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Alamogordo, NM–White Sands

So now that I’m semi-settled – I went out on a mind escaping day today.

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So it is hot in the dessert.  I saw no lovely lil creatures.  No snakes, no birds, nada!  I was sad.

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I love, love getting a great sunflare!  My new lens is different than my other two.  Different curve, so I am just getting the hang of it.  Also, the settings work a bit differently with this camera.

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I spent a lotta time on my belly while out there.  Getting a different perspective.  Around midday it started getting very very hot.

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While the place looks deserted, its not.  I am pretty sure there were at least 1000 people there.  Playing frisbee, tossing footballs, sliding down dunes.  I couldn’t figure out why they had magic carpets at the Walmart, there is no snow!  Now I know why.

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Like I said, I spent a lotta time flat on my belly.  Could have taken a nap.

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There are these hard sand structures, seems they build around sticks or other small objects and rise like pillars in the white sands.  It is pretty cool.

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There are some really cool cactus flowers that dry up and fall off, and scatter everywhere.  I had some macro fun (its so nice to just have one lens).

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I played with a number of settings.  Which was fun and made for some interesting pictures.

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The colors didn’t come in as bright as I’d hoped, but was still a blast being there as the sun ventured down.

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The remainder I took with my Moto-X on the HDR setting.  They came out pretty decent.

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2.22.2015–Eklund Hotel

The last time I was in Clayton, NM I enjoyed quick lunches and the such at the Eklund.  This time I got to stay there.  My sister-in-law, Vic was rather taken w/the few pictures I took of the place.  So, this time around, I took more.

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The building was built in the last 1800s.  It’s been rather well upkept, considering you go through out the country and see abandoned places just like this all along the drive.

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There are some great details in the old place.  The lighting isn’t great, its very yellow.  But I worked out some of the details on post.  hdr-IMG_3034

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All along, I thought it was a tin ceiling, but it isn’t.  It is all plaster. Which, makes it all more facinating and unique. 

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If anyone knows me, they know I love door knobs!  The wood etching on the fireplace is very cool, and looked better in Black and White. 

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Again, the decorations/details on the ceiling are all plaster. 

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The fireplace is all marble.  There are two in the dining room and one in the saloon (which I didn’t get to photograph, maybe next time!)

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As I was driving down the 54, to my right it was as dark as night and to my left, completely sunny.  And that produced a great rainbow – even with my 18 lens I couldn’t get the whole rainbow!  (I did with my phone)

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And that was my view to the front.  And my long drive is finally over.  For another 10 weeks. 

Sun Set–Rocky Beaches

I say this ALL the time.  I love to chase the light.  I love the sun.  I love sunsets and sun rises.  I was having trouble catching a great sunset on the Island.  They are fleeting and I couldn’t find “the place”.  Then one of the CNA’s at the nursing home told me about the beach. 

Paydirt.

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So off I went, found the beach but the sun wasn’t right yet.  I headed up around the other end of the Island and found a place that the sky was just starting to color.

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I took off and headed back to the beach and now the light was better.  I walked around, met a great dog who thought I was the devil.  *L*

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I sat on the rocks and waited.  I am totally in love with my new lens.  It reacts quick, seems easier to use.  Also – no swapping lenses! 

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The sun set slowly that night, so I had all the time in the world to roam around the rocky beach and snap a picture here and a picture there.  Some time to think.  Reflect.  Contemplate. 

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I got back in the car before it got to dark and headed back to the dock I’d taken a few pictures at before and snapped a few more. 

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Stonington, Maine

So the lil Island I was working at was pretty fun.  Qaunt, throw back to quieter times. I love bridges, as does my brother.  So this is about one of my fave pics I’ve ever taken. 

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I got out late most days, so catching the sun was rare.  But then again, overcast can make for great pics too!

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Intro to Deer Isle

The wife and I took a quick jaunt to Deer Isle before I began my job there.  Great Island, certainly want to go back someday in the summer!

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Taos Pueblo

One one of my last weekends off, I headed to Taos and hit up the Pueblo there.  Gorgeous and peaceful.  Lots of artisians.  Lots of history. 

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Firstly, the ride there was GREAT.  Lots of turns, and hills, and views.  And snow!  Made me miss home. 

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I took my time, walked around for hours.  Bought Christmas presents.  Walked around some more. Had a meal. 

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Palo Duro

Since I am far behind posting on my blog.  Far to busy it seems.  I’m going to try and catch up!

While away in New Mexico, I was always trying to find new places to see.  Fun way to do that.  Hiking. 

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I picked the LightHouse Trail, one because it was a flat trail with about 800 feet of rock climbing straight up to get to the Light House Formation.  And it was the longerst of the trails. 

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I had a chance play with settings.  It was on this hike I decided that I was going to get a lens that was both a wide angle and a zoom.  Swapping out was killing me!  (I did get a 18mm-270mm lens!  It rocks!)

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It was a great hike.  The upward climb (which I didn’t take pictures of, I was to busy panting and sweating) was hell!  But worth it. 

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