Oh the people you’ll meet in the East Village. A lively bunch brought together for a mutual love of art in it’s various forms, as well as the prospect of meeting new individuals so that you may learn from and experience how they view the world. The free champagne also helps.
SR 89A on Flickr.
Life has been busy, but I had a chance to take a trip out to Arizona and go rafting down the Grand Canyon. The night before we got on the river, there was a big storm brewing off on the horizon. Being too excited to sleep, I grabbed by tripod and climbed up the cliff behind the lodge.
Lunch Break on Flickr.
Not a bad spot to stop and have some lunch while floating down the Dart River.
Fun story; while us tourists were having lunch, the guides started running around and looking nervous and talking amongst themselves as if something was the matter. Well, apparently something was very much the matter. While we had been out on the river, a slip had occurred further upstream cutting off the flow of the river. We were in the morning group, so when the afternoon group was making their way up to the launch point, they discovered they could no longer get that far up river as the water level had dropped. Within a few hours, the water level in the river had dropped several feet. The guides were now worried about two things happening. One, the river may dry up so much we get stranded. Two, the dam that was blocking the river would violently burst sending a massive flash flood into the valley we were now sitting in. They decided to toss everyone back into the jetboats and head downriver back to base camp at full throttle. In the end, the dam is holding, a new lake has formed, and the river is simply flowing over the top. The lesson here, don’t mess with nature.
Rockburn Chasm on Flickr.
A beautiful place to visit but not without the challenge to get there. This was taken as we were floating back out, but to get in, we had to paddle against a fairly strong current. It didn’t help that the river gauge downstream had dropped two feet, making the current even stronger, but we made in it and it was worth the effort.
From Above on Flickr.
The original photo to this actually captured a much larger scene, but I was having trouble finding a good angle to play on it that showed the light source above the flowers. I decided to get drastic with the crop and found something I liked. What I really wanted to capture is what you see here in this photo. The transition of light from foreground to background really caught my eye and I’m quite proud with myself that I was able to capture it the way I wanted.
Black to White on Flickr.
There is some new art up on the High Line this spring. I recommend you go see it. This one I am amused by with its play on words. If I recall correctly, it was originally poking fun at the traffic in LA but now it pokes fun of the pedestrian traffic on the High Line.
Best Stay Under 10 on Flickr.
Driving along this road up and down the side of The Remarkables has to be one of the most nerve racking treks I’ve ever had the pleasure of. You have to remember, this is the middle of summer with what are probably the best driving conditions you’ll get. People regularly traverse this road in the winter to get to the ski resort at the top of the mountain. One way or another, you’ll reach the bottom of the mountain eventually.