For my birthday, I chose to hike the Grapevine Trail to check out the waterfall at the end. The late morning light was great for photographing slow speed images. Here are some of my favorites. We were surprised to find the waterfall was frozen, exhibiting an awesome cascading ice sculpture. Happy Birthday to me!!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
I've really enjoyed my winter break from grad school, especially having time to paint in the studio. This 16x20 inch oil was painted only with a pallette knife. When I started painting, I was using a brush but decided the pallette knife would create the kind of effects I wanted. This is part of West Fork, about 2.5 miles in, where a natural dam of logs created this reflecting pool. The sun was illuminating the autumn colors on the opposite bank that were reflected in the quiet waters. There is some movement in the water in the lower right, where a red leaf floats on the surface. This was a lot of fun to paint! Now, I must get back to revising my thesis and save up another bucket full of painting ideas for this summer. Who knows, I might find some free time to whip up another painting while my thesis is being reviewed.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
With all of the recent snow and melting runoff, my wife and I were interested to check out Wolf Creek Falls. The waterfall was not heavy but the weather was perfect for a hike. I lugged down a tripod to capture these pics. The last few images are actually Hassayampa Creek not much further downstream from the falls.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Arizona is a state of diverse climates and environments. As an example, below are two photos taken within a 3 hour drive of each other. The first is from the Superstition Mountains, southeast of Phoenix, and the second is the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff. For a nature lover such as me, the variety of sights is inspiring and always refreshing. Just last weekend, I visited the Superstitions for the first time. I feel sorry to be saying this since I am an Arizona native. What kept me away? Well, for one, I must drive through Phoenix... I prefer the less crowded Northern Arizona for my hiking adventures. Right now and during the next two months is a great time of year to hike in the desert, spring is already starting there. The image of the SF Peaks was from New Year's Day while snowshoeing just East of Flagstaff. So, within a couple weeks of each other, I experienced a high of about 35 in Flagstaff to about 75 in Phoenix. If you live in AZ and can't stand the weather or would like a change, just drive a couple hours to a different climate zone. Enjoy AZ!