Aug 192013
 

writing 1773

So many goods are made in China these days… yet most are imported by American companies.  I was surprised to see this truck load… because it means that this particular Chinese company is likely exporting directly.  The writing on these boxes is prophetic… what will happen if all Chinese manufacturers figure out how to cut out the American middleman?

 

Aug 112013
 

the pass 1769 (1)

Many Saturday afternoons, we head to Blythe, CA to get a coffee & snack at Starbucks.  It’s a twenty minute drive on I-10 each way;  I never tire of looking at the scenery and after a week of working inside, it is good to remember why I’m here.  This is my favorite part on the return trip back to Quartzsite, AZ.  I love the colors and I like to imagine what it was like before the highway made it easy to get to through the pass. This section is part of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, a.k..a. CRIT land. I love living here.  (And I love Saturdays!)

This was process with Topaz denoise (very light) and Clarity.  Nothing else.  And it was taken through the car windshield.

 

Jul 152013
 

twister 1753

I caught this dust devil while we were coming back from Joshua Tree National Park yesterday. We were on the western end of I-10 driving about 80 mph (speed limit is 75 mph). I guess all my years of taking pictures from a moving car have paid off!  Not to mention a little help from Aperture to correct for the tinted window… and Topaz Clarity.

A dust devil, like a tornado, is a weather phenomenon. Dust devils form as a swirling updraft under sunny conditions during fair weather, rarely coming close to the intensity of a tornado. According to Wikipedia,  certain conditions increase the likelihood of dust devil formation: Continue reading »

Jul 142013
 

NIght Ride Home 1753

I have not been using the Topaz setting Spicify. I know lots love this tool but I always found it too severe. Well after my week of tutorials (I know how to have a good time on vacation!) I decided to not be so afraid of it. If the tutorials have taught me anything, it is that the settings are just a starting point. I tweaked this one within Topaz and then more in Aperture. I’m still more comfortable adjusting colors in Aperture than in either Topaz or PSE.

Last week of June, Carl and I set out for a night ride on the ATV to see if this was a way to enjoy the desert without the heat. Anyway, we decided this was not such a good idea as one can not really see all that well in the dark… we realized the dangers when we mistook a landmark (remember this tree?) and just veered slightly to the right rather than to the left and could have gone crashing down a cliff-like embankment.

The title refers to one of my favorite Joni Mitchell songs, which always comes to mind around the 4th of July.

Jul 142013
 

i-60 1752

After the rains on Thursday, we took a road trip to Surprise, AZ to pick up a few things at Trader Joe’s. We take the old route 60 rather than I-10, which is very scenic and offers better gas mileage for our Prius. I always love when we get the part of the trip where we start to see the layer of mountains in the distance. Normally, it is clear blue skies. These monsoon clouds added an extra layer to the landscape .