Arches National Park: Hoodoos

•March 23, 2019 • 2 Comments

Deciding on a treatment for the images from our 2017 trip to Utah has been difficult. My lack of enthusiasm for getting up before dawn to capture that “Magic Hour” light means that much of my photographing is done during the middle hours of the day – not in the spirit of modern landscape photography.

Consistent with the title of this blog/web site, (“Light, shadow, form, and texture”) which does not mention color, I frequently lean toward finishing images in black and white. This is also related to the fact that long before digital cameras and printers could capture and reproduce great color images, I worked in black and white for any photography pursuits that I might have put in the “serious” category. Even today, I “see” in black and white.

You can see a print of this image at the Ice House Co-op in Berkeley Springs.

“Dark Mountain”

•March 3, 2019 • Comments Off on “Dark Mountain”

“Dark Mountain”

Image captured at 11,592 feet from the Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park in September, 2018.

I’m just beginning to sort through the images for that trip even as I am way behind on the images from Utah in 2017.

I’m not rushing (says “Captain Obvious”) to get these images finished and “out there”, where ever that is. I am going back and forth between color and black and white. At this time I am in a black and white frame of mind. But that is subject to change without notice.

As a photographer who admits that he is not a landscape photographer, I am feeling my way to make sense of the many hundreds of mostly landscape images from those two trips to magical places.

Prints are available of most of the images I post here. There is currently a print of this image on display at the Washington Street Artists’ Co-op in Charles Town WV. Or you can contact me by email at


2019 Cumberland Valley Photographers Exhibit

•January 5, 2019 • Comments Off on 2019 Cumberland Valley Photographers Exhibit

I’m pleased to report one of my images has been selected for the 2019 Cumberland Valley Photograpers Exhibit at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown. The exhibit runs February 3-April 7, 2019, with a reception and awards presentation on Sunday, February 3 from 2-4pm.

“Grand Canyon Abyss”

The image is from 2017, when Malinda and I toured the Utah “Mighty Five” and then the Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde for seven national parks on that trip. All were spectacular in their own way but the Grand Canyon was another level of special.

I’m still working on sorting through all the images from this trip and hope to include some more of them in a future exhibit.

Canyonlands National Park

•November 18, 2018 • Comments Off on Canyonlands National Park

When we got back from this trip, I was asked which of the national parks did I like the best. It’s hard to ignore theĀ  immense majesty of Grand Canyon, but Canyonlands was amazing in it’s vistas and other-worldlyness. It was a demonstration of the power of water erosion at shaping the landscape. It was here that I was prompted to ask “How can this even be on the same planet as West Virginia?”


Utah Sphinx?

•November 8, 2018 • Comments Off on Utah Sphinx?

It does not take much imagination to see an ancient beast depicted in this natural formation caused by millennia of wind and water erosion.

All over Arches National Park you can see formations where a little imagination can find a face or mummified creatures.

Arches National Park

•November 3, 2018 • Comments Off on Arches National Park

The famous “double arch” in Arches National Park.

Our first stop in Utah in April 2017 was Arches National Park. The “double arch” is one of the best known formations. Flowing water eroded away the softer rock in the middle leaving the arch.

But Arches NP is more than arches. Erosion has created hundreds of unique rock formations.

Here is another formation that my imagination suggests the ruins of an ancient city left behind by an ancient civilization.

Another area suggestive of ancient ruins.

Catching up on Travels – Utah

•October 27, 2018 • Comments Off on Catching up on Travels – Utah

The action of water and wind erosion has created fascinating rock formations throughout the southwest. I could imagine that this rock wall rising up out of the desert in Arches National Park could be the ruins of an ancient temple or some other structure.

I am so far behind working up images from my travels. That’s not to say that I travel that much, but I have had a couple of good trips in the past couple of years. Most recently I went on a road trip through several western states but in 2017, Malinda and I took the train to Grand Junction, Colorado and then drove into Utah. We visited seven national parks, the first five of which were the so-called “Mighty Five” in Utah.

Incredibly, on this trip I found the photography difficult in the sense that it being one of the most photographed areas of the world, I was struggling on such a short visit to come up with anything that might have been new or unique.

The landscapes were truly overwhelming. They were so different from anything I had experienced that I didn’t really know what to photograph. So I tried to photograph everything because I saw so much beauty in the starkness of the place and the different natural processes that were displayed; so different from what I’ve experienced in West Virginia or other areas of the East Coast.

After a year and a half, I am starting to take a new look at the images. My concentration is on images that reflect what I saw that fascinated me.





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