Aug 102012
 

Today I flew into Reno Nevada then drove up to Winnemucca, Nevada.  Just west of town is some sand dunes that I knew would be ready for me to get some PIC’s.  Today I wanted to test the D-800 more.  Get the details if you will.  I am thrilled with the resolution of the D-800.  It’s been a while since I have had a crazy story to tell while photographing.  With the dunes covered with wind created designs I thought of a great idea.  Take my shoes off and walk across the dunes and photograph bare footprints in the sand.  It turned out ok.  I put my shoes back on without  socks.  I figured no big deal.  Almost immediately something started to sting my right foot.  I looked down and noticed a ton of fire ants all over the place.  Ripping my shoe off I found ants all over my right foot.  My foot has been in quite a bit of pain all night.  Oh well.  It was fun getting the shot!

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 Posted by at 12:27 AM
Jul 312012
 

Still traveling.

Today I am in New Castle Wyoming.  Another new store ready to open.  Not far from New Castle is Mount Rushmore.  I have never seen this monument before.   So off we went after our work was done.  Wow.  What a site.  It’s one of those sites that everyone in the world either has a perfect post card or their own photograph.   Their photograph is nearly or exactly the same as everyone else that has visited the monument.  Not too many unique ways to present the monument in a different perspective.  So I played a little in post.

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 Posted by at 11:40 PM
Jul 282012
 

Put a few miles on the rental car yesterday working.  A few more today playing.  I had to get to the Denver United States Mint.  It was closed.  Close by was a church that was screaming to get photographed.  I went inside and found it was being used.  In the gardens of the church is a pretty nifty statue that with a little sun flare made for a nifty impact.

Across the street from the church was a mural that I would rank in the top of all that I have photographed.  As usual I run to the murals if they are worthy of capturing in pixels.

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 Posted by at 11:24 PM
Jul 282012
 

In my effort to get out and enjoy the day I traveled to Colorado Springs and drove the Garden of the Gods loop.  It’s not southern Utah but it was nice.

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 Posted by at 11:13 PM
Jul 282012
 

Laughing My Butt Off…..

In Denver the Real Estate rep took me around to show me properties we are considering to buy.  We drove all over the DTC region.  One location just cracked me up!  It is a pad location in front of a retail center.  The pad for sale is on a corner.  An area of about 150′ square is unfinished.  No asphalt, concrete or landscaping.  Just dirt.  And a billzillion prairie dogs!!!!!!  I busted up when I saw all these guys in the middle of town.  At a retail center.  Home the dogs is a pad that’s for sale.  I’ll bet nobody asked the dogs if this piece of land can be sold.  I’ll bet even more that the city or DWS won’t allow any development due to these little critters.  I went back today and laughed until my gut ached.  They are hilarious!

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 Posted by at 10:49 PM
Jul 272012
 

From Washington I traveled to Denver to meet with Individuals to begin the process to construct stores in the Denver market area.  In the hotel last night I saw for the first time the actual news story of the terrible tragedy in Aurora Colorado.   The news last night was very detailed.   Individuals from 6 years old to 51 years old were killed.  It affected me emotionally.  Today I met with the associates in Aurora.  My first instinct after driving past the area of the tragedy last night was to go back today and pay my respects.

I went to the memorial site today across the street from the theater where the tragedy occurred.

Hundreds of people gathered and standing around.

The silence and quiet emotions was dramatic.  I was moved to tears.  As I stood I imagined families and individuals and how their lives had changed instantly.  For some time I was motionless.  Very sobering.  Standing next to me was a women that was very emotional.  I commented to her how tragic this was for the community.  She agreed and mentioned in a whispering comment that her brother was killed that night.  I was stunned .  What could I say to her?  All I could get out was “i am sorry”.   I fought back the tears as she stood close to me.  I wondered why she was there alone.  As she stepped away I said I would pray for her and her family.  She turned back at me and thanked me.

It was hard for me to raise my camera and capture any of the people and the site in general.  It felt a little morbid for a minute.  Then I realized that my photographs may bring some attention to the whole tragedy.   And forward to those that read my blog the scene.

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 Posted by at 11:30 PM
2016