Friday, August 26, 2011

Working to Save Otero Mesa

One of my images of Alamo Mountain and the open range grasslands of the Otero Mesa in southern New Mexico was chosen for and has been published in the 2011-2012 Earth Justice Calendar.
You can see several images and stories on my blog here as I call it the Lost Mesa. This is a huge area of over one million acres of mostly BLM land that is America's largest wild grassland left in a wild state.
There have been several groups working to protect the mesa from development and mining activity and Earthjustice is one of those groups. I was glad to be able to help them with an image of the mesa.
This is a large and wild area that is worthy of protection but the lack of knowledge about it makes the protection fight harder.
Hopefully the power of determined people and the images of this incredible location can help save it in it's wild state for future generations.
To see more about the Otero Mesa see these blog posts
To see more on Earthjustice follow this link Earthjustice

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Foggy Sunrise

A foggy sunrise in the Florida panhandle.

Another day I was out with more fog and caught sunrise across the water as the sun appeared in the trees. Just about a perfect Florida forest morning.

A morning I would have loved to have had all my gear with me, but since I just had the point and shoot I used it like I would with my SLR and tripod. Think, compose, frame, etc.

The process is the same, the scene is the same, only the camera is different.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Looking for Hansel and Gretel

As I walked in a foggy Florida pine forest I thought this could be the kind of place Hansel and Gretel got lost in.

The forest had thicker denser parts but I was walking in a section that was rather thin. The trees had probably been thinned out in a logging operation leaving some trees and an open view.

Just the sort of place you would confidently start to walk through. It would only be after the fog came in you would start to lose your bearings and begin to feel lost. Then you would wish for breadcrumbs.

That thought inspired the top image here. How to take the forest and make it somehow more foreboding. I worked on several compositions that included both the trees and the path hoping it would be one that could take on an air of mystery.

The bottom view is the country I was in. You can see the open nature of the forest and the light fog. Add in a little motion for mystery and I think you get a forest the Brothers Grimm would like.