tell me ?

Today , only a few pictures from different trips or  sometimes just around where I live. Taken with my small camera  or with my smartphone.  I picked 12 photos just for you. And maybe just for my own pleasure of sharing.   Macro, nature, architecture, landscape, food or people. It is all interesting for me.

Many thanks for viewing and comments.

January : Vancouver, BC

February. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Chiracahua National Monument Monument , Arizona

Tombstone, Arizona

March: Just in a grocery store !

May: Palouse, Washington State, USA

July: British-Columbia, Canada

September:  La Morra, Piedmont, Italy.

Montforte d’Alba,  Piedmont, Italy

Boccadasse,  Italy

November: Vancouver, Canada

December: Whistler, Canada

If you have a favorite photo, tell me which one.

Thanks.

 

 

 

Petrified Forest

In 1853, the Lieutenant Amiel Weeks Whipple wrote: ” Quite a forest of petrified trees was discovered today. They are converted into beautiful specimens of variegated jasper…”  The Petrified Forest is   a surprising country, an amazing place to see.  I think it was the very first time I saw petrified wood.

The Petrified Forest is part of a natural corridor,  used by prehistoric people ten thousand years ago and by travelers today. Like precious gems shining in the sun, remnants of a prehistoric forest lie at our feet.  Colorful specimens, from small shards to massive trunks, are strewn across the landscape.

As the trees died or fell, many of them were carried downstream and buried by layers of sediment. The logs soaked up groundwater and silica from volcanic ash and over time crystallized into quartz. different minerals created the rainbow of color seen in many pieces. Shaped by wind and water, this land holds vital clues to the past. It took millions upon millions of years for nature to create this natural canvas of unimaginable design that some describe it as a multi-colored layered cake.

I took many photos that day , knowing we were not going to be back here  soon.

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We moved  quickly from one are to another, trying to cover as best as we could the 28 mile park road…  It was windy and soon we knew the daylight was leaving us. In February, the sun sets around  6 pm in Arizona.

We  enjoyed this park so much. Bringing back photographs was the best I could do as it is forbidden to remove any natural rocks or minerals from the park.

Today, the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest are protected lands that offer a rich history of numerous ancient peoples, a breathtaking assortment of views, and a picture of life as only the dinosaurs knew it.

What a fantastic day we had. I hope you enjoyed the photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them and sharing them with you.

Thanks again for reading.

 

 

 

 

 

The Painted Desert

Today is Canada Day …  but my post is not about Canada. I still  have many posts to share from our trip in the USA. This post is about a place we truly enjoyed.

The Painted Desert is a wonderful display of nature with splendid shapes and colors.   A reminiscent of a landscape from another world. The Painted Desert derives its name for the multitude of colors ranging from lavenders to shades of gray with vibrant colors of red, orange and pink. It is a long expanse of badland hills and buttes and although barren and austere, it is a beautiful landscape of a rainbow of colors.

Nothing better than leaving the photographs saying it all.

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I was so happy to enjoy the landscape. I just wished we had more time to stare at it.  My photos are not telling all how I felt  but at least it might give you an idea of the  beauty of the place. Route 66 once cut through the park. And an old Studebaker is there just waiting for us to take a few shots.

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This man was happy I stopped for a few minutes . He  asked me to take a photo of him with the old car. I hope the photo turned all right.

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Close by,  we can see the highway 40. But we are not leaving the area yet  , we have more to see … The Petrified Forest is around the corner. It will be coming soon in my next post. Thanks for reading.

And Happy Canada Day to all Canadians reading my  blog !

Tombstone

Tombstone: “The town too tough to die.”

Tombstone was founded in 1877 by a prospector named Ed Schieffelin.   Ed was staying at what was then called Camp Huachuca (wa-chu-ka) as part of a scouting expedition against the Chiricahua (chir-i-cow-uh) Apaches.   During his time there he would venture out into the wilderness “looking for rocks”, all the while ignoring the warnings he received from the soldiers at the camp.   They would tell him, “Ed, the only stone you will find out there will be your tombstone”.   Well, Ed did find his stone.   And it was Silver.   So, remembering the words of warning from the soldiers, he named his first mine The Tombstone.

By the mid 1880’s Tombstone’s population had increased to around 7,500. This figure counted only the white male registered voters that were over 21 years of age. If you take into account the women, children, Chinese, Mexicans and the many “ladies of the evening” the estimates are that the population was between 15,000 and 20,000 people. At its peak, it is said to have been the fastest growing city between St. Louis and San Francisco.

Days of lawlessness and violence in Tombstone  climaxed with the infamous battle between Wyatt Earp and his brothers against the Clanton brothers.

As the silver mining continued the mineshafts were dug deeper and deeper to get the precious ore. Once they hit the 520 foot level, the water table was reached which flooded the mines. Attempts to pump out the water marginally worked for a few years but soon became too costly to continue. As the mining slowed down, the people of Tombstone started leaving, but not before $37,000,000 worth of ore had been taken from the many mines in the area. It is estimated that by the early 1930’s Tombstone’s population dwindled to around 150 people.

