Hoover Dam, 2006

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I’ve been to Hoover Dam twice. The first time was seeing it on a guided tour in the mid 1990’s. The second was in 2006. I was shocked by how low the water line was. It’s noticeable in the picture above by the white “bathtub ring”. That year Lake Mead was the lowest point since the 1960’s. It’s levels have continued to drop since. It could be below its threshold of 1,075 ft. by 2020.

Grand Canyon

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The Grand Canyon is one of the most breath taking places I’ve ever been to. We got to the park about two hours before sunset. The daytime temperature was in the high 50’s and quick dropped as the sun went down. It was cold, but for what I saw, it was worth it.

Antelope Canyon

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Antelope Canyon, located in Arizona, is known as a slot canyon. They allow you inside via a guided tour. There, you can take photos. The best time is around noon where the light is directly overhead and seeps down inside the canyon, illuminating the red rocks inside.

Joshua Tree, 2006

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Heading west on US 93, We came across some scattered Joshua Trees. This is not part of the national park–that is in California near the Nevada border. I knew that I wanted to photograph one of these simply because of the U2 angle. They are magnificent up close.

Monument Valley #I 2005


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Monument Valley is awe inspiring to say the least! This is one of a few. This is not your typical photograph of Monument– it has many faces. Like many of the places around Utah and Arizona, I had red mud on my hiking shoes for months!

Clearing Storm, Canyonlands 2005


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I almost thought this day was lost. It was raining for most of the day. The temperature hovered near 60 degrees and conditions were not great. My fellow photographer/friend and I decided to stick it out. Eventually, as the rain stopped, I grabbed my gear and told my buddy he should get out of the truck with his gear and explore as well. As we were walking, I noticed that fog was rising up from the canyon floor. This was an unbelievable sight. I quick set up my camera and tripod and took some light readings. I shot several rolls of black and white and color film. This was one of the better ones. I shot this with my old Yashica D.

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