This is a short resume  about Tombstone. Now,  Tombstone is mostly touristic and the ambiance is fun for an afternoon.  This was the wild west at its best ! You could tour the town in a stagecoach but we opted to walk around …

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We could feel we were back in time.  You got to visit Tombstone once in your life  and we did it !

Thanks for reading. Next post will be about New Mexico.

Bisbee, Arizona

February 2016

Visiting southern part of Arizona. Bisbee  is a funny name for a town. This is a bit of a funky town with art galleries and lots of staircases. In fact, there is an annual event that must attract fit people. But  first , what ‘s special about Bisbee ? It is an old town and everything was  a discovery for us.

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“In 1877, a reconnaissance detail of U.S. army scouts and cavalrymen was sent to the Mule Mountains to search the area for renegade Apaches. What civilian tracker Jack Dunn found instead were signs of mineralization indicating the presence of lead, copper and possibly silver. The first mining claim was staked in what would later become the City of Bisbee. The filing of this claim, and a multitude of others sent prospectors and speculators scurrying to the Mule Mountains in hopes of striking it rich. Numerous ore bodies were located, and Bisbee soon became known as the “Queen of the Copper Camps”. Mining in the Mule Mountains was quite successful, and Bisbee proved to be one of the richest mineral sites in the world, producing nearly three million ounces of gold and more than eight billion pounds of copper, not to mention the silver, lead and zinc that came from these rich lands. By 1974 ore reserves had been depleted and December brought the announcement of the impending closure of mining operations in Bisbee. Phelps Dodge curtailed open pit operations that year and ceased underground operations in 1975.

Bisbee remained an active mining community until the mid-1970’s. When the mine closed, a tremendous shift occurred in the local population. As many mining employees and their families left to pursue work elsewhere, an influx of creative free spirits found Bisbee’s historic district to be an attractive, inspiring, and inexpensive location to settle and pursue their artistic endeavors.”

For us, it was a sunny day walking in the town and taking pictures ( what else I do?) Lots of wall painting . As it was the week-end, there were some  tourists  but I think the town  must be quiet during the week days.

The staircases were interesting. We tried to go up as many as we found.  I think we missed only 2 of the 9. Here is the info about the event . If I am not mistaken, this year it will be the 26th year of the Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb. This is the only outdoor stair climb in the U.S. and arguably one of the most unique and challenging events in the world. The 4.5-mile course features nine staircases connected by winding roads that take participants through some of the most scenic parts of Old Bisbee.

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We  only had one day in the area . And for sure  I wanted to visit Tombstone  that was   only 23 miles north of Bisbee. It will be the topic of my next post.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

Chiricahua National Monument

February 2016.

One day of rest before we went with our friends from Mesa to Chiricahua National Monument. Chiricahua National Monument is a unit of the National Park System located in the Chiricahua Mountains  of southeastern  Arizona . The monument was established on April 18, 1924 to protect its extensive  hoodoos  and balancing rocks.

What is a hoodoo ?  A hoodoo (also called a tent rock, fairy chimney, and earth pyramid) is a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland.

The monument preserves the remains of an immense  volcanic  eruption that shook the region about 27 million years ago. The thick white-hot ash spewed forth from the nearby Turkey Creek Caldera, cooled and hardened into  rhyolitic  tuff , laying down almost two thousand feet of dark volcanic ash and pumice, highly  siliceous  in nature, which eventually eroded into the natural features that we see at the monument today. Those  standing up rocks are 27 million years old!!! They are sculpted by the force of nature. They have names… What a great place to see. Now , let’s leave the photographs talk.

The big balanced rock:

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The kissing rocks:

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Punch and Judy :

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Duck on a rock:

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Thorn’s hammer:

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One more ( not sure  what is the name of that one ):

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And now  I will show you a vista we enjoyed while we were at the top  of our hike.

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Isn’t it amazing ? I am so glad our friends planned for us to see it as I enjoy so much nature. This was a very special moment. I was not prepared for this and now that I look at my photos I am happy I took time to bring back those photographs . It was a great day .

Once again, thanks for reading .

Sedona, Arizona

February 2016.

After leaving Williams, we took the direction for Sedona. Sedona is  surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. It’s noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community. Uptown Sedona is dense with New Age shops, spas and art galleries. We  have been visiting  shortly in 2010  but it was nice to have time to go back.  We decided to stop and admire the beautiful  red rocks. And depending of the light, we could see  many things and shapes. I  was happy that we had time to spend there before going back to Phoenix.

Here some  photos taken that day. In the first photo, Can you see a profile ?

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It was really cool to see all this magnificent nature. In the town, we saw some funky art.

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Sedona is quite touristic. It was fun to walk around on a very nice day.  Before we left, we saw more red rock and went to see the  Chapel of the Holy Cross. In 2007, Arizonans voted the Chapel to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona, and it is also the site of one of the so-called  Sedona vortices.  A Vortex is a place in nature where the earth is exceptionally alive with energy. The term Vortex in Sedona refers to a place where the earth energy swirls and draws to it’s center everything that surrounds it like a tornado.

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Another great day. I hope you enjoyed this part of our trip. More to come later.

Thanks for reading.